Police Reports: April 2–8, 2015

March 24, 9:12 a.m.: Police received information that a two-toned brown older Ford SUV is being repeatedly driven recklessly in the alleyway north of H Street and east of 6th Street. The vehicle is tearing up the road surface by spinning its tires to throw gravel and rocks into neighboring yards. Officers investigated and have identified the vehicle’s owner for contact.

March 24, 12:21 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a motel complex around lunchtime, on a complaint that residents were annoyed by the noise from a mobile carpet cleaning service truck parked nearby. An officer investigated and confirmed the work was not in violation of ordinance, and the adjacent business was allowed to clean their property during normal work hours.

March 24, 3:59 p.m.: Police responded to a report that a man had collapsed near the corner of H Street and Peace Portal. Officers contacted the victim and learned that he had disobeyed the instructions on his medication by mixing it with alcohol in a nearby tavern. He declined medical attention and when it appeared he was able to care for himself he was given a ride to his residence.

March 24, 5:13 p.m.: A man who had been issued a court order to vacate a residence contacted police for assistance in retrieving some of his belongings from the apartment. The officer assigned to assist him found that no one was home, and arrangements had to be made for the man to collect his property later.

March 25, 6:55 a.m.: Blaine Public Works employees reported another incident of someone illegally dumping garbage alongside the road in the 1700 block of Pipeline Road. An officer photographed the boxes, window shutters and other household garbage strewn about before it was collected and removed by a city crew at public expense. The officer and crewmembers found identifiable marks on some of the items, and these were placed into evidence. Some research turned up the names and addresses of the people responsible for the mess, and the suspects are being contacted.

March 25, 10:41 a.m.: An adult called police to express concern about a teenager who had possibly made suicidal comments on social media. On closer review the young man’s statements online had not included specific threats of self-harm. An officer located and contacted the youth, who explained he was dramatically expressing his angst over the end of a relationship and he had no real intention of adding physical hurt to his emotional pain. The boy’s parent was contacted and advised of the call and the outcome.

March 25, 2:44 p.m.: A friend from Canada called police asking for help contacting a Blaine couple who were in poor health and not answering their phone. An officer visited the family home and found they were all right and their caregiver was in attendance.

March 25, 2:46 p.m.: A teenager bought a soft drink at a grocery store and tried to sneak out without paying for a second energy drink hidden in his jacket. The store employees were sharper than the would-be thief and intercepted him as he left with the almost stolen property. Police were called to the scene. The youth was served with a permanent no-trespass order that subjects him to criminal prosecution if he tries to enter any stores owned by the company, a high cost for the thrill of stealing a $2.70 drink.

March 25, 4:50 p.m.: An officer conducted a traffic stop on a B.C. plated vehicle after learning the Washington state driving privileges of the car’s registered owner had been suspended. The driver was the car’s owner, and the 45-year-old Vancouver, B.C. resident was arrested, processed and released with a mandatory court date for the criminal licensing violation.

March 25, 5:59 p.m.: Dispatch reported the fire department was in route to assist a person whose leg was hurting. An officer arrived and assisted the person until the fire department arrived. The fire department transported the person to the hospital for further treatment.

March 25, 6:30 p.m.: Police received information that a teenager who was headed from Birch Bay to Blaine on a public transit bus was a signed runaway and was also wanted on an arrest warrant. An officer contacted the young man when he disembarked at the Blaine Library, confirmed his status, arrested him on the warrant and advised his mom that he was being safely booked in to juvenile detention.

March 25, 9:10 p.m.: A resident called police asking for help quieting a neighbor’s dog that was running around the area barking its head off at 9:30 p.m. An officer located the dog’s owner and initiated an enforcement action by warning her about the laws against allowing dogs at large and allowing pets to disturb others. The owner apologized, brought the dog inside and no further calls were received overnight.

March 26, 12:21 a.m.: An officer on patrol found an occupied car standing on the side of Peace Portal after midnight with its hazard lights activated. He checked on the lone occupant and found she was a visitor from New Mexico who had stopped her car to safely text a relative. She asked for assistance finding her way to I-5 southbound, and was escorted to the on-ramp.

March 26, 12:37 a.m.: Snohomish County officials contacted Blaine Police to warn that a suicidal man who was possibly hostile to police had armed himself with multiple firearms and was in the Blaine area. Officers searched for the suspect and vehicle, and shortly after midnight found the car parked in a business lot downtown. A team of Blaine officers and assisting Border Patrol agents secured the area and contacted the man inside. The 9mm handgun in his lap was secured along with the 40 rounds of ammunition and spare magazines in his pockets. Following an interview and follow-up with Snohomish County authorities the Everett resident was transported to hospital for an involuntary mental health evaluation.

March 26, 9:10 a.m.: An officer investigating an incident noticed a passing car and recognized the driver as a person wanted on a misdemeanor arrest warrant. He contacted the vehicle on the truck route and confirmed the identity of the driver and the validity of the warrant. The 21-year-old Blaine resident was arrested and booked in to jail. No licensed driver was available claim the vehicle and it was impounded from the roadway.

March 26, 12:52 p.m.: Police received a call to contact a woman at her home in Blaine regarding an attempted fraud by a telephone solicitor. An officer contacted the elderly resident and her caregiver. They reported that an unidentified man was trying to con the woman into disclosing her banking information via telephone. She had already contacted her bank about the problem, and is going to change her telephone number to avoid future calls.

March 26, 1:11 p.m.: A woman came in to the police department asking officers for assistance checking the welfare of her ex-husband. He lives in Blaine and is supposed to have visitation with their daughter but has been unreachable recently. An officer investigated and found no one was at home at the time, but neighbors advised that he was frequently in and out and everything appeared alright.

March 26, 3:06 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a business when the cashier reported that several underaged men had tried to buy alcohol. The would-be customers had left when asked, but the employee was working alone and concerned the group might return with more aggressive demands. Officers confirmed that the group was no longer around the building and patrolled the area for a bit to ensure they did not come back.

March 26, 3:36 p.m.: A 30-year-old Seattle resident tried to creep across the border into Canada from Blaine. He was spotted, apprehended by Canadian authorities and returned to the security of his homeland at the Peace Arch port of entry. Federal officials discovered that he was wanted on a Blaine municipal court warrant for failure to appear on a theft of services charge. A Blaine officer responded to the port, arrested the man and booked him in to jail to ensure he made it to his next court appearance.

March 26, 8:30 p.m.: A resident on Bald Eagle Drive called police when he spotted a figure shining a flashlight around a neighbor’s home after dark. Police contacted the headlamp-wearing man as he loaded equipment into a vehicle, and learned he was a professional window washer completing his detailed contract work at the house. The officers checked the residence and confirmed that its occupants would have a crystal clear view of the fairway in the morning.

March 26, 4:15 p.m.: A man came to the police department to inquire about legal visitation with his child. An officer assisted him and also served him a protection order. The return of service was completed and mailed to the issuing court.

March 27, 12:10 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a business on H Street that encountered a counterfeit $50 bill. No suspect was identified as it had been passed late the previous evening and not discovered until the morning when their till was balanced. An officer impounded the fake note and sent it to the U.S. Secret Service.

March 27, 3:16 p.m.: Public works contacted police for assistance with an ongoing problem with a property owner who is obstructing the public right of way with a fence that corrals a renter’s livestock. An officer has been assigned to contact the responsible parties and shepherd them to either a peaceable resolution or a court hearing.

March 27, 4:26 p.m.: An officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle after learning the registered owner had a suspended license. The Bellingham resident driver was arrested and cited for the criminal licensing violation and released pending a mandatory court date.

March 27, 10:45 p.m.: Dispatch reported that a person had fallen at a rehabilitation center. A police officer responded and assisted at the scene until medical aid arrived and transported the victim to hospital.

March 28, 8:55 a.m.: Police observed several vehicles parked illegally askew, some blocking in residential driveways and other parked facing the wrong way in traffic on streets adjacent to the school at the start of the state math championships being held on the campus. Officers contacted the folks in charge of the event and announcements were made asking car owners to correct the problem. Police monitored the area until the contest ended.

March 28, 2:17 p.m.: An officer stopped a motorist on the truck route after she failed to stop at a posted stop sign, and discovered that her Washington driving privilege was suspended for prior unresolved tickets. She received another ticket and a criminal licensing charge with a mandatory court date.

March 28, 5:50 p.m.: Police interviewing a person near 6th and D Street saw and heard a man standing outside a nearby apartment screaming curses at someone inside. The person inside was answering in like manner and volume when the officer told the gentleman to quiet down. The shouter did, and went into the apartment at which he had been swearing. The officer finished his interview and went to the noisy unit to investigate the domestic dispute but the woman inside refused to cooperate or grant him entrance. It took a short while for backup to arrive and assist. Ultimately they ascertained that the dispute had probably not been violent and the man who had started it all had fled by jumping out a second story back window, most likely because he is wanted on active arrest warrants.

March 29, 6:35 a.m.: Officers received a phone call from a person who wanted to document that he had been assaulted and then unlawfully detained by a roommate. The reporting party declined to assist in a criminal investigation or prosecution, and only wanted police to document that he had reported the events. Officers tried without success to locate and contact the person reported to be the roommate, and were not able to establish probable cause to believe a crime had been committed.

March 29, 9:53 a.m.: A resident called police to report that her ex had violated a domestic violence protection order between them. Officers investigated and forwarded a report to the prosecutor recommending charges against the man.

March 29, 2:26 p.m.: Customs and Border Protection officers at the Peace Arch port of entry intercepted a man driving with a suspended driver’s status in Washington. They called Blaine Police to the scene, an officer investigated and confirmed the violation and arrested the traveler from Shelton, Washington for the criminal license violation. He was cited and released with a mandatory court date.

March 29, 4 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a grocery store when employees there contacted a man who had attempted to steal some items. An officer investigated and arrested the Blaine resident for shoplifting. The store recovered $16 worth of merchandise intact. The man received a summons to court and a no trespass order from the store.

March 29, 11:05 p.m.: A woman called 911 to report that her husband had assaulted her in their family home. Police responded to investigate and subsequently arrested the husband for misdemeanor domestic assault and malicious mischief. The 32-year-old Blaine resident was booked into jail.

March 30, 5:35 a.m.: A resident called police for help, explaining that someone had parked across the common driveway of the apartment complex, and the offending vehicle was blocking ingress and egress. An officer identified and contacted the owner, and he immediately moved his rig.

March 30, 9:16 a.m.: Police responded to a possible heart attack in progress at a residence. Officers arrived and found the 66-year-old victim had expired, and a medical aid crew confirmed the assessment. A grief counselor arrived and spoke with the deceased’s friends and family. The man had been in poor health for some time and his passing had been expected.

March 30, 10:28 a.m.: Officers were called to a possible road rage incident in progress after passersby saw two vehicles stop in the middle of Peace Portal Drive and their apparent drivers alight to exchange blows in the street before each drove away to resume his respective commute. The combatants were not located and no calls from victims or suspects were received.

March 30, 1:10 p.m.: An officer was dispatched to a business when a customer presented a counterfeit $20 bill. The patron was unaware he was in possession of counterfeit currency, and recalled he had received the bill from his wife, who had gotten it from working at a restaurant in Surrey, B.C. The bill was seized as evidence and forwarded to the U.S. Secret Service.

April 1, 8:32 a.m.: A woman called police to report her vehicle had been stolen between 7:30 p.m. Tuesday evening and 8:20 a.m. Wednesday. The owner attempted to call her son and relatives as it was April Fools’ Day, but does not think anyone would be so mean to her. The gray 1986 Honda was entered into computer records as a stolen vehicle.

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