Jefferson County Sheriff's Log | Obvious mental health issues

Leader news staff
Posted 3/24/21

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office received 191 calls for service between Dec. 19 and Dec. 25. Below are selected, notable incidents. 

At 8:19 a.m. Dec. 19, a 35-year-old Bremerton …

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Jefferson County Sheriff's Log | Obvious mental health issues


The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office received 191 calls for service between Dec. 19 and Dec. 25. Below are selected, notable incidents. 

At 8:19 a.m. Dec. 19, a 35-year-old Bremerton man was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and driving while under the influence of drugs in Port Hadlock.

Police were initially dispatched to conduct a welfare check on the man, who’d been seen sleeping in his vehicle, which was partially blocking the road in the area of Patison Street and South Seventh Avenue. They located the car, which was idling, and saw the man asleep in the driver’s seat and observed a hypodermic needle on the center console. 

The man, who police said was obviously under the influence of drugs, said he’d gone to his girlfriend’s house the night before but after they’d argued he parked on the side of the road in front of her house to sleep. Asked by the deputy when he’d last used drugs, the man said, “When it was dark.”

The man was detained and consented to having his vehicle searched, at which point police found a small package containing what appeared to be black tar heroin. The man was arrested and his car left in the possession of his girlfriend. He was booked into the Jefferson County Jail without incident.

At 9:46 a.m. Dec. 19, police were informed of a phone scam victim in Chimacum.

The caller said a friend’s mother, who is 85, recently provided her bank account and insurance information to an unknown person who’d called to say she’d won $8,000 and a car.

A deputy met with the woman and provided information regarding how to report the incident to federal authorities, as well as advice about how to identify future scams. 

At 1:54 p.m. Dec. 20, a Port Ludlow woman called police to report her foster son was out of control.

The boy, 6, had taken a door off its hinges and then tried to climb out of a window, she said.

The child was unhurt and was in no immediate danger when the woman called. 

At 5:10 p.m. Dec. 20, a teenage girl claimed a man was stalking her in Chimacum.

The girl, 16, said a man had followed her from a supermarket to a nearby convenience store. She said the incident didn’t feel right and that she was “very creeped out” by his actions. 

The man, 71, was known to law enforcement and was promptly contacted. He denied that he had been following the girl. 

At 8:16 a.m. Dec. 21, a theft was reported at the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding in Port Hadlock, where someone had stolen about
250 feet of electrical wire. Several electrical wires had been cut and additional damage was done to the facility.

There are no known suspects.

Police noted that burglaries have been on the rise in Jefferson County this year, with 175 having been reported so far in 2020 as compared to 151 in 2019 and 146 in 2018.

Thefts, however, are down from last year, with 252 reported in 2020, 289 in 2019, 258 in 2018, and 339 in 2017.

According to law enforcement, such crimes often become more common during times of economic downturn.

At 10:05 a.m. Dec. 22, an anonymous caller reported an animal bite in Quilcene.

The caller told police a 94-year-old woman, who they would not identity, had recently been bitten by her own dog. As the woman had dementia, the caller was concerned as to how she would handle the situation but declined to give specific details as to her identity or address. 

At 10:18 a.m. Dec. 23, a Brinnon man reported an online scam was targeting his PayPal account.

The man told police about a recent unauthorized $500 charge to Netflix, claiming someone had gained access to his computer, phone, and IP address. They were likely listening to his conversation with police, the man added.

The man was directed to contact federal authorities regarding the fraud.

At 8:06 p.m. Dec. 23, police responded to a call about a domestic altercation in Nordland.

A “distraught” woman called for help, and a man could be heard shouting and threatening her. Upon arrival, police found the woman to have a badly infected finger, which she would not allow the medical aid crew to examine. The man was threatening her and police noted “obvious mental health issues.” 

There was, however, no evidence a crime had been committed.