Police Reports: February 6 - 12, 2013

Published on Wed, Feb 13, 2013
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February 6, 4:47 p.m.: Police were called to the scene when building management found that one of their apartment tenants had passed away. An unattended death investigation was completed and the medical examiner released the deceased to a funeral home.

February 6, 11:09 p.m.: A motel manager was one of the people who called police to report that someone was pressure washing equipment in an alley adjacent to the motel at about 11:15 p.m. Guests and residents in the area were unable to sleep due to the din of the industrial strength engine and pressure blasting away. An officer found a vendor using the alley to blast clean metal commercial kitchen equipment from a nearby restaurant. The vendor was advised of the noise ordinance provisions and the legal hours for such activities, and he agreed to stop for the rest of the night.

February 7, 10:06 a.m.: Officers responded to a residence to investigate a 911 hang up. They found that there was no emergency, and provided the occupant with a suggestion that he read his new phone’s instruction manual before making a third attempt at adding 911 to his speed dial list.

February 7, 6:30 p.m.: Police received information that a juvenile girl had been sexually assaulted by a person she knows. Officers investigated and arrested a teenage male for third degree rape. The teen was booked into juvenile detention, and the police investigation continues.

February 8, 4:24 a.m.: Police responded to a newspaper delivery woman’s report of a fire alarm sounding inside an unoccupied residence at about 4:30 a.m. Fire department personnel entered the house and determined that an old, upstairs smoke detector had become faulty. There was no fire, and the house was secured.

February 8, 10:24 a.m.: An officer stopped a vehicle for speeding 52 in a 25 mph zone on D Street near 9th Street. The 52-year-old Coquitlam, B.C. resident driver was arrested for reckless driving, cited and released with a date for a mandatory court appearance.

February 8, 6 p.m.: A teenage girl reported she was walking on H Street near Harrison when a van quickly pulled up beside her and the man driving it asked her if he could give her a ride. The girl ran away and called her parents. Dad picked up his scared daughter and they reported the incident to police. An officer searched the area for the van and suspect without success. The case is under investigation.

February 9, 3:20 a.m.: An officer conducting security checks at a commercial complex came upon a port-a-potty that had been knocked over outside a warehouse. It did not appear otherwise damaged, but the amenity was no longer useful to anyone who might have need of its former vertical stance. The officer made sure no hapless customer was trapped inside, and notified the company that owns the rental unit so they could remove it.

February 9, 4:30 a.m.: A resident called police to report that a thief had gotten into his unlocked pickup truck overnight. The vehicle’s glove box was ransacked and stuff strewn about. The culprit stole two key rings, each holding about ten keys to various locks that protect things that the owner keeps secure. The victim’s truck had been parked behind his home in a parking spot by the alley at the time. A check of the area uncovered other unlocked vehicles along the same alley that had also been entered and rummaged through. All officers were advised for their patrols.

February 9, 4:45 a.m.: While investigating a vehicle prowl and theft from car at a nearby residence, an officer conducted a canvas of the neighborhood and located two other unlocked cars at a home in the 1000 block of Mitchell Street which appeared to have been entered and their contents rifled through. No one was awake at the house where the cars were parked and the suspects were no longer in the area. Police are awaiting a call from the victims to complete a report on any loss that was incurred.

February 9, 4:40 a.m.: While canvassing the area around Mitchell and Cherry Streets for vehicles that had been prowled overnight, an officer located another to add to the list of victims. A pickup truck had apparently been left parked unlocked overnight, as its driver’s door was now not fully closed and the glove box had been ransacked. Police are awaiting contact by the current user of the truck to advise if the thieves stole any property.

February 9, 4:50 a.m.: While investigating a handful of vehicle prowls from cars in the area, an officer expanded his canvas of the neighborhood and located another unlocked car parked off an alley west of Mitchell Street. It appeared the car had been entered through the unlocked driver’s door and the glove box contents rifled though. No one was awake at the homes near the car and the suspects were long gone. A case report was initiated and any property loss information will be added as it comes available.

February 9, 7:20 a.m.: While on patrol and conducting a security check of a home whose owners were away, an officer smelled a whiff of propane odorant and tracked it to a very small leak in the pressure regulator assembly of the homeowner’s propane fuel storage tank. The officer called a relative, and she is contacting the vendor that owns the tank to make repairs.

February 9, 9:55 a.m.: Police were dispatched to the Blaine School District athletic fields on Pipeline Road. A concerned neighbor had noticed a young girl walking alone on the fields behind the fence, holding a soccer ball and wearing light clothing inappropriate for the cold rain and breeze. There was no adult or anyone else in sight to care for the kid, and the resident was concerned for her safety. An officer checked the field, dugouts and perimeter of the fields and the surrounding country block. He found a solitary soccer ball sitting unattended in the rain, but was unable to locate the lonely little apparition that had been carrying it.

February 9, 5 p.m.: An employee at a business called police to report that, about four hours earlier, a man whom no one knew walked into their facility and wandered around making people nervous by his apparent lack of purpose. Border Patrol agents assisted an officer with checking the area to make sure the curious gentleman was no longer in the vicinity.

February 10, 4:44 a.m.: A police officer assisted medics at a residence following a report from relatives there that a family member had fallen out of bed. The arriving emergency responders found that the person had not actually fallen, but had purposefully and happily gotten down on the floor to better satisfy an irresistible 4 a.m. urge to count out the contents of a coin collection. Apparently this is one of the minor potential side effects of at least one prescription sleeping aid.

February 10, 11 a.m.: A boat owner and his friend went to Semiahmoo Marina to make some needed repairs to the dinghy on the man’s yacht. They arrived only to discover that the dinghy and its outboard motor had been stolen from his boat overnight. Between the time of the call to police and an officer’s arrival at the marina, the owner solved the case. It turned out that two of his nefarious neighbors at the marina had overheard that the skiff needed repair, so they hauled it over and set to work fixing it, each unaware that the other hadn’t told the owner what they were doing.

February 10, 4:59 p.m.: An adult man was injured when assaulted at a residence in Blaine. The victim left the house but was located nearby by police and medics were called to evaluate his injuries. The man had suffered a minor self-inflicted knife wound, and had been punched in the face by his dad. Police investigated, arrested the 58-year-old Blaine resident father, and booked him into jail for misdemeanor domestic violence assault.

February 11, 10:25 a.m.: City employees reported that one or more cretins had vandalized some of the metal fish sculptures that decorate the Marine Drive Park salmon wall. An officer checked the area and did not find any other damage. It appears that someone with large muddy shoes and more weight than IQ had used the fish as makeshift stairs to climb the wall, bending the metal pins to which the sculptures are welded. The pins and welds held firm, and some bending in the other direction should get the salmon all swimming upstream once more.

February 11, 11:09 a.m.: A homeowner called police when he discovered that equipment had been stolen from his unlocked detached garage. A well used, well cared for and distinctive gray Giant 24 speed bicycle, a small red rototiller, a hammer, a 30-year-old Skil saw and an almost new pair of bolt cutters were among the items taken. Police are investigating the burglary and theft, which possibly happened late Friday or early Saturday.

February 11, 2:02 p.m.: Police were called when concerned witnesses saw a very intoxicated man get into a vehicle downtown and drive east on H Street. Dispatch broadcast a description of the man and his truck, and a Border Patrol agent soon advised Blaine officers that the suspect was near the Post Office. Police contacted the driver and determined from field sobriety tests that he was indeed under the influence of alcohol. The 64-year-old Birch Bay resident was arrested and booked into jail after processing.

February 11, 7:41 p.m.: Police received a call from a passerby who heard a noise like an audible alarm in the area of 15th and 16th Street. Officers tracked the sound to a motor home parked on a residence in the neighborhood. They contacted the owner, who set to work silencing the alarm and fixing the problem that caused it.

February 11, 7 p.m.: Police provided traffic control along the intersection of the truck route and its cross streets for several hours Monday evening amid the crush of cars headed back to Canada at the end of B.C.'s Family Day holiday. Although traffic was very heavy, Canadian Customs officers did their best to keep it moving and no collisions or serious lapses of driving decorum marred the evening. Blaine officers issued several citations for a variety of traffic offenses.

February 12, 9:39 a.m.: A Border Patrol agent advised police when a semi tractor-trailer rig stopped on the freeway onramp, blocking other motorists while the truck driver apparently mulled over how to undo the wrong turn he had taken to get on the ramp. Officers responded immediately but arrived just after the semi driver got it in gear and departed.

February 12, 2:59 p.m.: A resident on F Street called police when a pickup came to a stop out in the road blocking a driveway, then the driver leaped out and fled on foot. An officer arrived to investigate and happened upon a gentleman who turned out to be the fleet foot motorist’s friend. The buddy explained that the driver had been headed to work when his truck ran out of gas, so he bolted down the street to catch the bus to get to work on time. Officer and friend acknowledged the driver’s commitment by pushing his truck to the side of the street and safely parking it for him.

February 12, 6:56 p.m.: A resident contacted police after a man driving a white Subaru Impreza stopped near two teenagers walking down the street and made a strange remark to them which they believed to be about drugs. The man then got out of his vehicle, said he was looking for someone and mentioned a person’s name. The teenagers hightailed it to a nearby friend’s home and reported the incident. Officers are investigating.

February 12, 10:55 p.m.: An officer stopped a vehicle for an equipment violation and learned that the motorist was driving with suspended Washington driving privileges and did not have insurance. The Blaine resident was arrested for the offense and processed. He was released with a citation for his offenses, but his vehicle was impounded.