Police Beat

An Anacortes Police Officer stopped a vehicle in the 2100 block of R Ave. for a speeding violation on Thursday. The driver, a 26-year-old Blaine woman, stated that she was late for work at a nearby shipyard. Further investigation revealed that the woman was driving with a suspended license and had two misdemeanor warrants for Driving With License Suspended out of Kirkland and Bellingham and a felony warrant out of Coupeville for a probation violation. The woman was issued a criminal citation for 3rd Degree Driving With Suspended License and transported to the Island/Skagit County line where custody was transferred to Island County where she was booked on her felony warrant.

Here are some of the other cases Anacortes Police worked on this week.

Saturday, Nov. 15

Anacortes Police Officers were dispatched to a multi-family housing complex on the 1000 block of 27th Street in Anacortes per the suspicion of two juvenile females smoking marijuana in their room. The officers contacted the juveniles and observed one of them with a marijuana pipe in her mouth. Both juveniles were under the influence of marijuana and admitted to having smoked it. Both were placed under arrest and transported to the Skagit County Juvenile Detention facility where they were booked on charges of Controlled Substance/Possession of Marijuana.

Monday, Nov. 17

An Anacortes Officer on patrol near the intersection of March’s Point Road and Reservation Road noticed the driver of a westbound vehicle was not wearing a seatbelt. The officer initiated a traffic stop and contacted a 40-year-old La Conner man to discuss the seat belt violation as well as an expired vehicle registration. Further investigation revealed that the subject’s license had been expired for over a year. The subject was taken into custody and charged with a criminal citation for 3rd Degree Driving With Suspended License as well as an infraction for not wearing a seatbelt and driving with no insurance. He was released at the scene and stated that a licensed driver was en route.

The Anacortes Police Department’s Animal Control Officer responded to a dog bite incident that had occurred at a care facility on 21st Street. According to the report, a young Border Collie had playfully bitten one of the residents of the facility and broke the skin. The Animal Control Officer informed the dog owner of the quarantine law that requires the dog to be removed from that location for 10 days. The owner was aware of the requirement and was compliant with the Officer’s request.

Tuesday, Nov. 18

Anacortes Police were dispatched to the high school per the report of a 14-year-old male suspected of being high and in possession of marijuana. An Anacortes Police Officer arrived and instantly smelled the strong odor of marijuana upon entering the area the student was in. He also displayed signs of being under the influence—bloodshot, watery eyes and slow movement. The student admitted to smoking marijuana earlier in the day. School officials turned a small amount of marijuana taken from the subject’s backpack over to the Officer. The Anacortes Police and school officials are taking appropriate measures to charge the student with Possession of Marijuana.

Wednesday, Nov. 19

11:42 pm.  A 25-year-old Anacortes woman was contacted by an Anacortes Police Officer on the 1400 block of 14th Street in Anacortes. The subject was contacted because the vehicle she was driving did not have a properly functioning headlight or license plate light. The officer contacted the woman in her vehicle and detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. When asked if she had been smoking marijuana, the woman stated that she had approximately an hour earlier and admitted that she should not have done that. The subject voluntarily took several roadside tests and performed poorly on them, which led the officer to the conclusion that she could be a danger to herself or others if she were to continue driving. As a result, she was taken into custody and charged with Driving Under the Influence. She was later released to her friends.

4:21 pm.  Anacortes Police responded to a local medical facility per the report of a 31-year-old Langley, Wash. man who was being treated for pellet wounds. The responding officer spoke with the subject who provided various accounts of what had happened, none of which seemed to reconcile with each other. The subject did clearly communicate the location of the incident, Whidbey Island, and the pellets removed from the subject as well as medical release paperwork were turned over to the Island County Sheriff’s Office for further investigation.  

Thursday, Nov. 20

12:32 pm.  An Anacortes auto rental business contacted the Anacortes Police Department when a silver 2007 Chevrolet Impala, license plate 813XUI, they rented out several days previous had not yet been returned. The vehicle was rented out on November 13th to a 39-year-old Bellingham man. Police viewed the 24 hour rental agreement for the vehicle which stated that the anticipated return of the vehicle was November 14th. Attempts to contact the subject via phone were not successful. The Anacortes Police Department issued a Motor Vehicle Theft Report and local law enforcement agencies are attempting to locate the vehicle. If you have any information about this vehicle, please call the anonymous Anacortes PD Tip Line at 360-299-1985.  All calls are confidential.

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