Blaine Police Reports, January 21-27

January 21, 3:52 p.m.: A transient visiting Blaine reported his bicycle had been stolen from in front of the library while he was inside. He described the bike as a white 2003 GT Tundra mountain bike with a fair bit of damage. The bike is the owner’s only transportation. The victim would very much like to find it.

January 22, 8 a.m.: Police were dispatched to the Peace Arch port of entry for a report of a traveler in possession of prescription medication not in its issued container. The officer contacted the man and found the traveler was a licensed doctor working at a medical clinic, and admitted to consolidating his personal medication into one bottle for convenience. He accepted a warning for the transgression and no enforcement action was taken.

January 22, 5:35 p.m.: Dispatch reported a hit-and-run crash on State Route 543 at H Street. Officers arrived and assisted citizens who were already giving the victim bicyclist first aid until medical aid units arrived. Blaine Police and U.S. Border Patrol agents established traffic control and secured the crime scene for Washington State Patrol troopers and detectives. The adult bike rider was a Blaine resident who died at the scene. The suspect driver is a Blaine resident as well. He returned to the intersection on foot a few hours later and surrendered to officers.

January 22, 6 p.m.: Passersby reported a littering crime occurring downtown, where piles of broken discarded peanut shells were collecting on the ground around public benches in the city’s parks. Officers checked the area and confirmed the unsightly condition. They are watching for the person responsible for the patterned behavior.

January 24, 10:50 a.m.: Police were dispatched to a three-vehicle injury collision on SR 543 at Boblett Street after a vehicle failed to stop for traffic and crashed into other cars. Officers arrived to investigate and contacted all the involved people. Medics evaluated one passenger for neck pain and collision reports were completed.

January 24, 8:05 p.m.: Dispatch received a report of a physical domestic dispute in progress at a residence on Cedar Street. Arriving officers found the melee still in progress and confirmed there had been violence in the altercation. A 36-year-old man was arrested for domestic violence malicious mischief and booked into jail.

January 25, 12:30 a.m.: Police were dispatched to a family home for a domestic dispute in progress. Officers arrived and determined that the argument over household matters had not escalated to a physical altercation. The residents agreed to stay away from one another for the evening and get some sleep.

January 25, 12:11 p.m.: Police responded to a partially blocking, non-injury, two-vehicle collision on SR 543 at Boblett Street. Officers arrived and facilitated the removal of a vehicle from the roadway. Both parties exchanged information and a state collision report was completed.

January 25, 12:25 p.m.: Blaine police were dispatched to a shoplifting complaint at a grocery store. The officer arrived and arrested a 21-year-old woman who had attempted to push a shopping cart full of groceries out of the store without paying. She also had an outstanding arrest warrant out of Lynden and was booked into jail for theft and the warrant.

January 26, 11:50 a.m.: Blaine police were dispatched to a single-vehicle hit-and-run collision at the intersection of Bell and Peace Portal roads. The driver of a B.C.-plated truck struck a railroad-crossing arm as it was lowering to warn of an oncoming train. A witness reported the driver of the truck sped up to try to make it through the intersection. The top of the crossing arm struck the front window, roof and bed of the truck before breaking and coming to rest clear of the tracks and roadway. The driver at first left the scene but returned while the officer was there. The man was issued a civil infraction for failing to stop at a railroad crossing. BNSF employees were notified and were en-route to fix the broken crossing arm.

January 27, 9:04 a.m.: Police were dispatched to an assault that had just occurred outside of a business on Marine Drive. Officers arrived and spoke with both parties. The dispute was over building maintenance. Both men got into each other’s personal space and one man pushed the other. The pushee accepted the pusher’s apology, and the owner of the building helped ensure an understanding was reached.

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