Police Reports: January 2 - January 7, 2013

Published on Wed, Jan 9, 2013
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January 2, 11:20 a.m.: Officers were dispatched to a two-vehicle collision involving the U.S. Postal Service and Federal Express. The drivers were not competing for the quickest delivery, but their vehicles were inadvertently competing for the same piece of the parking lot and backed into one another. The postal service vehicle sustained damage to the left door and window and the Fed Ex vehicle sustained cosmetic damage to its rear crash bumper. The cost of repairs exceeded flat rate charges. A report was taken to document the incident.

January 2, 4:08 p.m.: A resident called police to report having been harassed by two female neighbors in a nearby apartment. An officer listened to the reporting party’s description of the event, and tried to advise the tenant that her neighbors had not crossed the line from freedom of speech to illegality on this particular occasion. The reporting party interrupted the explanation by hanging up on the officer before he could complete the conversation.

January 2, 7:20 p.m.: An anonymous person called dispatch to report the traffic heading into Canada was backed up to H Street along State Route 543 and the traffic was not obeying the traffic light. An officer proceeded to the intersection and monitored the intersection to make sure traffic flowed properly.

January 3, 7:04 a.m.: Police in Florida called Blaine Police Department, asking officers to contact a Blaine resident to see if they knew their car was in Orlando, Florida, and appeared to have been possibly stolen. An officer located and contacted the car owner at her home. It turned out she knew where her car was and that it had been damaged in a collision.

January 3, 12:28 p.m.: An officer stopped a vehicle on Peace Portal Drive for speeding. Upon contact the motorist admitted that he shouldn’t be driving, because the Department of Licensing had sent him a letter to that effect. The officer checked, and sure enough, the driver’s privileges were suspended for an unpaid ticket. The Blaine resident was cited for speeding, failure to provide proof of insurance and driving while suspended. A licensed driver in the vehicle was permitted to take the wheel.

January 4, 9 a.m.: Blaine Police learned that a group of demonstrators would be gathering in Peace Arch State Park for an event which might possibly impact the state park or the flow of traffic on I-5 at the border. Blaine officers worked with other agencies in the area developing contingency plans for traffic and crowd safety. On Saturday, January 5, officers worked with Washington State Parks, Customs and Border Protection and the demonstration attendees to make sure a safe time was had by all.

January 4, 9:14 a.m.: An officer observed a car being stored unmoving on the public right of way in a parking stall at the curb in a residential area over the course of many days. He initiated an abandoned vehicle report, and the car will be impounded if the owner does not remove it from the street.

January 5, 1:55 a.m.: An officer assisted U.S. Border Patrol field agents who contacted a man staggering along the centerline on H Street Road at Valley View. He was trying to walk home after drinking more than his share of alcohol over the evening. Rather than risk the man becoming some passing motorist’s unintended hood ornament, an officer transported the inebriate home and left him in the care of his adult brother.

January 5, 12:29 p.m.: An officer was dispatched when store employees apprehended a shoplifter at their business in the 1700 block of H Street. The 28-year-old Bellingham resident was contacted, arrested and released with a criminal citation and court date. His pilfered stash of pepperoni and energy drinks was recovered.

January 5, 1:29 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a report of a domestic violence incident in progress at a house on Adelia Street. The arriving officers found the dispute was between two adult brothers and was not yet physical. The men were separated and left the residence to cool off.

January 5, 4:56 p.m.: A business owner downtown called police after discovering that someone had intentionally caused damage by scraping the finish from the outside of his front doors. No suspects have been identified and extra patrols will be made to the business.

January 6, 6:49 p.m.: Customs and Border Protection at Peace Arch Port of Entry intercepted a Friday Harbor man in possession of prescription medication without a prescription nor associated packaging. An officer arrested, cited and released the man pending his appearance in court.

January 6, 7 p.m.: On a dark rainy Sunday evening an officer on patrol came upon an unattended car stopped in a roundabout on D Street. The two wheels lying on the shoulder, a jack lodged under the car and an axle lying on the ground suggested a failed attempt at a tire change. The officer placed flares and traffic cones to make the scene safe and the car’s two occupants arrived on foot a short time later. The officer directed their tow truck driver in for a landing by cell phone, and the vehicle was removed within 15 minutes.

January 6, 7:50 p.m.: A motorist called police after crashing into a light pole in the 800 block of Peace Portal Drive on a dark, rainy night. The driver was not impaired, and simply did not see the light pole as he turned off the road into a business driveway. The driver had already moved the car to a nearby auto mechanic’s shop so the road was not blocked. The city light crew that responded estimated the damage to their pole to be about $600. The damage to the front of the driver’s Saab sedan was over $750. The driver and his passenger were uninjured, and the event was closed with a state collision report.

January 7, 8:22 a.m.: A resident called police asking that someone talk to his wife about her habit of using his bank account debit card without his permission. The officer let the lady know that her husband had called the police. He explained to both the husband and wife that Washington was a community property state and their property was assumed to belong equally to both unless they took legal action to change that.

January 7, 10:37 a.m.: A resident found a young man sitting on Semiahmoo Parkway looking wet and cold and a long way from home. The resident picked the man up, got him some food, gave him some money, and brought him to the police station. Officers contacted the transient's mother, and she arranged for a bus ticket to get her son from Bellingham to her home in Puyallup. A police employee donated some warm dry clothes for the teenager to change into, and a reserve officer transported him to the bus station in Bellingham.