Blaine Police reports, July 27- August 5

July 27, 4:45 p.m.: A resident on 8th Street had his car parked in the driveway overnight and twice heard its intrusion alarm sound. Later in the day he noticed scratches near the trunk lock, and heard from neighbors that strangers have recently been walking in the area late at night. All officers were advised of the information for their patrols.

July 27, 9 p.m.: Officers observed several vehicles parked outside of a closed business late at night and found the building was unlocked. They searched the premises, found it unoccupied and secured the site. They kept looking and found a group of teenagers who had used the parking lot to stage their nighttime trespassing onto the nearby railroad tracks. The kids were issued trespass warnings for both BNSF property and the business parking lot.

July 28, 1 p.m.: A resident called asking for assistance abating the nuisance of neighborhoods dogs which are constantly barking. An officer located the offending animal’s home and advised the young man in there of the problem. He promised to let his parents know about the visit, and an officer is following up with the owner.

July 28, 2:49 p.m.: A business called to report that a customer had attempted to pay for services with a counterfeit U.S. $20 bill. The patron passed the bill not knowing it was fake, and believed she had received it as change during a recent trip to Los Angeles. The bogus note was impounded and sent to the U.S. Secret Service.

July 28, 3:21 p.m.: A business reported a truck blocking an alleyway downtown. An officer responded and contacted the vehicle’s owner, who was in the process of dismantling a camping trailer nearby. He apologized for the problem and moved his truck so others could access the alley.

July 28, 3:31 p.m.: CBP officers at the Peace Arch port were interviewing a traveler when they discovered she was in possession of a switchblade knife. They called a Blaine officer to the scene. He confirmed the knife was illegal and interviewed its owner, who advised she had thought it must be legal to possess as a person at an auction had sold it to her. There being no auction exemption in the law, she was issued a criminal citation for possessing a dangerous weapon and the knife was impounded as evidence for destruction.

July 28, 3:53 p.m.: A resident reported that early in the day a lady had broken the outer glass of a double pane window in his garage, apparently while in the process of becoming his former girlfriend. An officer investigated and documented the damage, which appeared to have been caused by a thrown rock. Police forwarded a report to the city prosecutor for review of a domestic violence – malicious mischief charge.

July 28, 4:01 p.m.: Police were called to a home where a teenaged son was yelling and threatening his mother. The arriving officers found the young man waiting for them outside. They interviewed all the parties and ensured emotions had subsided. The teen agreed that he had anger issues to work on, and decided to stay outside until Dad got home. The elder man arrived just a few minutes later, and when officers departed it appeared things were well in hand.

July 28, 8:41 p.m.: An ongoing dispute between neighbors escalated into a complaint to police about a theft and assault by chest bumping. Officers investigated and interviewed the suspect. He denied all allegations and the officers found no physical evidence such as a recovered stolen ladder or chest-bumped victims. A case report was completed and forwarded to the prosecutor’s office for review.

July 28, 10:26 p.m.: While on patrol officers contacted a motorist whose car had a broken taillight. The driver turned out to have a suspended license. She was given a warning for the taillight and arrested, cited and released with a mandatory court date for the license violation. The vehicle was left legally parked at the scene.

July 29, 7:57 a.m.: Police were dispatched to a report of two people in a parked car smoking marijuana. Public consumption of cannabis is improper and officers located the vehicle but before they could watch it the occupants alighted to meet them. The visitors explained they come to town to geocache nearby when a passerby accosted them saying the police and federal authorities had been called because they were smoking marijuana. The couple was taken aback by the allegation, as the weed they were smoking was tobacco and not hemp, and they decided to stand by and meet the incoming swarm of officials. The officers thanked them for their patience, then contacted the reporting party and provided information on the fascinating and relaxing hobby of geocaching.

July 29, 11:47 a.m.: The veterans clinic in Mount Vernon called police to request a welfare check of an elderly Blaine resident who had not shown up for his regular appointment. Officers checked the interior and exterior of the vet’s home and found it secure with no one there. The man’s son in Florida called police later in the day when he found out that another family member had taken dad to hospital for a medical concern.

July 29, 3:17 p.m.: A man came in to the police station report that three marijuana plants had been stolen from his home. An officer conducted a neighborhood canvas but no one had witnessed the horticultural heist. The loss is estimated at about $50. The victim has no suspects at this time, and will be keeping his plants out of sight in the future.

July 29, 3:38 p.m.: An alarm company reported receiving a residential panic alarm. Officers were dispatched and politely confronted an intruder they found inside the house hard at work installing a wide-screen video monitor. He was there with the permission of the owner, who was overseeing the project. The vendor was also in the process of switching over the home’s security system, and the two gentlemen set to work correcting the alarm problem.

July 29, 4:10 p.m.: Police received information about a rape that had occurred at a residence. Officers were assigned to investigate. An adult male was arrested and booked in to jail for the crime and a case report was forwarded to the felony prosecutor.

July 29, 8:55 p.m.: A concerned passerby called police to report an intoxicated man riding his bicycle down Peace Portal Drive. Officers responded and contacted the cyclist who admitted he had a few, and explained he was transient and had no home in which to drink. The man agreed to walk his bicycle along the sidewalk to avoid becoming a hospital resident.

July 30, 2:45 a.m.: A concerned parent called police after her 19-year-old daughter became upset and drove off with mom’s car. An officer located the girl an hour later driving back toward home without headlights. He contacted and interviewed her about the situation, explaining that in addition to worrying her family she could have been arrested for taking the motor vehicle without permission and other violations. She returned home to her awaiting mother.

July 30, 9:23 a.m.: A business called police to report an injured seagull lying on a sidewalk unable to fly. An officer collected the bird into protective custody and turned it over to a Whatcom Humane Society officer.

July 30, 12:44 p.m.: A Utah resident called Blaine Police as a part of his personal investigation in to the theft of his identity. He believed someone may be using an electronic skimming device on a service station fuel pump to clone his debit card about three years ago, as the card number has been used at service stations nationwide since then, with losses totaling $6,000. The victim buys fuel in Blaine each summer and wanted police to check for a link here. An officer inspected the pump the man remembered using, found nothing amiss, and relayed the man’s report to the station’s management.

July 30, 1:28 p.m.: A woman came to the police station to have an officer look at a letter and business check that a foreign entity had mailed to her elderly father who lives in Birch Bay. The letter advised the man that he had won a large lottery among other things. An officer confirmed that the letter and the bogus check accompanying it were fraudulent. The citizen will make sure that her father does not send money to anyone to “cover the lottery taxes.”

July 30, 3 p.m.: An officer stopped a car for speeding on the I-5 freeway northbound near Peace Arch customs. The driver’s Washington driving privilege had been suspended because he had failed to take care of an earlier ticket in Washington. This time the motorist was arrested, cited and released on a mandatory promise to appear in court. He was also issued another citation for speeding. The man’s none-too-happy spouse took over as driver so that officers did not having impound the auto.

July 31, 1:39 p.m.: A person came to the office to talk to an officer, explaining that someone had used a cell phone to take control of his motor vehicle. An officer interviewed the man, who explained he only wanted his observations on file in case the problem continues.

July 31, 7:55 p.m.: A resident called police dispatch after witnessing a verbal dispute between two neighbors. One person had confronted the other regarding his loud vehicles and some colorful language was overheard. An officer contacted the neighbors and determined no physical altercation occurred. The officer provided the motorist with a copy of the Blaine Municipal Code regarding disorderly conduct and gave him a warning regarding his behavior.

July 31, 9:45 p.m.: An employee at a hotel called dispatch for assistance with an intoxicated man refusing to leave the premise. Officers arrived and learned the man was disrupting other guests and refusing to quiet down. Mental health issues compounded the inebriate’s troubles. He was interviewed, trespassed from the facility and warned that he would be arrested if he returned.

July 31, 9:25 p.m.: Blaine Police responded to a request for assistance from Whatcom County Sheriff’s Department when a deputy responded to Birch Bay on a reported domestic violence incident. A Blaine officer arrived and remained with the deputy while he spoke with the parties involved and resolved the verbal dispute.

July 31, 11:20 p.m.: Dispatch received an anonymous call about drums being loudly played in an apartment complex late at night. Police arrived to find the percussionist had already stopped performing, and he accepted a word of caution that it was much too late for the activity.

August 1, 2:20 a.m.: Residents called police after hearing loud noises and seeing several figures running down their street. Officers responded and found vandals had damaged traffic signs, mailboxes and landscaping lighting in the area. The responsible cretins were not located immediately but they left behind evidence and police are investigating.

August 1, 11:29 a.m.: A passerby notified police that a semi truck and trailer had knocked down a stop sign at Peace Portal and Bell Road then continued to drive south onto I-5 without stopping to report the incident. The witness was able to get a trailer license plate number. An officer is investigating the property damage hit and run.

August 1, 12:30 p.m.: A representative of the Whatcom Marine Mammal Stranding Network came to the police station to advise that over the past week three juvenile porpoises have died after become stranded in the vicinity of Drayton Harbor. Changes in water temperature, wind and tides are all possible causes for the anomaly. People encountering stranded mammals on the shoreline are cautioned to stay at least 100 feet away and notify authorities. The representative provided callout information for trained animal rescuers.

August 1, 2:57 p.m.: A passerby called dispatch to report that a large gathering of people were yelling and consuming alcohol at Semiahmoo Park. Two police officers and a sheriff’s deputy responded and searched the park on foot but the offending passel of partiers had either left or muzzled their enthusiasm.

August 1, 2:39 p.m.: Police were dispatched to conduct a welfare check at a residence. The calling party had no street address and poor landmarks to refer to, but officers eventually figured out the right place. There was no problem at the home, and it’s possible the call had been an act of retaliation or harassment.

August 2, 12:35 a.m.: An officer on patrol stopped a vehicle bearing license plate tabs that had expired in 2014. The driver said he knew his license plates were expired and that he had no vehicle insurance. It soon came to light that his driver’s license was suspended for an unpaid ticket. At the end of the contact the driver had been issued infractions for the plate tabs and insurance, and a criminal citation for driving while license suspended. A friend was called to come give him a ride.

August 1, 5:45 p.m.: A caller who wanted to remain anonymous reported hearing someone playing loud music at Semiahmoo Park. An officer arrived in the area shortly afterward and searched the area: he was not able to locate any excessively loud music or other noise.

August 1, 11:40 p.m.: Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office asked Blaine police for assistance checking the welfare of a woman who had reportedly sent threatening messages to her ex-boyfriend. The lady was located and was cooperative with the interviewing deputy. She denied sending any messages.

August 1, 11:50 p.m.: A business called for assistance asking a person who was on their premises behaving strangely to leave. An officer arrived and interviewed the non-patron. She said she did not know why she was being asked to leave, but would cooperate by doing so. The traveler explained she was only in town awaiting the arrival of additional funds before going to Canada, and asked for help locating lodging for the night. Unfortunately all motels in the area were full, and at her request the woman was given a ride to Canadian Customs.

August 2, 8:18 a.m.: An officer on patrol was stopped at the intersection of Bell Road and Peace Portal when he saw a vehicle come southbound on Bell Road and try to turn into the gas station from Bell, only to discover no driveway entrance was there. The car then continued wrong way south on Bell to Portal, then wrong way south to Portal until it was able to enter the parking lot. When the officer contacted the driver to discuss the creative though illegal lane use, the gentleman admitted he had no driver’s license in his possession and his privilege to drive was probably suspended in California. This was confirmed, and the 49-year-old was arrested, cited and released with a mandatory court date for the criminal license violation and an infraction for the improper lane use. His passenger was a licensed driver and took the helm of the vehicle.

August 2, 8:40 a.m.: A service station employee arrived at work to open the business and found abandoned property outside the front door. He flagged down an officer nearby to confirm the reporting party’s opinion that the dozens of little plants in the two trays really were marijuana. The trays and their contents were placed in to evidence and will be destroyed if an owner does not come forward to identify and claim them.

August 2, 1:03 p.m.: Blaine Police were asked to assist a police agency in B.C. by contacting a person in here who reportedly made threats to a former relative who lives in the Vancouver area. Officers contacted and interviewed the man and did not find evidence that he was currently a threat to himself or others. They advised Vancouver Police constables of their findings.

August 2, 2:27 p.m.: Officers responded to a report of a possible attempted burglary that had occurred sometime over the weekend. A family had returned home to find that the crook or crooks had cut a window’s screen to open a window a few inches, but got no further than knocking some bottles off the inside window sill. The family will call if anything is found missing.

August 2, 4:55 p.m.: An employee stopped by her closed business and discovered an exterior door unlocked and the alarm not set. She called police and two officers arrived to check the facility. Nothing was found amiss inside. The caller is checking with her business associates, and will advise if any other problems occur. In the meantime all officers were notified of the incident for their patrols.

August 2, 9:05 p.m.: A resident called police when a vehicle he did not recognize was left parked along a city street right of way at the edge of his property. An officer checked the auto and found it was registered to a person who used to live nearby but has moved with no forwarding address. The relatives were advised the car would be towed if not removed, and the car was posted with an abandoned vehicle impound notice.

August 2, 9:40 p.m.: A transient adult female visited two businesses on D Street asking for assistance getting to the nearest city that had a Social Security office. An officer located the lady and provided her a courtesy ride.

August 2, 11:29 p.m.: Blaine Police responded to the Peace Arch port of entry for a report of a non-injury collision between two vehicles. The collision didn’t meet the Washington state threshold for reportable damage and the officer facilitated an exchange of information.

August 3, 1:21 a.m.: Police were called to a residence when an ex-boyfriend attacked a man he saw visiting his ex-girlfriend. The new friend went to the emergency room to have his cuts, scrapes and bruises tended to, and the ex-boyfriend went to jail.

August 3, 1:24 a.m.: A young man staying with friends came home and found the front door locked. Rather than knock to be let in, he repeatedly kicked the door until the doorframe splintered, bashing the door open so that he could enter. Once inside he took things from bad to worse by assaulting another person who was visiting and then left the scene. Officers investigated the incident and booked the young man into jail a short time later when he called to surrender.

August 3, 1:40 a.m.: Blaine Police assisted aid units on an emergency report of an unresponsive man in a car outside a manufacturing facility. An officer responded and contacted the victim, who surprised everyone by waking up just in time to see the medics arrive. The gentleman apparently fell asleep during one of his work breaks.

August 3, 7:33 a.m.: A truck driver reported that someone had broken the seals off of two trailers he had parked in a parking lot and had also removed paperwork associated with the trailer’s contents. Nothing appeared to have been stolen, and other than the customs seals, nothing was damaged.

August 3, 10:07 a.m.: Officers responded to a report of a shoplifter who had been detained at a store. The teenaged suspect was interviewed, arrested and trespassed from the store. The case will be forwarded to the juvenile prosecutor’s office for review. The $15 worth of beef jerky he was coveting was returned to the business.

August 3, 12:18 p.m.: A person reported several packages were stolen from his front doorstep after delivery. The man did not see anyone suspicious in the area and he did not have any suspect information. There are currently no suspects in this case. Frequent patrol was requested and will be provided as available.

August 3, 2:16 p.m.: A parent requested help with an out of control juvenile. Arriving officers determined a domestic violence simple assault had occurred. According to the parent, the child had lost control, scratched her and caused several bruises. Due to the suspect’s young age, the case will be forwarded to the juvenile prosecutor’s office. The parent’s injuries were documented and appropriate DV victim’s paperwork completed.

August 3, 9:15 p.m.: An alarm company advised dispatch when they received an alert from an office door at a business that was closed for the day. Officers responded and found that the exterior was secure. The owner happened by and helped officers check the inside of the building as well. The cause of the activation was not determined and the owner will be check with the alarm company tomorrow.

August 3, 10 p.m.: Police received a report that a vehicle entering Blaine on the freeway had too many passengers for the number of seatbelts available and at least one child in the auto was not properly restrained. An officer spotted the vehicle and confirmed the report. The driver was cited for the violation and advised of the corrective measures needed.

August 4, 2:15 p.m.: An officer found a vehicle parked at the curb blocking a handicapped parking stall in front of a closed office building. The auto was unoccupied and appeared to have broken down. A warning notice was posted on the vehicle encouraging its immediate removal, and a search for its owner was initiated.

August 4, 12:09 p.m.: A victim came to the police department to report that someone had stolen several thousands of dollars worth of collector coins from his storage unit. The case is under investigation.

August 4, 6:45 p.m.: While on patrol officers observed a vehicle speeding on D Street and contacted the driver. He turned out to have a suspended driver’s license, and was wanted on a Bellingham municipal warrant for failure to appear on another driving while suspended violation. This time he was arrested, cited and booked into Whatcom County Jail on the warrant.

August 4, 10:41 p.m.: A man called to report a theft at a residence that had occurred sometime in the night. An officer went to the scene and documented the incident. No suspects were identified to the theft of miscellaneous items valued at over $300.

August 5, 3:12 a.m.: An officer was dispatched to a report of a man sleeping outside on a couch in the entryway at an apartment building. An officer arrived and spoke with the polite young man about his living arrangements. The man agreed to leave.

August 5, 9:09 a.m.: Police received a report of an elderly man in the roadway, attempting to flag down passing drivers. Officers arrived at the same time as the man’s wife. The man suffers from dementia and had wandered away from the house. The officers made sure he was safely back in his spouse’s care.

August 5, 9:38 a.m.: A person entering the U.S. from Canada was found to be driving with a suspended license. The man was arrested, issued a criminal citation and released with a court date. A licensed driver was able to drive the car away from the port, so it was not impounded.

August 5, 10:40 a.m.: An officer arrested a man with a warrant and transported him to Whatcom County Jail.

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