Blaine Police reports, February 24 – March 1

February 24, 9:30 a.m.: A victim called police when she discovered that her 1989 red Toyota SR5 pick up truck had been stolen from its parking space outside a business on H Street where she works. Officers have identified suspects in the theft and investigation continues.

February 24, 11:23 a.m.: Police were dispatched to a commercial facility after a truck collided with an overhang of the building, causing minor damage. The driver expressed frustration that the overhang was a potential hazard to trucks on the property but was not marked to announce its height, or lack thereof. An officer assisted the business and driver with exchanging information.

February 24, 1:10 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a report of a teenager found in possession of drug paraphernalia. The young man initially said the items didn’t belong to him and he’d just found them, but then decided to come clean and admit the marijuana pipe was his. An officer impounded the used pipe as evidence, completed a report and advised the young man that the case would be reviewed by the Whatcom County Juvenile Prosecutor.

February 24, 6 p.m.: A resident asked police to come to her house to look at an unusual note that her landlord left on her door. An officer contacted the resident and examined the note, which asked the lady to vacate the residence or face a formal eviction process. The officer explained to the reporting party that the note appeared to be a normal part of a civil business process, and documented the call for service.

February 25, 7:49 a.m.: An early morning driver on Bell Road at Peace Portal Drive entered the four-way stop intersection out of turn, not realizing how much his fogged-over side windows were impairing his vision. Police responded to the resulting two-car collision, which injured the driver of the car he broadsided. The arriving officer conducted a crash investigation while North Whatcom Fire and Rescue personnel tended to injuries and Border Patrol agents assisted with traffic control. The roadway was partially blocked for almost an hour. A tow truck removed the vehicles and the offending driver was issued a traffic citation.

February 25, 4:16 p.m.: A resident called police to report an attempted burglary to her home when she discovered a screen removed from a window and tool pry marks on the window frame. The arriving officer contacted the owner, and a witness who had earlier observed a woman going around the residence trying the doors and windows. One window at the residence was slightly ajar but there was no evidence entry was gained or property stolen. The scene was processed and evidence recovered, and investigation continues.

February 26, 8:25 a.m.: Police were dispatched to contact a resident who reported that she had been assaulted, naming as the suspects a man and woman who are Hollywood movie stars. The victim explained that the female suspect’s voice comes to her through the walls of her apartment, reading her thoughts and telling her to do things, and recognizes the suspect’s voice from movies she has made. Officers offered the victim transportation to meet professionals best able to assist her, but she declined and decided instead to call again if either of the stars returns to bother her.

February 26, 10:16 a.m.: Police were contacted by a resident who had discovered funds were being stolen from his bank account by misuse of banks cards and altering checks. The victim helped police identify a suspect, and officers are compiling a case report for review by the prosecutor.

February 26, 11 a.m.: A congregation member called police to report that their church had been burglarized overnight. It appeared to the responding officer that someone, possibly a transient, had most likely entered through a door that was not fully secured. A trail of dirt left from the suspect’s shoes led to a couch in the basement and to the men’s washroom. Nothing had been taken from the building and no vandalism occurred. The congregation declined to assist in a prosecution, and the officer has identified a suspect for contact and warning.

February 27, 9:48 a.m.: A passerby called police to report a transient camp in the north end of Lincoln Park. An officer arrived and located the messy remains of the site but its resident was no longer in attendance. The officer dismantled the camp, collected the remains and dragged the garbage to an area where a public works crew could easily collect it. A request for their services was submitted by email.

February 27, 10:30 a.m.: Police were dispatched to a report of a fight at a community center. The arriving officers found that the knockdown scuffle between two adults had ended. The participants and witnesses were interviewed and probable cause was established that a misdemeanor assault had occurred. The aggressor indicated a lack of intent to commit a crime, but promised to respond as directed to a criminal citation and mandatory court appearance date.

February 27, 12:01 p.m.: A family member called police to report that one relative had violated a no-contact order by calling another relative. A very short time later the suspect called police about a different matter, and admitted to the order violation. The suspect was contacted in person, arrested and booked into jail.

February 27, 1:52 p.m.: Police received a call that a dispute laced with yelling, crying and door slamming was occurring at a residence. An officer responded and interviewed the primary occupants. No crimes had occurred in the disagreement between family members over sharing of household chores.

February 27, 4:09 p.m.: Police were dispatched when an RV owner came to visit their vehicle at a mini-storage facility and discovered that someone had broken into it. It appeared nothing of value was taken but the damage to the door will cost about $2,000 to repair.

February 27, 3:10 p.m.: A resident asked police to watch for and check on a visiting family member who had left the house on foot, upset about personal problems. The responding officers checked several possible destinations for the man but did not locate him. The information was shared with all patrol officers.

February 27, 8:48 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a physical domestic violence incident with both parties still on scene but no longer fighting. The arriving officers contacted two adult brothers who live together. They had engaged in mutual combat but one became the primary aggressor by picking up a weapon, most commonly referred to as a vacuum cleaner, and throwing it at his sibling, injuring his foot. The vacuous victor was arrested for assault and booked into jail.

March 1, 8:33 a.m.: A woman called to report that her brother was staying at a relative’s home in Blaine and threatening to commit suicide there. Officers arrived at the residence and confirmed from the other family members present that the victim wanted to kill himself. Officers detained the man and brought him to a hospital for an involuntary mental health evaluation.

March 1, 8:38 a.m.: Police were dispatched to the community center regarding a person there whose behavior had caused anxiety to some of the members. The person was contacted and interviewed by an officer who advised them to not return to the facility. The person was apologetic for having caused concern, stating an understanding of the no trespass warning and an intention to not visit again.

March 1, 10:57 a.m.: A public works employee called to report a littering complaint along Ludwick Avenue, where commercial trucks park overnight. Multiple bags of fecal matter and bottles of urine were found adjacent to the street. The items were removed and the area will be monitored for violators.

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