Police Reports: December 7 - December 17

Published on Wed, Dec 19, 2012
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December 7, 11:00 a.m.: A public utility reported an ongoing problem with large commercial trucks and trailers parking at a location which blocks repair crew access to utility equipment. It appears that the “No Truck Parking” signs at the location are being occasionally ignored by the offending drivers. No trucks were present when an officer arrived. He spoke with a manager of the nearby company where the truck drivers are doing business, explained the public safety concern, and asked for the businesses help with the problem.

December 10, 6:15 p.m.: An officer assisted U.S. Border Patrol field agents with the apprehension of a man who had entered the U.S. illegally by walking south across the international boundary along the beach near Marine Drive Park. The man was taken into custody without incident.

December 11, 1:06 p.m.: Dispatch reported a 911 hang up at a business on H Street. Police arrived just a couple of minutes later and found everything looking peaceful at the office from which the call originated. Two busier looking gents directed police to a third man in a corner office, who was looking like he wanted to be somewhere else. It turned out that the manager's unique phone dialing technique had caused a couple of other 911 hang up calls earlier in the week.

December 11, 3:13 p.m.: The driver of a small sedan stopped northbound on Grant Street, looked right to make sure nothing was coming, and pulled out onto H Street. This utterly surprised the driver of the enormous pickup truck that was eastbound on H Street with the right of way and bearing down on the little sedan from the left. The pickup crashed into the driver's side of the sedan, totaling the car and trapping the driver inside. Arriving police officers shut down the roadway with the help of Border Patriol agents, and kept the sedan driver stable until responding fire units from North Whatcom extracted her for transport to hospital. She was cited for Failure to Yield Right of Way, and the pickup driver was cited for Driving Without Insurance. The roadway was closed for about an hour while police completed their investigation.

December 12, 9:26 a.m.: A Blaine Municipal Court judge ordered police to take a man into custody for failing to comply with his court ordered obligations. An officer detained the 36-year-old Blaine resident and transported him to jail at the court's request.

December 12, 10:00 a.m.: A 19-year-old Custer resident was appearing in Blaine Municipal Court and mentioned that he had forgotten to go to court in Bellingham the previous day on an unrelated matter, and hoped the Blaine court could also take care of that other charge. It turned out that the court in Bellingham wanted to work out their matter in person, and had issued an arrest warrant to get the young man's attention. Officers assisted the gentleman by transporting and booking him into jail in Bellingham, which is conveniently located only four floors up from his cell block.

December 12, 6:19 p.m.: A customer arrived at a business, found the door unlocked, and called police. An officer responded and found the cause of the problem. The business owner was on site and open for business, just tending to some tasks back in the warehouse. Owner and customer were introduced and the officer cleared the scene.

December 12, 8:30 p.m.: A person reported her back window to her vehicle shattered as she was pulling into a parking lot on 8th Street. Police investigated and determined the window shattered when a previous crack to the window’s corner gave way, causing the entire sheet of safety glass to fail. An officer helped the driver temporarily secure the hole.

December 13, 10:02 a.m.: A resident on D Street report that two small gas cans had been stolen from a shelf in his unsecured garage. The theft happened sometime on Wednesday or Thursday. Some other items were moved around but nothing else was taken.

December 13, 11:23 a.m.: A care provider grew concerned when a child she normally cares for was absent for a couple of days and she was unable to contact the parent. She called police, who checked and determined that the parent was in jail. The child was being tended to by a family friend. Both parent and friend were appreciative when the child care provider offered to take the young one for a spell.

December 14, 5:50 a.m.: A Border Patrol agent came upon a man staggering along in the dark eastbound on D Street at Allan Street. He was a very intoxicated US citizen who'd decided to walk home to Custer from a friend's house. A Blaine Police responded to check on the sojourner. His dark clothing and unsteady gait put him at significant risk of being struck by a passing car, so an officer gave the man a ride to his residence.

December 14, 1:44 p.m.: Whatcom County Superior Court Juvenile Division advised police they had issued a warrant for a teenage Blaine resident who failed to appear for a hearing. Officers checked the juvenile’s home and several other locations for the next couple of days and nights until they found and arrested her, and booked her into detention.

December 14, 8:30 p.m.: Officers were dispatched to a report of an erratic, possibly intoxicated driver northbound on Mitchell Avenue from Peace Portal Drive. They intercepted the suspect vehicle at Grant and SR543 and contacted the driver for a traffic violation. The elderly motorist was very tired and returning from visiting her husband in hospital. She had not been drinking and was much more awake at the end of the contact.

December 16, 1:26 a.m.: About 1:30 a.m. a couple sleeping in their sailboat at Blaine Marina were awakened by two people thrashing about on the deck. They yelled out at the intruders to interrupt whatever crime was being committed overhead, and the thrashing trespassers abandoned ship and ran away as the live-aboards called 911. Blaine officers and Border Patrol agents arrived in time to apprehend the two adults leaving the area, and a witness positively identified the 25-year-old woman and 24-year-old man. The pair eventually explained that they had climbed around the locked Gate 1 marina entrance to get onto the floats, intending to board a vessel and commit romance. They claimed they set the boat to rocking only after no one answered their knocking. They were given Criminal Trespass citations and copies of their arrest photos to commemorate their sailing adventure.

December 16, 3:39 p.m.: Acting on a Sheriff's Office mutual aid request, a Blaine Police officer responded to a verbal domestic dispute in the 8000 block of Harborview Road. The officer provided back up to a deputy during the investigation, but no further enforcement action was needed.

December 16, 6:15 p.m.: A motorist parked her car in the lot at a business and went shopping. Another motorist backed into the rear bumper of the woman's car and left the scene without stopping, reporting the incident or advising the woman of the hit and run collision. The offending vehicle was not identified and the case was closed pending further information. 

December 16, 7:47 p.m.: Police investigated a two-car injury collision at intersection of SR-543 and Boblett Street. A driver illegally turned his car left in front of another vehicle and the pair collided in the intersection. Air bags were deployed in both vehicles. A rear passenger in the other vehicle complained of shoulder pain. She was addressed by medics on scene and released. Both vehicles were towed away at their respective owner's request. The offending driver was issued a citation for failing to yield right of way at an intersection and driving without insurance.

December 17, 12:33 p.m.: Police were contacted by a Semiahmoo Marina resident who reported a fuel siphoning. The victim explained that sometime during the past month or two someone had stolen gasoline from his vehicle in the marina parking lot. In the process they damaged the spout and filler line for his car tank, causing about $200 damage. 

December 17, 3:42 p.m.: Blaine Police were contacted by a business that was concerned about an employee who might be suffering domestic abuse. Officers have contacted and interviewed the people involved, and are investigating the report.

December 17, 4:27 p.m.: A resident on Martin Street reported that a desperate nicotine addict is trespassing onto her porch to steal the leftover cigarette butts there. Officers were advised to watch for a surly white male in his early 20s.

December 17, 9:51 p.m.: A US Border Patrol agent patrolling along the border found an open door at a warehouse. Police officers arrived and searched the premises but found no one inside. There were no signs of forced entry and it appeared the door had blown open in the wind. Police were able to shut and secure the door.