Pistol packin' person, man returns to the scene of a crime and Craigslist scam | San Juan County Sheriff's Log

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

May 3: A pistol found in the purse of a woman who passed out in a Friday Harbor grocery store, and who was shuttled to a medical center for treatment, was confiscated by a deputy and taken to Sheriff's headquarters for safekeeping. The 27-year-old reportedly was reportedly highly intoxicated at the time she passed out, shortly before 6 p.m. The pistol was discovered among the woman's belongings as a deputy searched her purse for identification.

May 9: Excessive speed and a pair of warrants prompted the arrest of an Orcas Island man following a mid-afternoon traffic stop on Olga Road. The 33-year-old, who reportedly failed to appear in court twice, once for a driving under the influence charge and also for a public nuisance-related offense, was taken into custody in the 3,200 block of Olga Road at about 2:30 p.m. He was also ticketed for speeding.

May 10: A bank bag and about $600 cash disappeared from a westside Orcas Island restaurant in an apparent case of theft. With no sign of a forced entry, authorities suspect that the thief had inside information about the combination to the West Sound Cafe's kitchen door.

May 11: A late night altercation between two San Juan Island sisters led to the arrest of the younger one. The 22-year-old, ushered out of a Friday Harbor bar about 30 minutes earlier by a deputy because of a court order prohibiting her from drinking, was taken into custody at her Argyle Avenue home shortly before midnight. Distraught over the encounter at the bar, she had reportedly been consoled by her older sister at that time.

– A San Juan Island man convicted of felony assault for bludgeoning a stranger on the back of the head in a Friday Harbor bar, in a case of mistaken identity, was arrested after returning to that same establishment less than a year later. The 23-year-old, who was reportedly told to leave after showing up in the bar, was taken into custody shortly before 9 p.m. for criminal trespass and assorted probation violations.

May 13: Excessive speed prompted a pair of traffic tickets for a San Juan Island woman, and a criminal citation, following an early evening traffic stop near the north end of Roche Harbor Road. The 24-year-old, who was pulled over near the intersection of Roche Harbor Road and Westcott Drive, was ticketed for speeding and driving without insurance, and was issued a criminal citation for driving with a suspended license.

- A San Juan Island man's pickup vanished from a Turn Point Road marina in an apparent case of theft. The 56-year-old's '97 GMC Jimmy contained about $200 worth of tools at the time it went missing from Shipyard Cove.

May 14: Errant driving prompted the arrest of an Orcas Island man for DUI following an early morning traffic stop on Mount Baker Road. The 47-year-old, who was pulled over in the 500 block shortly before 9 a.m., reportedly had let a tire on his pickup drift into the oncoming lane of traffic as a  patrol car was headed in his direction.

- A familiar face and a warrant led to the arrest of an Orcas Island man following an encounter with a deputy at a Crescent Beach Road convenience store. The 40-year-old, reportedly wanted for failing to appear in court on a DUI charge, was taken into custody at the scene.

May 15: An Orcas Island man accused of damaging property of a neighbor with a baseball bat faces charges of obstructing an officer and resisting arrest following an unsuccessful attempt to leave the scene in a pickup. The 42-year-old, who reportedly was combative and subdued by a taser during the arrest, was taken into custody near his Crow Valley home shortly after 8 p.m.

May 17: A San Juan Island man accused of hitting a ferry worker with his car while driving off a ferry, and of failing to stop, was trailed, tracked down and later arrested for hit-and-run and driving with a suspended license. The 38-year-old was tailed from the ferry landing by a witness who alerted authorities about the man's location while in transit. At the time of his arrest, the man – pulled over near the intersection of Argyle Avenue and Spring Street shortly after 8 a.m.– reportedly told a deputy that he was just headed back to the ferry landing to check on the ferry worker whom he had hit.

May 18: A San Juan Island girl suspects someone stole her purse when she left it unattended on the Spring Street International School grounds. In addition to $5 cash, the 16-year-old's purse contained a passport, drivers permit, a camera (valued at $120) and a Ipod Nano, also valued at $120.

– A court order issued in King County led to the confiscation of a San Juan Island man's collections of firearms by local authorities. Two .22-caliber rifles and a pellet gun were seized from the 55-year-old's home. The nature of the court order was not listed in the incident report.

– A San Juan Island woman is out $1,800 after falling prey to online bait an apparent scam using Craig's List. The 31-year-old, who listed an outboard motor for sale on Craig's List for $2,000, received a $4,000 check from a supposed buyer, and then mailed the balance to the buyer's supposed agent via Western Union. She has been unable to contact the buyer since the check failed to clear the bank. (To report a case of Internet fraud, visit the Internet Crime Complaint Center at

— Scott Rasmussen

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