San Juan Islands Sheriff's Log March 6-12: Car crashes, fraud, loose dogs, fire

Deputies in San Juan Islands responded to 161 calls between March 6-12, 2019 including:  A Lopez Island deputy was called to a citizen dispute over beach access. A homeowner challenged people walking the beach who had ignored a county parks sign at Otis Perkins Park that says beach and tidelands to the south beyond the sign are private property. A Lopez resident reported Medicare fraud. 

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Civil suit filed in Federal District Court against San Juan County Sheriff and a deputy

A civil suit against San Juan County Sheriff Ron Krebs and Deputy Ray Harvey was filed in the United States District Court Western District of Washington  on February 14, 2019. According to court papers, Deputy Ray Harvey and Deputy David Holland, entered Daniel Fowler's Orcas Island  home on March 7, 2016 without probable cause or a warrant and broke his shoulder as they arrested him.

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Knife-wielding intruder terrifies 4 people on Lopez Island

Four tourists were terrified after a 58-year-old Lopez Island man broke into two rooms at a Lopez Island Lodging facility in the early hours of Monday, February 18, 2019. When the first deputy arrived at 5 a.m. two witnesses who had stayed in room #4 were fleeing from the inn. Two other people were barricaded in the bathroom of their ransacked room #6 at the inn. The suspect was found by deputies lying in the closet of room #6 armed with an open folding pocket knife. 

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San Juan Islands Sheriff's Log February 13-19: Gunshot wound, knife-wielding intruder, house-moving logs cut up

Deputies in San Juan Islands responded to 142 calls between February 13-19, 2019 including: A Lopez Island resident reported the theft of house moving logs that were cut up on site and taken for firewood. The matter is under investigation. Lopez  Island and Orcas Island EMS, along with deputies from both islands, local mental health and family support specialists, assisted a male who was having a mental health crisis. The patient was transported to the hospital for further treatment.

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Should Sheriff be an appointed position overseen by county council?

Confidence in San Juan County Sheriff Ron Krebs has been shaken in light of recent debacles that resulted in dismissal of a criminal case, a retrial ordered in another case, no charges being filed in other cases because of a bad detective.  Some people are asking: What kind of investigation can be done? How does a recall work? 

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Man shot on Orcas Island, airlifted to Harborview

An Orcas Island man, with a single gunshot wound to his chest, drove to the Orcas Island Fire Station Monday morning, Feburary 18, 2019. He was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle to be treated for his injuries. San Juan County Undersheriff Zac Reimer says the male appeared to be in serious, but stable condition. According to Reimer there is no reason to believe that the public is at any risk with the information that we have at this point.

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