Police Reports: November 9 - 15, 2011

Published on Wed, Nov 16, 2011
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November 9, 3:53 p.m.: Police responded to a report of verbal harassment that occurred in front of a business on H Street. The victim complained she was accosted by a former friend, and asked officers for help getting the person to leave her alone. An officer spoke with the other woman, explained the situation and cautioned her to stay away from the victim. The reporting party was given information about how to obtain a civil anti-harassment order.

November 9, 9:45 p.m.: A Blaine officer stopped a motorist on H Street for a traffic violation and recognized an 18-year-old passenger as someone wanted on two outstanding Blaine Municipal Court warrants for being a minor in possession of alcohol and theft. Dispatch advised there was also a third warrant held by the sheriff's office on the young man for failure to appear on an alcohol charge. Another passenger turned out to be a 15-year-old who had been listed as a runaway for over two months. The driver from Ferndale received a warning for the traffic violation, the 18-year-old from Blaine was booked into jail on the warrants and additional alcohol and drug paraphernalia charges, and the 15-year-old runaway was reunited with his thankful mother.

November 9, 10 p.m.: Blaine police’s K9 team conducted a narcotic search of a vehicle on H Street. The driver admitted possession of the illegal drug Spice. Patrol officers were notified and arrested the suspect.

November 10, 1:48 a.m.: An officer stopped a vehicle for an equipment violation and determined through field sobriety tests that the driver was under the influence of alcohol. The 21-year-old Blaine resident was arrested for DUI and booked into jail, and her vehicle was impounded.

November 10, 11:34 a.m.: An officer was dispatched to the high school for a theft report and contacted a juvenile who seemed to be having a hard time accepting the fact that he'd been caught red-handed after stealing an MP3 player and some cash. The property was returned to its owners. A case report was initiated, and when completed it will be referred to the prosecutor's office for review.

November 10, 12:12 p.m.: A bike rider on Odell Road was accosted by a pedestrian who asked him if he had any marijuana for sale. The reporting party contacted police to report the solicitor. An officer was in the area at the time of the call but was unable to find the suspect.

November 10, 2:36 p.m.: U.S. Customs officers reported they were interviewing a motorist and found that he had a suspended driver’s license. A Blaine officer arrived and confirmed the licensing offense. The 32-year-old driver from Burnaby, B.C., was arrested and released after receiving a citation.

November 10, 5:08 p.m.: A property manager contacted police to report that one of her tenants had refused to pay his rent and then started leaving her voice messages thick with profanity. She did not feel threatened, but due to the cussed vileness of the messages she wanted to document the occurrence. The victim will notify law enforcement if the situation escalates.

November 10, 8:49 p.m.: Police responded to a report of an injured person on H Street near the truck route. They arrived and found a bicycle and a car which had both apparently tried to occupy the same space at the same time. Medics responded and determined the bike rider was healthy enough to be released. Officers were unable to determine which party had the right of way at the time of the crash.

November 11, 1:38 a.m.: A resident called to report that he thought he had been followed by several people while out on a late night walk in the Brickyard Hill neighborhood. Officers checked the area but did not find anyone lurking in the shadows. The resident remained concerned for his safety and officers assisted him with joining family members.

November 11, 10:05 a.m.: A passing motorist reported seeing some luggage laying abandoned in the rain near the roundabout at Peace Portal Drive and I-5. Officers recovered two pieces of luggage that had been out in the weather for a day or three. Paperwork inside identified the owner, and officers are attempting to contact her.

November 11, 12:46 p.m.: Officers were dispatched to a child custody dispute at a residence and met with the parents. One wanted to take their youngster for a visit but the other disagreed. Both were advised that they needed to iron out a court-sanctioned custody plan, and agreed to work things out in the meantime without the necessity of police involvement.

November 11, 2 p.m.: U.S. Customs officers called police when they discovered that a person they were inspecting for entry into the U.S. was in possession of a personal-use amount of marijuana. Blaine police arrested the person for the possession violation and released him on a Promise to Appear to the criminal citation.

November 11, 2:30 p.m.: Police were called when a sudden wind storm felled part of a tree on 2nd Street near C Street, taking out a light standard on its way to blocking the roadway. Officers provided traffic control until a public works crew could remove the large fallen limb from the road.

November 11, 2:50 p.m.: Blaine police responded to a report that a suspicious white-colored pickup truck had been parked in the area of a childcare facility for several minutes. The vehicle left between the time the call was placed and when officers arrived. The reporting party will call back if the vehicle returns.

November 11, 3:15 p.m.: Staff at the Semiahmoo Marina called asking for help contacting the owner of a vehicle in their parking lot which had been damaged during a wind storm. An officer was able to identify the car's owners and notified them about their broken rear side window.

November 11, 4:40 p.m.: Officers were dispatched to a residence on Runge Avenue when a healthy tree which appeared to be growing on the city right of way toppled over during a wind storm, damaging a Toyota sedan parked in a nearby private driveway. A public works crew responded to assist in removing the tree and a report was completed to assist the property owner.

November 12, 5:36 a.m.: A concerned passerby called police to report a cacophony of yelling and crashing furniture emanating from an apartment. Officers contacted the tenants and discovered that they were in a tense discussion, fueled by nicotine withdrawal, while they searched frantically for a missing pack of cigarettes.

November 12, 4:30 p.m.: Police were dispatched to the Peace Arch port of entry regarding a person there who was in possession of marijuana. A Blaine officer contacted the 27-year-old traveler from Kent, Washington and issued him a criminal citation for the violation.

November 13, 1:42 a.m.: Police were dispatched to a report that two suspects were possibly prowling vehicles on Mitchell Street. Officers arrived in time to spot two people who fled as they approached. They caught up with one of the teenagers and identified the other. The area was searched and it appeared the pair had been interrupted before they actually broke into any cars. The incident was documented in case a victim later came forward.

November 13, 11:33 a.m.: Border Patrol agents contacted a visitor to Peace Arch Park and discovered that there were multiple misdemeanor warrants outstanding for the man's arrest. Blaine officers were called to the scene and arrested the person for warrants issued by Blaine Municipal Court and Kittitas County District Court. He was also wanted on warrants issued by Skagit County, but Skagit declined to confirm their extradition. The 27-year-old Mount Vernon resident was arrested and booked into jail.

November 13, 1:13 p.m.: On Sunday afternoon a 6-year-old was visiting a friend's house, and called 911 to report that she thought her friend was being hurt by her friend's father. Police and Border Patrol agents responded, and found that no physical altercation or crime had occurred. It turns out Dad's little lady had thrown a tantrum when she was not allowed to play outside on the very cold, windy day. Dad warned his daughter that she was going to get spanked unless she stopped screaming about not getting her way, but this had opposite the intended effect. The playmate called 911 because she was really worried about her friend's nonstop caterwauling.

November 13, 8:37 p.m.: An officer stopped a vehicle on Bell Road after noticing a lighting equipment violation. It turned out the Blaine resident's driving privilege was suspended for a previous unresolved traffic violation. He was cited for the current license problem, and the vehicle was impounded when officers were not able to contact its registered owner.
November 13, 11:29 p.m.: Police stopped a vehicle on Mitchell Street for a traffic violation. The contacting officer developed reason to suspect the driver was affected by alcohol consumption, and roadside sobriety tests were performed. Following the tests the 49-year-old Birch Bay resident was arrested for DUI, his vehicle was impounded, and he was booked in to jail after processing.

November 13, 9:50 p.m.: Dispatch received a report of a non-injury collision in a parking lot, and the arriving officer advised he was contacting a driver whose SUV had struck a fence. The motorist explained that a water bottle had gotten stuck between his brake and gas pedals, a situation about which he was serenely unaware until he pulled into a parking stall at work. At that moment he stepped on the brake, the brake pressed on the bottle, the bottle pressed on the gas, and all heck broke loose. The driver had the presence of mind to knock the transmission out of gear, but by then the SUV, which he was borrowing, had already leapt over the retaining curb and crashed through a fence, which belongs to his employer. Officers completed a report for the driver to document his accomplishment.

November 14, 2:01 p.m.: An officer was dispatched to the high school when officials there found that a student was in possession of marijuana. The teen admitted ownership of the impounded drug. He was arrested, processed and released to his mother pending a date in juvenile court. The report was forwarded to the prosecutor for review of charges.

November 14, 9:58 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a domestic argument in a Semiahmoo neighborhood. On arrival they investigated and determined the male half had been the primary aggressor in an incident that ended with a misdemeanor assault. The 41-year-old Blaine resident was arrested for domestic violence assault and transported to jail.

November 15, 2:02 a.m.: Police were dispatched to a domestic violence incident in progress on D Street. Officers arrived and contacted the parties in a motel room. A 14-year-old boy was the primary aggressor in this incident, and had committed a misdemeanor assault by kicking his mother several times during a dispute, which was witnessed by another adult. The teenager was arrested, processed and transported to juvenile detention for booking.

November 15, 9 a.m.: Following up on information from school officials and an investigation, police arrested a teenager on a charge of selling a personal-use amount of marijuana to another teenager at the high school. After processing, the student was released to a parent pending his court appearance for the felony offense, and school officials revoked his access to the campus.

November 15, 12:10 p.m.: A homeowner contacted police when he found used hypodermic syringes in his yard. It is possible the apparent drug paraphernalia is related to unusual traffic at a nearby residence. Officers are investigating.

November 15, 6:30 p.m.: A man reported that he arrived at a house he owns and is remodeling in Blaine, and found the back door had been kicked in and several items were missing. The victim advised that he is not living in the house and is fixing it up for sale. He discovered stickers on the water pipes indicating that his mortgage company had hired someone to enter the home without his permission to winterize it without his knowledge. He suspects whoever did this work also stole his property. The complaint is under investigation.