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SATURDAY, MAY 31, 2014 | Vol. 124, No. 44 | WWW.WHIDBEYNEWSTIMES.COM | 75¢

Mayor wants new race planner Dudley: ‘We don’t see eye to eye’ By JANIS REID Staff reporter

Mayor Scott Dudley is actively seeking a replacement for Whidbey Island

Marathon coordinator Tamra Sipes. But if the mayor can’t find another person or organization to run the marathon by July 1, Sipes may still end up with the job.

On Tuesday, Sipes met with Dudley to discuss her future organizing the event, but no resolution was reached. “We don’t see eye to eye,” Dudley said. Dudley said he believes Sipes has SEE MARATHON, A12

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A man riding a motorized bicycle was struck by an SUV Wednesday while trying to cross State Highway 20.

Anacortes man killed crossing State Hwy 20 By MEGAN HANSEN Co-editor

A man died Wednesday after he was struck by a sport utility vehicle on State Highway 20 while trying to cross the road on a motorized bicycle. The accident occurred at 3:40 p.m. about a halfmile north of Oak Harbor city limits, said Mark Francis, public information officer for Washington State Patrol. The victim, Kelly Wayne Shields, 49, of Anacortes, was leaving the parking lot of Liberty Market when he attempted to cross the highway, according to State Patrol reports. Francis said Brian K. Williams, 52, of Burlington was driving in a Black Ford Expedition Northbound on Highway 20 when Shields pulled out in front of him. “He tried to slam on his brakes, but couldn’t fast enough,” Francis said. Shields died at the scene. SEE FATAL ACCIDENT, A12

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Former Coupeville deputy marshal Hodges Gowdey listens to arguments made by his attorney, Chris Skinner, alleging that Oak Harbor police officers tricked Gowdey into making incriminating statements by telling him they were conducting an “internal investigation.”

Lawyer: Ruse was used to draw incriminating statements

By JANIS REID Staff reporter

The lawyer for former Coupeville deputy marshal Hodges Gowdey says a “ruse” was used to get his client to make

self-incriminating statements. During an evidentiary hearing Friday, attorney Chris Skinner said that Gowdey’s statements during an interview with Detective Sgt. Teri Gardner

should be inadmissible because they were gathered under false pretense. Friday’s hearing in Island County Superior Court, which included testimoSEE COURT, A12

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May 31, 2014 edition of the Whidbey News-Times

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May 31, 2014 edition of the Whidbey News-Times