Police Report -- September 23, 2004

Published on Thu, Sep 23, 2004
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POLICE REPORTS

September 20:
Officers from the Blaine police department and the border patrol assisted the sheriff’s office by responding to a violent domestic dispute in Birch Bay. The sheriff’s department was tied up on other calls and not able to immediately respond. An intoxicated combatant had returned home and was threatening to burn down the house. Dispatchers who were keeping the victim on the telephone reported the sounds of breaking glass. Officers from Blaine police department, U.S. Border Patrol and Washington State Fisheries responded, stopped the crime in progress and detained the suspect until a sheriff’s deputy arrived. The suspect had not started a fire, but did throw a television through the home’s front window.

September 20:
Blaine police officers responded to an apartment where a teenager was reportedly semiconscious. A mother, who was home with her daughter, had found the girl unresponsive in her bedroom. Officers determined that the teen had attempted to get high by spraying the contents of an aerosol can of air freshener into a pillow case and then inhaling the fumes. The concentration of poisonous fumes knocked her out. The patient was transported to the hospital by ambulance.

September 20:
A three-legged dog was found in the 4400 block of D Street. The owner could not be located, and the finder agreed to keep the animal for a few days hoping someone would be looking for it.

September 20:
A senior citizen reported that his bank checking account number was used on a counterfeit check. The loss was $249. Officers determined that this was part of a scam where a criminal phones an unsuspecting resident and tells the victim that they can get a $40,000 government grant, but must supply their bank account number before the money can be brought into the U.S. A counterfeit check is then issued with the person’s bank account number, and cashed. The victim was counseled on how to avoid future victimization and the bank in this case advised that they would monitor the resident’s account for further abuse.

September 19:
Blaine officers were asked to assist at the Peace Arch port of entry. A Point Roberts citizen who had been transported to the hospital earlier tried to make reentry into Canada to get home to Point Roberts, but was refused entry to Canada due to his criminal history. The citizen was transported to the Bellingham Mission to stay until he could make other arrangements.

September 19:
A mother brought her daughter to the police department to meet with an officer regarding ongoing discipline problems. Officers interviewed the family and helped to refer them to family counseling.

September 19:
An officer assisted a Washington state trooper at the police station, where a highly agitated, belligerent driver was being processed for driving while under the influence of alcohol. The driver ultimately completed the tests and was cited and released.

September 19:
Officers res-ponded to an altercation between dog walkers in the 200 block of Marine Drive. They arrived and interviewed two people who claimed that an unleashed dog charged them, and they were forced to pepper spray the animal. The dog owner said their dog did not attack and the pepper spraying was not justified. Officers investigated and forwarded a report to the prosecutor and animal control.

September 18:
An officer responded to a 911 hang-up call in the 9100 block of Belted Kingfisher Road and found no assistance was needed. The residents were asleep and had no idea how 911 was called from their phone.

September 18:
Officers were advised of a noise complaint in the 9700 block of Vista Terrace. Upon investigation, they discovered a juvenile beer party. The teenagers involved were detained, interviewed, processed and released to responsible adults. A case report was forwarded to the juvenile prosecutor for action.

September 18:
Officers responded to a report of a woman experiencing a medical emergency at a residence in the 1600 block of Peace Portal Drive. They determined that the victim suffered from a drug overdose. She was transported to St. Joseph Hospital for treatment and a juvenile child was released to a family member.

September 17:
Officers were dispatched to a report of a missing two-year-old child. The parent said the child had disappeared while riding his bicycle. Officers searched the area and found the adventuring child down the road, still riding. He was reunited with his parents.

September 17:
Officers received information about two parents who had appeared to be high on drugs when they came to the school campus to enroll their children. Under investigation.

September 16:
Officers investigated a reported verbal dispute between a newly married couple in the 300 Alder Street. The woman involved took off prior to law enforcement arrival, possibly because there were outstanding misdemeanor warrants for her arrest.

September 16:
Officers responded to help a motorist with a disabled vehicle in the intersection of SR 543 and D Street. With no horsepower under the hood, but two human powered engines behind the vehicle, the driver was able to get his car out of the intersection.

September 16:
A business owner contacted the police department about an elderly, disoriented lady walking in the rain in the 600 block of Peace Portal Drive. Officers contacted the woman and brought her to the police station. Adult Protective Services was contacted, and the lady’s husband was located and came to the office to pick her up. Adult Protective Services is following up.

September 16:
A concerned business person reported they had not heard from an elderly client who had missed an important meeting. Officers checked the client’s home, and found they were safe and sleeping soundly.

September 16:
Complainant reported hearing yelling going on in a hotel parking lot in the 700 block of Peace Portal Drive. When an officer arrived in the area they could not locate anyone yelling. A witness informed the officer that the yelling had been between a father and son who left the area prior shortly before police arrived. The complainant said the son was mad at his dad for getting drunk.

September 13:
A resident and a house guest got into a loud verbal argument which disturbed their neighbor in the 1600 block of Runge Avenue. The police advised the parties of the complaint and the house guest returned to her own house. There were no further complaints.