Flower stand explodes, not-so-secret stash of cash, street fightin' man apprehended; San Juan County Sheriff's Log

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

June 2: A San Juan Island man is out $14,000 after a secret stash of cash -- hidden in the garage of his Friday Harbor home -- disappeared in an apparent theft. The 71-year-old, who bolstered the bankroll with monthly deposits over many years, last saw the money about 30 days before it vanished. He claims no one knew of the money or its secret location, concealed inside a freezer inside the garage, which reportedly was locked at night but not during the day.

A warrant prompted the arrest of a San Juan Island following a late-night altercation at his Friday Harbor home. The 40-year-old, accused of assaulting his girlfriend, was taken into custody at about 3 a.m. while out on a walk with his dogs.

June 26: A pair of portable radios and a set of hands tools disappeared from the shop of a Lopez Island home as part of a string of recent burglaries in the Bakerview Road neighborhood. The contents of the shed were reportedly rifled through during the break-in.

June 28: An outboard motor belonging to a Seattle couple vanished from their Lopez Island home in an apparent theft. Valued at $2,500, the 25 horse-power motor was attached to a boat at their Richardson Road home at the time it disappeared.

July 3: A 19-year-old Battleground, Wash. man was arrested on alcohol-related charges following investigation of a late-night get-together in Orcas Island's Buck Park. Taken into custody shortly before midnight, the man was the only one of four people gathered at the park who reportedly had been drinking.

July 4: Two Seattle men were slapped with tickets for unlawful possession of fireworks, and had their stockpile seized, after ignoring repeated warnings by Lopez Island firefighters about the countywide ban. The two 23-year-olds were reportedly setting off fireworks in the 1400 block of Bayshore Road at about 11 p.m. when a deputy intervened.

July 6: Excessive speed led to the arrest of a Texas woman for driving without a license or identification following a late-night traffic stop on San Juan Island. The 23-year-old, pulled over in the 1000 block of West Valley Road shortly after 2 a.m., was ticketed for failure to use a child seat and for speeding as well.

July 8: A tripod, a digital camera, four boxes of women's clothing and two boxes filled with classic rock cassettes vanished in an apparent break-in of a home in the 6000 block of Orcas Road. Valued at $300, the household items reportedly disappeared sometime between noon and 7 p.m.

July 10: Back-to-back moving violations led to the arrest of a San Juan Island man for DUI following a late-night traffic stop in Friday Harbor. The 27-year-old, pulled over near the intersection of Spring and First streets, was taken into custody shortly after 10 p.m. He reportedly failed to both use a turn signal and yield to an oncoming vehicle while proceeding through the intersection.

July 11: A 6-foot tall flower stand was blown apart by high-powered fireworks in an apparent act of vandalism on Orcas Island. The stand, valued at $225 and located near the intersection of Enchanted Forest and Darvill Farm roads, reportedly was destroyed by someone that stuffed explosives into several cans and then ignited the lot.

A half dozen warrants led to the arrest of a Orcs Island man following a mid-morning complaint about traffic in the 7000 block of Orcas Road. The 27-year-old, reportedly wanted in connection with earlier incidents involving burglary, theft, trespassing and vandalism, was taken into custody at about 10:30 a.m.

July 12: Clothes, a printer, a television and expensive totes vanished in an apparent home invasion on Orcas Island's Scenic Lane. The homeowner dialed 9-1-1 after finding the faucet of her sink running and hearing the sound of someone rummaging through her bedroom. Someone reportedly got into the home through a small bathroom window.

July 16: Excessive speed and an unpaid traffic ticket prompted the arrest of an Orcas Island man for driving with a suspended license following an early morning traffic stop near the intersection of Orcas and Dolphin Bay roads. The 20-year-old, pulled over at about 9 a.m., who reportedly had his license suspended for failure to pay a ticket, and was ticketed for speeding

July 17: Allegations of assault led to the arrest of a San Juan Island man following an altercation on the streets of Friday Harbor in mid-afternoon. The 24-year-old reportedly attacked a 23-year-old man after the two crossed paths near the intersection of Spring and Second streets at about 3 p.m. He then challenged another man, who reportedly witnessed the altercation, to a fight, snatched the sunglasses from the man's face, and then fled the scene. He was tracked down and apprehended shortly after the altercation and faces charges of third and fourth degree assault, second-degree robbery. While in custody, he reportedly destroyed a baseboard heater and was charged with vandalism as well.

July 18: A poorly illuminated license plate prompted the arrest of a San Juan Island man for DUI following a late-night traffic stop near the intersection of Blair Avenue and Park Street. The 53-year-old was pulled over shortly before 1 a.m.

— Scott Rasmussen


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