Police Reports: March 28 - April 4, 2012

Published on Wed, Apr 4, 2012
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March 28, 1:35 p.m.: Police observed a dog running loose in the 9700 block of Allen Street. The critter's owner was close behind, attempting to catch the animal after it escaped from home. An officer helped the pet owner effect the arrest and helped the pet by giving its owner a warning for having the pet at large, again.

March 28, 2:22 p.m.: A man contacted police to report that a during a windstorm an item he had on his property had set sail and came in contact with his neighbor's parked car, possibly damaging it. An officer responded and inspected the vehicle and could not find any apparent damage. A report was filed at the caller's request, in case the car owner had questions later.

March 28, 6:40 p.m.: A concerned citizen called to report that a suspicious man in a silver colored Toyota Tundra truck had driven through a residential neighborhood on three separate occasions, behaving strangely each time. Officers searched for but did not locate the suspect. The witnesses will call again when they next spot the truck in the area. The driver reportedly acts as if he is flashing a badge, and gestures at the reporting party.

March 28, 9 p.m.: A Canadian resident called police to report suspicious activity after encountering problems with a jewelry
purchase, which he conducted by mail through his mail drop box in Blaine. The reporting party explained he had paid a man in California $5,730 for a diamond ring. When contacted by police, the seller reported that the ring had been properly packaged, sealed and shipped from their company via U.S. Priority Mail to the mail drop facility as the buyer requested. The B.C. resident said that when he received the package it appeared to have been opened then resealed, and inside he found the ring documents and the ring box, but no ring. An officer documented the information both parties provided, and forwarded a case report to the U.S. Postal Service law enforcement.

March 28, 9:09 p.m.: An officer stopped a speeding vehicle and during the driver contact found that the motorist was possibly affected by alcohol he had consumed. Also during the process it came to light that driver was also driving with a suspended operator's license. Testing established that he was not impaired, and so he was released with a date for a mandatory court appearance after being arrested, cited and processed for the driver's license offense.

March 29, 9 a.m.: A traveler passed through Blaine on a shopping trip from her home in B.C. She belatedly remembered having left her purse in a freeway restroom south of Blaine, and it was gone when she returned for it. When she called from B.C. to explain her dilemma, Blaine Police took a lost property report to assist her, and forwarded copies to the agencies with jurisdiction where she lost her purse. The owner was provided a case report number for use in closing the accounts associated with cards and ID in her purse.

March 29, 9:33 a.m.: Police contacted a woman who was concerned about the safety of a teenager, and learned that the teen had made statements about suicide and had cut her arms. The officers confirmed the information and learned from the girl that she had also cut herself in the past. Police were not able to contact a parent, and took the girl into protective custody. An officer transported her to hospital to meet with a mental health professional.

March 29, 1:31 p.m.: Blaine Police monitored information about a suspect and vehicle which had fled the scene of a harassment crime in Birch Bay. Blaine officers were familiar with the vehicle and its owner, and set up surveillance when they located the car at her home in Blaine a few minutes later. The felony harassment suspect was a friend of the owner and was hiding in the house. He surrendered to sheriff's deputies and officers without incident.

March 29, 2:16 p.m.: A family contacted police to report the theft of a video game console. A teenage son returned home from walking the dog and noticed that a door was open on his brother's car, which was parked at the house. He remembered they'd accidentally left the door open earlier, and when he went to close it he noticed that his brother’s X-Box game console was no longer on the seat where they had left it. Officers checked the neighborhood and did not find a witness to the theft, and did not locate the console at county pawn shops. The console has a power cord which is frayed and almost bare, and had a game worth about $50 in it when it was taken.

March 29, 3:56 p.m.: A business called police for assistance regarding a parking lot dispute with a neighboring firm, explaining that the other company's trucks are impeding his use of his property. An officer talked with the owner about signage and other information that would be helpful in resolving the problem. The reporting business was asked to call police when the incursions onto their property occur so that police can see the problem firsthand and intercede if needed.

March 30, 2:55 a.m.: While patrolling near the school, an officer came upon a young adult woman walking down the street, wearing no coat over her t-shirt in the cold, wet rain. The woman explained that she had gone to B.C. for the evening, but her so-called friends had abandoned her there and now she was trying to walk home to Ferndale. A Blaine officer gave her a courtesy ride to make sure she got there safely.

March 30, 10:20 a.m.: A resident contacted police seeking help with harassing phone calls. An officer met the reporting party at his home and called the number from which the harassing calls were originating. The number and the person who answered worked for a collection agency trying to get payment on a debt they said the resident owed. The officer explained to the collector that the resident felt that the calls had degraded to harassment and did not want them to continue. The officer then advised the reporting party that he should take steps to resolve the civil financial matter to completely stop the unwanted contacts.

March 30, 12:15 p.m.: An officer stopped a car on Mitchell Avenue after noticing its brake light was defective, and during the contact recognized a man in the back seat from previous encounters. The 22-year-old passenger was wanted on a Department of Correction escape warrant, and so was arrested and booked into jail. The driver received a warning for her bad brake light.

March 30, 6:44 p.m.: Blaine officers responded a call for assistance from sheriff's deputies responding to a report of men with firearms along Portal Way south of Blaine. Blaine Police, sheriff’s deputies, and Burlington Northern Railroad officers converged on the suspects, and found that they were legally engaged in target practice on private property near the railway right of way.

March 30, 8:20 p.m.: Police and Border Patrol agents contacted a lone sojourner who was on foot in a residential area in Blaine, making a video recording of the U.S./Canada border boundary. The traveler explained he was taking pictures as a part of his videography studies, and was also looking for a hotel for the night. All of Blaine's rental rooms were full, and an officer gave him a courtesy ride to Bellingham.

March 31, 12:13 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a domestic dispute on Runge Avenue and found a couple arguing about the end of their relationship. No physical violence had occurred, and the pair agreed to remain civil and a bit more quiet. Each half received a domestic violence rights form with contact and resource information, and when officers departed they were dividing up their property.

March 31, 12:18 p.m.: Blaine officers responded to Peace Arch State Park to assist Border Patrol agents who had contacted three people in a parked car and found none of them owned the vehicle and none of them possessed a driver's license. One of the trio admitted to having driven their borrowed car up to the park, and turned the keys over to police for safekeeping. The owner of the vehicle arrived to retrieve her keys, her car and the three men, and received a warning for permitting illegal operation of a vehicle. She countered that she had not known the three were going to take her car, but did take them all away.

March 31, 3:43 p.m.: A concerned passerby called police to report suspicious activity on Dodd Street, where three people were loading metal from a building into a truck. An officer contacted the trio, who explained they thought the building and property were abandoned, so were collecting the scrap metal there for recycling. They unloaded the scrap and put it back where they found it, and were instructed to not return.

March 31, 7:10 p.m.: A resident contacted police to report suspicious activity after a man knocked on his door and asked if the recreation vehicle in his back yard was for sale. A few minutes later the same man contacted a neighbor to ask if a car stored under a protective cover on the neighbor's property was for sale as well. Both residents got the impression they were possibly being cased for a future theft. The man and his three companions left the area in a silver Jeep Cherokee before police arrived. The information was shared with all officers for follow-up and patrol.

March 31, 10:05 p.m.: Police responded to a report of a domestic dispute in progress at a residence on D Street. Officers heard a woman in an apartment arguing loudly with a man, jeering at him for allowing her to shove him around. Upon contact they found that the female half was very intoxicated and had apparently started shoving her boyfriend when he tried to turn off their too-loud music. The 56-year-old woman was arrested for domestic violence assault and booked into jail.

April 1, 1 a.m.: A passenger in a taxi refused to pay his driver because he thought the driver was intoxicated, and police were called to mediate the resulting dispute. An officer interviewed the cab driver and found that he did not bear any signs of having consumed alcohol. This was explained to the passenger, who paid his fare, apologized to the driver, and disembarked.

April 1, 1:29 a.m.: A Blaine officer responded to Welkers Road outside the city limits on a call from sheriff's deputies who asked
for assistance at the scene of a large party. Blaine Police remained until the scene was made safe and the deputies' investigation of under-aged drinking, assault and animal cruelty was underway.

April 1, 2:19 p.m.: A passerby on Semiahmoo Parkway called police to report seeing an erratically driven car heading north toward the Spit. Officers contacted the suspect driver, who explained that he did not think he had been weaving and felt he was a good driver. It turned out that the 30-year-old Blaine resident's driver license was under suspension, and he was issued a criminal mandatory appearance citation for driving on the suspended license. A licensed driver was found for his vehicle.

April 1, 4:30 p.m.: A Blaine resident called the police to report finding a push scooter abandoned next to her home on Mitchell Street. An officer contacted the caller and took custody of the scooter. It was placed into found property until the owner is located.

April 1, 4:43 p.m.: Police were called when witnesses reported that a car had struck utility boxes in an alley off the 1200 block of Garfield Avenue. Public Works responded to take care of the city's infrastructure and police attempted to contact the phone company about damage done to one of their pedestals. Officers investigated the hit and run, identified the running vehicle and driver, and are citing the responsible Blaine resident to court for hit and run unattended with property damage.

April 2, 8:50 a.m.: A citizen called police concerned that someone might have tampered with his mail. The resident had received documents in his mailbox from his bank in Canada, and the paperwork contained his social insurance number. The mail appeared to have been opened, although nothing appeared to be missing. A report was filed in case identity theft or other problems arise.

April 2, 12:33 p.m.: A woman came to police for help, saying that her landlord had taken her personal property. The landlord was contacted and explained that he thought the renter had moved and abandoned the items, so he placed the remaining belongings into a nearby donation collection bin. The non-profit that owns the bin agreed to respond to liberate the goods for the now former tenant.

April 3, 8:09 a.m.: Police received a complaint that tractor trailers were parking on a city right of way in a No Parking Zone on Peace Portal Drive, blocking utility service access to city-owned power lines. A nearby business was contacted regarding the matter, and they will be instructing their employees stop parking illegally.

April 3, 1:24 p.m.: Blaine Police received a referral from Child Protective Services regarding alleged child abuse. An officer and a social worker contacted the parent of the kids identified, and an investigation revealed no apparent child abuse. CPS will follow up with the mother to provide services such as parenting classes.

April 4, 11:18 a.m.: Blaine Police responded to a complaint regarding a business transaction gone awry. The reporting party, a Texas resident, stated that he had wired over $25,000 to a Canadian gold dealer, but had not received the precious metals he had ordered delivered to his mail drop in Blaine. Officers completed a report detailing the incident and forwarded it to the agencies best able to help the parties.