Police Reports: April 24-30, 2014

Published on Wed, Apr 23, 2014
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April 16, 9:12 a.m.: Police were dispatched to a home on a call that an adult relative had locked herself in an outbuilding and was using drugs inside. Officers arrived to investigate and established probable cause to arrest the woman for malicious mischief involving domestic violence. The 33-year-old Blaine resident violently resisted her arrest and was booked into jail.

April 16, 4:11 p.m.: Residents called police to ask for assistance with a vehicle that regularly drives past their homes late at night, waking everyone by blasting music at a deafening level. Officers patrolled the area and found the victim’s report was entirely accurate. Once the offender had been safely stopped and the patrol car’s windows were no longer rattling, the officers were able to hear the driver’s apology and promise of future good behavior.

April 17, 3:03 a.m.: While on patrol, officers observed a vehicle parked in a parking lot of a closed business. Officers contacted the driver of the vehicle who did not have a reason for loitering at the closed business. As the driver of the vehicle had a suspended driver’s license, he made arrangements for a licensed driver to come to his location and remove the vehicle. Officers cleared.

April 17, 3:25 a.m.: U.S. Customs called police that Canadian Customs had turned back a U.S. citizen to them after denying him entry to Canada. Customs authorities had admitted the U.S. resident to return home to California, but he was refusing to leave their facility. Blaine officers arrived, first explained to the man his options, and then thanked him for his wise decision to set sail for warmer climes.

April 17, 7:03 a.m.: A motorist was southbound on 6th Street when a vehicle that was westbound on C Street ran the stop sign. The two autos met in the intersection, and police were called to document their attempt to occupy the same point in space at the same moment in time. An officer completed a report on the crash and cited the responsible driver for failing to yield after stopping at a posted stop sign.

April 17, 10:52 a.m.: A Blaine resident came to the police station to report being victim of identity theft after learning from the Internal Revenue Service that her professionally prepared tax return had been denied because an unidentified person had already filed a return using her name and social security number. The resident has taken appropriate steps to have her accounts flagged as an identity theft victim and other federal agencies are conducting a criminal investigation into the matter.

April 17, 5:04 p.m.: A Blaine business employee called to report that a Washington plated vehicle had run the stop sign southbound on 3rd at H Street, nearly causing a collision. A license plate number was obtained and an officer is investigating.

April 17, 6:05 p.m.: Officers were called to a business on a report that a customer had tried to pass a counterfeit U.S. $50 bill. The patron explained that she was running errands in Blaine and that her father had obtained the bill from a bank in B.C. a week earlier. The woman stated she had no idea it was not legal tender. She had no criminal history, and the fake bill was impounded for transmission to the U.S. Secret Service.

April 17, 10:51 p.m.: Police were dispatched to the Peace Arch port of entry to check the driving status of a man who was returned to the U.S. by Canadian authorities. Officers contacted the man and found he was demonstrating some mental impairment. The 74-year-old gentleman had left his home in Salem, Oregon to visit a nearby grocery store, and ended up in Blaine two days later. He was given transportation to hospital in Bellingham for evaluation.

April 18, 1:14 p.m.: Police were called when a confused elderly gentleman was found wandering on a golf course in Semiahmoo. The staff at the business helped the man and contacted a relative on his behalf. An officer checked to ensure that the family was working with a medical professional regarding his care and health.

April 18, 1:14 p.m.: While a Blaine officer was investigating an illegal dumping complaint in a residential area, a respondent in a no contact order approached and verbally contacted the order’s petitioner in the officer’s presence. The Blaine resident was arrested and booked into jail for violating the order.

April 18, 11:11 p.m.: Blaine police were asked to check on the driving ability of a motorist who was approaching Blaine and possibly impaired. Officers observed the vehicle being driven with its headlights off and stopped it on H Street near the truck route. Police and a state patrol trooper determined the driver was not impaired by drugs or alcohol but possibly overly tired after a long day’s work and little sleep. A more alert driver was found to drive the vehicle for the remainder of the motorist’s trip.

April 19, 11:47 a.m.: A resident called police when she discovered that someone had stolen two garbage cans from her yard during the past week. One bin contained yard waste and the other was empty: both had wheels and attached lids. There were no other markings on the plastic containers. 

April 19, 10:54 p.m.: Police were called to a business when staff discovered that a patron had entered a back office and pilfered an employee’s jacket. The inebriated customer was located and denied the taking, and allowed officers to search and confirm that he was not in possession of the coat. Employees searched the area and found the jacket discarded outside the building, still in good shape. The staff decided no further action was needed.

April 20, 11:36 a.m.: RCMP Canada received a 911 hang up from a Blaine resident who lives very close to the international boundary. An officer contacted the homeowner, who had been programming his new cell phone; not realizing its emergency number would be answered in another country.

April 20, 7 p.m.: An officer was dispatched to a Blaine business when a customer attempted to pay for items with a counterfeit U.S. $50 bill. The patron explained he had received the bill while he was traveling. The fake currency was impounded and sent to the U.S. Secret Service for review.

April 21, 8:13 a.m.: A resident contacted police to report that a driver had almost ran him over in a crosswalk on D Street. The victim explained he had been crossing in the crosswalk when a driver of a vehicle bore down on him, not slowing or stopping. The walker had to run to escape the path of the car, and was left uninjured but shaken. Officers stopped and identified the driver and are investigating.

April 21, 11:40 a.m.: Police were dispatched to contact a suspicious person on Mitchell Street when passersby reported that the man was throwing his hat in the air, donning and doffing his shirt, and running around acting crazy. An officer located and interviewed a teenager visiting from another community, who explained everything was all right and he was just looking for his girlfriend. He agreed to adopt a more subtle courtship dance more in keeping with Blaine’s environment.

April 21, 12:04 p.m.: Blaine Police were advised of a possible order violation that had been committed by telephone. An officer investigated the incident and discovered that the violation apparently occurred within the city limits of Ferndale. The report was forwarded to Ferndale Police and they are acting on the violation.

April 21, 3:22 p.m.: While on an unrelated call, an officer could not help but notice the 13 chickens running freely around the area. The homeowner admitted ownership of the fowl. He was advised that no more than six hens could be kept on a residential property and all needed to be in an enclosed area. The officer will be following up with the homeowner to confirm that the herd is reduce to a legal number in the next week.

April 22, 5:15 a.m.: Dispatch received a report of a one-car rollover crash on Yew Street, with the driver pinned in her pickup truck and fire department en route. An officer located the vehicle upside down in a ravine: the driver was safely seat-belted and shaken but unharmed. She was evaluated by arriving fire personnel and had treated at the scene for neck pain. She was not under the influence and had not committed any driving violations before her vehicle drifted off the roadway.

April 22, 10:43 a.m.: Officers were dispatched to a car vs. pole collision in front of the primary school in Blaine. Officers arrived on scene to find the driver of the car had self-extracted with very minor injuries even after the car’s airbag deployment. The driver declined medical attention. The car appears to be totaled and was towed away to an impound yard. The light pole did not fare well either and was found knocked over and completely broken from its base. The driver explained they looked down to get a bottle of water, and when they looked up the car had drifted off the roadway and they had not time to react or even hit the brakes to avoid the collision. The driver was given a ride to the border where a family member would pick them up. A state collision form was completed.

April 22, 10:30 p.m.: A concerned motorist called Blaine police after locating an elderly man walking a dark section of H Street Road. The man appeared to be suffering a medical problem, and was tended to by the passerby and police until a family member arrived to take custody of the gentleman.