Police Reports: February 19 - 24, 2014

Published on Wed, Feb 26, 2014
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February 19, 10:54 a.m.: A concerned passerby called to report seeing an older person walking in circles in the middle of a residential street. Officers contacted the lady and found that she was disoriented but not suffering any acute medical problems. They made sure she made it safely back to her nearby home and the care of a relative.

February 19, 7:40 p.m.: Customs and Border Protection officers at the Peace Arch port of entry intercepted a B.C. man driving with a suspended driver’s status in Washington. A Blaine police officer arrested the man for the criminal license violation, cited and released him pending his appearance in court. The vehicle was released to a relative at owners request in lieu of impound.

February 20, 4:41 a.m.: A man left his black SUV overnight parked amid semi-truck trailers in a commercial parking lot. He returned to discover the vehicle had moved. He followed a 25-foot-long trail of locked wheel skid and broken pieces of glass and plastic to find his Pathfinder, then called the police. Their investigation confirmed the SUV owner’s suspicion, A semi had backed into the Pathfinder, crushing its front end, and shoved the vehicle back until it crunched up against a large concrete divider. The offending trucker then drove away without reporting the collision to anyone. Police are investigating the hit and run, which caused several thousand dollars of damage to the victim’s car.

February 20, 1:15 p.m.: Police received a call that a man was lying beside the walking path near 3rd Street and Peace Portal. Officers responded to the scene to assist the victim but discovered the transient, who was taking her afternoon nap, didn’t need help.

February 20, 2:25 p.m.: Employees at a business downtown called police when they came upon a box of medical supplies lying on the sidewalk near their front door. An officer arrived and found two boxes of unused, but not hermetically sealed medical supplies in two separate boxes. There was no information on the boxes showing ownership. The medical supplies appear to have been imported and inspected by Customs and Border Protection in San Francisco. The items were destroyed.

February 20, 2:33 p.m.: A resident on Alder Street came to the police department to report that a storage building by her home had been burglarized sometime in the past week. About $500 in items, including a bicycle, weed-eater and leaf blower were stolen. Police are investigating this and several other recent property intrusions and thefts in the same residential neighborhood.

February 20, 3:10 p.m.: Sumas police officers contacted the Blaine Police Department for mutual assistance in locating a runway juvenile believed to be in Blaine. The information from Sumas was correct and Blaine officers located the runaway hiding at a residence here. The 13-year-old was taken into custody and turned over to a caregiver.

February 20, 6:19 p.m.: A resident on Mary Avenue called police to report his bike had been stolen. The man was not sure when the older black mountain bike had gone missing. He wanted police to know the theft had occurred and request extra patrol. Police estimate the loss at $40.

February 20, 6:21 p.m.: A resident accidentally locked herself out of her apartment, could not find another way in and called police for help, asking the arriving officers to kick the door in. They explained this would solve the immediate problem but would probably be frowned upon by the building’s owner. Instead they confirmed the caller was the renter of record, bypassed the lock with a tool that caused no damage and opened door.

February 21, 11:34 a.m.: An employee at a Blaine business called to report that they had apprehended a shoplifter. An officer responded to investigate and arrested the 24-year-old Blaine woman. She was released with a court date on a criminal citation for attempting to steal a 16-ounce energy drink valued at $2.70.

February 21, 3:27 p.m.: A passerby called police to report that an injured eagle was resting at the corner of 4th and C streets. Officers located the juvenile bald eagle and attempted to contact it. The bird was young but not dumb. He lifted off on what appeared to be a set of very healthy wings, circled to the north and was last seen gliding into Canadian airspace.

February 21, 6:10 a.m.: Police were dispatched to a report of an erratic and possibly intoxicated driver on O’Dell Road. An officer contacted the motorist. He was not intoxicated and explained he was simply lost.

February 22, 8:15 a.m.: Blaine police contacted an individual wanted on misdemeanor and felony warrants from Lynden, Bellingham and the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office. The warrants were confirmed and the 33-year-old resident was arrested and transported to jail.

February 22, 8:45 a.m.: Officers contacted a vehicle that had been observed parked at several locations in Blaine. The owner was identified and informed that camping in vehicles was prohibited in the city limits and future contacts could result in a citation. The man stated his understanding and agreed to relocate.

February 22, 7:40 p.m.: A concerned citizen noticed a person huddled in a sleeping bag outside a business. It was snowing and very wet at the time. The transient woman was offered a ride to a shelter in Bellingham and she accepted the offer.

February 23, 12:13 a.m.: Officers were advised of a vehicle in the ditch in the 3800 block of H Street Road. Officers arrived and found that a driver had lost control while driving on the snow and slid off the road. Officers stood by until a tow truck could arrive and remove the undamaged vehicle out of the ditch.

February 23, 7 a.m.: U.S. Border Patrol notified an officer of a tree across and fully blocking H Street in the 3700 block. An officer arrived and, with the help of the border patrol, closed H Street Road for approximately 45 minutes while city crew removed the tree. There was very little impact to traffic as it was early in the morning and the roads were covered in snow.

February 23, 2 p.m.: Border patrol agents notified Blaine police of a tree hanging over the sidewalk and roadway in the 100 block of 6th Street. An officer arrived and determined the snow-laden, partially fallen tree was a hazard to pedestrians and traffic as it could fall completely over at any time, and contacted city crewmembers, who soon arrived and cut the tree back from the roadway.

February 23, 8:25 p.m.: An officer located several trees on Jerome Street that had given way under the weight of snow. One of the trees was tangled in the power lines and was causing a shower of sparks. A Blaine city light crew was dispatched to the location and promptly removed the hazard.

February 24, 11:43 a.m.: An officer found an unattended semi truck blocking the 1300 block of H Street, which was only partially passable due to ice and snow. Officers tracked the truck driver from his truck to a nearby restaurant where he was loading up on not-fast-enough food. He was advised any further time spent blocking the street would result in a ticket much more bothersome than his hunger pains.

February 24, 3:56 p.m.: A pedestrian threw a snowball at a passing B.C.-plated, white pickup. The driver of the pickup, offended by the attack, began following the man along H Street. The chucker took refuge in the police station and the pickup driver, apparently satisfied at having driven the culprit into a burrow, left the area. Lesson learned. No further police action was needed.