Police Reports: June 26 - July 2, 2014

Published on Wed, Jul 2, 2014
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June 26, 12:30 a.m.: An anonymous caller reported a man using a ladder to enter a home under construction. Officers arrived and contacted the man. The man is a contractor working on the home. Due to the long distance commute he has to make, he thought it a better idea to just stay the night at the job site.

June 26, 9:32 a.m.: Officers were dispatched to the 400 block of Peace Portal Drive for a dispute between two people. The unknown caller said he was driving a silver car and had hung up during the phone call. An officer arrived in the area within a minute. No dispute between two people was found, and the silver car was gone.

June 26, 1:36 p.m.: A couple came into the Blaine Police Department to report that their dog was attacked by two other dogs while at Lincoln Park in Blaine. The dogs’ owner was contacted and advised of the complaint. Animal control was contacted and charges are expected for allowing dogs at large.

June 26, 2:49 p.m.: A Blaine business called to report that a customer had presented a counterfeit U.S. bill to pay for gasoline. An officer responded and contacted the passer. The bill was confiscated as counterfeit and it will be forwarded to the U.S. Secret Service for follow-up.

June 26, 8:15 p.m.: Officers responded to a report of three juveniles playing and standing in the roadway in front of the Blaine High School. Officers arrived and contacted the youths. The main instigator was given a warning regarding the disorderly conduct. Officers cleared with no further actions.

June 27, 12:10 a.m.: State troopers detained a man on a Blaine Municipal Court warrant. A Blaine officer confirmed the warrant and faxed it to the Whatcom County Jail. The man was arrested by state patrol and booked into jail. The warrant was removed from computer records by dispatch. 

June 27, 1 a.m.: Officers arrived to assist border patrol with a traffic stop. During the stop, probable cause was established for possession of illegal drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. A female passenger was arrested and transported to jail.

June 27, 9:18 a.m.: An officer was dispatched to the southbound 274 exit I-5 on-ramp for a person in a vehicle having an unknown medical problem. The officer arrived and checked the area, but the vehicle and person were gone. The other on-ramps were checked as well with negative results.

June 27, 8 p.m.: Officers were requested to assist a citizen with a 10-month-old child locked inside of a running vehicle. Officers arrived and managed to unlock the vehicle.

June 27, 9 p.m.: While on patrol officers observed an individual lingering outside of an abandoned business. Officers contacted the man and recognized him from past contacts in Blaine. The man left the area on foot. Report for information only.

June 27, 10:28 p.m.: A B.C. driver left a gas station and took the pump with him. The man inadvertently left the gas nozzle in his car’s gas tank then started driving. The hose and nozzle were ripped away from the pump. The man stopped his car momentarily to curse, then tossed the nozzle and continued driving northbound towards the border. Border agents were notified to look out for the vehicle. Officers talked with the gas station attendants and found that no damage had actually been done. Employees did not want any enforcement action taken. Case closed.

June 28, 8:30 a.m.: A person came into the police department to report a suspicious person near the old train depot in the 400 block of Peace Portal. Officers checked the area for the person and the vehicle but were unable to locate either. Officers cleared without incident.

June 28, 11:45 a.m.: Officers responded to a 911 hang-up near Gate 3 at the Blaine Marina. No one was in the area of the phone upon officers’ arrival. Officers spoke with people in the area and checked the floats. There did not appear to be any need for police or emergency services. Officers cleared without incident.

June 28, 12:40 p.m.: A person was stopped for speeding. During the stop, it was found that the person’s license was suspended in Washington state. The person was arrested and issued a criminal citation for driving with a suspended license third. She was released with a citation and her vehicle was released to a licensed driver. The person was issued a verbal warning for the speeding.

June 28, 1:24 p.m.: Officers were dispatched to a commercial intrusion alarm at a Blaine business. Officers arrived and found on unsecured door. The premises were checked and it was found all right otherwise. Officers secured the building and completed a false alarm notification form.

June 28, 2:07 p.m.: An officer was dispatched to a trespass complaint at a Blaine residence. When the officer arrived he was told the suspect had runaway when the property owner told him she was calling the police. A formal trespass order will be issued once the suspect is contacted.

June 28, 2:55 p.m.: An officer was dispatched to U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the Peace Arch crossing for a person driving on suspended Washington driving privileges. The officer arrived and arrested, cited and released the British Columbia resident for driving with a suspended license third.

June 28, 3:25 p.m.: An officer handling a driving while suspended complaint at the Peace Arch port of entry was notified of another suspended driver who also happened to have an outstanding warrant for driving on a suspended license out of Blaine. The Lynnwood, Washington man was arrested and booked into the jail for the license violation and the warrant. His vehicle was impounded.

June 28, 8:27 p.m.: An officer was dispatched to an aid call in the 1300 block of Blaine Avenue for a adult female who was feeling faint. Officer stood by with the woman until aid arrived.

June 29, 12:52 a.m.: U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Peace Arch port of entry intercepted a B.C. man driving with a suspended driver’s status in Washington. A Blaine police officer arrested the man for the criminal license violation, cited and released him pending his appearance in court.

June 29, 12:11 p.m.: A man reported a dog digging trash on Garfield Avenue. A group of young boys playing at Salishan Park tried to catch the dog but it growled at them. Police sighted the dog and with some prompting, it ran home. The dog’s owner had no previous animal violations. Police warned her that any future animal at large violations would likely result in a citation being issued.

June 29, 3:50 p.m.: Officers were notified of a person that two days in a row dressed up as a zombie-type monster and scared children in the woods nearby their home. Officers checked the area and were unable to locate anything suspicious, and asked parents to notify them of any new incidents. The rest of patrol was notified for extra patrol as able.

June 29, 4:45 p.m.: Officers responded to a report of a loud party. Upon arriving, officers found several children and a few adults in the front yard of a residence. The children were playing and the adults were standing around talking. Some were smoking cigarettes while standing on the front porch. There was no music or loud noise. No alcohol or drugs were visible and none of the adults appeared to be intoxicated or under the influence. Officers left that location without incident.

June 29, 3:40 p.m.: While en route to Blaine city limits, an officer contacted a woman in the middle of Grandview Road as she was trying to secure two wandering dogs on the busy highway. Concerned for her safety and the two fearless dogs, the officer captured the two dogs. Custody of the dogs was turned over to Animal Control.

June 29, 9:45 p.m.: A resident contacted police to report the neighbor’s dog was barking. The officer responded to the area and monitored the area for over 10 minutes until receiving another call. No barking of dogs was heard.

June 29, 10:20 p.m.: Officers were dispatched to a report of a verbal argument at a residence. Upon arriving, two vehicles were seen leaving the area. The driver of one of the vehicles was later contacted by state patrol and was arrested for DUI. The other driver was later contacted and denied any physical assault took place. An investigation is ongoing.

June 30, 9:27 a.m.: A woman brought in a bike that she found on her vacant property near Runge/Washington streets. Officer took the bike into safekeeping until an owner could claim it. The bicycle is a two-tone Schwinn Hyrdroform.

June 30, 3:19 p.m.: After issuing a California driver a traffic citation, an officer assisted border patrol by forwarding the car to their inspection point, at their request, for a detailed immigration/smuggling check.

June 30, 4 p.m.: Officers were advised when a man wearing full body armor, a helmet, a duty belt and carrying a large stick came into the police department asking for directions to city hall. Officers contacted the man in the 400 block of Martin Street and determined he was en route to pick up some paperwork from the court clerk. At the officers’ request, the clerk came down from city hall and gave the man the paperwork. Officers discussed with the man why his attire might cause alarm to members of the public and why they felt it was not a good idea for him to enter the Banner Bank building dressed the way he was. The man was cooperative and seemed to comprehend the officers’ concerns. He was then given a courtesy ride to a friend’s house nearby.

June 30, 4:10 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a Blaine business for a customer attempting to pay with counterfeit U.S. bills. An officer contacted the man who reported he was unaware of the bills being counterfeit. The officer collected his information and will forward the case to U.S. Secret Service.

June 30, 4:37 p.m.: An officer was dispatched to a local store in the 1700 block of H Street for a counterfeit bill. The B.C. businesswoman received both of the counterfeit $50 bills through her business. The woman was given information on how to check for future counterfeit bills and instructed here where to buy counterfeit detecting pens for her employees. The bills were sent to U.S. Secret Service.

June 30, 6 p.m.: An officer was dispatched to public pay phone for a 911 hang-up call. The officer searched the area and found no one in need of emergency services. Case closed.

June 30, 10:30 p.m.: Blaine police assisted North Whatcom Fire and Rescue by responding to a report of an elderly person having breathing problems. The patient was transported to PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center for further treatment.

July 1, 12:20 a.m.: Officers were dispatched to an apartment complex after a person called 911 and disconnected. Officers contacted the involved people and determined there was no need for emergency services.

July 1, 10:20 a.m.: Officers responded to a silent hold-up alarm at a bank. Dispatchers were ultimately able to make telephone contact with an employee inside who exited the building and met with police. It was determined the alarm was false and everyone inside was safe. One of the officers later commended several witnesses in the area who moved to a safe position after spotting the responders, making the potential dangerous situation safer for everyone.

July 1, 2:57 p.m.: An officer was dispatched to a welfare check on a man who left his home in Bothell at noon the previous day and was headed up to visit his property in Blaine but had not checked in with his family as he normally would. The officer checked the address and found the man was alive and well, but had left his cell phone back at home. The officer loaned the man a phone so he could call his wife to let her know he was okay.

July 1, 8:30 p.m.: Person reported that kids playing around her residence were in her yard and banging on her door. An officer arrived, but there were no kids in the area.

July 2, 9:54 a.m.: A business called to report that a vehicle had been abandoned in their parking lot for three days. After running the license plate, the vehicle was determined to have been stolen from Florida. A locate was sent to Miami PD. Police impounded the vehicle.

July 2, 11:52 a.m.: An officer was dispatched to the 2400 block of Bell Road for a collision.