Police Report -- November 13, 2008

Published on Thu, Nov 13, 2008
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November 11: A business patron on 3rd Street complained of a transient using drugs in the restroom. Officers arrived and contacted the sojourner, and found she was burning incense rather than marijuana. She declined assistance getting to a shelter in Bellingham. Officers cleared with no further incident. 

November 11: An officer contacted a female transient huddled under an eave to avoid the rain. The woman refused all offers of assistance. Officer cleared without incident.

November 11: A business on H Street reported three males came in to their store wearing backpacks and stocking caps asking questions about purchasing firearms. The concerned clerk called police. Officers made contact with three touring Australian citizens who matched the description provided. The young adult men, temporarily living in Canada and visiting the U.S., admitted to asking questions about purchasing firearms. While checking the individuals for weapons one of them admitted to stealing a flashlight from the store they had just visited. The trio requested police assistance in their voluntary return to Canada. Officers transported the three back to Canadian Immigration, but officials there promptly rescinded their visitor’s status and refused them re-entry. U.S. Customs and Border protection assisted the men in returning home to Australia sooner than expected, minus one flashlight. It appears the flashlight won in terms of brightness.

November 11: Police recovered a found bicycle from the area of 5th and E streets. The bike is a blue and silver PK7 Vertical 21 speed mountain style bike.

November 10: A Customs and Border protection agent called to report a stuck semi blocking the 100 block of 12th Street. A misguided Texas trucker attempted to access Customs and Border protection – Pacific Highway facility via 12th Street, but was unable to negotiate the tight 90-degree turn at the bottom of the hill.

The maneuvering at the corner lifted the truck’s drive axles off of the roadway surface. The truck was freed with the aid a of a large commercial tow rig. The driver suffered only injury to his pride and his bank account for the tow. He continued his route to the northern territory. The city and WSDOT are working on signage to prevent future commercial truck traffic on that stretch of roadway. There was no property damage as a result of the mishap.

November 10: A Customs and Border protection supervisor saw a vehicle southbound in the northbound lanes of I-5 near the border. The supervisor was able to stop the car and detain the occupants until a police unit arrived. The driver of the car will be issued a ticket for driving the wrong way on the freeway.

November 9: A Blaine officer found an abandoned green bag under the boardwalk around Peace Portal Drive and H Street. The bag and its contents were booked into the police department’s evidence room for safekeeping.

November 8: While on routine patrol along Peace Portal, police saw a vehicle in the ditch on the west side of the road. They contacted the driver, who was under the influence of the cranberry and vodka drinks she reportedly consumed. The 47-year-old driver was arrested, processed and released with a court date. Vehicle impounded.

November 8: An officer was dispatched to a report of a suicidal woman at a business in the 9500 block of Semiahmoo Parkway. Officer contacted the lady, who said she wanted to hurt herself. Police spoke with her physician, who asked that she be transported to hospital. Medics responded and transported the woman for evaluation.

November 7: Officers were dispatched to a malicious mischief report at the Semiahmoo Marina. Officers contacted the reporting party and were advised that in addition to the vandalism an outboard boat motor valued between $1,800 and $2,500 had also been stolen. Police are investigating.

November 6: Officers were dispatched to a late night report of a man assaulting his mother at an apartment in the 600 block of A Street. Officers arrived and found the home in shambles, the mom injured, and the 19-year-old son intoxicated and angry. The man was arrested for domestic assault, malicious mischief and being minor in possession of alcohol, and booked into jail.

November 6: U.S. Customs and Border protection reported that Canadian officials were deporting an unstable U.S. citizen who was detained in Canada for four months. Blaine officers met the Canadian officials at the Peace Arch POE. The returning U.S. citizen had mental issues so severe that he posed a threat to himself and others. Police transported the 29-year-old Arizona resident to the hospital for a mental evaluation.

November 6: While on patrol to the Semiahmoo district, police found a man walking away from a one-vehicle crash on Harborview Road. A Blaine officer detained the driver of the vehicle until WCSO arrived. The driver was arrested. 

November 5: An officer was dispatched to a report that a counterfeit $50 bill was passed at a business on H Street. The bill was placed into evidence for delivery to the Secret Service.

November 8: Police located three boys standing by the gym on school grounds in the 2 a.m. darkness.  They told the officer that they had tried unsuccessfully to contact a parent to come and get them after the activitybus dropped them off. One parent arrived while the officer was speaking to the juveniles, however the other two had no way to get to their Birch Bay residence. Due to the hour and the circumstances, the officer gave the two boys a ride home.

November 6: Blaine elementary school called to report a 10-year-old boy had become upset and left the afternoon school bus. Officers searched for him for nearly an hour before he was located at a service station on 3rd Street and returned to the school. His parents were notified and collected him.

November 6: Dispatch reported a 911 hang up at a residence on Mitchell Street.  An officer went to the residence, but no one came to the door.  Officer checked around the residence and was unable to find any signs of an emergency.