Police Report -- October 23, 2008

Published on Thu, Oct 23, 2008
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POLICE REPORTS

October 21: While conducting follow-up in a drug investigation, the Blaine police canine team contacted a suspect on H Street and found that he was wanted on a court warrant for assault. The 21-year-old Birch Bay resident was arrested and booked in to Whatcom County Jail without incident.

October 21: An officer observed an erratic speeding motorist and stopped the car on Odell Road. The driver had a suspended driver’s license. Drug paraphernalia was found in the vehicle during a subsequent search by the department’s canine team. The 20-year-old Blaine woman was arrested and booked into the Whatcom County Jail. Her car was impounded.

October 21: Police received information that a person with a felony warrant had arrived at city hall on business. Officers contacted the 21-year-old Blaine man, arrested him on the warrant and transported him to jail to complete his business with the justice system.

October 20: Early Monday morning police responded to a report of a burglary at a convenience store gas station on Peace Portal Drive at Bell Road. A passing off-duty customs officer interrupted a trio who had just smashed open a convenience store’s front door in order to kidnap the ATM machine. The suspects untied the chain holding their electronic hostage and fled the scene in their SUV. Blaine officers posted a watch-for to area agencies with the help of U.S. border patrol dispatchers. Bellingham police located and pursued the vehicle a few minutes later when it exited I-5 at Bakerview Road. The suspects stopped and fled on foot. One man escaped, but a Whatcom County Sheriff’s officer canine apprehended his partners: a man and woman from Arlington. A small amount of cash was stolen, and most of it was recovered. The ATM was destroyed, and the front door to the business was extensively damaged. The man and woman were booked into jail on a variety of charges including burglary and possession of methamphetamine.

October 20: Blaine police were summoned by U.S. customs at POE Peace Arch, regarding a man in possession of a shotgun. Officers are investigating to determine if the subject can legally possess the weapon, as he has a felony arrest record. The weapon was retained for safekeeping until court documents regarding the disposition of the arrest are obtained.

October 20: Officers were dispatched to the 300 block of Alder Street for a woman screaming about an unknown problem. Her apartment was easy to locate. It was the one with smoke rolling out the windows. Police evacuated the unit and confirmed that the residents had extinguished the oven fire. North Whatcom fire arrived to conduct overhaul, and officers cleared.

October 20: Officers were dispatched to a motel on Alder Street for a verbal argument between a husband and wife. Officers arrived and determined no crime had been committed. Wife and child caught the next bus into Bellingham, stating an intention to travel home cross-country by Greyhound rather than enduring the drive back with hubby.

October 19: Officer responded to a residence on Vista Avenue on a report of vandalism and a race-based hate crime. A victim’s vehicles had been keyed and marked with racial profanities. No suspect has been identified. Police are investigating.

October 19: Officers on patrol heard a traffic collision on northbound I-5 at milepost 274. The driver of a small pickup had crashed into the guardrail while exiting I-5 there. Blaine police officers arrived in time to see the driver flee on foot northbound and detained him nearby for responding WSP troopers. The man had been drinking, had no driver’s license, and claimed to be a Mexican national who was illegally in the U.S. Medic personnel released the man after evaluation and a trooper arrested him. Case closed.

October 18: Just after midnight the employees at a business on 3rd Street reported a person came in and stole a can of beer. An officer located the inebriated suspect nearby, still in possession of the beer. They arrested the 19-year-old Sumas man for shoplifting and being a minor in possession of alcohol. 

October 17: A resident reported that a fellow employee stole several hundred dollars from her purse at work, and then ran from the business. Officers are attempting to locate the man, who has been evicted from the residence where he was staying and has not returned to work.

October 17: Dispatch reported a single car versus sign collision on D Street. Officers found a damaged car facing wrong way in the westbound lane of D Street at 15th. They learned the car’s elderly driver had been checking her sunroof while eastbound. She drifted off the roadway, flattened a “Children at Play” sign at 14th Street, and then crashed into a rock wall before re-entering the roadway and coming to rest at 15th. No one was injured in the wreck. The vehicle was towed and the driver was given a courtesy ride home and a traffic infraction. The city’s public works department was notified about their deceased sign.

October 16: A resident on Blaine Avenue reported that tires on two separate vehicles at their home had been slashed since Sunday. Sometime between Sunday night and Monday someone slashed the left rear tire on a car that parked in front of her house. Today, her brother found the left front tire on his car slashed while it too was parked in front of the house. Officers are investigating.

October 15: Police responded to assist customs officers with a person who attempted to enter the U.S. with drugs. A 23-year-old Canadian was arrested, cited and released at the Peace Arch port of entry for possession of a personal use amount of hashish.

October 14: Police stopped a motorist in the 900 block of 3rd Street for multiple traffic violations. They discovered the driver had been drinking and was driving with a suspended license. The 24-year-old Blaine driver was arrested for alcohol involved negligent driving and DWLS, and released after processing. His vehicle was parked safely off of the roadway and not impounded.