Police Reports: September 21 - 27, 2011

Published on Wed, Sep 28, 2011
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September 21, 7:59 a.m.: Customs officers at the Peace Arch port of entry reported finding a motorist driving with a suspended Washington license. A Blaine police officer arrested, cited and released the Kirkland resident pending his appearance in court. The driver's vehicle was impounded as a licensed driver was not available.

September 21, 8:11 a.m.: An officer responded to a report that a middle school student was suffering harassment on campus from another student. An investigation revealed that no crime had yet been committed. School officials were advised of the tension between the students and are working on the problem.

September 21, 10:02 a.m.: Officers assisted jail staff by contacting a domestic violence assault victim to advise her that one of her assailants was being released from jail.

September 21, 10:45 a.m.: A resident contacted police to report that a relative had not come home the previous evening. A short time later the relative was located safe and sound nearby.

September 21, 11:37 a.m.: Blaine officers assisted a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) outbound team on I-5 northbound at the Peace Arch port of entry by providing traffic patrol and traffic speed enforcement while the customs officers were working in the traffic lanes.

September 21, 1:25 p.m.: Blaine officers responded to a report of a possibly intoxicated driver. A concerned passerby called police when they saw a blue Honda Civic being driven erratically by a young man near Peace Portal Drive and Martin Street. The motorist parked and exited the vehicle in the area before officers arrived.

September 21, 1:33 p.m.: Blaine police assisted customs authorities in locating a vehicle that had failed to report upon entering the U.S. at the Pacific Highway border crossing. An officer located the vehicle parked downtown and contacted the driver, who was not aware he had caused significant consternation.

September 21, 1:34 p.m.: A B.C. resident reported losing his wallet during his travels between home in Delta, B.C., and the Semiahmoo Golf Course. He was provided a lost property report in case the wallet is recovered. The owner contacted his banks and credit card companies about the loss.

September 21, 2:27 p.m.: Police responded to a welfare check request by Blaine Primary School officials when two students did not arrive for class and attempts to contact their parent failed. Officers checked the residence and could see one of the kids inside, but the child refused to come to the door. A friend of the child's parent arrived shortly thereafter and explained that the 6- and 7-year-olds did not want to go to school and their mom did not want to make them attend. School authorities were advised of the outcome.

September 21, 2:41 p.m.: An officer provided a civil standby while an assault victim attempted to reclaim her personal property from a residence following a domestic violence incident the previous night. The mother of the man arrested for the assault declined to permit the victim inside the house until her son was present.

September 21, 5:55 p.m.: A motorist was stopped on D Street for speeding and a driver's check revealed that his Washington state driving privilege was suspended due to a previous unresolved ticket. The Victoria, B.C. resident was arrested, processed and released with a court date.

September 21, 6 p.m.: An officer on patrol found a middle school student's personalized sports hoodie at the skate park. The hoodie was returned to the student at Blaine Middle School.

September 22, 12:27 a.m.: Officers were dispatched to a 911 hang-up call on Cedar Street and contacted a person who had hung up on dispatchers accidentally after misunderstanding that the call was being transferred rather than ending. The resident had been calling to ask for extra patrol, because she was concerned that a friend she argued with earlier in the day might return to cause trouble.

September 22, 1:24 a.m.: Police were dispatched to a suspicious circumstances report in the 500 block of E Street after a resident called to say she had heard some people walking by her house a few minutes earlier. Officers had been in the area when the call came in and had not seen anyone on foot nearby. Extra patrols were provided.

September 22, 9:15 a.m.: A Blaine resident called to report a suspicious person lingering at a bus stop near the St. Andrew's Green subdivision in Semiahmoo. The man matched the description of someone the sheriff's office had earlier heard had followed a person and made them uneasy. A deputy and Blaine officer located and contacted the man, who explained he was out for a walk, lived nearby, and was not intending to bother anyone. The man was transported to the home of nearby relatives, who confirmed his identity.

September 22, 12:43 p.m.: A resident called police seeking assistance in getting her son back from his father, although the couple has no parenting plan in place. An officer assisted with a civil standby, but dad did not want to give the baby up to its mother. The officer advised both halves to get an enforceable parenting plan.

September 22, 12:48 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a commercial alarm at a car wash. An officer arrived and contacted a customer who advised that she had called the police for help after accidentally setting off the alarm on a piece of coin-operated equipment she was trying to use. There was no damage and no criminal intent, and the alarm on the vacuum reset itself while the officer was present.

September 22, 2:45 p.m.: A resident reported that about 12 hours earlier in the middle of the night, he was awakened by the tenants in the apartment below him yelling at each other. The caller said he pounded on the floor to get the folks to quiet down, but the male half of the argument just yelled back up at him. Police advised the victim to call when the incident is occurring and officers will contact the noisemakers. An officer went to the suspect's apartment, but no one was home. Additional attempts will be made.

September 22, 3:23 p.m.: A motorist called to ask if anyone had turned in a trailer hitch after discovering that hers had fallen off her pickup truck when she drove into town to pick up her kids from school. It had not been turned in, so she was provided a lost property report in case someone runs across it.

September 22, 6:22 p.m.: Officers were contacted by a concerned dog owner reporting that her puppy was lost. The last time the pet went missing it had ended up at another person's house. Officers contacted those folks to check, then recontacted the owner to report that the other folks had not seen the dog this time.

September 22, 8:45 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a home on G Street to contact a resident who wanted guests at his home trespassed from his property. The arriving officers discovered that a disagreement over parenting issues had deteriorated into an argument involving other relatives. No crimes had occurred, and the participants parted company to keep things from getting more heated.

September 22, 9:31 p.m.: Washington State Patrol asked Blaine officers to check for a hit-and-run vehicle which was possibly at a Blaine area address.

September 23, 6:51 a.m.: A Blaine business called police when a customer tried to pass a counterfeit $50 bill. An officer contacted the passer who said that he had received the forged note as a tip for tour guide services. The bill was confirmed as counterfeit as it lacked appropriate security features. It was impounded and sent to the U.S. Secret Service.

September 23, 9:26 a.m.: A Blaine resident forgot to schedule time out of his day to attend a court hearing. As a result, the judge was forced to find time in his schedule to issue a warrant for the man's arrest. The gent arrived later to see the court about getting another court date and was greeted by an officer and taken into custody. A relative arrived and posted bail so the man could be released with a new court date for a fresh start the following week.

September 23, 12:40 p.m.: Blaine High School officials requested the assistance of an officer when a special-needs student tried to leave the campus on foot. An officer helped convince the youth that it was best for him to return. He complied and went back to the high school office without incident.

September 23, 12:31 p.m.:
The sheriff's office requested a cover unit on a traffic stop at Birch Bay-Lynden and Blaine roads. A Blaine officer responded to the mutual aid request and assisted at the scene until the deputy cleared the stop. No other action was taken by the Blaine officer.

September 23, 2:28 p.m.: Dispatch reported that a van was driving along the sidewalk on 2rd Street. Officers were en route to check on the problem when nearby Border Patrol agents reported they had contacted the vehicle.

September 23, 5 p.m.: Officers responded to the Peace Arch port of entry on a report from customs that a person there was in
possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The 23-year-old Vancouver, B.C. resident was arrested, cited and released with a mandatory court date. Officers cleared without incident.

September 23, 6:44 p.m.: Police were contacted by a parent who was concerned about cyber-bullying threats a family member had received. The victim and suspect were both contacted, a potential witness was interviewed, and additional follow-up is needed on the incident before it is forwarded to the prosecutor for review.

September 23, 10:20 p.m.: U.S. Border Patrol Agents conducted a traffic stop on H Street in Blaine and advised Blaine officers when they discovered that a passenger in the vehicle was in possession of dangerous weapons. The weapons totaled up to 21 sets of brass knuckles with built-in stun gun effects, and 27 switchblade knives. The 34-year-old Birch Bay resident was arrested and booked into Whatcom County Jail for possession of the devices. A quantity of prescription medication and a credit card were also impounded for follow-up.

September 24, 2:24 a.m.: Officers received a report of loud noise coming from a residence on Adelia Street, disturbing the neighborhood. The caller reported that similar late-night commotion has been ongoing for a couple of weeks. Officers arriving in the area heard music that was too loud for the neighborhood and the time of night. The resident was warned that any further complaints would result in citation.

September 24, 4:15 a.m.: Police responded to a report from a Boundary Court resident who could hear an alarm sounding somewhere in the area nearby. An officer responded and checked the area but was unable to locate the source of the alarm.

September 24, 7:15 a.m.: Blaine police were notified when a cell phone caller called 911 to report that he had been stabbed. For the next two hours police worked with dispatchers to pinpoint the location from which the call was placed, because the victim had refused to give his location and was not answering his phone. Finally a man identifying himself as the victim did call police, but only to say that nothing requiring police intervention had occurred. A case report was initiated to document the incident in case there are other developments.

September 24, 9:30 a.m.: A Port of Bellingham employee reported that an alarm was sounding at the Lighthouse Point reclamation plant on Marine Drive. An officer confirmed the alarm and contacted the city of Blaine public works department. A water department supervisor arrived on scene a few minutes later.

September 24, 10:05 a.m.: Police were called to report that a 20-foot pleasure boat had been moored at the passenger ferry Plover's landing berth for more than a week in violation of signage posted on the float. An officer checked the dock and found that an employee at a nearby business had given the boat's owner permission to use the dock, and the boat had been already removed from the area.

September 24, 11 a.m.: A resident called for help and advice after getting a demanding call from her employer on her day off. The employer reportedly ordered the resident to produce a key within the hour or else have her paycheck docked for the replacement. An officer advised the resident that she should seek an attorney's help or approach a civil court if needed, as police officers were not allowed to dispense legal advice on civil matters.

September 24, 12:40 p.m.: A man and woman from California were returning from Canada when they were interviewed by CBP officials at the Peace Arch port of entry. Those officers located an active California protection order which restricted the couples' activities, and called Blaine police to the port. A Blaine officer reviewed the order. He determined that the paperwork specified several things which the California gentleman was not permitted to do, but just being in the presence of the lady was not one of those prohibited activities. The interview was concluded and the couple continued on their journey.

September 24, 4:33 p.m.: An officer stopped a motorist for a speeding violation. A driver's check showed the woman had failed to resolve a prior speeding ticket and was currently suspended from driving in Washington state. The B.C. resident was arrested and processed for the suspension and the speeding violation, and was released with a court date in Blaine to resolve her current citations.

September 24, 8:20 p.m.: A late-night passing motorist reported that a hitchhiker on the truck route was stepping out into the traffic lanes, causing a hazard to himself and drivers. Police contacted the sometimes resident gentleman and found that he needed a ride to Bellingham. An officer called a friend of the hitchhiker, who came to pick him up and made sure that he got home safely.

September 24, 11:42 p.m.: A resident called police for assistance after learning that an elderly relative on 4th Street believed someone had been playing a prank and ringing her doorbell earlier. The family asked for and received extra patrol in the area of the relative's 4th Street home.

September 25, 9:55 a.m.: During autumn's first windstorm, Blaine police responded to a passerby's report that an alder tree had fallen in the 3800 block of H Street. Officers arrived and found that the large tree was blocking one lane of travel. A medic unit in route to a non-emergent call stopped to assist, and the responders were able to clear the debris and reopen the roadway.

September 25, 10:15 a.m.: An officer met a resident at the station who wanted to report a vehicle prowl. The victim explained that she had left her unlocked vehicle parked at a friend's house on 11th Street during the evening. After she returned to her car a couple of hours later she discovered that her purse and its contents had been stolen from the passenger seat. There are no suspects at this time.

September 25, 11:05 a.m.: Police and Border Patrol field agents closed down H Street between Valley View and Harvey roads after a tree and power line fell across the roadway during a windstorm. Blaine public works removed the tree. Puget Sound Energy repaired the power line. Officers were able to reopen the road after about four hours.

September 25, 12:07 p.m.: A B.C. semi-truck driver backed his multi-ton, loaded trailer into the front yard of a residence on H Street while attempting a U-turn. The truck and trailer became stuck in the soft soil. The driver's efforts to free his rig caused damage to the homeowner's lawn and possibly the septic system. An officer documented the driver's identity, insurance information and company name for the homeowner, and photographed the damage.

September 25, 1:54 p.m.: Dispatch reported a motorcycle versus vehicle traffic collision at State Route 543 and Boblett Street. An officer arrived and assisted the motorcyclist until the fire department arrived. The officer proceeded to direct traffic and assisted Washington State Patrol in gathering information while they handled the traffic collision investigation.

September 25, 3:40 p.m.: CBP at the Peace Arch port of entry reported a man there was in possession of a personal-use amount of marijuana and a grinder. An officer found the man was also in possession of a valid medical marijuana card. He was not arrested and his marijuana was not impounded under state charges, but CBP did take administrative action in the matter.

September 25, 6:50 p.m.: The Whatcom County Sheriff's Department asked Blaine officers to be on the lookout for a blue Ferrari with B.C. license plates that had been recklessly driven westbound on H Street. A Blaine officer spotted the Ferrari on D Street, where it was stuck in a northbound border lineup. The vehicle was stopped at the request of the sheriff's office and the driver was contacted. The deputy who observed the initial violation responded and issued the B.C. driver traffic citations for the various offenses he had committed.

September 25, 7:32 p.m.: Officers were dispatched when a passerby found a 4-year-old child walking along Bell Road at the Dakota Creek bridge. The reporting party stood by with the child until officers arrived. Police recognized the child, returned her home and interviewed the parent, who had been frantically searching for her. A report on the incident will be forwarded to Child
Protective Services.

September 25, 10:10 p.m.: A vehicle was stopped on H Street for a equipment violation. Driver's checks revealed that the motorist held a suspended driver's license. The man was arrested, processed and released with a mandatory court date.

September 26, 8:26 p.m.: Officers responded to a report that an injured deer was laying in the 9100 block of Semiahmoo Parkway. The deer was suffering and was dispatched by police. Public works removed the deer from the area.

September 26, 10:10 a.m.: A citizen brought a bicycle to the police department after finding it in the weeds on Martin Street. The bike will be held for safekeeping in hopes the owner will come looking for it.

September 26, 1:35 p.m.: A 13-year-old middle school student was found to be in possession of a marijuana pipe on campus. An officer spoke to the student and impounded the pipe as evidence. The case will be forwarded to the Juvenile Prosecutor's Office for a possible charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

September 26, 2:22 p.m.: While conducting routine patrol, Blaine officers contacted a driver who had a suspended driver's license. The 53-year-old Birch Bay resident was arrested, cited, and released with a mandatory court date.

September 26, 3:02 p.m.: CBP at the Peace Arch port of entry reported that a Nevada resident was at the Peace Arch Port in possession of a personal-use amount of marijuana and a drug pipe. Police arrested, cited and released the lady for her offenses.

September 26, 3:40 p.m.: Blaine police responded to a report of an assault which had occurred on the middle school campus after school let out for the day. Investigating officers learned that a 12-year-old girl had disclosed to her parent that she had been pushed down by another girl, and that the same suspect had been harassing the victim earlier in the day at the school. This case is under investigation.

September 26, 6:40 p.m.: Officer took a report from a resident after a bicycle was stolen from their front porch sometime over the last three days. The bike is a dark blue Mountain Glacier 15-speed valued at $200.

September 26, 8 p.m.: An caller reported that a vehicle had disobeyed an extended stop sign on a school bus that morning at a bus stop on Drayton Harbor Road. The reporting person was able to obtain a license plate number on the suspect green Audi four-door vehicle. Officers were notified for extra patrol, as the vehicle registration returns to a driver who lives in the area. Day shift was notified and will attempt contact with the owners of the car, to let them know about the report that their car was being driven in an unsafe manner.

September 26, 8:02 p.m.: Officers were dispatched to a residential burglary in the Salishan neighborhood when a resident returned home from vacation to find that some of her jewelry had been stolen. There were no signs of forced entry to the residence, and police are investigating.

September 27, 12:01 a.m.: A concerned Mitchell Avenue resident called the police to report that men were yelling and screaming while running down the street and possibly trespassing on private property and causing damage. Officers arrived in the area and spotted two men running through school property. Officers and  Border Patrol agents contacted the pair in the school parking lot and found that both were 19 years old and both were intoxicated. Both young men were arrested for their alcohol offense and released with a mandatory court date.