Community News

Anacortes Police were on the case when they checked out two phoned-in reports of animals, an elephant seal and a small fawn, close in to humans.

Elsie Mae the elephant seal made her way from Tugboat Park to Doon Way and someone called her in on May 2. The responding officer found her near the roadway, but she was not impeding traffic, so she was left to her own devices. Then, on Thursday, May 7, there was a small fawn on the step of a downtown business so someone called the Animal Control Officer asking for assistance. The reporting party was advised to leave the fawn alone because the mother would likely be returning for her baby soon.

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Just after 1:30AM on the 2nd, APD Officers responded to a convenience store on 12th Street to investigate the theft of $10 worth of candy, chips, and beer. The suspect walked up to the counter, pointed to it, then walked nonchalantly outside without paying for the items in his hand. After reviewing video surveillance, an APD Officer who contacted the 22-year-old male suspect earlier that evening immediately recognized him on the video surveillance footage. The suspect was later contacted and given his theft citation and one-year trespass/ban notice.

Sunday, May 3, 2020

A 52-year-old Burlington woman was arrested and booked in jail on the afternoon of the 3rd on an investigative hold for violation of a no contact order and obstructing a police officer. Officers were called to the motel room where the woman was staying by motel staff who called to have a man staying in the room with her removed from the property. Officers spoke with the man outside the motel room and after completing their conversation with him, attempted to contact the woman who locked herself in the motel room and refused to cooperate with the investigation. Officers kept an eye on the woman through an open window and noted that she had fallen down so they forced entry to check on her welfare. She was cleared by medics on scene and taken into custody, then transported to jail.

An Anacortes resident called police when they were unable to locate their young child on the afternoon of May 3rd. The child was later found asleep under a pile of stuffed animals.

A 31-year-old Ferndale man was arrested for driving while license suspended and possession of drug paraphernalia just before midnight on the 3rd by an APD Officer. The officer observed the man slow the older model coupe he was driving on 32nd Street and H Avenue, but he failed to stop completely. He was pulled over on D Avenue and a routine check of his driving status revealed that his license was suspended. He was taken into custody and a routine search incident to arrest revealed a glass pipe containing drug residue. The man was released at the scene with a copy of his citations.

Monday, May 4, 2020

A 65-year-old Anacortes man was arrested for driving while license suspended just after 9AM on the 4th. The arresting officer pulled the man over after recognizing him as the driver of a car at 31st and Commercial Avenue. The officer arrested the man for the same offense in late March and the man began to provide a similar response; that he was on the way to the driver’s license office to take care of the issue, then cut it short when he realized he had provided the same response the last time he was arrested. He was otherwise cooperative with the investigation and was cited and released on scene for his offense.

Anacortes Police Officers closed part of the roadway at the intersection of Oakes Avenue and Anacopper Mine Road early afternoon on the 4th to investigate a two-car, minor injury collision involving two vehicles that struck each other at that intersection. Investigation revealed that the two vehicles were traveling towards each other and the at-fault driver turned left towards Anacopper into the path of the oncoming SUV. Both vehicles sustained substantial damage and were towed from the scene. The at-fault driver was given a ticket for failure to yield.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

A local man contacted his employer and the police department recently regarding a notification from the Washington Employment Security Department reference a recent unemployment claim. The man told the investigating officer that his employer received a notification from the organization as well, however, he had not filed for unemployment. To date, the victim had not lost any money from the attempted fraud, however, he was taking several preventative measures, including increased security on his financial accounts, to prevent further issues.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Just after 3AM on the 6th, a man came to APD to report a dispute that just occurred between he and his wife. The man told police that he was asleep when he heard banging on the door and realized his wife returned after being gone for a few days and she was striking the door with a piece of fire wood. After a verbal argument between the two, the man got in his vehicle to drive away and was followed by his wife in her vehicle. According to the husband, his wife’s vehicle lightly struck his car when she attempted to stop him and there were scratches and dents on his car consistent with his statement. Officers responded to the last known location of the woman and took her into custody for malicious mischief. She was cited, then released on scene.

A local woman spoke with an officer about an email she received that requested $2,000 in digital money in exchange for protection against the release of compromising photos taken on her computer. The woman said no such images existed and she did not provide any further information or money to the fraudster. She was advised to delete the email and monitor her accounts.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

An APD Corporal investigated a 911 misdial on 27th Court on the morning of the 7th. Investigation revealed that the dial was accidental and there were no problems at the residence. One of the home occupants, a 56-year-old man, had two arrest warrants for disorderly conduct and a domestic violence order violation, so the officer checked with the jail and they were willing to accept him on the warrants. He was taken into custody without incident and booked in the county jail.

Friday, May 8, 2020

Two unlocked vehicles belonging to the same family were prowled sometime overnight while parked on the 1600 block of 11th Street. There were some small items missing and no damage done to the vehicles. There are no suspects.

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

4,942 Confirmed Skagit Cases
400-409 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

318 Hospitalizations
67 Deaths
44,613 Fully Vaccinated
57,198 Initial Doses Given


379,100 Confirmed Cases Statewide
22,614 Hospitalizations

5,539 Deaths Statewide
2,419,434 Fully Vaccinated
3,368,279 Initial Doses Given

Updated 6 pm, May 5, 2021.

County Map: Confirmed COVID-19 cases by ZIP code in Skagit County. Updated weekly.

Sources: Skagit County Public Health, Washington State Department of Health, New York Times