Incidents of Interest
February 19, 2018 Case 18-1863
February 19, 2018 at about 2:47 AM. A deputy responded to a roll over traffic collision on the Hoh Mainline on the west end of Jefferson County. The vehicle rolled at least twice after hitting a patch of ice. This area of Jefferson County is remote and emergency services are limited. The driver was transported to Forks Hospital.
February 18, 2018 Case 18-1840
February 18, 2018 at about 7:48 AM. While driving in the Cape George area a driver reported that a vehicle was following her too closely and after passing the caller the vehicle stopped in front of her. The caller believed this was an attempt to stop and confront them. The suspect fled the scene. Remember, if you have a problem like this, be a good witness and obtain a license number and vehicle description if it can be done safely. At the same time, call 911 and leave the area.
February 17, 2018 at about 12:45 AM. Deputies responded to a traffic collision in the area of Larson Lake and Center Rd. The initial report to 911 was that this incident was a simple rear-end collision. After the investigation, one of the drivers was arrested for assault and hit and run.
February 16, 2018 Case 18-1784
February 16, 2018 at about 10:16 AM. A Brinnon resident reported that their neighbor was keeping a pig in a fenced area in their yard. There was no concern about the health of the pig or any other crime. The concern was that it violated the CC & Rs of the housing development. No action will be taken by the Sheriff’s Office.
February 16, 2018 Case 18-1786
February 16, 2018 at about 10:53 AM. An employee at the Mill in Port Townsend reported that someone cut a fence and stole 200 feet of electric cable. The replacement value of the cable was reported to be $2,000.00. The investigation is ongoing and any witnesses are encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office. Theft of copper cable and pipe is common; copper cable is very expensive and is sold by thieves for recycle value and a small payday.
February 14, 2018 Case 18-1739
February 14, 2018 at about 7:27 PM. A deputy responded to Nordland to check on an elderly woman who lives alone. The caller was the woman’s son who lives out the area and had not been able to reach his mother for several hours. The responding deputy found the woman had fallen and was unable to call for help. EMS responded to care for the victim. Jefferson County has a large aging population and it is important to have contingency plan, such as a neighbor who can check in from time to time or in an emergency.
February 14, 2018 Case 18-1719
February 14, 2018 at about 1:45 AM. Deputies responded to a burglar alarm at a marijuana shop in the Port Hadlock area. The first deputy arrived and discovered a thief had smashed the window but was no longer at the location. The investigation continues.
February 9, 2018 Case 18-1558
On February 9, 2018 at about 12:24 PM a deputy stopped a driver on Highway 20 for talking on her cell phone. This was the second violation in two months for this driver. The resulting fine for this violation was $234.00. “Expensive phone call!”
February 8, 2018 Case 18-1538
On February 8, 2018 at about 1756 hours Deputies responded to assist the Washington State Patrol and Quilcene Fire Rescue with a head on traffic collision on Highway 101 at about milepost 299. Both vehicles sustained major damage but all three occupants were not injured. The driver at fault crossed over the center divider and into the path of the second car. The driver at fault was arrested for DUI.
February 8, 2018 Case 18-1535
On February 8, 2018 at about 6:43 PM a deputy stopped a driver in the Quilcene area for a traffic infraction. The driver failed to immediately pull over and continued a short distance before stopping. It was determined that the driver has a suspended license and a warrant from Clallam County. He was cited and released in the field for the new violations. It is quite common that neighboring counties do not accept suspects with arrest warrants out of their counties.
February 6, 2018 Case 18-1425
On February 6, 2018 at about 0715 hours a deputy responded to Dena Lane in Chimacum regarding a two dogs attacking the caller’s rabbits. When the deputy got to the scene there was a deceased rabbit and two dogs at large. The owner of the dogs could not be located so the two roaming K9s were seized and taking to the Jefferson County Humane Society until the owner could be located. The owner when identified could be cited for violations of the county code. The fines could be in excess of $900.00.
- The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has one Animal Control Officer for the entire county. This position has been vacant since July of 2017. The new Animal Control Officer started work on February 12, 2018 and after training will be available to respond to most animal related calls. Since July all animal related calls have been handled by Patrol deputies.
February 5, 2018 Case 18-1409
On February 5, 2018 at about 3:40 PM deputies responded to a report of a domestic assault in the 500 block of Old Anderson Lake Rd. The caller reported that family members were taking his medication and he wanted to report it to law enforcement. When deputies arrived they contacted the caller who was intoxicated and uncooperative. It was determined that the caller had assaulted an elderly family member and while deputies were attempting to arrest him he resisted arrest and assaulted one of the deputies. While being transported to the jail the arrestee threated to kill the arresting deputy.
February 5, 2018 Case 18-1401
On Feb 5, 2018 at about 12:30 PM deputies responded to a report of a male and female arguing in the street. The call was in the 100 block of Chimacum Rd. In addition to the verbal agreement the male subject punched a road sign. Responding deputies contacted the couple and determined there was no physical contact between the two and the dispute was limited to a verbal argument.
February 4, 2018 Case 18-1362
On February 4, 2018 at about 5:57 PM deputies responded to Highway 20 at Highway 19 to assist the Washington State Patrol with a roll over traffic collision. The investigation revealed the driver of a pickup truck drove off the road and up the embankment. This caused the truck to overturn. Neither the driver or passenger was injured. The driver was arrested for DUI by the responding deputy and the traffic collision report was completed by the responding Trooper.
February 2, 2018
On February 2, 2018 A deputy was sent to a Port Hadlock resident regarding an aggressive dog in the area. The large dog was found and could not be captured. However, the owner was located and issued a citation for animal at large. The fine for the first offense is $234.00.
February 2, 2018
On February 2, 2018 A deputy was driving on Rhody Drive and saw a female that he recognized and knew she had a warrant for her arrest. The deputy tried to stop her and she made a weak attempt to elude on foot. She was found minutes later and arrested. During the search heroin and methamphetamine was located on her person. She was booked for the drugs charges and the arrest warrant.
February 1, 2018
On February 1, 2018 JCSO Deputies along with a PTPD Officer and two Department of Corrections Officers and officials from the Jefferson County Health Department responded to 16 Cub Rd in the Port Townsend area. This was in response to health code violations. During the investigation three people were arrested on various charges including, DOC warrants, controlled substance and drug paraphernalia charges, reckless endangerment of a child, assault on a deputy and defrauding a public utility.
Deputies contacted CPS and removed a child from the home after finding a residence unsuitable for a four-year-old child. The removal was in part due to hypodermic needles lying all around, no utilities. In addition, holes had been dug in the yard with sewage pumped into them due to the lack of a proper septic system.
PUD responded and found the subjects had tapped into a PUD valve and had been stealing water from the public utility. The health department is working on cleaning up this property in cooperation with the residents.
January 31, 2018
On January 31, 2018 deputies assisted the Washington State Patrol at a traffic collision on Beaver Valley Rd near Swansonville Rd. The vehicle was not occupied and determined to have been stolen earlier in Port Townsend. A deputy checking the area for the driver located him walking on the highway. He was arrested for possession of the stolen vehicle.
January 29, 2018 @ 11:17 am, Incident #2018-1114
A Port Ludlow resident reported that a few days ago they had received a telephone call in which they provided personal information to the caller. The resident now has fraudulent charges on their bank account. There are no suspects. The victim was advised to never give out personal information over the telephone or internet.
January 29, 2018 @ 5:53 am, Incident #2018-1104
Deputies responded to a report of domestic violence in the Port Hadlock area. Witnesses reported hearing fighting and a female screaming and saw a man lying on the ground outside the residence. The responding deputies determined that the call was unfounded and that the disturbance was the result of drug-use paranoia. The female believed that a plastic bag was a man watching her and the sheriff’s office was monitoring her via an iPod.
January 28, 2018 @ 11:56 am, Incident #2018-1073
Deputies responded to the Jacob Miller Road area for a report of a person being followed in their vehicle by a stranger. The victim told the deputies that the vehicle was following him suspiciously and that one of the occupants was taking photographs of him with a large iPad-type device. Deputies searched the area, but were unable to locate the suspect vehicle.
January 28, 2018 @ 3:44 am, Incident #2018-1066
Deputies responded to a burglar alarm at the Better Buds marijuana store in Port Hadlock. When the deputies arrived they discovered that the front door glass had been broken out. There was no one located within the building. The store owner came to the scene and reported that numerous packages of marijuana had been stolen. The case is under investigation.
January 28, 2018 @ 2:33 am, Incident #2018-0911
A Deputy responded to the Larson Lake Road area for a report of a burglary. The victim had departed his residence at approximately 12:00 PM and when he returned home at about 1:30 AM he discovered that someone had entered his office which was located in the basement of his residence. There was no sign of forced entry and the office door and window had been left unlocked. It appeared that someone had ransacked the office as computer monitors, papers, and other miscellaneous items had been strewn about the room. The victim was unsure if any items had been stolen.
January 28, 2018 @ 1:00 am
On 01-28-2018 at about 0100 hours a JCSO deputy stopped a vehicle in the Port Townsend area for a traffic violation. The suspect, Hugo O. Madriz a 39 year old Hispanic male of Tacoma, led deputies on a brief pursuit before abandoning his vehicle and fleeing in the woods. In addition to being wanted for Eluding law enforcement, Madriz is also wanted on a Department of Corrections escape warrant. Deputies attempted to locate Madriz in the wooded area for several hours and were unable to locate him. An investigation revealed heroin within the vehicle.
Later that day, citizens reported suspicious activity at the Four Corners store. The suspect had contacted several citizens for help, who notified law enforcement. Deputies eventually gained sight of Madriz as he fled into the wood line. Deputies attempted to search this area with the use of a K9 and were unable to locate Madriz.
After discontinuing the search, Madriz was sighted again near the Adelma Beach area after he had hid at a residence and attempted to flee on a bicycle stolen from the resident. PTPD Officers spotted Madriz, who again evaded capture. Law enforcement officers were still attempting to locate Madriz as of 1818 hours. Citizens were requested not to pick up hitch hikers and to contact JCSO of any suspicious activity.
UPDATE: At approximately 1:00 pm on 1/29/18 Madriz was arrested after a brief foot chase at Discover Bay.
January 20, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
On Jan. 20th 2018 at approximately 5:00 PM Deputies and fire personnel were dispatched to a Port Townsend address in regards to a report of a suicide by fire. Deputies arrived and found a male subject deceased. Initial investigation revealed that the man had likely been doused in gasoline from a nearby equipment shed. A lighter was found near the body.
JCSO detectives responded to the scene and are conducting an investigation into the incident. An autopsy will be scheduled at a later date.
January 19, 2018 @ 7:47 pm, Incident #2018-0764
Deputies responded to the Irondale area for a reported non-injury hit and run traffic collision. The suspect vehicle, which was described as a small dark colored sedan with front end damage, was observed fleeing the scene and leaving a trail of fluid on the roadway. Deputies followed the “oil slick” to an area in Irondale where they located the suspect vehicle hidden behind a fence. The vehicle’s license plates had been removed and there was fresh damage to the front of the vehicle. The deputies were unable to locate the suspected driver that night. The case is under investigation.
January 19, 2018 @ 8:42 am, Incident #2018-0736
The Sheriff’s Office received a report of an adult male attempting to break into a house in the Irondale area. The reporting person knew the suspect and there was a court order prohibiting the suspect from entering the residence. When deputies arrived the suspect fled the area on foot. After a short foot pursuit the suspect escaped near Chimacum Creek. The suspect is being sought for Burglary and Violation of a Court Order.
January 18, 2018 @ 9:06 pm, Incident #2018-0724
A Port Hadlock resident reported she had received threats from her 27 year old ex-boyfriend. The threats were received as text messages in which the ex-boyfriend threatened to kill the reporting persons “new” boyfriend. The deputy investigating the incident contacted the suspect at his parent’s house. The suspect refused to exit his bedroom. After several minutes of talking through a closed door the suspect exited his bedroom and was arrested for Felony Harassment.
January 18, 2018 @ 5:06 pm, Incident #2018-0696
A Port Hadlock resident reported when they returned home after a night away they discovered that some jewelry was missing from the residence. It was determined that the suspect entered through an unlocked front door.
January 15, 2018: @ 2:30 pm Incident #2018-0289
A Brinnon resident contacted JCSO at 2:30 p.m. on January 3rd to report that unknown suspects had drove around her gated property and stole several items including firewood, garden tools, and a gas stove. A deputy investigated the incident and the resident was provided with security advice on how to protect her property in the future.
January 13, 2018: @ 9:14 pm Incident #2018-489
On Friday January 13, 2018 at approximately 7:14 pm JCSO was conducting local traffic emphasis patrols including PTPD, and WSP. During this enforcement, a JCSO Deputy stopped a vehicle with a headlight out. Upon turning around on the vehicle, the deputy noted that the driver sped up in an attempt to evade him. After about a mile and a half, the driver elected to pull over after having vehicle difficulties. The car was stolen and occupied by three persons. JCSO benefited from the emphasis by having several law enforcement officers available to help contain the scene. JCSO later determined that the suspects were in our county to sell stolen goods in our jurisdiction.
January 12, 2018: @ 4:157 pm Incident #2018-449
A Brinnon resident contacted JCSO on January 12th at approximately 1700 hours to report that a pop music star was being sexually assaulted in the area. The deputy determined that the woman had made 13 prior false reports to JCSO and is the subject of many more neighborhood complaints regarding her property. As the deputy arrived, the woman advised everything was ok and the neighbor had ran the suspects away from the music star. The deputy attempted to gather information for a false reporting case when the woman began yelling obscenities and attempting to retreat back into her residence. The woman was eventually arrested and transported to JCSO where she was booked for false reporting and resisting arrest.
January 10, 2018: @ 12:17 am incident #2018-338
JCSO received a report from several residents near the city limits of a subject yelling and screaming near the Larry Scott Trail. The residents advised that they could hear the man swearing and threatening to hurt someone. Deputies located the man, who was likely under the influence of drugs, walking down the Larry Scott trail. Investigation revealed that the man had outstanding warrants for his arrest. The man was arrested and control substances were found in his pockets. The man was booked at the JCSO jail.
January 7, 2017: @ 2:06 pm, Incident #2018-0251
A Port Ludlow resident reported they were selling a motorcycle online and that a male subject responded to the advertisement. The male subject wanted to test drive the motorcycle and drove on Paradise Bay Road toward the Hood Canal Bridge. That was the last time the owner saw the male subject and their motorcycle. The motorcycle is described as a 2015 Suzuki neon green RMZ 450 dirt bike. Anyone with information is asked to please call the Sheriff’s Office at 360-385-3831.
January 4, 2017: @ 5:06 pm, Incident #2018-0139
A Hazel Point area resident reported that while their son was ill at home they observed an “older” female arrive in a white colored vehicle, put on gloves, and walk around the residence attempting to open each of the doors. The suspect vehicle departed the residence and returned a short time later at which point the same female began to open packages that were outside the residence. The son confronted the female, who stated she was “just here to do some things,” at which point she departed. The case is under investigation.
January 4, 2017: @ 1:27 pm, Incident #2018-0128
A Port Hadlock business person reported they had hired a person to create and maintain a website for their business and that they had had a falling out with the website host. The victim went on to say that the website manager has now posted malicious information on the business’ website. The incident is under investigation.
January 3, 2017: @ 8:18 am, Incident #2018-0073
A citizen contacted the Sheriff’s Office to report they had received a telephone call from a male subject who acted like they knew the citizen and said they were going to come to their residence and install a satellite dish in a tree on the property. The citizen told the male subject they were not welcome to do that and that they would call law enforcement if the caller came onto the property. The caller told the citizen that they were not allowed to call law enforcement for assistance. The investigating deputy determined that the call was part of a “Phishing” scam in which a suspect attempts to gather personal information for later fraudulent use.
January 2, 2017: @ 7:17 am, Incident #2018-0033
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office received a report that all unlocked mailboxes in the Cape George Village were open. Mail theft continues to be sporadically occurring in the county. Please report suspicious vehicles/persons near mailboxes to the Sheriff’s Office.
December 12, 2017: @ 4:20 pm Incident # 2017-14406
A Brinnon resident called to report that his neighbor had punched him in the face over a dispute. Deputies responded and found the man with numerous head wounds. The man, who was intoxicated, reported that his neighbor, who also happened to be intoxicated, punched him for no reason. The neighbor was contacted who denied the assault, despite wounds to his knuckles. The man was arrested and booked for Assault 4th degree.
December 13, 2017: @ 10:30 am Incident # 2017-14408
A deputy responded to the Olympic Corrections Center where it was reported that an inmate had assaulted another inmate. The victim advised that he was sitting at a computer when the suspect jumped him and struck him numerous times in the head. A video surveillance recording of the event coincided with the victim’s statement. Charges were referred to the prosecutor for assault.
December 13, 2017: @ 4:00 am Incident # 2017-14422
A Port Ludlow business reported a man out front acting erratic and striking the building. Deputies responded and recognized the man from numerous prior contacts. The man, who appeared to be suffering from a mental illness, refused mental health help and became confrontational with the deputies. Deputies issued the man a trespass warning per the owner’s request after his behavior was disruptive to the business. The man initially left, but returned moments later and refused to leave the establishment. The man was arrested for criminal trespassing.
December 13, 2017: @ 2:48 pm Incident # 2017-14438
A Port Townsend resident reported a burglary and theft at his shop. A deputy investigated the incident and surmised that the suspect/s vehicle had become stuck in the mud in front of the victim’s property and likely forced entry into the shop to obtain tools to remove the vehicle. The tools were returned, however a game camera that was positioned to photograph the shop was taken.
December 12, 2017 @ 9:03 am Incident # 2017-14472
A Port Ludlow resident reported a theft of her wallet while attending a Christmas party in the area. The victim advised that she had parked her vehicle and locked it; however, the suspect had broken the rear window and removed her wallet and identification from it.
December 15, 2017: @ 7:18 pm Incident # 2017-14546
A Quilcene resident reported that she was concerned for her daughter as she had called her from a different phone number and may possibly be having a mental health crisis. Deputies determined that the phone call had originated from a Brinnon residence and proceeded there to check on her. While there, they noticed a fire outside with mattresses on it and several dogs inside the house, but no one home. The owners arrived home while the deputies were on scene and advised that they had left their dogs outside and had been gone all day. The suspect was later contacted and admitted to entering the residence. The woman was booked for criminal trespass.
December 15, 2017: @ 9:05 pm Incident # 2017-14512
A deputy was patrolling Hwy 19 near Irondale Road when he stopped a vehicle for having defective brake lamps and no license plate light. The deputy noticed that the man took a long time to pull over and when he eventually spoke with him, the deputy noticed the smell of alcohol on his breath. The man attempted several roadside tests and was not able to pass many of the tests. The man was arrested and transported to the jail where he provided a BAC of .111.
December 16, 2017: @ 1:27 pm Incident # 2017-14569
A Port Ludlow resident located a bag of what he believed was stolen mail in the Port Ludlow area. A deputy responded and determined that it was indeed stolen from mailboxes. The mail was returned to the postmaster for delivery. Thefts of mail typically increase during the holiday season with suspect/s hoping to get a quick score with packages or money sent in Christmas cards. Some tips to prevent mail theft:
- Never send cash to an unlocked mailbox.
- If receiving expensive packages, check mail frequently or request the post office hold your mail for pickup
- Never leave mail in the box overnight. A majority of thefts occur during the hours of darkness, check your mail soon after delivery.
- If you have planned vacations or overnight outings, have the post office hold your mail for pickup.
A deputy was about to conclude his shift by obtaining a coffee in Port Townsend when he noticed a suspicious BMW with no plates in the QFC parking lot. The deputy contacted the driver, and eventually determined that the vehicle was stolen from another county. The driver advised deputies of another stolen car that her boyfriend had parked near Safeway. PTPD officers assisted and located the red Acura, which was also determined to be stolen.
A search warrant of the suspects’ vehicles revealed checkbooks, identifications, and passports bearing other people’s names. The suspects were both booked for possession of a stolen motor vehicle. The case is still under investigation. The deputy was not able to obtain his coffee.