September 10 - September 17, 2013

Published on Wed, Sep 18, 2013
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September 10, 8:19 p.m.: Police were advised of a verbal domestic in progress in a residential neighborhood. An officer contacted both parties and found a father and his adult daughter had a disagreement which ended up outside in public view. The family calmed down and the daughter left for a while to cool off.

September 11, 9:33 a.m.: A motorist on Drayton Harbor Road was unable to avoid a deer that wandered in the path of his car. The driver called dispatch and stayed with the injured animal. An officer responded to assist the driver and dispatch the victim.

September 11, 3:32 p.m.: Customs and Border Protection at the Peace Arch port of entry intercepted a Washington man driving a car while his driver’s license was suspended. A Blaine officer responded to the port and arrested, cited and released the man pending his appearance in court. The owner of the car he had been driving came up from Seattle to take custody of his vehicle.

September 12, 9:21 a.m.: An officer observed two girls leave the school campus headed toward an area known for underage smokers. He lost track of the students but notified the high school that they were off the school grounds.

September 12, 9:25 a.m.: An officer stopped a vehicle for a traffic infraction and found that the driver had a suspended drivers license and was also operating a car without an ignition interlock device as required. The 40-year-old Blaine resident was arrested and issued a criminal citation. The vehicle was recovered by a licensed driver.

September 12, 1:45 p.m.: Police responded to a report that an angry man in an apartment was yelling at someone. Two officers were dispatched to the building and tracked the yelling to its source. They contacted the suspect resident and found him armed with a telephone, which he was loudly using to vent his frustration at a television cable company representative on the other end of the line. The frustrated cable consumer apologized for frightening the neighborhood and promised to turn down the volume of his complaint if not his intensity.

September 12, 5:22 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a 911 hang up call from a residence. An officer arrived and contacted the homeowner who said she had no idea how the call was placed. It’s possible the two children in the house might have been playing with the phone.

September 12, 7:35 p.m.: Dispatch received a call from an apartment resident on 4th Street reporting that a neighbor lady had just used a baseball bat to smash his car’s windshield. When police arrived the suspect was sitting outside her own apartment nearby. The slightly inebriated woman denied using a baseball bat. She claimed that she had used her fist to break the window, although her hands appeared unscathed. The lady stepped into her home for a moment, made some banging noises and then came back outside to show the officer that her fist was indeed injured. She received a criminal citation for smashing the car window and transport to the hospital to have her possibly fractured hand evaluated.

September 13, 8:30 a.m.: A resident on H Street called police after a man she knew broke the back window of her car to express his frustration about a personal matter. Officers investigated and identified the man. They visited his home and place of work to locate and cite him for the malicious mischief. He had not come home and had not gone to work, and the watch-for on the 19-year-old suspect is still in effect. It will cost about $400 to replace the window.

September 13, 9:14 a.m.: A resident called police asking for help with neighbors who talk loudly in their garage while playing cards about 7 a.m. every morning.  The noisy game was causing the caller a rude awakening day after day. An officer came over to listen to the volume of the card-playing conversation and deemed it normal for the situation. He contacted the game’s host, who explained that he and his friends get off graveyard shift together about the same time each morning, and the 7 a.m. game is their version of an evening recreation. The officer understood the concept from his own years of shift work, and advised the players they were not violating any laws but were dealing unhappiness to their neighbors.

September 13, 10:58 a.m.: Dispatch reported the fire department was in route to the school campus after a student injured his knee. A police officer was on campus at the time and responded to assist until a medical unit arrived to evaluate and transport the young man to hospital for evaluation.

September 13, 3:16 p.m.: A resident on O’Dell Road discovered that two vehicle batteries had been stolen from an unused camper parked on her property. The value of the ten-year-old batteries was minimal, but that did not deter the cretin who sniped them.
 
September 13, 4 p.m.: Dispatch received a report that an assault and theft had occurred at an apartment. Police responded and were told by the victim that she had been assaulted in her home the night before by a former boyfriend. The man attacked her, tore up her apartment, then left. He returned about 1:30 a.m. and stole the victim’s wallet, then left again, and has possibly left the state. Officers are continuing their investigation.

September 13, 7:50 p.m.: Police responded to a report of a collision on Bell Road at the Peace Portal intersection. They found that a WTA transit bus had been legally stopped at the intersection, when a man driving a pickup towing a large travel trailer come from the right and tried to make a left had turn across the path of the. The pickup driver cut the corner too tight and struck the front left corner of the stationary bus with the left side of his trailer. No one was injured in the low speed crash.  Officers helped the drivers exchange information, and neither vehicle had to be towed.  

September 14, 12:54 a.m.: The Sheriff’s Office asked for assistance at the scene of a verbal domestic dispute in progress at a residence in Birch Bay. One half of the dispute left in a car and was intercepted by a deputy on Alderson Road. A Blaine officer backed up the sheriff’s unit while he investigated the complaint.

September 14, 1:20 a.m.: An officer responded to a report of an object obstructing the road, and found the remnants of a formerly large fowl on Dakota Creek Bridge just outside city limits. The animal had not survived a contest with a passing vehicle. An officer removed the fallen fellow from the traffic lanes to a final resting place.

September 14, 2:15 a.m.: An officer on patrol discovered a handful of colorfully painted but nonetheless illegal garage sale signs secured to barriers, railings and traffic sign posts on State Route 543 and D Street. He collected the signs and gave them all a ride to the home where they said they belonged.

September 14, 2:53 a.m.: A convenience store cashier was tending to a very intoxicated woman at the counter when she heard fluid leaking, and thought something had spilled in a nearby rack. After the customer staggered back to the passenger seat of a car outside, the clerk discovered the tinkling sound had been the drunk relieving herself on the store’s floor while making her purchase. The Washington license plate number of the suspect’s dented white Honda Accord was recorded, and officers are following up on the malicious mischief.

September 14, 4:30 a.m.: A young man drove down from Burnaby to catch a plane to a friend’s wedding in California. He was right on time, until customs officers at the Peace Arch port of entry discovered that he had received but had not resolved a traffic ticket two years ago in Skagit County. His Washington driving privilege was suspended as a result, as was his hope of getting to the airport on time. After accepting a Blaine Police criminal traffic citation and mandatory court date for the license violation the gentleman and his car were escorted back to Canada.

September 14, 5:05 p.m.: An officer stopped a vehicle for speeding on D Street, and learned from computer checks that the motorist’s privilege to drive was suspended in Washington for not paying prior speeding tickets. The officer cited the driver for the criminal driving offense, issued another speeding ticket, and released the motorist with a summons to municipal court. The driver’s wish to have his vehicle towed back to B.C. was honored.

September 14, 5:34 p.m.: Dispatch reported that a business called to report that a person had entered their store and picked up some food, but left without paying. He did not go far, and was consuming the evidence outside in front of the business. An officer responded to investigate and found that the 31-year-old suspect was cooperative and apologetic. He explained that he took the food because he was out of work, out of money and hungry. He accepted a criminal citation for shoplifting, and was trespassed from the store.

September 14, 8:45 p.m.: Police nearby heard two groups of people yelling at each other across H Street in a dispute related to their work. An officer calmed the parties down and convinced them to handle their disagreement more civilly, or at least without screaming at one other in earshot of the police station. 

September 15, 2:14 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a motel to pick up a gun that a customer apparently left behind in a drawer when he checked out. An officer impounded the weapon for safe keeping until its owner returns with a good explanation.

September 15, 2:14 p.m.: An officer observed a vehicle whose registered owner was suspended from driving in Washington state. The car was being driven on a public roadway at the time, and when the officer stopped it he found the driver was indeed the registered owner. The 31-year-old Bellingham resident was cited into Blaine Municipal Court for the criminal license offense and her auto was released to a licensed driver.  

September 15, 4 p.m.: An alarm company called police dispatch to report an activated sensor on a commercial building. Officers arrived and found a rear door wedged open by blackberry vines. They checked the room and determined no crimes were committed and no entry made. A false alarm notification will be sent to the subscriber.

September 15, 7:05 p.m.: An officer patrolling a Semiahmoo neighborhood heard a residential fire alarm sounding and investigated. Fire units were dispatched and a neighbor with a key helped gain access. There was no fire or other emergency and the owners were not home, so the cause of the alarm was not determined. 

September 15, 5:30 p.m.: A resident crabbing off the Port of Bellingham’s pier at the end of Marine Drive contacted an officer to report that someone had stolen his wallet. He explained that he had left the wallet on the seat of his vehicle while he was checking his crab pot, and returned to find it missing. There were a number of people crabbing and fishing at the time of the theft, but no suspects have been identified. 

September 15, 8:10 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a report of a domestic dispute between a man and woman at a motel. Upon arrival, they learned the argument had ended several minutes earlier. The gentleman was still present in his room but his visiting lady friend had already left with a stated intention of returning home to B.C. Officers were able to contact and speak with both parties, and each adamantly confirmed the disagreement was only verbal in intensity.

September 16, 1:55 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a report of a possibly intoxicated motorist at a business drive through after employees saw the driver drinking an alcoholic beverage while placing his to-go order. Officers located the vehicle a short distance from the restaurant, made contact with the driver and found he was not illegally impaired. The motorist did receive a citation for his open container of alcohol in the vehicle.

September 16, 9:43 p.m.: A rental car that had been reported stolen from California entered the U.S. at the Peace Arch port of entry. The occupants were detained by customs officers and Blaine Police were called to investigate. It appeared that the trouble started when the credit limit ran out on the card the travelers had used to book their rental. The occupants were given transportation to Bellingham so they could resolve the problem.

September 17, 2:27 a.m.: A car was spotted weaving in and out of its lane of travel on Interstate I-5. A Blaine officer in the area monitored the vehicle until an officer from the local jurisdiction contacted the driver. He was arrested for driving with a suspended license.

September 17, 9:10 p.m.: A transient was refused entry into Canada and was in need of overnight shelter. Officers contacted the person and provided her a courtesy ride to social assistance in Bellingham.

September 17, 9:16 p.m.: A Blaine resident was eastbound on H Street Road near Valleyview Road when his windshield was struck by a yellow paint ball. The projectile was fired from a weapon used by one of the people in a dark colored SUV that was traveling west on H Street Road passing the victim at the time. USBP agents and Blaine officers searched the area but did not find the suspect vehicle.