Police Report -- March 10, 2005

Published on Thu, Mar 10, 2005
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POLICE REPORTS

March 6:
Officers responded to a malicious mischief complaint in the 500 block of E Street. An unknown person or persons slashed three screens on a house. The suspect(s) also wrote a derogatory statement on the garage. Extra patrol is being provided to the area.

March 5:
Officers received a report of a person in an apartment in the 700 block of A Street who the tenant did not want there. An officer contacted the woman, who appeared to be under the influence of some type of drug. Her husband was called to pick her up and transport her home.

March 5:
A bartender reported a co-worker, also a bartender, was hit by a bottle of beer that had been thrown by an intoxicated patron. The suspect was contacted sometime later at another bar. The 25-year-old male was cited for assault 4th degree and released with a court date. The bartender was not injured.

March 4:
While on patrol an officer found an abandoned vehicle in the 1800 block of Portal Way which had been set on fire. NWFRS arrived and put out the fire. The vehicle was just south of the city limits, and the incident was referred to the WCSO.

March 3:
While on patrol an officer encountered a vehicle that was stopped in the traffic lane in the 200 block of D Street. The driver related that he was instructed to park at that spot and to await further instructions from God concerning his quest to drive to India via Alaska. The officer was able to convince the man that a well-lit parking lot would be a better place to wait.

March 3:
CBP officers arrested a person on the southbound AMTRAK train on a felony warrant from New York. CBP requested assistance with transporting the person from the train to the Peace Arch port of entry. The assistance was provided and officers cleared without incident.

March 3:
Officers received a report of a fight at a residence in the 200 block of B Street. An investigation revealed that a domestic assault had taken place. A 45-year-old woman was arrested for assault 4th domestic and transported to Whatcom County jail.

March 3:
A resident received a letter on what appeared to be Canada Customs letterhead informing him he had won more than $1,000 in the lottery. A check was enclosed with instructions not to cash it, but to call the clearing commissioner within 72 hours or forfeit the prize. The resident did not contact anyone and deposited the check into his bank account. The check cleared and the resident’s account was credited with the money. The resident spent most of his winnings and then discovered the check was counterfeit. The bank required the resident to return the money. An officer documented the scam and referred the incident to U.S. postal inspectors and Canada Customs for investigation. Residents are warned not to respond to unsolicited letters regarding lottery or prize winnings. If you receive unsolicited communications and are uncertain of their validity, please contact the police before responding.

March 3:
A Blaine resident observed a man attempting to open the driver’s door on her locked vehicle. The man then jumped on to the car roof and entered the car through the open sunroof. The man sat in the driver’s seat, and the alarm went off. The man exited the vehicle, walked away from the car, jumped the freeway fence, and attempted to hitch a ride northbound. Border patrol and Blaine officers apprehended the suspect and positively identified him as the prowling suspect. The man was cited and released.

March 3:
Two employees from a business in the 300 block of 3rd Street saw a person steal a 24 oz. beer. An officer found the suspect about two blocks away. The beer was gone (strong odor of intoxicants on the person), and the person was arrested for shoplifting. The same man had been arrested earlier in the evening for car prowling. Due to his repeated criminal activity the man was booked into jail.

March 3:
An officer assisted U.S. Customs with an investigation of a person who was driving with a suspended California driver’s license. The man was living out of his vehicle and had been denied entry into Canada. He was cited to Blaine municipal court and additional traffic infractions were submitted to the city attorney for review.

March 2:
At a school principal’s request and with parental approval, an officer spoke to two five-year-old boys about hitting and bullying another student. No arrests were made in this matter and no further action was requested.

March 2:
Officer received a report of a loose dog in the 1000 block of Adelia Street. The reporting person was also concerned about the dog’s welfare, because it appeared malnourished. The officer located the dog and was able to make contact with its owner. The officer determined the dog was not malnourished nor was it suffering from mistreatment. It was, however, very old. The owner was warned about letting the dog run loose.

March 2:
A resident in the 600 block of F Street complained about a group of young boys who threw things at her house each morning as they passed by on their way to school. An officer contacted the ringleader and he promised not to cause any more trouble. The boy’s father was advised of the complaint.

March 1:
A resident, who wished to remain anonymous, reported a vehicle parked in a handicap zone. The resident said this was ongoing problem and requested police assistance. Assistance was provided in the way of a citation being issued to the violator.

March 1:
A man was loading copper items into his trailer at a business under construction in the 300 block of D Street. He spotted a man and a woman who were unknown to him attempting to move the copper from his truck to their van. The couple hurriedly left when confronted by the man. Police were notified approximately 30 minutes after the event. Descriptions of the van and its occupants were provided by the worker and the case is under investigation.

February 28:
A homeowner in the 100 block of 14th Street reported that someone entered his unlocked garage and stole three of his recycling bins. There are no suspects or witnesses to the theft.

February 28:
A resident of an apartment complex in the 500 block of 8th Street reported that a juvenile continuously flattens her vehicle’s tires. At this point, the victim simply wanted the teenager to stop. A juvenile and his parent were contacted and warned about malicious mischief laws.

February 28:
Officers were dispatched to check the area for a driver who left a gas station in the 1300 block of H Street with the gas nozzle still attached to the vehicle’s tank. Upon leaving, the nozzle hose disconnected from a safety release and was dragged along the street. A few minutes later, the driver returned and threw the gas nozzle on the ground next to the business. Officers searched the area, but the suspect was not located.

February 28:
Officers responded to a report of an out of control juvenile. Officer arrived and found the juvenile had punched several holes in the wall. The 16-year-old boy was arrested for malicious mischief 3rd degree domestic violence and booked into the Whatcom County Juvenile Detention Center.

February 28:
While on patrol an officer saw a vehicle in a ditch in the 1100 block of Yew Avenue. An investigation revealed the unoccupied car had rolled across a parking lot and street and had come to a stop in the ditch. When the driver came out of the store he found his car missing, and he feared it had been stolen. He was reunited with his vehicle, and a tow truck was called to assist him.