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A young girl’s pet poodle suffered a broken rib and puncture wounds when a Great Dane attacked.

A young Anacortes girl had her poodle on leash in her front yard on Monday afternoon when a neighbor’s Great Dane got loose, ran across the road, and grabbed the poodle in its mouth and shook it momentarily before the neighbor was able to come over and maintain control of the Great Dane. The poodle sustained a broken rib and several puncture wounds on its back and stomach, but is expected to make a full recovery. The Great Dane owner was issued an infraction for Dog at Large—Dog Bite (domestic animal) and a Notice of Declaration of Potentially Dangerous Dog. 

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

Friday, Feb. 6

8:04 pm.  Anacortes Police Officers responded to the report of a pickup truck in the ditch near Christianson and Satterlee Road in Anacortes. Moments after Officers arrived on scene, a call came in from the owner of the pickup truck claiming that the vehicle had been stolen sometime in the last two hours. A brief interview of the vehicle owner revealed that the owner, a 21 year-old Oak Harbor man, had driven the vehicle himself after having several drinks at a nearby restaurant. The suspect submitted to voluntary field sobriety tests on scene and performed poorly. As a result of the test results, the suspect was taken into custody on suspicion of DUI and transported him to the Anacortes Police Department for processing. A breath test yielded results of nearly two times the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle and the suspect was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and released from the scene.

Sunday, Feb. 8

1:52 am.  An Anacortes Police Officer contacted the driver of a late model Scion on R Avenue near the 22nd Street roundabout after he observed the vehicle traveling approximately 40 miles per hour in a 25 mile per hour zone and crossing over the lane marker on multiple occasions. The driver, a 43 year-old Anacortes woman, smelled of alcohol and her eyes were watery and bloodshot. She told the Officer that she had been out celebrating her birthday, had consumed alcohol earlier in the evening, and was headed home. The woman performed poorly on voluntary field tests, almost falling over on at least one occasion. Based on his observations, the Officer took the woman into custody on DUI charges and transported her to the Anacortes Police Department where she provided two breath samples yielding results of more than three times the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle. As this was the suspect’s second DUI arrest, she was transported to the Skagit County Jail and booked on her charges.

Monday, Feb. 9

1:59 am.  An Anacortes Police Officer on patrol contacted a male juvenile known to Police traveling on a bicycle with no front illumination in the 2800 block of Commercial Ave. The subject, who is known by Police to be on conditions of release through juvenile probation, provided two breath samples that yielded positive results. The subject also turned over a glass pipe containing what appeared to be burnt marijuana in the bowl. The juvenile was taken into custody and transported to the Skagit County Juvenile Detention Center where he was booked due to the violation of conditions of his release. He was also charged with a Minor in Possession.

9:16 am.  An Anacortes woman contacted Anacortes Police because she had received a letter from the National Treasury of Alabama threatening to arrest her if she didn’t pay her bill. The woman was advised that this is a scam and she should throw the letter away. Anacortes Police received multiple calls through the weekend of similar fraud attempts from the “National Treasury” and advises the recipients of these letters, calls, and emails to ignore these messages. Furthermore, there is no need to contact Police if you have received these messages.

12:47 pm.  An Anacortes Police Officer contacted a 24 year-old Mount Vernon driver on South March’s Point Road for talking on his cellphone while operating his vehicle. When asked for his license, proof of insurance, and registration, the driver provided the Officer with a bill of sale from August 22, 2014, and stated he had not yet transferred the title of the vehicle. The driver was unable to provide a vehicle registration or insurance, but did provide a valid driver’s license. The subject was taken into custody and issued a criminal citation for Failure to Transfer a Vehicle Registration/Title Within 45 Days of Purchase and traffic citation for Cellphone Use While Operating a Motor Vehicle. He was released from the scene.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

8:50 pm.  A Sedro Woolley man contacted Police on Tuesday evening after realizing that the driver’s side window on his SUV had been broken out, causing approximately $200 in damage. The man had his vehicle parked at the high school and was inside for a basketball game when the incident occurred. There are no suspects.

Wednesday, Feb. 11

10:06 am.  A 37 year-old Sedro Woolley man was driving his Chevy Pickup southbound on SR 20 near Sharpes Corner on Wednesday when he was contacted by an Anacortes Police Officer for displaying an illegible license plate on his vehicle due to dirt and damage to the plate. The driver was unable to provide proof of insurance or ID and further investigation revealed that the subject’s driver’s license was suspended for Failure to Appear on unpaid tickets. The driver was taken into custody and charged with Third Degree Driving With License Suspended and issued a traffic citation for Operating a Motor Vehicle Without Proof of Insurance. He was released at the scene.

10:40 am.  A 48 year-old Mount Vernon man was contacted by an Anacortes Police Officer while driving on SR 20 for holding an electronic device to his ear. The driver stated that he knew he should not have been on the phone but that he was talking to a “hot girl.” Further investigation revealed that the subject had a felony warrant out of the Skagit County Superior Court for child support and two misdemeanor warrants out of Skagit County District Court for DUI/Hit & Run and Reckless Endangerment. The subject was taken into custody and transported to the Anacortes Police Department where he was booked and released on his misdemeanor warrants and issued a citation for Cellphone Use While Operating a Motor Vehicle. He was then given a courtesy transport back to his vehicle on SR20.

Thursday, Feb. 13

6:17 pm.  At approximately 6:20 PM on Thursday an Anacortes Police Officer was dispatched to the corner of 32nd Street and Commercial Ave. per the report of a minor collision and road rage incident. Investigation on scene revealed that two drivers had collided with one another, pulled over to the side of the road, and engaged in a brief verbal confrontation. There were no injuries or damage to either vehicle but one of the drivers, a 58 year-old Camano Island man, was driving with a suspended license as of December 2014 for canceled insurance/DUI. The subject was taken into custody and charged with Third Degree Driving With a Suspended License. He was released from the scene. 

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

4,695 Confirmed Skagit Cases
390-399 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

299 Hospitalizations
67 Deaths
37,483 Fully Vaccinated
52,143 Initial Doses Given


363,840 Confirmed Cases Statewide
21,743 Hospitalizations

5,428 Deaths Statewide
1,982,674 Fully Vaccinated
2,927,970 Initial Doses Given

Updated 6 pm, April 22, 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

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