The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) responded to 655 calls for service between Sept. 1 and Sept. 14. Among those calls were 3 reports of assaults, 11 custody disputes, 3 deaths, 7 reports of driving under the influence, 8 incidents of fraud, 12 reports of harassment, 6 noise complaints, 9 reports of sex offenses, and 8 traffic incidents involving criminal citations. Deputies conducted 154 traffic stops.
The incidents below are not all encompassing and represent a portion of incidents to which the JCSO responded.
On Sept. 5, on Ninth Avenue in Port Hadlock, a man was reported to be yelling and screaming that someone was attacking him. The incident involved someone wanting to discuss an eviction. The man who was screaming was told by a deputy that if he continued to yell, he would be arrested for disorderly conduct or harassment. The man complied.
A burglary was reported on Irondale Road at 8:58 p.m., Sept. 5. A woman said a sliding door of the home was forced open and a Mongoose bike was taken. The woman thinks she may know who took the bike.
Deputies responded to a death on Dabob Road in Quilcene at 12:11 a.m. on Sept. 6. A 68-year-old woman had been reported to be having difficulty breathing. When medics arrived at the house, the woman was not responsive, and personnel were advised to stand down because the woman had died.
Gunshots were heard at about 12:20 a.m., Sept. 6 on Grand Firs Street in Chimacum. A deputy arrived and discovered that someone had thrown household garbage, including an aerosol can, into a fire pit, and the bang was possibly a result of the can exploding. The person was advised not to burn trash. Currently, a burn ban is in effect, and the burning of trash is never allowed, Explosions and toxic fumes can be the result, officials warn.
A Port Hadlock woman was arrested shortly after 8:20 a.m., Sept. 6 on suspicion of hit-and-run and driving under the influence. At least two people witnessed the incident at Nesses Corner Road, according to a report. A woman was seen driving with a bumper dangling from her vehicle after allegedly striking a car driven by a second woman. The woman driving the car was found at a Chevron station and arrested on suspicion of hit-and-run and DUI. The arrest and accident investigation were conducted by JCSO. Nesses Corner Road is a state highway, and the Washington State Patrol responded from Port Angeles. The WSP is the law enforcement agency responsible for all traffic investigations on state highways. JCSO frequently handles or assists in such investigations.
A resident of Old Gardiner Road called Sept. 6 to inquire if it was legal for his neighbors’ chickens to come on his property and eat his blueberries. He was advised that it was against the law. A deputy offered to speak to his neighbors. The resident said he would try to speak to them first.
At about 4 p.m. on Sept. 6, a man and a woman were heard screaming in a trailer on Rhody Drive. Upon arriving, the deputy discovered the man trying to leave and the woman attempting to break the windows of a minivan. Both had been drinking, the deputy concluded. The deputy suggested the man leave on foot. No crime had been committed.
At about noon on Sept. 6, a 43-year-old Brinnon woman was flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after a glass marijuana bong fell on her as she was pulling it out of a cabinet above her head, according to a JCSO report. Seattle police officers were asked to interview the woman while she was in the hospital because there had been reports before the 911 call that there was a domestic violence incident in progress. A deputy was advised on the following day that the woman had been discharged. The woman reported later that there was no assault, and that the lacerations to her neck and left wrist were caused by the bong falling out of the cabinet.
A resident of Cub Road reported that an unknown person is running a tractor at night, and that on Sept. 7, someone on a tractor drove somewhat aggressively toward her and her husband. A deputy said he would drive through the area and check on the situation. When the deputy responded to the area, he did not observe any activity.
A Port Townsend woman was arrested at 3:37 a.m. on Sept. 14 on suspicion of assaulting her boyfriend and hitting him with glass bottles. The man said he had not been drinking and that he had gone inside an RV on the property to get away from his girlfriend. The woman was packing a bag to leave, and the man told the deputy that she does not have a license or a vehicle. She was arrested for suspicion of malicious mischief and domestic violence.
A Sequim woman was arrested on Sept. 11 after several people in Quilcene called late the previous night, Sept. 10, to report that someone had been shooting a gun on Bowen Street. One woman reported hearing six gunshots, a second person reported hearing five shots coming from a motorhome, which then left the scene. Deputies and a Washington State Patrol trooper caught up with the driver the following morning. A deputy wrote in a probable-cause statement that he recognized her. The woman said she had fired the gun and there was nothing illegal about that, according to a report. A deputy wrote in his report that he advised her of her rights and that she then stated she had gone to Quilcene because “there were bad people and home invasions,” so she fired a few rounds. She said there was a shotgun in her motorhome, and that deputies could not take it, the report said. A deputy returned to the scene in Quilcene about 90 minutes after the shots were reported. He wrote in his report that he spoke to a man who heard “numerous gunshots” fired near his driveway, but hadn’t see anyone firing a gun because he was too afraid to look out to see what was happening. The deputy wrote that he collected two spent Winchester Super X20-gauge shotgun slug shell casings. Because of the danger of firing shotgun slugs in the dark in a residential neighborhood, the deputy subsequently arrested the woman on charges of possible reckless endangerment and criminal trespass.
Loose dogs were reported to be killing chickens on a property off Beaver Valley Road at about 2:30 p.m., Sept. 11. Ten dogs were said to be on a woman’s property attacking and killing her chickens. The woman said the dogs had been there before, when she had tried to stop them, and she was concerned about interfering again. The owners of the dogs were attempting to get the dogs back into their yard. A deputy arrived on the scene. Ten mixed-breed Huskies were impounded after the deputy concluded that at least 12 chickens were killed in the incident, and the owner was issued a notice of impound on all 10 dogs, which were seized. Authorities discovered that none of the dogs were licensed as required. Because of the number of dogs at the home, the owner is required to have a kennel license, said Art Frank, JCSO chief criminal investigator. The owner was cited for failing to get a kennel permit. An investigation later revealed that four of the dogs were involved in the killing of the chickens. Six were cleared to be released back to the owner after being properly licensed. The remaining four dogs are to remain at the Jefferson County Humane Society. A kennel permit is required for 10 or more adult dogs.
Illegal fishing on the Quilcene
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has had numerous calls about illegal fishing on the Quilcene River, according to Chief Criminal Deputy Art Frank.
Frank advised anyone who witnesses illegal fishing to report it to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife at 877-933-9847 or call 911 and ask for the Washington State Patrol.