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Grass fire sparked near tribal complex
LITTLE BOSTON A grass fire spread quickly after being ignited at about 3:10 p.m. July 9 at a baseball field near the Port Gamble SKlallam Tribes House of Knowledge complex, said North Kitsap Fire & Rescue officials. Several bystanders tried to get the fire under control with buckets of water, and a Port Gamble SKlallam Tribal police officer used three fire extinguishers on the blaze before NKF&R crews arrived.
The fire grew from a 10-foot by 10-foot patch to cover a 100-foot by 50-foot area in the eight minutes it took crews to respond. The blaze was extinguished using about 300 gallons of water, officials said.
The cause of the fire is unknown at this time, and though bystanders said they had heard fireworks being set off in the area, no evidence was found to support that theory.
Officials remind residents to exercise extra caution in the coming weeks as temperatures rise and local vegetation dries out.
Kingston resident flees from traffic stop
KINGSTON A 24-year-old Kingston resident fled from Kitsap County Sheriffs Office deputies after they attempted a routine traffic stop at about 11:20 p.m. July 4 at the intersection of West Kingston and Norman roads, according to deputies.
Deputies initially tried to stop the white Ford pickup truck for having two broken tail lights, but the driver accelerated, reaching about 40 miles per hour in a 25 mph speed zone on Norman Road. The driver was forced to stop the vehicle at the end of the dead end road, and he along with a passenger both fled from the truck on foot.
Deputies impounded the truck, and were able to determine who the driver was and contacted his parents. Deputies are continuing the investigation and are still looking for the 24-year-old.
Smoke bomb startles Kingston couple
KINGSTON Two Kingston residents, aged 54 and 51, called 911 after a smoke bomb was thrown through their window at about 11:50 p.m. July 1 in the 9600 block of Meyers Lane in Kingston, according to the Kitsap County Sheriffs Office.
After the area was investigated and cleared by North Kitsap Fire & Rescue firefighters, deputies searched for evidence as to why the bomb was thrown through that particular window. The screen on the window had been pried off, and deputies said they found another unknown firework burned into a portion of the residents lawn.
There is no suspect information at this time. Residents with information are encouraged to contact the KCSO at (360) 337-7101.