Police Report -- February 24, 2005

Published on Thu, Feb 24, 2005
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POLICE REPORTS

February 21:
Officers responded to a report of a suspicious person at a house that was under construction in the 300 block of 8th Street. Officers contacted the man who said he was looking for his dog, and he thought it had gotten inside the house. The man was identified and dispatch checked his status in law enforcement databases. The checks revealed the man had several warrants for his arrest which were non-extraditable. The man then left the area and officers cleared with no further problems.

February 21:
Officers responded to a 911 hang-up call in the 400 block of F Street and discovered a pet had been playing with the phone. No assistance was needed.

February 20:
Officers executed an arrest warrant on a fugitive wanted by the Department of Corrections (DOC) for felony escape after learning he was hiding at his girlfriend’s house in Blaine. The girlfriend lied to the police and tried to hide the escapee, who ultimately surrendered to police. The man’s girlfriend was arrested for rendering criminal assistance. The escapee was transported to Whatcom County Jail, where jail supervisors were forced to refuse him admission, due to extreme overcrowding. DOC did not have any officers available to accept the prisoner, and the man was released from custody. A new warrant was issued and special arrangements were later made to transport the man to a detention facility further south, where he would then be picked up by DOC. The man was picked up again, and this time he stayed in jail.

February 20:
While on routine patrol an officer spotted a man urinating in public at the International Mall. The subject said he had traveled a long distance and couldn’t hold it any longer. Unfortunately that was not a good enough excuse to get him out of a ticket. He was cited for lewd act and released with a court date.

February 20:
Officers were dispatched to a possible physical domestic in the 200 block of of 15th Street. A person reported hearing a woman screaming, “Help me. Please help me. Stop it.” Officers arrived and checked with everyone in the area, but no one was found to be in need of help. A few minutes later officers received another call for the same thing in the same relative area. Officers found some juveniles playing who stated they were the ones who had been yelling. Officers spoke with the juveniles and their parents about the seriousness of their behavior.

February 20:
A homeowner in the 1000 block of Mitchell Avenue awoke to find a construction crew had removed their fence and cut down some of their shrubs. There is a dispute on where the property line is. Officers spoke to the contractor who agreed not to do any more work until the site is surveyed. Once surveyed, they will try to come to a resolution of the problem.

February 18:
While on routine patrol an officer observed a subject urinating on the air hose at a local gas station in the 1300 block of Boblett Street. Although the air hose was located next to the public restrooms, the man first claimed he did not know where the restroom was. He later admitted the restroom was locked, and he did not know how to get in. The subject was arrested for a lewd act. He was issued a criminal citation and released.

February 18:
A man in the 1000 block of Mitchell Avenue as arrested for DV Assault 4th and Malicious Mischief 2nd degree. The 36-year-old man struck his father in the mouth. He later spat saliva and blood in the back of the patrol car. He was booked into the Whatcom County Jail.

February 18:
Officers were asked to trespass two juveniles from the Blaine school grounds. The pair were not students at the school and their presence there was disrupting school functions. The juveniles left when they were told the police were on the way. Officers checked the area, but the juveniles were not located.

February 18:
An out of state business asked officers to check with an elderly person who was ordering large amounts of electronics. They were concerned the elderly person’s credit card may have been stolen. Officers spoke to the man who confirmed he was purchasing the equipment and everything was fine. He was thankful the business was looking out for him.

February 17:
A citizen reported seeing a man jump off a sidewalk in the 300 block of D Street and in front of oncoming traffic three separate times. Each time the driver of the car was forced to slam on the brakes to avoid hitting the man. The witness said the man had been walking by himself prior to jumping. Officers contacted the man who claimed he was pushed into the street by a friend. The man appeared to be suffering from some type of mental problem and the incident was documented

February 16:
A business owner in the 2000 block of Bell Road reported finding a small electric car plugged in to the outside of his building. The car was unoccupied when he saw it. The police were not notified until the next day. It was unknown who owns the suspect car. The little blue car was described as having a bubble top, one front wheel and two back wheels. Officers will provide extra patrol to the area when possible. If the car is found plugged in to the building again charges for theft of services will be pursued.

February 16:
A 17-year-old student deliberately backed her vehicle over another student’s school bag and crushed a number of items. The destroyed items were valued at $20. The victim’s mother reported the incident to the school, and they, in turn, notified the police. The offender apologized to the victim for her poor judgment and promised to replace the crushed items. The incident was settled to the satisfaction of all involved, and no further police action was requested.

February 16:
Two teenage boys were playing with plastic cars, large enough to ride on, under the I-5 overpass at D Street. A motorist reported the boys were riding down the sides of the bridge embankment and out into traffic. Officers contacted the boys and brought them home at the request of their parents.

February 15:
While doing school patrol an officer saw two juveniles fist fighting. The boys, ages 12 and 13, were detained and their parents were contacted. Neither child was seriously hurt. Bothparents agreed to try to solve the issue by using resources available to them through the school district. Officers notified school officials of the incident, and they agreed to monitor the boys and try to help resolve the issues.

February 14:
An officer saw a woman driving in the 600 block of H Street who he believed did not have a valid driver’s license. The officer contacted dispatch and confirmed his suspicions. The officer located the vehicle, which was speeding in the school zone. The 42-year-old driver was arrested for driving without a license. She was also arrested for possession of marijuana and cited for speeding in the school zone and failure to show proof of insurance. The woman was later released, but the vehicle she had been driving was impounded.

February 14:
A CPS worker called a residence to perform a routine check. Small children told the worker that they were alone. Police immediately went to the room and found the children’s mother with the children. The children appeared to be healthy and in good spirits. Mom said that she had stepped next door to speak to a relative when the CPS worker called. The officer warned the mother that under no circumstances were the children to be left alone and she said that she understood. CPS and DSHS were notified of the officer’s findings and actions.

February 14:
Officers were dispatched to a report of a possible domestic dispute. Officers arrived and determined a physical dispute had taken place between a mother and her 17-year-old daughter. An investigation resulted in the daughter’s arrest for assault. She was booked into juvenile detention.

February 14:
Officers were dispatched to a report of a fight in progress between three people at a residence in the 500 block of 12th Street. Officers responded and contacted a 16-year-old girl and two males, ages 18 and 20. It was determined all three had been drinking, and they were all arrested for MIP by consumption. The girl and the 18-year-old male were later released. The 20-year-old male had four outstanding warrants for his arrest. Those warrants, along with behavior he exhibited during his time at the police station, resulted in him being booked into the Whatcom County Jail.