Police Reports: November 30 - December 7, 2011

Published on Thu, Dec 8, 2011
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November 30, 6 p.m.: A gentleman reported he recently moved into a residence where the past owner had taken in transients and other temporary boarders. Today the caller found a cigarette butt inside his house near the fireplace, which he does not remember seeing before. He fears someone came into the house while he and his wife were gone. The reporting party said nothing was taken or damaged, but he has decided to get new locks and secure the house. An officer gave suggestions on how to better secure the residence, and extra patrols will be provided in the neighborhood when possible.

December 1, 1 p.m.: A resident out for a walk on Semiahmoo Spit came across a pair of dentures and turned them into the police department. Police placed the property into impound, hoping for a nibble as to the wearer’s identity.

December 2, 10:45 p.m.:
A Blaine officer stopped a vehicle on Hughes Avenue for a traffic violation and discovered the driver was only 15 years old. His mom was the vehicle’s front seat passenger and explained she allowed her son to drive because her operator’s license was suspended. The boy received a warning for operating a vehicle without a license, and the Ferndale resident mom was arrested for permitting illegal operation of her car. She was released with a court date, and a licensed family member was dispatched to retrieve the vehicle.

December 3, 7:50 a.m.: A Border Patrol agent patrolling in the Blaine area was stopped by a person needing help with removing a person from their vehicle. He called a police officer to the scene, who arrived and spoke to the boyfriend and girlfriend. They had been having an argument and were possibly breaking up. The male half wanted to end the conversation and go home, leaving his lady friend at her mother’s house. The female half was refusing to get out of the vehicle. The officer and agent were able to convince the girlfriend to get out of the car and continue the conversation later in the day.

December 3, 2:45 p.m.: Blaine police responded to the Peace Arch Point of Entry for a report of a traveler attempting to cross into the U.S. with a personal amount of steroids in his possession. The 27-year-old Surrey, B.C., resident was contacted by police, and admitted to using steroids to increase muscle mass, and maintained that personal possession for that purpose was legal in Canada without a prescription. Officers explained to him he wasn’t in Canada and issued him a criminal citation for possession of a controlled substance with a mandatory court date. His claim about the legality of personal possession in the Great White North is being reviewed.

December 3, 6:25 p.m.: A resident on Bayview Avenue called for assistance when a black and white mid-sized pit bull terrier appeared, growled and charged at him in his own front yard. While officers were enroute the dog made another charge at the man. Police observed the dog but could not coax it into a patrol car, and it ran off. Animal Control was called and responded to help and searched the area with officers but did not find the attacker. The Humane Society is providing additional patrols to the area.

December 4, 6:48 p.m.: Police and Border Patrol agents responded to a shooting in a parking lot on Odell Road. The victim had been shot once in the chest and the suspects had fled in a vehicle. The 20-year-old victim was assisted at the scene, transported to hospital and released later that night after treatment. Investigating officers have so far arrested one 20-year-old Bellingham resident who participated in the planned attack, and charges against other suspects are anticipated. U.S. Border Patrol, Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office, Bellingham Police, Whatcom County Prosecutor’s Office and the FBI are assisting in the investigation.

December 5, 5:30 p.m.: On Monday evening a property owner near Peace Portal Drive and F Street asked for help with a loud, obnoxious, noxious locomotive that was being stored on a railroad siding nearby. The victim reported that the diesel-electric train engine had been left running nonstop in the same spot on the siding since at least Sunday morning. The noise and exhaust fumes of the stored engine were disrupting the peace in the daytime and the sleep in the night for those living in the adjacent apartment building. (A National Weather Service air stagnation advisory was in effect throughout the incident). Police called Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway and the company promised to look into the problem. The engine was finally moved late Monday morning. Other witnesses reported that the engine had actually been left running since late Saturday afternoon, when its noise was a constant background for the annual downtown celebration of Santa’s Arrival. Police are following up with BNSF in hopes of preventing repeat occurrences of the public nuisance.

December 6, 3:50 a.m.: Officers responded to a business alarm on G Street. Officers determined the alarm was caused by a wide spread power outage. Over the next two hours several other alarm calls were checked and the citywide outage was corrected about 5 a.m. Officers learned that a car had crashed into a power pole south of Blaine, taking the city’s electric substation offline.

December 7, 8:50 a.m.: Police were dispatched to a blocking semi-tractor trailer combination in the 2700 block of Peace Portal Drive. An officer arrived to find the driver had tried to make a wide left turn into a business driveway but drove his tractor’s front wheels into the ditch on the south side of the road, submerging them in the mud and putting the truck up against a power support pole. A commercial towing firm was called to the scene to remove the rig. The driver was cited and released for driving with wheels off roadway, which was a minor inconvenience compared with the approximately $5,000 damage which his vehicle received from the power pole.