Blaine Police reports, June 9- June 16

June 9, 5:20 p.m.: A person reported that a week earlier he had discovered someone had punctured a hole in one of his car tires. The victim did not initially report the vandalism, but heard that other vehicles in his neighborhood also been damaged. The case is under investigation.

June 10, noon: A restaurant called police to report finding a purse that had apparently been left behind by a customer. The officer took possession of the bag. It contained several credit cards but no identification with an address, phone number or other information to help locate the owner. The purse was impounded for safekeeping.

June 10, 5:30 p.m.: A resident reported that thieves had entered his garden shed and stole a gas-powered lawn edger valued at about $300. There are currently no suspects in this case. A complete description of the machine is being obtained for entry into stolen property databases.

June 10, 11:40 p.m.: A tired resident called police asking for assistance with a noise ordinance violation. An officer responded to a construction site nearby and found a lone contractor hard at work with power tools. The gentleman was advised of the ordinance and given a copy of the code. The cooperative electrician called it a night.

June 11, 6:39 a.m.: U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the Peace Arch port of entry alerted officers when they found that a driver applying to enter the country had his Washington driving privilege under suspension due to multiple unresolved speeding tickets. An officer responded to investigate, arrested the man for driving under a license suspension and issued him a criminal citation with mandatory court date.

June 11, 9:08 a.m.: A resident called to report that a vehicle had been abandoned on the side of the street in front of their property. An officer investigated and found the car was registered to a person living in the area; it was currently licensed but apparently not being used. The officer contacted the owner and offered information about the regulatory difference between parking cars and storing them on public right of way. The person agreed to move the vehicle and park it at their own home.

June 11, 7 p.m.: A concerned friend called police dispatch to request a welfare check on a man who resides in Blaine after he was unable to contact him for a couple of days. An officer found the gentleman at home. He wasn’t in need of any assistance, and said he would give his friend a phone call.

June 12, 2:54 a.m.: A person reported that a tree had fallen across the railroad tracks in the downtown area, and a train was approaching. Police responded and found evidence that the laws of physics had been in full force when the locomotive encountered the little tree. After the train had passed the officers cleared the larger splinters off the track and notified BNSF of the incident.

June 12, 5:09 p.m.: Police were dispatched to report of a possibly suicidal person at a residence in the city. Officers checked the last known addresses for the victim and determined they no longer reside in Blaine. Information was obtained on other possible locations for the person, and passed along to Ferndale Police and the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office.

June 13, 2:30 p.m.: A passing bicyclist called police to report that two juveniles were spending their sunny summer Saturday afternoon playing on the roof of the middle school. Officers arrived to find the roof runners no longer in residence. A number of kids playing at ground level nearby were contacted, and they explained the trespassers had climbed down and fled as patrol cars approached.

June 14, 2:28 a.m.: Blaine Police observed a vehicle parked on a city street with expired license plate registration. The vehicle had apparently not moved for several weeks and the registered owner has an address outside of Whatcom County. The vehicle was marked as abandoned and a warning notice was left on the windshield advising that it would be towed if not removed.

June 14, 10 a.m.: During the Hands Across the Border festivities Blaine Police conducted traffic safety enforcement on the I-5 freeway near Peace Arch Park. An officer contacted an out-of-state licensed van parked in the traffic lane, stopped almost on top of and blocking visibility to the crosswalk at the Peace Arch monument. The driver only reluctantly agreed to move his vehicle.

June 14, 12:16 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a report of a verbal domestic violence incident at a residence in the downtown area. While in route the call was upgraded to an armed person threatening suicide. Officers arrived and found that a disagreement had escalated to when a man grabbed a knife, threatened to and then did cut himself with it before being disarmed by a friend. Officers secured the scene and took the victim in to protective custody. He was transported to hospital for medical and mental health evaluation.

June 14, 2:12 p.m.: Police responded to a report of a burglary at a residence on Blaine Avenue when the new owner discovered that someone had forced their way into the unattached garage at the back of the home some time in the preceding week. More specifically, the suspects had pulled the siding panels loose from a wall far enough that they could squeeze into the garage and then open the door. For all that effort it did not appear anything had been taken. The crime is possibly related to a theft from a neighbor’s garage that happened in the same time frame. Officers are investigating both incidents.

June 14, 2:50 p.m.: Officers were investigating a burglary on Blaine Avenue when a neighbor reporting a theft from their own property contacted them. The victim had discovered that a crook or crooks had gotten in to their unattached garage and stolen a one-gallon gas can. A neighborhood canvas did not turn up any witnesses or other victims and police are investigating.

June 14, 6:30 p.m.: An man found a cell phone on a bench in the Peace Arch State Park and turned it over to a Border Patrol agent stationed nearby. The agent turned it over to a Blaine Police officer, who turned it over to the property room for safekeeping in hopes it can be turned over to its owner.

June 15, 8:39 a.m.: A hesitant resident called police when he found a large plastic bag along the shoulder of the road in front of his property. He reported that the bag appeared to have been there for about a week and smelled like something in it was dead. Officers responded, investigated and confirmed the medium-sized critter inside had been disrespectfully deposited. Blaine Public Works responded to assist by removing the remains.

June 15, 1:27 p.m.: A person called police to report people yelling and possibly having a physical fight in a nearby apartment. Police responded, calmed the scene and interviewed the folks at home. They found out no crimes had been committed by a mom and dad who were hard at work counseling their teenager in loudly certain terms. No physical violence or other crimes had occurred and there were no court orders between the parties. They were asked to lower the volume of their discussion.

June 15, 5:50 p.m.: A bicyclist blatantly ran a stop sign in view of a passing patrol car, but when the officer tried to contact him the rider instead took off pedaling for all he was worth. When he realized his efforts were not worth what he had hoped the man ditched his bike and tried running instead. This did not work any better for him, as the officer was in better shape and motivated by serious curiosity. The foot race was intense but short, and the man came in second. He was allowed to recuperate in an air-conditioned patrol car while computer checks disclosed he was wanted on a felony warrant for escape following a felony assault conviction and had misdemeanor warrants outstanding as well. He was booked into jail to exercise his rights to due process.

June 16, 12:50 a.m.: Police responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle parked behind a business. Officers contacted a man seated in the parked vehicle. The man said he had just gotten off work, took a nap and was just waking up. The parking lot just happened to be directly across the street from his ex-girlfriend’s house, a place from which he is trespassed. Officers trespassed him from the business and escorted him to his motel, then contacted his ex and advised her of the possible stalking behavior. She was provided with resource information and advised to consider obtaining a protection order.

June 16, 9:26 a.m.: Officers were dispatched to a possible suicide, and arrived along with aid personnel. The adult victim was in a vehicle in a parking area and was deceased. After an investigation and coordination with the medical examiner the scene was secured and the vehicle impounded. Investigation continues.

June 16, 12:43 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a report of a pedestrian on the railroad tracks near Bell Road, and contacted a man there carrying two large duffle bags. He explained he had caught the bus into Blaine and was trying to walk to a residence south of the construction on Peace Portal Drive at Dakota Creek. The man was advised he was trespassing on railroad right of way and given a courtesy ride to his residence.

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