Police Reports: March 21 - 28, 2012

Published on Wed, Mar 28, 2012
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March 21, 1:55 p.m.: Two roommates discovered that a neighbor was tapping into their wireless internet service, and they put a stop to it by changing and strengthening their wireless router's password. After a while they noticed that the speed of their wireless connection was degraded, so they contacted police for help, thinking their neighbor might have hacked their router again. After talking with everyone involved the most likely explanation for the current problem appears to be an unintentional wireless connectivity conflict. By locking the neighbor out of their router, they forced him it get his own, and two devices were likely unintentionally using the same wireless channel.

March 21, 2:29 p.m.: A resident came to the Blaine Police Department to file an identity theft report when she learned someone had used her good name and record to purchase a cell phone. The needed information was gathered, and a report filed, and the victim has reported the theft to all appropriate agencies. The thief's identity remains secure.

March 21, 6 p.m.: A man and woman both called 911 to ask for help from police during a heated argument at their apartment. Officers responded and after an investigation arrested a 29-year-old Blaine resident for malicious mischief involving domestic violence, and booked her into jail. The lady had done about $25 damage while breaking down the bedroom door behind which her husband had been cowering.

March 22, 9:32 a.m.: A police officer patrolling 9th Street contacted the tenant of a rental property when he observed that household refuse was collecting on three sides of the building. The officer educated the tenant about the city's municipal code regarding mandatory sanitary service. The occupants agreed to contact a service provider to collect their household trash, and to clean the existing mess.

March 22, 9:41 a.m.: Police contacted a resident about the garbage piling up behind her apartment. When advised of the city's requirement for garbage pick up, the renter said she was unaware of the rule, and would make arrangements for service that same day.

March 22, 9:42 a.m.: The Whatcom County Jail asked Blaine officers to contact the protected person in a no-contact order,
and notify him of the respondent's release from custody. Police contacted the man at his home and informed him about his girlfriend's release from jail.

March 22, 11:06 a.m.: While on patrol an officer noticed a damaged telecommunication utility box on Boblett Street. Frontier Communications was notified and stated they would dispatch a repair crew to fix the broken box.

March 22, 11:35 a.m.: A real estate agent contacted police when she discovered that a For Sale sign had been knocked over at a client's property. The agent was concerned that vandals were afoot and asked for extra patrol in the neighborhood.

March 22, 1:39 p.m.: A Blaine officer provided transportation to a transient who had been deported from Canada. The officer contacted the gentleman on D Street, and left him at a motel downtown, with directions for the man’s journey on to Bellingham.

March 22, 3:13 p.m.: Officers observed a person walking on G Street and recognized him as someone to whom they had been trying to deliver paperwork for a few days. They contacted the young man and served him with a temporary protection order and notification of hearing. The return of service was faxed and mailed back to Whatcom County District Court.

March 22, 3:40 p.m.: A resident reported that he had received a fraudulent check in the mail and deposited the instrument into his bank account before realizing it. The victim had not spent any of the fake funds, and neither he nor his bank had suffered a loss at this point. An officer spoke to the gent regarding ways to protect himself against future scams.

March 22, 3:45 p.m.: A couple asked police for advice about dealing with ongoing problems with a neighbor. An officer spoke to them at length and offered to contact the their landlord to gather information about how to frame an equitable resolution.

March 22, 4:59 p.m.: Police were asked to check on semi tractor sans trailer after passersby reported that it had been parked in a D Street residential area for a couple of weeks. The officer who took the call was tied up on other reports at the time and was unable to respond, but promised to monitor the area to determine if a violation was occurring.

March 22, 7:33 p.m.: Blaine Police responded to help a resident who had taken in a stray dog found wandering the area on H Street Road. An officer contacted Animal Control and located the pet's owner based on the license tag it was wearing. The owner arrived to retrieve Fido a short time later.

March 22, 9:30 p.m.: A passerby contacted the police station after finding a boxer dog wandering loose on the street. The friendly canine had no tags and was housed temporarily at the station until Animal Control arrived to retrieve it.

March 23, 3:20 a.m.: Police responded to a report of a verbal domestic altercation at a residence on D Street. Officers arrived and contacted a couple who were arguing about incidents which were causing distrust in their long-term dating relationship. Officers determined no crime had been committed. The couple agreed to sleep in different rooms for the night.

March 23, 7:28 a.m.: A elderly Semiahmoo resident called 911 to report he thought he was suffering a heart attack. A Blaine officer arrived and assisted the victim until medical units were able to arrive, evaluate and transport the man to the hospital.

March 23, 8:40 a.m.: An employee arriving at work on G Street discovered three kids smoking pot in a maintenance shed on the property and called police an hour later. As it happened the officer who took the call had been in that area an hour earlier, and had observed three youngsters walking in that vicinity. Police will be watching for the teens and for their illegal pre-school activities.

March 23, 11:05 a.m.: A young lady broke up with her boyfriend of a week, and shortly afterward he began texting his remorse at the loss. The girl and her mom grew concerned and called police when his laconic laments devolved to rap lyrics which spoke of suicide. An officer located and interviewed the young man. He appeared to be all right, albeit a bit embarrassed about police pondering his poetry.

March 23, 1:27 p.m.: Police were dispatched to the Peace Arch Port of Entry when inspectors discovered that an underage traveler was transporting alcohol. The 20-year-old admitted to purposeful possession of the gin, which she’d poured into an empty juice bottle in a fruitless attempt to confound Customs. Police investigated and cited the Seattle resident for being a minor in possession of alcohol.

March 23, 3:13 p.m.: An A Street resident called police to report a mail theft when a package he was expecting did not arrive. He identified a suspect in the theft, but when an officer contacted that person she was emphatic in denying having taken anything. The next day the missing package showed up on his doorstep, raising the possibility it had been accidentally delivered to a neighbor who had dropped it off.

March 23, 3:25 p.m.: For the second time in a week police received a complaint about a commercial truck being parked in a residential area for an extended time. An officer checked the area and located the commercial semi without its trailer and contacted its driver in a nearby residence. He stated that he would move the truck right away, and did.

March 23, 10:20 p.m.: Blaine Police responded to the Peace Arch port of entry when Customs officers found brass knuckles, which are an illegal weapon, in the center console of a vehicle during an inspection. A police officer investigated and met with the owner of the car, who had driven it to the port, intending to visit the U.S. The man stated he did not know the weapon was there and did not own such an item. The 23-year-old from Puyallup was issued a criminal citation for possession of a dangerous weapon and released with a mandatory court date. The brass knuckles were impounded as evidence.

March 24, 12:40 p.m.: A homeowner on Harrison Street call police to report a theft. An officer met the resident and learned that about 300 used building bricks had been stolen from a pile behind his home. The theft had probably been committed over the past week by a discriminating cretin had left behind only the bricks which had too much concrete stuck to them. Police canvassed the area and spoke with several neighbors, but none had witnessed the taking. The loss is estimated at about $180.

March 24, 2:45 p.m.: A concerned Vista Terrace resident contacted an officer to report a suspicious circumstance. The caller stated on Thursday March 22 around 10 p.m. his teenagers were at home when they heard strange noises outside. They told their dad it sounded as if someone was lurking around in the dark on their property very near the house. The reporting party checked his property the following day and discovered fresh, unexplained footprints in the dirt. Neither the caller nor his family members could think of who the culprit might be, and they asked for extra patrol during the evening.

March 24, 9:07 p.m.: Police were called to the scene after an assault occurred during a domestic dispute on Alder Street. Officers arrived to investigate and determined that a man had assaulted his girlfriend. The 50-year-old Blaine resident was arrested for two counts of assault and one count of malicious mischief, and booked into jail.

March 25, 6:51 a.m.: Officers responded to the 3800 block of H Street Road when a vehicle drove off the road and into the ditch. They arrived to find that the driver was uninjured, and police provided traffic control at the scene until a tow truck was able to extract the car. The driver accepted a citation for driving with wheels off the roadway and was released at the scene.

March 25, 10:52 a.m.: A resident on E Street called police to report he had come home to discover his house had been burglarized and several items stolen. An officer investigated and it appears the thieves had entered the apartment without force sometime overnight, and stole over $1,500. in electronics and jewelry which belonged to the tenant and his roommates. Officers responded to a reported cold burglary from an apartment. Officers are investigating the loss.

March 25, 1:22 p.m.: An officer was dispatched to the Peace Arch Port of Entry to sort out a report that a traveler had arrived at Customs was driving a vehicle he owned, but which had been reported stolen. It turned out that the driver had reported his license plate stolen some time back, but then just kept driving around on the remaining license plate with the same number. The problem was resolved by having the owner unbolt and turn over his remaining license plate to police. He then bought a trip permit for the drive home to Seattle, where he could pick up a set of replacement plates.

March 25, 3:20 p.m.: A Blaine resident called to report three juveniles she did not recognize going door to door in her neighborhood. Officers arrived in the area and found the boys. They explained that they were out looking for odd jobs to raise themselves some spending money, but not having much luck. During their conversation a nearby homeowner contacted the boys and offered them a lawn mowing job which they eagerly accepted.

March 25, 8:34 p.m.: Blaine Police was dispatched to a 911 hang up call on Mitchell Ave. An officer arrived and contacted the occupants of the address from which the call had apparently originated. The occupants told police they did not call 911, and did not even own a landline telephone. The 911 dispatchers made additional checks and advised the call had not come from that house, and was apparently a technical malfunction caused by a computer generated phone call from some unknown source.

March 25, 8:40 p.m.: Blaine Police stopped a vehicle on D Street for a Nexus lane restriction violation and suspicious activity near 2nd and D streets, and found that the driver was apparently inebriated. Sobriety tests confirmed the driver was impaired, and the Texas resident was arrested, processed and booked into jail.

March 25, 4 p.m.: On each of the several days of the week officers provided many hours of traffic control at the intersections where D Street meets the truck route and the I-5 onramps, helping travelers who were caught in border backups related to the heavy traffic during B.C.'s spring break. Police efforts were focused on keeping order amongst the motorists, and keeping the Nexus lanes open for travelers.

March 26, 7:59 a.m.: A dispatcher asked officers to respond to a Blaine business for a 911 hang-up. Officers arrived and contacted two employees who advised nobody had used the phone systems all morning. The phones were checked and it was undetermined how the 911 call was made. Officers cleared with no further action taken.

March 26, 9:44 a.m.: Police responded to a complaint of an abandoned vehicle parked in front of a business near Peace Portal Drive and G Street. Officers contacted the owner of the vehicle and learned it was awaiting service by a mechanic. The vehicle was legally parked at the time, and arrangements were made to move it.

March 26, 1:35 p.m.: A Blaine resident came to the police department to turn in a a bag containing prescription medications that had been found laying along the truck route. Officers attempted to locate a telephone number for the owner, but were not successful. The pharmacy was also unable to contact the owner, and the medications were impounded for destruction.

March 26, 2:18 p.m.: Officers were dispatched to a 911 hang-up at the Blaine business. Officers arrived and contacted office staff to learn that everything was okay and they had not been using the telephone. The cause of the 911 hang-up was not determined and officers cleared with no further action taken.

March 26, 4:08 p.m.: A man came into the Blaine Police Department to request a civil standby to retrieve some of his personal belongings from his residence. The man was the respondent in a recently issued no-contact order and his girlfriend, the petitioner, was at the residence. An officer provided the civil standby and it was peacefully accomplished.

March 26, 4:42 p.m.: A US Wildlife inspector found a man's wallet on the road. He brought the wallet to the Blaine Police Dept. which is holding the item for safekeeping while attempts are made to locate the owner.

March 26, 4:35 p.m.: A Blaine resident called the police to report juveniles trespassing on his property in Semiahmoo. An officer contacted the offending youths and gave them a trespass warning to stay off the posted property.

March 26, 4:59 p.m.: A citizen called police when motorist misbehavior at the traffic calming circle on Harrison at Alder went
over the top. The resident showed an officer where drivers sometimes cut too close and drove their wheels onto the edge of the planter at the roundabout's center. This day however, someone had driven their vehicle straight through the planter rather than around it. The neighborhood resident asked if a tree could be planted in the roundabout in a big heavy planter, or perhaps a big, aesthetically pleasing boulder. The resident intends to pursue the idea with city planning. Officers entered a Public Service Request on the reporting party's behalf.

March 26, 10:15 p.m.: A business called dispatchers after receiving a suspicious telephone call from a man requesting transportation. Blaine Police and Border Patrol field agents contacted the man in a parking lot in the 1300 block of H Street. Four felony, national fugitive warrants from the state of Florida were confirmed for the man's arrest. Bail for those warrants totaled over $150,000, but they were trumped by the U.S. Marshal’s Service, which held a fifth no-bail, fugitive warrant from Louisiana. The man was arrested and booked into jail with a hold for the U.S. Marshal.

March 26, 6:30 p.m.: Someone dumped a blue, queen-size mattress beside the road in the 900 block of Peace Portal downtown. There are no suspects in the littering, and the eye-sore was removed by a good Samaritan.

March 27, 8:04 a.m.: A Blaine resident out walking a family dog called to report being stalked by an aggressive canine, described as a black pit bull or pit bull mix. There have been previous complaints about an animal with the same description being loose in the area. This time the dog was last seen on trails near Bayview Avenue, but officers could not find it and Animal Control was advised. Officers were able to locate the animal later the same day and issued a warning to the owner.

March 27, 10:45 a.m.: Officers responded to a parking complaint. A tractor trailer was parked blocking multiple parking spots and a lane of travel from the business. Officers contacted the driver of the truck who agreed to rapidly remove the vehicle from its location in the 1300 block of H Street.

March 27, 3:15 p.m.: A Blaine resident called police to report a possible burglary in progress at his home, though he wasn't certain. Officers arrived at the house, found no crime in progress and waited for the renter to arrive to explain what was happening. It turned out that no burglary had happened and the incident was civil, at least in a non-criminal sense.

March 27, 11:50 p.m.: A Border Patrol field agent reported that a man walking in the 300 block of D Street at about midnight was yelling at passing cars, including Border Patrol emergency vehicles which were en route to a call. An officer and agent contacted the gent, who explained that he had been cheering on the passing law enforcement vehicles, on his way home from whereever he'd had a fair amount of alcohol. Police waited with the man until his mother arrived to pick him up and give him a ride home.

March 28, 12:48 a.m.: An intoxicated woman called 911 repeatedly because her next-door-neighbor/mother was intoxicated. The adult daughter was concerned that her mother would drive after drinking. An officer impounded the car keys for safekeeping until her mother sobered up.

March 28, 1:54 a.m.: Blaine Police responded to a report of a collision with property damage near the truck stop in the 1300 block of Boblett Street. Officers arrived and contacted a long-haul truck driver whose rig had accidentally collided with a city light pole, knocking it into the roadway and completely blocking the eastbound lane of Boblett Street. Public Works was notified to remove the pole from the roadway and Blaine PD cleared without incident.

March 28, 12:51 p.m.: While on patrol an officer spotted a tan colored sofa which had been illegally dumped on a 6th Street sidewalk. The cushion imprints were insufficient to determine the identity of the suspect couch potato. Public Works was notified and will remove the eyesore.