An 89-year-old Ferndale driver accidentally drove his SUV onto the walking path near Sharpes Corner on Saturday, Dec. 8 and wedged the vehicle between the fence and guardrail. The driver attempted to remove his vehicle but was unable to do so. The responding officer gave the man a ride to a nearby hotel after the man said he would have a tow truck remove the vehicle the following morning.
Among the other 144 cases police dealt with in the last week:
Friday, Dec. 7
• A patrol officer at Sixth Street and I Avenue recognized an older-model station wagon and conducted a routine check that revealed the driver’s license was suspended. The driver said he was giving a friend a ride to the ferry terminal and did not know his license was suspended. The officer asked if there was anything illegal in the car, and the man responded there were two grams of heroin under the front driver’s seat and needles in the trunk. The man provided consent to search the car and officers discovered the heroin under the seat and drug paraphernalia in the trunk. The man was transported to jail and later released. He faces possible charges of drug and drug paraphernalia possession, and driving while license suspended.
Sunday, Dec. 9
• A resident reported the burglary and theft of items from his older-model pickup truck. In addition to $400 damage done to the pickup — a broken door handle and broken driver’s side window — the owner reported that approximately $300 worth of clothing and personal care items were missing from the cab. The burglary and theft reportedly occurred sometime after 11 p.m. the previous night.
• Two Scotty electric downriggers valued at approximately $500 were reported stolen sometime over the weekend from a boat parked on 13th Street. The owner provided several specific identifiers, such as the fact that the downriggers were equipped with braided line, in an effort to locate them and charge the person(s) responsible for the theft. He was unable to provide suspect information.
Monday, Dec. 10
• An officer went to a local church pre-school just before 9:30 a.m. to investigate the report of damage to a picket fence on the church property. There are no suspects.
• Someone in a white station wagon reportedly stole mail from a curbside mailbox on West 3rd Street. The mailbox owners called police about 11:30 a.m. to report that approximately 15 minutes earlier, they saw the vehicle pull up to their box and someone remove six pieces of outgoing mail. Officers were unable to find the suspect vehicle.
• An officer observed a local 42-year-old woman walking southbound on Commercial Avenue just after 5:30 p.m. and conducted a check that revealed she had a warrant for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a legend drug without a prescription. She was taken into custody without incident and booked into jail.
• A sergeant on patrol on 24th Street near the police department just before 6 p.m. observed two women, one of whom resembled a local 32-year-old with an outstanding warrant for DUI. The sergeant confronted the women and called the woman with a warrant by name, but she initially denied that it was her name. Officers examined two shopping bags containing tagged items from local retailers, and determined the items to have been stolen. The 32-year-old was booked into Skagit County Jail on the warrant and a theft charge.
• Three packages containing $60 worth of merchandise were reported stolen from the residence on the 2300 block of 12th Street. The alleged thefts occurred on three different occasions spanning between mid-November and Dec. 6. There are no suspects.
Wednesday, Dec. 12
• An officer on patrol in the 3300 block of V Place just after 8 p.m. observed what appeared to be an abandoned motor home. The officer approached the vehicle and spoke with a man and woman who emerged from it. The officer determined that the 25-year-old, from Bayview, had a warrant for failure to comply with a court order; and the woman, a 33-year-old from Anacortes, had a warrant for driving while license suspended. Both were taken into custody without incident. The male was booked into jail on the warrant; the woman was booked and released because the jail declined to accept her.
Thursday, Dec. 13
• An officer on patrol in the 900 block of 6th Street just after 3:30 p.m. stopped an older-model minivan with an inoperable brake light. The 55-year-old Friday Harbor driver was unable to provide a valid registration and said that he purchased the vehicle several years ago but did not transfer the title to his name. The driver was taken into custody for failing to transfer title within 45 days. He was searched and the officer located a small baggie containing just under 3 grams of methamphetamine. Further investigation revealed the man had affixed a 2019 registration tab over the 2016 tab on his vehicle. The officer removed the fraudulent registration tab and released the suspect from custody. The driver faces possible charges for drug possession, unlawful use/display of license plate, failure to transfer title, operating a motor vehicle without insurance, and failure to renew expired registration.
• A sergeant stopped by what she thought was an abandoned motorcycle near the roundabout at the top of Commercial Avenue. She found a man working on the bike; a routine check revealed he had a warrant in Oak Harbor for driving while license suspended. He was taken into custody, transported out of the city and turned over to Oak Harbor Police.
Friday, Dec. 14
• An officer took a theft report from a D Avenue resident. The reporting party showed the officer around his property, specifically a tool shed where several items, including a $2,500 Honda generator, were now missing. The resident told the officer that the theft occurred sometime between 4 p.m. the previous day and 7 that morning.