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Colton Harris-Moore: Burglary suspect has 20,000 Facebook fans, articles in Outdoors and Maxim magazines, and now a song on YouTube
- posted Mar 24, 2010 at 9:38 AM— updated Mar 25, 2010 at 8:39 AM
Colton Harris-Moore, the teen burglary suspect who has earned the nickname "The Barefoot Burglar," is growing as a pop culture figure. His suspected crimes have made national news, and he's been the subject of stories in Outdoors magazine and, now, Maxim magazine. And he's even the subject of a song, "The Ballad of Barefoot Harris," on YouTube.
- posted Mar 26, 2010 at 12:42 PM— updated Mar 26, 2010 at 4:24 PM
Jody Metzger, a seasoned educator who has helmed two elementary schools, directed school choirs and taught second, third and fourth grade, has been hired to become the new principal at Chautauqua Elementary School.
- posted Apr 12, 2010 at 2:34 PM— updated Apr 13, 2010 at 11:15 AM
Sheriff Bill Cumming wouldn’t elaborate on the details, but the recent late-night helicopter activity on Orcas Island is part of the ongoing investigation to find serial burglar Colton Harris-Moore.
- posted Apr 13, 2010 at 11:16 AM— updated Apr 14, 2010 at 8:47 AM
20th Century Fox has announced plans to make a movie about Colton Harris-Moore, based on Orcas writer Bob Friel's book proposal.
- posted May 6, 2010 at 11:02 AM— updated May 7, 2010 at 4:36 PM
Lead Detective Brent Johnson announced his candidacy Thursday for San Juan County sheriff. His announcement came two days after Sheriff Bill Cumming announced he will not seek a seventh term in November. Johnson, 55, lives in the North Forty neighborhood of San Juan Island with his wife, Lynne-Anne, and daughter, Lenora. He has lived in the San Juans since Cumming hired him as lead detective nearly eight years ago.
Felix Menjivar, deputy and town councilman, announces candidacy for San Juan County sheriff | Election 2010
- posted May 7, 2010 at 8:14 AM— updated May 7, 2010 at 4:37 PM
Friday Harbor Town Councilman Felix Menjivar was on duty as a sheriff's deputy Thursday and missed the noon council meeting. Then, in the council's evening session, he was on his way from a regular session to a closed session to talk about possible property acquisition. He had time only to give a one-word answer to a question: Yes. And with that, Menjivar entered the race for San Juan County sheriff.
- posted May 11, 2010 at 12:28 PM
Bob Coleman, president and CEO of Islanders Bank, announced Tuesday the following officer promotions approved by the Islanders Bank Board of Directors at the April 29 board meeting.
- posted May 11, 2010 at 12:52 PM— updated May 12, 2010 at 5:24 PM
Washington State Ferries (WSF) plans to counter lagging ridership with a $1 million marketing campaign to attract tourists to destinations throughout Puget Sound, including Vashon.
- posted May 14, 2010 at 10:24 AM— updated May 14, 2010 at 12:43 PM
Chelan Taylor, a junior at Friday Harbor High School, is raising $13,000 to replace the fence around the horse arena at the San Juan County Fairgrounds. It’s a sacred mission of sorts. No mere arena, this is a field of dreams, where ambition and courage have been tested for generations, a place where memories have been made, where events have become part of the fabric of our history.
- posted May 15, 2010 at 1:06 PM
The word of the boat theft spread quickly, and so did the speculation. You-Know-Who was quickly a prime suspect in the minds of several islanders familiar with his exploits. A Cape San Juan home was reportedly burglarized — neighbors said it occurred late May 13/early May 14 and a 24-foot boat on the homeowner's private dock was stolen. Neighbors said the boat was later found grounded on Shark Reef. The Sheriff's Department reported in a press release May 14 that the boat was "beached."
- posted May 16, 2010 at 12:06 PM— updated May 18, 2010 at 11:20 AM
The word of the boat theft spread quickly, and so did the speculation. You-Know-Who was quickly a prime suspect in the minds of several islanders familiar with his alleged crimes. A Cape San Juan home was reportedly burglarized — neighbors said it occurred late Thursday/early Friday — and a 24-foot boat on the homeowner’s private dock was stolen. Neighbors said the boat was later found grounded on Shark Reef. The Sheriff’s Department reported in a press release Friday that the boat was “beached.”
- posted May 20, 2010 at 3:56 PM— updated May 20, 2010 at 4:05 PM
On Tuesday, May 11, 2010, Hildegard Goss, 93, died of natural causes at Hamlet House on Lopez Island. She is survived by her nieces, Christine Dahl-Sesby of Friday Harbor, Patricia Topper of Emmitsburg, Md., and her nephew, Derek Valley of Olympia. She was predeceased by her husband of more than 60 years, William Goss; her sister, Lillie Ericsson; and her brother, Bertil Valley.
- posted May 26, 2010 at 2:32 PM— updated May 26, 2010 at 3:01 PM
The San Juan County Sheriff's Department on Wednesday released stills from a surveillance video they believe shows suspected "Barefoot Burglar" Colton Harris-Moore about to steal a boat from a Lopez Island marina earlier this month.
- posted Jun 1, 2010 at 9:45 AM— updated Jun 10, 2010 at 3:10 PM
David Schermerhorn, 80, a retired television-commercial producer from Orcas Island, was on the flotilla that was boarded by Israeli troops Monday.
- posted Jun 8, 2010 at 2:38 PM— updated Jun 8, 2010 at 8:34 PM
A helicopter crashed off Bell Island, between Crane Island and Shaw Island's Broken Point. Three boats, including the Sheriff's Boat Guardian, were en route to the scene at 2:30 p.m.
- posted Jun 10, 2010 at 4:01 PM
The Center for Whale Research has confirmed the birth of a new K pod calf. If it survives that critical first year, the Southern resident orca population is 90, its highest since 2006. The Center for Whale Research designated the calf K43. Center researcher Erin Heydenreich said the calf is the fifth born to K12. However, only three of those orcas are still alive, Heydenreich said.
Brad Fincher, adult probation officer, announces candidacy for San Juan County sheriff | Election 2010
- posted Jun 11, 2010 at 7:59 AM
Brad Fincher, adult probation officer for San Juan County, has announced his candidacy for San Juan County sheriff. Fincher's announcement, on the final day of the candidate filing period for the Aug. 17 primary and Nov. 2 general election, brings the field of candidates for sheriff to four. The others are Lead Detective Brent Johnson, Deputy Felix Menjivar, and Deputy Rob Nou.
Election 2010: Five running for sheriff, three for Lopez/Shaw County Council, two for North San Juan County Council
- posted Jun 11, 2010 at 5:04 PM
You have 15 choices for U.S. Senate — among them, Goodspaceguy and Mike the Mover. You have five choices for U.S. Congress. Nine people want you to know what they'll do as your representative from 40th District state House position 1 — three Democrats, three Republicans, and one from the Happiness Party. You'll hear from three candidates for 40th District state House position 2. Five candidates are running for sheriff. Three are running for the County Council position from Lopez/Shaw. Two are running for the County Council position from North San Juan. So, let the issues discussion begin.
- posted Jun 22, 2010 at 4:56 PM— updated Jun 23, 2010 at 1:56 PM
Three Islands Oil Spill Association workers are in the Gulf of Mexico region, helping to capture and clean oiled birds. And a bird rescue research center is asking all qualified responders to be available through the end of August. IOSA director Julie Knight and volunteer Sam Pottenger, both of Lopez Island, went to the Gulf June 12. Volunteer Amy Lum of Orcas Island joined them on June 19.
Transportation Commissioner Bob Distler of Orcas Island warned about communications with WSF employees
- posted Jun 24, 2010 at 10:42 AM— updated Jun 24, 2010 at 3:12 PM
State Transportation Commissioner Bob Distler of Orcas Island has been advised by Washington State Ferries that he could be denied ferry access if he again "engages in disruptive behavior" with ferry workers. Steven V. Rodgers, director of marine operations for WSF, wrote a letter to Distler, dated June 18, as a followup to a discussion the two had regarding a complaint from a WSF employee in Anacortes. The letter states that Distler had apologized to the terminal supervisor and the traffic attendant, "assuring them this type of behavior would not happen again."
- posted Jun 24, 2010 at 1:21 PM
The San Juan County Fire Marshal's office reminds islanders and visitors that open burning closes June 30, 11:59 p.m. For more information, call Deputy Fire Marshal Paul Turner, 376-2331.
- posted Jun 29, 2010 at 5:12 PM— updated Jul 1, 2010 at 11:14 AM
Anacortes Terminal Supervisor Mark Tibbles called State Transportation Commissioner Bob Distler at home late May 14 and warned him he would have him "hauled off" by the State Patrol if he "treated one of my employees like that again."
U.S. Embassy in Bahamas: FBI offers $10,000 reward for information leading to arrest of Harris-Moore
- posted Jul 7, 2010 at 9:43 AM
The U.S. Embassy in the Bahamas issued this press release Tuesday regarding the FBI's offer of $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of serial burglary suspect Colton Harris-Moore. Authorities believe Harris-Moore, suspected of burglaries and thefts in several states and British Columbia, landed a stolen plane off Abaco Island and is in the Bahamas.
Five who would be sheriff: San Juan Islands will have a new top cop for the first time in 24 years | San Juan County Sheriff
- posted Jul 7, 2010 at 11:02 AM
Five law enforcement professionals want to be your next sheriff. The campaign is significant for these reasons: One, islanders will have a new sheriff for the first time in 24 years. Anyone alive since 1986 has known only Bill Cumming as the county’s top cop. Two, rarely has a single position on the San Juan County ballot generated so many candidates. All are colleagues with varied backgrounds. The field includes a past sheriff candidate, a retired police chief, a Town Council member, a county advisory board chairman, and the chairman of the prevention coalition.
- posted Jul 7, 2010 at 11:40 AM
Serial burglary suspect Colton Harris-Moore is now wanted in federal court. Harris-Moore has been charged in U.S. District Court in Seattle with interstate transportation of stolen property. He is also charged in Island County with flight to avoid prosecution and in San Juan County for forced entry burglary / burglary second degree.