Posted by Caleb Hutton
Text courtesy of the Blaine Police Department, with minor edits for style.
Wednesday, Nov. 7
1:57 p.m. A resident on Mitchell Street called police to report that an apparent vandalism incident had left a large gaping hole in an nearby homeowner’s fence. An officer checked the property and found that no damage had occurred. It was not vandals gnawing on the neighborhood, but rather the very large opening created by the fence’s owner opening a very large gate.
2:29 p.m. A woman contacted police to express her displeasure with the work that a mechanic had done making repairs to her car, and alleged that the vehicle was damaged while in the shop. When she was advised that there was no evidence of a crime, the lady asked for and received contact information for the Whatcom County civil court. Case closed.
Thursday, Nov. 8
3:05 p.m. The manager of a store on H Street chased a shoplifter who fled the store, and caught him out in the parking lot. Police responded to the 911 call and arrested the 17-year-old thief for shoplifting and being a minor in possession of alcohol, for the big bottle of whisky he’d whisked from the market. The young man’s parents were out of the country on holiday for the week and had left their teenager in charge of the family home. He was summarily demoted to captive, and released to the custody of an adult family friend pending an appearance before the juvenile court, and his folks.
Friday, Nov. 9
9:18 a.m. A woman reported her that her adult son’s Xbox 360 was stolen from a home that he was moving from after house sharing with some other folks. The victim’s father had spoken with all of the tenants, and all claimed innocence. Mom completed a stolen property statement indicating that she would assist in a prosecution and the game console was entered into law
enforcement databases as stolen property.
10:45 a.m. A woman called police for assist when she and her soon-to-be ex-husband began arguing about their child visitation schedule. The couple are still sharing their co-owned home, and don’t have a parenting plan nor court orders in effect, so things are a little tense. An officer responded to the residence to keep the peace while the wife prepared to leave for the weekend.
Saturday, Nov. 10
5:58 p.m. Officers responded when a small child called 911 for help from a house on Runge Avenue. They arrived to find an adult woman who’d suffered injuries when she was attacked by the child’s father. Medics were called to the scene to evaluate the victim, and police arrested the 38-year-old man who had beaten and choked her. The man was booked into jail for felony assault involving domestic violence.
Sunday, Nov. 11
10:03 a.m. A property management company called public works employees when tenants experienced problems with their sewer system on Peace Portal Drive. The public works supervisor called police when he traced the problem to a vandalized lift pump station. Someone with more brawn than brains had cut the lock off the control box and turned off power to the pump equipment. The pump was re-energized and the box secured.
Monday, Nov. 12
4:28 p.m. Customs and Border Protection at the Peace Arch reported a man and woman traveling together in a car with their two children. The couple had previously filed for divorce and a restraining order was issued by the Snohomish County Superior Court as part of the dissolution process. The wife was listed as the petitioner and husband as respondent. The couple had patched things up but had never re-addressed the restraining order. An officer reviewed the order and found that the husband was not in violation of any provisions in the order. The couple was advised to straighten out their paperwork in civil court to prevent future misunderstandings.