Posted by Caleb Hutton
Text courtesy of the Blaine Police Department, with minor edits for style.
Wednesday, Feb. 20
1:45 p.m. A driver was maneuvering his big commercial vehicle through a business parking lot when a tiny part of his truck briefly met with the very edge of the large metal roof awning over a drive up ATM kiosk on Martin Street. The contact was just enough send the roof crashing 10 feet down to the pavement, narrowly but sufficiently missing the vehicles parked around it. Officers responded to investigate the collision, and contacted the lucky car owners to move their autos out of harms way. The broken roof was removed and the ATM’s owner was advised that their cash machine was getting rained on.
Thursday, Feb. 21
12:30 a.m. A family left home on Garfield Street in a rush when their young son fell ill and needed to go to the hospital. They’d not been then long when they remembered that they had loaded a batch of freshly made bread dough into their hot kitchen oven before they left. They called for police assistance and an officer was dispatched to the residence. He contacted a neighbor for assistance, and found that the kitchen was still standing and the baked bread was not ablaze.
1:25 p.m. A police officer was dispatched to a service station on D Street when attendants there came across a counterfeit U.S. $50 bill. The officer impounded the fake note for the U.S. Secret Service, and contacted the person who had tried to pay for fuel with the bogus bill. The man explained that he had received the fake U.S. bill from a bank in South Surrey, B.C. The same service station intercepted another fake $50 bill later the following day.
Friday, Feb. 22
2:57 p.m. Curiosity and temptation got the better of a business employee who was cleaning a storage room and happened upon an old, unused panic alarm remote control. The crew member punched the button to see what would happen, and the device’s long life batteries did the rest. The company called their alarm company to cancel the resulting response by emergency services personnel, and the first arriving officer made sure that everything was all right inside in the Boblett Street business.
4:22 p.m. A commercial driver was backing his truck off of Boblett Street into a business driveway when the passenger side of his trailer struck a Blaine City light pole. The metal pole and light crashed to the pavement blocking the driveway of another business, but missed the people and vehicles in the area. Police arrived to investigate and document the collision. A crew from the city’s electrical department removed the broken pole, placed safety cones around the scene and secured the exposed wiring at the pedestal.
8:56 p.m. A service station employee became suspicious of activity occurring in the cab of a box truck parked on their lot. It was dark and the truck’s windows were all fogged up, but it appeared that the man and woman inside were engaged in an activity both friendly and energetic. The officer who was called to investigate found that either the calisthenics had concluded or had not been quite what they seemed. In either case the couple decided to leave the parking lot and wait elsewhere for their border crossing paperwork.
11:42 p.m. Just before midnight, police responded to a 911 call from a man stating that he had been robbed near the intersection of Third and G streets by a big guy who was possibly armed. It turned out that the big guy the caller referred was the police officer who had written the caller a traffic ticket an hour earlier. The caller then complained that he was employed by the Miss America Pageant and was paid in cash for his labors only to have the ticket writer steal his money. The responding officers tried to help the caller through his concerns but his mental state made that difficult. In the end he was warned that false reporting was a criminal offense.
Saturday, Feb. 23
1:54 p.m. A person called to report that loud music was being played near their home on Pintail Loop around 2:30 a.m. The person was advised to call when the music is actually being played so that police could respond and identify the offending location. The complainant advised that usually starts after his 7 p.m. bedtime and continues through the night. Patrol officers were advised of the complaint for their patrols.
2:35 p.m. Police received multiple calls for service from a elderly resident on Pintail Loop, but none of the events reported could be substantiated by investigation. An officer contacted relatives of the person to advise that their family member may be experiencing some age-related difficulties.
3:47 p.m. A U.S. Customs canine team working at the Peace Arch Port of Entry alerted to a car with California plates, which was re-entering the United States from Canada. Customs officers inspected the vehicle and an adult inside admitted to ownership of several grams of marijuana and a personal use amount of cocaine that was recovered from the man’s luggage. Blaine police were called to investigate, and arrested the 33-year-old Pasadena, Calif., resident for possession of cocaine. He was processed and released pending a mandatory court appearance.
8:03 p.m. Blaine officers responded with U.S. Border Patrol agents to a night time report that a man had walked south out of Peace Arch Park and headed down 2nd Street toward D Street through the residential neighborhood. When he spotted the approaching Border Patrol vehicles the man fled onto property adjacent to the street and tried to evade the responders. He gave up when he realized there were only two sides to the hedgerow he was using for cover, but four patrol cars surrounding him. The man admitted that he had entered the US without inspection, and the agents took him into custody.
9:17 p.m. A couple called police from Blaine Street to report that late the previous evening they had been awakened by the sound of someone jiggling the handle or lock on one of their home’s exterior doors. An officer responded and checked the front and back doors and lock sets, and spoke with the landlord. The information was shared with all officers for their patrols.
10:35 p.m. An officer contacted a resident who stated that two boys had been at his apartment complex possibly knocking on doors and running away. The officer had been in the area and spotted the duo as they ran across D Street, ducking through apartment complexes, and he found the boys nearby. They said they were out playing, but denied any knock and run activities. The pair was advised to head home for the night and they complied.
Monday, Feb. 25
8:53 a.m. An officer patrolling near the school campus stopped a motorist for speeding in the school zone. During the contact the officer found that the driver’s privilege to operate a vehicle in Washington had been suspended for several years, after he failed to take care of a speeding citation he received in Skagit County. The man was arrested for the criminal license violation and his vehicle was impounded. After processing he was released with a mandatory court date for driving with a suspended license, and a notice of infraction for speeding in the school zone.
Tuesday, Feb. 26
8:43 a.m. A man opening for the day at his business near Blaine Marina discovered that overnight thieves had broken in to two large storage sheds and prowled his property, stealing a quantity of metal parts and scrap. Police are investigating and descriptions of the suspects and their vehicle have been provided to all patrol officers. The extent of the loss is still being determined.
10:59 a.m. A business at Blaine Harbor report that a lock had been cut off of one of their cold storage freezer containers to their business overnight. The case is under investigation.
12:06 p.m. Following a report from a resident who suffered graffiti vandalism to his garage on D Street, an officer found several other instances of the same gang style tagging which occurred Monday night in to Tuesday morning, in an area along D and E streets. All of the property owners were contacted and advised of the damage so that they could immediately clean it off and prevent the vandalism from spreading. Meanwhile officers are searching for a fluorescent orange-fingered bad artist with poor spelling and worse social skills.
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.
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.