Police Reports: December 10 – 17, 2014

December 10, 11:16 a.m.: Police were dispatched to a commercial truck parking lot when a driver returned to his rig to discover that several items of personal property had been stolen from the truck’s cab. An officer arrived to investigate and complete a report. The victim advised his truck had been locked when the theft occurred. There are no known suspects at this time.

December 11, 12:51 a.m.: Police were dispatched to a domestic violence assault in progress at a residence. Blaine officers and the Border Patrol agents assisting them arrived to find that a young man had assaulted his girlfriend and a second person. Alcohol was a factor in the incident and all of the parties were underage. The 19-year-old Blaine resident was arrested and booked into jail for assault, domestic violence assault, and minor in possession of alcohol.

December 11, 3:30 p.m.: Police and medical aid responded to a report from an alarm monitoring service that a person needed emergency assistance at a residence. The arriving officer found that the elderly resident was unable to get up, and the front door was secured with a deadbolt lock. Police gained entry for the arriving medic unit, and helped contact the resident’s relatives to provide caregiving.

December 11, 5:15 p.m.: Officers responded to a motor vehicle collision on the truck route at the H Street intersection. No one was injured in the crash, which occurred when one driver failed to stop for a red light. Both vehicles were able to leave under their own power afterwards. The offending driver was issued a citation and a collision report was completed.

December 11, 6:56 p.m.: A resident reported a problem with vehicles driving in the westbound bicycle lane on H Street west of the truck route, and occasionally even using the bike lane to illegally pass on the right to get around other westbound traffic. The reporting party suggested that the bicycle lane striping be refreshed to be more noticeable, and additional signs be posted to improve safety. Blaine’s Public Works Department was advised, and all patrol officers were informed of the concern.

December 11, 10:33 p.m.: During a strong wind storm a caller reported a downed light pole near 3rd and Alder streets. The responding officers found that a wooden light pole on Peace Portal at 3rd had snapped off at its base in the high wind, but fortunately landed parallel to the road and not in the traffic lane. It did not pose safety risks to motor vehicles or pedestrians, and Blaine City Light was advised it could be handled during business hours.

December 11, 11:03 p.m.: Police responded to check on a Harrison Street resident after a tree fell on her property during an overnight wind storm, possibly damaging her home. Officers arrived and confirmed the occupant was all right. A large branch from a neighbor’s tree had broken, damaging her metal storage shed when it landed.

December 11, 11:15 p.m.: An officer was dispatched when a falling tree damaged a house on Harrison Street during a windstorm. The tree toppled from a neighbor’s property in to the victim’s yard, taking out the electrical line serving the home and damaging the gutters and roof. The force of the tree on the power line ripped the power meter off the wall, leaving live electrical lines exposed. Police made sure the resident was safe, and a Blaine City Light crew and de-energized the line for the homeowner.

December 11, 11:40 p.m.: Police patrolling the 3400 block of H Street during a windstorm encountered a large tree that had fallen across both lanes of travel, taking out the Puget Sound Energy (PSE) electrical lines in the process. Officers set up barricades to warn other drivers and keep the area safe until a PSE crew could respond.

December 12, 2:35 a.m.: Police responded to a report that a person had just woken up residents on Adelia Street by attacking a car, using a baseball bat to smash in the windshield. Officers arrived, secured the scene, and determined the mess was a domestic violence malicious mischief crime. The suspect had left the scene but officers located her at her residence just outside the city limits. The intoxicated adult was arrested and booked into jail for the property crime.

December 12, 7:45 p.m.: Police responded to a report of person getting dangerously close to traffic while hitchhiking on Peace Portal. A second caller advised that the hitchhiker was a woman seeking medical help. Officers searched the area but did not locate her. A short time they received a call from the lady, who had just checked into a hospital in Bellingham. She reported that her son had assaulted her, but the investigation determined no assault had occurred when the son upset her by suggesting she “jump into the ocean.”

December 14, 11:16 a.m.: An officer stopped a vehicle to advise the driver about a defective tail light and discovered the motorist’s license had been suspended for an unpaid ticket. The man was arrested for the criminal violation, cited and released pending a mandatory court date.

December 15, 8:11 a.m.: A man called police for assistance when his autistic child refused to go to school and threatened family members. The call to police got the son to head for the campus, and Dad asked that police speak with him there about his behavior. An officer and a school counselor met with the lad.

December 15, 5:50 p.m.: A resident called police to report her dog had gone missing. An officer checked the area but was unable to locate the lost pet. A short time later, a passerby reported that a car in the 1400 block of Peace Portal Drive had struck the dog. The caller remained with the injured animal until police arrived. Officers gave it a ride to meet up with an animal control officer, who transported the canine to an emergency veterinary hospital.

December 15, 8:35 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a domestic dispute at a residence on Bayview Avenue. They arrived and contacted the parties involved. This was harder than usual as one of them was hiding in a closet. He was probably in there because he had an active warrant through the Bellingham Police Department as well as a no contact order prohibiting him from contacting the other people in the home. The 31-year-old was arrested and booked into jail.

December 15, 9:40 p.m.: U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Peace Arch crossing intercepted a Lynnwood man driving with a suspended driver’s status in Washington. The man was also required to have an ignition interlock device in his car, but did not have such a device. A Blaine officer arrested the man for the criminal license violations (his third time being arrested for driving while suspended) and impounded his vehicle.

December 16, 11:51 a.m.: A concerned witness came in to the police department to report that an elderly female driver constantly follows cars too closely and honks her horn trying to get legal motorists to drive faster. The registered owner of the suspect car lives outside the city limits. Officers will be on the lookout for the four-door green Oldsmobile.

December 17, 8:20 a.m.: Police were dispatched to Marine Drive when a Border Patrol agent observed a port-a-potty bobbing in the waters near shore. It appeared the fiberglass facility had probably been blown off the nearby street into Boundary Bay during a recent windstorm. More importantly it appeared unoccupied. An officer contacted the owner of the port-a-bouy and confirmed that they were working on hiring a boat to retrieve their property.

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