Tag: meridian street
By Caleb Hutton
A Bellingham gas station attendant was assaulted at the pumps this week after an argument with a customer, police said.
Hezekiah Rhodes, 67, of Blaine, rolled his 1988 Chevy pickup into the Meridian Super Mart, 4130 Meridian St., at 1:45 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19, and got out to pump gas, said Bellingham police spokesman Mark Young.
According to Young’s narrative:
An employee saw the way the Chevy was parked made it impossible for other cars to get through, so he approached Rhodes and asked him to adjust the spot of the truck.
Rhodes told him no, then started pumping gas. Another worker walked over and asked him again to move. The customer repeated his earlier answer, so the employee wrestled the pump away.
Rhodes responded, allegedly, by punching the employee in the head several times.
— Bellingham Crime (@bhamcrime) November 19, 2012
The cops showed up and cited Rhodes with assault in the fourth degree. The victim suffered minor injuries to his head.
By Caleb Hutton
Bellingham Police are in the midst of a weekly traffic emphasis patrol right now. For the next couple of weeks, more officers will be on the lookout for driving violations from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday.
A different area of town gets the emphasis patrols each week, and a different violation is the focus of the emphasis each week. (One week officers might be looking for people not wearing seat belts; another time they might be looking for expired license plate tabs.)
On Wednesday, June 13, police focused on Meridian Street, from Telegraph to Stuart roads.
Courtesy of Bellingham police spokesman Mark Young, here’s the tally of what tickets got handed out:
17 drivers without proof of insurance.
17 “non-moving” violations (expired license plate tabs, no front license plates, etc.).
12 seat belt violations.
5 texting or talking on cell phone violations.
4 equipment violations.
2 speeding tickets.
2 moving violations.
2 people driving with a suspended license.
1 warrant arrest.
In all, that’s 59 tickets, three arrests and 10 written warnings in three hours. That means police were pulling over about 24 drivers each hour during the patrols.