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Patriot Bremerton

FRIDAY, JULY 6, 2012 | Vol. 14, No. 24 | 50¢

Summer arrives

Sinclair Inlet Local org. offers plan for Gorst waterfront restoration Page 7

Two dead in apparent murdersuicide By KEVAN MOORE

Greg Skinner/staff photo

The sun breaks out Wednesday morning to begin drying the leaves of pea plants growing at Pheasant Fields Farm in Silverdale, where fresh produce is available from a farm stand. A few days early, summer weather began for the Fourth of July and is expected to continue through the weekend and into next week as the Pacific Northwest heads into the driest time of year, which on average, runs from July 15 through Aug. 15.

A man and woman are dead following what police are describing as a murdersuicide on Sunday in Navy Yard City. A dog was also shot in the incident, but wasn’t killed. The names of the man and woman have not been released, pending positive identification by the coroner and notification to next of kin. Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Scott Wilson said that deputies responded to the 1600 block of Charleston Beach Road following multiple reports of gunfire. “A lot of people were calling in because they were excited about this and it was truly horrific,” Wilson said. Wilson said that one caller, in particular, who lives next door to the home where the shooting occurred, reported that he saw the injured dog, a large mastiff, and intended to tell his neighbor that the animal was injured. Instead, though, the man discovered

Love of people wins award for retiree By Patrick McDonough

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Jan Dillan and Glen Melin of Crista Retirement Community take a moment to celebrate Dillan’s recent reception of the Aging Services of Washington’s Senior Star Award. Dillan was one of two seniors in the state to win the annual award and award officials cited her ability to encourage others as a reason for giving her the honor.

For Jan Dillan the recent reception of the Aging Services of Washington’s Senior Star Award is just part of a life-long love of people. One of only two recipients of the annual statewide honor, Dillan was given the award for her work to encourage and inspire fellow seniors in the community.

A resident of the of Crista Shores Retirement Community since 1995, Dillan said she was “astounded” to even be considered for the award, but said it must have to do with her love of people. Dillan’s life-long love of people began at a young age. Born and raised in the small community of Proctor, Minn., where Dillan said everyone knew every one else in the town. She said her grandmother lived

his neighbor on a side porch with gunshot wounds. Wilson said that the man was dead when police arrived and that a gun was recovered. Upon entering the home, they discovered the woman, also dead with gunshot wounds. “What we’re still not sure about is the relationship between the deceased man and the deceased woman,” Wilson said. “Everyone we’ve talked to doesn’t know who this woman is. She is unknown to neighbors and the man’s social group.” Wilson said that the dead man’s former girlfriend, who was not at the scene at the time of the shooting, has been interviewed by detectives. “Her relationship has been on-again, off-again, on-again and off-again,” Wilson said. “When this incident occurred, it was off-again.” Wilson said that the injured dog was taken by Kitsap Animal Rescue to All Creatures Animal Hospital in Gorst. See MURDER-SUICIDE, A10

with her family, and her mother’s siblings would come to visit and she loved hearing the stories and being a part of the gatherings. “We all just had a really good time visiting together,” she said. When she later moved to Duluth, Minn., to work in the banking industry, she continued to help others by serving in the local chamber of commerce and other organizations. “I just like people, I always have,” she said. At age 62, she decided to take early retirement. She said her husband had passed away and without any children she decided to travel and see more of America. She found the charms of the See RETIREE, A10

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