Police Reports: October 19 - 25, 2011

Published on Wed, Oct 26, 2011
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October 19, 8:34 a.m.: The mother of a middle-schooler called police when she found out her son was possibly being harassed by another student. Mom had already met with school officials. They were working on the problem and recommended she contact officers to make them aware of the incident. An officer spoke with school staff and learned that law enforcement assistance was not needed.

October 19, 9:11 a.m.: A resident called police to report drug activity after a young relative was solicited to purchase marijuana. Information was collected and shared with patrol officers and other agencies in the area.

October 19, 12:33 p.m.: A middle school-aged boy started harassing a younger lad at school. The abuse came to a head when the bully socked  the victim in the face and bloodied his nose. The suspect was expelled from school and a criminal investigative report was forwarded to the prosecutor by police, recommending an assault charge.

October 19, 2:21 p.m.: Officer stopped a vehicle for multiple equipment violations. The driver of the vehicle was found to be driving while suspended, and was wanted on an active warrant. The 35-year-old Birch Bay resident was cited for the equipment violations, and arrested and booked into jail for the license offense and the warrant. The vehicle was impounded for lack of any documentation as to its ownership.

October 19, 3:15 p.m.: A boy called police after two teenagers followed him as he was walking home from school, calling him names and threatening to beat him up. An officer arrived in the area, contacted the victim and then tracked down the suspects as they were walking on Adelia Street. Each received a warning to leave the youngster alone.

October 19, 4:09 p.m.: A resident tried to avoid paying for garbage service by stuffing his trash into city-owned sidewalk refuse cans downtown. Nearby businesses had to repeatedly clean up the mess caused by animals getting into the garbage, and the city had to pay to have it collected. A witness to the illegal dumping brought evidence to police. Officers contacted the 35-year-old violator, arrested him for theft of services and cited him into court.

October 19, 5:17 p.m.: Police responded to a disturbance in an alley between G and H streets when a passerby reported several young men possibly fighting there. Officers arrived find no fight in progress and two camps of people claiming innocence. Side A said Side B pulled a weapon, possibly a handgun, on them without provocation. Side B said he'd picked up a crowbar in case he needed to defend himself when Side A approached and stated an intention to assault him. No firearm was found and neither side agreed to cooperate with prosecution, so both sides were advised to avoid each other in order to avoid criminal complications.

October 20, 1:19 p.m.: An officer was flagged down by passersby in a mall parking lot who pointed out a parked car with an unattended infant in a car seat. As the officer approached the vehicle he was met by the infant's mom, who was standing nearby, and was quickly surrounded by other family members. It turned out that the infant was alone in the car but was being very carefully watched.

October 20, 2:16 p.m.: Border Patrol agents contacted a person on foot in a rural residential area adjacent to the international border. During their conversation with him, the man admitted that he had been convicted of sex offenses but had not registered his address as required. The agents called Blaine police officers to the scene. The officers investigated, confirmed the registration violation, and booked the 51-year-old man into jail.

October 20, 4:20 p.m.: A resident contacted police to turn in a sawed-off shotgun he had acquired from a family member who was not in the area. The weapon's dimensions made its possession prohibited under federal law. An officer took custody of the gun and booked it into evidence for destruction.

October 20, 7:08 p.m.: A man came to the police department to turn himself for a domestic violence assault which had occurred earlier in the day. Officers investigated the information, confirmed the assault, and arrested the 25-year-old Blaine resident. He was processed and booked in to jail.

October 20, 11:07 p.m.: Police responded to a report that an intoxicated man at a residence was talking about killing himself. Officers arrived in the area and found the victim walking on the road nearby. They investigated and confirmed the man was suicidal, and he asked for help. The gentleman was placed in protective custody and transported to hospital for evaluation and treatment.

October 21, 9:43 a.m.: A commercial fisher reported the theft of five boat propellers worth about $13,000. The props were stolen from the victim's secured web locker at Blaine Marina. A person of interest has been identified and police are investigating.

October 21, 9:47 a.m.: A traveler stopped at a service station downtown to top off the fuel tanks of his pickup truck. In the process of leaving the business he misjudged the turning radius of his truck and the trailer he was towing. Blaine City Light estimated the cost of the error at about $3,000 when they arrived to remove the broken light pole from the road and repair the exposed electrical wiring. The driver accepted an infraction for driving with his wheels most definitely off the roadway.

October 21, 5:30 p.m.: An F Street resident called police to report the theft of his black and silver North Rock Mountain bike. The bike was stolen sometime during the early morning hours on Wednesday, October 19. No suspects or witnesses have been identified.

October 21, 5:35 p.m.: Blaine police were called to the Peace Arch Port of Entry, where Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers were dropping off a Olympia resident and her 4-year-old after they became stranded in B.C. The woman and child had taken a trip to Canada with the lady's husband. When they arrived at a lower mainland coffee shop, doting hubby served his wife with final divorce decree paperwork and abandoned her and the child. Blaine officers helped the young lady contact a friend in Bellingham who soon arrived to rescue mom and daughter.

October 21, 8:11 p.m.: Border Patrol agents patrolling the international boundary near Canada View advised Blaine police when they contacted a suspicious subject in the area possibly violating state laws. Officers investigated and confirmed that the man was operating his vehicle with a suspended driver's license, was driving under the influence of alcohol, and was wanted on a District Court warrant for reckless driving. The 23-year-old Custer resident was arrested, processed, and booked into jail.

October 22, 11:30 a.m.: An officer patrolling H Street near the truck route came upon an electric-powered mobility assistance chair parked in the middle of the roadway. Much to the chagrin of the lady sitting in the chair, its battery had apparently died just a few blocks from her home. The officer and a helpful Border Patrol agent were able to help the lady to her residence, where her neighbors took care of getting the chair plugged back in and recharged.

October 22, 11:10 a.m.: An adult victim reported that she was sexually assaulted while visiting a residence in Blaine with friends. Officers contacted several witnesses and the man involved, and are investigating.

October 22, 8 p.m.: A teenager was arrested for trespassing at the Blaine Middle School. During the arrest a used marijuana pipe was found in the young man's possession. He was processed and transported home. A case report was forwarded to the Whatcom County Juvenile Prosecutor for review of charges.

October 22, 8:10 p.m.: A person reported loud noise from a neighboring motel room. Officers responded and followed the noise to its source, music blaring from a room with its door standing wide open. They contacted the very sound sleeper inside and asked him to turn down the radio he had been listening to when he drifted off.

October 24, 11:32 a.m.: A woman called police to report her wallet had either been stolen from her shopping cart while she was leaving a store in Blaine, or else she left it behind by mistake. The store did not have the wallet when she realized it was missing and checked, so someone either took it or else found it but did not turn it in. A police report was taken in case it is recovered.

October 24, 3:43 p.m.: A gentleman stopped his SUV on Woodchuck Way and hopped out to check a nearby home. He returned a few moments later to find his vehicle missing. Meanwhile down the block a resident was checking on a noise that sounded like a toppling mail box, and discovered that a freshly planted Ford Explorer lawn ornament had landed in his front yard. Police were called to witness the ritual exchange of the information needed to set in motion any repairs needed to the lawn, sprinklers and mail box which bore silent witness to the momentary lapse in transmission lever etiquette.

October 24, 7:30 p.m.: Officers were dispatched to a nonblocking, non-injury crash when a Surrey, B.C., driver and a Blaine driver collided in the 300 block of D Street. The motorists exchanged information and police documented the details of the collision. Both vehicles were able to leave under their own power.

October 24, 11:45 p.m.: A resort employee got off work just before midnight to discover that his car had been prowled while he was on shift. A side window was smashed in, and an iPod and about $40 cash were stolen. The incident happened in the employee parking area behind the business.

October 25, 8:56 a.m.: A parent walking her kids to school spotted a used syringe laying on the sidewalk on the Mitchell Street overpass. She stood by at the scene to keep kids away from the item until an officer arrived to properly dispose of it.

October 25, 11:48 a.m.: A resident reported fraudulent activity on one of her credit cards after learning of two transactions made without her permission, for purchases that were shipped to California. The victim was advised to contact her banks' fraud unit, and the card is being cancelled.

October 25, 11:54 a.m.: A resident called to report a car improperly parked on 2nd Street between A and B streets. An officer arrived and found the vehicle parked blocking both the bicycle lane and the roadway. He contacted the owner and explained the problem. She apologized and moved the car into compliance. The street department is working on traffic amenities to better aid drivers in realizing the problems caused by parking in that spot.

October 25, 3:41 p.m.: A student reported that his bike was stolen from the Blaine Middle School sometime between Thursday when he locked it up and Tuesday. There are no suspects to the taking of the red, white and black 21-speed bicycle and its security chain and lock.

October 25, 6:54 p.m.: A 91-year-old driver was traveling southbound on Allan Street when her vehicle collided with a unoccupied pick up truck and construction trailer parked at the roadside. Both vehicles sustained damage, but no injuries were reported.

October 25, 8:55 p.m.: A lady called police to complain that she had been searching her brother-in-law's house, looking for her husband, when her brother in law rudely pushed her out the door. Officers arrived and spoke with both parties. The brother-in-law was cautioned to call the police if a visitor refused to leave his home. The lady was cautioned that it was not legal for her to remain in someone's home after being instructed to depart, and even more illegal to try and return once she had been removed. Hubby successfully avoided the entire confrontation, having left a half hour before his wife arrived to track him down.