Police Reports: August 17 - August 23, 2011

Published on Wed, Aug 24, 2011
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August 17, 2:37 p.m.: Blaine Police responded to a report of a malicious mischief. A citizen reported someone had slashed his front driver's side tire of his pickup while it was parked behind his house on E Street. There are no suspects at this time.

August 17, 3:03 p.m.: A Blaine resident called to report general speeding by dump trucks and passenger vehicles on H Street Road in east Blaine. The information was passed along to patrol for extra enforcement, and officers contacted several violators over the next few days.

August 17, 6:50 p.m.: An officer performing traffic radar in the 3800 block of H Street Road stopped a car for speeding at a high rate, and discovered three children, ages 3, 4 and 6, not secured by seatbelts or car seats in the violator's back seat. The driver was issued a citation for failing to use child restraints. With the help of a Border Patrol field agent the officer transported the children safely home.

August 18, 2:56 a.m.: Police contacted a person riding a motor-powered skateboard/scooter on the roadway on the wrong side Peace Portal Drive. The operator was given verbal warnings for his several violations, including no lighting, no reflectors, nonlicensed vehicle on roadway, and counseled on the many reasons why it was unsafe to ride in the dark, in the middle of the road, invisible to oncoming traffic. The 40-something Blaine resident received a final warning for driving while suspended, and continued on his way, pushing the vehicle ahead of him.

August 18, 4 a.m.:
Officer contacted two juvenile females walking on Yew Avenue. One was found to have an arrest warrant held by Whatcom County Sheriffs Office. Both were transported back the the police station. Mom responded to pick up one of the youths, and a sheriff's deputy assisted in transporting the 17-year-old to juvenile detention.

August 18, 12:17 p.m.: A victim reported he had parked his vehicle in his driveway on G Street and a few days later found his rear passenger window had been completely shattered. The owner has no idea who smashed his window. The malicious mischief is under investigation. The cost to replace the pickup's window is about $200.

August 18, 6 a.m.: Police responded to complaints that speeding vehicles on H Street east of the truck route were causing a safety concern. Officers devoted six staff hours on traffic enforcement there, and in that period issued speeding infraction notices to 14 violators and criminal citations to two motorists for reckless driving. One arrestee was travelling at twice the posted speed limit, and the other was two and a half times the limit. Additional patrols will be provided when officers are available.

August 18, 1:26 p.m.: The captain of a charter boat at Semiahmoo Marina called police when he found a hole shot in a window of his boat. An officer completed a malicious mischief report and attempted without success to find out who caused the damage.

August 18, 2:02 p.m.: Police responded to the area of the Blaine Marina complex when a woman there threatened to kill herself. Officers arrived and contacted the victim, who was uncooperative but appeared in need of immediate medical assistance. Medics were called to the the scene and after evaluation the person she was transported to a hospital.

August 18, 3:13 p.m.: Police were dispatched to meet U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel at the Peace Arch Port of Entry when they intercepted an individual in possession of marijuana. The investigator determined that the backpack in the man's vehicle which contained the marijuana belonged to a friend who was traveling in a separate car and was already in Canada and beyond the clutches of American jurisprudence. The suspect was interviewed by phone and owned up to his drug ownership. His information was shared with the CBP personnel and the drugs was destroyed.

August 18, 10:50 p.m.: An anonymous caller requested extra police coverage in the residential neighborhood north of H Street east of the freeway because of ongoing problems in the area. All officers were advised of the request.

August 19, 6:59 p.m.: Officers on patrol were notified that a subject with an outstanding Blaine warrant was on H Street near 11th. Police contacted the man, confirmed the warrant and took the 19-year-old into custody. A search revealed that he was in possession of a quantity of white powder. It is being analyzed and additional charges may develop from the seizure.

August 19, 10 p.m.: A resident reported that her 15-year-old daughter had run away overnight and had not returned home. An officer checked a house which the girl was known to frequent. She was found there and transported home.

August 20, 3:23 a.m.:
Dispatch received calls from three residents on C Street who all reported that they could hear a woman yelling for help. A U.S. Border Patrol Agent was the first officer on scene and quickly tracked the screams to their source. The victim was using a converted horse trailer as a mobile kennel for her canine rescue mission. She had been tending to the animals when she accidentally discovered that there was no way to open the trailer from the inside. The Border Patrol agent rescued the rescuer.

August 21, 11:30 a.m.: A boater reported that a fishing boat backed up and collided with his boat while it was moored in a slip at Semiahmoo Marina. The captain of the fishing boat explained that his controls had become stuck in reverse after he fueled, and he had had to rush to the engine room to shut down the engine. An officer completed a report with the needed information for the U.S. Coast Guard.

August 21, 1:01 p.m.: A woman on vacation from Saskatoon passed an obviously counterfeit U.S. $50 bill at a business in Blaine. Employees caught the deception and called police. The traveler said that she obtained the bill from a bank in B.C. prior to entering the U.S. and had no idea it was not legal tender. She was identified and had no known criminal history. The fake bill was impounded and forwarded to the U.S. Secret Service.

August 21, 1:01 p.m.: A passerby noticed a broken outer pane of a double-pane window on an unoccupied condominium unit. An officer examined and photographed the window, but was unable to determine how it had been damaged. The home's interior had not been breached.

August 22, 8:14 a.m.: A resident reported that someone had made an unauthorized charge on his American Express account for a puchase of items delivered to a location in Marysville. The victim has been reimbursed by American Express and the card number used has been cancelled. A Blaine officer documented the occurence and forwarded a case report to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and Marysville Police for their followup.

August 22, 9:30 a.m.: Vancouver B.C. Police contacted Blaine Police asking for assistance with a cross-border harassment case. A man living in Blaine has been harassing a person in Vancouver by telephone, and has continued his actions even after being warned to stop. Blaine officers have identified the suspect and are investigating.

August 22, 1:15 p.m.: A passerby at the Blaine public boat launch called police to report that a transient in the area was screaming obscenities in public. Officers responded and contacted the suspect, and explained that he was currently off of his psychiatric medications. An officer provided him with a courtesy ride to a hospital when he asked to be voluntarily committed.

August 22, 3:23 p.m.: Blaine Police responded to a report of a simple assault in a neighborhood on Adelia Street. They were told that an angry man was at home arguing with his wife. During the dispute he stepped outside his house and took a swing at a neighbor who he saw standing nearby. The complaint is under investigation.

August 22, 11:50 p.m.: Officers were dispatched to take a runaway report and contacted a worried parent, who was able to provide information about where her daughter might be found. The 15-year-old was located at the suspected location, arrested for being a minor in possession of alcohol, and returned to her mother. Juvenile probation and the juvenile prosecutor were notified of the violation.

August 23, 1:23 a.m.: Police were dispatched to a domestic verbal argument at a home on Peace Portal Drive. Officers arrived and contacted the couple, and each explained they had recently decided to separate and were arguing because they were getting on each other's nerves. The pair agreed stop arguing for the night and go to sleep. Officers left, but were called back less than five minutes later. This time they determined which half was the primary aggressor and arrested the 44-year-old man for domestic violence harassment and disorderly conduct.

August 23, 2:02 p.m.: Blaine Police assisted Washington State Patrol and the Whatcom County Humane Society with traffic control on I-5 southbound near the Peace Portal off-ramp, while a loose German shepherd was herded out of the traffic. The dog was uninjured in the roundup and taken into custody.

August 23, 11:30 p.m.: Officers disturbed a beach party on Semiahmoo spit. The party goers took off when the officers attempted to contact them. Two of the six decided to give themselves up to officers instead of running. One 19-year-old male and one 17-year-old male were under the influence of alcohol and were arrested for MIP. The remaining four party goers remain at large in the dark.

August 24, 10:32 a.m.: Blaine PD responded to a report of a vehicle prowl at a business on Semiahmoo Spit. The victim reported that he had left his vehicle parked for three nights. A maintenance employee noticed a window on the car had been broken, and notified the owner. A stereo and speakers were stolen from the vehicle, and no suspects have been identified.