Police Reports: February 12 - 19, 2014

Published on Wed, Feb 19, 2014
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February 12, 6:39 a.m.: Officers were dispatched with the fire department to an activated fire alarm at Blaine Primary School. Officers arrived and spoke with school staff on site who had identified a faulty smoke alarm. The fire department arrived on scene to assist school employees in resetting the alarm. Officers cleared with no further action taken.
February 12, 2:02 p.m.: Following an interview at the police department, a teenager was given a ride to his residence outside the city limits, as other transportation was not available.

February 12, 5:20 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a possible fight involving several people happening on Mitchell Street near Adelia. The arriving officers contacted the group and found that the altercation was actually an argument that had not progressed beyond the noisy stage. The people involved resolved their differences and police remained in the area to ensure the peace treaty held.

February 12, 8:45 p.m.: An officer on duty at a Blaine High School sporting event observed a man who was wanted on an arrest warrant. Police confirmed the warrant and took the 36-year-old Blaine resident into custody. He was transported and booked in to jail.

February 13, 7:20 a.m.: Bellingham police asked for Blaine police assistance in identifying a suspect in a crime in their jurisdiction. A Blaine officer followed up on the request and was able to identify their person of interest.

February 13, 12:37 p.m.: A resident on Adelia Street called police to report the theft of a bicycle from his locked garage sometime in the previous 24 hours. The bike is a blue and white seven-speed Giant commuting bicycle, with fenders, white stripes on the frame, and a luggage rack behind the seat over the rear fender. Officers are investigating.

February 13, 2:05 p.m.: An officer stopped a speeding vehicle on H Street and found that the motorist’s privilege to drive in Washington was suspended for prior unresolved offenses. He was cited for speeding and arrested for the license violation. He was released after processing and his car was released to a licensed driver.

February 13, 2:21 p.m.: The planning department forwarded information about possible code violations occurring at a location in Blaine. Officers are assisting in an investigation of the complaint.

February 13, 9:10 p.m.: A business on H Street called police when they discovered a transient asleep in their recycling dumpster. The gentleman explained to the arriving officers that he had come up from Bellingham to get a break from the big city, and had not intended to scare the daylights out of the night-shift worker in charge of the recycling. His apology was accepted, but rules being rules the visitor was given a verbal trespass warning by the store, and escorted off the premises by officers. He was offered and gratefully accepted police transportation to the Lighthouse Mission.

February 14, 8:53 a.m.: Police received information about an incident in which a teenager discharged an air rifle within city limits and damaged another person’s property. Officers investigated, interviewed the parties involved and completed a case report for review by the prosecutor’s office.

February 14, 12:16 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a residence on a report of a physical domestic violence incident between siblings. Officers arrived, investigated and determined that an 18-year-old sister had assaulted her juvenile brother. The woman was arrested and booked into jail for assault fourth with domestic violence.

February 14, 1:42 p.m.: A man called to report that he and another vehicle collided in the parking lot at a business in Blaine. There was very little damage to either vehicle, and an officer took a report to document the event for the calling party.

February 14, 1:54 p.m.: A resident called police to report a suspicious woman on foot in the neighborhood, peering into cars as she passed by. Two police officers immediately checked the area, but the woman was gone. They did not find any indications that any of the cars in the area had been entered.

February 15, 12:25 p.m.: Blaine police were dispatched to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, where a traveler being interviewed was found to be driving on a suspended license. An officer contacted the visitor from B.C. and confirmed that his Washington driving privileges were suspended after he failed to take care of a previous traffic ticket in the states. He was arrested for the criminal licensing violation and released to a now mandatory court appearance after processing. His vehicle was released to a licensed driver.

February 15, 9:05 a.m.: An officer on patrol spotted a disabled vehicle on H Street near the truck route. The former driver, now pedestrian, explained that his truck had just quit running and he was unable to restart it. The officer pushed the vehicle off the roadway for the owner so that he could safely work on it.

February 15, 4:01 p.m.: Police responded to a vehicle versus deer collision on Semiahmoo Parkway. The driver was southbound in the 9000 block of the parkway when a deer bounded east across the road into the driver’s path. The victim driver stopped nearby, but the victim deer fled into the woods and was not located.

February 15, 6 p.m.: Police were called to a possible residential burglary in progress when two women were seen inside a home that was listed for sale. Officers contacted three women leaving the area, and discovered they were part of a team cleaning the home. A miscommunication had occurred between the crew and the property management company in charge of the house.

February 16, 7:02 a.m.: A Blaine officer was dispatched to the Peace Arch port of entry where a motorist was found to be driving with a suspended license status in Washington state. The former driver was arrested, cited and released to attend a mandatory criminal court appearance. The vehicle was released to a licensed passenger.

February 16, 9:30 a.m.: A passerby reported that an overnight windstorm had blown a large canopy from a resident’s yard onto a neighbors yard. An officer arrived to find that the owner of the canopy had already reclaimed his airborne property from his neighbor’s home, and the neighbor’s only damage appeared to be a scratch in the paint of a deck post. The canopy however had been totally destroyed in its one-block sailing adventure. The same storm caused several false intrusion alarms and at least one power outage overnight.

February 16, 7:15 p.m.: High winds caused a brief power outage in south Blaine. The outage in turn caused the traffic lights at the intersection of H Street and SR-543 to change over to blinking reds. Police notified the department of transportation and a crew responded to the intersection to address the problem. Case closed.

February 16, 7:30 p.m.: An officer on patrol came upon a fallen tree on Drayton Harbor Road near gate 2 of St Andrew’s Green. High winds had toppled the tree. The officer was able to break up the tree enough to move the trunk off of the roadway.

February 17, 1:45 a.m.: A man used his cell phone to call 911 for help. He explained that he had stepped into an open manhole and had fallen about 12 feet down the uncovered utility shaft. A GPS lock on the victim’s cell phone placed him somewhere between the 400 block of A Street and the Pacific Highway port of entry. The ensuing search determined that he was north of the GPS coordinates just far enough to place him north of the international boundary, in South Surrey, B.C. A Canadian ambulance and rescue crew found the gentleman and tended to his needs.

February 17, 10:02 a.m.: A passerby reported witnessing a man and woman on bikes screaming at each other on H Street. Both subjects left the area before police arrived, but an officer located and identified the male half several blocks away. He claimed that he and his girlfriend had only been arguing and no assault had occurred. The female half could not be found to verify the information.

February 18, 8:18 a.m.: A passerby called to report garbage strewn about around a commercial property on Martine Street. This is an ongoing problem with the site. An officer left a message with the owner advising him the property needs to be cleaned up, and follow-up is being done on the prior complaints.

February 18, 10:39 a.m.: A person called to report a collision in the intersection of 3rd and Martin Streets. The crash had occurred half an hour prior to the call, and both drivers from out of state had exchanged information at the time and continued on their way. The caller, who wanted to notify authorities of the un-investigated crash, reported no injuries.

February 18, 11:22 a.m.: Dispatch reported a security company called and reported a burglary alarm activated at a residence in Semiahmoo. Police arrived and checked the exterior of the residence but could no find no damage to the home and no signs of entry. The security company reported that no call out was available to respond, and the officers advised the company of their findings.

February 18, 3:24 p.m.: An officer recognized a person who was driving with a suspended driver’s license. He stopped the vehicle, confirmed the suspension and arrested the 19-year-old Blaine resident. She was cited and released pending a mandatory court appearance. The vehicle was legally parked within blocks of the violator’s home, and she walked there to make arrangements with a family member to retrieve the auto.

February 19, 9:06 a.m.: A man called to report two large brown possibly aggressive dogs running loose near 10th and E streets, heading west. Officers checked the area but did not find the animals. Whatcom Humane Society was notified of the report.