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San Juan County Sheriff Detective Stephen Parker was put on paid administrative leave while the sheriff looks into new information of misconduct involving a victim in an ongoing case.
Community Events, September 2016
In late August, a team of volunteer monitors caught an invasive European green crab (Carcinus maenas) in Westcott Bay, San Juan Island, marking the first confirmation of this global invader in Washington's Puget Sound (Salish Sea). On Monday, an additional green crab was found in Padilla Bay by staff of the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.
Tuesday, Sept. 27, is National Voter Registration Day. The local League of Women Voters will man tables at two San Juan Island locations to encourage and assist Islanders who need to register to vote in time for the presidential election in November.
Judge Donald Eaton has granted former Orcas High School teacher Gerald Grellet-Tinner a new trial after a lead investigator on the case was accused of misconduct. A new trial is scheduled for Dec. 5. The defendant was released from custody on Sept. 20 after Judge Eaton announced his ruling.
The League of Women Voters of the San Juans will be sponsoring candidate forums on each of the four main islands for state and local contests in the 2016 general election.