Police Reports: October 15 – 21, 2014

October 15, 3:17 p.m.: A business in the 1700 block of H Street called to report two juvenile shoplifters. An officer arrived to investigate and arrested both 14-year-olds. They were released to their parents after processing. The store recovered about $20 worth of candy and the case was forwarded to the juvenile prosecutor’s office.

October 15, 6:54 p.m.: Police responded to a report of verbal domestic in progress at a residence. When officers arrived all was quiet. They interviewed all parties and found no crimes had occurred. The couple involved is currently breaking up and going their separate ways.

October 15, 8:12 p.m.: An officer observed a traffic violation and an equipment offense but when the violator observed the officer in the area he attempted to flee. When the officer activated his emergency lights, the driver continued driving in a manner that suggested he was attempting to elude the police vehicle. The driver finally halted after his passenger convinced him to stop. The motorist was arrested for negligent eluding and issued a criminal citation, as well as multiple traffic violations.

October 15, 8:41 p.m.: Police responded to a report of a possible fight in progress behind a bar. They arrived and found only two inebriates telling tales of a prank that had occurred the previous day. While there, a third man stumbled out of the tavern carrying an open container and was herded back inside. The bartender agreed it would be best to stop serving these particular customers alcohol and the three men went their separate ways.

October 16, 12:20 a.m.: A person found a sickly, stray cat on H Street downtown and contacted the police department. The cat was taken to the police department and turned over to the Whatcom Humane Society.

October 16, 11:15 a.m.: The owner of a business called to report a decoration missing from their sidewalk display. The theft of the handmade item appeared to have occurred sometime after the business closed the previous day. No suspects have been identified.

October 16, 2:44 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a 911 hang-up call from a residence in Semiahmoo. An officer responded and contacted the owner of the home and learned the caller had made a mistake in dialing a different number.

October 16, 7:02 p.m.: A Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office deputy requested immediate assistance in Birch Bay, where a man was attempting to fight with him. A Blaine officer and two Border Patrol agents responded. The deputy was able to handcuff the suspect prior to backup arriving but the officer and agents still had to help control the suspect, who remained verbally and physically aggressive even after being handcuffed. The suspect was eventually secured and transported by ambulance to hospital for a mental evaluation.

October 17, 3:15 a.m.: An officer was flagged down at Peace Portal and Bell Road by a pedestrian seeking directions to Bellingham. The Marysville resident had apparently set out on foot the previous evening but had walked a huge circle back to his starting point. The officer provided the misguided but grateful pedestrian a courtesy ride 5 miles closer to his destination and left him with directions south.

October 17, 9:55 a.m.: A man called the Blaine Police Department to report the theft of his handgun. An officer contacted the owner and during the investigation, the owner received a social media posting from a friend saying that he had borrowed the firearm. The victim then found a note he had previously overlooked explaining the gun’s travels, and decided police assistance was no longer needed.

October 17, 10:53 a.m.: Officers responded to the school district on a report that a student had stolen a cookie from his mother and brought it to school to share with his friends. Each of the ingesting teenagers was aware the cookie was infused with marijuana prior to eating their share, and all were cooperative and extremely remorseful. Administrators notified the kids’ parents and the consequences were left up to the district and the respective parents.

October 18, 11 p.m.: An officer assisted U.S. Border Patrol in searching for an individual who had jumped into the U.S. from Canada and was hiding near 4th and A streets in Blaine. Ground units with helicopter air support located the man hunkered down in thick brush, and Border Patrol agents took him into custody without incident.

October 19, 6:45 a.m.: A concerned citizen who had noticed an unattended bicycle while out walking contacted officers. Some time later the bike was still there, so police were called. The Road Tech Genesis bicycle was picked up as abandoned property and brought to the police department to await its rightful owner.

October 19, 7:32 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a physical domestic in progress at a home and arrived with Border Patrol units. Officers spoke with the now separated parties and determined the primary aggressor in the assault. The 55-year-old Blaine resident was booked into jail for fourth degree assault domestic and the victim was placed in contact with a domestic violence advocate. Two firearms were seized for safekeeping.

October 20, 10:20 a.m.: A motorist reporting a non-injury blocking two-car collision in front of business flagged officers down. Officers located the collision, determined no one was in need of medical assistance, and that both vehicles were drivable. One driver was cited for following too closely. Both drivers exchanged their respective insurance information and departed the area. A state collision report was filed.

October 20, 6:40 p.m.: A concerned parent spotted their runaway son and called police. The teenager was also wanted on an outstanding warrant, and when officers arrived in the area he ran. The youth was fast but the officer was faster. The officer caught the 17-year-old and while arresting him recovered the drugs and drug paraphernalia he had on him at the time. He was booked in to detention for the drug charges, resisting arrest and for the original warrant.

October 21, 6:54 a.m.: Officers were called to check an open door of a closed business downtown. The business was checked with no apparent evidence of crime within sight. High winds appeared to be the culprit. Officers secured the building and left a voicemail for the owner of the business regarding the open door.

October 21, 9:50 a.m.: While on patrol, officers observed a vehicle exceeding the posted speed limit. The vehicle was stopped and upon identifying the driver, it was discovered he had a suspended drivers license. The driver was arrested, cited and released with a mandatory court date. A legal driver was located to remove the vehicle from roadway.

October 21, 10:53 a.m.: Officers on patrol observed a vehicle traveling at over twice the posted speed limit. The vehicle was stopped, the driver identified and found to have a driver’s status of driving with a suspended license third. The driver was also found to be in possession of prescription medications without a prescription. The 31-year-old Blaine resident was arrested, cited and released with a mandatory court date and the vehicle was impounded.

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