Police Reports November 28 - December 3, 2013

Published on Wed, Dec 4, 2013
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November 28, 1:45 a.m.: An officer found a vehicle parked behind a closed business on Thanksgiving morning, and two men walked rapidly away from the car as police arrived. They were contacted and one was found to be wanted in King County on arrest warrants totaling $15,500 bail. The 26-year-old man was booked into jail and his friend was released. The two had chosen the spot to smoke marijuana.

November 28, 2:30 p.m.: A resident contacted officers while they were conducting traffic enforcement on Peace Portal Drive. He explained that he and his wife had found a camera the night before, near the entrance to a housing development. He turned the camera over to the officers for safekeeping. There was a phone number on the camera but it has been disconnected.

November 29, 10:46 a.m.: Police were dispatched to a report from a resident that thieves had broken into a storage shed next to their home. The suspect did about $10 damage getting into the shed, and stole a gas can containing about four gallons of gasoline. The gas can and gas are valued at about $20. The resident was not able to place a time frame on the crime.

November 29 2:25 p.m.: Police received information that a person wanted on arrest warrants was located at a residence in Blaine. Officers contacted the homeowner, confirmed the location and identity of the wanted teenager inside, and arrested the youth for multiple felony warrants issued by Whatcom County Superior Court. The 17-year-old was booked into detention.

November 29, 3:58 p.m.: A passerby called 911 to report someone driving a powered wheelchair in traffic near H Street and the truck route. Police contacted a man driving his powered wheelchair parallel to the curb. He explained he is unable to safely drive his wheelchair on the sidewalk because it is too bumpy in places. He had previously lost control of his chair on an uneven patch and was injured in the resulting crash. He agreed to try and refrain from driving on the pavement during busy traffic periods.

November 29, 11:09 p.m.: A father and mother called police to report that their 14-year-old son had run away from home in the county and was refusing to leave his grandmother’s house in Blaine. Officers asked for U.S. Border Patrol’s assistance as the residence was adjacent to the border. The teenager was located, and after some discussion the cooperative son agreed to go home with his parents.

November 30, 2:02 p.m.: Port of Bellingham security working at Blaine Marina turned over some property that had been found by a person walking his dog on the beach at Marine Park. Some of the property was identified as having been stolen in a vehicle prowl in the harbor. The remaining property likely came from a theft that has not yet been reported. Police are investigating.

November 30, 1:25 p.m.: A resident came to the police department to report that his boat in Blaine Marina had been broken into overnight and several items stolen. Fortunately a dog walker found two bags on the beach in Marine Drive Park across the street from the Marina, and one bag contained most of the victim’s property. About $550 in goods is still missing or was damaged in the theft. Police are investigating.

December 1, 1:15 p.m.: A concerned shopper called police to report a man was selling marijuana out of his vehicle in a mall parking lot. Officers responded to the area and spoke with another person who reported that he too had been offered marijuana, by a man in a white Chevy Impala about 30 minutes prior. The salesman and his vehicle were not located. 

December 2, 8:51 a.m.: Police were dispatched to a collision between a legally stopped school bus and a tractor trailer rig making a turn at Boblett Street and the truck route. The truck driver did not realize his rig had struck the bus and drove away. Another driver who has seen the collision notified the trucker and police contacted him parked on a side street nearby. Officers assisted the drivers with exchanging information and the collision is being reviewed to determine if a traffic infraction to the truck driver is warranted.

December 2, 1:36 p.m.: Postal service employees reported vandalism to the Blaine Post Office building, where a person’s name had been scrawled on an interior wall in the public area. The suspect is possibly a transient who had been earlier contacted and warned against using the post office lobby as a residence.

December 2, 3:22 p.m.: A concerned resident requested an officer conduct a welfare check for a family member who had made comments about hurting themselves. Officers contacted the person, who had no plan to hurt him or herself but was having a difficult time with life. Police provided the family member information and the crisis line number to call for assistance.

December 2, 4:08 p.m.: A concerned citizen called police dispatch to report a woman standing in the middle of 6th Street. An officer contacted the lady, who was walking on the sidewalk with a cane. She explained she had been trying to flag down a passing WTA bus as she crossed the street. The officer gave her a courtesy ride to the covered bus stop in front of the police department to wait for the next bus.

December 2, 4:53 p.m.: A resident came to the police department to report that someone broke into his vehicle and stole property from inside while it was parked on Georgia Street. Police are investigating.

December 2, 11:42 p.m.: Police received a report of a trio of dogs barking inside a house on D Street late at night. The owner was not home. Police will make contact with the owner during the day and warn her of the problem.

December 3, 10:08 a.m.: Police responded to an anonymous call reporting a vehicle parked in a handicapped-parking stall. The arriving officer determined the parking stall wasn’t properly marked. The officer contacted the responsible party and advised them of the issue and was assured that a proper sign will be installed within 48 hours, and only disabled drivers will use the spot.

December 3, 3:10 p.m.: An officer stopped a vehicle that had sped through the school zone while children were present and the flashing warning lights were activated. The offending motorist was found to also be driving with a suspended driver’s license for having failed to take care of a previous citation. The 55-year-old driver from Surrey, B.C. was arrested, cited, and released with mandatory court appearance. She chose to have her vehicle towed back to Canada.

December 3, 11:05 a.m.: An elderly man contacted police for help after his car became disabled on Marine Drive. As officer diagnosed the problem: the car’s battery had drained while the motorist was taking a morning nap inside. The officer jump-started the vehicle and the grateful wide-awake motorist was able to head home to Lynden.

December 2, 6 p.m.: A boat owner called police to report his vessel had been broken into at Blaine Marina and electronics and liquor were missing. An officer investigated. Part of his property had already been recovered after a walker found it on a nearby beach. Police are investigating.