Police Reports: July 27 - August 3, 2011

Published on Wed, Aug 3, 2011
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July 27, 1:30 p.m.: An alert employee called police when a man came into the business where she works and asked several pointed, suspicious questions, which raised concerns that the stranger might be up to no good. Information about the contact was shared with all patrol officers.

July 27: 1: 46 p.m.: A resident asked for help dealing with a transient who had taken up residence on her vacant lot that is being offered for sale in a residential neighborhood. The squatter had established an estate (without permission) consisting of a camper and outdoor equipment. At the owner's request the homeless person was instructed to by police to vacate the property within 24 hours, and was trespassed indefinitely from the lot following the 24-hour grace period. Photos were taken of the eyesore he had created.

July 27, 2:04 p.m.: A teenage motorist was stopped on G Street for a traffic violation. She fibbed about having a valid British Columbia driver's license, but officers discovered she was not licensed in any state or province. The car belonged to the parent of her 16-year-old passenger, who knew the driver was unlicensed and let her drive anyway. Both girls were arrested and their parents were notified. They were released after processing and a case report was forwarded to the Juvenile Prosecutor's Office for review.

July 27, 10:30 p.m.: A resident on Adelia Street advised police that he had found a stranger's footprints in the soil beneath windows outside his home. An officer completed a report on the suspicious activity, and all patrol officers were advised so that extra patrol could be given to his area.

July 28, 8:30 a.m.:
A Blaine service station called police to report that the driver of a British Columbia licensed vehicle had dispensed fuel into their vehicle and left without paying. Video surveillance identified the vehicle, and a gas drive-off letter was sent by police to the owner of the license plate.

July 28, 8:48 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a report of a neighborhood dispute on Adelia Street. Officers arrived and learned the problem involved children in the neighborhood who had been arguing. The kids' parents were contacted and asked to keep the combative children separated to avoid future problems.

July 28, 7:50 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a business on H Street when the prior owner of the business arrived asking to be paid for equipment on the property, a request which the current owner disputed. Officers advised both parties that the civil dispute should be worked out in mediation or the courts.

July 28, 9:38 p.m.: A restaurant patron contacted police when she witnessed a man throw a piece of metal cutlery at a woman who was sitting at the tosser's table, possibly endangering an infant the woman was holding at the time. Officers contacted the fork flinger. He explained his adult daughter had asked him to toss him the utensil, and he had complied. His daughter confirmed dad's version of events and the sureness of his aim, as she'd caught the fork handily. The child was safely tucked in a car seat and had been in no danger. Officers thanked everyone for their cooperation.

July 28, 10:10 p.m.: Officers patrolling F Street late in the evening observed a vehicle parked blocking an alley and contacted the driver. The auto reeked of marijuana, and after an investigation the driver was arrested for possession of marijuana and paraphernalia, as well as for having an open container of alcohol in his pickup truck. The motorist was issued citations for the offenses and released. The vehicle was removed from the alley by a friend.

July 28, 11:20 p.m.: Police were dispatched to the Peace Arch Port of Entry regarding a person there who was in possession
of a personal-use amount of controlled substances without a prescription. An officer arrested the adult female for illegal possession of a controlled substance and booked into jail.

July 29, 2:07 a.m.: Police responded to a report of a man and a woman acting erratically at a business on 3rd Street, and contacted a couple who were displaying apparent signs of drug use. The couple declined medical aid several times, but did ask for help retrieving their belongings from a house nearby where they were no longer welcome. The assistance was provided, and while on scene officers observed and impounded drug paraphernalia in plain view. A charging report will be forwarded to the prosecutor when the lab results are returned.

July 29, 9:40 a.m.: A person reported she had heard a car pull into her driveway very late at night, and when day broke she noticed tire marks on her driveway that did not belong to her vehicle. The responding officer determined that the tire marks came from a lawn mower. The person who had driven into her driveway early in the morning turned out to be the newspaper delivery folks.

July 29, 12:48 p.m.: Customs officers at the Peace Arch Port of Entry asked Blaine PD's Community Service Officer to interview a traveler who had been denied entry into Canada on several occasions during the week. The lady presented with possible mental health problems but was stable and not a threat to herself or others, and there was not cause to impose an involuntary hospital evaluation.

July 29, 1:43 p.m.: A passerby called police after seeing and hearing a young child outside a house screaming while apparently trying to get back inside. An officer contacted the residence and met the young boy's mother. She explained that she was attending to her infant upstairs, and locked her 4-year-old outside to keep him from getting into things while she was busy. The parent was counseled about taking appropriate steps in supervising her child.

July 29, 3:48 p.m.: A parent reported that her teenage son had stolen money from her, and she wanted to pursue charges because he is a repeat offender. The teenager was arrested for theft and then released to his mother.

July 29, 6:14 p.m.: Officers responded to a possible assault with a knife between neighbors. The suspect fled the area immediately after police were called. Officers located the suspect at a house, and arrested the 20-year-old Blaine resident. He was booked into jail, and an investigation continues.

July 29, 11:16 p.m.: Officers were dispatched to a report of a possible prowler in a residential area near the border. After a thorough check of the area by Blaine police and U.S. Border Patrol, the officers and agents determined the likely culprit was an animal.

July 30, 12:26 a.m.:
Shortly after midnight, officers heard a male yelling for help near a closed business on Boblett Street. Officers checked the area and spoke with three subjects who also heard the yelling. A thorough search of the area failed to turn up anyone needing assistance.

July 30, 10:17 a.m.: Blaine police assisted U.S. Border Patrol field agents in a residential area near the international border after a man illegally entered the U.S. on a bicycle. Officers provided containment in the area while the Border Patrol agents searched for the suspect. The man was located and taken into custody by the federal officers.

July 30, 3:50 p.m.: Blaine police responded to the Peace Arch Port of Entry when Customs personnel intercepted a subject in possession of a dangerous weapon. A Blaine officer investigated and cited and released the man with a mandatory court appearance date regarding his possession of the set of nunchucks.

July 30, 10:45 p.m.: A Blaine officer assisted a Border Patrol Agent with a contact on 14th Street near the border. During the contact they determined that the three men were all minors in possession of alcohol. The trio was cited for the alcohol offense and released with a mandatory court appearance date.

July 31, 6:13 p.m.: A 21-year-old Ferndale driver was stopped on Peace Portal Drive for a vehicle equipment violation. Driver's checks revealed the man was driving with a suspended driver's license. The man was arrested, processed and released with a court date.

July 31, 6:30 p.m.: Police were dispatched to report of juveniles (all under age 10) causing problems on Mary Avenue by fighting. Officer arrived and listened to both parents' and witnesses' perceptions of the incident. A resolution was reached which involved the parents each controlling their child without further law enforcement action.

July 31, 11 p.m: A vehicle was stopped on Peace Portal Drive for a traffic violation. Driver's checks revealed the driver was driving with a suspended identification card. It was also discovered the registered owner, who was a passenger in the vehicle, was allowing the gent to drive her vehicle knowing he had a suspended driver's license. Both people were cited and released for their respective violations.

August 1, 2:17 p.m.: Blaine PD responded to a report of malicious mischief. A business owner on Peace Portal explained that someone had damaged a lock to the outside of his business in what appeared to be an attempt to unlawfully enter. An officer investigated and documented the damage and officers on patrol were advised of the attempt.

August 1, 3 p.m.: The Community Service Officer performed a hulk vehicle inspection on a junk vehicle in Mitchell Street at the request of a property owner. The junk vehicle form was left with the requesting party.

August 1, 3:17 p.m.: A resident came to the police station to advise that a business operator in Federal Way had stolen the resident's identity in 2010 and forged checks in his name. The Blaine resident/victim wanted to make certain the Blaine police were aware of the case, which is now pending in Superior Court in Federal Way under an investigation by Federal Way police.

August 1, 3:50 p.m.: A resident called police to report young adults selling books door-to-door in the area of 6th and A Streets. An officer contacted a group of youth group members selling books to earn money toward school costs. The officer advised the group to pause their fundraising for the moment and check in with city clerk's office to determine whether a license was required.

August 1, 6:28 p.m.: A concerned resident contacted an officer on Cedar Street to complain about two dogs that barked at her as she walked by a house on Mitchell Ave. The incident had occurred a day earlier, and when the officer checked the area he could not locate the canines. The resident advised she would call back if she crossed paths with the dogs again.

August 1, 6:30 p.m.: Officer took a complaint from a person who received a phone call from a sales person. When the call receiver politely turned down the sales call, the sales person began yelling profanity. No caller ID was available. An officer documented the complaint in case the problem reoccurred.

August 1, 7:22 p.m.: Officers were dispatched to a collision in the intersection of 14th and H St. A driver failed to yield the right of way to oncoming traffic and hit another vehicle. The violator was issued an infraction and the driver of the other vehicle was transported to the emergency room for evaluation. A state collision report was completed.

August 1, 7:50 p.m.: Officers were dispatched to a juvenile problem on Mary Avenue, and on arriving a resident complained about a stick that had been left leaning against her parked vehicle. The caller believes that children living in the area responsible for leaving the stick. The vehicle did not sustain any damage, and no suspects have been identified in the leaving.

August 1, 10:38 p.m.: An officer assisted the Washington State Patrol with a disabled British Columbia motorist whose vehicle overheated while waiting in a long northbound border line up. The officer called a tow truck for the motorist and helped to push the vehicle off the traveled part of the road so it would not interfere with other vehicles on the road.

 August 1, 11:57 p.m.: A Bellingham driver was stopped on Bell Road for speeding. The officer noticed a strong smell of intoxicants coming from the interior of the vehicle while contacting the driver. During the investigation the officer discovered the man's two 20-year-old female passengers had consumed alcohol while visiting Canada, and returned to Washington State still under the influence. The driver was given a verbal warning for speeding and his two female passenger's were cited for being Minors in Possession by Consumption and released with a mandatory court date.


August 2, 11:26 a.m.: A neighborhood resident reported an abandoned vehicle on a residential street. The old SUV has a flat tire, and registration expired over 1 year, and is serving as a Petri dish. Photos were taken and an officer tagged and marked the vehicle for impound after 72 hours if not removed. A phone message was left for the owner requesting that he remove the vehicle in lieu of the cost of impound.

August 2, 4 p.m.: A resident called to request additional traffic patrol on H Street near Parkview Place. She said that traffic seems to be traveling at close to 50 miles per hour at times throughout the day. All patrol officers were advised of the problem.

August 2, 10:55 p.m.:
Police were dispatched to contact a group of juveniles on school property during late hours. An officer contacted the group and they explained that they were just hanging out. Police advised the kids that they were trespassing by being on campus after dark and asked them to depart.

August 3, 10:31 a.m.: A Blaine warrant was served by the United States Customs and Border Protection. The arrestee was transported to jail by the Bellingham Police Department. The warrant was cleared from all databases and sent back to the court.