Tag: domestic violence
Posted by Caleb Hutton
Text courtesy of the Blaine Police Department, with minor edits for style.
Wednesday, Sept. 19
9:15 a.m. A lady out for a walk on F Street in the morning morning happened upon a screaming contest between two women in an apartment complex parking lot. The passerby was concerned about the well-being of the little kids who were watching the melee, and called police. An officer responded and defused the disagreement, which had not turned physical. The two historical combatants were advised that their behavior was bordering on criminal disorderly conduct. They agreed to part ways, for the time being.
10:52 a.m. An security monitoring company alerted police when they received an alarm from an ATM machine at a Blaine bank on Martin Street. The scene looked momentarily promising to the officers who arrived and intercepted burly men at the ATM wielding a pneumatic jackhammer. It turned out that the ATM was still intact though. The crewmen were using their heavy tools to withdraw a broken water line from under the pavement nearby, and the hammering vibrations had upset the ATM’s delicate sense of safety.
11:33 a.m. Police responded when dispatchers reported that they had received a 911 hang-up call from a residence on Boblett Street. An officer contacted the homeowner, and learned that the only emergent issue at hand was the insatiable curiosity of the toddler who had sneaked the house phone off its hook. Apologies and parental commiserations were exchanged
and the dispatch center was advised of the outcome.
1:15 p.m. On Wednesday afternoon police were dispatched to a possible rollover collision on Yew Avenue south of Pipeline Road. When officers arrived they found a one-car crash with a driver waiting in his pickup truck, which was waiting in the brambles several yards off the road. The motorist explained that he had been driving legally when he drifted off the pavement after beginning to feel ill. His account was supported by both a passing motorist witness and the tracks at the scene. A medic unit evaluated the driver and advised he had not been injured in his off-road adventure. A tow truck then arrived to free his pickup truck, which sustained a few thousand dollars in damage.
4:11 p.m. An Everson resident brought her Acura Integra to a repair shop on Peace Portal Drive to have its clutch replaced. The shop owner did the work and the owner’s friend paid the $580 repair bill, providing their credit card information by telephone. The mechanic later learned that the credit card transaction had been fraudulent, and his account was debited. The tradesman was more than patient trying to work with the car owner but ultimately had to contact police about the fraud and theft of services. An officer transcribed the victim’s information and asked that it be forwarded to the prosecutor.
Thursday, Sept. 20
1:45 a.m. Police were called to a home on A Street when dispatchers received a 911 hang-up call from the residence. The arriving officers contacted a distraught woman who had been assaulted by her teenage son. The young man has reportedly been growing more violent recently, and tonight threatened to attack his mother, then ripped the phone off the wall
when she tried to call for help. Police booked the 17-year-old boy into detention for assault, interfering with a report of domestic violence and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Noon. A motorist called Blaine PD wanting to share a UFO sighting he had experienced the previous evening. He explained that he had been traveling on Peace Portal Drive about 9 p.m. when he first spotted the object in the sky to the west. It appeared to have a green glow, red lights on its fringe, and was moving up and down very quickly. The witness said that by the time he pulled over, the object had disappeared. An officer explained that the object and its strange lights were most likely the small remote controlled airplane that has lately been frequently spotted over Drayton Harbor by local sky watchers.
1:22 p.m. Police and fire units responded to an activated smoke alarm at a shopping center on H Street. The emergency team tracked the source of the problem to an employee who had intended to just heat a tortilla, but apparently found the microwave’s hidden setting for incinerate. The crew silenced the alarm and reset the fire control system, and left the employee to defrost his boss.
3:24 p.m. Blaine Middle School officials called police to report the theft of a student’s shoes from the gymnasium. The shoes were recovered and returned to their owner. A fellow student was arrested for the theft and released to his parent pending a referral to the juvenile court.
7:40 p.m. A Blaine resident called police from Madison Street when she received a fraudulent telephone message from a man claiming to be a Drug Enforcement Administration agent in Colorado. The recorded message made outlandish accusations and demanded a return call. The number and message turned out to be consistent with a known telemarketing scam. The resident wisely did not take any action based on the call beyond calling law enforcement, and did not suffer a loss.
8:48 p.m. Customs personnel at the Peace Arch contacted Blaine police when they encountered two minors in possession of alcohol. A Blaine officer responded to investigate. The 19-year-old travelers admitted that they owned the $200 worth of liquor which they tucked into their car for the trip from Canada back home to Bellingham. Both men were arrested, cited and released with mandatory court appearance dates. Their five bottles of booze were placed into evidence pending a hearing.
Sunday, Sept. 23
8:55 p.m. A resident on F Street called police to report harassment and disorderly conduct. She explained that she had been sitting in her car just outside her apartment, talking on her phone when a next door neighbor came outside and started screaming profanities at her. An officer responded, documented the incident, and interviewed witnesses to the suspect’s brutish behavior. Written statements were obtained and a case report was forwarded for prosecution. The suspect was contacted and advised that since warnings had proven ineffective, this and any of her future violations of the public peace would be resolved in criminal court.
Monday, Sept. 24
12:05 p.m. An onsite apartment manager on Runge Avenue reported a theft from the complex when he discovered that a half dozen window blinds of various dimensions had been removed from one of the apartments. Three unidentified men had been allowed into the unit a few days earlier to obtain property left by a previous tenant, and it is suspected they helped themselves to the window dressings in the process. The loss is estimated at about $200.
1:35 p.m. A contractor working at a home on Kingsley Avenue reported the theft of construction equipment and electrical wiring. Some time between late Saturday afternoon and Monday morning, 80 feet of high-amperage power cable, three electrical cord units and two ladders were stolen. The loss is estimated at almost $800. This is the second construction site theft in central Blaine in the past week.
1:47 p.m. Residents in a gated community neighborhood reported the unauthorized cutting of trees and landscaping near their homes. It appeared that someone, possibly with a motive of an improved view, had vandalized three trees and other landscaping in the area. Police are investigating to determine if municipal code violations have been committed, and the gated community’s residence association has been advised.
Monday, Sept. 25
Posted by Caleb Hutton
Text courtesy of the Blaine Police Department, with minor edits for style.
Tuesday, Sept. 11
9:25 p.m. A woman called police from Boblett Street to report her purse had been stolen earlier in the day from the business where she works in Blaine. The victim had delayed making a report until she was able to get home from work and check that she had not left the purse at home. She had already notified her credit card companies and banks, and had cancelled the service to the cell phone she had been carrying. Officers are investigating.
Wednesday, Sept. 12
3:53 a.m. A Blaine resident angry over marital problems kept his family awake most of the night with his laments at a home on Fifth Street. Law enforcement eventually got involved when the man called 911 and reported his wife had attacked him, cutting him with a knife. Police responded to the home and were assisted by U.S. Border Patrol agents in making sure the couple and their children were unharmed and unarmed. When it became evident no one was buying his story, the man admitted he had made up the knife attack story out of spite. The officers then conducted a false reporting investigation for the prosecutor, and transported the man to a relative’s house so his wife and kids could get some sleep.
4:57 p.m. Officers responded to an emergency call on the pedestrian path adjacent to Semiahmoo Parkway, and found an injured woman being tended to by her husband. The couple had been bicycling on the path when the lady fell and struck her head, which was not protected by a helmet. The victim was transported to hospital by medics.
5:09 p.m. A Birch Bay family called Blaine Police to report their child’s saxophone had been stolen from the Blaine Middle School sometime over the past week. An officer was not able to responded to contact the victims at the time of the report, and they filed a written statement about the $260 loss. There are no suspects at this time.
6:09 p.m. Police were dispatched to an apartment complex on F Street to once again intercede in an ongoing disagreement between neighbors. This time one of the ladies was upset because she had been sitting outside in a common area enjoying the afternoon shade, when her nemesis came out and started taking photographs of her. The photographer was contacted, and she explained that the landlord had instructed her to take pictures of anything that she found bothersome. On the upside, at least they’re shooting cameras.
Thursday, Sept. 13
4:31 p.m. A woman called police to report that she had forgotten her purse at a business, and when she returned to pick it up the purse was gone. An officer responded to the D Street business, but arrived to find that the victim was now gone as well. Apparently she wanted to avoid the embarrassment of explaining that she had discovered that her purse had just been set aside by store employees to keep it safe.
Friday, Sept. 14
8:05 a.m. A resident near Eighth and D streets reported her cat was fine when it went outside about noon, but it limped home injured about 1:30 p.m. The lady took her pet to the vet, and discovered that the animal had been shot with a pellet gun which fractured one of its legs. Surgery was required to remove the projectile repair the limb. Police and animal control were notified and are canvassing the neighborhood to locate witnesses who have seen anyone using a BB or pellet gun in the area. Under investigation.
9:13 a.m. An electrician working on a home construction on Eighth Street discovered that 50 feet of various sizes of copper wiring had been cut out and stolen from the site. Under investigation.
3:06 p.m. A car owner reported that two magnetic signs advertising an Air Brush Tanning business had been stolen while the car was parked in a business lot on Martin Street. There are no suspects in the theft.
Saturday, Sept. 15
8:50 p.m. A person called from Runge Avenue to report that her roommate had physically assaulted her. Officers responded to investigate and found evidence of a verbal dispute but not a physical assault. The call did yield an unexpected surprise in that the roommate was wanted on arrest warrants, and the 37-year-old woman was booked into jail.
Sunday, Sept. 16
11:42 a.m. Police received a report that a refrigerator trailer had been stolen from its parking spot on Peace Portal Drive. The trailer was empty at the time, and police are investigating the $20,000 theft.
Tuesday, Sept. 18
1:30 a.m. A pedestrian too intoxicated to peddle was walking his bicycle on E Street when a stranger assaulted him and stole his bike. The victim stumbled to safety a couple blocks away and called 911. Police were in the area at the time of the call but were unable to located the suspect or the victim’s bike. He was given a ride home and left with stolen property report forms to complete when he was awake and feeling better.
5:07 a.m. Blaine Police were called to assist sheriffs deputies with a possible burglary in progress in the 8000 block of Harborview Road. An officer assisted county units in locating and contacting five subjects in the area.
By Caleb Hutton
Here are some things that won’t make the paper, but have some news value.
According to Whatcom County Undersheriff Jeff Parks:
Kevin Andrew Davis, 27, jail booking number 219004. Davis was drinking with a former girlfriend, 23, at a Maple Place home, in the Glenhaven area. They had dated for almost a year, but broke up in April. They got into an argument, and the girlfriend locked Davis out of the house. She went into another room when she heard him kick through the door. He barged in and choked her. When he realized someone had called 911, he ran out of the house. Sheriff’s deputies caught him within Bellingham city limits and booked him into jail on investigation of first-degree burglary, second-degree assault and malicious mischief.
The next annotation is my note.
Reported: Sep 18 2012 7:33AM
Location: 100 BLK CHUCKANUT DR N
Offense: MALICIOUS MISCHIEF
Case #: 12B34914
Vandals struck again at Fairhaven Park. They were unsuccessful in kicking out windows this time but did break another window and kill a wild bat that lived in the eaves.
Second time that pavilion has been targeted in a couple of weeks.
The following three cases were detailed by Bellingham police spokesman Mark Young.
Reported: Sep 18 2012 4:14PM
Location: 600 BLK W HOLLY ST
Offense: ASSAULT – Felony
Case #: 12B35024
Police responded to a possible assault at the above location. (V1) was found bleeding from cuts to his head and face. (V1) was heavily intoxicated and, at the time of the report, was unable to provide details of what occurred.
Still under investigation. Police are still trying to confirm this was actually an assault. Both people involved were probably very intoxicated. The injured man, 28, knows the other man well, and police know both of them well, too. Officers have not been able to confirm what happened because they have not been able to interview the injured man. Other “parties” involved have been interviewed. Police aren’t seeking help from the public in locating the other man. They know who it is and how to reach him.
Reported: Sep 18 2012 5:41PM
Location: 900 BLK LAKEWAY DR
Offense: ACCIDENT – INJURY
Case #: 12B35038
An accident occured at the above location
The injuries weren’t serious. Nobody was taken to the hospital.
Reported: Sep 18 2012 8:02PM
Location: 1900 BLK KING ST
Offense: DEATH INVESTIGATION
Case #: 12B35058
Officers responded to 1901 King Street on a death investigation.
Possible drug overdose in a gas station bathroom. At the time of the report, cause and manner of death were awaiting confirmation from the county medical examiner.
By Caleb Hutton
Here are a couple paragraphs that were cut, for space reasons, from this article:
Napolitano has a history of domestic violence. In 2006, he was convicted of second-degree assault and violating a no-contact order twice. The order was put in place after he punched his then-girlfriend — a different woman — threw her to the ground and slammed her arm in a door, according to court records.
In other fights, the ex-girlfriend alleged, Napolitano had broken her rib, pinned her to the ground several times and thrown a glass of water at her.
Many of those charges were dismissed in a plea deal, and Napolitano was sentenced to 51 days in jail.
And here, again, is his photo.
By Caleb Hutton
BELLINGHAM — A 29-year-old man suspected of throwing a porcelain bowl at his girlfriend was still on the loose as of Tuesday, Sept. 4.
The woman, 22, went to St. Joseph hospital about 1 a.m. Saturday with “significant injuries” to her face and a gash that will require many stitches, said Bellingham police spokesman Mark Young.
She didn’t report her story until Sunday afternoon: She told police she had been arguing with her boyfriend that night at their home in the 900 block of High Street. He threw a porcelain bowl at her, she alleged. Her injuries were serious, but not life-threatening.
Police believe the fight was catalyzed by alcohol.
Young isn’t sure what the woman told hospital staff.
The man’s name will be released if he is not arrested soon, Young said. At the time of this post, he had not been booked into jail. The assault is considered a felony.
Edit on Thursday, Sept. 6: In a news release and on the phone, Young corrected himself about the age of the suspect, Nathan A. Napolitano.
By Caleb Hutton
A Custer man started serving a 60-day jail sentence Tuesday, Aug. 14, for stealing his ex-girlfriend’s purse and telling her, over text message, to “please” kill herself.
Troy Lane Judge, 42, was convicted of cyber stalking and third-degree theft in June.
The defendant confronted his 43-year-old ex-girlfriend in the parking lot of the Silver Reef Casino on a night in September 2011, about 10 months after they broke up. He yelled expletives at her, according to charging documents.
She went inside the casino and tried to ignore him. But Judge followed her, called her a few more names, and “yelled out that she was a drug dealer,” wrote Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Dona Bracke.
Judge then went outside to his ex’s car. Security cameras caught him opening the front door. From there, he opened the car’s trunk and took the woman’s purse, containing about $250, a curling iron, a credit card and makeup inside.
Judge sent 52 text messages to his ex the next day. In one of the messages he wrote, “I want you to end your own life please” (sic), according to the charges.
Later, he showed up at her home, threw her purse at her and left. When deputies arrested him, he said he knew it was about the night at the casino. But he insisted “he just needed to get his own stuff from her car,” according to Bracke.
Court records don’t mention what angered Judge in the first place.
A judge sentenced Judge to a two-year prison term, with all but 60 days of the sentence suspended. So if he violates the terms of his probation, he could end up with a lot more time behind bars. He’s not allowed to be within 500 feet of the victim until June 14, 2013.
By Caleb Hutton
A woman described as a “drug addict” grabbed her teenage niece by the throat with both hands and tried to strangle her during an argument, according to charging documents.
Marcella Lynn Beatty, 33, got into an argument with her teenage niece in the hallway of home south of Lynden at 9:26 p.m. June 11. A probable cause statement filed in Whatcom County Superior Court doesn’t mention exactly what the two women were arguing about.
From the charges:
“The defendant pulled (her niece’s) hair. (The niece) pushed the defendant off of her and the defendant grabbed her by the neck with both hands and strangled her, pulling (the niece’s) head downward and forward. (The niece) could not breath or call out for help.”
The teen’s mother walked into the hallway and saw Beatty, her sister, strangling her daughter, according to the charges. She managed to push Beatty away.
Beatty then told the teen’s mom to “control her kid,” prosecutors wrote. Deputies noted abrasions to the teen’s head and the base of her neck. They also noticed Beatty was acting “excited and irrational.”
Beatty suffered no injuries during the attack. For the past few days, prosecutors alleged, she had not been able to get a hold of any methamphetamine, making her irritable.
She was charged last week with two counts of domestic violence assault, in the second and fourth degrees.
By Caleb Hutton
A few more details on that domestic violence assault in yesterday’s Blaine police blotter post.
Logan Slade Carmona, 24, beat his girlfriend over the course of five days at their house on D Street, said Blaine Police spokeswoman Lisa Moeller. Police later photographed bruises on the 20-year-old woman’s upper chest and both of her arms.
The girlfriend called Blaine police after he choked her with his hands until she was unconscious, Moeller said. No weapons were used during the assault.
Police hadn’t received any previous calls from the home, Moeller said.
Carmona was booked into jail Monday, June 11 in lieu of $7,500 bail. He was still in jail as of Friday afternoon.
Note: Edited Thursday evening.
2:36 p.m. A person entering the U.S. at the Peace Arch Port of Entry was referred for a secondary inspection. Police were called when Customs officers found that she was in possession of a controlled substance, hashish, and drug paraphernalia, and was carrying other prescribed controlled substances not in their original containers. The Surrey, B.C., resident was issued a citation and mandatory court appearance date.
12:50 a.m. Police responded to assist a Border Patrol Agent who was contacting a suspicious person in a residential area near the border late at night. The man turned out to be a transient who had been refused entry into Canada earlier. He was not wanted by authorities and not committing any offenses. Officers thanked the man for his time, and he returned to his transience.
7 p.m. A middle school faculty member intervened with a group of teenage boys at an after-school musical event at the Performing Arts Center, near G Street. The uncooperative teens walked away and police were notified they had possibly been drinking alcohol.
Officers contacted the gaggle a few blocks away. A 15-year-old boy was arrested on investigation of possession of drug paraphernalia and for being a minor in possession of alcohol. A 16-year-old boy was in possession of a controlled substance and appeared under the influence of drugs, and was arrested.
A prescription bottle of lithium in someone else’s name, a glass smoking pipe and a partial bottle of whiskey were impounded from the kids. The 16-year-old’s level of consciousness declined during contact and he was transported to the hospital by paramedics. The parents were contacted and took custody of the boys pending their appearance in court.
12:04 a.m. Police responded to an apartment on Fourth Street after a woman who lived there reported her visiting boyfriend had thrown the furniture around. No evidence of criminal activity was found. The gentleman chose to depart at the same time as the officers, thus ending the evening’s furniture rearrangement.
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.