Police Report -- March 16, 2006

Published on Thu, Mar 16, 2006
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March 13: Officers received a noise complaint in a neighborhood in the 900 block of Cedar Street at a late hour. The caller stated there were people playing with their dogs and rolling tires down the roadway. Extra patrol of the neighborhood was provided.

March 12: A business in the 600 block of Peace Portal reported a shoplifting incident that involved a juvenile male. Officers located the 13-year-old at the skate park and returned him to the store, where he paid for the merchandise. The young man was trespassed from the business and released to his father.

March 12: Blaine officers were asked to check on two men who had been parked in a van near a business for an extended time. Officers spoke with the pair, who advised that they were living in their vehicle and felt it would be all right to park there as they had purchased food. They decided to proceed to the nearest rest area where they could sleep undisturbed for the night.

March 12: Officers responded to a report of a vehicle driving recklessly in a neighborhood in the 300 block of 3rd Street. Officers found the suspect vehicle: the occupants reported they were fleeing a group of four intoxicated men who instigated a fight, jumped on their vehicle, and threw large rocks on their car causing several hundred dollars in damage. The victims had limited suspect descriptions, and an area check was negative for locating any possible suspects.

March 12: Blaine police responded to the 500 block of 11th Street on a report that a car had driven through a yard and crashed into a tree. The driver ran from the vehicle, and was located by police officers with the assistance of U.S. Border Patrol agents. He was arrested and subsequently transported to St. Joseph Hospital by personnel from fire district 13.

March 11: Officers responded to the Blaine Harbor where a vessel was reported to be on fire. Officers provided assistance to North Whatcom Fire and Rescue and Blaine Harbor personnel. The vessel appeared to be a total loss, and some damage was done to the boathouse and an adjacent vessel. The cause of the blaze appeared to be non-criminal and related to a heater left on board during a cold snap.

March 11: A parent reported learning that their estranged spouse had assaulted their child a month previously during an argument. A report was taken and an investigation is pending.

March 10: A resident reported a friend staying at their residence had stolen over $2,000 in jewelry. The suspect was contacted nearby and admitted to taking the jewelry and hiding it in their clothing. They stated they took the jewelry in retaliation for their clothing being burned or thrown away over the course of the last few months by the reporting party. All jewelry except for a few items was recovered. The case was forwarded to Whatcom County prosecutor for review of theft charges.

March 10: A resident notified the police that a stranger was in her enclosed back yard, claiming to be looking for a dog for medical purposes. The trespasser was located: he was an animal health care provider who had inadvertently gone to the wrong house and compounded the error by not knocking on the front door.

March 10: The new owner of a multiple family housing development came into the police department to report someone entering an unoccupied building, and causing damage estimated at about $1,500. In addition to the damage, two tub surrounds were stolen. Extra patrol of the area was requested and the owners will be taking measures to protect the property.

March 9: Officers responded to a 911 hang up call in the 300 block of E Street and found an ongoing domestic dispute in progress. One man was arrested for biting another family member. He was transported to the Whatcom County Jail for booking on that charge, and also found to have a felony warrant from Skagit County sheriffs office for assault.

March 9: Officers were dispatched to a report of a car driving recklessly in a private parking lot. When the caller contacted the vehicle he was verbally threatened and harassed by the driver and occupants. Officers checked the area for the vehicle but it had departed.

March 8: A business in the 300 block of D Street reported that people had dumped cardboard boxes full of styrofoam peanuts into their dumpster without permission on at least three occasions. The styrofoam was blowing around and causing a mess. The officer contacted the people whose names were listed as addressees on the boxes, and they agreed that no further disposal at the business would occur. The business was satisfied with the resolution.

March 8: A business requested a welfare check on one of their employees, who left to take a break and had failed to return almost three hours later. The caller was concerned for the individual’s safety, because it was out of character for them to leave without telling someone. Officers located the employee at home: they were not in need of assistance and the business was notified.

March 8: Officers were advised of a homeowner in the 500 block of D Street who has built up a lot of garbage in their yard. The garbage was starting to blow around the neighborhood. The owner of the residence was not available for contact. Code enforcement was notified.

March 8: A parent called police to discuss ongoing problems with an out of control juvenile. Officers discussed options with the parents and will document future incidents.

March 8: An officer responded to the Peace Arch port of entry for a subject with eight Blaine Municipal court warrants. The subject was booked into the Whatcom County Jail on those warrants as well as several others.

March 7: Officers were asked to check on a family in the 300 block of 6th Street that had not been heard from for weeks. Officers contacted the family and found that everything was fine.

March 7: Officers stopped a car in the 1400 block of Hughes Avenue because the registered owner did not have a license. The registered owner was driving and was arrested. The driver had warrants for his arrest but the jail was overcrowded and unable to make room. He was cited and released. His car was impounded.

March 7: Officers stopped a vehicle in the 1600 block of Runge Avenue after determining that the registered owner had a suspended driver’s license. The driver was the registered owner and was arrested. Officers issued citations and released the 46-year-old Blaine resident pending a court appearance.

March 7: A subject was arrested for DUI and was found to be in violation of a court order requiring an ignition interlock device. The person will be issued a citation for the offense by summons.

March 6: Two children, ages nine and 11, called 9-1-1 when they had arrived home from school and found no parents were home. A Blaine police officer immediately responded to the home, which lies just inside WCSO jurisdiction. Apparently the girls’ parents were unaware that their kids had gotten out of school early because of parent/teacher conferences. An officer stayed with the kids until a neighbor took them to her home.