Blaine Police reports, May 20- May 26

May 20, 6:10 p.m.: An officer stopped a vehicle after finding that its title had apparently not been transferred although the car had changed ownership over three months earlier. The motorist was issued a criminal citation and a mandatory court date for the violation.

May 20, 6:30 p.m.: A person walking on the Semiahmoo spit pedestrian path called police dispatch to report a black Dodge passenger car speeding at a high rate on the adjacent roadway. An officer was in area at the time but was not able to locate the offender. Traffic enforcement was continued in the area.

May 20, 7:43 p.m.: A resident called police upon discovering that the door to an outdoor shed on the property they were renting had been forced open. An officer responded to investigate. Nothing appeared to have been taken in the entry, and he estimated the cost of repairs to the door to be about $50. A report was completed for the victim and all officers were advised of the incident for their patrols.

May 20, 8:46 p.m.: A store employee went to the parking lot from work and discovered that his daypack had been stolen from the front seat of his unlocked car. The green EAS brand pack held over $400 in property, including schoolbooks and an HP 110-3000 model notebook computer which bore a blue Hawaiian sticker reading “Bee Line.” An officer responded and completed a report on the car prowl and theft. No suspects have been identified.

May 21, 11:50 a.m.: Washington State Patrol (WSP) asked Blaine Police to assist with traffic control after a southbound vehicle on I-5 damaged the underside of the Birch Bay-Lynden Road overpass. At WSP’s request Blaine officers closed the overpass to traffic until department of transportation crews could respond to deploy barricades and a formal detour. The overpass was reopened once engineers evaluated the stability of the structure.

May 22, 12:30 a.m.: A resident arrived at the police station shortly after midnight to turn himself in on the warrant which had been issued by the court when he failed to appear for a hearing. He was transported to jail to make see a judge later that same morning.

May 22, 4:15 p.m.: A vehicle owner called police upon discovering their car had been vandalized while it parked in the high school student lot during the class day. Someone had written “2015” on various parts of the vehicle with a yellow fluorescent paint pen, and the ink on the fender could not be removed. The malicious mischief is under investigation by police and school officials.

May 22, 4:17 p.m.: A victim contacted the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office and Blaine Police when he discovered that a credit card had been stolen from the mail at his Birch Bay residence and then used at an ATM machine at a bank in Blaine. The theft and two fraudulent transactions worth $400 are under investigation by both agencies.

May 22, 5:05 p.m.: Two young Blaine residents contacted the police department to turn in a very nice 16 megapixel digital camera that they had just found abandoned at the skate park. Officers placed the camera into safekeeping, and its very appreciative owner collected it the following day.

May 22, 6:30 p.m.: Police were called to a residential area where loud music from a home was disturbing the rest of the neighborhood. The person playing the ear-splitting tunes was located and provided one final warning. This time he also received a copy of the municipal code he was violating and was advised that future complaints will be resolved in court.

May 23, 1:20 a.m.: Police were dispatched to a 911 hang-up at a residence, and a Border Patrol agent provided backup for the lone officer responding to the call. On arrival the officer encountered a belligerent teenager who refused to communicate. Her parents explained that she was upset with home life and parental rules. The officer provided the parents with information about available social services.

May 23, 9:50 a.m.: Police responded to an activated security alarm at a closed business. Officers found employees from a professional cleaning firm treating the carpets throughout the entire second floor of the business’ building. The men had accidentally tripped the security alarms during their work.

May 23, 4:55 p.m.: Blaine Police responded to an emergency call for assistance at an apartment complex where a tenant was experiencing chest pains. An officer arrived and monitored the victim until fire department aid personnel arrived.

May 24, 1:40 a.m.: While on patrol an officer located an apparently disabled vehicle with expired license plates parked at the curb in a residential neighborhood. A record check revealed the owner had acquired valid license plates for the car, but had not mounted them. Vehicles cannot be stored on public right of way. A copy of the pertinent ordinances was posted on the car along with a warning notice advising it would be towed in 72 hours.

May 24, 12:25 a.m.: A caregiver at an in-home facility called police when a patient/tenant with dementia became physically resistive. The manager asked that the patient be transported to hospital as the facility could not longer control or care for him. He was evaluated and transported to hospital by North Whatcom medic personnel.

May 24, 9:10 a.m.: Police were dispatched to a welfare check at a business when employees became concerned about the inappropriate behavior of a customer and feared the lady might try to drive. A friend who explained that the lady had a medical condition accompanied the woman, and no assistance was needed. The friend drove them from the area with the stated intention of obtaining medication.

May 24, 5 p.m.: A passerby reported seeing several unassociated vehicles speeding on the stretch of Semiahmoo Parkway between the county park and the marina. Officers conducted periodic traffic patrols in the area over the weekend.

May 24, 11:12 p.m.: Blaine Police received a call from Washington State Patrol asking for assistance locating a vehicle reportedly driving southbound in the northbound lanes of I-5. A Blaine officer found the car on the freeway in Blaine, piloted by a very confused elderly man from B.C. WSP also responded, and the officers assisted the gentleman and his car to get safely into the care of authorities at the Canadian port of entry.

May 25, 7:50 a.m.: A commercial truck driver got lost on H Street Road near Harvey Road, and tried to turn his big rig around in a narrow driveway. It did not work well, and the fully loaded semi ended up stuck completely blocking both lanes of H Street Road. Blaine officers responded to detour traffic around the scene while a large tow truck extricated the driver from his predicament.

May 25, 11 a.m.: Police contacted the occupant of a motor home which had been parked on a city street for an extended period and discovered that the owner was living in the vehicle. The officer advised the owner of the laws regarding camping in vehicles and parking in the city limits, and alternatives. He decided to move his vehicle outside the city limits.

May 25, 11:14 a.m.: A representative of a trucking firm called police to report that someone had cut the air line to one of their company’s semi trailer while it was parked at a business on Boblett Street. An officer documented the damage but was not able to identify a suspect or motive for the vandalism.

May 26, 11:14 a.m.: Officers working traffic safety enforcement observed and monitored a pickup truck traveling at almost three times the posted speed limit on Yew Street. The vehicle was stopped and the driver arrested for reckless driving. He apologized for his actions and explained that he had no emergent reason for his actions. He was released with a criminal citation and a mandatory court date.

May 26, 11:33 a.m.: Blaine Police responded to a sheriff’s office request for assistance investigating a suspicious circumstance call on California Trail Road outside the city limits. A passerby reported seeing an elderly man using a gas can to pour a trail of fuel from the road to a nearby residence. The arriving officer and deputy discovered that the man had coordination problems and had spilled some petrol while trying to fill his lawn mower. There was no impending crime or catastrophe, and the approaching rain clouds convinced the homeowner to set aside his errand for the day.

May 26, 7:50 p.m.: An officer conducting traffic enforcement stopped a vehicle traveling 60 mph in the 35 mph zone on Peace Portal. While the suspect van was pulling over the driver and passenger switched seats, in view of the officer behind them. Both people were detained and it turned out both had driver’s license suspensions from the state of California. The original driver was arrested, cited and released with a mandatory court appearance criminal citation for the driving suspension as well as infractions for speeding and not having proof of insurance. The vehicle was released to a licensed driver in lieu of impound.

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