Posted by Caleb Hutton
Text courtesy of the Blaine Police Department, with minor edits for style.
Friday, Feb. 15
11:48 p.m. A resident on Garfield Avenue called police to report her husband was missing, explaining that he had left hours earlier for a short drive over to the grocery store but never returned. Several calls to the man’s cell phone had gone unanswered and the reporting party was growing seriously concerned. Information on the gentleman and his car was broadcast, and in about 20 minutes an officer found the man’s car parked on Marine Drive. Hubby was inside, fast asleep. He was awakened from his blissful slumber and advised to head home for more practice at sleeping well in uncomfortable positions.
Saturday, Feb. 16
9:04 p.m. A gentleman parked his car downtown on Peace Portal Drive for a few hours while having dinner, and returned to find his vehicle had been damaged by a hit and run driver in his absence. Police responded to take a report, and a few days later were able to locate the running vehicle. The likely driver was identified, and a case report was forwarded to the city prosecutor for review of charges.
Sunday, Feb. 17
1:31 a.m. A bit after midnight a resident on Garfield Avenue answered a loud knock at the front door to find two strangers standing on his porch. One man was very large and very intoxicated, and the other was more weight and alcohol-content proportionate. The larger man profanely and repeatedly ordered the resident to stop speeding in the nearby alleyway or face deadly consequences, and handed the resident a handwritten note bearing a similar message. The resident advised he does not speed in the alley or elsewhere, and had not driven anywhere at all in the past 24 hours. Police are investigating to identify the maker of the threats.
10:15 p.m. Police were called to Blaine Avenue when youthful street play in a residential neighborhood took a turn for the worse. Witnesses reported that a group of kids they did not recognize were yelling in the streets and disturbing the area. One young man on a bicycle deliberately rode toward an approaching car, daring the motorist to strike him, and he and his friends then began making rude comments to the driver. Another youth began bragging about his proficiency at breaking in to cars, offering to show his younger partners how to do the crime. Officers located the troublemakers and turned them over to their parents, who were visiting a relative in the area.
11:10 p.m. Two young men reported that a resident of an adjoining apartment building on Mary Avenue had made threatening motions at them as they were parking their vehicles in the common parking area. Police contacted and interviewed the person who made the gestures. She denied purposefully trying to frighten anyone and countered that the young men were probably exaggerating anything they might have seen. She was warned to not attempt any more comical stabbing motions à la Bates Motel while standing close to windows that look over the parking lot.
Tuesday, Feb. 19
5:11 p.m. Police responded to an emergency call for assistance at a residence where a person was unconscious. On arrival they found a family member performing CPR on an elderly relative. The officer assisted until medic units arrived. The elderly man had been in poor health and was not revived.
Wednesday, Feb. 20
1:44 a.m. Officers responded to contact the driver of a car parked on 14th Street, after the vehicle’s driver called 911 saying that she was about to die. The lady living in the car said the government had already taken everything from her and was now conspiring with Canadian authorities to prevent her from seeking refugee status there. Apparently she had repeatedly tried to leave the United States but was having trouble finding a country that would harbor her, and felt that the police were among those responsible. She was not an immediate threat to herself or others, and refused all offers of aid and suggestions for assistance.
Posted by Caleb Hutton
Text courtesy of the Blaine Police Department, with minor edits for style.
Monday, Dec. 24, 2012
10:04 p.m. A customer visiting a closed business on Boblett Street was sliding his payment under the door when he realized that the door was unlocked, and the dark premises were unsecured. He called police, who responded to check the building. The door was unlocked but the very good alarm system was active and set off a cacophony as soon as the door was opened. Officers checked the interior and did not find anything obviously amiss, then remained onsite until a business call-out could respond to secure the building.
Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012
2:22 a.m. Early on Christmas morning dispatchers advised Blaine police that a woman had telephoned from a residence on F Street screaming for help. The call taker heard sounds of a man kicking in a door and then the phone line went dead. The suspect attempted to flee on foot but was detained by an arriving police officer. The victim had not been physically harmed but was very frightened. She told police that she was staying at her friend’s apartment when the man, whom she had once dated, arrived outside, threatened to kill her if she did not let him in, and then kicked down her front door. The intoxicated 33-year-old suspect became enraged when arrested. He had to be placed in restraints when transported to jail, where he was booked for residential burglary, malicious mischief, and harassment, all involving domestic violence. U.S. Border Patrol agents assisted on the call.
7:09 p.m. Police were dispatched to a 911 hang up at a D Street home on Christmas evening. Officers arrived and found a family holiday gathering in progress. Children at the party might have taken the phone off the hook.
Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012
2:35 p.m. An officer spotted a vehicle traveling almost 20 mph over the posted speed limit on H Street and stopped the driver. It turned out that the lead-footed motorist was also driving in violation of a Washington license suspension that was imposed when he failed to take care of a speeding ticket he received in Everett in 2010. The British Columbia resident was issued a criminal citation for driving with a suspended license and an infraction for today’s excessive speed. His wife was legally licensed, and drove his pickup from the scene.
Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012
1:17 p.m. A woman reported that a man driving a car that looked liked a white colored Toyota Camry had exposed himself to her, demonstrating a one-person sex act, when she walked past his parked car in a parking lot on H Street. The victim called police immediately, but the suspect left the area and was not located.
Friday, Dec. 28, 2012
8:37 a.m. Police monitored that North Whatcom Fire was in route to a residential structure fire on Blaine Avenue when they received a call of an activated general fire alarm at a home on 16th Street. A Blaine officer responded to the 16th Street address to check that scene, and met an alarm company consultant there. He was working on the system and accidentally tripped the alarm. The officer notified fire units of the contact and they concentrated their efforts on the fire on Blaine Avenue. False alarm report generated.
1:46 p.m. Employees at a business downtown called police when a older, infirm looking gentleman wandered in and out of the premises, seeming a bit disoriented. An officer located him nearby, trying to talk strangers into giving him a ride. The 84-year-old Canadian citizen lives with family in Abbotsford and decided to hitchhike to Bellingham to shop for car insurance. His family was thankful for a phone call explaining that Dad was safe, and getting a police car ride up to Canadian Customs to wait for his relatives.
Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012
6:25 p.m. An officer responding to a drug investigation near the Peace Arch found an injured seagull sitting in the emergency access lane to the border crossing. The officer stopped and removed the injured bird from the roadway, and contacted the Whatcom Humane Society to respond and care for the animal. A humane society officer arrived a short time later and took the bird under wing.
Monday, Dec. 31, 2012
10:33 a.m. Officer was dispatched to a residence in the 700 block of F Street on a complaint from a resident who was being harassed by other tenants who were calling her names. The suspect tenants were contacted and denied calling the other any names, and were warned about violating harassment laws.
6:45 p.m. Motorists waiting in heavy, northbound New Year’s Eve traffic on the truck route called 911 to report that other vehicles were committing violations such as illegal lane changes, line cutting, wrong-way driving, speeding and “just horrible” maneuvers. It was a jungle out there. An officer plunged into the mix and issued six citations in two hours for a variety of violations closely mirroring the callers’ complaints. The officer left the area when the traffic was clear.
7:20 p.m. A motorist reported that a vehicle passed her in a no-passing zone on H Street, and she believed the person might be under the influence of alcohol because the offending driver was holding a bottle of something that looked like beer. Officers searched for the vehicle, but could not find it.
Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013
9 p.m. A trucker unhooked a trailer from his tractor in a truck stop parking lot on Boblett Street. The business asked him to move it but he refused he did not own the trailer. The employees called police, and when officers arrived he changed his story, admitted the trailer was his and said he would collect it in the morning. The truck stop workers declined the business and, at their request, officers advised the driver to hook up his trailer and leave the property. They told him he would be arrested for trespassing if he returned. The truck hooked up the trailer and drove away, but returned an hour later and parked in the back of the lot. Officers again responded, and this time arrested the trucker for trespassing.