Police Reports: June 11 - June 20, 2012

Published on Wed, Jun 20, 2012
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June 11, 5:45 p.m.: Blaine Police assisted the school district by providing public safety support to the high school graduation. Several citizen contacts were handled over the evening. Among them, one attendee asked for assistance when his blood sugar began dropping and he needed food. An officer offered up his super-protein bar to the gent: 14 grams of protein, 17 grams of sugar for 210 calories and one problem solved. The gent was able to continue attending his grandson's graduation ceremony, and all was right with the world.

June 11, 6:45 p.m.: During the high school graduation ceremony a school staff member asked police to check the welfare of a toddler cavorting on the elementary school playground. Officers arrived to find a 30-month-old who was under the watchful eye of a mature brother three times his age. The pair much preferred the playground to the ceremony, and were left peacefully at play with parental blessings.

June 11, 6:52 p.m.: A resident called police for assistance when she became concerned about a man with whom her young teenaged relative is associating and allowing into the resident's home. An officer met with the lady, documented her concerns and advised that police would contact the adult man and advise him to stay away from her property.

June 11, 7:11 p.m.: Blaine Police were dispatched to assist sheriff’s deputies who were responding to a report of a possibly suicidal man at a home in Birch Bay. Officers assisted the deputy with contacting an intoxicated adult who adamantly opined from his supine position on the floor that he had no intention of harming himself. His single-minded focus on maintaining a low center of gravity lent credence to his stated goal of avoiding injury, and officers encouraged him to call for assistance if his intentions wandered.

June 11, 10:40 p.m.: Officers were advised there might be teenage activity involving alcohol use in a park on the beach on Semiahmoo Parkway. Officers checked the park and found everyone had left. All that remained of the gathering were the cooling coals in a fire pit.  

June 11, 10:53 p.m.: While performing a security check at the park on Semiahmoo Spit at about 11 p.m., an officer came upon a car with its passenger side window down and a purse in plain view on the center console. The officer searched the area and found the owner out on a beachwalk. She gratefully trotted back to her car to secure her belongings.

June 12, 9:25 a.m.: Police were dispatched to the high school on a report that a stolen cell phone had been recovered on the campus. An officer investigated, made contact the suspects, and forwarded a report to the juvenile prosecution office for review of theft, possession of stolen property, and malicious mischief charges.

June 12, 2:11 p.m.: A property owner on Martin Street hired a gentleman to mow her yard. During the work the mower struck a rock, which set sail and took out the back window of a car parked nearby. Officers were called to the scene, and helped the workman, the property owner and the car owner exchange information to aid the process of getting the window repaired. The driver brought the car over to the police station and officers helped her vacuum out the broken glass.

June 12, 8:50 p.m.: Police received information that a man staying at a motel was expressing a desire to kill himself. Officers contacted and interviewed the man in his room, and he agreed to accompany them to meet with a mental health professional. An officer transported the victim to hospital and placed him in the care of medical staff awaiting the arrival of a counselor.

June 13, 12:01 a.m.: A victim contacted police asking for help dealing with a man who has been stalking him for some time. In the most recent incident the suspect drove by the victim's workplace and made a show of using a smartphone to take a photo of the victim. The suspect has been identified and officers are investigating the report as an act of patterned criminal harassment.

June 13, 1:50 a.m.: Police investigated a two-vehicle literal fender-bender on 15th Street. A driver backed his pickup out of a
driveway and collided with the fender of another parked, unoccupied pickup. No one was injured and no laws were broken, but the damage exceeded state reporting thresholds. A state collision report was completed to assist the vehicle owners.

June 13, 9:21 a.m.: A passerby reported that a black and white medium sized part husky dog has been frequently running loose in a Cedar Street neighborhood. The last time the pooch was loose had been the previous day. The witness will call back when it occurs again, and in the meantime officers and animal control were advised of the problem.

June 13, 6:40 a.m.: A long haul trucking company dispatcher called Blaine PD, asking for help finding one of their drivers, to advise him of a family emergency back home in Florida. The trucker was supposed to be parked in Blaine waiting for clearance to cross the border. An officer found the driver and delivered the message.

June 13, 2:07 p.m.: Officer checked fishing licenses on the Blaine Pier and educated an Alder Street resident on the applicable fishing rules and regulations.

June 13, 5:15 p.m.: Police learned that a teenager who was wanted on a Juvenile Court warrant for Failure to Appear on a Making False Statements charge was possibly hanging out at the Blaine Skate Park. An officer checked, contacted the 16-year-old Bellingham resident and arrested him on the confirmed warrant. The young man was transported to juvenile detention in Bellingham.

June 13, 7:40 p.m.: A man had trouble getting his intoxicated girlfriend up and dressed so that she could get to the detox facility in Bellingham. A domestic dispute erupted in the process and police were called to the home. Officers found that no crime occurred during the dispute, but the lady was wanted on an arrest warrant. The boyfriend was saved a long drive as officers transported the woman to jail where she could sober up and see a judge about her problems with the court.

June 13, 7:40 p.m.: A woman called police for help, reporting that her child was locked in her car, which was parked on Peace Portal Drive downtown. An officer soon arrived but the vehicle was unoccupied and the owner was absent. Her keys and purse were plainly visible locked inside the car. The officer called the owner back, and she sauntered out of a nearby restaurant. She claimed that the child had already been rescued but she still needed help getting her car unlocked. She declined the officer's offer to assist her by calling the locksmith or tow truck of her choice.

June 14, 2:32 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a mall parking lot when passersby spotted an apparent theft and vehicle prowl in progress. Officers responded and contacted the suspect as he attempted to enter a locked vehicle. The suspect had ripped a metal antenna off another car in the lot and was using it as a tool to break into the second vehicle when police pulled up. Officers arrested the man for theft and attempted vehicle prowl and transported him to jail.

June 14, 2:32 p.m.: While investigating a vehicle prowl and theft in a business parking lot, police learned that things were worse for one of the victims than she thought, and took her into custody on an outstanding arrest warrant. During the arrest the officers found that she was in possession of marijuana, methamphetamine, and someone else's prescription drugs. The 39-year-old Birch Bay resident was booked into jail for having an exceedingly bad day.

June 15, 6:50 a.m.: A resident contacted police to report the theft of a prescription bottle containing several different types of prescription pills. Police had already recovered the bottle and some of the medications a day earlier while handling another case. This victim's report information was added to their investigation.

June 15, 10:05 p.m.: Officers responded to a domestic dispute at a motel. They learned that a father had struck his teenaged son four hours earlier, and a hand print was still visible on the youth. The father was arrested and transported to jail on a charge of misdemeanor assault involving domestic violence.

June 16, 2:23 a.m.: A passerby called to report that the door to a business was unlocked and nobody was around. Officers arrived and found the informant was right. They conducted a security check inside and found the service station store in good shape aside from being wide open. The owner was a little baffled when his phone rang at 2:30 a.m. and the caller ID indicated it was his store calling. He ruefully explained he'd been the one responsible for locking up that evening, and must've been a bit too hurried.

June 16, 7 a.m.: A resident on Clark Street was walking out to his car when he dropped his keys. As luck would have it, he was standing over a storm drain grate at the time. To add to the morning's adventure, he then discovered the grate was bolted in place. The responding officer called on Blaine Public Works, and a crewmember soon arrived with the tools needed to recover the resident's keys and salvage his commute.

June 16, 3:15 p.m.: A patron left a business to find that his rear passenger door had been struck and damaged while he was
gone. No note had been left, but the alert driver remembered the kind of van that had been parked near him when he arrived. It was now gone, and only one person had left the business before him. Police responded and used that information to identify the other vehicle and its driver. She very apologetically convinced everyone she'd not realized she'd backed into the other car. An officer helped the two parties exchange information for their insurance and restitution.

June 16, 6:15 p.m.: A person came to police to report that she had been assaulted by a former friend, and had video which had captured a portion of the attack. Officers are searching for the identified suspect, and have probable cause for the Blaine resident's arrest.

June 17, 3:10 a.m.: The sheriff's office asked Blaine Police to respond to an activated residential alarm outside the city limits as they were unable to attend. Officers responded and contacted the homeowner, who asked them for help checking the area of the triggered alarm sensors as she was uncomfortable with the process. Officers made a thorough security check of the basement, and found everything down there was OK. The sheriff's office was advised, and the police returned to Blaine.

June 18, 12:28 a.m.: Police were dispatched to a report of a structure fire in a business in the 200 block of D St. The arriving officers found the blaze was small and contained to a small upstair area, and they put out the flames with an extinguisher. Fire units arrived and made sure the problem was resolved. It appeared the fire had started in the area where birds had gotten in and built a nest. The suspects had flown the coop, so the responders were unable to determine if it was a case of avian arson or addiction.

June 18, 12:08 p.m.: A couple came into the police station to report an ongoing vandalism problem occurring at a property they own in Blaine. Officers contacted two suspects in the matter. They accepted an admonition about possible criminal action in the future, and promised to not do anything else to touch or alter the victim's property again.

June 18, 11:05 p.m.: Police responded to a report of a ‘dogs on men’ melee in an E Street alley late Monday night. When officers unraveled the mess they found it had started with a physical backyard fight between a man and his adult son. Their battle ignited the protective instincts of the family's daschunds, and the pack of weiner dogs tried to rescue father and son by biting them both until they stopped fighting. Medic units treated both men for minor facial injuries and bites. Police determined Dad was the primary aggressor, arrested him and booked him into jail.

June 19, 3:30 a.m.: Sleepless victims reported loud music originating from a Wilson Avenue home about 3:30 a.m. Police confirmed the problem and that there were people in the suspect house and an apparent party in progress. No one would answer the door but they eventually did turn down the music. This was the third loud music incident investigated by police at this house. Two people in control of the property have been cited by court summons for criminal Disorderly Conduct.

June 19, 6:30 p.m.:
An alert property owner on Harrison Street caught three youths spray painting graffiti on the back of a garage. He recovered their day pack which contained the tools of their vandalism. Officers identified the trio of teenagers, impounded the spray can evidence, and completed a malicious mischief criminal complaint which was sent to the juvenile prosecutor.

June 19, 9:48 p.m.: An officer was dispatched to a report of kids playing on Peace Portal Drive in the 1700 block, causing a hazard to traffic and an imminent life threat to themselves. The four boys were contacted, herded to safety and warned about their actions. Their parents were informed of what had occurred.

June 20, 1:15 a.m.: Police were dispatched to a 1 a.m. noise ordinance violation in the 200 block of H Street. An officer arrived to find a cleaning service running a pressure washer. The employees were advised of the noise ordinance and agreed to clean at a more reasonable hour when neighbors were awake.  

June 20, 1:30 a.m.: An officer on patrol at about 1:30 a.m. came upon two juveniles sauntering on H Street. The pair of insomniacs explained they were walking from one buddy's house to another. The officer took the pair into protective custody and released them to their respective and appreciative parents.

June 20, 11:07 a.m.: A woman returning back to the lower 49 after an Alaskan Cruise with relatives received special attention at the Peace Arch port of entry after a drug sniffing dog alerted to her luggage. A personal use amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia was found in the daughter’s bag. The 49-year-old Illinois resident was arrested by police for the crime, and summarily punished by having to have mom post her bail.

June 20, 12:32 p.m.: A business contacted the Blaine Police Department when a person parked in the fire zone in front of their store and refused to move.