Police Reports: March 14 - 21, 2012

Published on Wed, Mar 21, 2012
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March 14, 1:51 p.m.: An officer patrolling D Street noticed a damaged telephone service utility box on B Street. The damage was reported to the phone company, and a repair crew was dispatched to fix the property.

March 14, 3:50 p.m.: A passerby reported seeing a mangy golden retriever wandering at large in the 500 block of E Street. Police checked the area but did not find the critter. Animal Control was advised of the report.

March 14, 5:30 p.m.: While investigating a crime report, Blaine officers came upon information related to a possible assault against a child in another jurisdiction which occurred years earlier. A report on the information was compiled and forwarded to the other agency.

March 14, 8:10 p.m.: An employee leaving a business in Blaine called police to report a suspicious incident. The witness heard and then saw a man wearing a hooded sweatshirt lurking in the shrubbery as she was closing up the shop, and it appeared the suspect might have been committing a lewd act at the time. Officers searched for but could not locate the interloper. Extra patrols are being provided to the area.

March 15, 3:44 a.m.: An officer contacted a man in a convenience store who appeared to be under the influence of alcohol. The person had apparently been driving earlier, but agreed to leave his vehicle parked on the store's private property rather than risk arrest for driving while impaired. Police gave him a courtesy transport to ensure he made it safely home.

March 15, 10:30 a.m.: A man called the Blaine Police Department to inquire about obtaining a firearm that was held in evidence. He was advised that his criminal history made him ineligible to possess a firearm. The caller opined that the information could not be correct, because he was already currently in possession of other guns. The pertinent information was passed on to the agency with jurisdiction where the gentleman resides.

March 15, 3:10 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a report of a person needing emergency assistance. Officers arrived and assisted until fire department personnel arrived. The victim was experiencing a medical problem.

March 15, 5:35 p.m.: Police were contacted by the respondent in a no-contact order. He reported that the petitioner whom he is required to avoid had called his telephone, and had also possibly hacked into his internet social media account. Officers contacted both sides of the dispute and advised them to contact their respective attorneys.

March 15, 5:40 p.m.: Police were dispatched to the Peace Arch Port of Entry when a person there was found in possession of counterfeit U.S. currency. An officer contacted the B.C. resident, who advised that she received the U.S. $20 as payment for a pizza order at her business in Canada. The lady had no idea that the bill was fake until she tried to use it to pay for a a paperwork processing fee at the border and a sharp-eyed Customs Officer spotted it. Police confiscated the counterfeit bill and sent to the U.S. Secret Service.

March 15, 7:30 p.m.: A 30-year-old Blaine resident turned himself in to a police office on outstanding Blaine Municipal Court warrants. The warrants were confirmed and the gentleman was transported to jail.

March 15, 7 p.m.: A resident called police to report three kids in the neighborhood were knocking on doors and leaving. An officer arrived and located two youthful looking adults who were part of a Bellingham church group going door to door spreading the word about their congregation. They were advised that residents kept an eye out for one another and were cautious in part due to recent crimes in the area. The missionaries appreciated that homeowners were watchful and notifying police of suspicious activity.

March 16, 8 a.m.: Police were dispatched to a report that a fully loaded semi truck/trailer had slid off Peace Portal near Bell Road. Officers arrived to find that not all of the truck had fit into the ditch, so its back half was still inconveniently blocking the highway. The driver was located and explained he had been trying to make a u-turn when the ditch’s soft shoulder gave way. It took several hours and several attempts by multiple tow companies to extract the truck, trailer and load. The trucker was cited for driving with his wheels off the pavement and for leaving an unattended vehicle in the road.

March 16, 8:53 a.m.: Two young men illegally crossed the border from Canada into a residential neighborhood in Blaine, and were quickly intercepted by U.S. Border Patrol agents in the area. Identification checks revealed one of the pair was a 17-year-old who was wanted on a felony, no bail arrest warrant from Olympia Juvenile Court. A Blaine police officer was assisting the patrol agents and arrested the teen, then booked him into juvenile detention.

March 16, 10:45 a.m.: A resident posted a message on a social media site, and a former acquaintance replied to the post. The resident called police, because he felt the ex-friend's post constituted a violation of a no-contact order in place between the two. Officers are working to document the violation and suggested that the petitioner "unfriend" the respondent to prevent more problems of the same ilk. Once the investigation is complete a report will be forwarded for prosecution review.

March 16, 10:55 a.m.: A resident asked police for help stopping a reckless motorist in a white Toyota who has been making a habit of speeding at a high rate east and west on H Street hill in the mornings and afternoons. All officers were advised of the vehicle's description and license plate number for their patrols.

March 16, 12:38 p.m.: A 7-year-old got upset with the grownups who ruled his life at primary school, and flew the coop. The school asked police for help shepherding the fleet-footed truant back to campus. Age and guile overcame youthful determination once again, and the young man was captured and returned to class.

March 16, 3 p.m.: Police were dispatched to residence on 8th Street for a reported violation of a no-contact order. The officers determined that a violation had occurred, but were less certain about who started it. They made sure the violation was no longer occurring, completed their investigation, and forwarded a report to the prosecutor for review.

March 16, 3:16 p.m.: Blaine Middle School reported that a parent had brought back a Nintendo game system which he discovered one of his kids had taken from an unlocked vehicle at the school a couple of weeks earlier. The parent came to the police station to assist with resolving the theft. Officers are contacting the victim and witnesses, and completing a case report. The returned game console is valued at about $150.

March 16, 3:17 p.m.: Police were asked to contact a residence after passersby complained that mounds of household garbage were piling up outside the home, creating a public nuisance. An officer confirmed the problem, and spoke with the renter. He explained he did not have garbage collection and did not have a driver's license so he could not cart away the refuse. The renter was warned that the garbage had to be removed, and he said that he would immediately sign up for the service. Officers are following up to confirm that the nuisance has been abated.

March 16, 5:38 p.m.: An officer was dispatched to a loose dog complaint on Adelia Street. The owner of the dog was contacted, and had already captured his roaming pet and brought it inside. He was warned that future violations would result in a citation.

March 16, 6:16 p.m.: A person called to complain about a vehicle which had driven off of the roadway down an access road which is not intended for vehicle traffic. Police arrived and determined that the vehicle was on private property and not on a public right of way. An officer contacted the complainant and discussed options that the homeowner's association or the property owner might use to rectify the problem.

March 16, 10:10 p.m.: Blaine Police responded to a report of a barking dog complaint on E Street. The reporting party asked to remain anonymous and said the dog had been tied up outside a house where it had been barking non-stop for several minutes. The dog directed an officer to its owner. She was also cooperative, accepted a verbal warning for the offense, and promised to keep the pet indoors to prevent the barking.

March 16, 7:55 p.m.: Blaine Police responded to an assist agency request from the Sheriff's Office. They asked officers to make a welfare check a residence in Blaine, when they obtained information that a lady might be there who had previously threatened to hurt herself. Police checked the house, but found that the woman had left, and appeared to be all right, according to a friend who was interviewed. The Sheriff's Office was notified of the outcome.

March 17, 3:07 p.m.: Police received information that a subject who was wanted for a felony crime had been seen in the area of Madison Street in Blaine. An officer located and apprehended the 20-year-old Ferndale woman, and turned her over to the sheriff's deputies who had been searching for her.

March 17, 5:17 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a collision at the truck route and Boblett Street, where one car had rear-ended another. Both vehicles sustained substantial damage and one had to be towed, but none of the occupants complained of injury. Officers completed a State Collision Report and cited the at-fault motorist for driving too fast for conditions.

March 17, 6:21 p.m.: A Blaine resident called police to report having received threats via text messages. An officer investigated and found no specific threat had been made, though harassment was clearly occurring and a suspect was identified. Officers tried to contact and interview the suspect, but he apparently has moved about frequently since last being released from jail.

March 17, 11:08 p.m.: Police responded to a malicious mischief complaint on Boblett Street. A victim discovered someone had egged the cars parked in front of her house sometime in the past two hours. Her husband was cleaning the vehicles when officers arrived to search the area. No suspects were located, and hopefully no permanent damage was done to the paint on the vehicles.

March 18, 2:24 a.m.: Police officers patrolling downtown noticed several people still inside a drinking establishment after 2 a.m., and developed cause to believe an employee on scene had served alcohol after hours. The employee took responsibility for the liquor law violation, and a case report was forwarded to the State Liquor Control Board.

March 18, 5:09 a.m.: Blaine Police was dispatched when neighbors in a private residential area were accosted by a blaring car alarm. The reporting party asked to remain anonymous, but hoped police would check the area in case there was nefarious activity afoot. An officer patrolled the neighborhood and found no evidence of suspicious activity or deafened criminals.

March 18, 1:20 p.m.: Officers were dispatched to the Peace Arch Port of Entry regarding two Washington state residents who were found in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Both the 19- and 20-year-old men admitted ownership of the items, and were arrested for their misdemeanor criminal offenses. The pair were processed and released with a date for a mandatory Blaine Municipal Court appearance.

March 18, 5:02 p.m.: A passerby found an older black lab walking alone in the 3800 block of H Street Road. An officer took possession of the old dog and brought it to the office. When no one called looking for the pet, Animal Control responded and took custody.

March 18, 7:20 p.m.: A passerby called 911 to report that northbound vehicles waiting in the Canadian border lineup on the truck route were blocking the intersection at H Street. An officer monitored the intersection for about 20 minutes and did not observe any intersection violations. Three infractions were issued in the nearby area for speeding and other violations.

March 18, 7:25 p.m.: An anonymous caller telephoned police to complain about motorists using the gravel shoulder of the truck route to bypass other vehicles which were waiting in the northbound lineup approaching the Canadian Customs crossing. Police monitored the traffic congestion but did not observes any further violations of law.

March 18, 8:59 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a report that a disabled vehicle was blocking SR543 just south of Boblett Street. They arrived and confirmed that the Ford Explorer was blocking the northbound lane with no lights on after dark. An officer pushed the vehicle to the shoulder of the roadway, and confirmed that a tow truck was in route to assist the owner in getting back to Canada.

March 19, 12:22 a.m.: Police were dispatched to 911 hang up at a business on Peace Portal after midnight. An officer arrived and found someone had recently used the pay telephone, but left before police got there. An area search turned up the caller, an intoxicated Blaine resident, as he emerged from an outbuilding. The inebriate was admonished for calling 911 and accepted his punishment of a ride home to ensure that he stayed out of trouble.

March 19, 4:33 p.m.: A property owner contacted police to report suspicious activity which might be gang-related occurring around a rental unit. An officer took a report on the incidents and spoke with the owner. All officers were advised of the information and will provide extra patrols as they are able.

March 19, 6:48 p.m.: A passerby called police to report that a vehicle driven by an intoxicated driver was drifting along Peace Portal, weaving and speeding. An officer intercepted the suspect vehicle and contacted its pilot. The lady was sober and had not consumed any intoxicants, but she had a frenetic dog riding shotgun. The critter was running roughshod about the vehicle's cabin, driving its owner to distraction. The officer cautioned the driver to spend less time steering Fido and more time steering her Ford.

March 19, 10:53 p.m.: An officer on patrol came upon a disabled vehicle in the roundabout on Peace Portal Drive. The vehicle was blocking the roundabout and the I-5 onramp southbound. The officer assisted the driver in clearing her vehicle from the roadway and obtaining gas nearby.

March 19, 9:15 p.m.: Police responded to a 911 hang up call at an apartment. An officer arrived and contacted a resident who reported he had been threatened. Based on the described circumstances the officer determined no threat had been made. The caller was advised to stay on the line with 911 next time rather than hanging up, and if he did hang up to answering the telephone when the dispatcher tried to call her back.

March 20, 8:39 a.m.: Blaine Police responded to a residence to take a report about a domestic violence malicious mischief incident. The victim reported several windows had been broken by an irate boyfriend. Officers determined that the criminal event actually took place outside the city limits, and the suspect was still back there amid all the broken glass. The victim was put in touch with the correct law enforcement agency and left in pursuit of justice.

March 20, 12:41 p.m.: Police received word that a vehicle that earlier struck the awning of a building owned by the city while maneuvering at the property. An officer was assigned to contact the driver of the commercial vehicle and collect insurance information.

March 20, 4:56 p.m.: U.S. Customs & Border Protection officers at Peace Arch Port of Entry found a 20-year-old college student in possession of whiskey and beer. Police were notified of the Minor in Possession violation. A Blaine officer investigated, cited and released the Auburn man on a citation pending his appearance in court.

March 20, 10:24 p.m.: Blaine Police served a trespassing warning on a teenager who had had a verbal altercation with an adult at work earlier in the day. The juvenile's parent asked that the adult man be trespassed from their property, in order to avoid any further conflict. The adult was contacted and given a trespass warning by Blaine officers, and stated that he understood.

March 21, 3 a.m.: At the request of sheriff's deputies, Blaine Police officers assisted with a felony suspect contact at a residence on West Road outside the city limits. The suspect was located and taken into custody without incident.