Police Reports: September 27-October 4

September 27, 11:00 a.m.: A person reported receiving a notice in the mail that her personal information may have been compromised. It was determined the notice was from a legitimate company reporting a legitimate data breech. The woman was advised to check her credit report regularly for any anomalies. The incident was documented for informational purposes, and the woman was provided a copy for her records.

September 27, 7:20 p.m.: A woman became stranded in Blaine after being denied entry into Canada while trying to make her way back home to Alaska. The woman contacted police for help, because she had very limited resources. After speaking with the woman at length, an officer provided her a ride to the Lighthouse Mission in Bellingham where she could get a hot meal and a safe place to sleep.

September 28, 9:14 a.m.: A person reported a burglary to a travel trailer parked at his home. A 32-inch flat screen TV and a magazine for a 9mm Smith and Wesson were taken. Entry appears to have been made through the unlocked trailer door. Officers are actively investigating this crime, along with several other burglaries committed in a similar timespan.

September 28, 6:30 p.m.: A person reported someone knocked on their door and claimed to be looking for a friend. The homeowner reported the incident to police, because they believed the person may have been involved in a recent burglary at their home and was in fact returning to commit further misdeeds. The homeowner was able to capture an image of the young man along with the vehicle he was in and its other occupants. Their descriptions matched those from other crimes being investigated and brought officers closer to identifying this particular band of criminals.

September 28, 7:30 p.m.: North Whatcom Fire, Blaine Police and Blaine City Light responded to the high school when a mechanical problem damaged an unoccupied maintenance service room and tripped off the power to the campus and adjacent neighborhoods. School officials and responders made sure the premises and occupants were safe. Washington State Patrol troopers assisted by providing traffic control on the adjacent State Route543 until Blaine City Light restored power to traffic signals and other areas off-campus, which occurred about 90 minutes later. The affected portion of the campus was closed while the problem’s cause could be determined and corrected.

September 29, 6:58 p.m.: Officers on patrol determined that the registered owner of a vehicle passing by had a suspended Washington State driver’s license. The vehicle was stopped, and the driver identified as the suspended vehicle owner. The 27-year-old Blaine resident was arrested, cited and released with a mandatory court date. A licensed driver was located to remove the vehicle from the roadway.

September 29, 11:50 p.m.: An officer conducted a walk-around security check of the high school campus where all power and lighting to the building was currently out. All doors and windows were secure, and there was no one at the adjacent school campus construction site.

September 30, 3:35 a.m.: A passerby reported two young men at the skate park well after the park’s closing time. The two longboarders were contacted nearby, interviewed and offered a ride to help expedite their return home.

September 30, 11:39 a.m.: Officers monitoring NWFRS radio, responded to a two-vehicle, injury motor vehicle collision at 4th and Clark Streets. Officers arrived to see a vehicle balancing on its side. The driver was still inside the vehicle, conscious and alert, but with a visible head injury. The occupants of the second vehicle, which was parked when hit, had no obvious signs of injuries. NWFRS arrived and extricated the driver, who was transported to the hospital by personal vehicle. The accident could have been avoided, and the driver was issued a citation. Both vehicles were removed from the roadway by a tow truck.

September 30, 11:30 p.m.: Police received a report of loud banging and other noise disturbing some neighborhood residents and awakening others. An officer contacted the home at the epicenter of the cacophony and interviewed the occupants. The apologetic and intoxicated couple agreed to desist the loud door slamming and household activities. No crimes except disorderly conduct had occurred.

October 1, 4:50 a.m.: A motorist called 911 to report that an all-white colored semi truck had weaved northbound on I-5, exited onto state route 543, and then weaved up the truck route before pulling into a parking area just south of the customs complex. The reporting party was concerned that the truck’s driver might be impaired. An officer responded to the area while dispatch notified Canadian Customs. The officer did not find the truck on the U.S. side and met with CBSA officers at the Pacific Highway crossing. They confirmed that they had the information and were checking their compound for the vehicle.

October 1, 3:34 p.m.: Blaine Police were called to assist Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office deputies with a combative person in Birch Bay. A Blaine Officer arrived and assisted the deputies while the man was safely taken into custody. Officer cleared without incident.

October 1, 7:30 p.m.: A person reported that his sister was intoxicated and belligerent and was screaming and yelling at him in front of their apartment complex. An officer arrived and spoke to both parties. A truce was mediated for the evening and the officer cleared without incident.

October 1, 10:19 p.m.: A passerby reported that an overhead utility line was hanging hazardously low along the south side of D Street east of Lincoln Park, in a position such that it could be touched by someone walking underneath or snagged inadvertently by equipment.  An officer responded to identify the owner of the line and arrange for its owner to be notified to effect repairs.

October 2, 11:03 a.m.: Officer was dispatched to an H Street business for an adult male who was being held by store security for shoplifting. Officer arrived and contacted the adult male suspect who admitted to taking items without paying for them. Officer issued the man a criminal citation for shoplifting and released him with a mandatory court date.

October 3, 2:15 p.m.: A man called to report that someone has dumped garbage in the 400 block of G Street. Officer arrived and found an old lawn mower and three rolling chairs along with some other garbage that was thrown to the side of the road. Public Works employees were requested to respond and remove the trash.

October 4, 8:17 a.m.: A business employee called to report that a man was outside, behaving strangely towards customers and trying to engage them in altercations. She also stated he was holding a large knife in his hand. Officers arrived and contacted a person who said the man had spit in his face and kicked his leashed dog. The man had not swung the weapon or specifically threatened anyone with it. The 54-year-old transient male was arrested for simple assault and released with a court date.

October 4, 10:45 p.m.: Following a streak of lawlessness, police arrested three young men and booked them into Whatcom County Juvenile Detention. A fourth young man is scheduled to be having an overnight visit there in the near future as well. The crew is being charged in relation to four burglaries in the area. During their investigation officers recovered multiple pieces of stolen property and also uncovered evidence of an additional burglary that had not yet been reported, as well as one that occurred outside the city limits. The investigation is ongoing.

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