Blaine Police Department reports: February 17-21

February 17, 12:03 p.m.: A woman called to request an officer check the welfare of a toddler who was crying the entire time that she was in the grocery store with a man. An officer found the family and spoke with the father. The father explained that his daughter was simply having a terrible tantrum while at the store. The officer spoke with all members of the family and found there to be no issues, other than a severely unhappy and irrational toddler.

February 17, 4:25 p.m.: An officer was dispatched to the 1300 block of Boblett Street after a semi struck a lamp post. The lamp post fell over and was now blocking the roadway. An officer arrived and contacted the driver and the proper city employees to clear the lamp post out of the roadway. The driver was given a citation for illegal backing and released from the scene. A state patrol collision report was also completed,

February 17, 11:32 p.m.: A Blaine resident called the police to report a barking dog. The resident was concerned that the owner might not be home as they never allow the dog to bark for this long. An officer located the barking dog and made contact with the animal’s owner. He was informed of the complaint and was asked to bring the animal inside. The resident apologized and stated he would take care of the problem.

February 18, 6:40 a.m.: An officer on patrol observed that the stop sign controlling traffic westbound on Adelia Street at Mitchell Street had been turned around to instead face toward northbound traffic on Mitchell Street, hiding the sign from approaching autos on Adelia and creating a safety problem. The officer realigned the sign and notified public works of the ongoing problem. Tampering with traffic control devices, especially stop signs, can result in criminal prosecution on charges including reckless endangerment, due to the danger the vandalism poses to drivers and pedestrians.

February 19, 1:47 a.m.: Officers responded to a report of a fight at a local bar. One intoxicated female was arrested for disorderly conduct and obstructing a public officer.

February 19, 1:25 p.m.: A resident called police to ask for assistance when the ATM outside her bank failed to give back her debit card and did not disgorge the money she was trying to withdraw. She was concerned the machine might be malfunctioning to the point that it would give her withdrawal to the next user of the ATM. An officer logged a report to help her document what she said had transpired, and she will be contacting the bank branch directly when they are next open for business.

February 19, 1:35 p.m.: An officer responded to the 1500 block of D Street for a report of a malicious mischief complaint. A man reported someone had super glued the locks to his truck sometime between the previous night and that morning, leaving him in a sticky situation. A report was taken, but no suspects have been identified as of yet.

February 19, 2 p.m.: Blaine police were dispatched to the Blaine Middle School for a report of a 911 hang-up where dispatch heard a lot of screaming in the background. Officers arrived and found the school was not currently open but they did find that the Blaine AAU tournament was going strong. There were hundreds of people in the area, but no one was found to be in need of assistance. It’s a high likelihood that a child accidently called 911 on a parent’s phone, and perhaps the screaming was that of a parent enthusiastically supporting a sibling on the court.

February 19, 1:59 p.m.: Blaine police responded to a business where a patron decided to steal a soda just before leaving the business. Due to being on another priority call, police response was delayed. An officer later arrived and took a full report. Efforts are currently being made to identify the suspected soda swindler.

February 19, 3:35 p.m.: Blaine police responded to the area of the 1100 block of 3rd Street for a report of a person possible brandishing a gun. Officers located a man in the area who matched the description of the suspect. It was determined the man did not have any weapons on his person. The reporting party also stated they were not positive if the item they saw was a gun or not and stated that no threats were made. The man was allowed to continue on his bicycle ride.

February 19, 5:12 p.m.: Blaine police responded to a residence for a report of a possible violation of a no contact order. The reporting person stated that they believed their husband was driving around the residence in a gold color sedan. An officer arrived quickly and determined that the vehicle and its driver were not associated with the respondent of the no contact order. After it was determined that no crime had occurred, officers cleared.

February 19, 10:37 p.m.: Officers were dispatched to a domestic violence assault call at the Semiahmoo Resort, where both parties were reported to be separated. Officers arrived and contacted the victim, who stated her husband had thrown her to the hotel room floor, choked her, pointed a firearm at her and threatened to kill her. Officers contacted the husband in another guest room where he was ultimately taken into custody without incident. Two firearms were secured for safekeeping. The 27-year-old Lakewood, Washington resident was booked into jail for assault second domestic violence and felony harassment domestic violence.

February 20, 8:05 a.m.: Police received a phone call regarding some complaints of a noisy neighbor in the 1000 Block of Mitchell Avenue. Officers spoke with both the complainant and the landlord about possible solutions to the problem tenant since no criminal action had occurred. The reporting party was advised to call police if things continued to progress.

February 20, 10:52 a.m.: Multiple motorists called police to advise that two boys were repeatedly, recklessly sailing down the hill on the roadway on Semiahmoo Parkway on their long skateboards amid heavy weekend traffic. One caller reported that she had narrowly missed crashing into the duo, and one of the boys’ response was to laugh about the panic he was causing. An officer responded to the area and located the pair. They were too young to be cited so were counselled and their parents were contacted and advised of their dangerous behavior.

February 20, 9 p.m.: A parent in the 1300 block of Mitchell Avenue reported his 11-year-old daughter’s pink beach cruiser bicycle missing from their front yard. At the time the theft was discovered, a Kent Del Rio bicycle was found abandoned in their yard. The family is hopeful the little girl’s bike will be returned or found abandoned in someone’s nearby yard.

February 21, 8:45 a.m.: A business in the 300 block of D Street called to report there was a person sleeping in the back seat of a car in their parking lot. They were concerned for the person’s welfare and asked police to check on him.  An officer made contact with the occupant of the vehicle, who reported he had been having car trouble. He pulled into the parking lot to stay the night, until he could get his vehicle repaired in the morning.

February 21, 12;02 p.m.: An employee from Ace Hardware contacted police to request an individual be trespassed from the store. The woman was allegedly taking items from the dumpster and attempting to return them for money. An officer searched the area but was unable to locate her. Store employees were advised to call back if the woman returned.

February 21, 12:10 p.m.: Blaine Police were dispatched to the 9300 Block of Yew Avenue to assist Blaine Public Works with an unauthorized person who was cutting up a downed tree on public property. The subject was contacted and agreed to cut the cutting and contact Public Works to determine if permission could be obtained for future activities.

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