Police Reports: July 10 - July 18, 2012

Published on Wed, Jul 18, 2012
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July 10, 10:52 a.m.: Officers and Border Patrol agents responded to a late night report from a resident on Martin Street saying that passing evildoers had broken a window at his apartment, and he was prepared to shoot the bad people when they returned. The threat to shoot whoever approached inconvenienced the caller a bit until police made certain that he was no longer armed. Officers found that the man was intoxicated, had been alone in the house, and did not own any firearms. The search continues for any evidence that the window was broken by anyone other than the resident.

July 10, 7:17 p.m.: A resident called police to report hearing what sounded like either someone shooting a gun or shooting off fireworks on the beach along Semiahmoo Spit.  An officer responded to check the area, but did not find anyone armed or celebrating. He did find and talk with swimmers who had seen some folks stop at the beach a short time earlier to set off fireworks, but they had  already departed. Extra patrol was provided to the area, and no other complaints were received.

July 10, 7:44 p.m.: A family on 15th Street returned after a day away and spotted one of their home's windows ajar. They were confident that the window had been closed when they left earlier, so called police. Officers investigated the matter as a possible burglary, but found no sign of forced entry or evidence that anyone had gained entry into the apartment, and nothing had been taken.

July 11, 9:55 a.m.: An inventive lad managed to get his little legs so tightly jammed into a well reinforced playground swing seat that he could not escape. A Border Patrol agent patrolling nearby came to the boy's aid and also called police. In the end it took four officers and a set of bolt cutters to free the dangling youngster from his self-made restraints. A medic unit checked him over, pronounced him healthy, and turned him over to the waiting arms of thankful parents.

July 11, 12:12 p.m.: A lady driving in Blaine spotted a 1989 Dodge truck she saw tied to a parked car hauler and recognized it as one that had been stolen from her father out in the county. The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the theft report, and Blaine Police secured the stolen vehicle. The pickup was turned back over to its rightful owner. The owner of the car hauler was located. He explained that he purchased the pickup from a couple at a Bellingham restaurant who offered to sell it for a very very low price.

July 12, 11:35 a.m.: Employees reported a burglary to the building they were working in, about three weeks after the entry occurred.  A small amount of cash was possibly stolen, and some rooms in the building suffered vandalism which made a mess but did not cause permanent damage. No suspects have been identified.

July 12, 11:36 a.m.: A business reported the theft of a small amount of money from a cash box. The theft occurred sometime over a period of about three weeks.  Numerous people had access to the money and there are no suspects at this time.

July 12, 2:39 p.m.: Blaine Public Works requested extra patrol in Lincoln Park. The facility is being frequently used by juveniles
who are leaving garbage behind. All officers were advised of the complaint.

July 13, 3:45 a.m.: Life apparently became too much for a tired old dog wandering Harvey Street, and he flopped down in front of an SUV occupied by a Border Patrol agent on line watch in the area. The agent saw that the old fellow was in a bad way and called police for assistance. The Rottweiler/Shepherd mix had a collar but no tags, was exhausted and wet, and probably suffering from arthritis. Officers gave him a ride to the police department and made a bed for him in dispatch with food and water. He kept the records staff company until the Humane Society arrived.

July 13, 12:08 p.m.: A city employee working near a car wash facility spotted a traveler emptying his motor home septic tank into a storm water catch basin. Police were called to the scene and detained the driver for investigation of Illegal dumping. The man was apparently smart enough to drive a large vehicle but still claimed an innocent lack of common sense. It appeared evident that what he lacked was any reasonable excuse for his actions, and he was advised to expect a criminal summons from the City

July 13, 3:36 p.m.: Police responded to the community center on a report that a combative man was refusing to leave the building. The arriving officers found that the man had not assaulted anyone. He had been verbally unpleasant with staff but left when he realized that police had been called.  The man's membership has been suspended, and staff will call if he returns.

July 13, 5:52 p.m.: Staff at the Boys and Girls Club called police when no one showed up to collect a young girl at closing time. Officers collected the child and gave her a ride home, and everyone went inside to surprise Mom, who had fallen asleep. She was thankful for the wake-up visit, because she had to rush off to Day Care to pick up the girl's younger sibling.  Officers forwarded an informational report to CPS on the contact.

July 14, 11:03 a.m.: Police were dispatched to an injury car crash on SR543 at H Street. They arrived to find that a car which had been stopped at the traffic light southbound on the truck route had been rear-ended by another southbound car.  The two drivers and one passenger were all Blaine area residents: one person was transported to hospital for evaluation. A state collision report was completed and both vehicles were able to depart under their own power.

July 14, 9:20 p.m.: Police were called to a to a noise complaint on Runge Avenue and arrived to find an apartment complex being disturbed by the booming bass from a loud stereo. In the course of contacting the owner of the music, officers discovered that the 20 year old Bellingham woman also owned an outstanding arrest warrant. She was taken into custody, her stereo was turned off, and she was transported to jail.

July 14, 8 p.m.: A person reported that their neighbor's dog had been outside barking non stop most of the day while the owners were away. A short time later, the owners arrived home and an officer was able to speak with them about the dog.  They agreed to leave the pet inside while they were away, where it would hopefully be more at peace.

July 15, 12:06 a.m.: Police were dispatched to a 911 hang up at a motel complex, and arrived to find an tenant complaining that he was hungry. More specifically, the man had decided to quell his need for midnight  munchies by starting up a Bar-B-Q outside his room, and was upset because the motel manager ordered him to extinguish the blaze. Officers explained that the motel's rules carried more legal weight than the renter's stomach, and remained on scene until assured the grumblings had subsided.

July 15, 3 p.m.: Police responded to a report of illegally crabbing on the Marine Drive pier.  An officer arrived and found two people crabbing. The couple was referred to the section of their Fish and Wildlife pamphlet which showed that local waters were currently closed for shellfish harvest. They quickly decided on a Plan B for outdoor activities with their kids for the day.

July 16, 5:04 a.m.: An Border Patrol Agent on patrol near B Street heard a fire alarm sounding at an apartment building and called for police and fire units. The responders found that some residents at a unit had been making coffee and accidentally left a cup on a stove burner. The apartment was not damaged by the resulting smoke and no one was injured.

July 17, 5:03 p.m.: The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office advised they had probable cause to arrest an area resident on assault and drug charges.  Blaine officers developed information about the man's whereabouts, and with the help of Border Patrol agents they arrested the 20 year old hiding in a shed near a house on F Street. He was booked into jail on charges of 3rd degree child rape and providing drugs to a minor.

July 17, 10:23 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a report of people yelling at each other in the 1600 block of Runge Avenue. Officers arrived and contacted a trio in a car. They had gotten angry at one another and one person reported that he had been assaulted. After an investigation at the scene one man was arrested for Simple Assault. He was released with a citation and a court date.

July 18, 9:55 a.m.: The Whatcom County Sheriff's Office called to confirm a Blaine warrant.  The warrant was confirmed and cleared from law enforcement databases.