Police Reports: August 24 - August 30, 2011

Published on Wed, Aug 31, 2011
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August 24, 1:37 p.m.: U.S. Customs officers at the Peace Arch Port of Entry called Blaine Police when an elderly gentleman drove up to the port alone and disoriented. He presented an expired B.C. driver's license as identification and explained that he was searching for his wife. A Blaine officer located a friend, who soon arrived to take the man back to his residence in Vancouver.

August 24, 2:31 p.m.: A resident in the Garfield Avenue area contacted police seeking assistance with a disruptive neighbor playing loud, disruptive music frequently during the day. An officer dispatched to investigate heard the teenage rock band from three blocks away. He found they were musicians practicing in their open garage so that the neighborhood could enjoy the fruits of their labors. The band was advised to shut the doors and arrange for sound proofing so everyone else could enjoy the sounds of silence.

August 24, 2:28 p.m.: An officer investigating a property crime on 4th Street contacted a victim witness to obtain a statement. Unfortunately, the resident realized too late that she had forgotten to put away her pot pipe before inviting the officer inside. The woman was cited for personal-use possession of marijuana and released with a mandatory court date.

August 24, 7:44 p.m.:
Police were dispatched to a residence on Cedar Street for noise coming from a nearby apartment. Officers contacted a victim who was certain that neighbors were playing their music loudly in order to bother her. The officers  in attendance were unable to hear the music from inside either the victim's home or a neighbor's.

August 24, 9:02 p.m.: An officer stopped a vehicle monitored speeding on H Street hill at more than twice the posted speed limit. The motorist from Surrey was cited for reckless driving and released with a date for a mandatory court appearance.

August 25, 5:41 a.m.: Police were dispatched to an early-morning noise complaint on Martin Street. An officer contacted the people most likely involved. They explained that an unannounced friend had arrived shortly before the officer, and the residents had already told him to leave as he was being too loud and disruptive. The folks who remained promised to stay quiet for the rest of the morning.

August 25, 2:52 p.m.: Customs reported while they whiling interviewing a person who was applying to enter the U.S., they found marijuana in her backpack, which she admitted to knowingly possessing. A Blaine officer investigated and arrested the visitor on a misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana under 40 grams. The 27-year-old Burnaby resident was cited and released with a court date.

August 25, 3:18 p.m.:
A woman reported losing a wallet containing her Nexus card and passport sometime within the last eight days somewhere between the border and Seattle. She had only just realized the wallet was gone. She completed a lost property report and has also reported the loss to the appropriate agencies.

August 25, 3:21 p.m.: A resident on B Street called to report that someone had just hit his vehicle while it was legally parked at the curb by his home. An officer arrived to investigate and found that a neighbor across the street had backed out and accidentally struck the victim's truck. A collision report was completed reflecting that about $2,500 of damage was suffered by the struck vehicle with only minor damage done to the neighbor's van.

August 25, 10:08 p.m.: A resident on 9th Street heard noise outside his house and spotted three or four kids running away southbound. Checking his property, he found broken eggs on his vehicle and front porch. Officers and Border Patrol agents searched the area but did not find the culprits and did not find any other vandalism.

August 26, 8:03 a.m.: Blaine officers responded to a report of malicious mischief on 10th Street. A resident went out to her car and discovered that it had been "egged" overnight. The victim was able to clean off the residue before permanent damage was done, and officers completed a police report. The same kids who egged a house on 9th Street the evening before are believed to be the vandals.

August 26, 12:25 p.m: Police responded to a report of threats being made on 9th Street. A woman, her juvenile son and his friend were walking down the street when a man yelled at them and threatened to throw a Molotov cocktail through their window. An investigation revealed there was a substantial history between the parties. A report was filed with the prosecutor to review for charges of criminal harassment, and a recommendation was forwarded to the court for a no-contact order between the parties involved.

August 26, 2:24 p.m.: Whatcom County Mental Health contacted Blaine Police for assistance in picking up a resident and transporting the person to hospital. Officers contacted the patient at home and took her into protective custody. She was transported to the hospital for care by mental health professionals.

August 26, 7:20 p.m.: Officers responded to a report of intermittent loud music at an apartment complex. Officers arrived and discovered a vehicle with the radio volume set to max. The owner of the vehicle apologized and promised to keep the volume down.

August 27, 1:35 a.m.: An intoxicated man walking on Marine Drive decided to drum up some work for law enforcement and used nearby garbage cans as his percussion instrument of choice. His audience soon arrived to lower the curtain on his performance. He was ushered to his commercial fishing boat to sleep it off.

August 27, 10:08 a.m.: A traveler staying at a motel called to report discovering hit-and-run damage to his vehicle early this morning. A suspect vehicle has been identified and the investigation is ongoing.

August 27, 2:53 p.m.:
Police were dispatched to an reported assault with a knife at a business. Officers contacted the victim, who claimed an acquaintance pulled a knife on him. There were several other people in the immediate area and no one other than the victim saw a crime committed. The suspect was located and detained for questioning. The described knife was not located, and the man was released pending a prosecutor's review of the complaint.

August 27, 7:51 p.m.: Officers contacted an out-of-state traveler for a vehicle infraction. The driver was found to be a diagnosed schizophrenic from Florida who has been off his medications for the last six years. An emergency contact listed on the vehicle registration was located and contacted. The driver was not an apparent danger to himself or others and was allowed to continue on his way, checking with motels for rooming accommodations.

August 27, 9:53 p.m.: A resident on 4th Street requested a return call regarding loud music she was hearing. The complainant was advised that the music was coming from a live event in the G Street Plaza, and was being enjoyed by the many people in attendance. No other complaints were received about the celebration.

August 28, 4:50 a.m.: Following a called from Customs and Border Patrol personnel and a police investigation, an 18-year-old was arrested for possession of liquor by consumption and a 20-year-old was arrested for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. The couple had been referred for a secondary inspection at U.S. Customs after they made a wrong turn at the international border. Both people with released with court dates.

August 28, 8:25 a.m.: Blaine Police responded to a noise complaint in a residential neighborhood. The reporting party stated there was loud construction noise early in the morning in her neighborhood and it was a nuisance. The owners of the house involved in the loud construction were contacted and advised it was against Blaine municipal code to participate in intrusive construction activity noise on Sundays. The owners were cooperative and officers cleared without incident.

August 28, 7:47 p.m.: Officers were dispatched to a theft at a D Street business. Officers arrived and identified a suspect. They contacted the man at his residence and arrested him for theft and possession of alcohol by a minor. The stolen items were recovered, and the 18-year-old Blaine resident was transported to jail without incident.

August 28, 10:02 p.m.: Officer received a call from a Vancouver, B.C., resident who wanted to report that when he left Customs
after showing his citizenship card, he stopped at a Blaine gas station then went on to Seattle for a wedding. When the man returned from Seattle he found that his card was missing. The man checked the business he had stopped at, but was advised that no card had been found or turned in.

August 29, 6:20 a.m.: Washington State Patrol requested assistance from Blaine Police in removing two deer from I-5 freeway northbound beneath the Mitchell Street overpass. The deer had been hit by a northbound vehicle: one deer was dead and the other was critically injured. Officers quickly and humanely dispatched the injured deer to prevent further suffering. WSP requested that the state department of transportation remove the deer carcasses from the side of the freeway. The involved vehicle had left the scene without notifying anyone of the collision. The driver and vehicle were not identified.

August 29, 10:49 a.m.: A resident reported a young woman who appeared to be a teenager sold her two subscriptions for magazines. The victim then tried to cancel the order for the magazines the next day, but discovered the suspect had lied to her and discovered there was no magazine company.

August 29, 12:41 p.m.: A resident called to report a dog that had been barking for at least two hours without stopping. The complainant provided a general northeast as the direction from which the barking was occurring, but did not know which street or house. An officer responded to the area, but the dog, apparently sensing impending arrest, stopped barking. Police were not able to identify the suspooch.

August 29, 2:01 p.m.: A beach walker in Semiahmoo found a bone that had washed up on shore and called police. An officer brought the bone to U.S. Fish & Wildlife for examination. The bone was determined to be non-human. It is likely from a sheep or cow. The fragment most likely found its way out of a bait cage in a crab pot. No tennis shoes were found in the area.

August 29, 3:41 p.m.: A person called the Blaine Police Department to report damage was done to one of his large pieces of construction equipment at a logging site sometime over the weekend. The case is under investigation. The repairs are estimated at about $600.

August 29, 7:35 p.m.: Officers contacted a 15-year-old girl on A Street with two juvenile warrants for failure to appear - theft and failure to appear - possession/consumption. The teenager was arrested and transported to juvenile detention for booking.

August 29, 9 p.m.: An Adelia Street resident contacted the police to report a noisy bulldozer working on Bayview Court. An officer contacted the bulldozer's driver and politely asked him to keep the noise down. The driver agreed it was late and decided to call it a day.

August 30, 5:35 a.m.: Officer was dispatched to a noise complaint when a person woke up to what sounded like a very loud clock radio from the next door neighbor. Officer arrived and was told by the complainant that the suspect had just turned it off minutes before. Officer stood by for a bit and did not hear the radio turn back on. As there are ongoing problems between the two neighbors, the loud radio was suspected to be intentional. Contact was attempted with the clock radio owner, but the person did not answer their door. Investigation continues.

August 30, 6:10 a.m.: A duplex resident called police to report her neighbor playing loud religious music through an open window. An officer spoke to the reverent maestro about secular laws and penalties. She agreed to discontinue the concert.

August 30, 7:10 a.m.: A woman living in a duplex called police to report hearing a "vibrating thump" noise in the walls of her home. Public works had been at the woman's home in the last week for the same complaint. An officer listened at length to the interior and exterior walls of the home. The officer did not hear anything except possibly,"Get out," which the officer did.

August 30, 10:47 a.m.: The Community Service Officer received a complaint regarding person(s) posting signs on trees on the city right of way. Contact was attempted at the number on the sign to request removal. Twenty-four hours will be given to the subject to remove it on their own, prior to impoundment.

August 30, 10:49 a.m.: The community service officer contacted a person on Harrison Street who appeared despondent. Some time was spent with the gent to confirm that he was not in need of any further assistance.

August 30, 1:23 p.m.: Blaine Police responded to a report of a residential burglary on A Street. The reporting party was out of town when someone entered her residence through a window and stole a ring out of her jewelry box valued at about $550. The victim had suspect information, but did not wish to assist in a criminal investigation.

August 30, 1:55 p.m.: Blaine Police responded to a report of a truck and trailer backing down the freeway on-ramp at I-5 northbound milepost 276. Officers arrived and contacted the driver of the truck and trailer who stated he missed his exit and did not want to end up in Canada. The driver was cited for unsafe backing.

August 30, 2:40 p.m.: A business reported that a man had stolen a high-end tool and fled from the business in a car. Police and Border Patrol field agents stopped the man on Birch Bay-Lynden Road and Portal Way. The man was arrested for shoplifting and driving while license suspended, cited and released pending an appearance in court. His vehicle was impounded, and the stolen slide hammer puller set was recovered.

August 30, 5:45 p.m.: Officers were dispatched to a reported theft on Martin Street. The victim told officers that thieves made off with rims and tires from a unsecured location in her back yard. No suspects or witnesses have been identified in the $1,000 loss.

August 30, 7:02 p.m.: A concerned motorist reported seeing two dead deer on I-5. The officer contacted Washington State Department of Transportation and reported the non-blocking dead animals.