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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2013 | Vol. 114, No. 88 | | 75¢

Girl, 17, dies in head-on crash; OH man held

Suspect, 53, booked into jail on suspicion of vehicular homicide By JESSIE STENSLAND Staff reporter

A 17-year-old Oak Harbor girl is dead, her twin sister is in serious condition at Harborview Medical Center and Hospital in Seattle and another young woman is in the hospital following an accident near Anacortes Thursday, according to the Washington State Patrol. Janeah Goheen died at the scene of the accident; her sister, Janesah Goheen, is in the intensive care unit, according to Kellie Tormey, communication coordinator for the Oak Harbor School District. “Everybody here is deeply saddened,” Tormey said. “It’s really a shocking loss to this community.” Alysha Pickler, 18, of Oak Harbor, was also injured in the accident and transported to Island Hospital in Anacortes for treatment. Oak Harbor resident Ira Blackstock, 53, was arrested and booked into Skagit County Jail on suspicion of vehicular homicide and two counts of vehicular assault, according to the Washington See TEEN KILLED in crash, A4

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Coupeville Elementary fifth-graders Brooke Ausman, left, and Coral Caveness, right, count the money their club raised to help Brooke’s mom fight breast cancer. Both girls are the presidents of the Breast Cancer Club they founded with other classmates.

Kids with a cause S

By SARA HANSEN Staff Reporter

Students set out to make a difference

even fifth-graders’ determination to help one of their ailing moms is paying off. The Breast Cancer Club, comprised of Coupeville Elementary students, raised approximately $607.92. The jars were distributed around to Oak Harbor and Coupeville businesses, including See Kids with a CAUSE, A4

Will City Council election serve as a referendum on mayor? By JESSIE STENSLAND Staff reporter

Political observers in Oak Harbor see the upcoming election as a poll of sorts on public opinion of ongoing friction between Mayor Scott Dudley and the City Council. Cause of the division, however, depends on whom you ask. Some see it as a partisan divide, with echoes of the larger national struggle over the heart of the Republican party.

Others said they see a conflict between a reformer and the “good old boys” network. Some said they think it’s a personality conflict between oversized personalities. Dudley said it spawns from camaraderie between the council and city staff. “We have a council that seems to think they work for the staff,” he said. “I work for the citizens of Oak Harbor and sometimes that means I have to make hard decisions.”

Although they all resist such categorization, the eight candidates in the council election are viewed as being either in the mayor’s “camp” or on the side of the council. Dudley helped perpetuate this perception by campaigning door-to-door for the candidates he supports: Lucas Yonkman, Sandi Peterson, Mike Piccone and Councilman Jim Campbell. The other candidates — Councilman Bob Severns, See election, A17

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