Police Reports: June 10 - June 18, 2013

Published on Wed, Jun 26, 2013
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June 10, 8:36 p.m.: Police received a report from a service station that a driver had pumped $68 worth of gasoline into his car and drove off northbound without paying. The border crossings were notified and a few moments later the suspect arrived at Canada customs, where officers reminded him of his obligation. The gentleman was a regular customer at the gas station and so returned posthaste to settle up. The problem turned out to have been a miscommunication between the patron and cashier.

June 11, 10:30 p.m.: Police responded to an apartment when passersby reported hearing a woman and child engaged in a yelling match. Officers arrived, spoke with a parent and learned that the shouting arose from a battle of wills with her five-year-old, who did not want to go to bed. The children were interviewed to confirm the only injuries were to the peace and repose of the neighborhood. The boy went to bed, mom apologized for the noise, and officers departed.

June 12, 8:56 a.m.: A concerned resident called police to report that a transient was encamped behind the train station. An officer contacted the vagabond and found that the man was already packing up his belongings. He declined any public service assistance and set out on another day’s journey.

June 12, 9:45 a.m.: During a municipal court session a judge ordered an individual into custody. An officer transported the 21-year-old Blaine resident from his hearing to jail.

June 12, 12:33 p.m.: Witnesses who reported that a parent had entered the school grounds and caused a public disturbance called police to the school district campus. An officer investigated, obtained statements from witnesses and completed a report, which was forwarded to the city prosecutor for review and possible charges.

June 12, 10:50 p.m.: While checking undeveloped city property officers came upon a road weary bicyclist reclining beneath the stars. The cycling Californian had not realized that camping without basic services was not permitted in the city limits. He apologized, collected his gear and pedaled off to find a patch of sky over someplace less patrolled.
June 13, 1:15 a.m.: Late at night a man wandered into a tavern and sat down. Shortly after he arrived the staff realized that he was already very intoxicated. They declined his requests for more booze and he soon started to doze off. The employees had to call officers for assistance when the gent refused to be piloted over to a nearby motel. With the persistent assistance of two officers, the pickled patron plodded from booth to bed. He was left in the care of the motel manager for the night, and an officer checked in on him the following day.

June 13, 9:11 a.m.: Employees at a business called police to request a welfare check on a woman hiking down H Street yelling at passing vehicles. An officer located the woman still afoot but no longer yelling. The lady explained that she suffered from PTSD and was out for a walk trying to cool off and get a bite to eat after suffering a triggering moment. The officer made sure she was alert and coherent and did not need further assistance.

June 13, noon: A B.C. resident attempted to deposit a U.S. $100 note in to her account at her bank in Blaine, and learned that the bill was counterfeit. The lady was advised to report the matter to the police and she did, explaining that she had obtained the note when she exchanged money at another Blaine business on an earlier date. A report was completed and the bank is forwarding the fake bill to the secret service.

June 13, 2:49 p.m.: Police responded to assist when a man experiencing a mental health crisis became uncooperative with the people trying to help him and consumed gasoline. The officers calmed the victim and he was evaluated by aid personnel and transported to hospital for treatment.

June 13, 5:40 p.m.: An employee at a business came out to her car after work and found it had been vandalized. Someone used a sharp instrument to scratch both tail light lenses and the paint on the vehicle. A suspect has been identified and officers are investigating.

June 13, 8:06 p.m.: An alert neighbor called police after seeing a person trying the front door of a home on the block that is vacant and for sale. Police searched the area but did not locate the man, who appeared to be about 40 years old. He was last seen wearing a red T-shirt, blue jean shorts and was riding a bicycle.

June 14, 11:33 a.m.: Blaine police received information from another police agency that a man who was wanted on a felony warrant might be working in Blaine. Officers determined the tip was accurate, and was able to contact the suspect at the work site. He was arrested and later booked into jail.

June 14, 7:50 p.m.: A husband called police after he and his wife had an argument. The man asked for police assistance with finding another place to stay for the night. While interviewing the pair, police discovered that a confirmed Whatcom County Superior Court felony/no bail warrant existed for the wife’s arrest. She was arrested on the warrant and booked into jail, and the husband stayed home to care for their children.

June 14, 7:50 p.m.: Police were called by a resident who had left his home under orders from his wife following a disagreement, and was hoping officers could help him collect some clothes for the night. Prior incidents of domestic violence between the couple had ended in one spouse stabbing the other. Officers responded and interviewed both parties to make sure no domestic violence crime had occurred on this occasion.

June 14, 9:05 p.m.: Police contacted a resident of an apartment complex about the loud profane recording of shouting and drum beats emanating from the open door and windows of her home. After turning off the speakers so that she could hear the officer on the porch she acknowledged having received prior warnings about blasting her music, and promised to close the door to quiet the noise. A prosecution of the ongoing offense is being reviewed.

June 14, 10:15 p.m.: A neighborhood resident called to report seeing two juveniles running atop the roof of a building at the school district. The lads fled the area before the responding officers determined which one of the roofs they had conquered. It appeared that the trespass was a thrill-seeking adventure rather than a burglary, as police did not find any damage to the school’s property.

June 15, 1:55 a.m.: A concerned citizen called to report that their neighbor’s dog had escaped from its yard. The Good Samaritan had captured and returned the runaway pooch to its yard, but the dog vehemently protested and his loud barking was disrupting the sleepy serenity of the neighborhood. An officer convinced the pet owner to let her critter come inside for the night.

June 14, 6 a.m.: Following weeks of planning, Blaine PD’s auxiliary communications service team provided 25 staff hours of traffic flagging and safety patrols on Blaine’s streets, assisting the annual Ride to Conquer Cancer benefit for the B.C. Cancer Foundation. Between 7 and 11 a.m. on a sunny Saturday, almost 3,000 Canadian cyclists entered the U.S. through the Peace Arch border crossing and pedaled through downtown Blaine on their way down Peace Portal Drive toward the finish in Redmond. No injuries or mishaps occurred and a great time was had by all, thanks to the efforts of our volunteers and the cooperation of many patient motorists.

June 14, 1:45 p.m.: An officer contacted a construction crew working on a building downtown. The craftsmen’s compressor and saw were plugged into a city-owned sidewalk outlet maintained for street-side decorations and special events. The crew’s manager explained the building they were working on had no outside outlets and they did not have a key to the inside. The officer explained the power outlet and electricity they were using without permission were owned and maintained by Blaine City Light, and obtained the information needed for the city to contact the user to obtain payment for the service.

June 14, 1:47 p.m.: Passersby saw and heard a toddler screaming inside a car parked outside a downtown business. The little girl was alone in the vehicle, which was locked up tight with no one around. An announcement was made to the customers inside the business to no avail, and police were called. Mom was coming back to the car just as an officer arrived. She reasoned that her four year old had been asleep when she parked, so Mom chose to leave her napping while she ran inside to pick something up. This was a poor decision in the eyes of the assembled passersby not to mention the little girl herself, who awoke alone from her nap in a strange place. At the end of the contact Mom had a clear understanding of the dangers of her decision. It appeared that the daughter was siding with the cops and intended to explain that to Mom in more detail on the long drive home.

June 14, 2:20 p.m.: A Blaine officer assisted a border patrol agent on a report that a man had been seen hiking into the forest between D Street and the Canadian border north of Lincoln Park. The officer and agent searched the area and located a transient U.S. citizen resting amid the brambles and mosquitoes. He was advised that he would be instructed to leave if the property owners did not want people entering uninvited onto their land. A couple of hours later the officer re-contacted the gentleman and advised him not to return to the property. He said he understood and left.

June 15, 4:57 p.m.: A resident from Bothell was returning to the U.S. through the Peace Arch port of entry when customs officers found that the gentleman’s driver’s license was suspended. They notified Blaine PD, and an officer responded to investigate. He confirmed the suspension for an unpaid ticket and issued the driver a criminal citation for the violation. Fortunately the former motorist had travelling companions in another car nearby, and a licensed driver was able to give the arrestee a ride home in the arrestee’s car.

June 16, 11:55 a.m.: Officers on patrol found a collection of lost shopping carts parked in an alley a couple miles away from their home. An officer contacted the owner of the carts, who was grateful to have their rustled assets located and arranged to transport the herd back to the store.

June 16, 1:05 p.m.: U.S. Border Patrol reported they contacted a person in the city gravel pit who had discharged a pistol. Officer arrived and contacted the suspect who stated he did not know he was in the city limits. Officer impounded the firearm and forwarded a report requesting the prosecutor summons the shooter into court for discharging a weapon within city limits.

June 17, 10:13 a.m.: A resident reported an ongoing problem with drivers repeatedly disobeying traffic laws when parking, specifically, crossing double yellow lines to park in front of businesses. The reporting party was able to provide specific times and days of each week when the problem occurs most frequently, and this information was shared with all patrol officers.

June 17, 11:50 a.m.: A boat owner reported that someone unlawfully entered his unoccupied vessel during the night. There was minor damage to an interior cabinet that the burglar had stepped upon. Nothing else was damaged, and the victim has not discovered anything missing as of yet.

June 17, 1:56 p.m.: A citizen reported to police that a tire pump had been stolen off his bicycle while it was parked at Gate 1 in Blaine Marina. There is no suspect in the $10 theft.

June 17, 1 p.m.: Blaine PD received a referral from Child Protective Services. The referral was passed onto an officer for follow up. The allegations involve incidents reported to have taken place outside the city limits. Child Protective Services will follow up with the sheriff’s office after interviewing the child.

June 18, 2:43 p.m.: A person found what appeared to be a piece of old military ordinance while cutting down the underbrush in a vacant lot. She did the right thing – backed away and notified a nearby law enforcement officer who was in the area on another matter. Border Patrol agents helped police establish a perimeter and explosives technicians from Whidbey Island Naval Air Station responded to make sure the device was no longer a threat and removed it.

June 18, 8 a.m.: While patrolling a residential neighborhood, officers found that a homeowner had connected an electrical extension cord from his home out to his travel trailer parked on the city street. The cord crossed a city sidewalk and created a safety hazard for passersby. The resident had been previously warned by police for the same offense, so he received a citation. Police will monitor the area for compliance.

June 18, 8 a.m.: Officers identified two parking violations in a residential neighborhood. The registered owner had been previously warned and was cited for the new violations. Police will monitor the area for compliance.