Blaine Police reports, March 17- March 24

March 17, 11:34 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a report of a verbal domestic between two adults who share a residence. The arriving officer met the calling party, who complained a person he had rented a room to was not paying for his keep. The officer received a promise from both sides that they would remain civil with one another to keep their disagreement from becoming criminal. The caller was given information on pursuing an eviction process if needed.

March 18, 2:52 a.m.: A resident called police when the argument she was having with her roommate boyfriend over rent money grew heated. Officers separated the parties and helped them calm down. There were no outstanding court orders between the pair, and to keep it that way the male half accepted a police courtesy ride to a relative’s house for the night.

March 18, 10:02 a.m.: A man came to the police department to report having been the victim of a misdemeanor domestic violence assault at a residence in Blaine about 18 months earlier. An officer took a statement from the person and a completed a police report which is being forwarded to the county misdemeanor prosecutor’s office for review.

March 18, 1:44 p.m.: A church reported that their lawn mower had been vandalized sometime in the past two days. The battery was stolen from the machine after the battery cables were cut off, and the mower’s gasoline was siphoned. The cost to repair the damage and theft is estimated at about $93.

March 18, 7:09 p.m.: Police were called when residents spotted two people shooting BB or pellet guns in an alley in violation of city ordinance. The arriving officers contacted and arrested the pair. One of them was under the influence of alcohol and when taken into custody was found to have a personal use amount of marijuana, which he was also too young to possess. He received citations for the weapons violations and the alcohol and marijuana. His friend was cited for the weapons charge. The BB rifle, BB pistol and baggy of marijuana were all impounded.

March 19, 1:26 p.m.: A resident loaned his car to a relative for the day. Three weeks later the car was still not back and the owner lost his patience and completed a written statement and a signed stolen property report for police. Officers completed a stolen vehicle investigation and had the car listed in state and national databases.

March 19, 3:20 p.m.: A resident contacted the police department to report on a safety problem in the public right of way in his neighborhood. A U.S. Postal Service cluster mailbox had been relocated in a way that left it partly blocking a city sidewalk, and positioned so that pedestrians now have to stand in the street to use the box. An officer was assigned to document the issue and work on it with the public works department, which is also seeking to resolve the problem.

March 19, 8:55 p.m.: A Blaine resident contacted police after returning home to find that the outer pane of his sliding door had been fractured but no entry was gained to the house. An officer arrived to investigate. It appears that a small rock or BB had struck the glass, and at some point afterwards someone of adult size placed a plastic adhesive film over the broken glass to keep it intact. A neighborhood canvass was completed and evidence from the scene was collected and is being processed. It will cost the homeowner about $300 to repair the damage.

March 20, 8:10 a.m.: Police were dispatched to a collision at Bell Road and Peace Portal Drive. The arriving officer found that it was a non-injury incident and not blocking the roadway. The mishap occurred when a teenaged driver slowed and stopped behind another vehicle in line at a stop sign, and then realized that her car was stopped on the railroad tracks. This was unsettling so she pulled forward to clear the tracks, but in the process rear-ended the vehicle ahead. The damage was slight and a state collision report was not required. The officer helped the drivers exchange their information and completed a local agency report.

March 20, 11:35 a.m.: A man trespassing on Burlington Northern Santa Fe right of way near Bell Road was contacted and warned by an officer who spotted him. The man gave false identifying information to the officer to avoid being arrested for his outstanding misdemeanor and felony warrants. Then, when he realized his ruse had been discovered, the man fled from the officer who was trying to re-contact him. Several officers and border patrol agents were called to assist, established a perimeter and searched for the suspect. Border patrol agents located him hiding in the brush almost two blocks away. The 35-year-old was arrested by the officer and booked into jail on the warrants and a fresh charge of obstructing public officers.

March 20, 3:06 p.m.: A mother called to report her daughter’s cell phone was stolen from her daughter’s locker at school. Police investigated and learned that the girl had actually loaned the phone to a friend who was now refusing to return it. An officer contacted the friend and her family, and she quickly decided to relinquish the device.

March 20, 3:21 p.m.: An officer was dispatched to a Blaine business when employees there found a counterfeit U.S. $10 bill in their possession. The fake currency was impounded and sent to the U.S. Secret Service for review.

March 20, 9:35 p.m.: A resident called to report she thought she heard what sounded like a single gunshot fired somewhere in her neighborhood. Officers patrolled the area but were unable to find the source of the loud noise, and no other calls about it were received.

March 21, 7:58 a.m.: Spring made a dramatic arrival on Garfield Avenue Saturday morning with weather that caused several 911 calls when a tall fir tree in a neighbor’s yard was struck by lightning. The detonation shot branches and bark shrapnel with enough force to damage the siding on nearby houses and shatter a window. The lightning also traveled to an adjacent tree’s roots, and that explosion sprayed grass and dirt over a nearby parked vehicle. Arriving police officers found the only injury victim was the electrocuted tree, which was so substantially damaged the owner had it removed.

March 21, 3:45 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a report of a physically violent domestic dispute in progress at an apartment. Officers arrived, secured the scene and found that a man who had been drinking had assaulted family members in the home. They arrested the 47-year-old suspect for three counts of misdemeanor assault and unlawfully displaying a knife, and booked him into jail.

March 21, 4:58 p.m.: A passerby who lives in the county several miles from Blaine contacted police when he saw his neighbor walking alone on a street here. He advised that the neighbor suffers from dementia and tends to wander. Officers located the woman and gave her a courtesy ride to her residence, arriving just as her spouse was setting out to look for her.

March 22, 1:24 a.m.: The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office requested Blaine Police help in locating a suspect vehicle from a possible vehicle prowl in the Birch Bay area. A witness followed the vehicle towards town and an officer was able to contact it on Odell Road. The driver and his car were detained until sheriff’s deputies arrived.

March 22, 3:51 p.m.: A visitor from Texas stopped his rental vehicle south of Marine Drive to enjoy the beautiful harbor scenery. His reverie turned to shock when he realized he was parked on the railroad tracks. He quickly backed his vehicle off the tracks, and just as quickly his shock turned to remorse for having not first looked in his mirrors. Police were called to investigate the collision between the sightseer and the surprised motorist he had back into. The officers completed a state crash report and a ticket for unsafe backing.

March 22, 5:50 p.m.: Police responded to 911 call that a man was locked in a restaurant lavatory. The officers arrived to find a taxi driver camped outside the restroom, which was serving as an impromptu porcelain prison. The cabby explained that a couple of hours earlier a man had hired him for a trip from Seattle’s Queen Anne Hill to Blaine, but when they arrived here the customer ducked out on his tab and into the bathroom. The officers flushed out the suspect and discovered he was stalling because he had neither money nor identification. The 30-year-old Seattle resident was identified through an automated fingerprint system check and arrested for theft of services.

March 23, 2:12 p.m.: A woman came to police to report she had received a counterfeit US $50 bill from a gas station, but did not realize the note was fake until she unsuccessfully tried to spend it at another store. The bill was collected and forwarded to the U.S. Secret Service.

March 23, 7:30 p.m.: On a rainy, cold night a transient called police from the library pay phone to request transportation to the mission in Bellingham. An officer was assigned to the task, but while on the way the traveler said she was feeling faint and asked to be taken to the hospital. She was delivered to the emergency room.

March 23, 9 p.m.: Dispatch received a call that a man had driven his car into a drainage ditch on Semiahmoo Parkway and was trapped inside the vehicle with water rising quickly around him. Police responded to the scene of the emergency, and discovered the predicament was not as dire as reported. The driver had pulled off the pavement when a back tire went flat, and had come to a stop in about 6 inches of mud in a roadside swale. Officers called for a tow truck to remove the car to an impound yard. The uninjured and sober but very anxious motorist voluntarily went to hospital for an evaluation.

March 23, 10:30 p.m.: An elderly resident called police for help with abusive telephone harassment she is receiving from the former friend of a relative. Officers have identified the caller and are working to put a stop to the calls.

March 24, 2:11 a.m.: A couple returned home from a short trip to find that one heck of a party had been thrown in their house while they were away. The burglars ate and drank the consumables, vandalized some items, stole over $1,000 in property and made a real mess. Suspects have been identified and the investigation continues.

March 24, 7:20 a.m.: An apartment resident accidentally locked herself out of her home and called police for assistance. An officer went to the apartment manager’s address across town and explained the situation. The manager responded with a spare key.

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