Police Reports: July 24 - July 31, 2012

Published on Wed, Aug 1, 2012
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July 24, 11:04 p.m.: Police spotted and contacted a lady dragging her luggage down D Street at about 11 p.m. She explained she had been left stranded without transportation after her husband was apprehended by RCMP for impaired driving.  An officer found motel lodging for her and her luggage at a Blaine motel.

July 25, 9:31 a.m.: Employees at the Port of Bellingham called police to report a man on the Marine Drive pier was fishing with a pole in one hand while drinking his breakfast from a beer can with the other. An officer contacted the visitor from California, and found he had wisely discarded his refreshment after talking to the port staff. He explained he had been unaware of Washington's open container law and would obey it in the future.

July 25, 1:50 p.m.: An officer patrolling on Steen Street observed a teenager riding an unlicensed dirt bike on the roadway. The cyclist did not have a license, endorsement, or other safety equipment as required. The Lummi Island resident was given a warning for the violations and was avised that future violations would result citations and the dirt bike being impounded as evidence.

July 26, 1:14 a.m.: Passersby called police shortly after 1 a.m. to come help a distraught woman who was standing on 3rd Street, crying loudly. Officers arrived and contacted a 19-year-old couple and found they were both intoxicated. They had left a house a short distance away, and the girl had suffered scrapes and cuts when she fell while trying to hand onto a car that was leaving the party.  Medic were called to tend to the girl's injuries. Both she and her companion received mandatory court appearance citations.

July 26, 1:14 a.m.: After dealing with an injured attendee a short distance away, police contacted an alcohol-fueled party at a home on Harrison Street. Five of the intoxicated people there were underage and were arrested for being minors in possession of alcohol. Those arrested were all Whatcom County residents between 15 and 19 years old. They were each processed for mandatory court dates with juvenile court or Municipal Court as appropriate.

July 26, 10:30 a.m.: A resident called police to report her son as a runaway. A short time later an officer spotted the young man at the Blaine Skate Park and took him into custody. The 15 year old was arrested on outstanding warrants and booked into juvenile detention, and mom was notified that he was safe and sound.

July 27, Midnight: At about midnight an officer contacted a person camping in his RV at Marine Park. The occupant explained he was visiting friends at the Port of Bellingham's Blaine Marina, and a helpful security officer there had advised him it was alright to camp overnight at the park.  He was advised that the information was in error and camping in city parks was prohibited by ordinance. Given the late hour, he was permitted to stay the night so he would not have to break camp in the dark. Officers contacted port security and updated them on the rule.

July 27, 2:50 a.m.: Parents called police when their teenaged son returned home at 3 a.m. The teenager is wanted on a warrant, and his family is working to bring him into compliance. An officer arrived in the area and after a short search found the young man hiding in the woods near his house. He was arrested on the warrant and booked into detention.

July 27, 10 p.m.: Officers were dispatched to a wooded area near a house when the resident found contraband hidden there. The man's teenaged son had been found hiding from police in the copse of trees earlier that day, and the parent suspected he'd been out there for a reason. Dad had searched around and found several packets of the illicit drug known as "spice." The contraband was taken into evidence for investigation.

July 30, 4:04 p.m.: A housing unit owner/manager called police to report malicious mischief to an apartment on Adelia Street, reporting that the suspect couple had moved out without notice, owing almost $10,000 in back rent, and left the property extensively damaged. Plumbing pipes to the refrigerator and fixtures were cut and stolen, the drywall and metal door were punched full of holes, and the carpet and walls had been defaced with crayons and permanent markers. cooling pipes to the fridge, cutting the pipes and the removal of the kitchen and bathroom faucets, holes in the drywall walls, holes in the front metal door, and writing on the carpet and walls with crayons and markers. The victim is taking civil action, and police are investigating the malicious mischief.

July 31, 7:04 a.m.: A resident on 4th Street woke up to a loud crash late in the evening and searched his house, but could see nothing amiss. In the following morning's light he discovered that one of his double paned living room windows had been smashed, probably by the large rock now laying on the grass outside.  Neither he or the police were able to discern why his window had been targeted, but it will cost about two hundred dollars to repair the damage.

July 31, 1:15 p.m.: A 72-year-old Kirkland resident drove to Blaine and was taking the freeway off ramp at milepost 274 when she discovered that her brakes had apparently failed somewhere along the trip. She had the presence of mind to swerve around a car stopped ahead of her at the intersection, and pulled her emergency brake in time to change an imminent crash into a noteworthy splash into a water filled ditch along Peace Portal Drive. A medic unit responded to confirm her personal assessment that she was uninjured, and a tow truck was called to retrieve her amphibious Toyota.

July 31, 1:50 p.m.: A passerby called to report concern about an unlicensed off-road dirt bike being driven on Vista Terrace by a rider with no protective gear. An officer responded and contacted the young adult cyclist near his home. He was given his one and only warning that he would be cited and the bike held as evidence for future violations.

July 31, 7:30 a.m.: An employee on campus called police to report finding a broken window at the primary school. An officer
responded and found that a vandal had thrown a traffic cone up against a window, breaking the outer pane. The malicious mischief is under investigation. The damage is estimated at $150.

July 31, 7:30 a.m.: A resident on 8th Street called police at about 7:30 a.m. for assistance with loud construction noise in his neighborhood. It was late in the morning before an officer was able to clear from other incidents and investigate the complaint. He found and contacted employees at the construction site, and learned they had started work at about 7:15 a.m. Blaine's noise ordinance permits construction noise to start at 7 a.m. on week days and 9 a.m. on Saturdays, so no laws had been broken. The contractor was given a courtesy advisement that at least one neighbor was concerned. The original caller was no longer at home, and officers will attempt to re-contact him.

July 31, 3:48 p.m.: A passerby called police to report that a transient was sitting in a roadside ditch near Semiahmoo, consuming alcohol. An officer checked the area and found the traveler sitting alongside Drayton Harbor Road.  The almost senior citizen was pushing a wheeled trash bin full of all his worldly possessions, and explained that he had stopped to sip his bottle of soda pop and rest before tackling the long hill that stood between him and his destination. He was sober, had no alcohol in his possession and remembered from prior police contacts that he could not camp in the city. He was wished well and left to his journey.

July 31, 3:55 p.m.: Police received a report of neglect involving a family with several young children. The information stemmed from reported incidents in which a child had been caught stealing food, and was sleeping on the floor in a house that had no beds or other furniture. Officers are investigating.

July 31, 11:02 p.m.: Officers responded to a report of a vehicle prowl and theft on F Street. A Blaine resident discovered that the locks on his SUV had been damaged by inept thieves who had then tried unsuccessfully to pull out his vehicle's stereo. It will cost over $400 to repair the locks. Police are investigating.

July 31, 7:58 a.m.: Police were dispatched to investigate a landlord tenant dispute, and during that process learned of a medical marijuana co-op dispensary operating without a license at a residence. The facility was in violation of statutory requirements and had more plants than allowed. The excess 13 plants were confiscated, and the results of the investigation will be reviewed by the prosecutor’s office.