Woman escapes rollover, altercation prompts arrest, possible Holstein heist; San Juan County Sheriff's Log

San Juan County Sheriff’s Department reported responding to these calls:

Feb. 23: A Lopez Island family found no clues as to the whereabouts of their missing cow despite a frantic, but failed, four-day search. Authorities were notified of the animal’s prolonged disappearance in the event that the 7-month-old Holstein, cared for reportedly by a family son, has been rustled by a cattle thief.

Feb. 25: The mens bathroom at a Lopez Island resort sustained extensive damage after someone apparently let out their frustrations on its fixtures and walls. Someone reportedly smashed several holes into the walls, broke a faucet, ripped a dry erase board off a wall and wrote rude comments and slurs on the walls, all directed at someone named “Bill”. Management believes that the damage was done by someone other than a disgruntled former employee.

Feb. 27: An Orcas Island man accused of provoking an altercation with another and who then came out on the losing end was later arrested on a warrant on an unrelated matter. The 41-year-old reportedly refused to leave a man’s Spruce Street home when asked and, according to a witness, instigated the fight that ensued. He was treated for facial injuries later at his home while being taken into custody on a warrant unrelated to the earlier assault. Both combatants declined to press charges.

Feb. 29: Excessive speed led to a trio of moving violations for a Morton, Wash., woman following a noontime traffic stop near the intersection of Kirchoff and Orcas roads.The 42-year-old was ticketed for driving with a suspended license and without insurance, and for speeding. She was pulled over shortly before noon.

A San Juan Island woman claims that a man in her former hometown is using social media to harass her, including sending death threats. She claims the 41-year-old Port Angles man has posted threats of bodily harm on her Facebook page.

March 1: Excessive speed prompted the arrest of an Orcas Island man following an early evening traffic stop near the intersection of Haven and Orcas roads. The 48-year-old’s previous license, issued in California, reportedly expired in 1999. He reportedly was driving without identification or a license at the time he was pulled over, shortly before 6 p.m. He also was ticketed for speeding.

March 2: A Bellingham woman who succumbed to drug overdose-like symptoms in Eastsound in late afternoon was treated at the scene and later escorted to the ferry landing, with instructions to return directly home. The 31-year-old told authorities she came to Orcas seeking assistance of a doctor for treatment and detox, and ended up in a bathroom in the village square,  where she reportedly consumed a quarter-gram of heroin. A local doctor was notified of the incident and of the woman’s chaperoned departure.

March 4: The rear door of a Friday Harbor convenience store sustained $500 in damage following an attempted late-night break-in that apparently failed. Someone reportedly tried without success  to pry open the lock on the rear door of the Spring Street-facing shop, which opens onto an alley in the back, sometime after business hours

March 7: A San Juan Island woman escaped a 360-degree rollover with only minor injuries after hitting a patch of snow and ice in a predawn single-car collision near the intersection of Halvorsen Lane and Roche Harbor Road. The 30-year-old’s car flipped and landed with its rear wheels in ditch, and with its nose in the oncoming lane of traffic, after she reportedly lost control on the snow-covered roadway and then collided against a steep embankment. She was southbound on Roche Harbor Road shortly before 6 a.m. at the time of crash.

An altercation with his parents prompted the arrest of a Friday Harbor 15-year-old on drug-related misdemeanor and assault charges. The boy, who reportedly had marijuana and paraphernalia in his possession at the time of the arrest, was taken into custody at the family’s home in the 500 block of Roche Harbor Road at about 7:30 p.m. He was turned over to juvenile authorities after the arrest.

— Scott Rasmussen


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