Flower pot smashers, satellite dish bandits and more in the Blaine police blotter

Posted by CALEB HUTTON on November 13, 2013 

Text courtesy of the Blaine Police Department, with minor edits for style.

Thursday, Nov. 7

10:17 a.m. A woman called to report that she was in a collision in the parking lot near Subway. Police arrived to find that the two parties involved had already exchanged information. One of the vehicles had already left. The damage to the vehicle that was still there consisted of cracks to the rear bumper. The driver said she backed into the other car. An estimate of damage was not known for the Mercedes-Benz.

11:05 a.m. A woman called 911 after seeing two unknown men on her back porch. She stated that when they saw her in the house they ran. Officers arrived in the area and searched the neighborhood for the suspects, but could not find them.

12:41 p.m. Police were dispatched to an aid call. An officer arrived and found the man seated and surrounded by Good Samaritans. The man was talking and breathing normally. Police assisted the man until North Whatcom Fire & Rescue Service arrived.

3 p.m. Employees at the Blaine library called police to report vandalism to the men's restroom. An officer arrived and was told that damage had already been repaired by the city. Police talked with city maintenance personnel. The damage has been an ongoing problem at the library for about two months. Damage is estimated at about $87 for this one event. No suspects have been identified by library staff and there are no security cameras present. Case closed.

4:46 p.m. Dispatch reported a customer business dispute at the Shell gas station at Bell and Peace Portal. The customer left prior to officers arrival. The business requested no further assistance. Officers cleared.

4:59 p.m. A tenant called police saying that his landlord had trespassed into his residence. A verbal argument ensued. The man said he's had many civil issues with the landlord. He alleges no prior notice was given by the landlord before entering the home. A statement was taken from the tenant and the report will be forwarded to the prosecutor.

Friday, Nov. 8

1:26 p.m. Officers were dispatched to a possible burglary at a Peace Portal Drive business. On arrival officers contacted an employee who found a fence had been been opened and possible entry into a yard gained. Officers found the chain was cut to a gate and it appears when the employee showed up the person or persons were scared away. A Border Patrol K-9 confirmed the officers' finding.

8:14 a.m. The Blaine Senior Center contacted police due to some vandalism that occurred during the night. It is not known when during the night the damage happened. Vandals destroyed two flower pots on the north side of the building. Damage is estimated at $60. No suspects were identified. Police will provide extra patrols in the area.

11:29 a.m. A Blaine High School employee called to report an individual who was on campus after being trespassed. Police already on campus acting as school resource officers walked over to the high school and met with staff. School staff provided statements. Information will be forwarded to the prosecutors office for charging. Case closed pending charges.

12:42 p.m. Officers responded to a local grocery store for a report of a shoplifter. Officers arrived and contacted the store manager and suspect. The store did not wish the man arrested for the theft but did wish him trespassed. The suspect denied any theft and had no product on his person. The suspect was given a trespass warning and stated his understanding.

5:32 p.m. An officer was dispatched to a report that someone had discovered their vehicle tire had been cut during the night. An officer arrived and found that someone had cut the tire as well as the tire on a neighbor's vehicle. An officer is investigating.

8:18 p.m. A business called to report an unattended vehicle in the roadway in a commercial area. An officer found the vehicle as described by the business. The owner was issued a parking citation for the offense and, because it was a traffic hazard, police impounded the car. Case closed.

Saturday, Nov. 9

1:32 p.m. Officers were requested by a visiting nurse to do a welfare check on an 81-year-old woman. The woman was not answering her door at the scheduled meeting time. The woman was located with a friend, returning from a trip to the hospital. Officers cleared.

5 p.m. A tenant called police because of a dispute with her landlord over entering the residence without giving notice and a notice to vacate that is believed to be false. The matter was determined to be primarily civil in nature and not criminal. An officer recommended that the tenant continue the moving process and avoid contact with the landlord. The tenant said she would most likely pursue civil claims against the landlord.

9:15 p.m. Police assisted U.S. Border Patrol field agents by providing back up to them during a trio of traffic stops on Birch Bay-Lynden Road at Interstate 5 after the three vehicles raced away from the international boundary in a rural area. The occupants of the vehicles were determined not to have violated any laws.

Sunday, Nov. 10

3:31 a.m. An officer assisted Washington State Patrol by checking the freeway between Birch Bay-Lynden Road and Peace Arch Port of Entry for a possibly intoxicated driver. A vehicle was reported by other motorists to be traveling at about 5 mph in a 70 mph zone. The vehicle was intercepted by RCMP at Douglas Crossing.

7:52 am. U.S. Customs reported they were questioning a person who had driven across the border from Canada with a suspended drivers license in Washington. An officer arrived and determined the driver was suspended in the third degree. An officer arrested the driver for driving with a license suspended in the third degree and issued him a criminal citation. The passenger had a valid drivers license and proceeded to drive for the rest of the trip.

9:10 a.m. A person phoned 911 for the third time in less than 12 hours (per North Whatcom Fire & Rescue Services) for complaints of being overly intoxicated and needing a courtesy ride to the hospital. The prior two calls the person was deemed to not need transportation or hospital services. This is the usual complaint among other fabricated medical problems to solicit help when the person calls 911. The person does not seem to care or understand this abuse of 911 uses several public resources and takes away from others who may actually need 911 services. In today's case the person did not lie or claim any other medical problem; but was ultimately transported to the hospital to eliminate the impending calls while the person hopefully sober up for a day or two. This report and several others were sent to the prosecutor for review of the ongoing matter and for determination if any criminal acts were committed for the abuse of public services.

12 p.m. A person woke up to find their TV signal was not working. Several diagnostics later the person looked out their window and saw that someone had taken their satellite dish. The theft occurred between 4 to 9 a.m. No suspects to this incident. The satellite company is replacing the dish sometime later today.

6:25 p.m. Report of a disabled vehicle on SR-543 near the border. There was a huge border related traffic back up on the truck route. An officer checked the entire length of SR-543 and no disabled vehicle was found.

7:26 p.m. A resident requested extra patrol after a person knocked on his door and asked to use his phone. The person claimed his car had been impounded at the border and that he need to call a friend from Ferndale to pick him up. The resident provided the person directions to a nearby mini mart that had a phone and coffee. An officer did patrol the area but did not observe the man on nearby streets or at the mini mart.

7:15 p.m. Report of a disabled vehicle on SR-543. An officer checked the area (SR-543, H Street, D Street). The disabled vehicle must have been fixed as no hazard was found.

10:05 p.m. An officer stopped a British Columbia resident for excessive speed. A records checked showed the young woman was prohibited from driving in the United States due to an unpaid ticket. She was cited for the speed violation and was issued a criminal citation for driving on suspended Washington privileges. The vehicle was impounded.

Monday, Nov. 11

2:15 a.m. Officers responded to a possible prowler in Semiahmoo. The resident stated she was home alone when someone came to the door and rang the door bell. The call went unreported for 25 minutes. Officers arrived, checked the area, but saw no signs of prowling.

12:21 p.m. Officer was dispatched to a dog at large. No observations of the dog were made by the officer, but the owner was contacted and advised any continued off leash or at large incidents would result in fines. (The owner has also been cited previously for this offense.) The owner advised he was not aware his dog had gotten out across the street and apologized.

9:45 a.m. Person came into the police department to turn himself in because he had two warrants for his arrest out of Pierce County. Officer confirmed the warrants and placed the person under arrest. Officer transported the person to the Whatcom County Jail where he was booked in.

5:30 p.m. A dog owner contacted the police to report his dog had gone missing. His information was documented in case the dog is located.

5:45 p.m. An owner of a business contacted the police to say three unauthorized vehicles were parked on his property. The property was legally posted so the owner could have the vehicles towed. The owner was advised that the property was private and that the officer could not have the vehicles towed, but he could.

Tuesday, Nov. 12

8:24 p.m. A resident who wished to remain anonymous called police late at night to report cars honking at the high school. Police arrived and checked the area. There were several people at the high school at the time. They had all just walked outside and hadn't heard any honking.

10:46 p.m. Police received a commercial audible alarm from a business on Boblett Street. Police and border patrol agents arrived and determined the alarm to be false. The employees were setting off the alarm as they were trying to exit the store. The alarm settings did not allow employees enough time to fully lock the doors and exit the store before the alarm sounded. A false alarm notification will be mailed to the business.

Wednesday, Nov. 13

5:25 a.m. An officer was dispatched to a brokerage office for a 911 hang up with line static on call back. The officer arrived and checked the business and found it secure with nobody on site. It appears that the cause is a phone line issue.

8:22 a.m. A business reported non-customers using a business parking lot without permission. The business owner has seen several vehicles use his parking lot for apparent vehicle sales. The people in question were gone prior to police arrival. The caller had no vehicle information and will call again if the vehicles return.

8:26 a.m. An officer contacted a transient who was wandering in the area of the school during the morning school zone. The man stated he intended to leave town later that afternoon, and the officer cleared without incident.

8:53 a.m. Officers were requested to assist local Bail Agency in the recovery of a subject. Officers stood by while the Bail Agents took the person into custody.

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