Police Report -- September 18, 2008

Published on Thu, Sep 18, 2008
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September 16:  A Blaine resident received a letter from a mortgage company, advising that she and about two million others had their identity stolen by a (now former) employee. The resident will monitor their account for possible theft.

September 15: A gas station reported a fuel drive-off from the 1300 block of H St. The suspect vehicle is described as a gray car. Officers were not able to locate the thief, who got away with $80 worth of gas.

September 15:  Dispatch reported the fire department was en route to H Street at Harrison, to assist a person who fell out of an electric wheel chair. An officer directed traffic around the scene while fire personnel helped the victim.

September 14: Police were contacted at 5:30 a.m. by a resident on Peace Portal Dr., complaining about a neighbor’s loud party. Officers located a suspect motor home where loud rock music was blaring. After several attempts to get the someone’s attention, officers finally unplugged the power to the vehicle. The ensuing sudden silence roused the sleeping RVers. They apologized for the noise and agreed to accept the ticket if officers were called back.

September 14: A motorist at the Peace Arch Port of Entry was referred for a secondary inspection, and during the inspection inspectors determined that his Washington state driving privilege was suspended. The motorist from Everett was contacted by Blaine Police and issued a mandatory court appearance citation. The vehicle was released to the motorist’s wife, who had a valid drivers license. 

September 14: WCSO requested that an officer check the status of a deputy who was on a domestic violence call. Blaine officers contacted the deputy on Harvey Road, and confirmed that he was okay.  Police cleared the assist after a second deputy arrived. 

September 14: An officer was dispatched to continually barking dog on Lincoln Lane. Police located and contacted the dog owner, and issued a final warning. The owners were advised that citations would be issued for future violations. Animal control was advised of the contact for their patrols.

September 14: Police contacted a man who was hanging around a closed business on 14th Street, scaring the staff. The person had been contacted by police about two hours earlier on a similar complaint, and was waiting for money to be sent via Western Union. The transient decided that Bellingham would be a more convenient area for him to conduct his business, so officers gave him a courtesy ride there.

September 14: While leaving another call, an officer observed a young man walking in the dark down the middle of 6th Street. The youth was nearly struck by a surprised motorist at 6th and H streets. When officers attempted to contact the youth, he ran away screaming. Officers followed him to his home, where relatives were advised of his behavior.

September 13: Officers responded to a complaint of someone serving alcohol for consumption in public on a city right of way. Police contacted the provider, who did not have a banquet permit in their immediate possession. Officers are following up on the permit information. The participants in the misunderstanding decided to move their taste testing indoors for the remainder of the day.

September 12: Officers were contacted by a resident who stated she was discriminated against at a business because she was accompanied by her service dog. Officers interviewed the victim, who reported that had been questioned by a clerk about why she needed a service dog and whether the dog was certified. The reporting party asked that officers explain to the clerk that neither of these questions are appropriate or permitted under law. Police will be speaking with the business management about the report, and to provide information on the rules and regulations concerning the rights of service dogs and their companions.

September 12: An alert passerby called to report seeing a man laying on the front porch of a house on H Street. Officers responded and determined that defibrillation would have interrupted the great job he was doing painting his house trim.

September 12: Patrol units responded to a midday report of a reckless motorcyclist popping wheelies on his bike on a residential street of single family homes. Officers investigated and identified the house which the biker was using as a pit stop. The cyclist would not answer the door, so police contacted the home owners. They were apologetic and promised to ensure the problem does not reoccur. Police will be giving extra patrol to the neighborhood, as they have also received separate complaints for vehicles failing to stop at stop signs in the area.

September 12: Officers investigated a domestic violence assault after a parent beat an adolescent at home. The Blaine resident parent was booked into Whatcom County Jjil. The youth was not seriously injured and was placed in protective placement with child protective services.

September 12: At about 3 a.m., a man at Blaine Harbor reported he had been assaulted by a knife wielding transient. Police and Border Patrol agents found the 25-year-old victim on Milhollin Drive: he reported suffering scratches and cuts to his clothing before the suspect fled on foot. Officers sealed the area.  An extensive search by patrol dog Yoschi and officers revealed no sign of the attacker. The victim was questioned: he admitted that he had staged the assault and there had been no attack.  He was arrested for false reporting, and transported to hospital for a mental health evaluation.

September 12: Officers responded to the post office and met with managers there regarding a suspicious package. Employee had already isolated the item, and a regional postal inspection team ascertained the package did not pose a risk to personnel or customers.  They took care of the little box which had began beeping while in transit through the facility, and police assistance was not needed.

September 12: Investigators with Comcast located a cache of stolen cable converter boxes at a freight forwarding business in Blaine, and arranged to meet the man who was offering to sell them. The agents confirmed the boxes for sale were stolen, and called police. Investigating Blaine officers arrested a 35-year-old Vancouver B.C. resident and recovered 115 stolen converter boxes with a retail value of $41,975. The suspect was booked into jail for first degree possession of stolen property.

September 12: Officers responded to a three-car collision on Bell Road south of Peace Portal. A driver northbound on Blaine Road crossed the Dakota Creek bridge, got distracted by pedestrians, and crashed into the back of two other northbound cars which were stopped in the long lineup at the intersection of Peace Portal Drive. and Bell Road. One woman was transported to the hospital for evaluation. All vehicles were removed from the roadway and the errant driver received a citation.