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SK skateboarder struck by SUV

A 17-year-old Manchester resident was taken to the hospital earlier this month after being struck by a large vehicle while he was skateboarding on Mile Hill Drive, the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office reported.

According to the report, the incident began around 4 p.m. April 4 when the victim and his 16-year-old friend were skateboarding down Mile Hill Drive near California Avenue and the 17-year-old was struck by a brown, older model Chevrolet Suburban.

The 16-year-old said that the pair were skateboarding — against traffic — and were passing the volunteer fire station on Mile Hill when the Suburban approached.

The first teen said he was ahead of the 17-year-old by some distance, and when he saw the car swerve onto the shoulder after passing him he became concerned about his friend.

When he looked back, he said he saw the 17-year-old lying on the ground while the car drove off down California.

He said he did not get a license plate number, nor could he see the driver because the windows were tinted.

When he reached his friend, the 16-year-old said he was unconscious but “coming to” and was able to get up, then the pair walked home and had an adult call 911.

The 17-year-old was later transported to Harrison Hospital, telling the deputy over the phone that he possibly had two broken ribs and numerous bruises.

He admitted that he was not wearing a helmet when he was struck.

The teen said he believed that the driver of the car had hit him on purpose, but that he had never seen the car before.

Dog adds new

twist to Nigerian money scam

A South Kitsap couple fell prey to an alleged scam after trying to buy a dog from a man claiming to be a missionary in Nigeria earlier this month, the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office reported.

According to the incident report, the victims — a 34-year-old SK woman and her 33-year-old husband — told deputies they had been trying to buy a dog, and had located one to buy in Africa.

The woman said she had been communicating with a man in Nigeria who claimed to be a missionary.

He said he had an English bulldog that he wanted to find a “good, Christian home for,” and once located, all the new owners had to do was pay for shipping.

After communicating via e-mail and by phone with the dog’s owner, the woman said that she and her husband sent $350 via money gram to an address in Lagos, Nigeria.

However, she said when they began researching how one might ship a dog to the United States from Nigeria, she received an alert regarding past scams.

The victim said she then tried to cancel the money gram, but it had already been picked up.

The couple then called 911 to report the possible scam.

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