Police Reports: September 17 – 22, 2014

September 17, 12:10 p.m.: An officer checking on a vehicle while on patrol discovered that the driving privilege of the registered owner was suspended because a past traffic violation in Washington had not been fully adjudicated. He contacted the driver of the auto and confirmed she was the owner with the licensing problem. The officer made inquiries to different databases to obtain information to assist the operator in getting her driving privilege reinstated, and issued her a citation for the offense at hand. She was advised to take the steps needed to clear her license and bring the documents for her efforts to her mandatory court appearance.

September 17, 1:15 p.m.: Police were dispatched to check on a suspicious-looking cardboard box that was left under the I-5 overpass at D Street. An officer found the box contained an old pillow and trash. He rendered the package safe by depositing it into a dumpster.

September 17, 2:11 p.m.: A Ferndale resident found a Canadian Permanent Resident Card in a store parking lot on H Street in Blaine, and turned it in at the Blaine Police Department. The card’s owner came in a couple of hours later to report the immigration document lost. He was very thankful that the kind-hearted soul who had found it had taken the time to turn it in.

September 17, 5:45 p.m.: Sheriff’s deputies were tied up on other calls and asked Blaine police to handle a two-car collision on Boblett Street outside the city limits. Officers responded to investigate the reportable crash, determined the cause of the mishap, documented their findings and cleared the vehicles from the roadway. No citations were issued, there were no injuries and the parties had already exchanged insurance information.

September 17, 8:45 p.m.: An officer on patrol came upon a vehicle improperly parked on H Street east of 3rd Street. The nice white Camaro was parked unoccupied and unattended facing the wrong direction at the curb. The car could only had arrived there by driving across the double yellow centerline and then wrong way across the opposing lane of travel. The car had a valid rear license plate but no front license plate as required. A warning notice was issued to the registered owner for the violations in hopes that a future traffic infraction notice could be avoided.

September 17, 8:25 p.m.: A concerned citizen reported teenagers driving erratically in a white station wagon the area of 4th and C streets, with what looked like legs hanging out of the driver’s window. Officers contacted the car a few minutes later as it pulled into its owner’s driveway. A teenaged member of the household was driving and accompanied by two friends. The driver said what looked like a leg had actually been a club in a protective sock, but he did not have a compelling explanation about why he was handling sports equipment while driving. The car was parked for the evening and officers are determining if a citation should be issued.

September 17, 10:30 p.m.: Blaine police and U.S. Border Patrol agents responded to a stretch of H Street Road east of Harvey Road when Surrey RCMP responded to a report of gunshots fired in their jurisdiction just north of that location. Officers and agents on this side of the border patrolled the area and kept a perimeter until RCMP ground and air units advised they had not located any victims or suspects. The weapons-fire-like noise was heard at two separate residences north of the border, but a cause or source was not located.

September 17, 10:42 p.m.: A concerned resident living near the international boundary called dispatch to report a motion detection light sensor at a neighbor’s property had activated for no apparent reason. The caller was concerned someone on foot crossing the border illegally might have caused the event. An officer and a Border Patrol agent checked the area. The only creatures moving were spiders and their webs.

September 18, 4:05 a.m.: A Blaine resident called police dispatch to report hearing noises from the vacant apartment below her home. A Blaine officer and U.S. Border Patrol agents responded and found an open window on the ground floor. The apartment was searched and no signs of a crime were found inside, but a family of raccoons was spotted fleeing the scene. The watchful neighbor was advised about the furry suspects.

September 18, 9:30 a.m.: A resident contacted city hall to report that a basketball hoop had been in the parking strip in the 700 block of F Street for the past two weeks. An officer responded and moved the sports equipment off the roadway.

September 18, 12:39 p.m.: A homeowner’s association reported a hit and run to one of their entrance gates, and an officer responded to the scene along Semiahmoo Parkway. It appeared that just a short time before the damage was spotted, a vehicle had struck or shoved the inbound section of gate 3 hard enough to significantly bend the steel structure and fracture one of its wooden supporting posts at its base. Repairs are estimated at over $5,000. Police are investigating.

September 18, 1:32 p.m.: A motorist was driving on H Street near 11th Street when a 2-year-old toddled out into the street right in front of her car. The shocked driver was paying attention and going slow enough to stop before hitting the child, and got the little girl off the road and up onto the sidewalk. The 3-year-old boy who was standing on the sidewalk watching was glad to have his sister back, but there were no adults in sight. Police were called and contacted the children’s mother at their home nearby. She explained that she works nights and the kids must have snuck out a side door when she fell asleep. She promised to have extra locks installed and have an adult watch the children when she needs to rest. Child Protective Services was advised of the incident and will follow up with the family.

September 19, 8:10 p.m.: Police responded to a report of a protection order violation at Blaine High School. An officer confirmed the protection order was still active, then found and arrested the 19-year-old. He is not supposed to be on the campus or within 500 feet of the protected party. The man was booked into jail.

September 20, 1:15 a.m.: Police and U.S. Border Patrol agents responded to assist a sheriff’s deputy with two individuals being detained on Birch Bay Drive for drug violations. Officers cleared when called back to the city for a disturbance incident, and Border Patrol agents remained on scene until the deputy concluded his business.

September 20, 2 a.m.: Employees at a drinking establishment contacted police for assistance with a problem customer whose actions and behavior was upsetting to other patrons and staff. Officers contacted the gentleman at his residence to discuss the matter and informed him that the business did not want him to return and it would be considered trespassing if he did. The man was cooperative, stated he fully understood why the business might feel that way and said that he would comply with their request.

September 20, 9:12 p.m.: A resident reported a speeding vehicle in the area of Alder and Harrison. An officer checked the area but was not able to locate the suspect. According to a passerby, the dark-colored Dodge Charger would be easy to spot because there was a person standing up through the car’s sun roof as it shot down the street. All officers were advised for their patrols.

September 20, 10:18 p.m.: An officer on routine patrol was stopped behind a vehicle at the traffic light on H Street at the truck route when he noticed the car’s back-up lights come on. The officer was not able to get his own car into reverse before the vehicle backed into his fully marked police car. The violator’s low speed and the patrol car’s push bumper prevented either car from being damaged. A conversation between motorist and officer ensured, bringing to light the motorist’s suspended driver’s license. There was no licensed driver available to take the wheel, so the 22-year-old Blaine resident’s car was impounded before he was booked into jail.

September 21, 2:21 a.m.: U.S. Border Patrol Agents intercepted an individual crossing the border illegally. Upon running checks for wants and warrants, it was discovered the man was listed as a missing juvenile out of Oregon. Blaine officers were notified and an officer responded to assist. The man, now a 19-year-old adult, was safe and appeared healthy and was not in any danger. Information regarding the contact was sent to the Portland police department, which held the runaway report, and the man was given a courtesy ride to a shelter in Bellingham.

September 21, 1 p.m.: A retired resident who had been riding his bicycle near the middle school when he found a cell phone contacted an officer. The citizen brought the phone to the police department and it was placed into found property safekeeping in hopes its owner can be identified.

September 21, 11:53 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a report of a combative person experiencing a medical emergency at a residence. Officers assisted by Border Patrol agents arrived to find the victim had been overcome by the medical condition and was on the ground, no longer combative. They made the scene safe for aid personnel to enter, evaluate and transport the person to hospital.

September 22, 7:59 a.m.: A passerby called police when two great Danes broke out of a fenced backyard to roam Wilson Street. The calling party was able to capture the two giant dogs and herd them back into their yard. He even repaired the owner’s fence to prevent a second escape, leaving the officers wishing there was a reporting code for excellent neighbor.

September 22, 8:29 a.m.: A business called to report that a red truck with a white canopy had been parked in the 200 block of G Street with someone possibly living inside. An officer contacted the occupant, who admitted staying in the truck for two nights. He agreed to move to another location more suitable and legal for camping.

September 22, 8:15 p.m.: A concerned passerby called police dispatch after seeing a man entering a hotel room through an open window. Officers responded and contacted the man, and determined he was a renter of the room. They also determined that he was wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant. The 19-year-old Blaine resident did not need to use the window to get into the county jail.

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