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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2010 ■Vol. 119, No. 47 ■ www.portorchardindependent.com ■ 50¢

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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-

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By CHARLIE BERMANT Staff Writer

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). SEE UPSETS, PAGE A2

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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 SEE SCHOOL, PAGE A2

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

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By CHRIS CHANCELLOR Staff Writer

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

Both sides report feeling harassed in rift over home business.

Snow, high winds, frigid temperatures and power outages bedevil SK residents

Left: At least four trees from the Kitsap Regional Park blew down and blocked Jackson Avenue around 7 p.m. Tuesday. By a happy coincidence, the mishap occurred just across the street from Lefler Tree Services, whose crews quickly cut up the fallen trees and cleared the road. Nearby homes were still without power into Wednesday because of the power lines severed when the trees went down.

A psychologist representing the defense team told a jury at Kitsap County Superior Court on Monday that a short bout of insanity may have caused Daniel Mustard to kill his neighbor, 87-year-old Ruby Andrews. “This killing wasn’t a mere slaying,� Dr. Mark B. Whitehill said on the stand Tuesday, as the trial entered its third week. “It was a slaughter,� that seemed “out of character,� for Mustard. Mustard is accused of murdering Andrews in April 2009, but his attorneys argue he is not guilty by reason of insanity. Although Mustard dealt with a

into the high teens Tuesday night, turning Bethel Road into a sheet of ice.

By KAITLIN STROHSCHEIN

Neighbor denies pellet gun shooting

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By JUSTINE FREDERIKSEN

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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

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The wind, snow and freezing temperatures that blew into Kitsap County on Monday scrambled routines and caused significant damage to the area. By 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday, about 44,000 Kitsap County homes lost power, which represented the largest loss in the state, according to Puget Sound Energy. Forty crews have been working to restore power across the region, and another 16 were summoned from nearby states. Meanwhile, South Kitsap Fire and Rescue also stayed busy. Between 8 a.m. Monday and 8 a.m. Tuesday, the station had about 14 vehicles and 30 people on call processing 168 calls for assistance. “The bulk of the calls started around 4 p.m. and tapered off a little bit around midnight,� said Batallion Chief Mike Wernet. “But we still ran about 50 or 60 calls after midnight.� At different times, people tended to report different emergencies, he said. From about 4 p.m. until 8 p.m., they mainly called to report commuting-related emergencies.

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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.

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Mustard’s defense: Murder was ‘out of character’ By KAITLIN STROHSCHEIN

Defiance Marine stakes out spot in SK Industrial Area

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