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Review Bainbridge Island

AN EYE FOR FILM: BHS student has movie chosen for film festival. A12

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2013 | Vol. 113, No. 32 | | 75¢

City starts effort to break up police union

Spartans crown king and queen

BY BRIAN KELLY Bainbridge Island Review

Luciano Marano | Bainbridge Island Review

Walker Hauptman and Kate Hathaway were crowned as the 2013 homecoming king and queen during halftime at the Spartans’ homecoming football game Friday, Oct. 11.

Bainbridge Island has taken its first step to break up the city’s police union. City Manager Doug Schulze filed a petition to the state Oct. 2 to allow the city to remove four lieutenants from the union that represents Bainbridge police officers. City officials will present a case to the Washington State Public Employment Relations Commission — the independent state agency that resolves labormanagement disputes involving public employees

— to have the city’s first-line supervisors removed from the Bainbridge Island Police Guild. The Bainbridge department currently has 14 officer positions, and those employees are managed by the departments four lieutenants, but both line officers and lieutenants belong to the same union. That arrangement, however, has led to ongoing accountability and morale problems in recent years. In a report released by an outside consultant in August, an expert on police issues said the current structure of the city’s police union was

problematic. The Pendleton report echoed, and expanded upon, disorder in the department that was found in the extensive review of Bainbridge police by the review wrapped up in by the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs’ Loaned Executive Management Assistance Program, or LEMAP. The LEMAP study found “flagrant incidents of insubordination that go unchecked” by the lieutenants, and the report noted multiple incidents that turn to union | A13

Driver hits utility pole, plus two trucks and a cyclist Candidates face more questions at second forum BY LUCIANO MARANO Bainbridge Island Review

Power was restored to downtown Winslow and the surrounding area after having been out for approximately four hours Thursday morning following an auto accident. At least two trucks, one cyclist and one utility pole were struck after an as-yet-unidentified driver reportedly lost control of his vehicle at approximately 7 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at the intersection of Highway 305 and Winslow Way. Bainbridge police managed to remove the damaged vehicles within the hour

and get ferry traffic flowing again, but intermittent power outages did occur in the area, including the intersection’s traffic light. “I thought I was going to die,” said Liz Minnie, the driver of a Chevy Colorado, one of the vehicles that was hit by the truck. Minnie and another as-yetunidentified man driving a Ford F-150 were stopped at the red light at Harborview Drive waiting to continue through to the toll booths. Then there was a loud crashing noise and a pickup truck hit both of the idling vehicles before making the right turn turn to driver | A11

BY CECILIA GARZA Bainbridge Island Review

Luciano Marano | Bainbridge Island Review

A Chevy Colorado as well as a Ford F-150 were both struck by an unidentified driver who reportedly lost control of his truck after having gone into diabetic shock at Highway 305 and Winslow Way.

Candidates in the running for the Bainbridge Island City Council attended their second candidate forum this week, hosted by the League of Women Voters. In the running for the North Ward seat are Dick Haugan and Val Tollefson; for the Central Ward, Arlene Buetow and Wayne Roth; and for the South Ward, Dee McComb and Roger Townsend. Though the candidates are elected through their wards, all Bainbridge voters will be able to cast ballots in all of the races. turn to forum | A15

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October 18, 2013 edition of the Bainbridge Island Review

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