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FRIDAY, JANUARY 3, 2014 | Vol. 114, No. 1 | www.BAINBRIDGEREVIEW.com | 75¢
2013 REWIND: Best of the Bainbridge Police Blotter. A5
Island hit by holiday mail thefts Bainbridge police report 79 victims BY CECILIA GARZA Bainbridge Island Review
The Year in Review To protest, and to party, Bainbridge took it to the streets in 2013. It wasn’t just angry homeowners or festive Fourth-of-July celebrators who prompted headlines over the past year. Crashes at the bridge, ferry riders going overboard, a sunken tug in Eagle Harbor, and continued intrigue at city hall kept Review reporters busy throughout 2013. Here’s our recap of some of the stories that made headlines in 2013.
JANUARY City OKs $20 car fee: Driving on Bainbridge Island will get a little more expensive for residents. The
Bainbridge city council, as members of the Bainbridge Island Transportation Benefit District, passed a $20 car tab fee on island cars in an effort to inject more money into the island’s ailing and underfunded roads. Auto tab fees will be collected at the Department of Licensing when locallyowned vehicles are registered. Jay Inslee sworn in: Bainbridge Island’s Jay Inslee took the oath of office to become Washington’s 23rd governor. Inslee delivered his inaugural address to a joint session of the Legislature after being sworn in during a mid-morning ceremony in the Capitol rotunda.
Above, property owners and others upset with the city of Bainbridge Island’s rewritten Shoreline Master Program march on city hall. Below, marchers from Island Fitness carry the Stars and Stripes through Winslow during the island’s Fourth of July festivities. Richard D. Oxley, Henri Gendreau | Bainbridge Island Review
turn to year | A2
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Bainbridge Island police have identified at least 79 victims of mail theft since Dec. 21. Police received multiple reports of residents finding abandoned bags of loose mail and suspicious circumstances involving mailboxes. In the earliest of the four reports, a green plastic bag was discovered on Saturday, Dec. 21 in the recycling bin of a Fletcher Bay residence. The bag contained numerous pieces of unopened mail from across the island. Police counted 173 pieces of mail, including seven opened items. The mail named 65 victims, all of which were addressed to Manzanita Bay residences. The majority were addressed to residents of Olympic Terrace Avenue and Bayview Boulevard. The opened mail contained items ranging from holiday cards to correspondence from bank and credit card companies. A second incident occurred just a few days later when a Fletcher Bay resident reported that her daughter had found their locking mailbox could not be opened. The previous day, the mailbox had been working properly. This time, it appeared that a piece of metal was lodged inside the lock to a point that the box could not be opened without turn to mail | A4
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