Police Beat

City crews came to the rescue of a small dog when its paw got stuck in a sink drain.

A local pet owner was bathing her small dog when its paw got stuck in the drain on Tuesday, Sept. 17. The owner called the Animal Control Officer for help but she didn’t have all of the tools needed to free the animal, so she called the Anacortes Fire Department to assist. The end result? One point for the ACO, two firefighters, and an anxious, but healthy dog. Zero points for the sink drain that was destroyed in the process.

Here are some other cases Anacortes Police reported this week.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

A verbal argument between two male roommates over their shared pet turned physical early Saturday morning and police officers responded to investigate. The two men admitted that they were involved in a physical altercation and the primary aggressor, an intoxicated 43-year-old who allegedly head butted his roommate multiple times, was taken into custody and booked in jail on a domestic violence assault charge.

A local man called police on Saturday to report that a census volunteer came to his house recently even though he thought the census wasn’t taking place until next May. The officer told the man that census data is collected throughout the year and to call police if he detected anything suspicious about the volunteer’s visit.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

A 29th Street resident called police on Sunday to report a hawk or falcon that was on her trampoline, then transferred to a nearby fence and was unable to fly on its own. The call was transferred to a Fish and Wildlife Officer to be checked on. 

Monday, September 16, 2019

APD Officers contacted a 50-year-old Port Angeles woman in her car parked along Q Avenue. Port of Anacortes security made officers aware of the situation so they went to investigate. The woman was intoxicated and a routine check revealed that she had a theft warrant so she was placed under arrest and later released on scene after the jail declined to accept her on the warrant.

A 55-year-old Anacortes man was arrested and booked in jail on a domestic violence assault charge on Monday afternoon. An APD Corporal was first on scene and he opted to speak with a witness to determine his version of events. Per his investigation, the boyfriend and girlfriend living at that address had an argument that turned physical when the boyfriend approached the woman when she was seated on the couch and pushed her down into the cushion. He was taken into custody without incident.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

A local man found a wallet on the street and turned it over to a police officer. The wallet had several items identifying the rightful owner so it was turned over to her.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

An APD Officer pulled an older model sedan over on 23rd Street on Thursday afternoon because it was swerving in the middle of the lane of travel and came to a complete stop at random in the middle of the roadway. The officer told the 90-year-old driver that she was concerned about her driving habits. The driver stated that she was looking for a nearby healthcare facility. A routine driver’s check revealed that she had a suspended license, so the woman was arrested, cited, and released for driving while license suspended.

The 79-year-old driver of a late model SUV was determined to be the at-fault driver in a two-car collision at 18th and O Avenue. The driver told the investigating officer that he did not see the oncoming car driving northbound on “O”. Both vehicles sustained reportable damage but no one was injured.

A 47-year-old Anacortes woman was arrested on a theft warrant on Thursday afternoon. An APD Sergeant on patrol recognized the woman as she walked along O Avenue so she took her into custody. Nothing was discovered when she was searched incident to arrest. She was booked in the county jail on a 45-day commit.

Note: Anacortes Police Department policy is to not include names or addresses of businesses or individuals that call 911 for police assistance, though this information is a matter of public record.

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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