Police Reports: June 20 - June 26, 2012

Published on Wed, Jun 27, 2012
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June 20, 4:05 p.m.: The Harbormaster's office on Marine Drive advised the police department that they had received reports of a suspicious vehicle that had been seen in their area over the past two weeks. There have been recent thefts from commercial fishery storage lockers at the harbor, and a description of the vehicle was provided to all patrol personnel.

June 20 9:23 p.m.: Police were dispatched when 911 received a hang-up call from the neighborhood around Martin Street. Officers located the man who had tried to phone for assistance. He explained that his son was being babysat by a neighbor, but had managed to slip the bonds of his adult supervision long enough to break out a window. A misunderstanding over paying for repairs ensued, leading to the call to 911. An agreement was reached and the matter settled for the evening.

June 20, 10:30 p.m.: Residents on Cedar Street reported that four adolescents were making a nuisance of themselves, knocking on doors and ringing doorbells then running off into the dark. The obnoxious ninjas were caught by officers a short distance away, and turned over to two groups of parents who accepted responsibility for them for the remainder of the night.

June 20, 10:49 p.m.: A resident asked friends to check on his home while he was away, but when the friends pulled up to the house late at night, they were certain that they saw a shadowy figure inside silhouetted against a window. They called police, and two officers arrived to search the home. The resident's housebound pet birds and frustrated cat were delighted to see the police, and the police were delighted to see only the cat and birds.

June 21, 1 a.m.: A resident on D Street called police for assistance with a verbal domestic dispute happening at his home. The couple who were having the dispute left the house shortly after the call was made, but an officer responding to the scene found the pair on the D Street overpass to SR543, still arguing. The male had been drinking but the female was much more intoxicated and less reasonable. Both halves agreed to calm down, go home and go to sleep and were given the chance to act on the promise.

June 21, 1:15 a.m.: A teenager left home on foot at about 1:15 a.m. to get away from the loud, alcohol-fueled verbal domestic dispute his mom was having with her fiancé. The boy called police from a nearby gas station to let them know he was all right. Police contacted the adults and de-escalated tensions, and then gave the youth a ride home when he decided it was safe to return. He was left in the care of sober people at the house.

June 21, 8:36 a.m.: While an officer was conducting follow-up on a misdemeanor assault, which had been reported earlier in the week, he located the 29-year-old woman suspected in the attack. He arrested her at her residence and transported her to jail.
June 21, 11:14 a.m.: An Adelia Street resident contacted police to report losing her purse. The victim remembered having loaded her purple purse, a camera and identification into the back of her pickup truck after shopping in Bellingham, but when she got home the purse and camera were gone. She will be canceling her bankcards, replacing her lost driver's license and letting Social Security know her card was missing.

June 21, 1:53 p.m.: A motorist reported he parked his commercial van in front of a building on Martin Street, and another driver backed out of a nearby parking spot and scratched the side of his vehicle. An officer recorded the event and helped the two drivers exchange information.

June 21, 2:51 p.m.:  A teenager reported that he left his bicycle unlocked at the high school for a couple of days, and when
he came back to pick it up, the bike was gone. Officers are watching for a black and gray Trek 18-speed bike.
June 21, 4:10 p.m.:     Police were dispatched to the Peace Arch port of entry when Customs officers found a 19-year-old Lynnwood resident in possession of alcohol. A Blaine officer arrived at the port, investigated, and impounded the teenager's bottle of mango-flavored vodka. He was cited and released with a mandatory court date.

June 22, 12:03 a.m.: A motorist called to report having been victimized in a road rage incident near 14th and D Street shortly before midnight. He advised that the suspect had been behind the wheel of a black colored Dodge Ram truck, and had apparently been driving in the wrong lane on D Street before he slammed on his brakes and began screaming, red-faced and incoherent, at the victim. The reporting party left, feeling that the driver was about to get really violent, and called police. Officers searched the area but were not able to find the black pickup or its driver. It was last seen heading north on 14th toward the border.

June 22, 12:30 a.m.: A passerby reported seeing an occupied suspicious vehicle parked on Marine Drive near the harbor. Police responded and checked the pickup truck. The gent inside lives on a boat in the harbor, but doesn't have an AM radio onboard. He was sitting in his truck listening to every insomniac's favorite late night talk show, Coast to Coast AM.

June 22, 5:05 a.m.: Police received a 5va.m. report of people standing outside on School Drive apparently having a yelling contest which was waking up the neighbors. Follow-up revealed that the disorderly group had been going at it off and on all night, repeatedly making a nuisance of themselves. An officer located the intoxicated couple that was responsible for the place where the problem originated, and advised them future calls would result in a criminal citation.

June 22, 8:09 a.m.: A G Street resident awoke to find a large red backpack and tan colored sleeping bag in her back yard and called police. An officer found no identifying marks of identification on or in the backpack, so secured it and the sleeping bag at the police department.

June 22, 2:55 p.m.: Police were called to a traffic collision on H Street just east of the truck route. A passenger car attempted to exit a business parking lot onto H Street using a driveway that was clearly marked as an Entrance Only. He failed to yield to traffic on H Street and collided with a passing pickup truck that had the right of way as it drove westbound on H Street. Officers investigated, helped the motorists exchange information, and cited the offending driver for Failure to Yield.

June 22, 11:35 p.m.: Ferndale PD asked for help locating and detaining an assault and drug possession suspect for whom they were searching. Blaine officers made repeated visits to the man's home in town, and on the third try found him. They arrested the 50-year-old and turned him over to Ferndale officers.

June 23, 3:06 p.m.: Blaine PD assisted Animal Control officers investigating an animal cruelty report at a residence. The dog did not appear to be harmed or in any immediate danger and the people there denied any mistreatment, saying the report was more than false. Animal control is continuing its follow-up.

June 24, 10:49 a.m.: A couple received an email containing disturbing threatening statements from a man shortly after they completed an uneventful business transaction with him in Bellingham. They contacted Blaine PD, and an officer investigated. The suspect was identified and contacted with the help of Bellingham police, and instructed to not have any further contact with the victims. A case report was prepared for the prosecutor's office, for review of possible criminal charges against the Bellingham resident.

June 24, 12:50 p.m.: A resident reported that her teenaged son had run away, or at least had left the previous afternoon and did not come home all night. The boy is non-compliant at the best of times, and Mom figured he ran away again because he was supposed to report to juvenile detention next week to do time for previous probation violations. Police searched for but did not find the 15-year-old but he showed up later in the afternoon, saying he'd fallen asleep at a friend's house.

June 24, 3:57 p.m.: Passersby spotted an oversized teenager clinging to a undersized tricycle hurtling along 16th Street, and called police to report the anomaly. An officer found the tricycle sitting at the road's edge, still tethered to the rear bumper of the Mercedes that had been pulling the thrill seeker down the road. The pilot and his flight crew received a lecture about the legal, medical and dental hazards of the stunt. The driver of the car received all of the above plus some personal attention from his dad, who responded to the scene to take custody of his car and child.

June 24, 6:27 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a report of a dog yelping on Allan Street, sounding like it was in distress. Officers arrived and did find a dog where the reporting party indicated. The well cared for pooch was sitting in his very nice kennel, impatiently waiting for its owner to return come home. Officers monitored the dog for a bit and did not see any signs of physical stress or mistreatment.

June 25, 4:35 a.m.: A man called police saying that his car stereo equipment had been repossessed by the car's previous owner in a 3 a.m. dispute over outstanding payments on the car. A witness to the taking said that a handgun was pulled during the event. The incident dwindled in severity as police investigated: the stereo equipment was recovered from where it had been left in front of the caller's house, and the witness reported no one actually displayed any guns. The matter was likely un-civil but not illegal, and no further police action was taken.

June 25, 8:40 a.m.: Police responded to a report that an auto hauler was blocking the loading bays of a business on 14th Street while he loaded cars onto his rig. Officers contacted the commercial driver at the scene. He agreed to move the truck and will contact the landowner to make better future parking arrangements.

June 25, 10:45 a.m.: Officers were dispatched to the Peace Arch port of entry for a B.C. resident with a suspended drivers license. Officers contacted, arrested, cited and released the man with a mandatory court date. A driver was located to drive the vehicle from the port of entry.

June 25, 11:21 a.m.: Dispatch reported there was a 911 hang up at a residence. Officers responded and determined the call was made by accident and there was no emergency at the residence.

June 25, 11:29 a.m.: Blaine officers and U.S. Border Patrol agents responded to a reported hostage taking on I-5 near Blaine, involving a knife wielding driver holding his passenger at bay as they drove north toward the border. Border Patrol agents spotted the suspect semi truck in the lineup approaching Canadian Customs on the truck route, and helped officers secure the driver and passenger. Neither man had been injured, nor the incident was turned over to Washington State troopers as it had occurred outside the city limits.

June 25 1:51 p.m.: Whatcom County sheriff’s deputies requested help from Blaine police looking for a person who had an outstanding arrest warrant and might come into town. Officers tried without success to locate the party.

June 25, 3:42 p.m.: A resident called police when he spotted the occupant from a gray B.C. plated Toyota dumping garbage into a private residential dumpster on D Street. An officer arrived and searched the area but the suspect and his car were already gone.

June 25, 4:08 p.m.: A motel manager called police to request assistance removing a customer who was refusing to leave the property. An officer arrived to contact the tenant, and got her to understand that the business wanted her to depart. Once he got through to her the tenant packed up and left.

June 25, 4:56 p.m.: A motorist who had been involved in an earlier parking lot fender bender that was not investigated by police asked to have the matter documented. She was concerned about making certain that the insurance companies received accurate information about how much, or how little, damage had been done to the two cars. A report was completed documenting her perspective on the incident.

June 25, 8:38 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a report that a very large sounding dog had been barking in a residential neighborhood for several hours. An officer located and met a Great Dane who was home alone and apparently none too happy about it. The animal's owner was contacted and advised of the ruckus that his pet creates while Dad is away from the house.

June 26, 7:55 a.m.: A person grew concerned about a friend in Blaine and called police to explain that he had been unable to contact the gentleman for over a week. Officers drove out to the man's home and found him alive and well. He promised to call his friend with the good news.

June 26, 12:36 p.m.:
Police received a report of drug activity in a neighborhood. They investigated and determined one subject involved was wanted on an arrest warrant. Arrangements are being made to resolve the warrant, and all patrol officers were advised of the drug information.

June 26, 3:37 p.m.: Blaine Police received information that a teenager who did not have a driver’s license was driving a specific vehicle in the Blaine area. A short time later an officer spotted that car being driven on Peace Portal Drive by a young girl, and stopped it. The 16-year-old confirmed that she had neither a license nor insurance, and that her mom lets her drive knowing that. Mom was cited for permitting illegal operation and her daughter received several tickets for the offences and a report for review of other charges was forwarded to the prosecutor.