Police Reports: September 19 - 25, 2012

Published on Thu, Sep 27, 2012
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September 19, 9:15 a.m.: A lady out for a walk on F Street last Wednesday morning happened upon a screaming contest between two adult women in an apartment complex parking lot. The passerby was concerned about the wellbeing of the little kids who were watching the melee, and called police. An officer responded and defused the disagreement, which had not turned physical. The two historical combatants were advised that their behavior was bordering on criminal disorderly conduct. They agreed to part ways, for the time being.

September 19, 9:24 a.m.: While handling a call on F Street, an officer contacted a visiting Bellingham resident whose driving privilege was suspended for unpaid tickets. The officer cautioned the woman not to drive until she had resolved the suspension. Just a few minutes later, before the officer had a chance to clear the initial call, the lady climbed into her car and drove away. She yielded to the police car emergency lights two blocks away and was arrested for the criminal driving offense.

September 19, 10:52 a.m.: A security monitoring company alerted police when they received an alarm from an ATM machine at a Blaine bank. The scene looked momentarily promising to the officers who arrived and intercepted burly men at the ATM wielding a pneumatic jackhammer. It turned out that the ATM was still intact though. The crewmen were using their heavy tools to withdraw a broken water line from under the pavement nearby, and the hammering vibrations had upset the ATM’s delicate sense of safety.

September 19, 11:33 a.m.: Police responded when Whatcom Dispatch Center reported that they had received a 911 hang-up call from a residence on Boblett Street. An officer contacted the homeowner, and learned that the only emergent issue at hand was the insatiable curiosity of the toddler who had sneaked the house phone off its hook. Apologies and parental commiserations were exchanged and the Dispatch Center was advised of the outcome.

September 19, 1:11 p.m.: A good Samaritan out for a neighborhood stroll near H and 12th Streets found a Canadian passport laying in the roadway and turned it in to police. An officer located the document’s owner in British Columbia, and she made arrangements to recover the passport at the police station a few days later.

September 19, 1:15 p.m.: On Wednesday afternoon police were dispatched to a possible rollover collision on Yew Avenue south of Pipeline Road. When officers arrived they found a one car crash with a driver waiting in his pickup truck, which was waiting in the brambles several yards off the road. The motorist explained that he had been driving legally when he drifted off the pavement after beginning to feel ill. His account was supported by both a passing motorist witness and the tracks at the scene. A medic unit evaluated the driver and advised he had not been injured in his off-road adventure. A tow truck then arrived to free his pickup truck, which sustained a few thousand dollars in damage.

September 19, 4:11 p.m.: An Everson resident brought her Acura Integra to a repair shop in Blaine to have its clutch replaced. The shop owner did the work and the owner’s friend paid the $580 repair bill, providing their credit card information by telephone. The mechanic later learned that the credit card transaction had been fraudulent, and his account was debited. The tradesman was more than patient trying to work with the car owner but ultimately had to contact police about the fraud and theft of services. An officer transcribed the victim’s information and asked that it be forwarded to the prosecutor.

September 20, 1:45 a.m.: Police were called to a home on A Street when dispatchers received a 911 hang-up call from the residence. The arriving officers contacted a distraught woman who had been assaulted by her teenage son. The young man has reportedly been growing more violent recently, and threatened to attack his mother, ripping the phone off the wall when she tried to call for help. Police booked the 17 year old into detention for assault, interfering with reporting of domestic violence, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

September 20, noon: A motorist called Blaine police wanting to share a UFO sighting he had experienced the previous evening. He explained that he had been traveling on Peace Portal Drive about 9 pm when he first spotted the object in the sky to the west. It appeared to have a green glow, red lights on its fringe, and was moving up and down very quickly. The witness said that by the time he pulled over, the object had disappeared. An officer explained that the object and its strange lights were most likely the small remote controlled airplane that has lately been frequently spotted over Drayton Harbor by local sky watchers.

September 20, 1:22 p.m.: Police and fire units responded to a mid-day activated smoke detection alarm at a shopping center on H Street. The emergency team tracked the source of the problem to an employee who had intended to just heat a tortilla, but apparently found the microwave’s hidden setting for incinerate. The crew silenced the alarm and reset the fire control system, and left the employee to defrost his boss.

September 20, 7:40 p.m.: A Blaine resident called police when she received a fraudulent telephone message from a man claiming to be a DEA Agent in Colorado. The recorded message made outlandish accusations and demanded a return call. The number and message turned out to be consistent with a known telemarketing scam. The resident wisely did not take any action based on the call beyond calling law enforcement, and did not suffer a loss.

September 20, 10:48 p.m.: Customs personnel at the Peace Arch Port contacted Blaine PD when they encountered two minors in possession of alcohol. A Blaine officer responded to investigate. The 19-year-old travelers admitted that they owned the $200 worth of liquor which they tucked into their car for the trip from Canada back home to Bellingham. Both men were arrested, cited, and released with mandatory court appearance dates. Their five bottles of booze were placed in to evidence pending a hearing.

September 20, 3:24 p.m.: Blaine Middle School officials called police to report the theft of a student’s shoes from the gymnasium. The shoes were recovered and returned to their owner. A fellow student was arrested for the theft and released to his parent pending a referral to the juvenile court.

September 21, 2:40 p.m.: Customs and Border Protection personnel at Peace Arch POE intercepted a woman attempting entry to the U.S. while in possession of a personal use amount of marijuana. An officer investigated, and arrested, cited and released the Comox, BC resident pending her appearance in court.

September 21, 10:18 p.m.: Dispatch reported receiving a call of a domestic dispute with violence in progress at a residence on Alder Street. Police arrived and contacted a couple at the address. There had been an altercation and officers determined the woman had been the primary aggressor in this incident. They arrested the 40-year-old Blaine resident and transported her to jail, where she was booked and later released with a no contact order and mandatory appearance date for court.

September 22, 12:42 a.m.: Police received a call from a resident who asked for help silencing the music which was emanating from a closed business near her house on Peace Portal downtown. An officer contacted the owner, who got up and drove in from home to turn off the sound system which had apparently been inadvertently left playing outside at closing.

September 23, 6:59 p.m.: A resident on 12th Street reported that her daughter left her bicycle sitting unlocked outside next to their house last night, and when she left to go to work this morning she discovered the bike was missing. It is described as a white and pink colored Kent brand Taboo model BMX bike with 20-inch wheels.

September 23, 8:55 p.m.: A resident on F Street called police to report harassment and disorderly conduct. She explained that she had been sitting in her car just outside her apartment, talking on her phone when a next door neighbor came outside and started loudly scream profanities at her. An officer responded, documented the incident, and interviewed witnesses to the suspect’s brutish behavior. Written statements were obtained and a case report forwarded for prosecution. The suspect was contacted and advised that since warnings had proven ineffective, this and any of her future violations of the public peace would be resolved in criminal court.

September 24, 12:05 p.m.: An on-site apartment manager on Runge Avenue reported a theft from the complex when he discovered that a half dozen window blinds of various dimensions had been removed from one of the apartments. Three unidentified men had been allowed into the unit a few days earlier to obtain property left by a previous tenant, and it is suspected they helped themselves to the window dressings in the process. The loss is estimated at about $200.

September 24, 1:35 p.m.: A contractor working on a home site in Blaine reported the theft of construction equipment and electrical wiring.  Some time between late Saturday afternoon and Monday morning, 80 feet of high amperage power cable, three electrical cord units and two ladders were stolen. The loss is estimated about almost $800. This is the second construction site theft in central Blaine in the past week.

September 24, 1:47 p.m.: Residents in a gated community neighborhood reported the unauthorized cutting of trees and landscaping near their homes. It appeared that someone, possibly with a motive of improved view-scape, had vandalized three trees and other landscaping in the area. Police are investigating to determine if municipal code violations have been committed, and the gated community’s residence association has been advised.

September 25, 9:25 a.m.: A resident on Madison Street called police to report that over the weekend someone had stolen about five gallons of gas from a truck parked at their home. The suspect left behind a siphoning hose but it was clearly an unfair trade. The victim’s next door neighbor’s dog had been barking at something about 4 a.m. Monday morning, and the neighbor afterwards found that their car’s gas tank was also siphoned. Officers were advised for night shift patrols.

September 25, noon: A business called to ask for help dealing with a vehicle that had been abandoned on their property. They are doing some extensive remodel work and really needed the car removed. An officer investigated but was not able to contact the last registered owner of the 1998 Toyota. Since it rests on private property and not on public right-of-way, state law requires that the business handle the removal through private means.

September 25, 9:32 p.m.: US Customs officers were interviewing a motorist entering from Canada, and called Blaine police when they found a set of metal knuckles in the gentleman’s vehicle. The object is classified as a dangerous weapon under municipal code. It is illegal to possess, even in this case where it was attached to belt, effectively making it a knuckle buckle. The very apologetic driver explained he had no idea the thing was in his car, and it most likely belonged to his young son. He asked officers to impound the item for destruction. This was done and the matter was concluded with a warning.