Police Reports: November 16 - November 20

Published on Wed, Nov 21, 2012
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November 16, 3:10 a.m.: While on business-security patrol an officer found an open storage container containing merchandise that had not been closed and locked at the end of the business day. The officer closed the container and secured it with a padlock.  

November 16, 10:12 a.m.:  A resident on North Harvey Road called police when she heard what she believed to be gunshots in the area of her home. An officer arrived and searched the vicinity with the assistance of Border Patrol Agents but did not locate any signs of the shooter.

November 16, 11:43 a.m.: Blaine Police spotted a vehicle that the Sheriff’s Office was looking for in reference to a road rage incident that occurred near Birch Bay-Lynden Road and Portal Way. A Blaine officer stopped the vehicle and detained the occupants until WCSO could respond. A deputy arrived to interview the couple, and arrested the male driver for assault 4th degree. A Blaine officer remained on scene with the deputy until the couple was released.

November 16, 12:37 p.m.: Whatcom County Jail requested that an officer make contact with the victim of a domestic violence assault, to notify her of the imminent release of the suspect who had been jailed after his arrest in the investigation. The victim was successfully contacted and notified.  

November 16, 2:12 p.m.: A commercial trucking company in Seattle reported that one of their empty trailers had been stolen from a lot in Blaine where it had been parked. Officers were not able to locate the trailer in Blaine, and a stolen report was completed. A couple of days later another trucking company called the victim when the empty trailer showed up in their lot in California. It appears the matter may be a 48-foot case of mistaken identity.

November 17, 3:15 a.m.:  Two young men were out collecting clams on the Semiahmoo Spit tideflats when one started to sink in the mud and began yelling to his friend for help. His cries awakened the residents of nearby homes, and police were called. A Blaine officer and a Border Patrol agent responded to investigate and found everything quiet, as the victim had clammed up after self-extricating from the muck. The pair were reminded of the hour and promised to keep the noise to a minimum. 

November 17, 11:40 p.m.: A Blaine officer attempted to stop a car that was being driven very erratically through a residential neighborhood. The motorist ignored the emergency lights for several blocks before bringing her car to rest half in the driveway and half in the yard of a house on C Street. It appeared the driver had been consuming alcohol and she failed field sobriety tests. The 53-year-old Blaine resident was arrested for driving under the influence, and she was booked into jail after processing.

November 18, 2:56 a.m.: A Border Patrol Agent encountered a man wandering down a back road in east Blaine. The gent turned out to be a very intoxicated U.S. citizen and Blaine Police Department was called to the scene. The pedestrian explained that he had been partying in town and consumed too much alcohol to drive, then had gotten lost in the darkened middle of nowhere after deciding to walk home. Officers appreciated his sensibility in deciding to not drive, and gave the guy a ride to his home in Custer. He was very thankful to the Border Patrol for finding him and for the transportation out of the inky darkness.

November 18, 9:30 p.m.: A woman left her cell phone at a business downtown and realized the loss about two hours later. She called police after speaking with employees at the business and learning that the phone was nowhere to be found.  The following day the lady went back to the restaurant, and found her phone laying on top of a video game, right where she’d left it.  

November 19, 1:06 a.m.: Police contacted a pedestrian walking south through Blaine in the cold, wet wind. The man explained that he needed to get to the Bellingham Airport but did not have enough money left for taxi fare, so planned to spend the night hiking there. An officer transported him to the airport to avoid a possible car-pedestrian tragedy and or a severe head cold.

November 19, 11:48 a.m.: A Blaine officer spotted a pedestrian downtown near Peace Portal and G Street who matched the description of a woman suspected of having illegally crossed the border. Border Patrol agents asked the officer to detain the lady until they could arrive. The agency assist was provided.

November 19, 3:07 p.m.: The Port of Bellingham’s Harbormaster at Blaine on Marine Drive called police to report a woman ranting and raving in their office. Port staff requested that police permanently trespass the strangely angry lady from the office.  An officer contacted and removed the woman from the building, and advised her to not return. 

November 19, 3:09 p.m.: A neighborhood homeowner called police to report a teenage driver/neighbor speeding daily on a residential street just before and after school. All staff were notified of the complaint and extra patrol will be provided.

November 19, 3:26 p.m.: Blaine Police Department called Whatcom Humane Society when they learned that a small dog was at large in a residential neighborhood on Runge Avenue and likely in need of assistance. Former tenants may have left the dog behind after moving from the area. Animal Control officers were able to locate the terrior and took the abandoned pet into custody.

November 19, 6:30 p.m.: A Surrey, B.C. resident learned an expensive lesson when he received a traffic ticket in Washington state and failed to take care of the violation. Fast forward a few months, when the same man decides to drive down to the States again. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Peace Arch find that he is now driving with a suspended driver's status because of the unpaid ticket.  Blaine Police Department is called, and they arrest him for driving while suspended and issue him another ticket.  Then he has to explain all this to his wife, who has to come down from Surrey to drive his car for him. All in all taking care of the first ticket would have been much more simple.

November 19, 6:14 p.m.: A man reported that two teenagers had kidnapped the great pumpkin and his three gourds from the front porch of his business on Peace Portal Drive. The theft was captured on security camera footage. The case is under investigation.

November 20, 12:25 a.m.: U.S. Customs reported they were questioning a person who had attempted to cross into the U.S. from Canada while he was with his son. U.S. Customs checked and found the person was not suppose to have any contact with his son according to a Protection Order, who confirmed the protection order was still in effect. Officer arrested the person for violating the protection order and booked him into jail.

November 20, 2 a.m.: A passerby reported the road was flooding over at the corner of 6th Street and H Street. An officer arrived and found that two storm drains on the corner were totally blocked by leaves. Officer pulled the leaves out to unstop the drains, which stopped the flooding.

November 20, 9:14 a.m.: A person called to report a phone harassment. She said that a person she had helped out was now leaving many phone messages requesting money and other items. The caller was advised by police to stop calling the victim.

November 20, 10:58 a.m.: A person came in to the Police Department to report some suspicious activity associated with her bank account. No actual financial loss occurred and the person will be following up with the bank security agency to determine if the activity was actually the result of a bank error. The person will return to the police department if it is determined that fraud was actually involved.