Police Reports: May 9 - May 15, 2012

Published on Wed, May 16, 2012
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May 9, 2:57 p.m.: Police responded to a report that the railway crossing arms were engaged and lowered across Hughes Avenue, blocking traffic with no train in sight. Officers arrived within a couple of minutes to find that the problem had already been corrected and traffic was flowing again. The crossing barriers were activated by railroad maintenance working in the area.

May 9, 3:16 p.m.: A B.C. resident reported losing his Samsung Intensity model cell phone while shopping in Blaine. He completed a lost property report in case the phone is turned in to police.

May 10, 4 p.m.: A possible business license violation was referred to police. An officer responded to the residence in question and talked with occupants, who were working on setting up a business. They had a state license but no city permits regarding the commercial use of the residential property. The folks onsite were not the owners. They were advised of the city requirements for licensing, and the officer arranged to return in a week confirm the proper processes had been completed.

May 10, 4:30 p.m.: A resident became upset at animal control when he felt they were not sufficiently controlling an animal which was bothering him, and reportedly insinuated to the animal control staff that he intended to shoot the critter. An officer located and spoke with the upset man. He promised not to take matters into his own hands and said he'd decided to address his concerns through the court system.

May 10, 4:50 p.m.: Child Protective Services asked Blaine police to assist as they prepared to contact a juvenile who had made statements about being physically abused by his guardians. An officer investigated and determined the child had moved from the area and was staying in another county. CPS was advised of the finding.

May 10, 4:57 p.m.: A man came into the police station to report seeing an abandoned bike on the corner of Adelia and Clyde streets in Blaine. Those two streets don't intersect, but the blue child's bike was eventually located in a field off of Clyde Street. It was a impounded for safekeeping and placed into property pending identification of its owner.

May 10, 10:45 p.m.: A passerby contacted police when he spotted someone hiding under a tarp behind a business on H Street late at night. Officers checked the area and found a transient peacefully dozing in his sleeping bag. The gentleman was offered and politely refused assistance, and promised to call if he changed his mind. He was left to his slumbers for the time being.

May 10, 10:45 p.m.: A Blaine resident called police late at night while searching for a fleet-footed chihuahua that leapt from a parked car at his home and disappeared. The canine, named Kuna, was last seen running on A Street, adjacent to the international border.

May 10, 11:47 p.m.: Blaine officers responded to assist a Whatcom County Sheriff's deputy on a traffic stop on I-5 Northbound at mile post 274. Officers arrived and provided cover until the motorist was taken into custody for DUI.

May 11, 12:29 p.m.: A business contacted police seeking assistance dealing with a transient who was aggressively panhandling and disturbing their customers. An officer located the man and explained to him the not-so-subtle differences between soliciting alms, harassment and trespassing. The man opted to render further education unnecessary by moving on in search of greener pastures.

May 11, 2:02 p.m.: Police were dispatched when a trio of tiny thieves raided a store's ice cream chest and high-tailed it outside with their high-calorie loot. They lived nearby, and were tracked down by a store employee with the help of their guardian. The eldest of the three was not yet 6 years old, so the business accepted payment for the goods and the crime was resolved with a lecture.

May 11, 2:52 p.m.: An officer came upon a vehicle illegally parked blocking the alley between B Street and Peace Arch Park. The driver/owner was given a verbal warning about the violation and moved her vehicle from the area.

May 11, 2:57 p.m.: A woman came into the police station and met with an officer to discuss to discuss a child custody dispute. At the end of the meeting she had decided to contact her lawyer for help resolving her concerns in court.

May 11, 3:47 p.m.: Passersby called police when they saw two very large men trying to force a teenage boy into a vehicle near Boblett Street and Borderite Way. Officers arrived at the melee to discover that the men were employees of a transport company. They had been assigned to take the boy out-of-state to a youth facility at the request of his parents. Unfortunately no one told the teenager about this plan, so he did his best to fight off the brawny pair before they handcuffed him and put him in their car. When police arrived the boy was freed, then taken to hospital by medics for evaluation of injuries he received during his capture. Officers are interviewing witnesses and compiling a report for prosecutor review of possible charges against the two men.

May 11, 5:12 p.m.: Officers were dispatched to a business on Peace Portal Drive when employees encountered possible counterfeit currency. The suspect $50 bill was taken into custody and forwarded to the U.S. Secret Service for further analysis.

May 12, 3:50 p.m.: A concerned resident called police to report two vehicles speeding on Alder Street. One of the vehicles was described as a gray compact with a loud muffler and the other was a white pickup truck. Two officers searched the area unsuccessfully for the suspects.

May 12, 3:42 p.m.: Officers received a report of an erratically driven vehicle on Odell Road. An investigation yielded mutual complaints about hurled epithets and flung fingers. The matter was resolved with a discussion.

May 12, 6 p.m.: An officer investigated a loose dog complaint on 4th Street which occurred a day earlier. The owner was contacted and solutions were discussed. No violation of a city ordinance occurred on this occasion, but the owner was warned of the existing dog at large laws.

May 12, 6:45 p.m.: Police received a complaint that a group of boaters had just returned to the Blaine public boat launch and appeared drunk. The reporting party was concerned that someone on the group would next be driving while towing a big boat while intoxicated. An officer contacted the group and found that they had a sober designated driver.

May 12, 11:30 p.m.: A person entering the U.S. from Canada had a personal-use amount of marijuana in her car. Customs officers detected the violation, and called Blaine police. An officer cited her for the offense and released her back to Customs with a criminal citation and court date.

May 13, 2:02 p.m.: An officer investigated a report of an afternoon domestic violence disturbance at a residence when a neighbor reported hearing a couple yelling at one another. The two adults denied that there had been an argument and there was no evidence of an assault or malicious mischief. The reporting party was re-interviewed and maintained the initial report was accurate.

May 13, 6:43 p.m.: An officer was contacted by a citizen who found and turned in a set of two keys while walking on Marine Drive. The keys were placed into found property.

May 13, 8:46 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a resident's call that a neighbor had entered his house without permission. The neighbor was interviewed and denied entering the house, but admitted to opening up a sliding door to fix the complainant's curtain. Statements were obtained and a report was forwarded to the prosecutor for review of the trespassing complaint.

May 14, 12:50 a.m.: Officers assisted the Border Patrol Agents with two men who illegally entered the United States from Canada. Officers assisted in setting up perimeter and searching the tree lines for the two men. Border Patrol Agents were able to locate and detain one of the pair.

May 14, 1:01 p.m.: A property owner on 10th Street contacted police to report damage to his fence, which was apparently caused by someone backing their vehicle up a little too far. Damage was confined to a 4-inch by 4-inch post on the fence. The running vehicle was not located, so it's not known what damage it suffered.

May 14, 6:57 p.m.: A business reported a customer from BC had tried to pass a counterfeit U.S. $20 bill while buying food. An officer identified the cooperative female and impounded the bill. The matter was forwarded to the U.S. Secret Service.

May 14, 10:56 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a loud dispute between two roommates over one of the pair's drinking. Officers contacted both parties and the intoxicated male decided to stay somewhere else for the evening.

May 15, 12:15 a.m.: Officers were dispatched to a dispute between friends who got into a argument about money owed on a car. The owner told the friend to leave because he was intoxicated and only wanted to argue with him. The friend left the house but possibly vandalized a vehicle tire while walking away. The suspect along with his female companion had already left the area when police arrived. Investigation of the vandalism continues.

May 15, 9:29 a.m.: An anonymous passerby reported a problem with continually barking dogs in a neighborhood. Police went to the area and found three dogs who were barking from their home's backyard prison the entire time. An officer attempted to contact the owner, but no one came to the door. The officer left a message on the owner's telephone and left a business card and a copy of the Blaine Municipal Code regarding barking dogs on the front door. Animal Control was notified of the violation and a follow-up contact will be made.

May 15, 10:50 a.m.: A vendor contacted police to report that a propane-driven floor stripper and two five-gallon silver colored aluminum propane canisters had been stolen while he was working on at a business site in Blaine. The loss totals over $5,000. The case is under investigation.

May 15, 11:50 a.m.: Police responded to a report of a person detained at the Peace Arch Port of Entry in possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. An officer responded and cited and released the traveler with a mandatory court appearance date.

May 15, 11:55 a.m.: A man contacted police to report seeing a suspicious man lurking around his house and knocking on his door. The suspect had left a half hour earlier. An officer located the suspect and found that he was a Blaine resident inquiring if the property was for sale.

May 15, 7:15 p.m.: An officer assisted CBP field agents working on foot on I-5 freeway northbound at Peace Arch Port of Entry.
The officer provided traffic speed enforcement of vehicles approaching the agents. In 42 minutes, two drivers were contacted by police for speeding at more than twice the speed limit.

May 15, 9:04 p.m.: A person reported that a black bull terrier was at large in her neighborhood. Officers searched the area for about 30 minutes but the animal was either gone or blending in well with the encroaching darkness.