Journal of the San Juan Islands


Lottery looted; fowl pillaged by pooch, punches thrown in parking dispute; San Juan County Sheriff's Log

March 28, 2013 · Updated 3:00 PM

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

March 8: A 16-year-old San Juan Island boy was arrested on drug charges for allegedly having a baggie of "magic mushrooms" in his possession at a high school dance. The boy, who was taken into custody at about 10 p.m., was later released to a relative.

March 9: A 19-year-old San Juan Island woman escaped an early morning single-car collision without serious injury after she drove into a ditch and her car burst into flames. She claims to have been startled by an oncoming vehicle traveling in her lane of traffic and swerved to avoid a head-on crash near the intersection of Wold and Cottonwood roads, at about 6 a.m. The fire reportedly destroyed both the left rear wheel and rear window of her sedan.

March 10: Forty campaign signs in support of Lopez School District's upcoming bond election were uprooted and vanished in an apparent case of theft. Purchased and distributed by an ad-hoc group, the missing yard signs together are valued at $500.

An Orcas Island man agreed to compensate a neighbor after his 25-pound pooch invaded the woman's yard on several occasions and killed nine of her chickens and injured several others. The dog reportedly slipped through a hole in a fence on the man's Raccoon Point Road property and made two fatal attacks on the woman's flock in four weeks. Its owner agreed to reimburse the woman $400 and vowed to fix his fence.

March 12: Someone reportedly plundered the freezer in Friday Harbor woman's garage and made off with $50 worth of frozen meats. Missing from the freezer, which, like the garage, was unlocked at the time, is a turkey, some chicken and frozen venison.

March 14: More than $16,000 of scratch-off Lottery tickets vanished from a Friday Harbor convenience store in an apparent theft. The tickets reportedly disappeared over the course of a 5-month period, beginning in September.

March 16: An Everett man was arrested for DUI following a heated late-night argument with his wife at an Orcas Island home. The 48-year-old, who reportedly left the Tomihi Drive home in a car as the disagreement escalated, was taken into custody shortly before midnight. Officers, responding to a call about a domestic depute at the home, found the man on foot after he reportedly high-centered his car in a nearby driveway.

March 22: Tools and personal belongings valued at $1,300 disappeared from an Orcas Island trailer-home in apparent back-to-back thefts. The owner, a 52-year man who reportedly was on an out-of-state trip at the time, believes that the culprit of the most recent theft is the same individual suspected in a break-in and theft in late February. The misting items included a generator, chainsaw and assorted jewelry.

A familiar face and tainted driving record prompted the arrest of a San Juan Island man following an early morning traffic stop in Friday Harbor. The 22-year-old, arrested for driving with a suspended license, was pulled over in the 400 block of Tucker Avenue at about 7:30 a.m.

March 23: An early morning confrontation between two Orcas Island men over a parking space prompted allegations of assault and of threats with a firearm. The altercation, involving a 53-year-old and 59-year-old, allegedly occurred on Aeroview Lane at about 9:30 a.m. The case is reportedly under investigation as a possible hate crime.

— Scott Rasmussen



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