Police Reports: November 15 - 22, 2011

Published on Tue, Nov 22, 2011
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November 15, 11:50 p.m.: Police stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation and during the contact found cause to believe there might be drugs in the vehicle. A U.S. Border Patrol K9 unit assisted at the scene, and the driver admitted to possession of syringes in the car which he has used to inject heroin. During his arrest for the paraphernalia officers recovered a personal-use amount of black tar heroin from the suspect's clothing. The 19-year-old Blaine area resident was processed and booked into jail for the drug violations.

November 16, 5:45 a.m.: A resident reported that the driver of a vehicle attempted to run him over in a business parking lot, in retaliation for an incident which had occurred a week earlier. The victim narrowly escaped injury by jumping out of the way of the suspect's car. The suspect in this case has been identified and officers are investigating the crime.

November 16, 11:20 a.m.: Police investigated when motel staff found that one of their guests had expired overnight. The passing of the 64-year-old man was determined to be of natural causes.

November 17, 1:29 a.m.: An officer stopped a vehicle for a signaling violation at an intersection on H Street and encountered a strong smell of marijuana when he approached the driver. The 19-year-old motorist produced his personal-use amount of marijuana and used pot pipe and peacefully participated in the subsequent arrest and citation process.

November 17, 8:41 a.m.: A business called when employees found a wallet that had been left at the business and left unclaimed for over a week. Attempts to locate the owner have been unsuccessful, so the wallet and contents were booked into evidence.

November 17, 3:15 p.m.: A concerned passerby reported that a possibly intoxicated erratic driver was heading into downtown on Peace Portal Drive. An officer spotted and stopped the speeding vehicle moments later. The driver was not intoxicated but was rushing home while praying he would find his missing wallet when he arrived. The Blaine resident accepted a warning for the speeding.

November 17, 9:39 p.m.: A Border Patrol agent patrolling H Street Road during a windstorm called police when he encountered a fallen tree blocking the 3600 block. A Blaine officer and second Border Patrol agent responded, and together the trio was able to move the tree and reopen the road.

November 18, 11:42 a.m.: Police were dispatched to a reported hit and run in a parking lot on H Street. Officers found that witnesses at the business where the suspect had been were uncooperative, but police prevailed and identified the suspect. The hit-and-run investigation continues, and a separate criminal investigation into the obstruction of public officers was initiated.

November 18, 12:33 p.m.: The mother of a middle school student reported that her son was assaulted during school hours the day before, and fractured his hand in the melee. Police are investigating the incident to determine what occurred and who had been the primary aggressor.

November 19, 12:50 a.m.: Police responded when a passerby reported that there was a strong odor of marijuana wafting from a home on Allan Street. Officers contacted two teenagers at the house. One of them admitted to having just smoked all of his remaining stash of the drug. His parents were notified of the offense and a report was filed with the prosecutor's office.

November 19, 1:35 p.m.: A resident allowed a family member to stay overnight in their home. The guest showed his gratitude by stealing hundreds of dollars of the homeowner's jewelry and pawning it. The victim reported the crime to police, and officers located and recovered the stolen property, at which point the pawn shop also became a victim of the suspect's actions. Officers located and arrested the 27-year-old Blaine suspect and booked him into jail for the property crimes and for possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia.

November 19, 2:25 p.m.: A Blaine police officer assisted U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel working on foot in traffic lanes on I-5 northbound adjacent to the Peace Arch port of entry. The officer provided traffic control and speed enforcement for vehicles approaching the inspectors. Ten citations were issued to motorists traveling at more than twice the posted speed limit in close proximity of the inspectors.

November 20, 4:03 a.m.: While assisting a resident, public safety personnel located a small patch of marijuana under cultivation. The owner of the plants was located and interviewed, and possessed proper paperwork which made legal his possession of medical marijuana. However, he was also in possession of more plants than the 15 allowed under state law. The excess plants were impounded and placed into evidence pending review of the case.

November 20, 3:15 p.m.: U.S. CBP personnel conducting outbound inspections in the northbound freeway lanes at the Peace Arch port of entry encountered a man driving an SUV stolen out of California. Customs called Blaine police to the scene. Officers arrived, confirmed the stolen vehicle report from Los Angeles and arrested the driver for possession of stolen property. They booked the 51-year-old into jail and recovered the vehicle for its owner.

November 20, 10:08 p.m.: Police stopped a car on D Street for a equipment violation and discovered that the driver was wanted on a federal dangerous drugs warrant held by the US Marshal's Service. Border Patrol agents responded to assist the police. Two passengers were found to be illegally in the U.S. from Mexico, a condition they were trying to correct by sneaking illegally into Canada when they got stopped. The driver was booked into jail to await the U.S. Marshal, and the undocumented passengers were turned over to Border Patrol.

November 21, 1:55 p.m.: A man reported the theft of an Suzuki long shaft, electric-start outboard motor from his sailboat while the boat was in dry-dock at Blaine Marina. The $2,500 loss is under investigation.

November 21, 10:52 p.m.: Police stopped a motorist on I-5 in Blaine for a traffic violation. During the driver contact the officer found the man’s ability to drive might be affected by alcohol consumption. Sobriety tests confirmed the man was under the influence of alcohol. The 33-year-old Blaine resident was arrested, processed and transported to jail. During the arrest a personal-use amount of marijuana was found in the man’s shirt pocket, and he was charged with that offense as well.

November 22, 11:23 a.m.:
A woman called to report a large and a small dog at large near the high school. The larger dog was a black and tan Husky mix and the smaller was a red, twirly-tail style. Officers captured the larger of the two dogs but the compact model wasn't having any of it. Animal Control was called to the scene and both animals were impounded by the Humane Society.

November 22, 11:58 a.m.: While an officer was handling a dog complaint and transporting the dog to the office for animal control, the officer found a bulldog running loose in the 300 block of 8th Street. Animal control was contacted and will check on the loose dog.