San Juan Islands Sheriff Log April 11-18: fraud, scam, assault, speeding

Deputies in San Juan Islands responded to 134 calls between April 11-4 - 11, 2018 including this one: > A Deputy responded to an apparent assault which occurred at a business in Eastsound. Further investigation revealed that a middle-aged male walked up and slapped another male sitting in a chair. Video surveillance was obtained. The identity of the suspect is still being sought. Case continues.

The disposition codes are: ACT- active; ALS-Advanced life support; BLS - Basic Life Support; CIC - citation issued; CLO - closed; FAL - false; INA - inactive; NR - no report; UNF - unfounded; GOA - gone on arrival; FTA - failure to appear.


Field Carrier Landing Practice schedule at NAS Whidbey week of April 23-29

NAVAL AIR STATION WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. - There are aircraft carrier-based flight training operations scheduled to occur at Ault Field, and Field Carrier Landing Practice (FCLP) operations at the Outlying Field (OLF) in Coupeville, Wash., April 23-27, 2018.

People living in local communities should remain aware that the aforementioned operations are not the only operations out of NAS Whidbey Island, particularly at Ault Field, which is a 24-hour-a-day operational facility. There are many other training evolutions that people may hear. However, the aircraft carrier flight training operations are types of operations that involve lower altitude flight training in close vicinity to the airfield.


Cantwell statement on Trump Administration move against the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, April 19, 2018, Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), released the following statement regarding the Bureau of Land Management’s announcement today of a 60-day public scoping period to begin the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement for oil and gas drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge:


Recent Permit Applications: Vacation rentals, dock enlargement, religious assembly retreat expansion

Recent permits submitted to San Juan County Community Development Department include three for vacation rentals, one to enlarge an existing dock, one to expand a “religious assembly” retreat, one for replacement of West Beach Road culvert. The date for the hearing on Orca Dreams LLC for two residential accessory structures and three stairs to the beach was changed to June, 27, 2018.  


Update: Charges of unlawful imprisonment drawn up against Kulp

San Juan County Superior Court Judge Kathryn Loring approved the issuance of an arrest warrant April 16, 2018 for Eric Kulp for the crime of unlawful imprisonment. A warrant for the arrest of the 44-year-old Shaw Island man on charges of second-degree murder had been issued on April 11 and resulted in his arrest in Skagit County on April 13, 2018.

The body of Kulp's wife, Abigail Finney, was discovered in a vehicle belonging to Kulp at the couple's residence on Shaw Island on April 5, 2018. Her family, worried about lack of contact with Finney, had made numerous contacts with the Sheriff's Office starting on November 29. Details of the series of interactions can be read here.


Tribal Rights, Salmon habitat tested in Supreme Court case

Washington News Service: SEATTLE - The U.S. Supreme Court hears a case April 18, 2018 with major implications for the rights of tribes and salmon in Washington state.

At the center of Washington v. United States are culverts, the pipes that carry streams under roads. The state has more than 800 culverts blocking more than 1,000 miles of streams. Twenty-one tribes sued the state 17 years ago to fix these culverts, which make salmon migration more difficult.


AG Ferguson issues bilingual “know your rights” flyers to combat sexual harassment in the workplace

OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson  released a guide April 17, 2018 designed to be posted in workplaces to educate Washingtonians about their rights regarding sexual harassment in the workplace.

The flyer, available in both Spanish and English, lays out the definition and types of sexual harassment, requirements for employers and steps employees can take if they experience sexual harassment.

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