Police Reports: September 22 – October 1, 2014

September 22, 10:15 p.m.: Police received a report that the right of way along Ludwick Avenue in the commercial/industrial area between H Street and Boblett is being fouled with litter and organic unmentionables. They were also asked to investigate complaints of illegal parking and storage of trucks and trailers on the same street. An officer has been assigned to evaluate the scope of the problem, its source and possible solutions.

September 22, 10:30 p.m.: A resident contacted police to report a person working for one of his businesses had defrauded him. Officers met with and interviewed the business owner to ascertain the fact pattern and jurisdiction in the case, which is under investigation.

September 23, 3:44 p.m.: Police received reports about a residential street parking area obstructed by two full size basketball posts and hoops. An officer investigated and found they did not belong to the person living where the hoops were positioned. He located a teenage member of the hoop owner’s family and advised him that the sports equipment had to be removed from the right of way by the next morning. The next day the hoops were still there, and police impounded them as abandoned.

September 24, 7:27 p.m.: Police were dispatched to U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the Peace Arch for a reported restraining order violation. A Blaine police officer arrived to investigate and confirmed from Oregon court documents that the respondent was in violation of the order by traveling together with the protected party/petitioner. The 42-year-old Portland resident was arrested and booked into jail.

September 24, 7:40 p.m.: Police were called to a home on a report of a burglary and theft. They found no evidence of a forced or illegal entry and the resident advised the only thing taken had been a bag containing underwear. The value of the clothing is estimated at $150. No clues were left behind.

September 24, 9:45 p.m.: A woman called police dispatch to request a restraining order on her brother. The woman reports her brother wont stop calling and he is harassing her and their mother. After speaking with all the involved people, the officer determined no crime of harassment has occurred. This outcome upset the lady, who retaliated by continually calling police dispatch. Ultimately she was warned that she would be arrested if she continued to disrupt emergency services with her own harassing phone calls.

September 24, 11:10 p.m.: A resident on Alder Street heard a noise outside behind her home late at night. She looked out her back door in time to spot a man exposing himself in her back yard. She immediately called police and officers arrived in short order. They searched the area but could not locate the suspect, who was described as slender and possibly wearing a light-colored hooded sweatshirt. Extra patrols are being provided to the neighborhood as officers are able.

September 25, 1:50 a.m.: A concerned passerby called police to report seeing a person sitting on the corner of 8th and F streets late at night, crying. Officers arrived within minutes and checked the area but could not locate anyone in need of a uniformed shoulder.

September 25, 8:41 a.m.: Blaine School District was not able to contact a student’s parents and asked for assistance checking the welfare of a child who had not been at school for four days. An officer went by the family’s residence and spoke with mom. She explained that she had decided to take her youngster out of the public education system and was going to instead provide home schooling. This information was relayed back to school administrators.

September 25, 10:27 a.m.: A resident called police to report that her pension check, which is sent to her periodically from Belgium, had not arrived and had apparently been stolen from her residential mailbox. An officer investigated and found that the U.S. Postal Service did not have a record of that particular piece of mail. The report is under investigation.

September 25, 3:30 p.m.: A woman contacted police to keep the peace while she removed some belongings from her home, explaining her mom owned the house and had ordered her to leave for good. An officer accompanied the adult to her parent’s home, stood by while she gathered some of her belongings, and then gave her a courtesy ride to an aunt’s house. A short time later mom changed her mind and asked her evicted offspring to return. Police re-contacted the ricocheting relative and gave her another courtesy ride back to her mother.

September 25, 4:25 p.m.: A concerned passerby reported that a man on foot was following middle school-age children in a residential area near the border. Police and Border Patrol agents contacted the suspect moments later. He was visiting from out of the area and explained that he had asked the kids for directions to a duty-free store. It turned out the store was in the same direction the kids were walking. The man said he was consciously trying to maintain distance from the children as he walked along behind them, and understood why others might be concerned. He was given updated directions by the officers and continued on his way.

September 25, 6:04 p.m.: Police received a request to check on the welfare of a person who had reportedly made threats to kill herself. Officers located and interviewed the woman, who explained she had been voicing discontent over family problems but had no thoughts or intent to harm herself in any way. She was with other adults and all appeared to be healthy and in no danger. Officers thanked them and updated the reporting party.

September 26, 1:19 a.m.: Police responded to a report of a fight in progress at a motel on Alder Street. A concerned witness had heard a man and a woman yelling, then a vehicle door slammed and a car drove away. No description of the suspect car was given. Officers were in the area almost immediately, but the only vehicles in motion belonged to law enforcement. Border Patrol agents helped police check the area. They did not locate the combatants or anyone in distress, and received no other calls about the disruption.

September 26, 2:02 a.m.: 911 notified Blaine police of a dropped call reporting someone out of control in a residential neighborhood. Officers responded and located the parent of an adult woman who explained her daughter was having an emotional crisis and would not calm down. They then contacted the daughter, who said she and her boyfriend had argued but it was now over and they were going to bed. No assault or other crimes had occurred and the parties accepted an admonishment about disorderly conduct.

September 26, 10:43 p.m.: A concerned parent who had just learned of a suspicious incident called officers. Her 9-year-old son said that the day before he had been walking in the morning near Peace Portal and Bayview Avenue when a man “acting silly” took his picture and asked him to come closer. The boy did not think to mention it until the following evening. No other calls about similar incidents have been received. The youngster remembered the man as being white, about 40 years old, with dark grayish hair in an overgrown buzz cut. He was wearing glasses, a blue T-shirt and khaki pants.

September 27, 1:10 a.m.: Police responded to a report of a woman calling for help on H Street early in the morning. Fire units were coming to the scene, and asked police to secure the area for safety prior to their entry. Officers arrived, identified the person in distress and determined she was not in need of medical assistance. No crime had occurred and officers cleared.

September 27, 2:22 a.m.: Officers patrolling near 6th and F streets observed a vehicle with a licensing violation. They stopped the car and found the motorist was driving despite a second-degree license suspension and operating a vehicle without an alcohol ignition interlock device. The 44-year-old Blaine resident was arrested, cited and booked into jail for the criminal offenses. The vehicle was impounded to a tow yard to be later released to its registered owner.

September 27, 8:25 p.m.: While conducting an unrelated security check, police contacted a resident who reported someone was littering the neighborhood by leaving free items at the corner of Mitchell Avenue and Alder Street. The frustrated homeowner was collecting the discarded car seat as evidence and intending to investigate the problem on their own and was happy when officers offered to take on the case and collect the evidence.

September 28, 8:30 a.m.: A passerby called police to report that an eagle had possibly become ensnared aboard an oyster barge floating in Drayton Harbor, and explained she had observed the eagle on the barge the previous day, and it was now either there again, or still. The Blaine Harbormaster’s Office assisted officers by dispatching a skiff to check the barge. They reported back that there were no eagles aboard; only opportunistic seagulls.

September 28, 7:11 p.m.: A homeowner on 11th Street reported vehicles were speeding through their residential area again. The high-speed cars were possibly trying to circumvent the northbound border traffic backup on the nearby truck route. Public works is conducting a volume and speed study on the roadway, and police are providing extra patrol when they were able.

September 29, 12:02 p.m.: Police came upon a disabled car stored on a city street. The car’s transmission and drive shaft were lying under the vehicle, which was itself resting upon blocks. An officer tagged the car and it will be impounded if not removed within 72 hours. He left a voicemail at the registered owner’s last known number advising of the need to remove it before it is towed.

September 29, 12:11 p.m.: An officer observed that someone had set up a heavy-duty drainage hose across 8th Street from the back of his home to a city gutter. The 3″ hose has not moved for days and presents a pedestrian and bicyclist safety hazard as it crosses a sidewalk as well as the street. An officer left written notice at the house for the hose to be removed.

September 29, 12:16 p.m.: Public works advised police that a low-hanging basketball hoop was sitting on a city sidewalk on Bayview Avenue. The hoop is a pedestrian obstruction as well as a traffic hazard to any vehicle taller than an average passenger car. An officer left a written notice at the hoop owner’s home advising that the hoop is to be removed within 72 hours or police will impound it, and left a voicemail message on their phone as well.

September 29, 1:10 p.m.: Police were dispatched to check for an illegally parked trailer behind a business. An officer contacted the trailer and it appears someone is living in it on the site. The officer was not able to locate anyone at the business or the trailer except for two dogs inside the trailer. Patrols will continue to watch for the resident to correct the problem.

September 29, 2:33 p.m.: Police responded to a residence on a report that an adult there had attempted suicide by ingesting a bottle of medication. Officers made initial contact to ensure scene safety and stood by while medical aid crews evaluated the person.

September 29, 2:45 p.m.: A resident asked police to impound and destroy a broken firearm belonging to a departed relative. The weapon could possibly be made to fire with some creativity and lack of good judgment, and the gentleman did not want to run the risk that someone might try. An officer impounded the weapon for safekeeping and it will be rendered permanently unusable.

September 29, 2:50 p.m.: The friend of a teenager called police to report the young person had taken an overdose of their prescription medication. Officers responded and secured the scene. Medical units arrived and transported the teen to hospital for treatment.

September 29, 2:50 p.m.: A resident came into the Blaine Police Department and spoke with an officer regarding a relative who is possibly suffering from mental illness and at risk.

September 29, 4:38 p.m.: While on his way to work, a Blaine officer overheard that responders were headed to a single car rollover crash on the freeway southbound at milepost 273. The officer was nearby and responded directly to the scene. He found the crashed car well off the freeway in the tree line, and encouraged the four occupants who were self-extricating to remain calm and still until medics could arrive to evaluate them for injuries. He remained on scene until Washington State Patrol relieved him.

September 29, 6:10 p.m.: Police stopped a pickup on Odell Road after seeing that its windshield was completely shattered and almost collapsing inward on the driver and passenger. The driver had already received one warning and talked their way into one more, promising wholeheartedly to replace the window on pay day, which was just hours away. As luck would have it though, the passenger was wanted on warrants and no warnings for that were permitted. The 35-year-old Birch Bay resident was arrested and booked into jail.

September 30, 10:57 a.m.: Police received a report of a neighborhood resident on Bayview Avenue who habitually allows their dog to run loose. Animal control was contacted regarding the problem and advised they would respond and attempt to locate the dog and identify its owners. An investigation will be conducted to determine if a citation for the owner is warranted.

September 30, 2:35 p.m.: A person called police to report that a neighbor’s dog had escaped from its backyard on C Street. An officer spoke with the dog’s owner by phone and, with her guidance, herded the black lab back into its enclosure.

September 30, 10:09 p.m.: An officer traveling between Blaine’s central and Semiahmoo districts observed a vehicle fail to stop at the stop sign at Drayton Harbor and Shintaffer Roads. He stopped the car and found the motorist was driving with a suspended driving privilege. The 19-year-old Surrey resident was arrested, cited, and released pending an appearance in district court, and his vehicle was released to a licensed passenger.

October 1, 7:31 a.m.: Officers were dispatched to a verbal domestic between a couple who reside together and were arguing after one person smoked the roommate’ cigarettes and drank their beer overnight. Both were warned of their ongoing disorderly conduct and advised to find a solution to their problems before arrests were needed.

October 1, 8 a.m.: An officer stopped a motorist who was driving with a suspended operators license. The 38-year-old Blaine resident was arrested, cited and released pending his court date. The driver was unable to arrange a licensed driver to move the vehicle out of the roadway and the car was impounded.

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