Police Reports: November 2 - 9, 2011

Published on Wed, Nov 9, 2011
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November 2, 11:21 a.m.: A person reported a vehicle had been parked unattended in his neighborhood since Friday. An officer checked on the vehicle and found that it was not stolen. The vehicle was tagged for a 72-hour impound and an attempt to locate the owner will be made.

November 2, 10:40 a.m.:
Two middle school students were spotted sneaking off campus, and police were notified that the pair had been loosed upon the community. Officers were not able to locate the truants, but they showed back up at school under their own power later in the morning. Their parents were notified of the transgression.

November 2, 2:42 p.m.: A resident notified police when she received a threatening phone message from a woman calling from out of state. The victim identified the suspect as her fiancée’s mom. The investigating officer learned that the soon-to-be mother-in-law had expressed displeasure about the victim’s Halloween costume, and made a discourteous remark suggesting that she might come to Blaine and make the girl sorry. An officer spoke with mom. She denied making any threats and said that she was only trying to get her son to talk to her. Police advised the son aka fiancé be a good idea to give mom a call.

November 2, 7:10 p.m.: Officers responded to a residential alarm in Semiahmoo. The house was unoccupied and vacant but officers discovered a real estate agent had left a back door unsecured. No criminal activity was observed and the cause of the alarm was undetermined.

November 2 10:34 p.m.: An officer observed a vehicle swerving northbound on 6th Street and contacted the driver. During the stop the officer established probable cause to believe the motorist was operating her vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. The 30-year-old Blaine resident was arrested, processed and booked into jail. Child Protective Services was advised of the dangerous situation that the eight-year-old passenger was placed in, by having to ride in a car that was piloted by an inebriate.

November 3, 12:09 a.m.: Shortly after midnight officers stopped a speeding vehicle downtown and determined that the motorist was driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor. The 38-year-old Bellingham resident was arrested, processed and booked into jail. Her passenger was given a courtesy ride home by police.

November 3, 3:10 a.m.: An officer met a man walking on D Street near the freeway and discovered that he was wanted on an arrest warrant held by the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office.  The 23-year-old Blaine resident was booked in to jail.

November 3, 9:49 a.m.: An officer contacted a motorist for a traffic infraction on D Street and discovered that his privilege to drive had been suspended in another state. The driver was arrested, cited and released with a mandatory court date for the licensing violation. He was given a ride to his residence in east Blaine, and his vehicle was left legally parked awaiting a licensed driver.

November 3, 1:08 a.m.: A concerned passersby reported that a tall privacy hedge near 10th and H Street was obstructing the vision of motorists, placing pedestrians and other drivers at risk at the busy intersection adjacent to the school. Officers completed a report with photos and forwarded a case report to the Community Development staff for review.

November 3, 3:39 p.m.: A resident came to police after discovering that over $500 in purchases had been charged against her credit card account back in August. An officer reviewed the documentation available and found the charges most likely were made by someone with access to the victim's social networking site account, which is linked to her credit card. The victim is making inquiries to the companies involved to help identify the thief.

November 3, 4 p.m.: Officers patrolling Mitchell Street contacted a man near the school campus. He reeked of marijuana, and when asked about his choice of cologne, admitted he was carrying the drug and intended to sell it. In addition to a stash of marijuana, the man was carrying an electronic scale, baggies pre-marked with delivery quantities, and a used marijuana pipe. The 19-year-old entrepreneur from Lynden was booked into jail for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

November 3, 7:49 p.m.: Officers responded to a report of a non-injury vehicle crash on private property in a duty-free store parking lot. They found the amount of damage met the reporting threshold for a state collision report. Both drivers were present and had already exchanged information, and police completed a case report to help them with their insurance claims.

November 3, 10:50 p.m.: Shortly after handling an assault complaint at a residence, police saw one of the people they’d
contacted at the house driving away from the area. Given how intoxicated the man had been a few minutes earlier, there was little chance he’d sobered up in the meantime. Officers stopped the vehicle on Mitchell Street near the elementary school and confirmed the motorist’s intoxication.-They arrested the 43-year-old Blaine resident, booked him into jail and impounded his car.

November 3, 10:10 p.m.: A resident near Alder and Mitchell Streets called police when he noticed a man standing outside his house was bleeding from a head wound. The victim ran off while the homeowner was calling for help, but a Border Patrol Agent helped officers find him several blocks away on 4th Street. The intoxicated 20-year-old said two strangers had attacked him in the alley, and one struck him in the head, giving him the one-inch cut above his eye. The victim refused medical attention and declined to help police identify and prosecute his assailants. Officers contacted the house where the victim had been visiting earlier. The resident there was very intoxicated, but the visit did not turn up any witnesses to the assault or other underage drinkers.

November 4, 2:27 a.m.: Police responded to a call for emergency assistance from guests in a motel room on Alder Street. The couple had checked in to the motel to help one another through heroin withdrawal, but both were suffering medical complications. Medics transported the two Whatcom County residents to the hospital for evaluation and detoxification under medical supervision.

November 4, 1:02 p.m.: A resident in Georgia called police, wanting to report that the license plates had been stolen off his vehicle while it was parked on 14th Street in Blaine.  An officer attempted to re-contact the reporting party to gain more information but the subject is not returning calls.

November 4, 2:48 p.m.: A woman called police to report someone yelling and swearing in a nearby alley. An officer arrived within one minute to find a 20-year-old birthday boy standing alone in his driveway, nursing an injured fist and a lump on his cheekbone. He explained he’d been running across his water-soaked lawn when he slipped, fell and landed on his face on a sidewalk. He was so upset by the mishap and resulting pain that he starting screaming curses and slammed his fist into a nearby derelict treadmill, causing the hand injury and more screaming. Fire personnel were called to the scene to evaluate the man’s injuries.

November 4, 4:28 p.m.: A witness called police when he observed a couple of guys and a woman searching the street side shrubs near a residence on Peace Portal Drive. The trio left the area after pulling a piece of electronics with dangling wires out of the bushes. An officer gathered the information available and was able to locate a victim on Adelia Street who had just suffered the theft of his Xbox video game console. The man knew the lady who had probably stolen it and declined to assist in a prosecution so long as all his property was returned. The officer tracked down the lady, who promised to “find” and return the victim's equipment.

November 4, 6:36 p.m.: Police responded to the Peace Arch POE in reference to two people there, one of whom may have been in possession of a firearm illegally. An officer determined the firearm possession by a felon complaint could not be prosecuted as Canadian authorities had seized the man's weapons before removing him from their country. However, the man’s passenger was still carrying a bunch of drug paraphernalia. The unfortunate 62-year-old was arrested, processed and released with a criminal citation.

November 5, 12:26 a.m.: Blaine police responded to a report of a disturbance amongst roommates at an apartment on D Street. Officers arrived and learned that one of the roommates had run off into the night bleeding after stabbing himself in the head with a kitchen knife. The injured roommate was tracked to a relative’s residence several blocks away, where he agreed he needed to be transported to the hospital for some professional help.

November 5, 3:35 p.m.: On Saturday afternoon police responded to the 1300 block of H Street on a complaint from a passing motorist who saw a young teenager in that area “mooning” passing traffic. Officers spotted the celestial being, and he sheepishly admitted that he had gone sunny-side up on a dare from his friends. Officers called Mission Control and advised the boy’s mom about her little astronaut’s actions. She assured them that appropriate action would be taken to terminate the lad’s lunar program.

November 5, 7:03 p.m.: A Border Patrol Agent found a cell phone in Peace Arch Park, called its owners, and arranged to have them pick the phone up at the Blaine police station. Having done all the legwork, he turned the phone into the police for safe keeping until its owner arrived.

November 5, 9 p.m.: Officers contacted a business regarding concerns of possible alcohol over service occurring there.

November 6, 3 p.m.: A resident called to report that a litter of feral felines had taken up residence in some bramble bushes at the end of Mary Avenue. The skittish kitties can’t be caught by mere humans, so the Humane Society was contacted to address the problem.

November 6, 5:30 p.m.: A resident on Lincoln Lane reported she let her dog out during the early morning hours last night and it started to bark at someone parked in a neighbor’s driveway.  When the pet owner went out to see what was going on the vehicle backed out of the driveway and left the area. Her neighbor asked her to call the police and request extra patrol, as there was not supposed to be anyone lingering on his property. Nothing was reported missing or damaged in this incident, and officers were notified of the concern.

November 7, 5:15 a.m.: A vehicle was stopped shortly after 5 a.m. on D Street for vehicle violations. The officer contacted the driver and was greeted by a strong smell of marijuana. The officer asked the driver if there was any marijuana inside the vehicle. The driver produced 2.12 grams of his personal-use marijuana and a used glass marijuana pipe. The 25-year-old driver from Oregon was arrested for the prohibited items and received verbal warnings for the traffic violations. The man was released with a mandatory court date.

November 7, 7:16 a.m.: Police were dispatched to a report of an assault at a fuel station on Boblett Street. Officers investigated and determined two truck drivers had gotten into an altercation and one assaulted the other. Police arrested a 58-year-old Blaine resident for Assault 4th, and released him with a criminal citation and a promise to appear for arraignment.

November 7, 10:17 a.m.: A resident came into the police station seeking assistance with the kids who tease her dogs while they wait for the school bus in the morning. She is concerned because the dogs can jump the fence if they are sufficiently provoked. The officer taking the report advised that he would try to be in the area while the kids are waiting for the bus to chat with them about their behavior.

November 7, 10:43 a.m.: A business owner on Peace Portal Drive called to report someone unlawfully filling up his dumpster with refuse on weekends for the past few months. He had found a letter in the trash indicating the owner was from Birch Bay, and police used it to contact the suspect at his home. The man identified himself as a tenant in the same business complex and turned out to be one of the complainant’s renters. The pair agreed to iron out the community dumpster issue without further police involvement.

November 7, 11:42 a.m.: An officer on patrol contacted two teens walking in the 600 block of 8th Street during school hours. The young men confirmed as truant and transported back to the custody of staff at the high school.

November 7, 3:33 p.m.: Police were contacted by a 12-year-old who was standing in the rain after school. The young man asked for a ride home to Birch Bay, explaining that his dad usually picks him up but he is in Seattle carrying for a sick relative. An officer drove the juvenile home and will follow up with a talk to his parents and the school.

November 7, 5:15 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a non-blocking non-injury traffic collision on Bell Road. Officers determined a vehicle making a left turn failed to yield the right of way and caused the crash. The driver of the vehicle responsible for the collision was also arrested for driving while license suspended. Driver was cited for the violations and released.

November 8, 5:20 a.m.: The Peace Arch port of entry requested a Blaine Officer’s assistance with a suspended driver. An officer arrived and arrested the man for driving with a suspended California state driver’s license. The man was released with a court date. The van was impounded because no licensed driver could be contacted to retrieve the vehicle.

November 8, 10:15 a.m.: Officer was given a phone number to call in reference to a female runaway from the Spokane area who may be in Blaine. Officer contacted the grandmother who said she received a call from her granddaughter who ran away yesterday and is now in Blaine and wants to be picked up. Officer contacted the young lady and made sure she was safe while waiting for grandma to meet her.

November 8, 1:11 p.m.: A man came into the Blaine Police Department to report that a box of computer printer cartridges had been delivered to his home on 8th Street but then apparently stolen from his front porch during his absence. There are no suspects in theft at this time.

November 8, 3:09 p.m.: Police responded to a vehicle in a ditch on Yew Avenue just after school had dismissed for the day. A teenage male had lost control of his vehicle while traveling at a very high rate of speed on a curve in a 35 mph zone. The vehicle slid out of control, narrowly missed a telephone pole, spun around, slid sideways through the opposite traffic lane and traveled backwards into a drainage ditch. The total distance the vehicle was sliding out of control was approximately 372 feet. The driver and 15-year-old passenger were not injured. The vehicle was not obviously damaged. The driver was arrested for reckless driving and also issued a traffic infraction for violation of his intermediate license restriction regarding passengers. After processing, the driver was released to his mother on scene. The vehicle was removed from the ditch by a tow truck and driven home from the scene. The driver is scheduled to appear in court in two weeks.

November 8, 4:11 p.m.: A resident called police to report two teenage boys near her home appeared to be smoking marijuana. Officers arrived and arrested one 16-year-old for possession of marijuana. He was turned over to his father and a report was sent to the juvenile prosecutor for prosecution.

November 8, 7:30 p.m.: A 49-year-old man with an active Blaine Municipal Court warrant was contacted on Nature's Path Way. The man was arrested and transported to the jail for booking. Not printed.

November 8, 9:09 p.m.: A motorist was stopped on Peace Portal Drive for a traffic violation. Driver’s checks revealed that her license was suspended. The 28-year-old was arrested, processed and released with a court date. The woman could not find a licensed driver to retrieve her vehicle off the roadway so the vehicle was impounded. In a related case report, her male passenger was arrested for possessing a controlled substance without a prescription.

November 9:15 p.m.: Police stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation and arrested the driver for DWLS. The passenger said he was willing to drive and had a valid driver’s license, but he had consumed alcohol.  Officers found prescription drugs that did not belong to him in the man’s pockets. The 43-year-old was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and released with a criminal citation.

November 8, 10 p.m.: Blaine officers served a confirmed Blaine Municipal Court warrant on a 32-year-old resident. She was arrested and transported to the Whatcom County Jail for booking.

November 9, 12:38 a.m.: An officer stopped a vehicle on Martin Street for a traffic violation. The officer determined the driver was under the influence of alcohol based on field sobriety and arrested her. The 57-year-old Blaine resident was booked into the jail.

November 9, 2:47 a.m.: Police were dispatched to a verbal domestic in the alley way between D Street and E Street. Officers located the suspects arguing in parked vehicle and discovered that the men were partaking in illegal drug use. Two of suspects were arrested on felony possession of controlled substances and booked into jail. The remaining suspect was arrested on a misdemeanor controlled substance charge and was released with a Blaine Municipal Court date.