Police Reports: January 15 – 21, 2015

January 15, 10:33 a.m.: U.S. Customs and Border Protection requested assistance from Blaine Police after they contacted a man who had an outstanding arrest warrant issued by Blaine Municipal Court. The officer confirmed the warrant and booked the 44-year-old man into jail.

January 15, 12:14 p.m.: An officer was dispatched to take a theft report at a residence when one of the occupants reported that $40 in merchandise had been stolen. There are no known suspects and it is possible the items reported as stolen might have been lost or misplaced.

January 15, 6:15 p.m.: Dispatch advised police that a woman was calling from a neighbor’s house after her boyfriend assaulted her at her own home nearby. Officers arrived and first met with the boyfriend outside, and he said that only a verbal argument had occurred. The woman reported that after they argued she had tried to leave but the man took her car keys and hit her face with his closed fist. The investigation found that the man had been the primary aggressor, and the 31-year-old Blaine resident was arrested for domestic violence assault and booked into jail.

January 16, 11:26 a.m.: A parent at wits’ end called police for assistance when her child absolutely refused to go to school. Apparently the news that an officer was en route to escort her to class was enough motivation to get the youngster up and moving, because Mom called back and cancelled the request before the officer arrived.

January 16, 1 p.m.: A person reported that her purse has been stolen from her parked vehicle, but was not sure where or when it had been taken. An officer and the victim talked it over and determined the theft most likely occurred while the car was unattended and unlocked in the 700 block of G Street.

January 16, 3:05 p.m.: A Blaine resident requested an officer respond to his residence after he learned the train parked behind his residence was going to be present for three days. The diesel motor running behind his residence was causing fumes to enter his residence. The man had already contacted the customer relations department who is attempting to find a peaceful resolution to the noise and odor of the idling locomotive.

January 17, 9:20 a.m.: While patrolling a residential neighborhood an officer found an abandoned vehicle with expired registration. The officer posted a warning notice on the vehicle warning that it would be removed after 72 hours. The vehicle was not licensed or moved within the time period, and was impounded.

January 17, 11:10 a.m.: While handling a complaint about a transient person in the downtown area, police found that the gentleman was wanted on a warrant held by Bellingham police. Officers arrested the man and booked him into jail on the warrant.

January 17, 4:55 p.m.: Dispatch advised police of a non-blocking, non-injury collision on Peace Portal Drive. The first driver reported he had stopped for his stop sign and then headed into the intersection. The second driver reported she did not see the stop sign and drove into the intersection without stopping. She was found at fault for the collision and received a traffic infraction. Both vehicles had been disabled by the crash and had to be towed away.

January 19, 10:38 a.m.: Police responded to a report from a passing motorist that a dead Sasquatch was laying alongside the northbound freeway lanes in Blaine. The responding officers determined the body was actually a deceased good-sized deer. WSDOT was advised to respond and remove the victim.

January 19, 5 p.m.: A resident on Harrison Street called police when she learned from a neighbor that two young adult women had tried to enter the caller’s root cellar. The good neighbor had recognized that the women did not belong at the home and questioned the girls, who claimed they were checking out a story about a secret passage under the home. Both the neighbors and the homeowner will call 911 if the women return to the area.

January 20, 9:25 a.m.: Police were dispatched to a possible injury collision at the intersection of SR 543 and H Street. Officers arrived and determined that the driver of a passenger car had not been paying complete attention while driving southbound and slammed into the back of a semi-truck trailer that was stopped at the red light at the intersection. The car was totaled in the crash; its driver reported neck pain and was evaluated by medical responders. The semi-truck trailer had almost no damage. A state collision report was filed after the roadway was cleared.

January 20, 9:49 a.m.: A business called to report that one of their company vehicles had been damaged when thieves cut its fuel line to steal the gasoline. The damage was discovered when employees had attempted to refill the vehicle, only to have the fuel spill out below the car. At this time there are no suspects or witnesses. Officers are investigating.

January 20, 10:27 a.m.: A passerby called to report that a business in the 300 block of Martin Street was overflowing with garbage. Officers attempted to contact the owner via telephone but the calls went to voicemail. A garbage service company advised they would be picking up the garbage the following day. Photographs were taken of the two open plastic garbage bags. This is an ongoing problem with the location. Unless the refuse is removed in a timely manner, police will issue the landowner a citation.

January 20, 11:36 a.m.: While taking another report, officers learned of another, possibly related crime. Early in the morning hours, two men were observed attempting to enter a locked building. A lock was cut from the exterior door, but security officers scared off the two men. The men left in a dark-colored SUV, possibly a Jeep Cherokee. No entry was made, and no items taken. Extra patrol was requested in the area.

January 21, 10:21 a.m.: Customs and Border Protection officers at the Peace Arch port of entry intercepted a B.C. man driving with a suspended driver’s status in Washington. A Blaine Police officer arrested the man for the criminal license violation, cited and released him pending his appearance in court.

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