Police Reports: September 5 - 13, 2011

Published on Wed, Sep 14, 2011
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September 5, 11:45 p.m.: A witness reported the obnoxious midnight thump of bass coming from a stereo system somewhere along 10th Street north of D Street. An officer responded to the area, walked the street, and identified the source of the problem. The music lover was contacted and advised of the problem.

September 6, 10:41 a.m.: Public Works reported that a vandal had spray-painted a freeway overpass fence railing on Mitchell Street with gang-style graffiti. The estimated cost to repair the damage is $200.

September 6, 11:02 a.m.: A concerned citizen stopped by the Blaine Police Department to report that a man was sleeping along the sidewalk in the 600 block of H Street. An officer checked on the gent and found out that he was trying to sleep off all the alcohol he had already ingested that morning. The transient from Nevada was advised to find a safer place to nap, and ambled off in search of a softer patch of ground.

September 6, 11:24 a.m.: The owner of a consignment sales business on Peace Portal Drive called to report a burglary and theft. Sometime over the holiday weekend thieves had broken into his compound and made off with a 1991 19-foot Blue Water motorboat on a Calkins boat trailer. The boat is equipped with a green 150-horsepower Yamaha motor. A burglary and theft report was completed and the owner of the boat was notified. The loss is estimated at $11,500.

September 6, 11:34 a.m.: A resident reported losing an expensive camera lens near downtown. She explained that she had taken some photos near the Burlington Northern depot, and accidentally left a Canon short focal length telephoto lens behind. The item has not yet been turned in. The victim completed a lost property report.

September 6, 1:28 p.m.: A person relaxing at the public pier on Marine Drive noticed that a visitor was crabbing out of season, and took the time to let the man know about his error. The shell fisher ignored the advice and continued crabbing. A bit later two U.S. Fish & Wildlife officers happened by and also advised the gentleman that he was crabbing out of season. The man ignored them too. The next person to come by was a police officer, who advised the 47-year-old Bellingham resident he was under arrest for crabbing out of season and fishing without a license. He was released with a criminal citation, a court date and no crab.

September 6, 2:13 p.m.: Police responded to a report that someone was vandalizing a sidewalk on H Street with spray paint. The graffiti artist was contacted and accepted a ticket for malicious mischief. The sidewalk was returned to its pristine albeit less colorful condition.

September 6, 3:51 p.m.: Police responded to complaint that a driver was blocking a sidewalk with his vehicle on Semiahmoo Parkway and refusing to move. The area was clear of obstructions when the community service officer arrived, and the complainant's phone number turned out to be incorrect.

September 6, 5:25 p.m.: A resident called police seeking assistance with a woman who has been harassing him. An officer contacted the suspect and warned her of the criminal charges she would face if the harassment continued. The lady agreed to cease all contact with the victim.

September 6, 7:30 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a neighbor dispute on Cedar Street. Officers contacted the complainant and talked to him about his concerns. The dispute was not criminal in nature, and the victim decided he would take the issue up with his landlord.

September 6, 10:05 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a call about an argument between two women in progress on Adelia Street. Officers arrived and found one lady standing outside and the other upstairs, calling out of a bedroom window loud enough to alarm passersby. The argument was long over, and had been between a mother and son about bedtime hours and respectfulness towards elders. After the son did go to bed the two woman continued their multi-story discussion. The ladies agreed to tone down the volume by both being in the same house while they talked.

September 7, 8: 20 a.m.: A couple reported that their kids have been harassed by a boy at school. An officer met with school officials and the suspect student, and determined that the harassment was not criminal. School administrators advised that they would address the problem occurring on their campus.

September 7, 8:25 a.m.: Residents near the school reported being very concerned about the fire dangers posed by kids who congregate along the grassy alley between 8th and 9th streets to smoke each morning before classes begin. Officers were advised of the problem for their extra patrols.

September 7, 10:49 a.m.: An informant advised police that a person was conducting business in Blaine and Whatcom Country without a business license. An officer is investigating the report.

September 7, 11:48 a.m.: The Blaine Municipal Court requested an officer take a person into custody pending a court review and/or presentation of bail. The 21-year-old Blaine resident was transported to jail.

September 7, 3:48 p.m.: A resident on Boblett Street called police for help when his parked car was struck and damaged by a pickup backing out of a neighbor's driveway. The pickup then left the scene without stopping. Officers interviewed people in the area and located the running vehicle parked at a house near Lynden. The truck's owner and girlfriend insisted that they had not been driving because they were too intoxicated, and on that point it appeared they were being at least half truthful. Followup is being conducted to identify the driver.

September 7, 6:52 p.m.: Police stopped a vehicle on H Street for a equipment violation. A passenger inside was not wearing his seat belt, and when he was contacted he gave officers a false name and birth date. The officers investigated and discovered the impostor was wanted on a outstanding Bellingham Municipal Court warrant for failure to appear on the DUI charge. The 61-year-old Birch Bay resident was arrested for the warrant and for providing false information and booked in to jail.

September 8, 3:59 p.m.: A resident on Adelia Street reported speeding construction trucks are menacing her neighborhood in the afternoon. An officer advised that he would attempt to patrol the area in the right time frame, and would contact a foreman of the construction site, which appears to be breeding the low-flying behemoths.

September 8, 9:01 p.m.: Police responded to a report of loud music and lights coming from a vehicle parked on G Street and contacted the suspects. The owner of the vehicle accepted a warning and advice that future complaints could lead to a ticket.

September 8, 9:29 p.m.: Police were dispatched by a 911 call regarding a group of people suspiciously gathered outside of a vehicle on Adelia Street. Officers arrived and contacted the group. No criminal activity was observed, and everyone cleared the area.

September 9, 3:32 a.m.: While en route to Bellingham, a Blaine officer observed a vehicle driving erratically on I-5 southbound. The officer stopped the vehicle and found the driver was intoxicated. A Washington State Patrol trooper responded and took custody of the underaged, unlicensed, intoxicated driver.

September 9, 7:25 a.m.: Police responded when a resident called asking for help with an out-of-control adult relative. The investigation showed that the woman had damaged property in the home, and no assaults had occurred. The 30-year-old was arrested for domestic violence/malicious mischief and booked into jail.

September 9, 9:03 a.m.: A woman with a Blaine Municipal Court warrant was arrested while at city hall. A relative posted bail with the court at city hall and the person was released.

September 9, 9:44 a.m.: A gentleman arrived at court and discovered he was there on the wrong date. Things went downhill from there for him, as it turned out there was a warrant outstanding for his arrest. The person was detained by officers until he posted bail with the Blaine Municipal Court and signed a promise to appear.

September 9, 12:15 p.m.: A resident reported that a relative had stolen his lawn mower and sold it to a pawn shop. Officers investigated and found that the suspect had also pawned other property he had stolen from the victim. Police arrested the man for multiple counts of possession of stolen property and issued citations for the violations.

September 9, 12:39 p.m.: A Blaine resident came into the police department to turn himself in on a Blaine Municipal Court warrant for theft. The arrestee was booked into jail, and the warrant was removed from the system.

September 9, 3:50 p.m.: Blaine City Light responded to Pipeline Road when three city-owned power lines and a transformer were seriously damaged. It appeared that a resident along the road had cut down a tree, which accidentally toppled onto the power lines. By the time a city team arrived to make repairs and restore power to the neighborhood, the person responsible for the damage had left the area. Police are assisting Public Works in ensuring the matter is resolved.

September 9, 4:56 p.m.: A Semiahmoo resident called police to report having had a negative interaction with man who reacted hostilely when reminded there was a rule against walking dogs off-leash. Officers patrolled the area the same time the following day but did not meet the suspect. It is possible that he was participating in an event nearby and was not a property owner within the development.

September 9, 6 p.m.: A victim in another state called Blaine Police to complain about receiving threatening emails from a person with a Blaine address. Officers determined that the suspect lives outside of the city limits, and referred the complainant to the sheriff's office.

September 9, 6:27 p.m.: Police responded to a report of threats made to a young girl on D Street. Officers arrived and contacted the suspects. It turned out that there had been no intent to harm or frighten, and the comment was an ill-considered attempt at a joke. The two young men departed with a newfound understanding of what remarks are not appropriate to say in public.

September 9, 6:46 p.m.: Police responded to assist North Whatcom Fire and Rescue with an activated fire alarm at a multi-residential building. The first responders determined the source of smoke was a former halibut dinner. No danger or further assistance was needed and officers cleared. The chef gleaned a clear vision of the difference in smoke point temperatures of whole butter and olive oil.

September 9, 9:35 p.m.: Officers on patrol observed a vehicle traveling at over double the posted speed limit on D Street. The vehicle was stopped and the driver arrested, cited and released with a mandatory court date.

September 9, 10:12 p.m.: Olympia police asked Blaine officers to contact a Blaine resident who needed to report that their car had been stolen while it was in Olympia. The assistance was provided and a copy of the report and statement were faxed to the other agency.

September 9, 10:12 p.m.: Police responded to a report of a vehicle driving negligently in a business parking lot on H Street. Officers identified and contacted the suspect motorist, who admitted to making a bad judgment call about safe parking lot driving. The 18-year-old driver received a verbal warning and was advised warnings would not be an option in future contacts about his driving.

September 9, 11:58 p.m.: Police responded to a business on Semiahmoo Parkway to investigate a hit-and-run to an unattended vehicle while it was parked in the employee parking lot. Officers documented the damage and searched the area unsuccessfully for a suspect vehicle matching the color and size of the damage and paint that had been left behind.

September 10, 12:17 a.m.: A concerned neighbor called to report some people walking around a vacant house on Wilson Avenue. The arriving officers contacted the house's new owner, who was moving in and thankful to learn that others in the neighborhood were watchful.

September 10, 3:45 a.m.: A newspaper delivery person was dropping off papers outside a business on H Street when he was accosted by an yelling, angry man who was possibly armed. Police responded to his call and met an employee of the business who had gone outside to find out who was messing around in his parking lot so early in the morning. No harm was done aside from the expense of adrenalin expended.

September 10, 4:10 p.m.: Border Patrol agents investigated a possible border incursion near D Street and Allen Street, and contacted three individuals. During their investigation they recovered drug smoking pipes, and Blaine officers were advised. The 21-year-old Blaine resident was arrested by police and issued a citation for possession of drug paraphernalia.

September 10, 5:46 p.m.: Police were dispatched to Customs at the Peace Arch crossing regarding a person there who had been found in possession of illegal drugs. Officers arrested, cited and released a 23-year-old Vancouver, B.C., resident for possession of marijuana.

September 10, 6:10 p.m.: Officers were dispatched to a neighborhood dispute on 8th Street. No one involved in the problem was cooperative with law enforcement. Police were not able to figure out what actually happened to trigger the call, and the officers cleared when it was appeared nothing worse was going to occur.

September 10, 6:47 p.m.: A Blaine resident called to report that he had discovered damage to his convertible car's roof. The damage occurred sometime over the last two days, and it's not known exactly how or where. Officers are investigating.

September 10, 7:21 p.m.: An officer observed and stopped a vehicle which was speeding on city streets while committing multiple other traffic violations. The driver was arrested for reckless driving, cited and released with a date for a mandatory court appearance.

September 11, 12:21 a.m.: Officers responded to assist at the scene of a car vs. pedestrian hit-and-run collision which occurred in the county on Drayton Harbor Road west of Blaine Road. Police and a bystander attended to the victim until aid arrived, and officers then assisted in closing the roadway for investigation.

September 11, 12:46 a.m.: An anonymous caller reported a late-night noise disturbance on B Street that was keeping folks awake. Officers approaching the area heard the booming bass of the music from more than 500 feet away and quickly located the suspect house. The resident expressed surprise at the police presence, saying she had played her music as loudly in the past without complaint. Officers asked her to mute the din and explained future calls would result in citation. The resident turned down the music somewhat. No further calls were received overnight.

September 11, 8:30 a.m.: Blaine Police responded to a report that a lost dog had last been seen near the Blaine Marina. They did not locate the animal at the time. About an hour later, employees from a business on Marine Drive called to advise the pooch was camped at their place, happily munching some food. Owner and pet were soon reunited.

September 11, 10:15 a.m.: A resident on 4th Street called police to ask that they check a utility vault near his home. The caller had seen suspicious activity in the area and thought the vault might have been compromised. An officer inspected the access and determined it was secure and could not be opened.

September 11, 1:30 p.m.: Customs officers at the Peace Arch crossing found an Arizona traveler in possession of prescription medications without accompanying prescriptions. The traveler admitted that the medicines had not been prescribed to him, and police were called. A Blaine officer investigated, and arrested, cited and released the man pending his appearance in court.

September 11, 5:38 p.m.: A vehicle was stopped on Boblett Street for a traffic violation. A driver's check revealed that the motorist had a suspended driver's license. She was arrested, cited and released with a court date.

September 11, 7:55 p.m.: Two occupants in a vehicle were referred for a secondary inspection at the Peace Arch port of entry. Customs officers found about 22.5 grams of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and two capsules with residue in the car, and police were called to the scene. One of the occupants admitted ownership of the illegal items. The 21-year-old visitor from California was issued a citation for the offense and released with a mandatory court date.

September 11, 9:30 p.m.: An officer stopped a vehicle for speeding on H Street. The 18-year-old driver had a suspended driver's license, and so was arrested, cited, and released with a mandatory court appearance as well as his speeding ticket. The vehicle was released to its registered owner.

September 12, 5:57 a.m.: A passerby called police to report seeing a man stealing rocks from a business parking lot on H Street. Two officers contacted the suspect, who was working on his car. He explained that he had borrowed the rock to add to the collection of tools at his disposal for his repair job. During the interview officers found the gentleman was also in possession of a questionable substance. That material was secured for processing by the drug laboratory, and the man's parole officer was notified of the circumstances of his contact.

September 12, 11:06 a.m.: Blaine Police responded to the Blaine school district campus when school officials learned that a middle school student had told friends he intended to harm himself, and then possibly left the campus. The arriving officers learned the youth had shown a weapon to one of his friends, but no threats to other people or to property were made by the student. As a precautionary measure the campus went into a standard lockdown for 20 to 30 minutes until the young man was located and safely taken into custody. An inoperative compressed air BB pistol, designed to look like a standard firearm, was recovered by officers. No injuries or threats to any students or staff were reported. The young man has been booked into juvenile detention and charges for possession of a dangerous weapon on school facilities and disorderly conduct (disruption of lawful assembly) are pending.

September 12, 1:31 p.m.: Police were called to the scene on E Street when a man assaulted another adult male with his fists and with a ball-peen hammer, causing the victim a chest injury. Officers investigated and arrested the assailant. The 43-year-old Blaine resident was booked into jail for felony Assault. His 23-year-old victim neighbor was assisted by medics on scene and then released.

September 12, 2:01 p.m.: While an officer was attending to a man who had been assaulted with a hammer, the suspect's adult son aggressively approached the lone officer and victim on foot, screaming at the victim and using obscenities. The man's behavior caused a risk of assault in an already volatile situation. The 18-year-old Blaine resident was arrested and booked into jail for disorderly conduct.

September 12, 7:45 p.m.: An officer assisted a transient with transportation to Birch Bay. The intoxicated man didn't have
anywhere to sleep for the night but told the officer he had contacts in the Birch Bay area. At the transient's request the officer dropped the man off at Birch Bay-Lynden Road and Portal Way.

September 12, 8:36 p.m.: A resident reported finding an older red bicycle abandoned in his yard on G Street. An officer arrived and impounded the bicycle pending identification of its owner.

September 13, 1:25 a.m.: Police patrolling the neighborhood stopped a vehicle on E Street when a check revealed that the owner had a suspended driver's license. Officers contacted the motorist and during the course of the stop determined that he was driving under the influence of alcohol. The driver was arrested for driving with a suspended license, DUI, and for a outstanding Lynden Municipal Court arrest warrant for failure to appear on a previous charge. The 23-year-old Blaine resident was transported to jail for booking.

September 13, 2:39 a.m.: Officer stopped a vehicle on Runge Avenue when he determined that the driver possessed a suspended license. During the contact the officer determined that the motorist was also driving under the influence of alcohol. The 29-year-old Blaine resident was arrested, cited, and booked into jail.

September 13, 7:52 a.m.: Sheriff's deputies asked officers to watch for a possibly intoxicated driver who was last seen heading toward Blaine from Harborview Road. Officers covered the possible routes and destinations for the vehicle, but it was not found in the city limits.

September 13, 11:24 a.m.: School officials called police when they learned that a student was possibly being abused at home. An officer responded to meet with the victim, and an investigation is in progress.

September 13, 2:47 p.m.: Blaine officers responded to a report of animal abuse on Wilson Street. The reporting party advised that some time over the weekend her cat had been shot with a BB, and had to be hospitalized for its injuries. Police are investigating, and the Humane Society has been advised.