Police Reports: July 10 - 15, 2014

Published on Wed, Jul 16, 2014
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July 10, 9:24 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a neighborhood report of physical domestic dispute and sounds of shattering glass coming from a residence on 8th Street. Officers arrived and found a pack of happy kids playing in and around the house. Mom explained that the children were all having a vocally good time and she had been putting away the dinner dishes when one fell, breaking on the kitchen floor. The family was left to enjoy their evening.

July 10, 9:56 p.m.: Police responded to investigate a report of an assault at a tavern downtown. They contacted the involved parties and collected statements. One party reported he was slapped in the face while the other said he’d merely slapped the tabletop. There was no physical evidence of injury, and officers are reviewing security video to assist in completing their investigation.

July 11, 4:50 p.m.: An officer completed a report on a building code violation at an abandoned home in a residential neighborhood, and documented a number of safety issues involving the derelict property. A process was initiated to bring the structure and property into compliance.

July 11, 5:50 p.m.: Officers were dispatched to a burglary at a residence when the homeowner discovered that someone had kicked in the side door to his unattached garage. Police collected evidence at the scene and an investigation continues. It appears that belongings in the garage were rummaged through, but nothing was taken.

July 12, 9:15 a.m.: Employees at a business in Blaine Harbor called to report a vandalism when they arrived at work and discovered that license plates on some of their vehicle had been bent, and a portable latrine had been tipped over. No permanent damage was done. Police were asked to provide patrols to the area as they are able, and the business is installing an upgraded security and video system to protect the property and prosecute violators.

July 12, 3 p.m.: Fire department officials visiting the harbor called Blaine police when they saw that kids had removed the pier’s rescue floatation devices from their cases and were playing with them while swimming nearby. An officer responded, netted the girls and had them put the rescue gear back in service. They were counseled about the equipment’s use and importance, and they agreed to bring their own water toys to the pier in the future.

July 12, 6:28 p.m.: A concerned motorist called to report a vehicle traveling eastbound on H Street at a high rate near Odell Road. An officer checked the area between Odell and Valley View Road and did not locate the car or its wreckage. It was described as an older model black Chevrolet Camaro, and officers will provide the area extra patrol as they are able.

July 12, 8:54 p.m.: Concerned neighbors called police when they saw three young boys prowling the streets at sunset brandishing knives. Officers contacted the boys, picked them up and deposited them with their cutlery at the feet of their parents, with some advice about brandishing open blades.

July 13, 1:20 a.m.: Whatcom County Sheriff's deputies called Blaine police asking for assistance with setting up and maintaining a perimeter on Harbor Drive near California Trail after a man fled from their traffic stop. Officers responded and maintained a perimeter until the situation was resolved.
July 13, 11:43 a.m.: Police were dispatched to a report of a verbal domestic dispute in progress at a home. The arriving officers found two parents who explained that they had been loudly counseling their young son about the fit he was having over losing privileges and access to his favorite electronic game.

July 13, 6:40 p.m.: A young sea bird flew into a bar downtown, injuring itself in the process. The staff and patrons tended to the underage gull and called police for assistance. Just before officers arrived the bird regained its composure and flew the coop, leaving only smiles and a story.

July 14, 7:16 a.m.: Residents called police for help when they spotted a cat stuck on the roof of their two-story apartment complex. An officer responded and called animal control but found they could not respond immediately. The officer next contacted a construction crew working in the area and they volunteered their services and a ladder and soon had the feline back on terra firma.

July 14, 11:41 a.m.: A person reported losing her cell phone during her bicycle commute from the Birch Bay area to Blaine. The information was documented in hopes the phone will be turned in and can be reunited with its owner.

July 14, 12:45 p.m.: Motorists reported observing a young boy walking in traffic on the I-5 freeway near the truck route. Officers searched the area thoroughly. They did not find the child on the road and later discovered that he was safe at a friend’s home, having been picked up by a concerned motorist. Officers checked the boy’s welfare to ensure he would remain safe and completed a report for follow-up. The youth had gotten into an argument while visiting friends in Blaine, and had been trying to walk home to Bellingham.

July 14, 1:20 p.m.: An officer on routine patrol stopped a vehicle when he saw the driver was not wearing his seat belt. It turned out the motorist also had a suspended Ohio state drivers license. The 43-year-old Blaine resident was arrested and released with a criminal citation for driving while suspended and a traffic infraction for the seat belt violation.

July 14, 9:40 p.m.: A woman stopped a police officer who was patrolling the neighborhood where she was taking an evening walk, and explained she was concerned about a car that seemed to be following her. As they spoke the car drove by again, and the officer contacted its occupants nearby. The driver admitted he did not know the woman and claimed he was circling with the intent of meeting her. He was advised the lady was much less than impressed. The officer impressed upon him the laws related to criminal stalking, and he departed with the warning and a promise to not return.

July 14, 11:40 p.m.: An officer stopped a vehicle for speeding almost double the posted speed limit on Peace Portal near Cherry Street and found that the driver’s Washington driving privilege was suspended. The 26-year-old B.C. resident arrested, cited, and released with pending criminal court appearance as well as a ticket for the excessive 

July 14, 11:45 p.m.: A woman called police to report her fiancé was being harassed. The officer asked to speak with her fiancé who was difficult to understand due to his slurred speak and admission to having “a few beers.” The officer contacted the other party involved and determined they also had a few beers. A verbal argument had occurred over a civil incident earlier in the day. The involved parties were advised not to converse with one another and to settle their civil dispute through the landlord. 

July 15, 12:20 a.m.: A person dropped off a loose dog he had found by Blaine School District. An officer attempted to contact the owner of the dog via telephone without success. The custody of the dog was transferred to Whatcom Humane Society. The owner will be cited by mail, as all the previous warnings have not been effective.

July 15, 4:20 p.m.: An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of E Street for the theft of a bicycle. The owner said the expensive green full-suspension Brodie Thumper bicycle was stolen from his front yard between the hours of 1 and 4:30 p.m., while the owner was home. Police are watching for the bicycle.

July 15, 5:55 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a burglary when homeowners returned to find their house rummaged through overnight. Officers checked the home to make sure the suspect(s) were not still inside then began an investigation. Several items of value were stolen.