Police Reports: December 7 - December 13, 2011

Published on Wed, Dec 14, 2011
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December 7, 11:46 a.m.: Police were dispatched to a complaint from a motel manager that a guest had overstayed his welcome.  Officers spoke to the tenant, who was already making arrangements to leave.  The manager and patron agreed on a one hour extension to give the gentleman time to pack his bags.

December 7, 2:16 p.m.: Department of Corrections investigators in another state contacted Blaine Police for assistance in apprehending a probation fugitive who was wanted on an arrest warrant.  Blaine officers and US Border Patrol went to the last known address of the suspect and found nobody at home. Wisconsin Department of Correction was notified of the results.

December 7, 6:22 p.m.: A Blaine resident called to report an aggressive black over white Pitbull running loose in the on Bayview Avenue. Officers arrived in the area, scoured the neighborhood  and contacted two Pitbull owners in the area who had accounted for their dogs. The suspect K9 was not found, and Animal control was advised.  This is the second such report in recent days in the same neighborhood.

December 7, 11:30 p.m.: Customs officers at the Peace Arch Port of Entry requested the assistance of Blaine Officers, explaining that three ladies traveling from Central America were stranded and on foot at the port. An officer provided the trio with transportation to a motel in town.

December 8, 5:30 a.m.: Officers assisted the Washington State Patrol and responded to a report of a  non injury partially blocking collision of two semi trailer trucks on SR543. Officers secured the scene and WSP handled the crash investigation.

December 8, 1:03 p.m.: A resident called to report that unknown people had somehow gotten into her home and took "a lot of stuff.”  There were no signs of forced entry to the lady's triple locked front door or windows, and the resident could not specify anything that was missing. A report of the incident was completed.

December 8, 1:06 p.m.: Police were called when witnesses spotted two dogs running loose near the golf shop at Semiahmoo.  An employee there recognized the canines and helped the responding officer walk them home.  The dogs were secured at their residence, and the owner received a telephonic warning for allowing his dogs to roam.

December 8, 4:15 p.m.: A California resident attempting to apply for entry back into the United States from Canada at the Peace Arch Port of Entry was found to be in possession of a small amount of marijuana, a marijuana pipe and concealment canisters. The individual was arrested, cited and released with a Blaine Municipal Court date.

December 8, 4:38 p.m.: A person called to report an ongoing parking problem on E Street.  An officer arrived and found a vehicle parking within the sidewalk right of way, obstructing pedestrain traffic.  The car's owner was issued a correction warning.

December 9, 7:15 a.m.: Police were dispatched to a collision in the 1400 block of H St.  Officers investigated the crash and determined that a driver caused the wreck by failing to yield the right of way when making a lane chang.  No injuries were reported and both vehicles were driven away with minor but reportable damage.  A state collision report was completed.

December 9, 12:40 p.m.: While on another call at the Peace Arch POE, police were asked to investgate a case involving a motorist traveling with a stolen license plate attached to his car.  An officer determined that Yes indeed, the rear license plate had been stolen off another car of similar appearance, and slapped onto his car where it most defintiely did not belong.  It was apparent the driver/owner was an innocent victim the theft/swap.  Police impounded the stolen plate, helped the driver move his actual good plate to the back of his car, and advised him to get another set of plates and reprot the theft to Medina PD where he lived.  The thankful owner emailed a letter of appreciation to Blaine Police when he got home.

December 9, 2:49 p.m.: An officer stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation on H Street, and found that the 20-year-old driver was in illegal possession of alcohol.  The Ferndale resident was arrested, cited, and released with a mandatory court appearance.

December 9, 3:53 p.m.: An employee of a gas station called to report a dispute with a customer. An officer arrived and found that the clerk had apparently issued an incorrect lottery ticket, leaving the customer feeling short changed. This upset the customer, who berated and upset the clerk, who called the police. The customer was leaving as officers arrived, and they agreed that parting company was probably the best ending that could come of the unfortunate situation.

December 9, 4:36 p.m.: Police responded to a report of an apparently inebriated woman walking in the roadway on Peace Portal downtown. Officers contacted the pickled pedestrian, who was not handling her alcohol any better than she was handling the bad day she was having.  The lady was briefly detained for Disorderly Conduct until she could be released to an adult friend who promised to watch out for her welfare. She was advised that continued disruptions would result in a more definitive resolution.

December 9, 4:38 p.m.: A Blaine resident came into the police station to advise that she has been having problems with her adult son. There have not been any criminal violations of law, but the lady wants officers to know that she intends to evict the young man, as he is of legal age and needed to start taking care for himself. A report was completed to advise patrol units of the problem.

December 9, 4:50 p.m.: A resident contacted police to report someone had stolen his son's bicycle about a month ago. The boy and his father had been keeping their eyes out for it, and finally spotted it at another Blaine home, where it was chained up.  Officers contacted the residence where the missing bike was seen.  The person there advised he had bought the bike second hand. There was not sufficient grounds to implicate him in the taking, but the bike was returned to its original owner.

December 9, 6:05 p.m.: Police received a report that two vehicles were involved in a minor vehicle collision on H Street. One vehicle backed into another, causing some paint transfer and apparent minor damage. Officers facilitated an exchange of information and all parties departed.

December 9, 9 p.m.: While investigating a suspicious circumstance call on Alder Street, Blaine PD contacted a man who was wanted by Bellingham Police on probable cause for Theft 2nd Degree.  Blaine officers arrested the 34 year old and transported him to Ferndale where Bellingham Police picked him up to complete the ride to jail.

December 9, 8:14 p.m.: Blaine police responded to a report that a man was acting suspiciously, soliciting marijuana at a hotel.  The reporting parties said that the subject asked them if they could "help him out with some weed."  The suspect, who appeared highly intoxicated, was quite surprised to see the police and quite urgent in his denial that he had been panhandling for pot.  He was warned to leave the other tenants alone.

December 9, 7:30 p.m.: Police were called when a pizza delivery driver mistook a private roadway for a public route near H and Allan St.  The young driver explained to the officers that he thought that he was on a road across the property and was taking it to get back to the main street, but ended up mired in his miscalculation. His  vehicle had to be extricated by a tow truck, and officers completed a report  in case additional property damage is found later.  No word was given on the delivery temperature of the pizza.

December 9, 11:56 p.m.: Officers responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle parked near homes on Mitchell Street.  The vacant car was located, and a short time later its driver was spotted as he returned to the vehicle, covered with mud form a nearby field and bleeding.  He was stopped by officers as he left the car again. The man had a suspended driver's license, was under the influence of alcohol and the car contained open alcohol containers.  The man was arrested and booked into jail and the car was impounded.

December 10, 10:53 a.m.: An passing motorist called dispatch and reported that black Cadillac Escalade with British Columbia license plates was traveling north on the freeway, entering Blaine while speeding and tailgating other cars. The vehicle was spotted and stopped on I-5 at the US Customs and Border Protection outbound checkpoint. A Blaine officer contacted the female driver.  She claimed no knowledge of her bad driving until reminded she'd almost lost control of her car when she realized she was bearing down on the Customs checkpoint at high speed.  The original witness was not able to assist in a prosecution, and the driver was released with a stern warning for her lack of driving skills and negligent behavior.

December 10, 6:31 p.m.: Police responded when a passerby reported verbal domestic altercation happening on 14th Street.  Officers arrived to find an injured victim at the house. The male half had fled on foot but was located and arrested about a half mile away.  The man was booked into jail for felony Domestic Violence Assault and Volation of a Protection Order.  The victim suffered visible injury from being choked and is seeking medical attention.

December 10, 9:13 p.m.: An officer assisted US Customs and Border Protection Agents in checking the area at 6th and A Street and maintaining a perimeter after an individual was observed crossing northbound into Canada without inspection. The officer and Agents remained in the area until the Royal Canadian Mounted Police arrived. The individual was apprehended by Canadian authorities without incident a short time later.

December 12, 2:26 p.m.: A resident on 8th Street reported that he left his house for a few hours and when he returned he discovered someone had entered through a window and stole several items.  The case is under investigation.

December 12, 2:39 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a two-car injury accident in the 1400 block of Mitchell St. Officers arrived and found the accident was noninjury but aid was summoned to the scene to check on one person.  Investigation detemined that one vehicle was stopped legally in the roadway when another car hit the stopped vehicle from behind.

December 13, 6:52 a.m.: An officer was dispatched to the intersection of Bell and Peace Portal Drive when a semi truck and trailer knocked down a stop sign then left the area. Witnesses were unable to give a license number of the suspect vehicle. DOT was notified to fix the stop sign.

December 13, 1:18 p.m.: Officers were dispatched to a report of a domestic dispute in progress at a residence in the 1200 blk of Garfield. Officers contacted a couple who had gotten into an argument that deteriorated into an assault. The boyfriend was arrested for domestic violence assault and booked into jail.