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Man “scores” pot and jail time

Bremerton Police officers responded to a bar where a “suspicious male” was reported “rummaging” through a tan purse outside the bar. Prior to officer arrival, the man took off running down Kitsap Way, the reporting party told officers. The caller told officers he saw the 20-year-old Bremerton man outside the bar looking through the purse. When asked what he was doing, the man replied, “look, I found something. Marijuana!” and then remarked, “I scored” before running toward the Red Apple parking lot.

After searching the purse that had been left in the parking lot, officers found a torn check inside. The purse owner was contacted, saying her purse had been taken from the vehicle and her ID and debit card were also missing.

The male was found walking along Kitsap Way, and he denied taking the purse from a vehicle, along with stealing its contents. He was booked for possession of stolen property, second degree. Bail was set at $10,000.

Sex offender fails to register

John Merle Martinson has failed to register as a sex offender, according to a certificate of probable cause from the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office. In 1998, Martinson was convicted in Jefferson County for “indecent liberties with forcible compulsion,” states the report. As a sex offender, Martinson is required to report and register within three days of moving. As of Feb. 2014, Martinson was not living at the 1209 5th St. address he last registered as his home address. According to a rental services manager, he had been kicked out on Feb. 10 due to not following rules. According to the probable cause report, Martinson has not followed the sex offender registration rules and an arrest warrant has been issued. His whereabouts are unknown at this time.

Man with stolen EBT cards arrested

On Feb. 20, a 38-year-old Bremerton man was arrested and booked for forgery and possession of stolen property in the second degree. In January, Franklin L. Goeringer was contacted by deputies after he was found attempting to prowl vehicles in Bremerton. He was booked on outstanding misdemeanor warrants, and while being searched at the jail, deputies turned up three stolen Washington State Quest EBT cards. According to Goeringer, the cards were given to him by “two males that wanted to sell their food stamp benefits,” a probable cause statement reads. Bail was set at $50,000.


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