Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies responded to several hundred calls in the past two weeks. An exact number was not immediately available on Monday, Feb. 26. Here is a sampling of those calls as reported by Undersheriff Art Frank on Monday, Feb. 26:
A deputy stopped a driver on Center Road for driving 79 miles per hour in a 55-mph zone at 9:15 a.m., Feb. 23. The driver said he was heading to the hospital because his hip hurt and he requested the deputy call him an ambulance. It was determined the driver had been drinking alcohol but was not impaired. The driver was cited for speeding and accepted a ride in an ambulance to the hospital.
A person walking by a residence in the Port Hadlock area at about 5 p.m., Feb. 22 called 911 to report that he saw a woman walk out of a house carrying a toddler under her arms and “cursing” at him. The woman then threw the child into the yard. The child hit the ground, striking his head, and started crying. Another woman came out of the house and picked up the child. Deputies responded and arrested the child’s mother for assault and transported her to Jefferson County Jail. The child was not injured.
A caller made a report at 4:40 p.m., Feb. 21 about a residence in Port Hadlock where ducks and chickens were living in a poor condition. The caller did not provide a name or contact information. The location was checked, and no ducks or chickens were found. Because incorrect information was provided by the caller, and officers did not have a way to call the reporting party back, the complaint could not be investigated, Frank wrote.
Deputies responded at 12:21 p.m., Feb. 21 to an assault in the Port Hadlock area. After the investigation, the suspect was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence. The man fought with the deputies and was eventually taken into custody after a short struggle, a deputy reported. The suspect was booked into the Jefferson County Jail.
A deputy responded to a burglar alarm in Port Ludlow at 9:30 a.m., Feb. 20 and determined it was actually a propane delivery at the home.
This false alarm was the second in three months for this homeowner. Under a new Jefferson County Alarm Ordinance, a false alarm subjects the property owner to a fine and possible suspension of a response by the sheriff’s office to future alarms, according to Frank.
“If you have an alarm, please make sure you have a permit and you maintain your alarm system to prevent false alarms,” Frank wrote. “Each year the sheriff’s office responds to hundreds of false alarms.”
A deputy responded to a report of a 25-person life raft washed up on shore at Cape George Marina at 9:14 a.m., Feb. 20. The United States Coast Guard reported the incident and requested the sheriff’s office investigate. No one was found in the raft. Details related to the origin of the raft were sent to the Coast Guard.