Blaine Police Reports, February 4- February 11

February 4, 8:47 a.m.: Police investigated a series of reports regarding garbage strewn about a business property in the 300 block of Martin Street. A report was compiled and forwarded to the city prosecutor for review of the ongoing littering violation.

February 4, 12:09 p.m.: Blaine Police were dispatched to a domestic dispute between relatives at a residence. The arriving officers determined no crimes had yet been committed in the argument, which subsided when one participant in the high-volume discussion reluctantly agreed to leave for a bit to calm down.

February 4, 3:40 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a store when a customer tried to pass a counterfeit U.S. $50 note. The man said he had received the bill from a store while in Arizona and did not realize it was fake. An officer collected the paper for transfer to the U.S. Secret Service.

February 5, 5:42 a.m.: Police received a report from the U.S. Coast Guard of a possible fire aboard a vessel in Semiahmoo Bay. Blaine Police, RCMP from White Rock, U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) field agents and North Whatcom Fire and Rescue checked the area of Boundary Bay, Drayton Harbor and Semiahmoo Bay. No burning vessel was found. USBP dispatch later confirmed the report had been a false alarm.

February 5, 9:20 a.m.: Police were dispatched to the 1700 block of H Street when store employees witnessed a shoplifting event. An officer arrived and found the suspect waiting outside with loss prevention. About $45 in cosmetics and toiletries were recovered from the female suspect, and dispatch advised she was wanted on an arrest warrant in another city. The 39-year-old was booked in to jail.

February 5, 10:40 a.m.: Seattle Police asked Blaine officers for help locating the owner of a suspicious car in their city as the vehicle’s owner had last listed a Blaine address. Officers here checked addresses and located relatives who helped them contact the man, who was actually now living in Seattle. He explained he had let a woman he did not know well borrow the car and had been looking for it ever since. The owner was placed in contact with Seattle Police to retrieve his property.

February 5, 12:34 p.m.: A concerned resident called to report having seen a suspicious person on Mitchell Avenue opening mailboxes at a cluster box. Police checked the area and located a man matching the description on Cedar Street. When contacted, the gentleman confirmed the reporting party’s observation, and provided his U.S. Postal Service identification. He was a contractor employed to repair malfunctioning mailbox locks in the residential street side units.

February 5, 2:58 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a two-car non-injury collision at 3rd and Martin streets. An officer verified that no one had been injured, investigated the reportable collision and assisted the drivers with exchange of information. The incident began when a motorist failed to yield the right-of-way at the intersection and then collided with a motorist who was not able to provide proof of insurance, and ended with each driver receiving a citation.

February 5, 3:06 p.m.: Blaine Police were dispatched to a report of a two-car collision near H and 11th streets. The arriving officer determined that the crash had actually happened on the off-ramp from I-5 onto the truck route, and the drivers had pulled into the parking lot on H Street afterwards. The officer called a Washington State Patrol trooper to the scene to investigate the incident and remained with the motorists until the trooper arrived.

February 6, 12:39 a.m.: Police responded to a report of a verbal domestic dispute. Both parties had separated prior to law enforcement arrival. Officers determined that the dispute had been verbal in nature and no crime had occurred. The confrontation was resolved when one party asked for and received a courtesy ride over to his parents’ home.

February 8, 9:03 a.m.: Two teenagers from Snohomish County said they “made a wrong turn” and ended up in Canada on I-5. There might have been more to the story, because Canadian authorities impounded their parents’ vehicle before returning the youths to the U.S. at the Peace Arch port of entry. Customs turned them over to Blaine Police and the young men waited at the police station until their friends and family arrived to collect them about four hours later.

February 8, 12:08 p.m.: A concerned person in California called Blaine Police to report that she had not been able to contact an elderly friend in Blaine. Officers located the subject, who was having problems with his cell phone rather than his health. The happy

February 8, 6:23 p.m.: Police and fire units were dispatched to a report of a possible house fire on C Street. They arrived to find the homeowner was having a barbeque and getting ready to put steaks on the smoking hot outdoor grill. It looked delicious but there wasn’t enough for everyone and the officers graciously departed.

February 9, 5:58 p.m.: A person who had witnessed a road rage incident and assault on SR 543 at H Street contacted police. The reporting party advised that a passenger car and a commercial truck had been both sitting in the northbound border line-up when the truck driver began repeatedly blowing his vehicle’s horn at the car. The trucker then climbed out of his rig, confronted the car’s driver and struck him in the face several times. Officers collected the witness’s information and documented the observations, and are hoping the victim and other witnesses come forward.

February 9, 10:17 p.m.: Police responded to a residence following a 911 call from a man saying that a relative of his girlfriend had assaulted him. Officers investigated and determined the adult male relative was the primary aggressor. He was arrested for domestic violence simple assault and booked in to jail.

February 10, 12:52 p.m.: A Blaine business owner contacted police to turn over a counterfeit U.S. $100 bill that had been used to make a purchase at his store. An officer confirmed the bill was fake and impounded it for transfer to the U.S. Secret Service. The business provided a description of the suspect and his vehicle.

February 10, 1:57 p.m.: A resident called police to report possible vandalism to her mailbox. An officer found that someone either attempted to take the mailbox or pushed it around enough to loosen its concrete footing in the soil. The caller is new to the area and concerned. She will call 911 if she sees unusual activity.

February 11, 2:28 a.m.: A resident called 911 to report that a couple with whom she shares a home were yelling at each other. Police spoke with the couple and helped them calm down. No one in the home was wanted nor did any orders exist between them. Officers warned everyone that future noise violations would likely result in an arrest.

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