Police Reports: April 24 - 29, 2014

Published on Wed, Apr 30, 2014
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April 24, 3:21 p.m.: Ferndale City Hall called to report that they were receiving harassing phone calls from a Blaine resident and asked Blaine Police to contact the man and ask him to stop calling their office. Officers went to the man’s house and when he came to the door they passed on Ferndale’s request. They were about to depart when the resident decided to express his displeasure with the message by striking one of the police officers in the head. The man was taken in to custody after a struggle and booked in to jail for felony assault and resisting arrest. It’s unknown if he used his jail phone privileges to call Ferndale City Hall.

April 24, 6:35 p.m.: Police were called when a teenager disclosed to friends that an adult man she knew at a nearby home had sexually assaulted her. Officers responded, interviewed several witness and arrested a 19-year-old Blaine man for second-degree rape. He was booked in to jail.

April 24, 7:57 p.m.: Blaine Police responded to the south end of town to watch for an erratically-driven vehicle that the sheriff’s department reported was possibly en route from Birch Bay. Officers observed the vehicle and contacted the inebriated driver. Probable cause was established for DUI and the 38-year-old Blaine resident was arrested and booked into jail.

April 25, 10:29 a.m.: A Blaine resident called police to report that while walking his leashed dogs on a city street, a pit bull exited a yard and nearly attacked the man’s two dogs. Both dogs were uninjured and the owner of the offending dog retrieved his animal and apologized to the other owner. Animal control was advised and will investigate the safety considerations of the aggressive animal.

April 25, 1:27 p.m.: A man left his briefcase unattended in Blaine for a moment and came back to find it had disappeared. He called police but there were no suspects to the taking. Later the same day a Good Samaritan found the satchel and returned it to its owner.

April 26, 1 a.m.: Police were dispatched to a report of a group of youth people possibly fighting near a car parked on Bayview Avenue. Officers arrived in the area to find that the car had departed the area and the fighters were nowhere to be seen. Police provided extra patrol was provided and received no other calls about the troublemakers.

April 26, 1:30 a.m.: While on patrol, officers found fresh vehicle tire skid marks at the intersection of Garfield Avenue and Georgia Street. The tracks left rubber on the road and crossed the edge of several private properties, and nearby alleys and streets. The path of the tire tracks appeared to indicate the driver was either reckless or intoxicated or both. Police searched the area but did not locate the suspect vehicle.

April 26, 2:50 p.m.: Police checked a property and derelict building after receiving information that its condition made it an attractive nuisance and safety concern for the neighborhood. A report was completed and the owner is being contacted regarding needed corrections.

April 26, 4:05 p.m.: A Blaine officer assisted border patrol agents looking for two suspicious males who had walked down a residential driveway then headed east along H Street. The duo ran off into the woods when they spotted law enforcement, but they were soon apprehended. The two men claimed Canadian citizenship and were transported by agents for processing.

April 27, 8:15 a.m.: An officer on patrol came upon an unoccupied vehicle parked on the shoulder of Peace Portal Drive southbound, too close to the stop sign at the Bell Road intersection. There was no one afoot in the area, and the officer drove to the home of the registered owner in Blaine. She advised that the vehicle had broken down at that location and would be removed as soon as the rescue team finished eating breakfast.

April 27, 7:10 p.m.: Police and the fire department received a 911 report of a car versus bicycle collision on Marine Drive in Blaine at the Port of Bellingham’s public pier. Blaine officers and U.S. border patrol agents responded to the scene. Witnesses there reported that a vehicle had sped westbound on Marine Drive, crashed through multiple barricades closing the road to the pier and then crashed through the wooden railings on the west side of the pier before entering the water and sinking into the channel between Boundary Bay and Drayton Harbor. A 7-year-old boy who was on the pier with his brother and father at the time suffered leg injuries when he was apparently struck by the vehicle. Fire department medics stabilized the youth on scene and he was transported to hospital. The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue Unit’s dive team and the U.S. Coast Guard were called to assist at the start of the incident. A Coast Guard boat and helicopter responded to the scene as well as a Port of Bellingham boat from Blaine Harbor. Crews worked above, on and under the water for several hours, but did not locate the submerged vehicle or the driver that night. Monday morning divers returned to the search and located the pickup truck but not the driver. RCMP notified Blaine police a short time later that the body of the 53-year-old driver had washed ashore near White Rock, B.C. The investigation into why the crash occurred continues and the injured youth remains in hospital.

April 29, 6:10 a.m.: A commuter called police to report that resort maintenance workers were driving golf carts across and alongside Semiahmoo Parkway between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. causing a traffic safety concern between Prestwick Village and Gleneagle Villas. As Semiahmoo Parkway is not a golf cart zone, extra patrol will be provided to the area.