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Illegal mooring, nocturnal nakedness and a boat bandit | Sheriff's Log

July 2, 2013 · Updated 8:55 AM

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

June 12: Friday Harbor man was given 30 days to pull up anchor and leave the area off the northwest side of Brown Island where he has been illegally moored for more than a year. The 66-year-old, whose boat is reportedly attached to an unregistered buoy, denies the accusations of nearby property owners who claim to have seen the man dumping waste into the harbor and that he runs his generator all night long.

June 13: An alert about an intruder at a Lopez Island man's front door prompted a late-night search for a woman with no clothes after she wandered away from the 83-year-old's Jackrabbit Lane home. The 59-year-old, found later at her nearby home, was first examined by paramedics and then flown to a Bellingham hospital for further evaluation.

June 16: A San Juan Island woman was ticketed for a public nuisance violation after her dog reportedly attacked and injured a neighbor's dog. The 39-year-old's pet reportedly has a reputation of wandering loose in the Timber Lane neighborhood and for acting aggressively.

June 22: A single shot from an unknown type of firearm shattered a glass door and panel of deck-glass 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.

– 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 4-door Mercedes sedan at the time of the arrest, was taken into custody outside his Orcas Road home at about 10:30 p.m.

– An Orcas Island man was arrested for DUI following a late-night misadventure in the parking lot of Island Market. The 42-year-old, who was taken into custody at about 2:30 a.m., was reportedly trying to exit the parking lot but drove his vehicle nose-first into a ditch instead.

– Two warrants led to the arrest of an Orcas Island woman who authorities had been unable to locate for the past two months. The 24-year-old, accused of a local felony offense, 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 not injured 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 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 on her private beach. Though reportedly aware the beach is privately owned, the 68-year-old noted she has been walking that same stretch of waterfront for 35 years.

June 25: What was reported as the 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 Brand'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, part owner of the boat, reportedly told officers that she has no intention of returning the vessel.

– An altercation onboard a ferry led and a call from a bystander led to the arrest of an Orcas Island man accused of assaulting his wife while the boat was docked at the ferry terminal at Orcas Village. The 33-year-old was taken into custody at the couple's Deer Harbor home at about 8:30 p.m.



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