Police Reports: June 12 - June 17, 2014

Published on Wed, Jun 18, 2014
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June 12, 11:28 a.m.: Residents reported to Public Works that a home in the neighborhood is vacant and becoming an eyesore and health hazard. They reported that the yard is overgrown with weeds and blackberry bushes and rats are moving into and around the property and adjoining public alley. Neighbors turned to the city for help when they were not able to contact anyone at the financial institution that owns the property. Police officers are following up to contact the owners and correct the problem.

June 12, 2:12 p.m.: A man tried to take some cigarettes from a store without paying for them. An employee gave chase to the suspect, who attempted to run from the store. The employee was able to catch the suspect and retrieved the cigarettes from the very apologetic suspect. She was also able to get a license plate after the suspect went back to the parking lot to retrieve his vehicle. Officers are investigating.

June 12, 3:20 p.m.: Blaine City Hall received an inquiry regarding possible municipal code violations ongoing at a residential property. The issues in question included a large storage container in the front yard in view of a public street, and a disabled vehicle and tent trailer partly under a tarp at the same location. Officers made visits to the property to document the materials, and advised a property owner who lives there that these items have to be stored behind a fence and out of public view in residential areas of the city. The owner advised they will comply with the law.

June 12, 6:44 p.m.: Concerned neighbors called police when they saw people peering in windows of unoccupied homes. By the time an officer arrived both parties had escalated to a yelling match. Officer quickly calmed both parties and determined the people peering in windows were contractors. The men were interested to see how the other homes in the development were constructed. It was suggested to the reporting person that she call police right away next time rather than engaging in a verbal confrontation.

June 13, 2:56 p.m.: A person called 911 from a pay phone and hung up. Officers contacted the person. He had just been removed from Canada after spending some time in jail and needed some medication for his mental health condition. He accepted a ride to the hospital for a voluntary examination.

June 13, 4:30 p.m.: A man went to the grocery store with his small daughter in tow on Thursday evening. After parking his car in the lot they were walking toward the store entrance when they were assailed by the odor of the marijuana that three young men were smoking nearby. The shopper admonished the trio and suggested they take their drugs out of public view. The men instead started to argue with him so he took his daughter into the store. The obnoxious tokers were gone when the man came out with his groceries about 15 minutes later, but the man’s car had been vandalized with deep paint scratches on three sides. Officers are checking with store management for video and witnesses, and the victim is obtaining damage estimates from his insurance company.

June 13, 7 p.m.: BNSF called police when one of their train conductors reported several people approaching a slow moving train. BNSF wanted the people removed from railroad property. Officers arrived and checked the area but the suspects were gone. It is believed they were taking photographs of the train.

June 14, 12:20 a.m.: An officer on routine patrol located a very friendly beagle mix on Washington Avenue at Bell Road. The dog at first hopped in the front seat before joyfully going to the back seat of the patrol car for a short ride to the police department. The dog had no collar or other identification tags. The friendly feller was transferred to Whatcom Humane Society. 

June 14, 6:16 a.m.: U.S. border patrol was advised of two people walking near the border with a long gun. Blaine police assisted with the call. Two local citizens were contacted. One claimed to be shooting at trees in the woods with the pellet gun. The pellet gun was impounded pending further investigation.

June 14, 9:35 a.m.: While on patrol, an officer came across an abandoned disabled vehicle blocking traffic on Bell Road at the tracks. The officer was in contact with the tow company when the driver came back with his father. The father moved the vehicle off the roadway where they could safely investigate the cause of the stalled out motor. The tow truck was cancelled.

June 14, 10:15 a.m.: Officers were dispatched to Peace Arch port of entry for a person found to be illegally in possession of a firearm. Officers are investigating the criminal history and contacting the agencies to determined the dispositions of each crime. U.S. customs impounded the firearm pending Blaine Police Department’s outcome of the case. The person was released.

June 14, 7:53 p.m.: Police responded to a physical domestic dispute at a gas station on D Street. Officers arrived and contacted a man who said his ex-girlfriend had punched him. Police contacted the suspect who was still at the scene. She admitted to punching him in the face. Officers arrested the woman and transported her to Whatcom County Jail. The victim’s injuries were documented for the report.

June 14, 8:49 p.m.: An officer was dispatched to a verbal domestic dispute between a husband and wife. Upon arrival the officer determined nothing criminal had occurred. Both parties were calm when speaking with the officer, and no further problems were reported.

June 14, 11:30 p.m.: Officer received a complaint from a person who claimed the neighbor living under his apartment was making noise all day long. He stated the noise was coming from a 4-year-old who continually stomps on the floors. Officer contacted the suspected noisy neighbor who said he had allowed his child to stay up later now that school is out. The father stated they were moving in a week and he would make sure the 4-year-old kept the stomping to a minimum until then.

June 16, 12:05 a.m.: Officers were dispatched to a verbal dispute between mother and son. On arrival officers determined no assault took place and the argument was over the son’s girlfriend being at the house. During the investigation officers found there was an underage drinking party going on outside the residence.

June 16, 12:05 a.m.: Officers were investigating a reported domestic violence incident at a residence when they also discovered three adults under 21 were under the influence of alcohol. Two juveniles under 18 years old were also under the influence of alcohol, and three of the persons present were also under the influence of marijuana. Officers made five arrests and cited the adults. The juveniles were released to their parents.

June 16, 2:03 p.m.: A person reported that two packages left on their front porch were stolen while they were away. The person filed a police report in case the packages and product are recovered. The person completed a statement form. There are currently no suspects to this incident.

June 16, 3:27 p.m.: A woman called to report her daughters’ bike stolen from the Semiahmoo Marina. Officer arrived and spoke to the mother and both daughters. It is unknown exactly when the bike went missing within the last two weeks. The bike is a bluish/brown in Specialized BMX style with rear pegs. It was locked up, but the lock was either picked or broken during the theft.

June 16, 3:45 p.m.: A woman called to report vandalism to a gazebo in the 5500 block of Bayvue Road in Blaine. Over a three-day period last week, someone kicked out fence boards from the gazebo’s railing and overturned small benches that decorated its interior. Damage was minimal and there are no suspects in the crime at this time.

June 17, 9:43 a.m.: A woman came into the Blaine Police Department to report the possible theft of a watch that she ordered on eBay. When the package arrived it appeared to be partially open and the watch was not inside. The woman needed to file a police report before PayPal would open a shipping investigation and credit her the money she lost. Officer took a written statement from the woman and provided her a case number.

June 17, 12:01 p.m.: A woman called to report an aggressive dog in the 1000 block of Blaine Avenue. While walking her dog, another dog ran off its property and confronted her. The other dog’s owner came out and called it several times until it returned. Officers made contact and identified the owner of the dog(s). The owner was given her one and final warning for having her animal at large. Any future contacts will result in the issuance of a citation.

June 17, 1:02 p.m.: A woman called police to report that a juvenile raccoon had managed to get its head stuck in a chain link fence in her backyard. Officers were able to free the raccoon and it ambled away no worse for wear.

June 17, 2:10 p.m.: A woman called the Blaine Police Department to report a suspicious male, possibly in his 50s, watching children play in Salishan Park. He was driving a 1990s Ford station wagon that is turquoise in color. He left the area when he noticed other adults in the area watching him. Police performed a wide area check for the man and the vehicle, but neither was located.

June 17, 2:37 p.m.: A woman called to speak with an officer regarding the feral cat in her neighborhood that attacked her cat and left her with a vet bill. The woman has also seen the feral cat attack other cats in the area and also appears aggressive towards people. An officer provided the complainant with some suggestions for handling the problem and will also notify the humane society.

June 17, 10:42 p.m.: Dispatch reported U.S. customs was questioning a person who had driven up to the border crossing from Canada who had a suspended driver’s license. An officer arrived and determined the person’s driving license was suspended in the second degree in Washington. The person was arrested and issued a criminal citation. The person was able to have a licensed driver pick up her vehicle.