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A local business owner who received an unexpected check from out of town failed to fall for the scam which the owner to send back cash… 

A local home services business owner called police to report a suspicious contact and a subsequent check that was sent to her. Investigation revealed that someone claiming to be a potential client that was moving to town soon wanted to send a check for advanced payment of services and goods. A check for $2,800 from Michigan arrived and the sender requested that the victim cash the check, purchase groceries, and send the remaining cash balance back to the issuer. The woman was advised not to cash the check and to stop contact with the fraudster. She was also advised to report the incident to the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center.

Saturday, April 25, 2020

A car parked on the 2600 block of West 2nd Street had three tires punctured in a manner that appeared to be intentional. The vehicle owner called police to report the incident. There are no suspects at this time. 

Two small socialites showed up on the back doorstep of a Kingsway residence. The responding officer took custody of the well-adorned K-9’s—one was wearing a pink sweater, the other had a harness with hearts on it—and took them to the pound after attempts to reach the owner were unsuccessful. 

Sometime between 4PM on the 24th and 4PM on the 25th, an unlocked vehicle on the 1300 block of 6th Street was accessed and keys, leather pouches, and spare change were stolen. There are no suspects. 

Sunday, April 26, 2020

A local 37-year-old man was arrested and charged with driving while license suspended in the early morning hours of April 26th. The man cooperated with the arresting officer who saw him pull into a local convenience store. He was cited and released at the scene. 

A 4-wheeler was reported stolen from a residence on M Avenue sometime between 10PM on the 25th and 9:30AM on the 26th. Investigation revealed that the ATV was taken by a friend of the owner as a prank and was later returned to the rightful owner. No charges were filed. 

An APD Officer was on his way to Heart Lake to help a woman who called 911 for help finding her young son. Before he arrived at the trail head, the dispatcher informed the officer that the child was found. 

Monday, April 27, 2020

A woman requested extra patrols at Tugboat Park on Doon Way for dogs running off-leash. 

A Westwood Drive resident called to speak with the Animal Control Officer about a coyote living in the greenbelt behind his residence. 

An out-of-town driver was issued a ticket for failure to yield to a vehicle in the roundabout at Sharpes Corner. No one was injured, but the vehicle struck by the at-fault driver sustained a significant amount of damage. 

A local retailer called police on the afternoon of the 27th to report a man acting strange in the store. The man was gone upon police arrival. Staff was advised to call police again if he returned to have him banned if they desired. 

A local resident called police to report an attempted extortion email stating they had an account password of hers and they would release compromising videos of her if she did not pay them. The woman deleted the email and did not provide any personal or financial information, but wanted the police department to know about the situation.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Just after 4AM on the 28th, an APD Officer spoke with a paper delivery person whose loud exhaust resulted in a noise complaint call from a Q Avenue resident. The driver agreed to shut down the engine when parked for prolonged periods. 

A Forest Park Lane resident called police early on the 28th to report damage to the fuel tank of her pickup and stolen fuel. All told, the incident will cost the victim approximately $800. The woman was unsure when the incident took place. 

A 68-year-old Anacortes man was given a ticket for following too close after he rear-ended a vehicle that stopped in front of him for a red light while driving northbound on Q Avenue. The driver said he thought traffic was moving, so he looked away for a moment and was unable to stop in time to avoid a collision. No one was injured.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

A 31-year-old Burlington man was arrested and booked in the Skagit County Community Justice Center on the evening of the 30th for DUI, driving while license suspended, and operating a motor vehicle without an ignition interlock device. Officers were made aware of the man’s poor driving by someone who observed the man’s vehicle strike traffic cones in the area of Washington Park. An APD Officer located the car the man was driving based on information provided by the caller and observed the car swerve into the oncoming lane of travel on 12th Street and strike the curb when pulling into a convenience store at the intersection of 12th and O Avenue. The driver was cooperative when asked to perform voluntary roadside tests, however, he did not perform very well and demonstrated poor balance and difficulty following simple directions. He also provided a breath sample yielding over twice the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle. 

Friday, May 1, 2020

A 52-year-old Marysville man was arrested for DUI on SR 20 around dinnertime on May Day. The driver caught an APD Officer’s attention when he accelerated rapidly after merging onto the highway traveling eastbound. The officer paced the sports sedan the man was driving at over 80 miles per hour and pulled the vehicle over east of the Sharpes Corner roundabout. The officer asked the driver how fast he was going and he said “at what point?” then offered that he was traveling the speed limit. There was an odor of intoxicants coming from the vehicle and the man was speaking slowly and deliberately. A voluntary breath test showed results of over the legal limit to legally drive so he was arrested and taken to APD for processing and later released to a sober friend. 

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

4,678 Confirmed Skagit Cases
390-399 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

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


362,276 Confirmed Cases Statewide
21,632 Hospitalizations

5,422 Deaths Statewide
1,982,674 Fully Vaccinated
2,927,970 Initial Doses Given

Updated 6 pm, April 21, 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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