Police Reports: December 24 - January 1

Published on Wed, Jan 2, 2013
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December 24, 10:04 p.m.: A customer visited a closed business and was sliding his payment under the door when he realized that the door was unlocked and the dark premises were unsecured. He called police, who responded to check the building. The door was unlocked but the very good alarm system was active and set off a cacophony as soon as the door was opened. Officers checked the interior and did not find anything obviously amiss, then remained onsite until a business call-out could respond to secure the building.

December 24, 10:07 p.m.: Dispatch reported receiving a 911 hang-up call from a residence. An officer went to the house and made contact with the couple there. Everything was fine, except for the embarrassment of having hit that little emergency button on the phone when trying to call a friend.

December 25, 2:22 a.m.: Early on Christmas morning Dispatch advised Blaine Police that a woman had telephoned from a residence in Blaine screaming for help. The call taker heard sounds of a man kicking in a door and then the phone line went dead. The suspect attempted to flee on foot but was detained by an arriving police officer. The victim had not been physically harmed but was very frightened. She told police that she was staying at her friend's apartment when the man, whom she had once dated, arrived outside, threatened to kill her if she did not let him in and then kicked down her front door. The intoxicated 33-year-old suspect became enraged when arrested. He had to be placed in restraints when transported to jail, where he was booked for residential burglary, malicious mischief, and harassment, all involving domestic violence. USBP agents assisted on the call.

December 25, 7:09 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a 911 hang up at a home on Christmas evening. Officers arrived and found a family holiday gathering in progress. Children at the party might have taken the phone off the hook.

December 26, 9 a.m.: An officer on patrol observed a vehicle with expired out-of- state license plates that had been sitting in a commercial business lot for an extended period. He checked on the vehicle’s background and located a financing company that had been looking for the car since the buyer had stopped making payments. The legal owner is making arrangements to collect the car.

December 26, 2:35 p.m.: An officer spotted a vehicle traveling almost 20 mph over the posted speed limit on H Street and stopped the driver. It turned out that the lead-footed motorist was also driving in violation of a Washington license suspension that was imposed when he failed to take care of a speeding ticket he received in Everett in 2010. The B.C. resident was issued a criminal citation for driving while suspended and an infraction for his excessive speed. His wife was legally licensed and drove his pickup from the scene.

December 26, 3:48 p.m.: An officer driving a marked patrol car was stopped at 3rd Street at H Street next to the police station when a car approaching on H Street ran the stop sign at the intersection. The officer contacted the driver about the violation, and discovered that the motorist was driving on a suspended driver’s license and had no insurance for the vehicle. The 35-year-old Lynden resident was cited for the various violations and the vehicle was impounded.

December 27, 1:17 p.m.: A woman reported that a man driving a car that looked liked a white-colored Toyota Camry had exposed himself to her, demonstrating a one-person sex act, when she walked past his parked car in a parking lot on H Street. The victim called police immediately, but the suspect left the area and was not located.

December 28, 8:37 a.m.: Police monitored that North Whatcom Fire was in route to a residential structure fire on Blaine Avenue when they received a call of an activated general fire alarm at a home on 16th Street. A Blaine officer responded to the 16th Street address to check that scene and met an alarm company consultant there. He was working on the system and accidentally tripped the alarm. The officer notified fire units of the contact and they concentrated their efforts on the working fire on Blaine Avenue. False alarm report generated.

December 28, 9:28 a.m.: Police received a call from a passerby who was concerned about a large RV that had set up camp on Cherry Street and was partly obstructing the westbound lane. An officer visited the site and found a large motor home parked facing eastbound at the westbound curb. There was an unattached small SUV similarly illegally parked behind the motor home. The owner received a written warning. He was visiting friends in the area, and next time will park in the proper direction and obey the rule about not leaving an RV on the street for over 24 hours.

December 28, 1:46 p.m.: Employees at a business downtown called police when a older, infirm looking gentleman wandered in and out of the premises, seeming a bit disoriented. An officer located him nearby, trying to talk strangers into giving him a ride. The 84-year-old Canadian citizen lives with family in Abbotsford and decided to hitchhike to Bellingham to shop for car insurance. His family was thankful for a phone call explaining that Dad was safe, and getting a police car ride up to Canadian customs to wait for his relatives.

December 29, 6:25 p.m.: An officer responding to a drug investigation at the Peace Arch Port of Entry found an injured seagull sitting in the emergency access lane to customs. The officer stopped and removed the injured bird from the roadway, and contacted the Humane Society to respond and care for the animal. A Humane Society officer arrived a short time later and took the bird under wing.

December 31, 10:33 a.m.: An officer was dispatched to a residence in the 700 block of F Street on a complaint from a resident who was being harassed by other tenants who were calling her names. The suspect tenants were contacted and denied calling the other any names; they were warned about violating harassment laws.

December 31, 6:45 p.m.: Motorists waiting in a heavy, northbound, New Year’s Eve traffic line-up on the truck route called 911 to report that other vehicles were committing violations such as illegal lane changes, line cutting, wrong-way driving, speeding and “just horrible” maneuvers. It was a jungle out there. An officer plunged into the mix and issued six citations in a two-hour period for a variety of violations closely mirroring the callers’ complaints. The officer left the area when the traffic was clear.

December 31, 7:20 p.m.: A motorist reported that a vehicle passed her in a no-passing zone, and she believed the person might be under the influence of alcohol because the offending driver was holding a bottle of something that looked like beer. Officers searched for the vehicle, but could not find it.

January 1, 9 p.m.: A trucker unhooked a trailer from his tractor in a truck stop parking lot. The business asked him to move it but he refused as he did not own the trailer. The employees called police, and when officers arrived he changed his story, admitted the trailer was his and said he would collect it in the morning. The truck stop declined the business and at their request, officers advised the driver to hook up his trailer and leave the property, and that he would be arrested for trespassing if he returned. The trucker hooked up the trailer and drove away, but returned an hour later and parked in the back of the lot. Officers again responded, and this time arrested the trucker for trespassing.