Police Reports: August 18 - September 8, 2012

Published on Thu, Sep 13, 2012
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September 5, 1:48 p.m.: High school officials called police when they grew suspicious about a person who had been watching the campus from across H Street. Officers responded and contacted the teenager, who said he was waiting to visit a relative who attended BHS. The young man was not a school district student, claimed affiliation to a Bellingham-based gang, and was wanted by WCSO for a domestic violence assault. Blaine officers arrested the 16-year-old and he was turned over to a sheriff's deputy for transport. The school officials were thanked for their diligence in calling.

September 5, 10:27 p.m.: A Border Patrol agent called police when he spotted a transient about to set up camp near H Street and Odell Road. The traveler explained to the arriving officer that he was homeless and waiting in the area in hopes a friend might contact him about employment. The man was wanted on arrest warrants, but they were not extraditable. The officer explained that camping was not permitted, and the sojourner decided to wait closer to social service amenities in Bellingham.

September 6, 12:25 a.m.: An officer patrolling D Street near 8th Street shortly after midnight observed a pedestrian whom he knew to be wanted on a warrant. The man was stopped, positively identified and arrested. During the apprehension officers discovered that the suspect had a large machete strapped to his body under his clothes. The man explained he might use the hacking blade to chop wood, but was less creative in offering a reason for the methamphetamine and drug pipe he was also carrying. The 23-year-old Blaine resident was booked into jail on the warrant, weapons and drug violations.

September 6, 4:40 p.m.: U.S. Customs at the Peace Arch called police when they encountered a motorist who was possibly under the influence of something. A Blaine officer responded, and found the elderly Seattle resident was not intoxicated. The driver said an age-related condition was affecting his memory and actions. With several hours of work and assistance from the border agencies, officers found and contacted a caregiver who was familiar with the gent. Based on the information developed a medic unit was able to respond and transport him to hospital.

September 6, 6:30 p.m.: Parents in the Peace Arch Plaza neighborhood reported an ongoing safety problem with drivers who speed on D Street and fail to stop for children using the crosswalk at D and 8th streets. Near misses happen frequently, most often before and after school, when dozen of kids cross the intersections. One parent reported two instances when cars had stopped for children who then entered the street on the crosswalk only to be nearly mowed down by another vehicle which sped by, using the parking lane to pass the stopped car. All police officers were advised of the problem for their patrols. The parents and police reported the faded crosswalk markings to Public Works staff. Other traffic calming and enforcement measures are being reviewed.

September 7, 11:28 p.m.: A resident near 4th and D streets called police to report that a man slumped in a car parked nearby was either sleeping very soundly, or was dead. The responding officer was happy to report that the occupant was indeed very deeply asleep. When he was roused, the dozing driver explained he was sojourning south from Alaska, and had just crossed the border.

September 7, 8:09 p.m.: Police responded to a call of a disturbance at an apartment on D Street where combatants were arming themselves with golf clubs. Word apparently spread that The Law was in route, because arriving officers saw several folks leaving the area. One man who did remain refused to stop creating a disturbance and forced a physical confrontation with another man. The 44-year-old Blaine resident antagonist was arrested for disorderly conduct and booked into jail.

September 8, 10:22 a.m.: A motorist arriving at the Peace Arch Port of Entry was referred for a detailed inspection after a drug-sniffing canine alerted the car he was driving. Customs officers found that the man had five joints of marijuana in his pants pocket, and called police. The 32-year-old Vancouver, B.C. resident was issued a criminal drug possession citation by the investigating Blaine officer.

September 8, 9:37 a.m.: An alarm company reported an activated, silent, robbery alarm at a business on H Street. Police and Border Patrol agents responded to the area, secured a perimeter and determined that it had been a false alarm, triggered when an employee in the business accidentally pushed "The Button."  The alarm was reset more quickly than the cashier's embarrassment.

September 8, 2:44 p.m.: A resident on F Street called police when he discovered that someone had stolen his debit card and used it for two months, making unlawful transactions totaling about $1,800. Police are investigating.

August 18, 12:52 p.m.: A resident on E Street emailed to complain that 1) an email he had sent police three weeks earlier had not been acknowledged, and 2) his littering complaint involving the automobile-oriented business zone was not being pursued. The police chief took responsibility for the unanswered email, and the problem with the litter is one that officers been working on for some time, with the assistance of the involved businesses. Work on both the chief's inbox and the littering problem continues.

September 11 10:29 a.m.: A resident of the Montfort Park area requested extra patrol because kids were sneaking into Montfort Park to smoke and build illegal camp fires. Residents in the area were advised to call 911 if they saw either kids or campfires smoking, and the information was passed on to patrol and the Fire Department.