Sheriff's Log San Juan Islands October 2-8: Excavator burying car, escape via a dead battery, speeders ticketed

Deputies in the San Juan Islands responded to 155 calls from October 2 - 8, 2019 including: Deputies responded to an Eastsound address where a vehicle was reportedly being buried by an excavator operator. Further investigation lead to the arrest of the operator for littering, malicious mischief and obstructing a law enforcement officer. A San Juan Island deputy contacted an individual who was required to wear a GPS monitoring device which ran out of battery. The subject was arrested for escape in the third degree and resisting arrest. A Deputy on Orcas Island recognized the driver of a vehicle as someone with a suspended driver's license. The Deputy initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle. The driver fled in the vehicle, abandoned it, and escaped on foot.

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San Juan County Dispatchers recognized for exemplary performance

On July 4, 2018, San Juan County 911 received a report of a victim falling 40 feet down a rocky bluff on Obstruction Island and into the water. That call launched a prolonged and complex rescue that involved multiple agencies, presented numerous challenges, and recently led to the San Juan County Dispatch Team receiving the 2019 WA State Telecommunicator Team of the Year Award from the WA Chapters of the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials and the National Emergency Number Association.

A still from a video shows an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station/Sector Field Office Port Angeles hoists an injured female hiker and their rescue swimmer from Obstruction Island, Wash., July 4, 2018. Both were hoisted at the same time so that the rescue swimmer could operate a bag-valve mask and to maintain the hiker’s breathing.  CLICK for VIDEO  U.S. Coast Guard video courtesy of Air Station/Sector Field Office Port Angeles.

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Sheriff's Log San Juan Islands Sept. 25-Oct. 1: Dog killed by loose dog, bicyclists ticketed on San Juan and Orcas islands

Deputies in the San Juan Islands responded to 196 calls from September 25 - October 1, 2019 including: Deputies responded to an at large dog which had killed another dog. The animal was taken to APS and the owner was issued a citation for allowing a dangerous dog to attack an animal and an infraction for dog at large. A San Juan Island deputy stopped a bicycle in Friday Harbor for failing to stop at a stop sign and issued an infraction. A Deputy on Orcas Island contacted several bicyclists for causing a traffic hazard. The bicyclists received a warning for riding three abreast on Crow Valley Road. A Deputy responded to a Lopez Island property for an abandoned trailer complaint. The owner of the trailer, who left it on his neighbor's property without permission, was identified. The property owner stated they would speak with their neighbor about removing the trailer.

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Sheriff's Log San Juan Islands Sept. 18-24: Mauled chickens, wandering cow, speeders, trespassers and more

Deputies in the San Juan Islands responded to 195 calls from September 18-24, 2019 including: A Lopez Island resident reported that a neighborhood dog got into her chickens, killing two and mauling a third. The incident is under investigation. A Lopez Island deputy responded to a report of breaking glass. The noise was caused by island visitors breaking up pallets for firewood. The property owner directed them to leave.

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Sheriff's Log San Juan Islands Sept. 11-17: Ailing deer, threats, missing auto lights...

Deputies in the San Juan Islands responded to 192 calls from September 11-17, 2019 including: A Lopez Island resident reported she received a copy of a typed letter which contained suspicious statements about a violent movie. The writer claimed they would be coming to the business in the future. An investigation is being conducted. A deputy took a report of a theft from a residence in Eastsound. The suspect(s) took a valuable bass playing bow from a case.

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Sheriff's Log San Juan Islands Sept. 4-10, 2019: Trespassers, speeders, sick horse, unconscious camper

Deputies in the San Juan Islands responded to 191 calls from September 4 - 10, 2019 including: A Lopez Island resident requested assistance with the euthanasia of a gravely ill horse. Deputies on Orcas Island responded to assist a Park Ranger at Moran State Park with an unconscious person in a vehicle. A Deputy was dispatched to a report of missing medication in Friday Harbor. A report was taken.

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Sheriff's Log San Juan Islands August 4-September 3: Driving sans doors, drunken swimming, fleeing cyclist...

Deputies in the San Juan Islands responded to 487 calls from August 24 to September 3, 2019 including: A San Juan Island deputy stopped a vehicle for not having doors, mirrors or splash guards. Infractions were issued to the driver for no insurance, no doors, no mirrors and no splash guards. At approximately 1 a.m. two Deputies on Orcas Island responded to a report of two disorderly women swimming off the West Sound Dock. The suspects were reported to be loud and possibly intoxicated. They were gone on arrival. A San Juan Island deputy stopped an electric bicycle for failing to have reflectors. During the stop, the cyclist fled the scene and the deputy pursued. The subject was located, arrested for obstructing and a warrant. The subject was issued several infractions and a criminal citation.

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Sheriff's Log for San Juan Islands August 21-27: Sunken boat, lost child, emergency landing, counterfeit $100 bill....

Deputies in the San Juan Islands responded to 300 calls from August 21-28, 2019 including: While on marine patrol the SJCSO discovered a sunken vessel. There were many items floating in the water nearby including a kayak and skiff, which were recovered. The USCG were notified and deployed assets including a helicopter and patrol vessel to assist in the search for the operator. A small plane made an emergency landing at the Lopez airport following a mechanical malfunction. The pilot was not injured.

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Sheriff's Log for San Juan Islands August 14-20: Trespassing, water system tampered with, tickets for unattended vehicles in ferry line and more...

Deputies in the San Juan Islands responded to 276 calls from August 14-20, 2019 including: A San Juan deputy responded to a report of juveniles drinking alcohol aboard a ferry. Two juveniles were arrested for minor in possession. A Lopez Island deputy ticketed an unattended vehicle left in the ferry line during the loading of the 1045 sailing to Anacortes.A Decatur Island homeowner reported that someone had tampered with the water system on their property.

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