Police Reports: August 14 - August 20, 2013

Published on Wed, Aug 21, 2013
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August 14, 10:30 a.m.: A person called dispatch to anonymously report that they had been on D Street about 15 minutes earlier and noticed someone trying to trying to gain entry to a house a couple of blocks west of the truck route by crawling through a window. Border patrol agents assisted police officers in checking the area. No suspicious activity was observed and no other calls were received.

August 15, 11:47 a.m.: Police patrolling Peace Portal Drive contacted a motorist for a traffic violation. During the stop the officer recognized an adult passenger in the car as a man wanted on multiple warrants. He arrested the 29-year-old Blaine resident, and found several items of intravenous drug use paraphernalia in his possession. The suspect was arrested on those violations as well, and booked into jail on the warrants.

August 15, 6:05 p.m.: An unidentified caller reported seeing two juveniles smoking marijuana inside a vehicle on the pier at the end of Marine Drive. An officer arrived and located the suspect vehicle but it was occupied by an older adult. He contacted her and was not able to see or smell any indications of illegal drug use. There were no juveniles on or around the pier, and the lady was thanked for her time.

August 15, 6:29 p.m.: Police received a report of an emergency occurring at a residence and responded to the house. The arriving officer found that an infant was suffering a seizure, and assisted until medical aid arrived to assume patient care.

August 15, 11:49 p.m.: A stranger knocked on the door of a home on D Street, asking for directions to a bus stop. The resident provided the information, and called police as soon as the inquiring man left her porch. Officers contacted the man to see if they could be of assistance. He was polite and cooperative, and explained that he had travelled by bus from New Hampshire to attend a friend’s wedding in Vancouver, B.C. He had just been denied entry to B.C. by authorities at the Canadian border, and was now preparing for the long bus ride back to a place where he could continue to “live free or die.”

August 16, 10:43 a.m.: A resident called police to report that canines are soiling the beauty bark at Salishan Park with their droppings, and some dog owners are allowing their pets to run off leash at the park. Extra patrol will be provided as officers are able. Animal Control and the city’s parks department were advised of the complaint.

August 16, 2:55 p.m.: An adult couple came to the police department seeking assistance after they were kicked out of the house where they had been staying with now-former friends. The pair was from out of state, did not know anyone in the area and had spent all of their money on traveling to Blaine to see the friends who had tossed them out. Police provided them with assistance getting to the Lighthouse Mission in Bellingham.

August 16, 4:55 p.m.: Police responded to a report that a vehicle that had driven slowly past a business several times during the day was possibly occupied by a person who was restrained by court order from being in the area. Officers patrolled the neighborhood and contacted the witnesses. They did not locate the suspect vehicle and are continuing to investigate.

August 16, 3:31 p.m.: A couple of men decided to try their luck fishing from the float used by the passenger ferry Plover near Semiahmoo Marina. They pair didn’t catch any fish, but did interfere with the ferry’s ability to pull up to the dock when it arrived a short time later. They refused to move, and argued with the ferry’s crew. Police received a second-hand report of the disruption and responded to the scene. The ferry had continued safely on its way at that point, and those people who were still in the area of the float denied any involvement.

August 17, 8:15 a.m.: A teenager found a set of distinctive car keys and electronic fob on Blaine Road near Fleet Road a short distance from town and turned them over to a Blaine PD officer. The keys were impounded in the hope that their owner will come looking for them.

August 17, 8:30 a.m.: A person called police from the front of the police station to report that a brindle-colored male pit bull with a red collar but no tags was wandering loose and unattended near H Street and Peace Portal Drive. An officer impounded the dog and turned it over to the humane society.

August 18, 1:40 a.m.: Police patrolling a manufacturing area late at night noticed a bicycle parked beside a portable toilet that had been set up for employees at the remote site. The premises were locked up with no employees at work, but the “Occupied” flag was showing on the port-a-potty. An officer checked to ensure that the squatter’s only intent for trespassing was to answer nature’s call.

August 18, 1:50 a.m.: Police were checking the welfare of an intoxicated pedestrian on O’Dell Road when they happened upon another young man who was walking from town out to a friend’s home on Sweet Road. It was very late at night and Sweet Road has neither sidewalks nor lighting. An officer offered the young man a ride and he gratefully accepted.

August 18, 7:10 a.m.: A visitor passing through Blaine stopped at a bank ATM. When he came back to his truck a minute later it would not start. A police officer noticed the vehicle’s raised hood and stopped to commiserate with the driver as he peered into the engine compartment. The extra set of hands and a battery jump pack were enough to get the pickup started and back on the road. 

August 19, 8:25 a.m.: Police were notified of illegal dumping occurring in a residential area on E Street. Officer contacted the homeowner who admitted to depositing the grass clippings, blackberry bushes and branches just to the side of their property on the city right of way. The person’s intentions did not appear to be malicious as they were cleaning their own property up as well as the blackberry bushes on the easement, which were encroaching onto their property over top of their fence. The resident agreed to discontinue dumping and clean up their portion of the commingled pile as much as they could.

August 19, 4:36 p.m.: Dispatch reported that medic units were in route to a minor car collision near 14th and H Street where one person involved was complaining of chest pains. An officer responded to monitor the patient until an aid unit arrived and then checked on the fender bender. One car had backed into another car at a nearby intersection causing minor damage to both vehicles. After an exchange of information, both drivers drove away from the scene in their respective cars. Case closed. 

August 19, noon: Blaine City Light had to turn off power to the traffic lights at the intersection of SR-543 and Boblett Street in order to route new electrical hardware for a business under construction. At their request two police officers provided traffic control at the intersection for about one hour until the traffic lights could be returned to service.

August 20, 7:15 a.m.: An officer was dispatched to the Peace Arch port of entry for a B.C. driver found to be driving on a Washington suspended driving status for a DUI through Skagit County. Officer arrived, arrested, cited and released the person with a mandatory court appearance. Customs officers allowed the person to wait for a licensed driver to pick them up so they could make it to their court appearance in Skagit.

August 20, 9:49 a.m.: Police were advised of an assault that reportedly occurred while EMTs were on scene handling a medical call at a residence. An officer took statements from the victim and all witnesses and forwarded a case report to the prosecutor for review of charges.