Police Reports: August 8 - August 14, 2012

Published on Wed, Aug 15, 2012
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August 8, 2:28 a.m.: While on routine patrol in the 9200 block of Semiahmoo Parkway, an officer checked a vehicle that was illegally parked off the road. The occupants were just returning from the beach area, and a routine check revealed that a 25-year-old man in the group was wanted on an arrest warrant from Okanogan County. He was arrested and booked into jail.

August 9, 11:48 p.m.: An officer stopped a vehicle bearing an expired registration tab on Peace Portal Drive. The driver produced a trip permit to the officer, but the document appeared to be altered, and the motorist's driving privileges in Washington were suspended. The 39-year-old from Bellingham was arrested on both violations, processed and released with citations for a mandatory court appearance.

August 10, 8:02 a.m.: A Public Works employee called police when he spotted a highly agitated pedestrian yelling at traffic on Peace Portal Drive downtown. An officer arrived to meet the homeless man and inquired about his concerns. The gent was dealing with some mental health issues, and at the moment expressing frustration with the federal executive branch of government. When he was advised of the qualitative differences between free speech and disorderly conduct, the transient calmed down and went quietly on his way.

August 10, 11:52 a.m.: An apartment building owner came to the police department after one of his apartment unit windows was broken by a tenant. He wanted to advise police he was aware that the renter had been causing problems and concerns for other tenants, and he was in the process of eviction proceedings. All officers were advised of the matter.

August 10, 1 p.m.: A man came into the station to report an unattended hit and run. His daughter had parked their black Volkswagen on 3rd Street while having lunch, and returned to find that another car had struck the front bumper, damaging it and the license plate. The running vehicle's driver had not left a note nor called police to report the incident. No suspects have been identified, and police are hoping a witness may come forward.

August 10, 1:13 p.m.: A mother and her visiting 17-year-old son argued about the son's disrespectful behavior in the home, and police were called. The son was due to return to his father's home in Ohio by bus the same day but mom refused to drive him to the Bellingham bus terminal following their verbal dispute. Officers de-escalated the volatile situation by transporting the son to the bus station.

August 11, 12:15 a.m.: A Border Patrol agent spotted a loose dog near the intersection of H Street and Peace Portal Drive in the early morning hours. An officer retrieved the critter and provided it food, water and shelter until the Humane Society could collect it later that morning. The friendly beagle mix with a red collar and no tags seemed to appreciate the assistance.

August 11, 1:20 p.m.: While on patrol an officer spotted a pedestrian walking on 9th Street who was wanted on a Blaine Municipal Court warrant for failing to appear for an assault charge. The 39-year-old woman was arrested without incident and booked into jail.

August 11, 11:17 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a noise complaint when a renter reported a neighbor in the next door apartment was pounding on their common wall. An officer spoke to both parties. The wall knocker denied pounding, but the original complainant did have his TV turned up really loud when police arrived. Officers asked the tenants to respect the close quarters and try to be civil to each other when resolving their differences.

August 12, 9:55 a.m.: A passerby called to report that a transient had abandoned his belongings and trash along the 2400 block of Bell Road. An officer responded and took custody of a backpack and tent, and arranged to have a large garbage bag of trash and cardboard bedding removed by Blaine Public Works. The transient litterer was nowhere to be found.

August 12, 10:53 a.m.: The Sheriff’s Office asked Blaine police to respond to Custer to handle a domestic dispute at a residence there. Blaine officers responded and assisted with what turned out to be a non-criminal verbal disagreement.

August 12, 5:58 p.m.: Washington State Patrol dispatch broadcast a report of dangerous debris laying in the southbound lanes of I-5 near milepost 274. The nearest trooper was in Bellingham. Blaine officers responded to the area and pulled the construction material out of the freeway lanes.

August 12, 9:50 p.m.: Police responded to a noise complaint on F Street when a caller reported pedestrians talking too loudly. Officers contacted one of the suspected noisemakers nearby and were told the complaint possibly stemmed from an ongoing dispute between neighbors. The walkers agreed to be less boisterous when speaking outdoors.

August 12, 10:21 p.m.: Police received a report from a concerned passerby that juveniles might be playing in Lincoln Park after dark, when the park was closed. Officers checked the park, and this time the interloper turned out to be an adult who resided nearby and was out walking his dog. The park has been victimized by vandalism and littering lately, and the police were glad the person had called.

August 13, 11:08 a.m.: Blaine school district officials called to report graffiti vandalism to one of the buildings on campus. An officer investigated the incident, which likely occurred last Thursday evening. Video surveillance is being reviewed to identify the suspect(s).

August 13, 2:18 p.m.: A concerned citizen contacted police to report a suspicious person in their neighborhood was possibly trying to sell something to minors.  An officer followed up on the complaint and found that the suspect was a church member handing out literature.

August 13, 2:27 p.m.: A resident contacted police to request a welfare check on a friend who had not been seen for the past few days. An officer investigated and learned that the missing person was fine, but staying out of sight to avoid a civil legal process.

August 13, 4:44 p.m.: A resident called police to report finding a suspicious substance by the Peace Arch monument, and an officer arrived to investigate. He found a plastic medicine prescription container containing holding a green leafy substance. It had been ceremoniously abandoned at the foot of the Arch, apparently by someone approaching inspection by U.S. Customs. The "Strawberry Kush" variety of dried noxious weed was impounded for destruction.

August 14, 2:18 a.m.: A parent called police when he spied his teenage daughter and her girlfriend getting into a car with some boys, after sneaking out of the family home at 2 a.m. Officers broadcast a description of the testosterone-fueled auto, and a Border Patrol Agent soon spotted the car. Police contacted the carload, returned the girls to their home, and had a talk with the young men about their behavior.

August 14, 12:21 p.m.: A motel manager came to the police department when he discovered that a former tenant had kicked a hole in the wall of his room and damaged a cable receptacle before leaving. An officer obtained information on the suspect lodger, and is pursuing the malicious mischief complaint.