Police Report -- July 21, 2005

Published on Thu, Jul 21, 2005
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July 17: A young couple from Kirkland purchased a car from a dealership in Redmond. When they arrived at the Peace Arch port of entry from Canada, they were surprised to learn the car was listed as a stolen vehicle. An investigation revealed the car had been reported as stolen by the previous owner when it was repossessed by the financial institution for non-payment of the loan. The car was then sold to the dealership at the Seattle car auction and was subsequently sold to the unsuspecting young couple. Blaine police entered the vehicle as having been recovered so it could be removed from the computer system, preventing the couple from any further trouble.

July 15: A officer was dispatched to a report of a man walking in his bathrobe in the 1400 block of Mitchell Avenue and yelling at no one in particular. The man was contacted at his home, and he explained he had been out walking because he needed to vent. An officer spoke with the man for about a half an hour and provided some suggestions regarding counseling.

July 15: A newspaper delivery person was verbally threatened by a transient male at a service station in the 500 block of Peace Portal Drive. The man had asked for money and became verbally assaultive when he did not get it. The complainant did not want the matter pursued beyond police contacting the suspect. An officer spoke to the transient and educated him about harassment laws. The service station cashier advised police that a transient male had offended her and some of her customers with foul language and attitude. The cashier requested the transient be trespassed from the premises. An officer contacted the transient and trespassed him from the service station indefinitely.

July 15: A transient male reported he had been challenged to fight by a male in a passing car on a city street. The driver was not identified and it is likely the transient was the cause of the problem. This was the third call within 30 minutes regarding the same transient male. This time the officer provided the man with courtesy transportation out of town.

July 15: A Blaine resident called to report possible parking violations on 14th Street. The complaint was investigated and it was determined that eight vehicles had been left abandoned on city right-of-way, some of which had expired vehicle licenses. Each vehicle was marked and issued 72 hour Notices for Intent to Impound.

July 15: Officers responded to a 911 hang up in the 300 block of Alder Street. Two people were found to have been arguing. One was upset because the other would not let her sleep. Both individuals agreed to calm down and go to sleep for the night. Officers cleared without incident.

July 15: A neighborhood resident saw a woman leave her truck parked in the middle of a city street and walk away with her dog. There was no note, no hazard signals engaged and the truck was unlocked. An officer attempted telephonic contact with the registered owner of the truck at the last known number, but it was disconnected. The officer searched the surrounding area for the woman and dog but could not locate them. The officer allowed the truck to remain in place for three hours but no one returned to the truck. The officer issued a parking infraction to the registered owner and began impound proceedings. A tow truck arrived to remove the traffic hazard, and just then the female driver returned. She said she had run out of gas and had walked on to work. She intended to move the vehicle out of the roadway on her lunch break. The vehicle was removed after the owner purchased gasoline.

July 15: As an officer drove by two juveniles in the 1000 block of Mitchell Street, it appeared the pair attempted to hide something. The officer attempted to contact the duo, but they ran. Due to recent car prowls in the area, officers began a search for the juveniles and checked for possible damage to vehicles. When officers finally spotted the boys they had met up with two other friends. This time all four attempted to run from officers, but were unsuccessful. It was determined the group had been drinking, which may be the reason they attempted to allude police. One 16-year-old boy was arrested for MIP and obstructing a public officer. All four were released to their parents, and the matter will be referred to the prosecutor’s officer for review of charges.

July 14: A resident in the 1200 block of Garfield reported being awakened by a man knocking on the front door of his house. When he answered the door the man asked him for gasoline for his vehicle. Officers contacted the man who related he was trying to get enough gas to get to Everson where he was supposed to appear in court. The man was advised not to solicit door to door.

July 14: A driver traveling westbound on D Street attempted to negotiate her way across the intersection and through the border back up on SR543. The driver reportedly relied on a truck driver who waved her through the intersection. As the driver proceeded through the intersection, her vehicle struck another car that had been traveling southbound. The passengers in both vehicles sustained minor injuries. They were evaluated by medical personnel and released at the scene. Damage was estimated at around $3,000 for both vehicles.

July 14: A 15-year-old girl called to report being harassed by other children who first telephoned her and then showed up at her front door. An officer contacted the children outside the complainant’s home and found they were being supervised by adults. The group was advised of the complaint, and they apologized to the girl. The incident was documented and no further action was requested by the victim.

July 14: Officers responded to a report of a domestic disturbance in the 600 block of D Street. Upon arriving, it was found that the couple involved had been in a verbal altercation but no physical violence had occurred. Officers have responded to incidents involving this particular couple on numerous occasions. The case will be forwarded to the prosecutor for review to determine if sufficient evidence exists to charge the pair with disorderly conduct.

July 13: An officer was asked to contact a transient who was camping in the back yard of a residence in the 1100 block of Harrison. When contacted the man related he had simply gotten too tired to walk any further, so he set up his tent under the nearest tree. He apologized to the homeowner, packed up his camp and proceeded on his way.

July 13: A concerned parent contacted the police to report that a boy had thrown a lit match at her son. The victim had a small burn mark on the back of his t-shirt, but he was not injured. Contact was made with the 13-year-old suspect, who denied having thrown anything. He was transported home where officers spoke with his parents about the incident and warned the boy against any future misconduct.

July 12: A person reported hearing yelling and banging at a neighbor’s residence in the 1000 block of Mary Avenue. Officers contacted an agitated father who had been yelling at his children about cleaning up the house. The father calmed down during contact with police. Children were interviewed and no crimes were observed to have been committed / verbal only.

July 12: An officer responded to a house in the 500 block of E Street regarding a snake in the yard. The officer contacted the female resident. Both realized that they shared a mutual terror of snakes. Straws were drawn for the assignment - the officer lost. The officer was successful in compelling the garter snake (from a distance) to move out of the yard. Unfortunately fate has a sense of humor because the snake went under the house.