Police Reports: October 23 - October 30, 2013

Published on Wed, Oct 30, 2013
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October 23, 1:35 a.m.: During patrols an officer discovered an unsecured door to a business. The business’s interior was checked and found to be secure. Officers secured the open door and left a note for the owners advising them of the incident.

October 23, 2:02 a.m.: An officer was dispatched to Customs and Border Protection at the Peace Arch crossing for a suspended driver. The officer verified that the Lynden resident was suspended in the state of Washington. The man was cited and released with a court date and the vehicle was released to a licensed driver.

October 23, 2:57 p.m.: An officer contacted two teenagers smoking cigarettes near the school. One of the boys turned out to be 16 and the other was of legal age. The 16-year-old boy was issued an infraction for tobacco possession under the age of 18 and released.

October 23, 8:28 p.m.: Police attempted to stop a vehicle for speeding on Peace Portal Drive. The driver failed to yield to the police car’s emergency equipment and continued north across the border. Canada Border Services officers contacted the driver and her young children passengers. A report regarding the traffic violations in Blaine was forwarded to the city prosecutor for review of charges.

October 24, 3:35 p.m.: Emergency responders were dispatched to Blaine Public Library on a report of smoke in the building. Arriving police officers did not find any fire or smoke, but there was something in the air causing discomfort to the patrons. Police investigated a possible release of pepper spray or a similar substance while fire personnel evacuated the building and flushed it with fans and fresh air before everyone was allowed back inside.

October 24, 5:13 p.m.: Officers were called to a collision between a commercial semi tractor-trailer and a light post on Blaine Primary School property and was found to be non-reportable. Officers facilitated an exchange of information between the parties and cited the driver for failing to obey a Do Not Enter sign.

October 25, 10:15 a.m.: A man came to the police department to report that he had been duped into wiring more than $17,000 to a fraudulent business in the United States. Blaine officers took a report for the victim, and are working with his financial institution and authorities in the state where the fraud originated.

October 25, 10:23 a.m.: A police officer responded to a call for assistance at a business where a victim was suffering a medical emergency. An officer, AED in hand, monitored the 92-year-old man’s condition until relieved by medics.

October 25, 2:08 p.m.: A U.S. Border Patrol agent on foot patrol called Blaine Police when he found a baby sink hole being born in the southbound Nexus lane on Interstate Five near the Peace Arch monument. The mouth of the hole was about one foot across, providing a window into a void about a foot deep and three feet wide under the pavement. Officers marked off the area with traffic cones and barricade tape and notified WSDOT and GSA of the problem.

October 25, 4:42 p.m.: Officers were dispatched to a disturbance outside a business and arrived to find two men arguing about a vehicle repossession. Police remained on scene to keep the peace while one half of the dispute gathered his belongings from the truck, which was then repossessed by the other half.

October 26, 1:30 a.m.: Officers on patrol contacted a woman camping near a closed public building. The woman told officers she had been stranded in Blaine and had no money or support. The woman was given a warning about camping outside established locations, and provided an emergency voucher for one night’s local lodging to keep her safe and warm until she could take public transit the following morning.

October 26, 5:30 p.m.: An officer on patrol at the school district campus spotted vandalism to a portion of the high school roof, which had been used as a spray paint canvas. The mischief was documented and school maintenance staff will complete a damage estimate.

October 26, 9:05 p.m.: Police contacted two young girls walking on the school grounds late in the evening. The pair explained they were trying to find a ride back home after their cell phone died, leaving them unable to contact their families. An officer gave them a courtesy ride home outside the city limits and spoke with an adult brother upon arrival.

October 27, 12:55 p.m.: A business reported they were reviewing their security camera footage after finding a merchandise tag laying in an aisle without the merchandise attached. Employees identified the suspect and asked police for help contact the regular customer, who might have accidentally failed to pay for the item. An officer fulfilled the store’s request, and the customer immediately returned to pay.

October 27, 9:40 p.m.: Blaine Police conducted a search for a teenaged girl who was wanted on multiple warrants including felony assault and believed to be hiding out in Blaine. Officers checked several locations and located the suspect at a residence. She tried to escape on foot but lost the race and was arrested. The young woman was booked into juvenile detention for the warrants, and a case report was forwarded to the juvenile prosecutor for the drug paraphernalia she was carrying when apprehended.

October 28, 12:39 p.m.: The Whatcom County Sheriff's Office requested assistance at an alarm activation just outside the city when they arrived and found a door open at the residence. A Blaine officer arrived and went into the house with the deputy to make sure it was secure. There were no signs of forced entry and nothing appeared to be missing. The residence was locked up and the owner notified of the officer’s findings.

October 28, 6:40 p.m.: An officer contacted the driver of a vehicle who was having a difficult time keeping her car within the lane of travel. The elderly driver denied any distractions, and was unaware that she had been driving on the shoulder of the road. Officers have submitted a request for a driver re-examination to the department of licensing.

October 29, 3:48 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a residence when its occupant discovered a bullet hole in an exterior sidewall. Investigation revealed it was not a crime by a drive-by shooter but an exploration by a fly-by woodpecker.

October 29, 4:53 p.m.: An officer patrolling Peace Portal Drive recognized a person who had outstanding warrants through Blaine PD and a felony warrant through Bellingham PD. The 46-year-old Blaine resident was detained, the warrants were confirmed and he was booked into jail.

October 30, 12:32 a.m.: A B.C. motorist in route to Blaine for gas and food was referred for a secondary inspection at the Peace Arch port of entry. During this inspection it was found that he had failed to respond to a past speeding ticket, which resulted in his Washington state driver privilege being suspended. The motorist was issued a citation for driving while license suspended. He called his wife at home to pick up the car and take him home.