Police Reports: April 3 - April 10, 2012

Published on Wed, Apr 11, 2012
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April 3, 1:35 a.m.: A business on 12th Street called regarding a man and woman who were traveling separately but had each become stranded in Blaine after being denied entry to Canada. When police arrived the gentleman made a point of explaining that he was not associated with the lady. The lady made a point of explaining that she was the Queen of England. Despite the disparity of their birthrights, both rambler and royalty accepted a ride from the bobbies to local lodging for the night.

April 4, 3:47 p.m.: Police were called after a motorist witnessed juveniles packing a BB gun in the area of Runge Avenue and Bell Road. Officers contacted the boys, ages 5 and 9, and their father at their home nearby. Dad had taken the boys to a wooded area and fired a few BBs at a balloon that was caught on some branches.

April 4, 4:57 p.m.: An officer on patrol spotted a large plume of smoke rising from a backyard along H Street, and contacted a homeowner who was burning wet yard waste in a fire pit. The resident was advised to extinguish the smoldering mess, as he was creating a visibility hazard to motorists and a health hazard to neighbors. He promptly complied.

April 4, 7:06 p.m.:
A person with power of attorney who is caring for his ailing aunt's property in Blaine called police for assistance. The gentleman asked for help advising the aunt's neighbor to stay off her property and out of her home. An officer delivered the message to the neighbor, who said that he understood and would comply with the request.

April 5, 10:21 a.m.: A concerned motorist called the police to report that a commercial tractor and trailer were blocking traffic on Bell Road. An officer checked the area but the vehicle had already left. The officer contacted the complainant and documented her information.

April 5, 10:44 a.m.: When a motorist pulled his RV from a parking spot along Martin Street, the rig's back end smacked a city light pole, damaging both the pole and the RV. The driver called police and an officer responded to commiserate with the motorist and complete a collision report.

April 5, 12:56 p.m.: A company owner contacted police to ask for help when a car hauler who was making a delivery to an adjacent business parked in the middle of the complainant's parking lot, blocking access to the victim's business. An officer contacted the driver of the car hauler, advised him he was trespassing and instructed him to leave. The adjacent business, which has been accepting the vehicle deliveries, was advised to make alternate arrangements for the car haulers, as their use of the neighbor's property was unauthorized and unwanted.

April 5, 3:37 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a vehicle collision on the truck route and arrived to investigate the noninjury crash. A commercial tractor trailer had been stopped southbound on the truck route at the H Street traffic light, behind an RV which was towing a car. The trucker thought the RV was starting to move, so he also pulled ahead. It turned out the trucker was mistaken, to the tune of substantial damage to the front of his truck, the back and front of the towed car, and the rear of the RV. Both motorists were able to drive the three vehicles from the scene, after the truck driver accepted a citation for following too closely.

April 5, 4:17 p.m.: Police were called by Customs officers at the Peace Arch border crossing when a traveler was found with drugs and paraphernalia. The 49-year-old Shoreline resident was arrested and released with a mandatory court date.

April 5, 5:05 p.m.:
A concerned passerby called police when she witnessed an erratically driven grey Subaru run the stop sign on Peace Portal Drive at H Street at a high rate of speed. An officer contacted the complainant at the scene but was not able to find the B.C.-plated suspect vehicle. Extra patrols will be provided to the area and the intersection.

April 5, 5:44 p.m.: Worried parents called police for assistance with their teenaged son, who was at home and appeared intoxicated. Officers arrived and confirmed the teen appeared very inebriated. They woke the young man and he provided a portable breath test sample which confirmed everyone's observations. Officers and parents reviewed the options for controlling the youth, which were very limited until the young man rose to argue with his folks and punched his fist through a wall. The 16-year-old was arrested and booked into juvenile detention.

April 5, 7:23 p.m.: A concerned parent called police for assistance with two intoxicated teenage girls at his residence. An officer contacted the 14-year-olds and confirmed that they were under the influence. They were all arrested for being minors in possession of alcohol, and for misdemeanor theft since they had stolen the booze from a nearby service station. The girls were released to their parents after processing, and a case report was forwarded to the county's juvenile prosecutor.

April 5, 10:10 p.m.: A resident on Vista Terrace called police when three people crept up to her bedroom window, knocked on it and then ran away. The resident did not recognize any of the hooded figures she had spotted, and officers were not able to locate anyone in the area at the time. A report was completed and all officers were advised of the prowling.

April 5, 10:30 p.m.: A motorist called police after his truck struck a heavy steel cover which had been removed from a wastewater manhole on Drayton Harbor Road. The reporting party was concerned that a smaller car might sustain major damage striking either the cover or the hole. An officer responded, made sure no one was already down inside waiting to be rescued, and wrestled the cover back in place.

April 6, 11:01 a.m.: U.S. Customs advised Blaine police when a traveler was found in possession of a small, personal-use amount of marijuana. An officer responded to investigate, and the 19-year-old from Ferndale admitted ownership of the contraband. He was cited for the offense and released with a mandatory appearance court date.

April 6, 3:06 p.m.: Blaine police was dispatched to the Peace Arch Port of Entry regarding a Canadian citizen there who was in possession of a personal amount of marijuana. An officer arrived at the port and arrested the 28-year-old for the misdemeanor drug offense. He was processed and released with a mandatory court date.

April 6, 6:45 p.m.: WCSO asked Blaine police to assist medics at a residence outside the city limits off H Street Road. Officers arrived and assisted a family while aid responders tended to a medical emergency at their home. Officers remained on scene until their services were no longer required.

April 7, 9:10 a.m.: A resident called to complain after a passing train sounded its horn next to her house, badly scaring both her and her toddler. The victim explained she does not live near a place where railroad tracks cross a road, and felt the very loud noise was unnecessary in a residential setting. An officer spoke with her and recommended the Burlington Northern Railway website, which provides information on the reasons why horns are used, and also explains the steps residents can take to seek a Quiet Zone designation from the Federal Railroad Administration.

April 7, 10:10 a.m.: A motorist stopped at a service station on H Street, pumped fuel into his vehicle and walked inside to pay. He put $44 cash on the counter, turned away for a moment to talk to someone and when he turned back to the counter his money was gone. He thought the cashier had taken it but the cashier said he had not, so they checked the store’s security tapes and found they were both right. The video had captured another customer, a thin white male around 60 years old with long gray hair in a ponytail, stealing the money. The suspect was already long gone when police were called.

April 7, 7:02 p.m.: An officer was dispatched to investigate why a Buick had crossed the road. He found that a motorist had backed her Buick out of a driveway on the west side of 9th Street and kept right on backing until her car tapped a vehicle parked on the east side of the road. The officer's report detailed what happened, but the why remains a mystery.

April 8, 4:04 a.m.: Early on Sunday morning an officer on foot patrol downtown observed suspicious activity at a closed marine services business on Marine Drive.  Knowing the Easter Bunny was much more stealthy, the officer ran to his car and approached the scene in time to spot a white Ford pickup truck fleeing the area. The truck accelerated out onto I-5 southbound and up over 90 mph before the officer overtook and stopped it near the SR543 interchange. The two occupants were trying to explain why they had 10 new boat engines piled in their truck bed when 911 relayed a call that two men in a white pickup had just burglarized the marine business. This explanation was much more reasonable than the one being offered by the two men in the white pickup, and they were arrested. The brothers from Shoreline and Marysville were booked into jail for burglary, possession of stolen property and malicious mischief, and given a warning for speeding. The truck and the $30,000 in marine engines were placed in evidence for pending a search warrant.

April 8, 1:04 p.m.: A Blaine resident found a very rusty old firearm off the public pier at the end of Marine Drive and called police. Officers arrived and took the weapon into custody. The finder explained it looked as if it had been dropped directly off the side of the pier. No records on the firearm could be located, and it was placed into property for destruction.

April 8, 2:37 p.m.: Officers responded to a motel on a complaint that a customer had overstayed and failed to pay for services. The customer was transported to a health care facility by family members.

April 8, 6 p.m.: A Border Patrol Agent observed a toolbox laying in a grassy wooded area near the public boat launch and
called police. An officer impounded the box full of tools and placed them into evidence for follow up.

April 8, 8:40 p.m.: A healthy strapping transient from California hitched a ride to Blaine and was denied entry into Canada, then asked police to drive him back to the bus station in Bellingham. He was offered advice on his options for hitching a ride from whence he came or waiting for the next morning's southbound WTA bus.

April 8, 8:42 p.m.: A security officer at Blaine Harbor found that a lock had been twisted and broken from its hasp on a web locker and called the locker’s renter. The call-out replaced the lock, but was unsure if anything had been stolen from the room full of a maritime life’s flotsam and jetsam. Police were called as an afterthought and documented the mystery.

April 8, 10:17 p.m.: A resident on E Street called to report having heard something like a gunshot in the area. Officers checked the neighborhood but found nothing amiss or missing, and no other reports on the report were received.

April 9, 12:45 a.m.: Police assisted U.S. Border Patrol field agents and Customs & Border Protection officers by providing perimeter security while the federal agents checked on people observed on the beach near the boundary to the Peace Arch Port of Entry at about 1 a.m. The folks were members of a group taking night photos of the Peace Arch monument.

April 9, 9:42 a.m.:
A citizen found a cell phone laying along Blaine Avenue during his morning walk and turned it in to police. Officers were able to retrieve the owner’s information from the phone and contacted him with the good news.

April 9, 2:15 p.m.: Blaine Police Department responded to a report of telephone harassment, and spoke with a reporting party who was upset by phone calls and texts she was receiving from a former friend. The messages were not inherently threatening or offensive, but they were unsolicited and unwanted. An officer called the sender, who agreed to stop contacting the complainant.

April 9, 10:18 p.m.: Police in the area heard and responded to an audible alarm on Peace Portal Drive. Officers were reluctantly met by a new employee who was having difficulties with the business alarm system at closing. Management arrived shortly thereafter.

April 10, 12:10 a.m.: Police were called to a midnight mess on Elm Street when passersby reported a brawl in progress in a front yard. Responding officers found no fight, but a gaggle of grownups in animated alcohol fueled pursuit of a house cat that had sensibly sneaked outside to escape the party animals. The only bloodshed occurred when a guest sliced his hand on the sharp lid of the cat food tin that he was using as cat bait. He opted for a towel rather than an aid car to stop the blood, but accepted the addition of infraction to injury when police recovered the marihuana stash in his pocket. The amiable group then retreated to their party cage, leaving cats and neighbors to their peace and quiet.