Fatalities in fowl attack, heartache rekindled by heist, cookie caper crumbles; San Juan County Sheriff's Log

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

Oct. 5: A Friday Harbor woman accused of stealing $29 worth of cookies and berry flavored snacks was arrested for shoplifting after she was apprehended by a grocery store manager in mid-afternoon. The 59-year-old reportedly went through the check-out counter but failed to pay for the cookies and snacks, hidden within her clothes.

Oct. 8: A collision with a parked car led to the arrest of a San Juan Island man for DUI and for driving with an open container of alcohol. The 26-year-old was taken into custody at his home in the 500 block of Roche Harbor Road at about 7 p.m.

Oct. 13: A San Juan Island woman accused of stealing a boat was arrested for felony theft after the Boston Whaler Runabout was found tied her boyfriend's boat in the Friday Harbor Marina. The 33-year-old, who was under court orders from a previous arrest at the time, claims the incident was a mix up and that she somehow borrowed the wrong boat. Various items inside the Whaler were seized as part of an unrelated theft investigation in which the woman is reportedly a suspect.

Oct. 14: A Lopez Island man escaped a crash without injury but wound up in custody following a late-afternoon single-car collision near the intersection of Center and Mudd Bay roads. The 28-year-old, reportedly wanted in connection with an alleged felony offense, was also charged with driving with a suspended license, possession of drug paraphernalia, and ticketed for driving without insurance.

Oct. 16: A search warrant was served and deputies stood by as a county code enforcement officer inspected, measured and cataloged features of an Orcas Island couple's property. The couple, whose property in the 600 block of Minnow Creek Lane reportedly is gated and chained off, arrived at the scene about 20 minutes after being notified of the county-authorized inspection.

Oct. 17: A Lopez Island man faces criminal charges following a deadly attack by three of his dogs on a pen full of chickens and ducks at a nearby home. The 53-year-old was issued a criminal public nuisance citation, requiring a mandatory court appearance, in the wake of the three rat terriers fatal offensive on Northstar Lane. The owner of the livestock captured and corralled the terriers in the aftermath of the attack, in which two chickens were killed, two ducks and two chickens were injured, and six chickens and one duck were missing.

Oct. 20: Though locked and bounded by a Level 5 Kryptonite steel cord, a mountain bike valued at $2,250 disappeared from outside a Friday Harbor apartment in an apparent late-night theft. The bicycle, belonging to a 21-year-old Bellingham man, was reportedly strapped against a post by the steel cord and locked at the time it disappeared. Both the bike and lock assembly were missing when the man went to retrieve it the following day.

Oct. 21: A Friday Harbor man was advised that firearms should be used only as a last resort following a late-afternoon attack on his chickens, as well on as himself, by a pair of dogs at his home on Marguerite Place. One of the dogs bit through the fabric of one of the legs of the 23-year-old's pants as he interceded in the mauling, which occurred at about 4:30 p.m. The attack proved fatal for one of chickens kept by the man, who reportedly asked if it is legal for him to shoot the dogs should they return.

Tossing a lit cigarette out of a car window prompted a ticket for a San Juan Island man following a late-night traffic stop near the intersection of Roche Harbor Road and Sutton Drive. The 22-year-old was riding in the passenger seat of a friend's Mercedes shortly before midnight when a cigarette reportedly flew out one of the car's windows.

Oct. 22: Irreplaceable mementos of their recently deceased son vanished from a California couple's car following an apparent break-in and theft in the parking lot of Lime Kiln State Park on San Juan Island. Someone reportedly shattered the front passenger window of the couple's car and stole an iPhone, a small case with the boy's rosary beads and a collection of condolence cards containing cash, sometime between 3:30 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. The couple reportedly came to the San Juans to help recover from the recent loss of their 9-year-old son.

Talking on a cell-phone while driving prompted criminal charges and a ticket for a San Juan Island following a mid-afternoon traffic stop near the intersection of Guard Street and Tucker Avenue. The 39-year-old, who was pulled over shortly before 1 p.m., was charged with driving with a suspended license, which reportedly was suspended for failure to pay prior traffic tickets, and released at the scene with a future court date. He was also ticketed for cell-phone traffic offense.

Oct. 25: Expired boat tags and a trio of warrants, including one each from King and Island counties, prompted the arrest of a Lopez man. The 61-year-old, who was confronted and taken into custody onboard his boat, which was anchored in Mackaye Harbor at the time, is expected to be turned over to authorities in either King or Island counties.

— Scott Rasmussen


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