Police Reports: January 11 - January 17, 2012

Published on Wed, Jan 18, 2012
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January 11,10:46 a.m.: A B.C. resident called police to report that her wallet was missing, and the last time she remembered having it was when she sat it atop her car while buying gas in Blaine. A missing property report was completed. A short time later a Good Samaritan found the wallet and turned it over to a Canada Border Services officer, who called the owner to arrange for its return.

January 11, 3:48 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a disorderly conduct complaint on Martin Street when a passersby reported a parked car repeatedly honking its horn. Officers arrived and found the locked noisy vehicle, which was occupied by a little frenetic dog. Apparently the creative canine was upset about being left alone, and had figured out how to use the car horn to vent his frustrations in doggy Morse Code. The car’s owner was found visiting a business nearby and solved the problem by disabling the horn. When officers departed the healthy but bored pet was busily plotting Plan B.

January 11, 4:27 p.m.: Officers were dispatched to a report of a missing child on Adelia Street, and were beginning to canvass the area when the boy was spotted unharmed, walking back home with a neighbor. The parents were upset that the man had taken their child away from the apartment complex, and the suspect attempted to obstruct the police investigation. He was arrested for obstructing and resisting arrest, and booked into jail. The parents are obtaining a no-contact order.

January 12, 11:50 a.m.: A Blaine officer contacted an adult couple that were in the primary school parking lot during school hours. The couple were attempting to walk home from the Cost Cutter shopping center with several bags of groceries, when the plastic shopping bags broke. The officer provided the pair, and their groceries, with transportation back to their Mary
Avenue home which saved their ice cream from melting.

January 12, 12:18 p.m.: A vehicle was stopped on Ludwick Avenue for vehicle equipment and traffic violations. The driver immediately admitted to the officer his Washington State driving privileges were suspended. This was confirmed, and during the arrest procedure officers found that the 27-year-old driver was in possession of brass knuckles, a personal amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The contraband evidence was impounded and the man was processed and released with a mandatory court date.

January 12, 1:49 p.m.: A resident on E Street called police when he went out to collect his mail and found three hypodermic syringes laying in his mailbox. An officer responded to collect the syringes and safely disposed of them at the police department. No suspects were identified.

January 12, 5:43 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a blocking unoccupied semi in the 1200 block of Hughes Avenue. Officers arrived and found a mechanic on scene repairing a problem with the truck’s lighting system. They directed traffic for about five minutes until the truck could be moved.

January 12, 7:34 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a home on 11th Street when a frightened resident heard someone trying to get in their front door. The responding officer was approaching the front door when he noticed a pamphlet from a Bellingham church organization stuck in the outer door jamb. A check of other homes in the area confirmed that church folk had been canvassing the area. When located, the visitors will be advised that it is not legal in Washington to leave advertising on unattended doors.

January 13, 10:48 a.m.: A Blaine officer called the U.S. Border Patrol for assistance after stopping a traffic violator on H Street. The driver of the Washington state registered vehicle did not possess a Washington driver's license, and during the investigation admitted that he was a Canadian citizen living illegally in the US. Border Patrol agents took custody of the man for investigation of his immigration status.

January 13, 5:05 p.m.: An employee of a Blaine business contacted police when he became concerned about an elderly customer who appeared to be suffering from dementia. An officer contacted the confused man who remembered that he lived in Federal Way but did not know how he ended up in Blaine. Police located the man’s pickup parked out on the freeway, and contacted his relatives in Kent. The family explained that Dad lived alone and had Alzheimer’s, but they did not have the resources to help him.  Blaine officers took the man into protective custody and transported him to the hospital to meet with mental health authorities.

January 14, 8 a.m.: A Blaine officer contacted a young couple walking in traffic on Peace Portal Drive. Identity checks revealed the pair had a current domestic violence no contact order forbidding them to be within 500 feet of one other. The respondent was arrested and transported to jail.

January 14, 8:42 a.m.: Police were dispatched to a security check for an open door at an apartment complex on D Street. When officers checked the interior of the open apartment for signs of burglary, they found drugs and related items. A search warrant was obtained and executed, the contraband was impounded and a 17-year-old resident was arrested. A report is being forwarded to the prosecutor for review, and felony charges are pending the crime lab’s identification of pills found during the search. The report was also forwarded to Child Protective Services.

January 14, 1:10 p.m.: A 69-year-old Ferndale resident lost control of his vehicle on a patch of melting snow while driving southbound on Peace Portal Drive. The vehicle left the roadway and ended up in a ditch. The man reported no injuries and his vehicle was not blocking traffic. A tow truck was dispatched to remove the vehicle from the ditch.

January 16, 3:39 p.m.: Officers responded to a report of a low speed, non-injury, non-blocking collision on H Street. One vehicle had difficulty stopping due to ice and snow on the roadway. The damage did not meet the threshold for a reportable collision. Officers facilitated an exchange of information and all parties continued on their way.

January 16, 8:13 p.m.: While investigating a domestic violence complaint on 14th Street, officers found a person to have a warrant through Bellingham police department. The 28-year-old resident was arrested and booked into Whatcom County Jail without incident.

January 16, 9:30 a.m.: Officer was notified by a Border Patrol agent of a pickup truck with a full load of people in the back of it doing doughnuts in the snow at the school and driving on the basket ball court area. At Blaine police department’s request, the reckless driving vehicle was stopped by Border Agent until officers could arrive. The driver was arrested for reckless driving, cited, and released with a mandatory court appearance date.

January 17, 7:26 p.m.: Blaine police department responded to a report of an alarm at a house. The resident stated he could not actually hear the alarm, and did not know what it was, but he could feel it vibrating underneath him. North Whatcom Fire was contacted and responded to investigate. They did not locate any carbon monoxide alarms or other life safety threats. The source of the strange vibrating alarm turned out to be the man’s cell phone alarm going off in his pants pocket.

January 17, 6:35 p.m.: A woman contacted officers outside the police station. She explained she had overstayed her welcome in Canada and had been sent back to the U.S. homeless with her eight children. The family was transported to a motel where they were able to rent rooms for the night.  

January 17, 9:40 p.m.: Dispatch reported the fire department was called to the corner of 6th Street and D Street for a person who had slipped on the ice and struck his head. Officer located the victim at his residence and assisted the man until the fire department arrived and treated him.