Police Reports: March 21 - 27, 2013

Published on Wed, Mar 20, 2013
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March 13, 1:29 a.m.: Blaine Police officers assisted Whatcom County deputies by providing backup at a county residence in which a man was threatening suicide with a handgun. The man was taken into protective custody without incident and involuntarily committed to care at the hospital. Case closed.

March 14, 12:53 a.m.: A motel manager called police to report a guest and his friends making too much noise in a room. The manager asked police to accompany him to remove the folks from the premises. The guest and his friends were found to be loudly playing video games and partaking of the brew. The group left upon request and without incident. Case closed.

March 14, 1:20 p.m.: An unidentified person, possibly a school employee contacted an officer who was on a traffic stop to advise of a suspicious older male near the elementary and primary school area with no purpose. The person advised the man he could not be on school grounds and needed to go to the office. The officer checked the school facilities after clearing the traffic stop and the individual was nowhere to be seen.

March 14, 3:15 p.m.: A Blaine resident came into the police department to report that someone had cut the lock off of his detached garage at some time over the past week. The resident stated that he had checked inside and did not find anything missing. The value of the damaged lock was $5. A report was taken to document the incident.

March 14, 6:50 p.m.: With the assistance of U.S. Border Patrol agents, an officer took a Blaine resident into custody on an active warrant. The warrant was confirmed and the man was booked into jail.

March 15, 3:37 p.m.: A woman came into the Blaine Police Department to report a theft of a cell phone from her work place. The woman received her cell phone the following day, but it had been severely damaged and was non-functional. A suspect in the theft has been identified and an investigation is under way.

March 16, 7:15 a.m.: Police stopped a vehicle for speeding at almost double the speed limit (68 mph in a 35 mph zone) on Peace Portal Drive. The B.C. driver was issued a traffic infraction and warning about reckless driving, and then arrested for driving with a suspended license. He explained he was rushing to get a friend to the airport. Officers helped the driver get to the airport by calling them a speedy cab as the vehicle they were driving now had to be impounded as no licensed driver was available.

March 16, 6:45 p.m.: A Blaine resident called the police to report a suspicious occupied vehicle that had been parked in front of a home for the past half hour. An officer arrived and contacted the female driver. She advised that her parents owned the duplex she was parked next to, and she was just borrowing the Wi-Fi signal. The officer found no other signs of criminal activity and left the lady to her surfing.

March 16, 8:10 p.m.: An officer responded to a residential neighborhood near the border to assist Border Patrol agents after a group of five people entered the U.S. illegally. The individuals were taken into custody and transported by the federal officers.

March 16, 8:26 p.m.: A B.C. resident arrived at the Peace Arch port of entry for admittance into the U.S. A records check revealed that the B.C. resident was driving while suspended out of California for an unpaid ticket. The man was issued a criminal citation and a court date to appear in Blaine Municipal Court. The driver was denied entry to the U.S. this trip and returned to Canada.

March 16, 11:25 p.m.: A security guard at a construction site reported a vehicle was parked on the roadway near the construction site and had not moved for a while. An officer contacted the Canadian citizen who was sitting in his vehicle. He said he had gone shopping in the U.S. and bought too much stuff so he had to wait 24 hours before going back to Canada. The man agreed to wait in a different location with better lighting.

March 18, 10:40 a.m.: A Blaine resident reported that the convertible top on his car had been slashed with a knife, leaving a six-inch-long rip in the fabric. It is unknown if the malicious mischief occurred in Blaine or while the driver was in Bellingham. It will cost about $3,000 to repair the damage.

March 18, 1:14 p.m.: A resident called police when he discovered someone had used a rock to break a window in a car parked in his driveway. A toolbox and two briefcases were stolen. A neighbor remembered hearing a loud noise about 4 a.m., but no suspects have been identified.

March 18, 5:26 p.m.: A resident on F Street contracted police to report finding graffiti on his garage. An officer documented the damage and the owner will remove the eyesore immediately.

March 19, 6:59 a.m.: A passerby reported that a person driving a silver dual rear wheeled truck was stealing the orange traffic cones at a construction site in the 1600 block of Peace Portal Drive. An officer found the truck and suspect in the 900 block of Peace Portal Drive. It turned out to be a public works employee who picked up the cones and placed them near a new work site up the road.

March 19, 11:41 a.m.: Police were dispatched to investigate when a property owner found graffiti on the alley side of a property on G Street. An officer arrived and documented the incident. The victim is not sure when the graffiti occurred, but it was possibly over the weekend.

March 19, 4:25 p.m.: Police were dispatched to check the welfare of an adult who made a threat of suicide to a family friend. Officers contacted the man and after an interview they transported him to the hospital for a voluntary evaluation.

March 19, 5:29 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a possible brandishing of a firearm during a gang confrontation at a residence on G Street. Officers arrived in the area and detained three suspects. A witness and the victim separately identified them. No weapons were found, and one of the suspects admitted to “possibly” pulling up his pants in an action that might have looked like he was reaching for a weapon. Following an investigation at the scene officers released two adults and transported a juvenile back home to his mother. The city and juvenile prosecutors will review harassment and drug paraphernalia charges.

March 19, 9:05 p.m.: Police were contacted by a Border Patrol agent who had received information about a person being harassed. Officers arrived at the place where the harassment had occurred and found that the person had already left. The suspect was identified and contacted at his home. The Blaine resident was issued a trespass warning and a warning regarding the harassment.

March 20, 1:20 a.m.: An officer on patrol found graffiti vandalism on the back of a city stop sign on G Street. The damage was documented and a service request was forwarded to public works for removal of the defacement.