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Sheriff’s Log

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

May 8: A 20-year-old Orcas Island woman claims her car was broken into and stolen, and her belongings removed, by someone who then later returned it to her Pea Patch Lane home using a set of newly-manufactured keys.

The originals reportedly are still missing.

May 9: Court orders and a familiar face led to the mid-afternoon arrest of a San Juan Island teen who faces a pair of new drug-related charges as a result.

The 15-year-old, who was spotted near the intersection of Argyle Avenue and Spring Street and taken into custody at about 2:30 p.m., allegedly had drug paraphernalia and a half-dozen tablets of over-the-counter medication, but no prescription, on him at the time.

May 10: An Orcas Island man who reportedly was riding his bicycle after dark without proper lighting could face criminal penalties for an alleged probation violation.

The 41-year-old, confronted by an officer in the 100 block of North Beach Road at about 11 p.m, allegedly had been drinking and had alcohol on him at the time, which were prohibited by court orders from a prior conviction.

n Three San Juan islanders were arrested in the wake of a late-night clash between a landlord, a tenant and two of the tenant’s friends, at a home on Lowe Lane.

The 34-year-old tenant faces charges of DUI, furnishing liquor to minors and felony vandalism. Two 20-year-old men also were taken into custody as a result of the skirmish, which reportedly erupted over the volume of music coming from the tenant’s room at about 10:30 p.m. One individual faces a charge of felony burglary for allegedly punching out a window of the landlord’s home.

n An Anacortes man suspects that revenge motivated the theft and disappearance of a 500-gallon fuel tank from the shoreline of Decatur Island.

The tank, which was located near a public dock on the east side of the island, contained about 10 gallons of fuel at the time it disappeared. The man, who reportedly provided information which, in part, led to a controversial raid by state and federal agents in September, believes allies of those arrested on marijuana-related charges may be responsible for the tank’s disappearance.

May 11: A Lopez Island man became the target of complaints by a neighbor who reportedly saw him shooting rabbits on a lot in the 2000 block of Fisherman Bay Road.

The lot owner reportedly asked the man to reduce the property’s population of wascally wabbits. It’s unclear whether gunfire was the preferred mode, but the man was provided a list of alternative measures by the officer who responded to the incident.

n An 18-year-old San Juan Island woman faces alcohol-related charges, including DUI, following a late-night rollover crash in the 1700 block of Turn Point Road.

The woman, reportedly alone in the car at the time of the crash, which occurred shortly after 1 a.m., was treated for non-life threatening injuries at the medical center in Friday Harbor.

n A defective headlight led to the arrest of a San Juan Island woman for driving with a suspended license.

The 48-year-old, who was pulled over near the intersection of Blair Avenue and Second streets shortly after noon, was driving a 1978 vintage VW Rabbit at the time.

May 12: A 9-year-old Orcas Island boy and a friend reportedly doused the Eastsound Village Square restrooms with green paint in an apparent episode of vandalism.

The two boys, accused also of painting two large white rocks behind the band shell, reportedly admitted committing the deed when confronted by an officer. The case was sent to prosecutors for review and possible charges.

n An early afternoon stroll on Fisherman Bay Spit turned ghastly for a Lopez Island woman when a dog belonging to another woman bounded out of the woods with a dead fawn in its jaws.

The 51-year-old reportedly confronted the dog’s owner, told her authorities would be notified and briefly left the area. She returned and buried the deer carcass, which reportedly was still warm to the touch at the time, after discovering that dog owner hadn’t.

n An Orcas Island woman was warned fines might follow if her dogs are caught chasing cats or roaming her North Beach Road neighborhood on their own in the future.

The warning was given after the 60-year-old’s two Portuguese water dogs reportedly chased a pair of cats that live nearby. The cats escaped the rundown unharmed.

n Road signs were removed and reportedly thrown onto the roadway in four locations around Eastsound in an apparent episode of late-night vandalism on Orcas Island.

The first set of signs was discovered near the intersection of Main and Urner streets at about 11 p.m. The cost of reinstalling the signs, which reportedly were undamaged, is about $150.

n A San Juan Island woman’s car was targeted by someone with a can of spray paint and sustained $1,000-plus in damage in an apparent case of vandalism in the 600 block of Timber Lane.

Her daughter’s car, which at the time was parked directly beside the woman’s, was reportedly untouched.

n Rousted by a series of predawn obscene phone calls, a 88-year-old San Juan Island woman finally put an end to it all by loudly announcing that she was handing the phone over to a man named “Joe.”

The caller reportedly asked what type of underwear the woman was wearing when the first of four calls came in at 5 a.m. The calls ceased after she asked — loudly enough for the caller to hear — if “Joe” wouldn’t mind handling call No. 4.

May 13: A 13-year-old San Juan Island boy has reportedly been bullied at school by another boy over the past four months.

Authorities were notified by the boy’s parents after the alleged assailant reportedly punched and pulled their son’s hair during the most recent altercation.

n A San Juan Island man faces DUI charges after losing control of his car and driving off the road near the intersection of Beaverton Valley and Egg Lake roads at about 5 p.m.

The 59-year-old reportedly ended up far from the roadway, though uninjured, as a result of the misadventure.

May 14: An Orcas Island man was released pending an appearance in court after turning himself in at the Sheriff’s Office on Mount Baker Road and posting $400 bail.

A pair of warrants had reportedly been issued for the 20-year-old’s arrest.

n A 16-year-old San Juan Island boy, accused of stealing the family car and running away from home with a female friend surrendered at the Sheriff’s Department in Friday Harbor shortly after 10 a.m.

Felony theft charges have been filed against him and a warrant had been issued for his arrest.

— Scott Rasmussen

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