Police Reports: July 31 - August 6, 2014

Published on Wed, Jul 30, 2014
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July 23, 2:09 p.m.: An officer responded to a report of a collision at the intersection of SR 543 and H Street. Both vehicles had moved prior to law enforcement arrival. The driver of one vehicle rear-ended the other while it was stopped at a red light. Both vehicles sustained moderate damage.

July 23, 9 p.m.: Police responded with the fire department to a commercial structure fire near B Street. Officers evacuated the building and assisted fire personnel in gaining access to a residence in the building. The source of the problem turned out to be unattended pot of food left on a hot stove. The smoke was cleared from the building and the officers cleared as well.

July 24, 4:10 p.m.: An off-duty officer called in an altercation at the corner of Blaine Avenue and Alder Street in Blaine. Officers arrived and found two vehicles that had been involved in a hit and run collision that had occurred a short time earlier. Both vehicles sustained light damage. A juvenile driver was cited for the hit and run violation.

July 24, 9:08 p.m.: Police received a phone call from a person who found a syringe lying on the ground at the corner of Mary Avenue and Bayview Avenue. An officer responded to collect the syringe and brought it to the station for safe destruction.

July 25, 11:01 a.m.: A person called to report a couple in another apartment unit had been arguing all morning and the noise was disturbing the neighbors. Officers arrived and contacted a boyfriend and girlfriend living in the apartment complex. Their marathon disagreement had not become physical, and both apologized for vexing their fellow tenants.

July 25, 2:31 p.m.: A man came in to the police department to report that sometime between yesterday evening and this afternoon, someone had stolen the license plate off his vehicle. The vehicle was parked in Blaine at various locations and at various times so he was not sure exactly when and where the theft occurred. The vanity plate was entered into law enforcement databases.

July 25, 2:44 p.m.: Police were dispatched to the 200 block of Cedar Street to contact a man that appeared to be intoxicated and suffering a bloody nose. An officer contacted the subject leaning against a stop sign. He was indeed drunk and tending to a tweaked beak. He refused medical treatment and would not say how he had gotten his face rearranged. The officer escorted the man to his hotel room about a block away to make sure he made it safely.

July 25, 6:33 p.m.: Police were dispatched to an emergency occurring at a residence in near 6th and D streets. Officers arrived and determined that a disturbance had taken place and that an unidentified man had barged into an occupied apartment and then forced his way into a bedroom, breaking a door in the process. The suspect left before police arrived, but returned to the scene of the crime and was promptly identified as the culprit. Police arrested the 47-year-old Blaine resident and booked him into jail for residential burglary and malicious mischief.

July 26, 1:26 a.m.: Police received a late night call for assistance from a resident who reported a dog in the neighborhood barking incessantly. An officer followed the noise to its source and woke the dog’s owner. She was advised of the problem and informed that future calls would need to be resolved with a citation.

July 26, 11:09 a.m.: A person called to report a transient walking eastbound on H Street who appeared to be struggling with a large cart he was hauling behind him. Officers checked on the man. He declined assistance and said he was fine; he just needed to rest a lot while walking uphill with his wagon. His plan was to travel east to Lynden and officers wished him well on the journey.

July 26, 3:55 p.m.: While on a traffic stop, a Blaine officer was flagged down and advised of an injury motorcycle crash. He broke off the stop and responded to the scene, where two motorbikes had collided. One female rider had slid across the pavement and come to a stop under a guardrail. Fortunately, she was not seriously injured and was taken to the hospital for evaluation of pain in one leg. Both bikes received only slight damage. Peace Portal Drive was temporarily blocked while the scene was handled.

July 26, 8:20 p.m.: Police overheard fire personnel being dispatched to a boat fire in Semiahmoo Marina. Upon arrival, officers determined that the fire had occurred on a boat outside of Drayton Harbor. The flames had been extinguished but the boat was disabled and adrift. The U.S. Coast Guard was notified for assistance getting the boat towed in to the harbor.

July 26, 9:47 p.m.: A man called police after finding a sliding glass door slightly ajar. The man believed a possible burglary had occurred. An officer arrived and did not find any evidence of a crime. The house is currently for sale and nothing of value is left inside. No entry had been made.

July 26, 10:43 p.m.: An officer walked out of the police station to his marked patrol car, noticing on the way two men standing next to a parked car at a nearby business. As the uniformed officer watched, one of the men took a swig from a bottle of wine he was holding. The officer exchanged the man’s bottle for a criminal citation charging him with drinking alcohol in public. The 24-year-old Custer resident apologized and explained he had not noticed he was drinking next to the police department.

July 27, 4:40 a.m.: A man heard noises coming from his neighbor’s yard, investigated and scared off thieves who were in the process of stealing a bunch of the neighbor’s belongings. The victim is compiling a list of stolen property and values. Police recovered evidence at the scene and are investigating.

July 27, 7:08 p.m.: Officers were asked to contact a resident in the 1200 block of 4th Street regarding suspicious activity. The complainant stated that he identified two mid 20s-aged males on bikes whose activity appeared out of the ordinary for the complainant’s residential area and who were unknown to the complainant. Officers were tied up with other priority calls and were unable to respond at the time.

July 27, 10:19 p.m.: Police were dispatched to the Peace Arch port of entry when U.S. Customs contacted a possibly intoxicated driver. Blaine officers arrived and determined the driver was indeed impaired by alcohol, based on her performance of field sobriety tests and other factors. The 24-year-old B.C. woman was arrested and booked into jail after processing. Her vehicle was impounded.

July 28, 11:09 a.m.: A man called to report that his very valuable bicycle was missing from the bed of his pickup. It had been stolen either when the victim was parked in Semiahmoo for a couple of hours, or when he was parked in Ferndale. There are no suspects or witnesses in the theft at this time. The owner valued the bike at $4,000.

July 28, 5:03 p.m.: Police investigated a two-car injury collision at the intersection of Bell Road and Peace Portal Drive. Both drivers stated that the other failed to yield right of way from his respective stop sign. Damage to both vehicles exceeded $750. Medics examined one driver for head pain while officers documented the crash.

July 28, 3:42 p.m.: A homeowner asked for help with an ongoing problem with a neighbor’s belongings and structures encroaching onto their property. The problem has gotten worse rather than better despite the reporting party’s efforts, and vermin are now making a home in the neighbor’s mess. Police officers are meeting with the parties.

July 28, 7:36 p.m.: Officers were dispatched to the Peace Arch port of entry after two people under 21 years old were removed from the Amtrak entering the U.S. at Blaine after they were found to be in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Both were arrested, cited and released with dates for a mandatory court appearance.

July 28, 8:52 p.m.: Police responded to a report of a two-car crash on 6th Street and found that both cars fled the scene following the collision. One of the drivers later called police dispatch to report the collision, and the other driver has been identified but not yet located. Officers impounded a suspect vehicle during their investigation and are preparing a case report for review by prosecutors.

July 29, 12:44 p.m.: A resident called to report that she had captured a dog that had been wandering in the road in the 1300 block of H Street. The dog is a black Australian Shepherd, mid-size canine with no license. Police collected the critter and transferred it to the care of the Whatcom Humane Society.

July 29, 1 p.m.: Police received a request from a citizen to check a vehicle that had been parked blocking an alley for two weeks. Officer inspected the vehicle and was able to get a message to the vehicles owner to move the truck and trailer.

July 29, 1:54 p.m.: Police responded to a two-car non-injury fender bender in the northbound lanes of the freeway near the Peace Arch port of entry. An officer stayed with the motorists until state patrol arrived to investigate.

July 29, 4:04 p.m.: An officer assisted a Mexican family vacationing in Washington by providing them, in Spanish, with information about requirements for crossing the border into Canada.

July 29, 5:30 p.m.: A young man contacted an officer at the police department office and reported that his bicycle had been stolen from the Blaine Library. The bicycle is described as a Genesis V2100 white and black mountain bike with an “I’m loved” license plate under the seat and mounted lights front and rear. 

July 29, 11:50 p.m.: U.S. Border Patrol contacted a transient man when he was spotted exiting a parked vehicle not belonging to him. Police were called to the scene to investigate. The man told officers he was looking for a place to sleep and when he realized the vehicle wasn’t abandoned he decided he would find a different place to sleep for the night. An officer transported the man to a homeless shelter for the night.