Journal of the San Juan Islands


Drive into ditch prompts DUI, couple battle over boat, woman banished from beach; San Juan County Sheriff's Log

July 2, 2013 · Updated 11:34 AM

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

June 12: A Friday Harbor man was given 30 days to pull up anchor and leave the northwest side of Brown Island, where he has reportedly been moored illegally for more than a year.

The 66-year-old denies the accusations of nearby property owners who claim to have seen him dumping waste overboard and operating a generator all night long.

June 13: An alert about an intruder outside a Lopez Island man’s front door prompted a late-night search for a woman wearing no clothes after she wandered away from the 83-year-old’s Jackrabbit Lane home.

The 59-year-old, found at her nearby home, was examined by paramedics before being flown to an off-island hospital for evaluation.

June 16: A San Juan Island woman was ticketed for a public nuisance violation after her dog attacked and injured a neighbor’s dog.

The woman’s dog reportedly has a reputation of roaming loose and acting aggressively in its Timber Lane neighborhood.

June 22: A single shot fired from an unknown weapon shattered a glass door and a glass panel of deck railing in an apparent act of vandalism on Brown Island.

Deputies suspect someone either deliberately took aim at the glass fixtures or accidentally shattered them with a shot fired from a trail near the water’s edge. The projectile that caused the damage has yet to be recovered.

n An Orcas Island man was arrested for DUI after he reportedly missed the entrance to his driveway and drove into a ditch.

The 58-year-old, who was attempting to free his sedan at the time of the arrest, was taken into custody outside his Orcas Road home at about 10:30 p.m.

n An Orcas Island man was arrested for DUI following a late-night misadventure in the parking lot of Island Market.

The 42-year-old, taken into custody at about 2:30 a.m., reportedly tried to exit the lot but drove nose-first into a ditch instead.

n Two warrants prompted the arrest of an Orcas Island woman who authorities had been unable to locate for two months.

The 24-year-old, who faces felony charges, was taken into custody without incident at her Geiser Way home at about 8 p.m.

June 23: A 4-year-old boy was shaken but uninjured after his family’s van drifted backwards down a hill, across a roadway and came to a stop after smacking into a maple tree in Lopez Village.

The boy, whose father had gotten out of the van to throw away a dirty diaper at the time, reportedly put the gear shift into neutral or reverse and the van began to roll. The father reportedly had switched the engine off before exiting the van.

June 24: A Lopez Island woman was warned to cease and desist strolling along the waterfront by Otis Perkins Park following complaints by a neighbor about trespassers walking on her private beach.

The 68-year-old, though reportedly aware of the transgression, noted she has been walking that same stretch of waterfront for 35 years.

June 25: An apparent theft of a boat and trailer from an Orcas Island marina turned out to be a brazen move by an Everett woman in the midst of divorce proceedings with her estranged husband.

The 33-year-old drove away from Brandt’s Landing with the 17-foot vessel in tow, boarded a ferry and was later pulled over and questioned by authorities in Anacortes. The woman, a part-owner of the boat, reportedly told officers that she has no intention of returning the vessel.

—Scott Rasmussen


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