Police Reports: January 24 - January 28, 2012

Published on Wed, Feb 1, 2012
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January 24, 6 p.m.: Blaine police received information that commercial trucks might be parking for extended periods on city rights of way. Officers are investigating to determine the extent of the problem.

January 25, 10 a.m.: A patrol officer was contacted by a business owner who asked for extra patrol in the area of his company's property for a couple of days. The firm had been forced to terminate an employee, who then raised some concerns by expressing some anger about the turn of events.

January 26, 9:33 a.m.: A passerby called 911 when she saw a reckless driver exit a parking lot in the 1000 block of H Street at high speed, spinning the tires of a white pickup and fishtailing across the roadway. All officers were tied up on other incidents, and when they were able to check the area about seven minutes after the call the vehicle had already escaped.

January 26, 1:44 p.m.: Police requested the assistance of United States Border Patrol agents for translation when they were not able to communicate with a foreign national driver from Mexico during a stop for traffic violations. The contact revealed the driver and his passenger were both illegally in the United Sates. The motorist received a verbal warning for the motoring violation, and a ride from the federal agents.

January 26, 2:33 p.m.: A restaurant called police to report two men possibly prowling cars on a city street. Officers contacted the men. The pair work for an auto repair shop across the street from the location and were working on the vehicles.

January 26, 2:37 p.m.: Police, fire department and public works personnel responded to Marine Drive at McMillan Street for a natural gas leak when an excavator ruptured a natural gas line during construction. Responders evacuated buildings adjacent to the leak and police closed Marine Drive to incoming traffic until the company that owns the pipe arrived to make repairs.

January 26, 3:13 p.m.: Officers were dispatched to a nonblocking, noninjury accident on Mitchell Avenue. A vehicle was traveling southbound on Mitchell Avenue and was bumped by another vehicle as the driver stopped to let pedestrians cross the road. Both vehicles had no visible damage, and the officer helped the drivers exchange information.

January 26, 5:30 p.m.: Police arrested a 16-year-old teenager on A Street for a confirmed Whatcom County Juvenile Court warrant for theft. The girl was transported and booked into juvenile detention.

January 27, 11:57 a.m.: Police were dispatched to a suspicious circumstance that occurred at a garage along on the Harrison Avenue alleyway when a passerby observed two subjects removing an old washer and dryer from an abandoned outbuilding. Officers investigated and contacted the suspects, who admitted taking the appliances and selling them for scrap metal without permission of the owner. Criminal charges are being pursued for burglary and theft.

January 27, 3:02 p.m.: School officials called police when a vehicle failed to stop for the activated red lights and stop sign of a school bus while students were disembarking on Dodd Avenue. The violation was captured on video by the camera aboard the bus. The owner of the vehicle was identified and contacted by officers, but claimed to not know who was driving his black 2008 Mazda MDX at the time of the violation. The investigation continues.

January 27, 3:31 p.m.: Blaine Primary School called police to report that a student was missing about 30 minutes after classes ended for the day. The boy's routine changed for the day and instead of going home, he was supposed to be picked up by his aunt in front of the school, but he wasn't there. Fortunately a business employee downtown called police about the same time to report the lost boy had turned up at her establishment. The youngster got lost while trying to find his aunt's house on his own, and an officer gave him a ride to his aunt's home for a happy reunion.

January 28, 9:30 a.m.:
A parent called asking for help when her 10-year-old assaulted her and damaged their home while he was having a frenetic episode. Mom wanted to have the incident documented for her attempts to get the child professional assistance. Officers are arranging to report on future incidents should they occur.

January 28, 6:10 p.m.: An officer stopped a vehicle near Mitchell Avenue at H Street when it turned from an intersection into the oncoming lane of traffic. The 48-year-old driver failed all field sobriety tests and was arrested for DUI and reckless endangerment, as there were two young teenager passengers in the car. She was booked into jail, and a report was filed with Child Protective Services about the incident.

January 28, 11:20 p.m.: Blaine officers responded to a report of an unconscious person at a residence. The victim had overdosed on large amounts of over-the-counter cough medicine for non-illness purposes and was transported to the hospital.