Blaine Police reports, June 13 – June 22

June 13, 10:30 p.m.: A homeowner reported ongoing noise pollution caused by vehicles with modified or defective mufflers being driven on the residential and collector streets in the Salishan neighborhood. The problem occurs at various hours, disrupting sleep at night and the area’s serenity during the day. The information was posted to all officers for their patrols.

June 15, 1:07 p.m.: A young man came in to the police station to report receiving threatening messages. Officers spoke with him, determined no crime had occurred and discussed the situation. He will re-contact if the problem continues or escalates.

June 15, 1:59 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a residence on C Street for several 911 hang-ups. Officers arrived, checked the area and determined that the caller was a senior citizen accidentally dialing her cell phone.

June 15, 6:28 p.m.: Police responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle stopped at a stop sign for a long time near B and 6th streets. An officer contacted the driver and found she was waiting in the shade for a relative who was visiting nearby.

June 15, 6:57 p.m.: Police received a complaint from a H Street Road resident reporting vehicles speeding on H Street Road, including a specific auto which had almost caused the caller to crash. The license plate provided returned to a rental car company. All officers were advised of the reporting party’s observation about speeding in the area.

June 15, 7:07 p.m.: Dispatch advised that a gentleman requested contact regarding his father’s arrest. An officer determined where the arrest had occurred (Bellingham) and provided the caller with information on what number to contact for information.

June 15, 7:47 p.m.: A citizen asked police to provide a keep-the-peace stand-by at a residence while he picked up some property from his home pursuant to a court order. The assistance was provided.

June 15, 9:07 p.m.: Blaine Police were dispatched to assist the sheriff’s office at the scene of a domestic violence incident on Arbor Drive. An officer responded to assist the investigating deputy provide back up in case the suspect returned.

June 15, 9:40 p.m.: Police received a phone call from a concerned parent who requested they check the welfare of an adult child who had recently made some unusual phone calls recently. Officers checked on the child and spouse and confirmed they were alright.

June 15, 10:25 p.m.: Police responded to a report a man in a white car who had followed a youngster for several blocks as he rode his bicycle on 8th Street, voicing threats to the juvenile’s wellbeing. Officers searched the area but were not able to locate the vehicle. The victim provided a full report and was given instructions on what to do if he spots the man or the vehicle again.

June 15, 11:36 p.m.: A custodian at a business on H Street downtown noticed a suspicious vehicle parked in the building’s lot late at night, and called police when she saw that the car’s occupant was no longer in the auto. An officer responded and made sure the employee made a safe departure from work. The car’s occupant was not located.

June 16, 12:25 a.m.: Police and Fire units responded to a residence where an elderly patient was experiencing chest pain. An officer monitored the man until North Whatcom Fire and Rescue medical personnel arrived to assist him.

June 16, 7:53 a.m.: A passerby called to report that a man was yelling and behaving strangely at a bus stop in the 500 block of Peace Portal. Officers contacted the visitor and he advised that he had been visiting a friend in the area and was just taking a walk in hopes of relieving his back muscle spasms. He denied screaming and was quite well mannered for someone not feeling well. He declined police or medical assistance and continued with his therapy regimen.

June 16, 9:15 a.m.: An apparently abandoned vehicle on C Street was marked by police. When it did not move for over 72 hours an officer had the auto impounded.

June 16, 12:45 p.m.: Port of Bellingham staff at Blaine Harbor found a couple living on a boat in the marina without the vessel owner’s permission. They helped the pair move their belongings off the ship and escorted them off port property. Officers found that the gentleman was wanted on a municipal court arrest warrant. The warrant was confirmed and the man was arrested and booked in to jail.

June 16, 1:09 p.m.: The Blaine Police Department received a court order for service at a residence. The documents were assigned to a patrol officer who located the named party, served him and executed a return of service.

June 16, 2:06 p.m.: Police received second-hand information about a possible child sexual assault, which had occurred several years ago. An officer investigated and interviewed the witness. The incident was not a molestation but possibly a misdemeanor assault beyond the statute of limitations and the victim did not wish to pursue the matter. A report was completed summarizing the findings.

June 16, 2:35 p.m.: Police received second-hand information that two young men on bicycles near the school campus had been bragging to their peers about having a gun of some kind. Officers responded to the campus immediately and searched the area but the suspects had already departed and were not located.

June 16, 5:55 p.m.: Police were notified that North Whatcom Fire and Rescue was en route to Blaine Primary School for an activated alarm. The arriving officer determined it was a false alarm.

June 16, 5:47 p.m.: Police received information that a person who is under a court issued no contact order to stay away from an assault victim had violated the order recently in Blaine, and may now being traveling out of state with the victim. Officers investigated the violation in Blaine for a report to the prosecutor.

June 16, 9:59 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a residence where a teenager was reported to be attempting suicide by overdosing on prescription medication. Officers responded and assisted medical personnel from North Whatcom Fire and Rescue, the patient and the family. The young person was transported for evaluation.

June 16, 5:47 p.m.: Blaine Police were asked to find and check the welfare of a senior citizen who had left Blaine without notice. A friend reported the lady had medical conditions, needed assistance in daily activities and was possibly at risk in the company of a relative who is under a domestic violence court order to have no contact with her. Blaine police investigated and located the missing woman in Arizona the following day. Police and Adult Protective Services there are assisting her and she was separated from the named party in the no contact order. Blaine police cleared the attempt to locate from national databases.

June 16, 5:50 p.m.: Police were advised of a safety concern at an apartment complex where a tenant had made or exchanged gestures and comments with kids playing in the area. An officer met with and interviewed the resident senior citizen/disabled driver, who has limited mobility. He explained that recently while motoring in to and from his home he had been frightened by and had to stop for youngsters running out in front of his car. He was afraid one of the kids would get hurt, and believed his remarks to the children about their safety were possibly misinterpreted. He agreed to contact police or the apartment management if he had further concerns.

June 16, 7:11 p.m.: A gentleman who had been lodging with a relative in Blaine found himself no longer able to stay at the house on very short notice. He contacted police for advice and assistance. An officer met with him and discussed ways to rectify the dwelling deficit.

June 16, 4:45 p.m.: An officer on patrol contacted a gentleman driving a car with expired plates. The motorist was chagrined about the licensing lapse as it brought to light a couple of other disruptions to the vehicular administrative continuum being caused by his journey across town in a seldom-used auto. A plan for correcting the oversights was discussed and agreed upon.

June 17, 9:04 a.m.: Officers were called to a business that asked for help recovering missing property. An employee of the firm had been terminated but retained a set of the business’ keys, offering to return them in exchange for a final paycheck. The business issued the check but their keys were still missing. In the interest of security and peace an officer contacted the ex-employee and recovered the keys.

June 17, 10:27 a.m.: Residents returned to their home on H Street Road to discover that it had been burglarized. Officers responded and initiated an investigation. Several hundred dollars worth of personal property was taken.

June 17, 11:45 a.m.: Police were dispatched with the fire department to an address on B Street for an individual who had suffered a cut to his head when he fell nearby. An officer assisted the aid unit crew and the patient was transported to hospital for sutures.

June 17, 12:09 p.m.: A county resident came to the police station to report that his wallet had been stolen from his unlocked vehicle while it was parked on H Street for a couple of hours. Money, bank cards and border crossing identification were in the wallet when it disappeared. No trace of it or the contents were found in the car or trash receptacles in the area.

June 17, 2:06 p.m.: A senior citizen and his embarrassed friend, who despite several previous warnings had again fallen victim to a telephone scam artist, contacted police. This time a query online showed the phone number used by the suspect is associated with fraudulent sweepstakes. An officer called the suspect number but the lady on the other end hung up.

June 17, 3:04 p.m.: Dispatch received and relayed a 911 hang-up call from a pay phone at Blaine Harbor. Police responded and found a gaggle of about a dozen pint-sized suspects. Officers were not able to determine which sticky finger actually pressed the buttons, but notified the beleaguered pair of adult chaperones what the gang had been up to.

June 17, 3:53 p.m.: Police responded to a passerby report of a possible domestic assault in progress at a residence. The involved parties were interviewed and no probable cause was established that a crime had occurred.

June 17, 4:31 p.m.: Police were dispatched to an address where a woman reported another person in the house had assaulted her. Officers investigated the incident and made a custodial arrest of the suspect. He was processed at the scene and a criminal citation was issued.

June 17, 6:27 p.m.: The occupants of a vehicle reported they had suffered a road rage attack which began as they were approaching Blaine on the freeway and ended on the truck route in the northbound border lineup. The driver advised that the suspect leaped from his vehicle, dented their car’s hood with his fist, reached through their open window at the victim and then ripped the victim’s driver side mirror off its mount. Witnesses to the incident are being interviewed and evidence collected. The suspect vehicle was identified and its driver located and interviewed. A report is being completed for forwarding to the city prosecutor for review and charging as appropriate.

June 17, 8:27 p.m.: A concerned parent contacted police to advise that his 16-year-old daughter had not been home in two days. Dad had been unable to contact the teen and asked that she be listed as a runaway. An officer completed a report that the father signed and dispatch entered the girl into law enforcement systems placing a watch-for on her.

June 17, 9:57 p.m.: An officer on patrol encountered what appeared to be an ongoing building code violation in a residential neighborhood. He completed a report for the city’s code enforcement office, its review and action as appropriate.

June 17, 10:14 p.m.: Police received a report that a neighbor had his music cranked up too loud late at night, preventing the neighbors from getting to sleep. An officer contacted the suspect residence and discovered the racket had already been silenced by the neighbor’s spouse, who’d arrived home just ahead of the patrol car. The Keeper of the Music apologized.

June 18, 12:15 a.m.: Police were contacted by a harbor security officer who had encountered a transient who had been denied entry into Canada and needed a ride to the airport. An officer gave the stranded traveler a courtesy ride to near BLI.

June 11, 4:42 p.m.: An apartment complex resident found that a small fire had ignited in debris beside her building. She doused the incipient blaze with a bucket of water while fire and police were responding. It appeared the fire was not deliberate, but caused by a carelessly discarded cigarette smoldering in dry landscaping detritus.

June 17, 3:20 p.m.: A Blaine resident came to the police department to donate a firearm to the police department for official use. The weapon was verified not stolen and it was accepted. The weapon was placed into evidence pending conversion as a training tool.

June 18, 9:30 a.m.: Dispatch advised Blaine officers of a person loitering in a residential neighborhood near the border carrying a black backpack. Police and agents contacted the man. He explained he had tried going to Canada by bus so that he could fly from Vancouver back to his native Sudan, but was denied entry at the border. He had valid status in the U.S., and was provided information and directions to help him in his travels.

June 18, 1:39 p.m.: Officers were dispatched to Marine Park to meet a couple who were out walking and came across some abandoned children’s clothing and a scooter. Police located and recovered the items, and did not observe any evidence of a crime. No forgetful kids were found in the area, and the property was placed in impound for safekeeping.

June 18, 4:03 p.m.: Police responded to report of a suspiciously driven vehicle approaching the city limits on Blaine Road and contacted the car. Its occupants were distraught because the auto would not come out of first gear. An officer helped them get the vehicle parked safely off the road and gave them a courtesy ride to a hardware store.

June 18, 4:44 p.m.: Police responded to a business near the border for a trespass complaint. A traveling Ukrainian musician had taken up temporary residence near their building. The occupants were concerned and the business wanted him moved along. Officers spoke with the kindly gent and the business, which re-evaluated and decided he could stay after all.

June 18, 5:52 p.m.: Police responded to a report of two women screaming at each other in the front yard of a house. Officers arrived and contacted the suspects, each of whom complained of suffering threats made by the other, and both of whom denied uttering any threats. The only crime being committed appeared to be disorderly conduct and both ladies accepted a warning about that possibility.

June 18, 8:30 p.m.: Police responded to the Peace Arch port of entry on a report of a person there with a counterfeit $100 bill. An officer interviewed the person in possession of the bill: he is a car salesmen involved in a lot of cash transactions. He was unsure when he received the fake note. It was impounded and will be forwarded to the U.S. Secret Service.

June 18, 10:36 p.m.: A business asked police for assistance with a transient who had been hanging around all day, wearing out his welcome. Officers contacted the man helped the business issue him a trespass warning. As officers were in the process of giving the man a ride out of the area his friends arrived and picked him up.

June 19, 11:47 a.m.: Officers were dispatched to the 400 block of Peace Portal Drive for a man reportedly performing a solo martial arts routine replete with shouts and screams. Police contacted the gent and again explained to him that his stress relief techniques were just passing his angst onto people passing by. He again apologized and advised he was staying in Blaine just one or two more days.

June 19, 4:30 p.m.: Residents asked police to attend and provide information to a neighborhood emergency preparedness mapping meeting. A good and informative time was had by all.

June 19, 1:57 p.m.: Officer was dispatched to a gas station on H Street for a customer/business dispute. An officer arrived and found a customer was upset that a $3 calling card he purchased allegedly only had $1 credit on it when he tried to use it. The card’s use left the cashier no way to verify the funds and he had to ask the customer to come back when a manager was working. This did not set well with the traveler and he left when the officer explained there were no other options available.

June 19, 2:01 p.m.: Police were dispatched to the Peach Arch port of entry for an unlicensed adult driver who had never tried to get a license, fearing they could not pass the test. He forwarded a report to the prosecutor for review and advised the now-former driver they would be summonsed to court. The vehicle was later released to a licensed relative who drove up from Mt. Vernon.

June 19, 4:29 p.m.: Officer was dispatched to the 400 block of D Street for eight separate 911 hang-ups from a 911-only cell phone. The officer checked the area for some time and was unable to find anyone needing help.

June 19, 6:47 p.m.: Police responded to a report of a subject attempting to break in to a large pleasure boat moored at Blaine Marina. An officer assisted by Border Patrol Agents arrived at the harbor and contacted the gentleman, who was being well watched by a team of vigilant Good Samaritans and the Port’s security officer. The 27-year-old transient was arrested and transported for processing.

June 20, 3:23 p.m.: A man called to report finding bullets in a planter outside his business. An officer arrived and took possession of the very old rusty bullets and placed them into impound to be destroyed.

June 20, 9:55 p.m.: Police responded with NWFRS to a report of a loud alarm going off in a residential neighborhood. Officers located the house. Attempts to contact the alarm company were futile. Fire and police entered the residence, secured the alarms and then locked the house back up.

June 21, 11:30 a.m.: A man came into the Blaine Police Department to see if anyone had turned in a five-gallon bucket with some tools inside. He had left the tools sitting in the parking lot at the Blaine Harbor Office around June 6 and just realized his error. He had checked with the Harbormaster’s Office without luck. A report was taken just in case the tools are recovered.

June 21, 5 p.m.: An employee at a Blaine business called to report a dog inside a camper lunging inside when individuals walked past. An officer contacted the owner of the vehicle who had just gotten off shift from recent employment at a business nearby. He reports that the animal is just being protective when people walk by his vehicle. The officer found no criminal violation to have occurred and cleared.

June 21, 7 p.m.: Police were called by residents concerned about the tenor and volume of an argument occurring at an apartment building on A Street. An officer responded and independently verified from the far side of the complex that the yelling was disrupting the peace and repose of the neighborhood. He followed the yelling to its source, met the family of four adults who shared the home, and moderated a discussion amongst them.

June 21, 7:45 p.m.: An officer on patrol checked a construction site on Mitchell Street at the I-5 overpass upon seeing what appeared to be an unattended vehicle parked there after hours. The truck’s operator was nearby, placing of additional safety markers and barricades to mark the perimeter of the work area. The supervisor provided after-hours contact information for the project.

June 21, 11:42 p.m.: Police responded to an apartment complex when an argument between a couple got out of control. Officers arrived and interviewed everyone involved in the incident. Probable cause was established that the female half had committed malicious mischief domestic violence. She was arrested and booked into jail.

June 22, 12:49 a.m.: A resident parked his commuter bicycle and attached luggage trailer outside a business downtown for a few hours in the evening. He returned to discover that someone had stolen a small black backpack from the trailer. He and a friend searched the vicinity but did not find any sign of the bag or the LG cell phone charger, white digital camera or other items that it had contained.

June 22, 1:45 a.m.: A patrol officer taking a report on D Street was contacted by a pedestrian who was having car trouble nearby. The officer brought a fresh flashlight beam to bear on the engine, but it remained coldly unimpressed by the attention. The owner made arrangements to stay with a relative nearby.

June 22, 9:18 a.m.: An officer was dispatched to the 5400 block of Puffin Place for an audible burglary alarm activation.

June 22, 10:24 a.m.: Library staff members requested a welfare check on an elderly man who had passed out inside the facility then woke up and insisted on driving himself home. Officers located the victim and called a medical aid crew to assist him.

June 22, 10:50 a.m.: A woman requested a civil standby to retrieve her belongings from her house after a protection order was issued.

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