January 14, 2010 · Updated 6:10 PM
Bremerton biker struck in chest by part from his motorcycle
A 52-year-old Bremerton motorcyclist struck Sunday in the chest by a loose axle nut from his motorcycle told his riding companions he felt like he had been shot.
Washington State Patrol troopers who met the man after he slumped at a stop light suspected he was intoxicated and placed him under arrest for drunken driving before he was flown to a Seattle hospital.
The man was riding a 2008 Harley Davidson FX1200 south on State Highway 307 near Foss Road, northeast of Poulsbo, when the axle nut broke loose, according to a statement from the Washington State Patrol.
The man was able to catch his breath and continue on, according to a State Patrol report, but his companions saw him slumping at a stop light at Central Valley Road NW and NE Waaga Way and asked him to pull over.
Once on the shoulder, he went to his knees and clutched his chest. One of the companions noticed the axle nut was missing from the right side of the front wheel. A trooper confirmed it was missing as well, the report said.
When questioned by troopers, the man said he had drank “some beer.”
He was taken to Harrison Medical Center with a possible broken sternum, then flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
After being treated in the emergency room he was released, Haborview
spokeswoman Susan Gregg-Hanson said.
Teen caught stealing bracelet for girlfriend
A teenager hoping to repay his girlfriend with a gift was caught at Kitsap Mall Sunday trying to steal a bracelet.
The teen, whose age and hometown was not given in the Kitsap County sheriff’s report, “struggled violently” after being tackled by J.C. Penney’s store security guards.
The security guards had observed the teen take the bracelet and remove
a security device. When confronted, the teen ran.
Another boy accompanying him ran and was not caught. When asked, the
suspect refused to identify his companion. When interviewed by a deputy, the teen said he went to the mall with the intent of stealing a gift for his girlfriend.
“He wanted to get his girlfriend something nice because she gave him a present,” the deputy wrote.
The teen was booked into Kitsap juvenile detention for investigation of third-degree theft and third-degree malicious mischief.
Klahowya school day interrupted by HVAC malfunction
A burned out motor in the heating and cooling
system at Klahowya Secondary School at 11:51 a.m. briefly forced
students to evacuate the building.
The students returned to school at 12:15 p.m.
“It was really a light haze when we arrived,” said Steve Hostetter, a battalion chief with Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue. “It was pretty routine.”
Seven units were called to the building, including a unit from Navy
Region Northwest Fire and Emergency Services.
Theresa MacLennan, spokeswoman for Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue,
commended the school for evacuating the students in an orderly fashion.
“It’s always good when schools get a chance to practice their emergency systems,” she said.
Man tells bank employee he has a bomb
A 48-year-old Bremerton man placed a box in front of a bank teller Jan. 7 and said there was a bomb
The man then dumped out coins from the box.
The Bank of America teller told the man he was was
“not funny” and lucky he’s not leaving in handcuffs,
according to Bremerton police reports. The manager
of the bank, located at 1000 Sixth Street, told
police she is in the process of closing the man’s