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BUSINESS Locals helping with church musical play A27

SPORTS Wolves steamrolled by Newport A10

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FRIDAY, September 20, 2013 n Vol. 122, No. 37 n n 50¢




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After allegedly holding up a local coin store Monday, a Tacoma man faces a robbery charge. A first-degree robbery charge was filed against Gary Richard Jakuab, 62, on Tuesday in Kitsap County District Court. If convicted, Jakuab could face life in prison. According to charging papers, Jakuab went into Key Coin, located on Frederick Avenue, about 1:20 p.m. to buy gold coins. Store owner Michael Penland told investigators he took Jakuab to a

Expectations were turned on their head in two Kitsap County political contests during Tuesday night’s primary election, as the perceived front-runners came in third and were disqualified in their respective races. Republican Tim Matthes drew the most votes in the South Kitsap commissioner’s race, followed by Democrat Charlotte Garrido. Monty Mahan, who was the first to declare for the seat and earned the endorsement of local mayors, came in third (See related story, page A3).


neighboring shop because he did not have any gold coins. The owner said Jakuab returned later to the store and wanted to look at some coins and loose gold. Penland told police he presented a book containing several Morgan silver dollars. While Jakuab was looking at the book, he saw Jakuab removed one of the coins and placed it in his front pants pocket. Shortly afterward, Penland said he saw the man open a vial and dump some loose gold fragments into his pocket. Court documents stated Penland confronted Jakuab, who ran out the shop. Penland ran after Jakuab, caught up with him and both men stumbled to the ground. Jakuab got to his feet and pulled out a knife. Penland, JEANETTE DALTON




Etta Projects will celebrate its 10th year of helping create sustainable solutions to poverty in rural Bolivia with an all-ages H2O (Help 2 Others) concert on Saturday, Sept. 21, at Etta Turner Park. The concert is 2:30 to 7:30 p.m., featuring Vividal — a local band — along with Torre, Audentia, Shot Gun Kitchen and Kayla Stewart. The H2O concert, partnered by the South Kitsap High School Key Club, will honor the life and legacy of Etta Turner, a Port Orchard teenager who was killed as a 16-year-old in a bus crash on Nov. 25, 2002, in Bolivia. She was a Rotary International exchange student at the time of her death. Six other people were killed in the accident. Etta Projects has supported thousands of families in Bolivia to transcend the limitation of poverty through sustainable water, sanitation and health programs. Executive Director and Founder Pennye Nixon said Etta Projects was created to honor the “life and humanitarian concerns” of her daughter. Her vision is a Bolivia “free of hunger, poverty, illiteracy and inequality.” “We are an international organization that works in Bolivia putting in clean water and sanitation systems in remote rural villages, along with assisting with healthcare and nutrition issues,” Nixon said. She said the nonprofit works every year with various

Custodians won’t be replaced, $1.72 million will be taken from reserve fund.




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Shop owner, daughter and bystander subdued man

and pension rates along with inflation as issues. In addition to the money saved on custodians, Patton said the district will dip into its reserve fund for $1.72 million. She said that’s not all bad because the district saved more than it anticipated in its last fiscal year, which ends Aug. 31. Patton said they also will save through not filling other vacant positions in the district, and through cutting expenses on supplies. The board unanimously adopted the budget. Patton warned in previous meetings that the “hard decisions” likely won’t end


activities she reported as stemming from Keehn’s attempts to operate a business out of her home. Weaver said following an April 11 hearing with the city’s Hearing Examiner, certain conditions were placed on Keehn’s permit to mitigate Cronan’s concerns before she would be allowed to operate her business. “(Keehn) has addressed all but one of those conditions, with the last being the letter from the (Kitsap County) Health Department,” Weaver said, explaining that Keehn’s current sewer facilities are


Etta Projects celebrating 10 years of service

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The South Kitsap School District is a little closer to closing its $2.9 million deficit for the upcoming school year. Terri Patton, assistant superintendent for business and support services, said at Wednesday’s school board meeting that the district won’t replace five full-time custodians who left the district after the last school year. She said that will save the district $250,000. Patton said the deficit stems from unforeseen circumstances when the district presented its last levy to voters in 2004. She cited escalating teacher salaries

chasing it last spring. City Development Director James Weaver confirmed that Keehn received a conditional-use permit to operate a onechair hair salon out of her home, which he described as “pretty innocuous” and something that doesn’t typically reach “the level of intensive use,” as far as impacts on the neighborhood are concerned. However, since November of 2007, Cronan has filed multiple complaints with the city regarding traffic, noise and other

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shot in three of her home’s windows. Cronan, who lives on the 200 block of Flower Meadows Street in Port Orchard, said she believed the attack was part of an ongoing dispute with Keehn, whom she alleges has been running a hair salon out of her home without a business license and in defiance of a city “stop-work” order. Keehn, 30, said she filed for permission from the city of Port Orchard to operate a hair salon out of her home on the 2300 block of Flower Avenue soon after pur-

A marker honoring the life of Etta Turner sits in Etta Turner Park near the Westbay Center.

Man caught after robbing local coin shop

Look inside for the Best of South Kitsap

▼ Matthes, Garrido advance in SK commissioner race; Dalton, Danielson in judicial contest.

Both sides report feeling harassed in rift over home business.

Neighbor denies pellet gun shooting


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Tensions between two Port Orchard neighbors that erupted after one attempted to open a home business last year led both women to head down to the Kitsap County Courthouse Monday and file restraining orders against each other. Shelia Cronan, 49, said she filed a restraining order against Amber Keehn after returning home from a camping trip Aug. 17 and discovering pellets had been


Cody Wright from Milford, Utah, got a mouth full of mud and a zero score after falling off Strawberry Delight in the Saddle Bronc Riding competition Wednesday night at the Kitsap County Stampede. The fair runs through Sunday.


A Section Editorial Robert Meadows Scene & Heard Sports Legal Notices Mary Colborn Obituaries

Inserts: Fred Meyer, RiteAid, Office Depot, Best Buy, Staples, Wal-Mart, Valassis

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INSIDE Program offers safe disposal for medicines A4

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Gart Richard Jakuab, of Tacoma, was arrested Monday afternoon by Port Orchard police after he allegedly robbed a local coin shop.

Enrollment in SKSD less than expected By DANNIE OLIVEAUX Editor

September’s projected enrollment number came in a lot less than expected, according to figures released on Monday by the South Kitsap School District. Enrollment data shows 123 students less than the projected September budget target of 9,467. Based on the September budget target, all elementary schools have 32 less students and 91 less in the junior and high schools. Superintendent Michelle Reid said Tuesday with 123 less students, the district would lose about $700,000. “We didn’t expect to be down as much

as we anticipated,” Reid said. On the first day of school, the district reported 9,439 students, but has continued to decline since. There was 9,345 reported on Sept. 5 and 9,325 on the fourth day of school. Monday’s enrollment figures show three elementary schools — Orchard Heights, Mullenix Ridge and Sidney Glen — have more than the September target. Orchard Heights has 28 more students, while Mullenix Ridge and Sidney Glen have 22 students more each. There are 4,792 enrolled in the 10 elementary schools. At the secondary level, Marcus

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Whitman Junior High has 11 students more than the budget target, while John Sedgwich has 43 less than the target and South Kitsap High has 91 less. Reid said in many cases, particularly at the junior high and high school levels, families move without notifying the school. “The students simply do not show up and then staff begin calling home to find out if they are coming. Often this takes several days to track down rather or not they are really coming back,” said Reid. See SKSD, A7

Port Orchard Independent, September 20, 2013  
Port Orchard Independent, September 20, 2013  

September 20, 2013 edition of the Port Orchard Independent