Police Reports: August 10 - August 17, 2011

Published on Wed, Aug 17, 2011
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August 10, 3:58 a.m.: An officer responded to a noise complaint on Peace Arch Court and contacted a resident who playing his music so loudly that he had awakened the neighborhood. The suspect received his second and final warning for his disorderly conduct.

August 10, 5:14 a.m.: An officer patrolling Mitchell Street found a parked, unoccupied car splattered with eggs. The owner of the vehicle did not know who had decided to vandalize his vehicle, and is obtaining an estimate for the cost to repair the damage the caustic raw eggs did to the car's paint.

August 10, 12:09 p.m.: A motorist who had obtained a product from a business called police to ask for assistance suing the business because it had charged him two different prices for the same product on different days. The man was advised that police officers were not able to provide legal advice or assistance and suggested that he contact a civil attorney to explore his options.

August 10, 2:26 p.m.: A resident called police when she discovered the docking station for an MP3 player and a memory card for an XBox game console had been stolen from her home. A teenager living at the residence had entertained friends and friends of friends a couple of evenings earlier, and the victim suspected one of these people might had stolen the electronics. An officer contacted a person of interest, who denied any involvement in the theft.

August 10, 3:28 p.m.: A business owner asked for police assistance in maintaining the peace at their property when they conducted a termination interview with one of their employees. The managers were concerned the person being laid off might retaliate. Two officers were on scene when the discussion took place and everyone parted company amiably. The now former employee was given a ride after the visit was concluded.

August 10, 4:10 p.m.: A business owner reported the theft of a heat exchanger from a vessel in dry-dock at Blaine Harbor. The exchanger re-appeared the day after a police report was filed. There are no suspects in the theft or the subsequent act of contrition.

August 10, 5:33 p.m.: Passersby called police when they witnessed a hit and run collision between two moving vehicles in the 1400 block of Peace Portal Drive. A car drving south on Portal crossed the double yellow centerline and sideswiped a northbound car. The suspect vehicle fled the scene without stopping to check on the other car's passengers, but not before the license plate was captured by a good Samaritan. The suspect driver was arrested at her home in Birch Bay about three hours later. No one was injured in the crash, and the damage included broken side-view mirrors, scrapes and dents to the driver's sides of both cars.

August 10, 7:50 p.m.: Officers contacted a transient on school property and informed him that he was trespassing. The man explained that he was a special government agent and in direct communication with the president. He demonstrated his ability to contact other secret government agencies by pushing certain secret buttons on his body. Unfortunately he wasn't equipped with a button to make the officers disappear, and he finally agreed to depart.

August 11, 2:04 a.m.: Police stopped a vehicle on 8th Street for traffic violations and observed a rifle on the back seat. Both occupants were detained, and during a pat-down for weapons the passenger was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested, cited and released with a court date. The driver was found to be in possession of methampetamine and drug paraphernalia, and he was booked into Whatcom County Jail. The rifle turned out to be a BB gun. It was made safe and turned over to the passenger.

August 11, 8:30 p.m.: Police were called when a teenager jogging on E Street was bitten by a loose dog that ran out onto the sidewalk to nip her as she passed. The girl suffered two puncture marks and swelling on her right calf. She declined immediate medical attention but planned to see her doctor. An officer documented the incident and cited the dog's owner for permitting a dog at large. Animal Control was advised of the event for followup.

August 11, 11:15 a.m.: Blaine Police were advised by a Border Patrol agent that a person along Marine Drive appeared to be in possession of Dungeness crab out of season. An officer responded, confirmed the violation, and cited the 45-year-old Seattle resident for the violation.

August 11, noon: A concerned resident called to request traffic enforcement along H Street Road in east Blaine, as loaded commercial vehicles are speeding in the area, most frequently in the early morning hours between 6 and 8 a.m. Patrol officers were notified of the complaint and extra patrols were provided.

August 11, 2:24 p.m.: A business reported the theft of a commercial stove that had been stored outside in an unfenced area near the Dumpster. The item had disappeared sometime in the prior week. The owner estimated the value of the stove at about $3,000. The theft is under investigation.

August 11, 8:08 p.m.: Officers were dispatched to an assault on Semiahmoo Spit. Officers arrived and contacted the involved parties. Their investigation determined that the male half of the domestic assault was the primary aggressor. The 36-year-old Port Moody, B.C., resident was arrested for domestic violence assault and driving under the influence, and booked in to jail.

August 11, 9:51 p.m.: Officers were dispatched to a report of an assault and contacted a Blaine resident who explained he had been out for a walk when he was approached and assaulted by an stranger who looked to be in his 20s. The victim said that he defended himself and last saw the suspect fleeing the area on E Street on foot. Police and Border Patrol agents searched the area and did not locate the suspect.

August 12, 10:45 p.m.: Officers stopped a vehicle for traffic and equipment infractions on D Street. The driver was found to not only be driving while suspended, but to also be driving while under the influence. The 26-year-old Ferndale resident was arrested for both violations, transported and booked in to Jail. His vehicle was impounded.

August 13, 4:25 p.m.: Two Border Patrol bike agents discovered a small fire in Marine Park. After a valiant effort to extinguish the fire it was determined to be too deeply seated and North Whatcom Fire Rescue was called to handle the small fire. It appears that a possible cause of the blaze was a recklessly discarded cigarette. Firefighters thoroughly applied water and fire retardant foam to the area to ensure there was no chance of recurrence.

August 13, 5:12 p.m.: Officers assisted a crash victim until medical units arrived, and then helped Washington State Patrol by closing the intersection of Bell Road and Peace Portal Drive. The bike versus car collision occurred just south of the city limits along Blaine Road near Shipyard Road. The 65-year-old cyclist had fortunately been wearing his helmet when he was clipped by a passing travel trailer. He was taken to hospital for evaluation. Officers reopened the roadway after about 30 minutes.

August 13, 7:58 p.m.: Officers conducting speed enforcement on H Street near Odell Road observed a vehicle traveling 60 mph in posted 25 mph zone. The driver was stopped for reckless driving, arrested, cited with a mandatory court date and released.

August 14, 2 p.m.: A person called police to report a habitually barking pit bull at a neighbor's residence. An officer observed the dog for a period of time. The dog was in its kennel in the owner's yard. Even when approached by the officer, who bears a striking resemblance to a postman, the dog did not bark. The owner was advised that the dog was a suspect in a neighborhood nuisance complaint.

August 14, 12:17 p.m.: Blaine Police responded to a report that a domestic violence assault had occurred earlier at a home on 4th Street. The victim had fled the residence, and officers were called. Their investigation found probable cause to arrest the victim's husband for assault. The 31-year-old Blaine resident was located, arrested and transported to jail without incident.

August 14, 1:25 p.m.: A man reported that someone had punctured and flattened two of his car's tires while the car was parked in his driveway on E Street overnight. The man suggested one possible suspect because he and the suggested suspect do not get along. An officer spoke to the suspect, who denied any involvement with or knowledge of the vandalism. The man's roommates confirmed that he had not left home during the time window of the crime. There are no other suspects or witnesses at this time. Damage was estimated by the victim to be about $250.

August 14, 1:30 p.m.: A man reported that another man was living in a travel trailer on private property in an apartment
complex. An officer observed the 1971 wheeled tenement with a tarp serving as roofing in the described location. A power cord ran from the apartment across the parking lot to the travel trailer. The case was forwarded to Blaine Police Community Service officer for investigation and action.

August 14, 5:48 p.m.: Officers contacted a residence while performing followup to a domestic assault case. The resident inside would not open the door but did initially speak to police face-to-face through the glass of a sliding door. The man would not provide ID, provided a false name and was uncooperative with police. The man locked himself in his bedroom and stopped communicating with police. The man was positively identified as someone other than the assault suspect, but three Whatcom County warrants were confirmed for his arrest. Police entered the home through an unsecured door and extracted the man from his bedroom without incident, without injuries and without damage to the home. Incidentally, the DV assault suspect the officers were initially hoping to contact came home during the incident, and was arrested for his attack on his wife. Both men were booked into jail.

August 14, 8:15 p.m.:
Officers contacted a man on the Blaine pier in possession of three out-of-season crabs. The man was also fishing with a double-barbed fishing hooks. The Birch Bay resident was given a criminal citation for crabbing out of season and an infraction for fishing with barbed hooks. He was released with a court date.

August 15, 12:30 a.m.: Officers stopped a vehicle on Hughes Avenue for an equipment violation. While contacting the driver the officer noticed a strong odor of alcoholic beverages coming from the driver's person. Sobriety tests confirmed the woman was driving under the influence of alcohol. The 27-year-old Seattle resident was arrested, processed and booked into jail.

August 15, 10:31 a.m.: Customs officers at the Peace Arch Port of Entry alerted Blaine officers to a motorist whose California driver's license was suspended and Washington driver's license was invalid. Police arrested and cited the woman. She was released but her vehicle was impounded due to no reasonable alternative. Case closed.

August 15, 1:48 p.m.: Officer was dispatched to the 1200 block of 4th Street to do a civil standby. On arrival the wife was not at home, so the officer did not allow the husband to enter and take anything that may be disputed later. Officer advised the husband to contact police when the wife is at home.

August 15, 7:30 p.m.: Officers were dispatched to a business on Peace Portal Drive regarding a construction complaint. Employees at the firm complained about dust that was created by a contractor using a sand blaster across the street. Officers contacted the contractor and advised him to use the necessary precautions to eliminate the dust his equipment created. The contractor apologized for the problem he had not realized he was creating and stopped working until the proper equipment was in place to capture the dust.

August 16, 8:09 a.m.: A Blaine resident backed her car out of her driveway on Allan Street and suffered a minor fender-bender with a tractor truck working in the area. All Blaine officers were delayed due to a felony arrest occurring at the same time. A sheriff's unit responded to the collision and completed a report for her.

August 16, 12:48 p.m.: While on an aid call an officer located a locomotive reverser key. Initially it appeared the property was lost. It was later determined to be there legitimately.

August 16, 3:42 p.m.: A harbor employee reported observing two individuals screaming at each other using a variety of colorful language. The dispute was allegedly over some stolen crab pots. Officers were dispatched to restore peace to the harbor area. Neither man from the wished for police to pursue the matter. The pair separated and advised that the matter had been settled.

August 17, 8:55 a.m.: Blaine Police responded to a report of malicious mischief on E Street. The reporting party stated someone had slashed his tire in the last 48 hours. An officer responded and confirmed that the tire did indeed appear to have been stabbed by a knife multiple times. There are no suspects at this time.