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anacortes_police_logo.pngA resident of the 1200 block of I Avenue reported that his pit bull dog had bitten a 3-year-old child in the face and that he wanted the dog removed from his house.

A resident of the 1200 block of I Avenue reported that his pit bull dog had bitten a 3-year-old child in the face and that he wanted the dog removed from his house.

The Animal Control officer responded and took possession of the dog.  The man had no verification of the dog’s vaccination record and he was advised the dog would be quarantined for ten days.  The man said that he did not want the dog back.  He also explained that the child had been standing near the dog when the dog was being fed and that the dog had barked at the child.  When the child continued to try to pet the dog, the dog bit him.  The child was taken to the emergency room for treatment.  This incident was reported on Oct. 31. 

Some of the other police cases, as reported by the Anacortes Police Department:

October 31

An 18-year-old Anacortes man reported that he had stopped to pick up a friend who was walking in the 3000 block of D Avenue.  In the process of doing this, the man lost his wallet.  The man later returned to the area and found his wallet, but he reported that $200 in cash from the wallet was missing.    

A resident of the 1000 block of 28th Street reported the theft of three different prescription medications that belonged to his roommate.  The man said that he suspected his 49-year-old neighbor because she had earlier woken up another neighbor who lived downstairs in the middle of the night looking for money to buy beer.  The man said that the downstairs neighbor later told him that he had heard the woman climbing the stairs and entering the reporting party’s residence while the man and his roommate were sleeping.  Contact with the woman is pending. 

A 65-year-old Anacortes woman reported the theft of her bicycle from outside of a thrift shop in the 1100 block of 3rd Street.  The bike had been parked on the west side of the building while the woman was inside of the business.  The bike was valued at $100. 

November 1

An officer stopped a car for improper lane travel at the intersection of 11th Street and O Avenue.  The driver was identified as a 40-year-old Anacortes man who said that he did not have a license, and it was learned that his license was suspended.  The man smelled of alcohol, had watery bloodshot eyes, and slurred speech.  The man admitted that he had “some” to drink, but he declined to perform field sobriety tests.  The man did agree to exit his car, but he fell back against the car when he climbed out and he was barefoot.  The man was informed that he was under arrest for drunk driving. During a search of the man’s car, the officer located a marijuana smoking pipe and an unopened bottle of whiskey.  The man was processed for DUI and provided breath samples that were almost three times the legal limit.  The man was cited for DUI, driving while suspended, and possession of drug paraphernalia and released to his father at approximately 1:30 AM after being told not to drive again.  

Approximately an hour and a half later, officers responded to a house in the 2300 block of J Avenue regarding a man beating on the door attempting to gain entry.    As officers arrived, they observed the same man previously arrested for drunk driving backing out of the driveway.  It was learned that the man had been shouting at his girlfriend who was inside of the house.  A resident of the house also reported that the man had driven past the house and then turned around and pulled into the driveway.  Based upon the man’s alcohol level and the short amount of time since his previous arrest, he was once again arrested for drunk driving.  The man was very unsteady on his feet.  A search of his car a second time revealed that the same whiskey bottle earlier found had been opened and was now empty.  The man was processed for DUI again and again provided breath samples almost three times the legal limit.  He was then booked into jail for DUI and driving while suspended. 

An officer contacted three teenaged boys who were parked in a car after midnight in a construction area off Rockridge Parkway.  The officer smelled the strong odor of marijuana coming from inside of the car.  All three teens were spoken with and it was learned that they had been smoking marijuana inside of the car.  A 15-year-old boy pulled a small baggy of marijuana from his shoe and a 17-year-old boy turned over a lighter and rolling papers.  One boy was referred to juvenile court for possession of marijuana and the other for possession of drug paraphernalia.  

A resident of the 2100 block of E Avenue reported that someone had unzipped the window to his housemates Jeep parked in the driveway and stole a CD/DVD player from the dash.  It appeared that the suspect was skilled in the removal as there was no damage to the vehicle. 

November 2

An employee of a business in the 2400 block of J Avenue reported discovering the screen had been removed from a window at the back of the building.  The employee also noticed a mirror from the women’s bathroom lying on the ground and a trash can standing on end under the bathroom window. A check of the business revealed that the interior doors were still locked, but that it appeared that someone had entered the building and ate some candy.

Officers responded to a house in the 1400 block of K Avenue regarding a domestic dispute between male and female roommates.  The woman reported that she and the man were renovating the house and that she was paying for the material costs and paying the man for his labor.  The woman said that they had argued after she had returned to the house and found projects not completed and the man drunk.  The man agreed to leave voluntarily, but officers were called back a short time later as the man had returned.  When officers arrived the second time, the man fell from an attic ceiling ladder and injured his back and head.  He was transported by paramedics to the emergency room, and it was determined that no crime had been committed.  The woman went to a friend’s house for the remainder of the evening.              

Officers contacted a 29-year-old woman at her apartment in the 800 block of Commercial Avenue after a crisis line worker called reporting that the woman was possibly suicidal and had cut herself.  Officers noticed that the woman had blood and a cut on her arm.  The woman admitted that she had not been taking her medication and had cut herself with a razor.  She was transported to the emergency room for treatment and evaluation. 

November 3

A resident of the 3000 block of Rye Court reported that someone had entered his unlocked car during the previous night and stole an iPod, a checkbook, and various electronic accessories.  The man said that he had not seen or heard anything suspicious. 

A woman living in the 3900 block of Q Avenue reported that someone had entered her unlocked car during the night and stole a pack of cigarettes and a disposable lighter. 

An Anacortes woman reported that she had parked her car at Washington Park and walked the loop trail.  When she returned to her car, she discovered that someone had broken out the front passenger window.  The woman said that she had left an empty wallet on the seat and that she believed the window had been broken in an effort to steal the wallet.  Damage to the window was estimated at $250. 

A resident of the 800 block of 36th Street reported that someone had entered his son’s car through an unlocked rear hatch and removed the stereo from the dash.  The stereo was still sitting on the car seat though.   It did not appear that anything had actually been stolen. 

A resident of the 3900 block of S Avenue reported that his unlocked car had been prowled while it was parked in his driveway sometime during the previous night.  Stolen from the car were a digital camera, an in dash CD player, approximately 60 compact discs, and a vinyl binder for the CD’s.  The estimated value of the stolen items exceeded $700.   

An Anacortes woman reported that someone had smashed out the window of her vehicle while she was parked at the base of Mount Erie.  The woman reported that she had been hiking with friends and that when she returned to her vehicle, she found the window smashed.  The woman discovered that she was missing a bag containing road flares and other roadside safety equipment that was valued at approximately $20 from inside of her car.  She also discovered a spark plug in her back seat.  Spark plugs are commonly used by thieves to shatter car windows.       

Two vehicles belonging to a family living in the 700 block of Haddon Road were prowled.  One vehicle had a shattered window and it appeared that the window had been pried on prior to breaking.  The door frame was also damaged.  Missing from the vehicle was a $200 digital camera and approximately $5.00 in loose change.  The second vehicle had been left unlocked and the dome light was discovered on.  Nothing appeared to be missing though. 

A hospital home care employee reported that a  74-year-old man was being combative and assaulting his wife at their home in the 2600 block of Commercial Avenue.  It was requested that the man be transported to the hospital for examination due to recent health problems and the inability to care for himself.  Officers spoke with the man’s wife who said that he had struck her in the stomach and arm and had kicked at a home health care worker who was assisting her in caring for the man.  The man was transported to the hospital for evaluation. 

A man returned to his home in the 2300 block of 17th Street and discovered that his $1000 laptop computer was missing from a table in the living room.  He checked further and found that he was also missing an iPod video player and an iPod music player.  It was believed that the house was entered through an unsecured window.  The victim provided the name of a relative as a possible suspect and the matter is under continued investigation. 

Officers responded to a grocery store in the 900 block of 11th Street regarding an intoxicated man who was causing a scene after the clerk refused to sell him alcohol.  The man had left the store prior to officer’s arrival, but he had left behind his debit card.  Two teenaged females who had been with the man remained at the store and were contacted by officers.  The teens smelled of alcohol and both admitted that they had been drinking.  Both girls provided breath samples that confirmed their alcohol consumption.  Both were charged with underage drinking and released.       

November 4

A resident of the 4300 block of Whidbey Court reported that someone had removed a trap that was covering the back of his pickup parked in his driveway and stole two weed eaters, two gas powered leaf blowers, a gas powered hedge trimmer, a gas lawn mower, and three gas cans.  The victim reported that the theft had occurred sometime during the previous night.

A man arrived home at his house in the 1100 block of Longview Avenue and discovered a bathroom window was open and a muddy footprint on the floor.  The man said that he checked his house for missing items and discovered that he was missing some prescription medication from inside of a backpack.  The man said that he had checked with neighbors and learned that an acquaintance of his had been in the neighborhood earlier in the day.  The man said that the acquaintance had a drug problem and had tried to get the man to give him some of his prescription pills previously.  Officers were able to lift a fingerprint from the house that was later identified as belonging to the 22-year-old Anacortes resident who was the acquaintance.  A detective later interviewed the acquaintance who admitted to entering the house through the bathroom window and stealing the pills.  Residential burglary charges are pending. 

An Anacortes High School student reported the theft of a $275 scooter from inside of her locker at the school.  The victim said that her locker had been secure and that no one else knew the combination.  An officer was checking with school officials for possible suspect identification. 

An officer observed a man struggling with a 15-year-old Anacortes boy in the middle of Commercial Avenue.  The man yelled to the officer that the boy was his nephew and was drunk and had a warrant for his arrest.  The officer was aware of the warrant for the boy as he had failed to appear in court on a theft charge.  The boy then struggled with the officer and his uncle and resisted being handcuffed.  A Skagit County Sheriff’s Deputy was passing by and assisted in taking the boy into custody.  Officers found a suspected marijuana pipe on the boy during a search, and the boy also provided a portable breath test that confirmed he had been drinking.  He was taken to juvenile detention on the warrant and also faces charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and underage drinking.            

November 5

Officers responded to the report of a physical domestic at a residence in the 1000 block of 18th Street in which it was reported that a woman was pulling a man’s hair.  When an officer arrived in the area he contacted an intoxicated woman staggering in the roadway in front of the house.  The woman’s husband then walked out of the house accompanied by several teens which included him and the woman’s children.  The man had fresh blood and cuts on his face.  The man also appeared to be intoxicated and said that he had been in bed sleeping when his wife jumped on top of him and began punching and scratching at him.  The man said his wife then drug him out of the bed by his hair.  Witnesses also said that they saw the woman hitting and scratching the man before pulling his hair.  The woman was arrested for domestic violence assault and booked into jail. 

November 6

A 41-year-old Anacortes woman was contacted in the 1400 block of Commercial Avenue and taken into protective custody for mental health issues.  Officers were aware that there was a court order to pick up the woman due to her missing a mental health appointment.  She was transported to the hospital for evaluation. 

A 20-year-old Oak Harbor woman was identified as one of the involved drivers in a two car non-injury accident on State Route 20 at Christianson Road.  The woman’s driving status was suspended and she was later issued a summons for the offense.

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

5,075 Confirmed Skagit Cases
430-439 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

326 Hospitalizations
72 Deaths
49,057 Fully Vaccinated
59,732 Initial Doses Given


389,882 Confirmed Cases Statewide
23,187 Hospitalizations

5,622 Deaths Statewide
2,757,234 Fully Vaccinated
3,562,750 Initial Doses Given

Updated 7 pm, May 15, 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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