Police Reports: February 9 - February 14, 2012

Published on Wed, Feb 15, 2012
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February 9, 8:13 a.m.: Blaine Police were dispatched to a property damage collision between two cars in the high school parking lot. The arriving officer found that a teenage motorist had failed to yield and crashed into another vehicle, causing minor damage and major embarrassment. The drivers exchanged information and a police report was completed.

February 9, 8:58 a.m.: A resident on H Street called to report that her son’s brand new green BMX style bicycle had been stolen from their yard overnight. A theft report was completed for the $200 loss, and the bike’s description was shared with all patrol officers.

February 9, 10:44 a.m.: A resident called police for advice after her unleashed dog was struck and killed by a passing car. The person asked if she was entitled to financial restitution from the driver for the loss of her pet. An officer suggested that she contact someone versed in civil law for advice on how to resolve the matter with the other party.

February 9, 4:53 p.m.: A person came into the police department to report a forgery that occurred in the course of crime that is already being investigated by another agency. A supervisor followed up on the case and found that no criminal activity had occurred within the city of Blaine. An informational report was completed and forwarded to the investigating agency with jurisdiction.

February 9, 6:30 p.m.: A resident came to the police department to report that an acquaintance had stolen his MP3 player, and then added insult to injury by losing the device after he took it. Officers are trying to locate the thief as a first step in recovering the iPod for the victim.

February 9, 9:19 p.m.: An officer assisted Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel by providing traffic speed enforcement for a team working on northbound I5 adjacent to the Peace Arch port of entry. Three infractions were issued in 40 minutes to drivers who were traveling over twice the posted speed limit.

February 10, 4:15 a.m.: An officer found a note taped to the back door of the police station from a citizen reporting suspicious noises occurring at her residence. A couple of mornings later the resident dropped by with another letter asking for an investigation, reporting that the noises were loudest about 3 a.m. Two officers responded to the complainant’s home with her. Though they listened very carefully, the officers were not able to hear the booming and buzzing sounds to which the victim was listening. She advised she would continue to watch and listen for the malicious criminals who are broadcasting the noise to her.

February 10, 7:30 a.m.: While patrolling Adelia Street an officer observed a person whom he knew was wanted on a District Court warrant for failing to appear on a criminal driving violation. The 29-year-old Blaine resident was arrested and transported to jail.

February 10, 9:56 a.m.: An officer contacted a transient who was camping in a van in a business parking lot. The visitor was advised that camping in a vehicle on public property in Blaine was not generally permitted, and on private property was only allowed in specific limited situations with the approval of the property owner. It appears that the camper did not have permission of the property owner.

February 10, noon: A resident in Spokane reported he had been defrauded in an Internet sales transaction with a company in B.C. The only tie to Blaine was the name and location of a freight forwarding business. The caller was advised that no crime had occurred here, and he was referred to the appropriate agency.

February 10, 1:23 p.m.: A concerned citizen alerted police to an unlicensed, non-operational vehicle that had been abandoned on F Street. An officer tagged the vehicle with the time and date in preparation for its impound. A couple of days later the car had been moved off the city street and onto private property.

February 10, 1:59 p.m.: Police noticed two loose dogs running through the Blaine High School parking lot. They caught the big one, but the smaller and more fleet footed of the pair escaped. Officers identified the owner of the pets but were unable to contact him. The corralled canine was released to an animal control officer, who initiated a search for the remaining stray and its owner.

February 10, 3:44 p.m.: An employee at a business reported that an elderly woman in their store appeared confused and in need of assistance. By the time an officer arrived, the staff had found emergency information on the lady’s medical alert charm. Police confirmed her identity, and she was released to a thankful relative.

February 10, 11:40 p.m.: Blaine Police assisted Skagit County deputies who were trying to track down the suspect in a domestic violence assault that occurred in their jurisdiction. With the help of Border Patrol agents, officers searched the suspect’s Blaine residence and businesses where he might have been.

February 11, 2:31 a.m.: While assisting Skagit County sheriff's deputies on a case, Blaine police learned about and investigated a separate domestic violence assault that their suspect had recently committed in Blaine. The officers arrested the 46-year-old Blaine resident, booked him into jail and advised the Skagit deputies where to find him at their convenience.

February 11, 9:55 a.m.: A business owner asked police to respond to his store when a customer caused a disturbance and officers arrived to find that the suspect had just departed. The owner explained that the lady had become enraged over a $2 service fee for an oversized package. She was so disruptive and vile that the fee was waived and she was ordered to leave and never return. An officer contacted the suspect by phone to make certain she understood that she had been trespassed from the premises by management.

February 11, 12:40 p.m.: Police were alerted to a erratically driven car leaving the city limits southbound on Bell Road toward Birch Bay. Moments later officers were notified that a vehicle had crashed into mail boxes on Blaine Road. State troopers and sheriffs deputies responded to the scene. The driver had suffered a medical emergency, leading to the collision.

February 11, 1:59 p.m.: An officer patrolling D Street observed a vehicle racing toward him at twice the speed limit in a residential neighborhood. The speeding driver then crossed over the double yellow centerline into oncoming traffic to pass a car near an intersection. When she was stopped and arrested for criminal reckless driving, the 24-year-old North Vancouver resident explained that she was in a hurry to get home from a shopping trip. She was released with a mandatory court appearance notice.

February 13, 3:30 a.m.: Police responded to an early morning residential structure fire on Blaine Avenue. Officers made sure that everyone was out of the house and at a safe distance and secured the area until the fire department arrived. Officers remained on scene to assist the family and fire personnel until released about 45 minutes later.

February 13, 12:30 p.m.: A business owner called police for assistance when someone dumped a large amount of garbage on her property. An officer arrived and found mail with the name of a nearby resident amid the pile of refuse. The embarrassed litterer was contacted, apologized, and in lieu of a citation was offered a warning and a chance to clean up the mess.

February 13, 5:47 p.m.: A passerby called police to report that a boy had just thrown a rock from the Mitchell Street overpass down onto the interstate freeway lanes below. An officer checked the area but the suspect had fled and was not identified. Police are awaiting report from drivers who may have suffered vehicle damage or injury as a result of the reckless endangerment incident.

February 14, 7:27 a.m.: Police patrolling the harbor area saw two untethered dogs running circles around an improperly parked vehicle. There were two people with the SUV; one was the young lady who had driven and parked the vehicle. She was cited for driving with a suspended license and given a warning for allowing the dogs off leash. A licensed driver was located to come to the location, and the driver was released with a mandatory court date.

February 14, 7:32 a.m.: While contacting a couple for allowing their dogs to run off leash in the harbor area, officers discovered that one of the pet owners was wanted on four arrest warrants from agencies in Whatcom, Skagit and San Juan counties. The 30-year-old Bellingham resident was given a warning for allowing his dogs off leash, then arrested and transported to jail on the warrants.

February 14, 10:46 a.m.: A commercial fisher contacted to report that someone had stolen 15 crab pots that were stored outside his web locker on McMillan Avenue at Blaine Harbor. Police have identified two people of interest in the $750 theft and are investigating.

February 14, 12:38 p.m.: A man called police to say that someone had apparently stolen some handguns from his home. The victim is not sure when the weapons disappeared. Officers are investigating his report.

February 14, 2:19 p.m.: An officer was dispatched to the Peace Arch port of entry when customs personnel discovered that a motorist entering into the U.S. from Canada had a personal use amount of marijuana in his vehicle. The 56-year-old driver from Surrey was contacted, arrested and released with an mandatory court date.

February 14, 9:55 p.m.: The U.S. Secret Service contacted Blaine Police for assistance on a case involving two counterfeit U.S. bills that CBP officers had found in the possession of a B.C. resident who applied for entry to the U.S. at the Peace Arch crossing. Blaine officers investigated, interviewed the suspect, confiscated the counterfeit bills and forward a report to the prosecutor’s office for review of charges.