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Poulsbo man arrested for vehicular assault

POULSBO — Washington State Patrol arrested Poulsbo resident James A. Ciganik, 47, at approximately 9 p.m. Jan. 10 for one count of vehicular assault.

The arrest occurred after a three-month investigation into a Sept. 22, 2005 collision that occurred on Bond Road at Rova Road just before 10 p.m.

Ciganik was traveling southbound on Bond Road when he attempted to turn onto Rova Road and pulled into the path of Kingston driver Jaymi Kiehle who was traveling northbound on Bond Road. Kiehle sustained serious injury while Ciganik suffered only minor injuries.

A blood draw taken the night of the collision revealed that Ciganik’s blood alcohol content was more than three times over the legal limit of .08 percent. Further testing showed his blood alcohol concentration measured at .30 percent.

Troopers from the Poulsbo Detachment arrested Ciganik at his Poulsbo residence without incident; he was booked into the Kitsap County Jail with bail set at $50,000.

Elderly Kingstonite

possible scam victim

KINGSTON — Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office deputies received a report Jan. 9 of what is perceived to be a “sweetheart scam.”

The victim, an 80-year-old man, told deputies that he had been friends with two middle-aged women the past few years. The 45-year-old woman, of Romanian descent, was his “fiancee” who was allegedly suffering from a rare form of brain cancer and had to have treatments in California, Texas and Arizona. The other woman, 58, was allegedly her appointed caretaker.

In June 2005, the victim was convinced to purchase a 2004 dark blue Cadillac Escalade for the women. They agreed to pay him back monthly but only provided two month’s worth of payments. In July, the women said they had to go to California for surgery and the victim has not seen them since. He believes he was lied to and they took the car at his expense.

Deputies ran the women’s names through their system and found the 45-year-old had numerous aliases and several cases for fraud and similar deceptive crimes. The 58-year-old is mentioned in cases involving Cadillac brand vehicles being of questionable origin.

Casino brawl

ends in arrest

SUQUAMISH — Mitchell P. LaJoie, a 37-year-old South Kitsap resident, was arrested after allegedly fighting with security at the Suquamish Clearwater Casino Jan. 8.

Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office deputies, along with officers from Poulsbo, Bainbridge Island and Suquamish Tribal police departments, responded to the casino for a report of a person fighting with security just before 1 a.m.

Casino security officers alleged LaJoie had “groped” several female patrons inside the facility and the casino received complaints about it. Security found the suspect heavily intoxicated and belligerent. The suspect got in the face of the security of the officer and came at the officer. After a scuffle, the suspect was taken into custody in the casino security office but continued to ignore commands from law enforcement and yell threats to officers. He was eventually escorted to jail.

LaJoie appeared in Kitsap County Superior Court Jan. 9 and was charged with fourth degree assault and harassment. Bail was set at $5,000.

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