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KRL has its own fish tale to tell

By ERIN BEIL

Staff writer

The main branch of Kitsap Regional Library on Sylvan Way was left with its own fish tale when vandals left a more than 20-inch salmon inside the ceiling tiles of the men’s bathroom.

“On Tuesday (Nov. 13) people started noticing this really bad smell,” said Susan Rosapepe, KRL spokeswoman. “At first we thought it was coming out of the heating vent in the manager’s office.”

After calling Pacific Air Systems to investigate the heating and air vents, nothing was discovered that led to the fishy smell, which was mostly concentrated in the lobby. Upon checking the bathrooms, KRL facility workers discovered the smell was coming from the ceiling in the men’s bathroom.

“Our guys found a fish ... about a 20-inch salmon behind the ceiling tile in the mens bathroom.” Rosapepe added. “It’s amazing how much it smelled.”

Rosapepe added that the salmon was already dead when it was brought into the library and might have been recovered from a beach or stream. It was removed from the location and disposed of.

“The next day, we had ‘animal’ written on the bathroom stall in marker,” she said. “This was truly malicious.”

Rosapepe said one of the proposed ideas is locking the bathroom doors and issuing keys to patrons that need to use the facilities. She said the safety and security of KRL patrons and staff is of paramount importance.

Currently, she added the staff is making every effort to eradicate the leftover smell and they are changing the heating vents and air filters to try and alleviate the fishy smell from circulating.

“We are having to keep the door open all the time,” she added. “It’s just a truly unfortunate incident.”

Although Rosapepe said there are no suspects at this time, a report was filed at the Bremerton Police Department. She added the branch was not closed during the incident and no patrons or staff members were in danger at any time.

This is not the first time the Sylvan Way branch has been vandalized. In July 2006, vandals threw rocks through the library windows, breaking a total of 11.

“(These crimes) take up a lot of our time and people hours,” Rosapepe added. “It’s really maddening someone would go to this extent.”

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