Journal of the San Juan Islands


Jewelry heist, sweepstakes scam, break-up ends in assault; San Juan County Sheriff's Log

November 18, 2012 · Updated 7:52 PM

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

Oct. 29: A San Juan Island man was arrested for driving with a suspended license following a late-night single-car collision near the intersection of Cattle Point Road and Picketts Lane.

The 23-year-old, who escaped the crash with minor injuries, was also ticketed for negligent driving and for driving without insurance.

Oct. 31: An elderly Orcas Island man notified authorities of a case of attempted fraud after receiving a series of telephone calls claiming that he was the winner of a $2.5 million sweepstakes drawing.

The 86-year-old reportedly received three calls, back-to-back, from a company named “International Sweepstakes”, saying that all he had to do was pay the company a $2,500 fee in order to claim the multi-million dollar cash prize. The case and company remain under investigation.

An 18-year-old Lopez Island man faces charges of marijuana possession following a late-night arrest in parking area on San Juan Island marked as no-overnight parking.

The 18-year-old, parked in a Pear Point pull-off area, allegedly had been smoking pot inside his Acura sedan and had a modest amount in his possession when an officer happened upon the parked car at about 10 p.m.

Nov. 2: A mid-afternoon fender-bender in the heart of Eastsound prompted the arrest of an Orcas Island man for DUI and hit-and-run.

The 53-year-old reportedly rear-ended another car in the 200 block of A Street at about 2 p.m. and left the scene without exchanging information about insurance with the driver of the damaged vehicle. He reportedly was passed out behind the wheel of his SUV when officers arrived at his Indrayla Road home a short time later and took him into custody.

Nov. 3: Someone reportedly stole more than $6,000 in jewelry and caused $3,000 in damage during a late-night break-in and theft at an Orcas Island restaurant and antique shop.

An assortment of 51 rings and bands disappeared from the North Beach Road antique shop, which shares the same address as the restaurant, which also sustained damage to a pair doors. Whether any cash or equipment went missing from the restaurant was not listed in the incident report.

Two men reportedly refused to speak with deputies in the wake of a boating mishap in Blind Bay, in which the two ended up in the water off the shoreline of Shaw Island after their rowboat capsized at about 11 p.m.

The men, reportedly intoxicated at the time of the mishap, were rescued from the water, attended to by Shaw-based paramedics and had returned home before deputies on Orcas, en route to Blind Bay by boat, arrived at the scene. They were sent a boating accident report the following day, with a 10-day deadline to be filled out and mailed back to authorities.

Nov. 4: A Lopez Island man suspects dogs are responsible for killing half his flock of turkeys in a late-night attack outside his Hummel Lake Road home. Eight of 15 turkeys died in the attack, the aftermath of which the 42-year-old reportedly stumbled upon the following day.

A late-night dispute between former paramours prompted the arrest of an Orcas Island woman, accused of hitting her ex-boyfriend in the back of the head with a shoe.

The 34-year-old allegedly struck the 37-year-old man as he was leaving her Orion Lane apartment, and on the heels of a heated argument that erupted into an altercation. The man had reportedly gone to her home to retrieve a cell-phone SIM card at about 10 p.m., after ending a 6-month romantic relationship.

— Scott Rasmussen


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