Ferndale Police Seek Public’s Help Identifying Burglary Suspects

Burglary Suspects (more pictures below)

Ferndale Police Seek Public’s Help Identifying Burglary Suspects

On 7/27/2020, Officers from the Ferndale Police Department, Deputies from the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office and Officers from Bellingham Police Department responded to two attempted burglaries of a marijuana retail store in the 6100 block of Portal Way.

During both events, two males who appear to be Caucasian attempted to kick in the door of the marijuana retail store. The first incident occurred at approximately 00:51 hours on 10/27/2020.  WCSO deputies responded with a K-9 but a track was unsuccessful.  The suspects were not able to make entry but caused significant damage to the door and door frame.  The store owner responded and repaired the door.

At approximately 04:55 hours the two subjects returned and again attempted to kick down the door to make entry. They were unsuccessful for a second time and fled on foot out of camera view.  Bellingham officers responded with a K-9 but a track was again unsuccessful.

Ferndale Police Department is seeking help from citizens in identifying the two would-be burglars. 

Still shots from video surveillance of the two subjects have been provided by the store owner.  One suspect was wearing what is believed to be a muted Chicago Bulls hat and a Seattle Seahawks drawstring backpack.  He is also wearing a hooded sweatshirt with a unique logo on the front. The second suspect is wearing a red drawstring backpack and a Nike Air fanny pack.

If you have any information to assist in identifying either of these suspects, please contact Officer Brown at (360) 483-5731 or via email at sbrown@ferndalepd.org.

Public Hearing Notice – 2021 Preliminary Budget

Notice is hereby given that the City of Ferndale’s 2021 Preliminary Budget has been filed with the City Clerk. A copy thereof will be furnished to any taxpayer who requests it by contacting the City Clerk. Ferndale City Council will hold a public hearing on Monday, November 16, 2020 to consider the final budget for 2021.

The hearing will be held at the City Hall Annex Building/Council Chambers, located at 5694 Second Avenue, beginning at 6:00 p.m.  Any taxpayers may appear thereat and be heard for or against any part of the ordinance. Public comments may also be submitted via email to susanduncan@cityofferndale.org, or members of the public may phone in to 360-685-2385 when the public hearing is opened. Documents may be viewed at www.cityofferndale.org.

Public Hearing Notice – 2021 Property Tax Levy

Notice is hereby given that the Ferndale City Council will hold a Public Hearing on Monday, November 16th regarding the property tax levy for 2021.

The hearing will be held at the City Hall Annex Building/Council Chambers, located at 5694 Second Avenue, beginning at 6:00 p.m.  Any taxpayers may appear thereafter and be heard for or against any part of the ordinance. Public comments may also be submitted via email to susanduncan@cityofferndale.org, or members of the public may phone in to 360-685-2385 when the public hearing is opened. Documents may be viewed at www.cityofferndale.org.

Ferndale Police Set to Begin Processing Concealed Pistol Licenses

SIG Pro with ammo

The Ferndale Police Department will begin processing and issuing concealed pistol licenses starting Oct. 26th, 2020. Due to the pandemic limiting the ability to take fingerprints, applications had been suspended however thanks to a local private fingerprint processer, the department is once again able to process and issue licenses.

Full details, including instructions, fees and the application are available on our website here. For questions, please call the Ferndale Police Department at (360) 384-3390.

Ferndale Robbery Suspects Arrested

Ferndale Robbery Suspects Arrested

Ramadmi Rashid (04/29/1989) and Jeana Hall (08/07/1992) were arrested in the early hours of October 20, 2020 on charges of robbery in the first degree. A third, unknown suspect is still at large.  Ramadmi Rashid is also suspected to be involved in a separate robbery which occurred earlier on October 19, 2020 in the City of Bellingham. 

Witness accounts and video evidence show Ramandi Rashid and an unknown male suspect arrived at a commercial business located in the 6000 block of Portal Way at approximately 10 pm on October 19, 2020. The two suspects made small purchases, came in-and-out of the business several times, and stayed in the parking lot area until almost 11 pm. That is the normal closing time for the business.

The unknown suspect reentered the business and pointed a handgun at an employee. The employee gave the suspect the money from the cash drawer.  Witness accounts and video evidence show the unknown suspect and Ramadmi Rashid fleeing from the business on foot. 

A short time later, a Whatcom County Deputy Sheriff located a subject driving a vehicle in the area of this robbery. The driver of the vehicle matched the descriptions of the unknown suspect from this incident. That driver failed to yield when the Deputy tried to stop the car which led to a vehicle pursuit.  Deputies were able to get the vehicle stopped, at which time three subjects fled from the car.

Bellingham Police Department K-9 Officers assisted with tracking and apprehending Ramadmi Rashid and Jeana Hall.  When contacted Jenna Hall had a significant amount of money stuffed into her clothing and had dropped money as she fled from the suspect vehicle. 

Based on the fact that Ramadmi Rashid participated in the robbery by acting as a distraction and a lookout, as well as fleeing with the unknown suspect, probable cause existed to arrest him for robbery in the first degree. 

Based on the fact that Jeana Hall fled with the suspects of this incident that she attempted to flee from a vehicle stopped by law enforcement with large amounts of money hidden in her clothing, believed to be stolen from this incident, probable cause existed to arrest her for robbery in the first degree.

Both subjects were booked into Whatcom County Jail.  

City Council Passes Unanimous Resolution in favor of Ferndale School Levy

Front Row: Councilmembers Paul Shuey, Herb Porter, Kate Bishop and Ramon Llanos. Back Row: Councilmembers Ryan O’Larey, Erin Gunter, Mayor Greg Hansen and Councilmember Ali Hawkinson

City Council Passes Unanimous Resolution in favor of Ferndale School Levy

Last night, the Ferndale City Council passed a unanimous resolution in favor of the Ferndale School District Programs and Operations Levy.

The resolution, introduced by Councilmembers Ryan O’Larey and Erin Gunter, strongly endorses an “approved” vote for the Levy because, “Voting to approve the replacement levy will continue to provide funding for the much-needed support staff, counselors, paraeducators, extracurricular activities, and so much more. Ferndale students benefit intellectually,emotionally, and physically when these are funded.”

Ballots are due Nov. 3rd, 2020 by 8PM. Voters are encouraged to utilize the convenient ballot drop box located in the parking lot adjacent to Ferndale City Hall and the Ferndale Library.

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