Police Reports: February 24 - March 4, 2014

Published on Wed, Mar 5, 2014
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February 24, 7:33 p.m.: Blaine police responded to a non-injury collision between two commercial vehicles in a private property lot. There was no dispute about what had happened or why, and the officers assisted the drivers with exchanging information.

February 26, 2:48 p.m.: A resident on Bayview Street called to report that a delivery service had left a package on her front porch sometime in the last couple of days. Before she could retrieve the box some miscreant made off with it. The fresh citrus fruit from Arizona is sorely missed.

February 26, 9:30 a.m.: Someone parked a BMX bicycle by the front door of the police station, apparently wanting to turn it over to police. Officers were not able to identify the bike’s owner, and placed it into property impound for safekeeping.

February 26, 6 p.m.: Police officers searching for a man wanted on a municipal court arrest warrant narrowed their search to his relative’s home, then to the garage of the home, and finally to the trunk of the relative’s vehicle in the garage. The 19-year-old clambered out of the trunk and into custody and was transported to jail.

February 26, 10:35 p.m.: An officer contacted two people beachcombing for treasure along the Semiahmoo shoreline. The couple had parked their vehicle on private property and at the owner’s request they were issued a trespass warning. They decided to call it a night and leave with the warning.

February 27, 9:05 a.m.: A concerned observer called police to report a large object lying in the roadway on the truck route, obstructing traffic. Officers responded to the scene and found a wooden cargo pallet loaded with several layers of boxes sitting in the middle lane of SR543, having apparently fallen from a passing truck. Supportive motorists helped police drag the pallet and its contents off the road and out of harm’s way.

February 27, 11 a.m.: A border patrol agent received information about suspicious activity at a vacant house and notified Blaine police. A neighbor near the empty place had been asked to keep an eye on the property, and had recently observed what might have been a flashlight shining inside. Officers checked the unoccupied residence, and found it now secure and devoid of signs of criminal activity. They also contacted neighbors, who agreed to call police if they spotted any suspicious activity.

February 27, 3:12 p.m.: A fuel truck driver was motoring down H Street when he suddenly stopped in the roadway because his truck was leaking fuel onto the pavement. A rivulet of fuel ran towards the curb as the driver scrambled for a bucket to catch the leaking gas. Police officers arrived on scene immediately to assist the driver. He found and fixed the loose valve that was causing the problem, and soaked up the puddle of fuel with a spill kit. The officers insisted they would have been just as responsive even if the fuel had not been flowing towards the police station’s front door.

February 28, 6 a.m.: A teenager found a set of keys lying in the roadway near the intersection of D and 8th streets. He turned the keys over to a police officer, who impounded them pending a possible return to their owner. 

March 1, 2:05 p.m.: Store employees detained a customer who had stolen several items and called police. Officers arrived to investigate and arrested a 19-year-old Lynden resident for shoplifting. About $44 in merchandise was recovered, and the woman was released with a criminal citation and a mandatory court date.

March 1, 1 p.m.: An animal control officer asked Blaine police to accompany him to a residence. An officer was dispatched and stood by while the resident received paperwork informing him that his pet canine was being classified as dangerous due to a recent attack. The owner acknowledged the paperwork and stated his understanding, and officers cleared.

March 1, 7:49 p.m.: An officer contacted a motorist on Hughes Avenue to let her know that one of her car’s headlights was not working. During the stop it came to light that the driver’s license had been suspended. The woman was arrested for the criminal license violation, cited and released pending a mandatory court appearance date.

March 1, 9:49 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a dispute in progress in a residential neighborhood. They arrived to find three family members who had been confronted by a man who lived in the area. The trio explained they had been looking at houses for rent or sale when a homeowner came outside, confronted them without provocation and verbally abused them. Officers investigated and are collecting statements from both sides of the incident for review by the prosecutor’s office. 

March 1, 9:43 p.m.: A transient came to the police department and asked for help with suicidal ideations. Officers called North Whatcom Fire and Rescue to attend to the victim, and he was transported to hospital for evaluation.

March 4, 10:08 a.m.: A bus driver had to sharply brake and swerve to avoid colliding with a vehicle that ran a stop sign at Boblett and Yew streets. A few passengers aboard the bus were shaken up by the near miss, but no significant injuries occurred. Police were called and are investigating.

March 4, 2:20 p.m.: A motorist called police to report a road rage incident near Peace Portal Drive and Hughes Avenue in Blaine. The driver advised that she had been traveling at the speed limit when a large pickup truck began tailgating her very closely. The truck kept up the dangerous maneuver and intimidated the victim to the point that she had to pull over to let the truck pass by. Officers obtained a license plate number of the other vehicle and are investigating.