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Police broke up a party involving several teens at the Rotary Park gazebo. One adult was booked into Skagit County Jail.  

APD Officers broke up a party at the gazebo in Rotary Park on Sunday evening, Nov. 10, after someone called to report the noise via 911 dispatch. Several alcohol containers and a marijuana bong were emptied and taken as evidence. Multiple teens were contacted and one-by-one they were cleared from the scene to parents, friends, and family members. A 19-year-old male was cited for minor in possession and a 21-year-old man on scene was taken into custody and booked in jail on three warrants issued by the Anacortes Municipal Court for possession of marijuana, minor in possession, and malicious mischief/theft.  

Here are some other cases Anacortes Police reported this week.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

A 38-year-old Anacortes woman was arrested and booked in jail on a domestic violence assault charge after the man she was residing with called police to report that she had assaulted him earlier that evening. The reporting party stated that approximately three hours prior, the woman jumped on top of him and pushed all of her weight onto him. The man showed officers scratches on his body consistent with his version of events. The woman was taken into custody without incident and transported to jail.

An APD Officer pulled an older model SUV over on 30th Street after noticing that the registration tabs on the vehicle showed an expiration of 2020, but the Department of Licensing return showed that they expired in May 2019. The 50-year-old Anacortes driver said a friend gave the 2020 tab to him because he was having a hard time financially. Further investigation revealed that the driver had a suspended license, so he was taken into custody and later released with a copy of his citation for driving while license suspended and a ticket for improper display of tabs.

A 29-year-old Seattle man was arrested and cited for driving while license suspended after an officer stopped him for going 16 mph over the posted 30 mph limit on Oakes Avenue. The passenger in the vehicle and registered owner of the car had a good license, so he drove the vehicle from the scene.

Monday, November 11. 2019

An SUV parked in the 3100 block of West 3rd Place sustained $400 in damage to its gas tank in a malicious mischief incident that occurred sometime between November 8 and 11. A puddle of gas and a drilled hole in the bottom of the tank suggest that the suspect was looking for some free gas. There are no suspects.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

A local woman called police to report that her friend’s email was hacked and the email was now being used to send fraudulent gift card requests. The responding officer recommended changing passwords and blocking the fraudulent requests.

Mid-morning on Tuesday, APD Officers responded to a local grocery store after they called for help to find a female theft suspect with distinctly colored hair. Based on the suspect description, officers located and arrested the 19-year-old Sedro-Woolley woman and recovered $38 worth of stolen items. She was later released and told that she will be cited for theft and trespassed from the store for one year.

An Anaco Beach Road resident called police to report approximately $1,000 in damage to the hedges on the edge of his property near the side of the road, possibly over the weekend by a vehicle, though no accidents in the area were reported during that period. There are no suspects.

Anacortes Police Officers were dispatched to 7th Street and W Avenue mid-day on Tuesday to investigate a one-car motor vehicle accident. The driver, a 16-year-old Anacortes male, said he lost control of the sedan when driving down the hill. The smell of marijuana coming from the driver and droopy, watery eyes prompted further investigation into the driver’s sobriety. The driver admitted that he had smoked marijuana earlier in the day and performed poorly on the roadside tests by struggling with simple instructions and demonstrating poor balance. A search incident to arrest for DUI yielded a small amount of marijuana in a vape pen. The driver was transported to the hospital for a blood draw, then released with a copy of his citation for DUI and possession of marijuana.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

An APD Sergeant on patrol just after 2AM noticed that a pickup parked on D Avenue had its driver’s side door open, but no one was around. The Sergeant contacted the vehicle owner who scanned the vehicle, but nothing noticeable was damaged or missing from within.

A dog owner on 37th Drive called police to ask for help catching her large breed dog who got loose and was chasing cows in a nearby pasture. An officer responded to catch the dog and return her home.

Late Thursday night, an APD Officer on patrol on eastbound SR 20 observed a lit cigarette fly out of the driver’s side window of the late model SUV in front of him. The officer subsequently pulled the SUV over on South Fidalgo Bay Road and spoke with the driver, a 40-year-old Anacortes man, who admitted to his actions, stating that he had done so because part of the lit part of the cigarette dropped on his lap. The officer noticed some clues to illicit drug use in the vehicle, including a chemical smell, so he requested an exterior vehicle sniff by the APD K9 Unit. After K9 T-Bone alerted to the presence of illegal narcotics in the vehicle, officers searched all three vehicle occupants, including the driver, and discovered suspected methamphetamine, heroin, several pills that were later determined to be controlled substances, and paraphernalia items, including a meth pipe and scale. All vehicle occupants were taken into custody and later released at the scene and all face possible drug and drug paraphernalia charges.

Friday, November 15, 2019

A 38-year-old Sedro-Woolley man was arrested for driving while license suspended by an APD Officer early Thursday morning. The driver was pulled over because the older model Ford pickup he was driving had an expired registration tag in the rear window. His passenger, a licensed driver, told police that she made him drive. The driver was released at the scene with a copy of his citation.  

An Anaco Beach Road resident called police to report that someone hit her yard waste bin with a vehicle and broke the wheel off the bin. The officer responded to the scene and also noticed several pieces of broken plastic, possibly from the suspect vehicle. 

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.

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