Police Reports: June 5 - 11, 2013

Published on Thu, Jun 13, 2013
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June 5, 8:12 a.m.: An officer responded to Customs and Border Protection regarding a B.C. resident with an outstanding warrant. The officer took the man into custody and transported him to Blaine Municipal Court to resolve his legal matter from 10 years earlier. The warrant was cleared from law enforcement databases.

June 5, 3:32 p.m.: A resident on Harborside Drive came to Blaine PD to report that sometime during the night someone siphoned about 10 gallons of gas from his vehicle while it was parked at his home.

June 5, 5:59 p.m.: After receiving a report, an officer found a large trailer tire and rim alongside the road on Boblett Street. It had just fallen off of a tractor-trailer rig and the officer found the truck that lost it in the northbound line up on SR 543. The driver was made aware of his tireless axle. The driver was able to limp the truck to the truck holding area. An officer texted photos of the damage to the mechanic to make sure he brought a lot of parts, tools and a big jack. A new wheel was also mentioned.

June 5, 10:30 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a fight in progress at a residence. Officers arrested a 21-year-old Blaine resident for obstructing public officers and transported him to jail. Their investigation continues with a possibility of additional charges.

June 7, 10:23 a.m.: A property manager asked police to inspect a rental unit with him after its tenants were evicted. An officer walked through with the landlord to make sure nothing illegal or of value had been left behind.

June 7, 3:50 p.m.: Police were notified by dispatch that a semi truck and trailer was driving southbound in the northbound freeway on ramp at I-5 and D Street. An officer located the truck as it was entering onto I-5 southbound. The driver explained he had gotten lost and instead of proceeding to a legal turn around point prior to entering Canada Customs, he decided to make a U-turn across all lanes of the freeway and drive the wrong way down the interstate to an off-ramp. The driver was cited for the incident.

June 7, 5:12 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a possible incident of child abuse. The reporting party refused to leave any contact information. An officer arrived and spoke to a mother and her children, and determined no crimes occurred and the allegation was unfounded.

June 7, 5:18 p.m.: An officer working traffic enforcement on I-5 was contacted by Customs and Border Protection at the Peace Arch crossing regarding a person in possession of a controlled substance. The officer verified that the substance was controlled and arrested the 55-year-old B.C. resident for the narcotics violation. He was released with a criminal citation and mandatory court date for the offense.

June 8, 4:35 p.m.: A resident passing by a business in Blaine Marina noticed a young man trying unsuccessfully to get in to a parked vehicle. He stopped to check and learned the teen had just gotten off work to discover he’d left his keys locked in the car. The resident called police hoping they could help. An officer responded and gave the young man a ride to his house to grab a spare key. Police no longer provide lockout service. It’s usually less expensive to call a qualified locksmith than to repair the damage done trying to bypass the lock.

June 8, 5:05 p.m.: Two women were sitting on a street-side curb on A Street, smoking near a cluster mailbox when a driver pulled to the curb to check his mail. According to the ladies the driver inched his truck up so close to them that they were forced to move to avoid being struck. A profane and loud discussion ensued over who had the right of way and who had the least manners. An officer discussed the matter with the woman who later called to complain about the driver’s behavior. He will be asking the driver of the truck for his perspective as well.

June 8, 5:32 p.m.: A motorcyclist passing Lincoln Park drove straight west on D Street. This caused him some problems since D Street itself curves in that area. When the biker realized that he was traveling too fast to make the corner, he jumped off the bike and rolled to a stop. The bike bounced down the length of a roadside ditch until it hit a driveway culvert. The driver’s only injury was a sore shoulder, and a Good Samaritan with a truck and a towrope pulled the bike from the ditch, with help from nearby residents. The driver was issued a traffic citation, and estimated the damage to his motorcycle at about $7,000.

June 8, 5:43 p.m.: A passerby saw three small children sitting unattended in a car in a store parking lot and called police. The officer was on another call and it was 20 minutes before he was able to respond. He arrived to find that the suspect vehicle, a black Honda Odyssey with B.C. license plates, was no longer in the lot. Either a parent returned, or the kids got tired of waiting.

June 8, 6 p.m.: A couple of kids crossing the I-5 overpass on H Street came upon an injured bat. The critter was not able to fly and in danger of being run over by cars or people. The children collected it in a sweater and brought it to the police station for help. An officer met with the rescuers and Border Patrol contacted Whatcom Humane Society, who sent an animal control officer to take custody of the wee mammal. They gave the Good Samaritan back his sweater and transported the victim to a licensed wildlife rescue organization.

June 8, 6:05 p.m.: A resident in Semiahmoo called, concerned about the shooting he could hear in the area, possibly to the east of his neighborhood. The officer on duty responded when he had completed prior calls, and on arrival heard only silence. There have been an increasing number of calls about gunfire in the Birch Point/Semiahmoo area. Locations in that vicinity that are outside Blaine city limits are in a part of Whatcom County, where it is currently permissible to shoot firearms.

June 9, 9:50 p.m.: Dispatch received a report of a man passed out beside the sidewalk on Boblett Street at 3rd Street, and notified Blaine police. The responding officers found the gentleman was too intoxicated to know where he was, and a language barrier prevented him from explaining where he was supposed to be. Fortunately the inebriate had a motel room key in his pocket, which allowed an officer to drive him back to the company of relatives who agreed to tend to him until he sobered up.

June 10, 1:50 a.m.: Police were called to a report of an apartment dweller playing loud music well past an acceptable hour. The responding officer could hear the music playing from the sidewalk about 100 feet from the apartment complex. It took several minutes to rouse the inebriated gentleman, who could not hear the door knocks over the noise from his television. He agreed to turn down the volume for the night.

June 10, 1:34 p.m.: An officer responded with the fire department to a fall victim along Peace Portal Drive. A woman was walking with a friend when she tripped over the edge on an uneven sidewalk. The incident was documented and the resident was treated by medic personnel and released at the scene.

June 11, 4 a.m.: An officer observed a vehicle parked on a residential side street for much longer than the 24 hours permitted. The car did not appear to be associated with anyone residing in the area. It is being tagged with a warning notice and will be towed if not removed.

June 11, 9:43 a.m.: Police were advised of a trash can that had either caught fire or was set on fire yesterday afternoon along the waling trail on Semiahmoo spit. An officer responded to investigate and found that a hot coal from an outdoor fire pit or possibly a cigarette had ignited the contents of the can causing it to melt. The fire department responded and extinguished the fire at the time it occurred. A report was made documenting the damage and Public Works was dispatched to clean up the charred remains of the can and its contents. Nothing else in the area was damaged.