Tag: death investigation
By Caleb Hutton
BELLINGHAM — Police don’t suspect foul play after a man was found dead in a parking lot on Railroad Avenue over the weekend.
Dylan J. Boatman, 25, was found outside early Saturday, Dec. 15, slumped against the side of a pickup parked in the 1100 block of Railroad, said Bellingham police spokesman Mark Young. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
No evidence of inflicted trauma was found on Boatman’s body — as I wrote on this blog Monday — so investigators are awaiting results of toxicology tests to determine how he died.
Update Feb. 1 Boatman died of alcohol poisoning, according to the Whatcom County Medical Examiner’s Office. His death was ruled an accident.
By Caleb Hutton
It was busy weekend for the cops in Bellingham. Here are a few newsworthy things that won’t be in the print edition of the paper.
First, the death investigation of a 25-year-old Ferndale man.
Dylan James Boatman was found unresponsive at 1:55 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, in a parking lot in the 1100 block of Railroad Avenue. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.
A Monday morning autopsy found no inflicted trauma on his body, said Whatcom County Medical Examiner Gary Goldfogel. The death is still under investigation, pending the results of toxicology tests.
Second, a domestic violence assault led to a brief police standoff at 1:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 16. Here’s a verbatim summary of the police report, as transcribed by Bellingham police spokesman Mark Young.
A 23 year old female victim called 911 from a friend’s home stating her husband of several years had physically assaulted her by punching her while they were both in their car driving in Bellingham. The victim was able to get out of the vehicle and when chased by the suspect, she was able to get back into the vehicle to drive off leaving him behind. The victim drove to a friend’s home to call 911.The suspect was located at the couple’s home in the 1300 block of Ellis Street. Officers could see that the alleged suspect was home but he refused to come to the door. A search warrant was served on the residence and a K-9 was deployed when the suspect continued to refuse lawful commands.The suspect, 43 year old Kenneth Eagle, was taken into custody, transported to hospital for treatment then booked into Whatcom County Jail for Assault 4th DV [domestic violence].The victim in the assault refused medical treatment. Alcohol is believed to be factor.
And third, here are a few details we didn’t have in this story about a stabbing on East Sunset Drive.
Police said Christopher R. Morissette attacked a 2001 Hyundai car that was stopped for traffic. Several gouges from a 3- to 4-inch serrated blade caused about $900 in damage. Nobody was hurt in the bizarre and apparently random attack on the car. Young noted the suspect was “acting drugged out.”
By Caleb Hutton
Via scanner traffic:
About 7:30 a.m., police responded to a report of domestic violence where a man threw a knife at another man. The suspect then ran to the nearby Shell Station at 3970 Meridian St. He was apparently mad because he thought the assault victim and a woman had stolen money from him. Police were canvassing the area looking for him, but I don’t see him listed in the jail roster yet. Didn’t sound like the victim was badly hurt. We’ll try to get a full story on this later.
Update 2:11 p.m. Thursday: Turns out this was a “he said, she said” situation, said Bellingham police spokesman Mark Young. No arrests were made.
8 a.m.-ish, firefighters responded to a fire alarm in the roaster room of the Golden Nut Company, 1555 Odell St., in Blaine. Sounded like it didn’t turn into anything major.
About 9:30 a.m., a witness reported a semi truck hit a power pole at the intersection of Alabama and Woburn streets, then drove away. The driver’s Mount Baker Highway-based trucking company is now (9:32 a.m.) trying to get a hold of the driver, hoping to get him to return to the scene.
About the same time a man in his 40s was spotted wandering down Birchwood Avenue in a hospital gown. Didn’t hear a followup explaining the situation.
And in non-scanner notes, nothing suspicious in the death investigation listed yesterday on the Bellingham Police log, police spokesman Mark Young said this morning. Here’s the case number:
Reported: May 8 2012 1:48PM
Location: 4800 BLK GUIDE MERIDIAN RD
Offense: DEATH INVESTIGATION
Case #: 12B16173
Ofcs responded to the above location on an unattended death investigation.
Checked with Harborview again this morning about Carter Norsby, the 7-year-old boy who survived a deadly crash last week on East Pole Road, near Everson. He’s still in serious condition in the Intensive Care Unit, a hospital spokeswoman said. Here’s the last update we wrote about Carter’s condition on Saturday.