Police Reports: February 22 - February 28, 2012

Published on Wed, Feb 29, 2012
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February 22, 5:30 p.m.: A property owner on Boblett Street called police for assistance when he discovered six oversized loads of heavy equipment parked on his property. The folks responsible for the trucks were apologetic for the confusion, and explained that their cargo was destined for a Yukon mining camp but ran into paperwork problems at the border. The Blaine business owner helped them work out an arrangement so the rigs could remain until preparations were completed for the delivery to Canada.

February 23, 12:01 a.m.: An alert resident on B Street was home late at night when he caught two men stealing property from his car parked in his driveway. He armed himself and confronted the thieves. The crook with the loot dropped it and both men ran off as the owner called for police. Border Patrol agents in the area helped Blaine officers track the suspects, and the two men were both arrested several blocks from the scene. A 22-year-old Blaine resident was booked into jail, and the 21-year-old accomplice was released with a criminal citation.

February 24, 3:57 p.m.: A teenager contacted police for advice. He explained that he had purchased and presented a ring to a girl as a gift, and she accepted it. Now the couple had broken up, and the young man wanted to get the ring back. An officer explained that it did not appear a crime had been committed, and the property dispute would have to be resolved through civil process.

February 24, 6:35 p.m.: A passerby called dispatch to give the license plate number of a car that she saw drive up onto a sidewalk on Peace Portal Drive downtown, striking a light pole in front of a restaurant. Police did not find a damaged pole at the location described. Several hours later however, an officer did find fresh damage on a light post in front of another restaurant close by. Officers are investigating, and hoping that witnesses will contact the police to assist.

February 25, 12:50 a.m.: While on patrol an officer came upon a broken mailbox laying in the middle of Allan Street. The resident of the home nearby was contacted and said that one of his friends had probably accidentally knocked the box over while backing out of his driveway earlier in the evening. The debris was removed from the roadway.

February 25, 4:12 a.m.: A downtown pedestrian called police to report suspicious activity. An officer contacted the lady on Peace Portal Drive. She explained that she was walking home alone when a white coupe drove past, giving her a sense that it might turn around to stalk her. The officer gave her a courtesy transport to her house, and did not locate the suspect vehicle in
the area.

February 25, 1:03 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a business on Boblett Street for a dispute between a truck driver and manager of the company for whom he drove. The driver complained that he was underpaid, and was not going to release the company's trailer and paperwork until he was paid in full. Officer mediation led to the driver getting his pay and forking over the trailer and bills of lading. Everyone involved was cautioned that the remainder of their disputes would have to be handled by civil process.

February 25, 2:30 p.m.: An officer patrolling Peace Portal Drive spotted a man drinking from a large can of beer as he strolled along the sidewalk. At the same time, the man spotted the police car and tried to hide the open container inside his jacket. At the end of the ensuing conversation the gentleman had exchanged his beer can for a criminal citation with court date for consuming alcohol in public.

February 26, 4:57 a.m.: Police responded to a 911 hang-up call from a room at a motel on D Street. When officers arrived they found a highly intoxicated man trying to call for a taxi to take him to work. The pickled patron was quite thankful to discover that it was only 5 a.m., as that gave him four and a half more hours to sleep off his drinking binge.

February 26, 8:12 a.m.: Police responded to a report of a person sleeping inside a running vehicle on Alder Street. Officers arrived and contacted the young occupant. He had arrived home late the prior evening, and chose to spend the night in his car rather than awaken anyone. Officers cleared after making sure he was safely inside with his family and a warm couch.

February 26, 3:05 p.m.: Blaine officers responded to the Blaine Peace Arch Port of Entry for a traveler in possession of prescription medication not his own. They contacted a B.C. resident, investigated, and cited and released the gentleman with a mandatory court date. A bottle of codeine tablets which he stated belonged to a relative were held as evidence.

February 26, 9:22 a.m.: U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the Peace Arch Port of Entry intercepted a B.C. resident in possession of a personal-use amount of marijuana, and called police. Blaine officers interviewed the woman, who explained that she was going to a Taco Festival in Mexico and presented a card she hoped gave her permission to legally possess cannabis. The paperwork was not valid as a medical certificate in Washington, so her drugs were impounded and she was arrested, cited and released with a court date.

February 26, 10:15 p.m.: U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the Peace Arch intercepted a motorist driving although his Oregon driver's privilege was suspended, and then discovered that he was wanted on a Benton County District arrest warrant for driving while suspended. A Blaine officer responded to the Port, cited the 41-year-old Oregon resident for DWLS, arrested him on the warrant, impounded his car, and booked the man into jail.

February 26, 9:58 p.m.: A passerby called police when he saw a white Subaru run into a power pole twice before fleeing the scene of the collision. A resident a block away from the crash called a moment later when the same car drove through the middle of his yard. Officers searched the area and found the suspect vehicle parked in the alley next to a residence, and determined the man who had been driving was under the influence of alcohol. The 27-year-old Blaine resident was arrested for DUI and hit and run, processed and booked into jail.

February 27, 11:34 a.m.: Police were dispatched to Blaine High School when a student became very disruptive and refused to cooperate with school officials. An officer stood by with the student until her mother came to pick her up. The school will handle the problem administratively.

February 27, 1:14 p.m.: Officers were dispatched to a report of a suicidal subject at a residence. Their investigation indicated the problem had a significant medical component. An aid car was dispatched to evaluate, and transported the man to hospital.

February 27, 2:04 p.m.: A passerby reported that the occupant of a car parked on Mitchell Avenue was possibly experiencing a medical emergency. Officers checked on the gentleman and discovered that he had been working nearby, took a lunch break in his car, and fell asleep. The man thanked officers for the wake-up call and the reporting party's concern.

February 27, 3:44 p.m.: Police were contacted by a victim who reported the theft of a piece of machinery. The $4,000 manufactured steel forks for a backhoe were stolen from a property on Peace Portal Drive some time in the past two weeks. Officers are investigating.

February 27, 6:30 p.m.: Police responded to a call of a possibly physical confrontation in progress at a residence on 11th Street. The officers arrived and to find that what sounded like a fight had been an argument between a young adult man and his stepfather. No crime had been committed, and the son agreed to go stay with friends for the rest of the night to let things cool down.

February 27, 7:45 p.m.: A concerned caller reported hearing a man yelling and a baby crying in a motel room on Alder Street. The arriving officers could not hear a disturbance but made contact with the room identified by the caller. An adult couple was inside with their baby. Dad was playing a video game and admitted that he had gotten pretty boisterous and loud during the play. For her part the infant girl looked fine and healthy to the officers, and mom explained that she had been fussing a bit earlier. Dad promised to tone down his interaction with the video characters.

February 27, 11:50 p.m.: A resident on D Street called 911 when he spotted two men in his driveway. The pair had opened the rear hatch of the victim's car and were rummaging around inside. The trespassers ran off when the homeowner opened his front door. Police and Border Patrol agents responded and searched the area, but the suspects escaped. Nothing was taken from the vehicle.

February 28, 7:57 a.m.: Police responded to a report of a large black dog menacing children in the area of 6th and H streets. Officers arrived and recognized the pit bull. They returned the dog to its owner on G Street. The family has had previous warnings about the problem, and this time the man was cited for allowing his animal to be at large. Animal Control was advised.