Knife toss prompts arrest, rear-end remorse, ransacked while away, and more; San Juan County Sheriff's Log

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

May 26: A Seattle man’s Lopez Island home was ransacked sometime during his recent two-month absence from the Watmough Head Road residence. The 45-year-old had last been at the home in late March. Upon his return, he reportedly found its windows and screens broken and torn, artwork and appliances tossed outside, clothing scattered throughout its interior, and that a stockpile of food and supplies had been consumed.

A Kirkland couple escaped a rough landing without injury after a brake pedal failed during a mid-afternoon touchdown at the Roche Harbor Resort airstrip. Failure of the left brake pedal caused the small two-seater, a 1994 KIS, piloted by the husband, 47, to lurch right and veer into a fence on the airstrip's south side before it came to a stop.

A San Juan Island woman accused of throwing knives at a roommate during a dispute at their Park Street home was arrested for assault. The 26-year-old, who was taken into custody at about 8 p.m. was charged with second-degree assault, a felony, at the time of the arrest.

May 27: A San Juan Island woman who allegedly slapped her boyfriend across the face and scratched his neck was arrested following a late-night altercation at their Pear Point Road home. The 33-year-old, who was taken into custody short before 9 p.m., faces one count of misdemeanor assault.

A pair of warrants issued in Island County prompted the arrest of a San Juan Island man following an early morning traffic stop in Friday Harbor. The 33-year-old, who was pulled over near the intersection of First and Court streets at about 7:30 a.m., allegedly violated court orders related to prior burglary and trespassing convictions.

June 1: A Portland, Ore., man was arrested for driving with a suspended license following a late-afternoon two-car collision at the intersection of Mount Baker and North Beach roads. The 44-year-old, behind the wheel of his mother's pickup when it struck an Orcas man's VW bus, was also ticketed for failure to yield and for driving without proof of insurance. His license had reportedly been suspended because of a DUI-related offense.

June 2: An ill-timed fender-bender prompted a mid-afternoon arrest of a San Juan Island man on a half dozen offenses at the Port of Friday Harbor marina. The 50-year-old, who was taken into custody at about 3:30 p.m., reportedly backed into the railing of a dock with his pickup and was then prevented from fleeing the scene by an employee who dropped a gate to block the route off the dock. The man, whose blood-alcohol-level was reportedly was more than three times the legal limit shortly after the arrest, faces charges of hit-and-run, driving with a suspended license and without a court-ordered interlock device,and possession of pot and of paraphernalia, and DUI.

June 3: The smell of burning plastic led to a ticket for an Orcas Island man following a late-night investigation of outdoor burning in a Point Lawrence Road neighborhood. The 45-year-old, who reportedly set fire to a number of prohibited items, was confronted by authorities about the burn pile at about 11:30 p.m. He was ticketed illegal burning and faces a fine of up to $500.

June 7: An effort to revive an unconscious Lopez Island man came to an abrupt halt after authorities discovered a "do-not-resuscitate" directive inside the man's Junco Road home. A deputy reportedly tried for 40 minutes without success to revive the 78-year-old before the DNR order was discovered inside his home.

June 9: A San Juan Island woman was bit by a dog during a shopping trip at the Friday Harbor Market Place. Neither age or breed of the dog, nor extent of the 27-year-old's injuries, were listed in the report of the incident. Its owner reportedly provided authorities with a statement and with the dog's vaccination record.

A parental dispute over travel prompted authorities to intercede and remove a 6-year-old girl from her mother's car shortly before the two were to leave Friday Harbor onboard a mid-afternoon ferry bound for Anacortes. The 38-year-old woman, a former San Juan Island resident, reportedly intended to take the girl to her Bellevue home without her ex-husband's permission. The girl, seized by deputies despite protests by the hermother, was turned over to her father following a heated encounter at the ferry landing.

June 11: Use of a cell-phone while on the road prompted the arrest of an Orcas Island man for driving with a suspended license following a mid-morning traffic stop on Crescent Beach Road. The 46-year-old, reportedly unaware that talking on a cell-phone while driving is an infraction, was also ticketed for driving without proof of insurance, failure to transfer title of his car and for the cell-phone offense. The man's license reportedly expired 12 years ago.

June 13: A San Juan Island man vowed that he would no longer leave trash by the side road following investigation of a complaint about illegal dumping in the Snug Harbor neighborhood. The 92-year-old reportedly thought a county road crew would pick up and dispose of the discarded bundle of chicken wire he had left along the side of the road, near his Mitchell Bay Road home.

June 12: Failure to buckle up led to the arrest of an Orcas Island man for driving with a suspended license following a late-afternoon traffic stop near the intersection of Main Street and North Beach Road. The 42-year-old, who was pulled over shortly before 4 p.m., has reportedly been driving without a drivers’ license for 22 years. He was also ticketed for the seat-belt infraction.

— Scott Rasmussen


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