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South Whidbey blotter | My brother’s girlfriend

September 9th, 2010 at 9:06 am by Brian Kelly
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Sunday, July 18
12:50 a.m. — Loud bangs were heard near the Earth Sanctuary.
1:19 a.m. — A caller said her brother was camping at the state park on Smugglers Cove Road, but his girlfriend was ranting at him.
9:02 a.m. — A driver in a VW Passat was passing other vehicles, driving erratically and speeding.
2:46 p.m. — A caller on Honeymoon Lake Drive complained about a neighbor burning yard debris.
3:56 p.m. — A caller complained about her mom, and said they had been having problems and arguing for the past two days of their vacation.

Monday, July 19
6:02 a.m. —
Two people were sleeping in a truck parked on Glendale Heights Road.
9:47 a.m. — A caller said two men who were changing a tire on Highway 525, north of Honeymoon Bay Road, were a traffic hazard.

South Whidbey blotter | Say, can you see?

September 9th, 2010 at 8:41 am by Brian Kelly
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Thursday, July 15
10:22 a.m. — Two abandoned bikes were found on Humphrey Road.
11:13 a.m. — Someone dumped garbage at the end of Moonlight Drive, including a washing machine.
11:29 a.m. — A man on Columbia Beach Drive said he found three American flags in his mailbox.
11:35 a.m. — A woman said her American flag was taken during the night.
1:10 p.m. — A caller said a 2-year-old child had been left inside a vehicle outside a business on Main Street.
1:35 p.m. — Someone attempting to collect on a PSE bill on Saratoga Road said the customer acted aggressively toward him and mentioned that he had a gun. He then followed him into Langley.

South Whidbey blotter | Hay there

September 1st, 2010 at 11:40 am by Brian Kelly
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Wednesday, July 14
1:06 p.m. — A caller reported a non-injury, two-car accident near Highway 525 and Langley Road.
1:36 p.m. — Someone moved the no-trespassing signs and property markers on land near Pacific Dogwood Drive and Highway 525.
2:11 p.m. — A caller on Fircrest Avenue wanted to talk about a real estate sign that was set on fire. The caller thought it might be related to a porta-potty fire on July 9.
3:14 p.m. — A possible DUI driver in a four-door Ford was driving on Highway 525 toward Ken’s Korner.
3:51 p.m. — A caller said the windows to the manager’s apartment at a building on Wilson Place were broken out.
3:59 p.m. — A caller said a woman in a white Geo Metro was driving on the wrong side of the road and nearly hit someone near Sunlight Beach.
4:41 p.m. — A driver flipped a vehicle over onto its top on Maxwelton Road. The driver was OK.
5:19 p.m. — A man in a blue Chevy van threw something from his vehicle and cracked the windshield of another driver’s vehicle on Deer Lake Road.
10:02 p.m. — A woman hit a deer on Highway 525 near Classic Road.

Thursday, July 15
12:55 a.m. — A large hay bale was rolled into Sunlight Beach Road and was blocking one lane.
1:43 a.m. — A loud party was reported on Casey Street. Half a dozen or more people were partying, and the caller said it has been going on nightly for the past few months.
7:46 a.m. — A man said someone threw several glass balls at his house on Central Avenue during the night. It also happened Monday night.
8:15 a.m. — A 16-foot Bayliner at the marina on Harbor Hills Drive was reportedly half sunk. No fuel was seen leaking.
9:04 a.m. — Residents on Columbia Beach Drive said they heard someone in their yard at 2 a.m. and just discovered that the chairs on their porch had been moved down to the beach.
9:17 a.m. — Solar lights were stolen during the night from a property on Columbia Beach Drive.
9:44 a.m. — A caller reported a reckless driver in a black VW Jetta that had been driving south on Highway 525 near Coles Road about 30 minutes earlier.
10:08 a.m. — A caller found numerous prescription bottles with medication inside at his business on Highway 525. He suspects his stepson stole them and planted them there.
10:14 a.m. — Juveniles were playing at a vacant home in disrepair on Campbell Road, and the caller was worried a wall would fall on them.

Foot washes ashore

August 31st, 2010 at 4:16 pm by Brian Kelly
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Here’s the latest on the foot that washed ashore on Whidbey.

Also, last night on the Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC, Rachel did an extended segment on the feet that have been found in the Pacific Northwest. Here’s the video.

South End blotter | Sky rockets in flight

August 27th, 2010 at 4:35 pm by Brian Kelly
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Sunday, July 4
5:30 p.m. — A man fell off a boat into the water off Hidden Beach Drive.
5:39 p.m. — A woman wanted to talk about ticketing people who park in her driveway on Swanson Street.
6:18 p.m. — A possible DUI driver pulled into a gas station in Freeland.
6:29 p.m. — A mailbox was stolen on Hawthorne Lane and the caller said his mail was strewn all over.
6:39 p.m. — A man on Swede Hill Road said someone was discharging an automatic weapon nearby.
6:42 p.m. — A caller said a neighbor on Huckleberry Lane was lighting M-80s.
6:53 p.m. — A three-car accident was reported on Highway 525 near Sanford Drive.
7:40 p.m. — A caller said a group was getting ready to start a large fire on Double Bluff Beach.
8:37 p.m. — Someone was shooting off illegal fireworks near Lakeside Drive and Kirkwood Lane.
8:39 p.m. — A caller on Hidden Beach Drive reported the use of illegal fireworks.
8:46 p.m. — A caller complained of illegal fireworks on Central Avenue.
9:16 p.m. — Someone was shooting off what sounded like a cannon near Humphrey Road and Soaring Eagle Lane.
9:18 p.m. — A woman complained of illegal fireworks on Sunlight Beach Road.
9:19 p.m. — A caller on Huckleberry Lane said a neighbor was setting off M-80s.
9:20 p.m. — A man said he saw a young man put beer in the trunk of a vehicle at a Freeland gas station and said he thought minors would get access to the beer.
9:28 p.m. — People were shooting off M-80s near Beachwood Drive. The caller said he had post traumatic stress disorder and the noise was upsetting him.
9:45 p.m. — A man on Clam Walk complained about fireworks and skyrockets that were coming too close to his house.
9:58 p.m. — A resident on Gramayre Road said illegal fireworks were going off nearby.
10:31 p.m. — A caller complained of too many explosions on Carie Lane and wanted a police patrol.
10:37 p.m. — A caller on Coachman Court complained of fireworks in the neighborhood, and raised concerns about dry grass.
11:21 p.m. — A resident on Hodges Avenue called about fireworks.
11:39 p.m. — Loud fireworks were heard near  Cedar Acres Lane.
11:59 p.m. — A caller complained about fireworks on Elton Street.

Monday, July 5
12:30 a.m. — A caller said it sounded like someone was shooting a cannon near Humphrey Road.
1:17 a.m. — A loose horse was reported on Jewett Road.
1:34 a.m. — A possible DUI driver was reported on Holmes View Drive.
9:45 a.m. — Mail was found strewn along the road near Bayview and Sunlight Beach roads.
10:48 a.m. — A caller on Jewett Road reported a white horse that had escaped overnight.
11:52 a.m. — An elderly woman walked into the fire station on Cameron Road and said someone broke into her home the night before and she had been driving around all night because she is scared.
3:09 p.m. — A caller on Deer Lake Road said a large black dog with mud on his face was found on the property.
7:47 p.m. — A driver stopped for ice cream on Shore Avenue and left the vehicle with the engine running. The dogs inside the 2007 Chevy Suburban then locked the doors, leaving the driver stranded.
8:19 p.m. — A driver in a Honda was speeding on Mercer Drive and intentionally hit a sign that said “slow down.”
10:05 p.m. — Fireworks were reported near Pinecrest Avenue.
10:31 p.m. — A caller complained of fireworks near Honeymoon Bay Road and Dunlap Drive.
10:43 p.m. — An old pickup truck was reportedly disabled in the ferry lane at Clinton.

Tuesday, July 6
6:56 a.m. — A caller on Driftwood Drive complained of crab poaching. Three people were seen wading with nets.

Tuesday, July 13
8:17 a.m.  — A vicious dog was running loose on Bells Beach Road.
10:47 a.m.  — A woman on Berg Road wanted to talk about vandalism and thefts in the neighborhood.
11:24 a.m.  — A man on Sorrel Lane said there were fraudulent charges on his debit card.
12:31 p.m.  — A man on Linda Lane wanted to talk about the condition of his mower after it was returned after being stolen.
12:37 p.m.  — Gunfire was heard on Lancaster Road.
5:45 p.m.  — A man said he was assaulted at the Eagles Club.
6:34 p.m.  — A woman said her roommate’s boyfriend was threatening her. She told dispatchers she was going to go sit in her vehicle.
8:44 p.m.  — A caller complained of a burn pile near Mutiny Bay Road and Meadowood Lane.
10 p.m.  — A caller complained about a burn near Bob Galbreath Road and Wrightsman Place.

Wednesday, July 14
8:14 a.m.  —
A caller wanted to talk about a dog bite that happened on June 30.
10:41 a.m.  — A small boat appeared adrift in the water off Scurlock Road.
11:07 a.m.  — A worker at a Freeland business said a customer wrote a $10,000 check that bounced.
11:23 a.m.  — A driver on Highway 525 near Gramayre Road was crossing into oncoming traffic and going over the fog line.

South Whidbey blotter | Things that go boom

August 26th, 2010 at 9:20 am by Brian Kelly
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Saturday, July 3
4:16 p.m. — Someone on Maxwelton Road was firing a black-powder cannon.
5:12 p.m. — A dead deer was reported on Fish Road.
5:27 p.m. — A caller said juveniles were lighting M-1,000s on Bercot Road.
6:28 p.m. — A mail box was stolen on Staats Drive.
6:35 p.m. — A woman on Wahl Road said kids were trespassing on her beach.
7 p.m. — Trespassers were using the dock at the clubhouse on Honeymoon Lake Drive.
8:37 p.m. — A possible DUI driver almost hit the guardrail on Highway 525 near Bayview Road.
9:20 p.m. — A brush fire was reported on Myrtle Avenue. It was later discovered to be a controlled burn.
9:24 p.m. — Children were lighting fireworks on Robinson Road.
9:37 p.m. — A caller complained of illegal fireworks on Brighton Beach Road.
10:43 p.m. — A caller complained of fireworks that were “louder than a demolition, like World War II” on Watkins Road.
10:56 p.m. — A man in dark clothing was riding a skateboard on Highway 525 near Bayview Road.
11:16 p.m. — A caller on Mutiny Bay Road complained about a neighbor who was setting off very loud fireworks.
11:41 p.m. — A group of 15 juveniles were lighting fireworks at the park on Maxwelton Road.
11:48 p.m. — A man on Mutiny Bay Road said his neighbors were still setting off fireworks.

Sunday, July 4
12 a.m. — A caller on Hodges Avenue reported a possible prowler. The woman said she could hear someone tapping on windows, banging and whistling all around her house.
12:39 a.m. — A woman on Hodges Avenue said someone was messing around with her back door again. She said it sounds like they’re throwing rocks at the door.
2:04 a.m. — A mailbox that was taken from a home on Maxwelton Road was found and returned to the owner.
4:09 a.m. — A caller reported a missing daughter who never made it to her friend’s house after the fireworks show.
4:52 a.m. — Multiple mailboxes appeared to have been damaged by a baseball bat on Newman Road from the Highway to Maple Glen.
8:16 a.m. — A man on Langley Road said someone went through his mailbox and threw his mail all over the place.
10:27 a.m. — A dead deer was on Mutiny Bay Road.
12:44 p.m. — A baby deer fell off the cliff near Hidden Beach Drive. The fawn was later reported in someone’s yard.
1:47 p.m. — A possible DUI driver in a red Explorer was having trouble stopping at stop lights on Highway 525.
1:48 p.m. — A plastic “traffic safety statue” was stolen overnight on Brainers Road.
1:50 p.m. — A caller on Deer Lake Road said a boater was purposely boating through flocks of birds.
3:33 p.m. — A golden Lab mix with no collar was found on Witte Way.
3:56 p.m. — Gunfire was heard coming from the gravel pit on Smugglers Cove Road. The caller was certain the sounds were not from fireworks.
3:38 p.m. — Kids were shooting firecrackers into the roadway near Bayview Road and Sun Vista Circle.
4:14 p.m. — A caller on Tartan Way said his neighbors across the street and down the road were setting off fireworks that may be illegal.

South Whidbey blotter | The sounds of freedom

August 24th, 2010 at 4:07 pm by Brian Kelly
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Wednesday, June 30
10:50 a.m. — Suspicious kids in an old white Cadillac were reported at Freeland Park.
11:49 a.m. — A driver hit a deer on Bayview Road near the Deer Lagoon Grange.
12:54 p.m. — A driver in an old Buick was going very slowly on Highway 525.
1:36 p.m. — A resident on Teronda Beach Road reported a case of ID theft.
2:26 p.m. — A caller wanted a “face to face” meeting with a supervisor to find out why it was OK for people to light off black-powder items on the beach near East Harbor Road.
4:32 p.m. — A man found signs of campers on his property on Wahl Road.
6:36 p.m. — A caller said a reckless driver nearly ran someone off the road on the way to the ferry dock.
9:27 p.m. — A man said his stereo and iPod were stolen when he left it outside on Myra Place and went for a walk. He suspects neighborhood kids.

Thursday, July 1
9:09 a.m. — A driver in a black Subaru was passing cars in a no-passing zone on Highway 525 near Pacific Dogwood Drive and almost hit another driver.
9:26 a.m. — A woman complained about a neighbor on Harbor Sands Lane who starts his motorcycle every morning at 4 a.m.
10:39 a.m. — An unauthorized boat was anchored at the dock near Harbor Hills Drive.
1:39 p.m. — A caller on Dusty Lane said his neighbor was pulling up his property stakes.
2:13 p.m. — A caller complained about a driver in a Dodge Charger passing other vehicles on Highway 525.
4:32 p.m. — A “no parking” sign was in the weeds on the side of Deer Lake Road.
5:31 p.m. — People were lighting bottle rockets and other fireworks near Woodard Avenue and Manor Way.
5:44 p.m. — A 52-year-old man said he was assaulted at a Freeland restaurant and was complaining of back and neck pain.

Friday, July 2
8:27 a.m. — A man said he inadvertently left his dinghy in Holmes Harbor.
9:33 a.m. — A woman calling from Alaska said her parents found an open door at her home on South Whidbey. She wanted police to check the home and call her back.
11:47 a.m. — A driver who may be impaired was all over the road on Highway 525 near Wonn Road.
1:32 p.m. — A man on Reindeer Road said his mail was stolen.
5:54 p.m. — A caller complained about a boater who was trespassing at a private dock on Honeymoon Bay Road.
6:58 p.m. — Juveniles were lighting M-80s and firecrackers near the picnic benches at Double Bluff Beach.
7:34 p.m. — A caller said an eagle was swooping down near a deer near Highway 525 and Mutiny Bay Road and drivers were swerving to avoid hitting the low-flying bird.
7:42 p.m. — A woman at a home near Highway 525 said people were lighting fireworks bigger than M-80s and the noise was rattling her house.
8:42 p.m. — A caller complained about juveniles who were lighting fireworks and needed adult supervision.
11:03 p.m. — A DUI driver was arrested at Maxwelton Road and Highway 525.

Saturday, July 3
1:10 a.m. — A DUI driver was arrested at Highway 525 and Langley Road.
6:12 a.m. — An old stump was burning in an empty lot near Mutiny Bay Road and Tara Drive.
6:41 a.m. — A woman hit a deer near Mutiny Bay Road and Woodard Avenue.
8:49 a.m. — A street sign was laying in the middle of the roadway on Sun Vista Circle at Snapdragon Lane.
9:43 a.m. — An address sign was damaged at the end of a driveway on Lakeside Drive.
9:58 a.m. — A small shepherd dog was running loose on Timber Lane.
11:04 a.m. — A caller on Donna Drive wanted extra patrols because of vehicle prowls in the neighborhood.
1:27 p.m. — Residents went to retrieve their mail on Sills Road and discovered their mailbox was missing.
1:44 p.m. — A man on Wahl Road said a CB radio was interfering with his cable TV.
3:51 p.m. — A woman on Staats Drive said her mailbox was missing.
3:53 p.m. — Road signs at Sills Road and Staats Drive were moved across the street.

South End blotter | That darn cat

August 24th, 2010 at 4:05 pm by Brian Kelly
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Tuesday, June 29
1:41 a.m. — A resident on Cedar Cove Lane said someone might be trying to break into one of the homes on the street.
6:43 a.m. — An eagle was stuck by its wing in orchard netting on Goss Ridge Road.
8:08 a.m. — A disabled pickup truck was reportedly on a very precarious shoulder at Glendale and Humphrey roads.
9:44 a.m. — A caller complained about a neighbor on Dusty Lane who was pulling up yard stakes.
9:56 a.m. — A cat was 100 feet up a tree at the elementary school on Maxwelton Road.
10:31 a.m. — A caller on Myres Lane wanted to know about noise regulations.
11:10 a.m. — A woman said her husband fell down 10 stairs on Pleasant View Lane.
1:19 p.m. — A caller said a man in a red Ford Explorer on Highway 525 was hitting his dog.
1:26 p.m. — A DUI driver in a green Jeep Cherokee was reported at the Clinton Ferry Terminal. The man was seen drinking from a wine glass.
1:38 p.m. — Three dogs escaped from their invisible fencing on Harding Avenue.
1:59 p.m. — A man found a diamond necklace in his car on Fish Road.
2:02 p.m. — A woman wanted police to meet her on Ewing Road to put a notice on a suspected meth lab.
2:26 p.m. — A driver hit a deer on Highway 525 just south of Mutiny Bay Road.
3:24 p.m. — A woman on Harbor Sands Lane wanted to ask about noise regulations. She said her husband rides a motorcycle to work and the neighbor is complaining to her that it is too loud. She wants to make sure that they are within their legal rights.
3:25 p.m. — A person involved in a one-car accident at Smugglers Cove and Rubley roads complained of back pain.
3:34 p.m. — A resident on Garden Lane complained of people gathering at a nearby house that has been condemned and repossessed.
3:42 p.m. — A caller on Woodard Avenue complained of people dumping their garbage.
3:54 p.m. — A man in black pants and carrying a blue backpack was lying on the side of the road at Highway 525 and Humphrey Road. He got up and started walking toward the ferry.
6:25 p.m. — A large planter pot was broken on Windfall Road.
7:53 p.m. — A small black dog was running through the intersection at Surface Road and Highway 525.
8:14 p.m. — A possible DUI driver in a white van was driving north on Highway 525 near Useless Bay Road. The driver was going about 40 mph and braking erratically.

Wednesday, June 30
12:41 a.m. — A woman said her boyfriend just drove past and was throwing beer bottles out the window at her.
8:38 a.m. — A woman on Scenic Avenue wanted to talk about prank phone calls she had traced.
10 a.m. — A cell phone and flashlight were taken in a residential burglary on Wahl Road.

Sorry about that

August 24th, 2010 at 4:03 pm by Brian Kelly
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Somebody has been seriously slacking when it comes to putting police reports online. Oh, wait, I guess that would be me.

Looks like I have been on Island Time, and not Crime Time.

Stay tuned for a flurry of South End hi-jinks.

South Whidbey blotter | Special delivery

July 28th, 2010 at 3:16 pm by Brian Kelly
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Tuesday, June 15
6:57 a.m. — A dead raccoon was in the middle of the road on Deer Lake Road.
11:12 a.m. — A tree was blocking the westbound lane of Newman Road.
12:18 p.m. — A dead deer was in the road on Highway 525 near Twisted Tree Lane.
2:56 p.m. — A caller complained about a man on Jewett Road who shoots nonstop every day.
4:56 p.m. — A caller said a man got out of a blue Dodge Dakota and was unsteady on his feet before he walked into a Freeland grocery store.
6:13 p.m. — A caller on Mountain View Lane got into an argument with a neighbor over politics, and the neighbor began throwing things into the caller’s yard.
6:14 p.m. — A woman said her purse was stolen Sunday from the Clinton Ferry Terminal.
9:13 p.m. — A man smelling of alcohol was slurring his words as he tried to scam a checker at a Freeland grocery store. He left in a white van.
11:10 p.m. — A caller on Garden Lane complained of loud rumbling in the area. The caller said it might be coming from ships at the Freeland boatyard.

Wednesday, June 16
8:10 a.m. — A man on Swede Hill Road said someone broke into his barn overnight and took items.
8:18 a.m. — The remains of a television were reported next to the roadway by Goss Lake Road and Melody Lane.
2:46 p.m. — A possible DUI driver in a brown SUV was reported on
Highway 525 near Thompson Road.
3:05 p.m. — A caller said someone in an SUV was passing other vehicles on the right on Highway 525 near Bayview Road.
4:52 p.m. — Mailboxes were knocked down on Cameron and Fish roads.
6:40 p.m. — A driver backed into another vehicle in a lot next to Highway 525.
8:13 p.m. — A possible DUI driver in a silver/gray Chevy truck was “all over the road” on Highway 525 near Mutiny Bay Road.
8:35 p.m. — A dead deer was reported on Highway 525 at Ewing Road.
9:20 p.m. — A rowboat was spotted adrift about 200 yards offshore from Soundview Drive.

Thursday, June 17
2:04 a.m. — People were trying to push start a car down Bells Beach Road.
4 a.m. — A caller on Sills Road complained about a “ranting” neighbor. The man was on his porch yelling.
8:46 a.m. — A driver in a Lexus hit a deer near North Bluff Road and Shoreline Drive.
4:03 p.m. — A white Dodge Neon was all over the road on Highway 525 near Langley Road.
4:55 p.m. — A pit bull was running loose on Foxglove Lane.
7:10 p.m. — A dog attacked a goat on Jewett Road. The caller said it looked like the goat was going to die.
7:21 p.m. — A caller on Watkins Road reported a woman who walked into the house uninvited. She asked, “Where’s the puppy?” She left willingly, but came back again later.
7:50 p.m. — A driver in a black Porsche passed another driver on Highway 525 near Smugglers Cove Road.
11:13 p.m. — A dog was barking for hours on end on Maxwelton Road.

Friday, June 18
12:27 a.m. — A possible DUI driver was reported on Highway 525 near Thompson Road.
7:56 a.m. — Someone stole a mailbox but left the post behind on Chinook Drive.
8:32 a.m. — A computer was stolen overnight from the parks office on Maxwelton Road.
8:45 a.m. — An expensive-looking mailbox was found on Ewing Road near Sills Road.
9:49 a.m. — Someone broke into a house on Glendale Road.
11:16 a.m. — A woman was sideswiped at the Clinton ferry dock while she was on her way to work at Boeing.
11:49 a.m. — A steamer was stolen from Wheel Drive. The caller said it was brand-new and still in the box.
12:44 p.m. — Mail was stolen on Greenbower Lane.
12:54 p.m. — A two-car accident was partially blocking the road on Bayview Road.
1:04 p.m. — Trespassers were reported on a property north of Mutiny Bay.

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