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Man rescued after spending five days in car in ravine

KINGSTON —  A 75-year-old man, uninjured but unable to climb up to the roadway, spent an estimated five days in his car after it rolled down a 30-foot embankment and was found just before noon May 14 at the intersection of 288th Street and Hansville Road.

A surveyor said he had spotted something in the woods and had climbed down to investigate when he found the man in his car.

He gave the elderly man a bottle of water and an energy bar before going back to the roadway to flag down a passerby to call 911.

North Kitsap Fire & Rescue crews found that the man’s medical conditions impaired his ability to climb out of the swale but he was not injured. His car, a late-model Chevy Malibu, was not damaged and the airbags did not deploy.

The man was carried up the ravine to an NKF&R ambulance and was then transported to Bremerton’s Harrison Memorial Hospital. 

The man told crews he had been attempting a U-turn when he accidentally went backward into the ravine.  Physically incapable of climbing out, he said he spent the next five days in his car.  Until the car battery failed, the man entertained himself by listening to the radio. 

Toddler burned by fall into campfire

HANSVILLE — A 19-month-old girl was taken by a paramedic unit to the burn center at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after she fell into a campfire Saturday evening.

North Kitsap Fire & Rescue crews were called to a home on Old Hansville Road at about 6 p.m. May 14.  The girl’s injuries were limited to her hands, one of which sustained more severe burns than the other. The girl’s mother told crews that she had accidentally fell into the backyard campfire. 

Firefighters said this type of injury becomes more common in the spring and summer as people take to the outdoors. Supervision is key in preventing children from wandering into hazards.

But, officials agreed, even watchful eyes can’t always protect a child. 

“It takes just a second for a toddler to trip into a fire,” said NKF&R spokeswoman Michèle Laboda. “Adults may want to refrain from having outdoor fires until the (children) are old enough to understand the danger.” 

Man banned from reservation returns and is arrested

LITTLE BOSTON —  A non-tribal man who has been banned from the Port Gamble Indian Reservation was arrested there early Thursday morning.

Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the 6000 block of NE Ironwood Lane, on the reservation, for a domestic physical dispute in progress around 1:30 a.m. May 12.

The victim, a 36-year-old tribal woman, said that the suspect, a 34-year-old man, had choked her. She said the suspect had come to the residence drunk and was being “mean, crazy and abusive,” and had grabbed her by the neck with his hand.

She had tried to call 911 but he yelled at her and took the phone from her before fleeing the residence.

About an hour later, deputies received another call from another victim at the Ironwood address, a 24-year-old tribal woman, who said the suspect had returned.

After searching in the brush near the residence, the suspect was taken into custody and arrested for fourth degree assault, first degree criminal trespassing and third degree theft. Bail was set at $55,000. Port Gamble and Suquamish tribal police officers assisted in the effort.

Nearly 30 sick cats found in Poulsbo resident’s shed

POULSBO — What started as an investigation of a prowler turned into a case of possible animal cruelty.

A resident called 911 about a potential intruder to her neighbor’s shed shortly before midnight May 12. Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived at the 1000 block of NW Carey Street to find the shed open and a dead cat lying on top of a trash bag, as well as 20 cats in cages inside.

Each cage was about four-by-four feet in size with four to five cats inside each one. Deputies observed that the cats appeared to be sick and dirty and were surrounded by feces.

Slugs, snails and maggots were crawling inside their food and water bowls and cages. The cats were of different ages, colors and sizes. Nine more cats were also found in the same condition.

Deputies observed the exterior of the home was littered with egg shells, discarded food and garbage in piles near the front door. A Kitsap Animal Control Officer arrived to investigate the scene.

Deputies and the animal control officer tried to locate the homeowner but had no success. Neighbors said he was either at work or on vacation. Animal control removed all the cats.

The report was forwarded to the Kitsap County Prosecuting Attorney’s office for review and filing of charges.

Suspicious women snoop around senior’s home

POULSBO — An 88-year-old man alerted law enforcement to a suspicious incident that took place at his home around 4 p.m. May 1.

The widower, who is partially disabled and lives alone, said two women, both reportedly of Hispanic descent, 30-40 years old and about 5 feet, three inches tall, knocked on his door and asked to enter his home in the 16000 block of State Route 305. The man said the women wanted the name and phone number of his housekeeper.

The two women were in the home for about 30 minutes and said they were starting a meals-on-wheels business and inquired about his life, such as when his wife died and other personal information. The victim said he didn’t answer these questions.

He soon realized that one of the women walked back into his bedroom. He found the woman going through his dresser drawers and he yelled at her and told both women to leave. They left and he noticed their vehicle was a new or newer SUV. He doesn’t believe anything was taken.

The man said his housekeeper said she hasn’t been contacted by anyone.

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