Blaine police reports, February 18- February 24

February 18, 10:23 a.m.: An officer stopped a vehicle for a registration violation and found that the motorist had borrowed the car but was driving with a suspended operator’s license. She was given the option of parking the car at the curb for the registered owner rather than have it impounded. She did so, managing to securely lock the car keys inside in the process. The owner (not the driver) made arrangements to get the vehicle later that day.

February 18, 9:45 p.m.: A resident concerned about an elderly person he has twice encountered walking in the roadway late in the afternoon on H Street Road near Valley View Road contacted police. In each instance the pedestrian first waved at the motorist as if attracting attention but when the driver went to stop, the man began motioning as if ordering him to drive away. The caller was concerned a vehicle might hit the gentleman. The witness will call if he sees the man again, and officers were advised to watch for him as well.

February 18, 10:25 p.m.: A couple operating a home business in Blaine noticed that both sets of keys to their new car were accounted for, but the vehicle itself was gone. One owner called police to report the auto stolen from their driveway while the other owner set out on foot looking for the vehicle. The searcher returned a few minutes later to report finding the car, safely parked and locked at a business nearby. It appears someone on the payroll had borrowed the car to run an errand, forgot they had driven and walked back to work.

February 19, 1:56 p.m.: Police were dispatched to the high school on a report that a teenager there had been smoking marijuana on the campus. An officer collected and impounded a personal use amount of marijuana as evidence and interviewed witnesses. He completed a case report for minor in possession of marijuana for review by the juvenile prosecutor.

February 20, 3:45 a.m.: An officer on patrol spotted and contacted a person on Marine Drive who appeared to need assistance. The pedestrian turned out to be a newspaper motor carrier who had hopped out of her car a few minutes earlier to drop off some papers. As she stepped away from the vehicle she heard a click, and looked back to see that her delivery assistant, a grinning miniature dachshund, had locked her out of the car. The officer was able to unlock one of the doors so the grateful driver could return to training her apprentice.

February 20, 10:52 a.m.: Police were dispatched to a business when an employee there encountered a counterfeit $50 bank note. An officer met with the witness, who passed on the customer’s explanation that she had received the fake currency as part of a transaction at a bank in B.C. The customer made her purchase with real currency and police are sending the counterfeit bill to the U.S. Secret Service.

February 20, 12:20 p.m.: A man came into the police department to request assistance finding his wife, who suffers dementia and had taken off on foot on the truck route. Officers located the lady and transported her back to the police department to her husband. The officer left a message with her assigned physician.

February 20, 6:32 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a report from a business that an intoxicated man had refused to leave their property and was now undressing in the parking lot. Arriving officers discovered that the inebriate was a passenger in another customer’s car, and had apparently decided to change his clothes somewhere safe, well lit and populated. The actions of the stranger were determined not to be a danger. The driver completed his business and the pair fashionably departed.

February 20, 7:30 p.m.: A motorist noticed a white newer Cadillac parked on the side of Yew Street. Her passing observation turned to concern when she saw a man walk up, hop into the fancy car’s trunk, and close the lid on himself. The Caddy took off down Yew Street as she called police. Officers searched the area but did not locate the car, and have not yet received any possibly related missing person reports.

February 21, 4:25 a.m.: Police received information that an adult resident is possibly in illegal possession of a firearm. Officers are investigating the report.

February 21, 10:45 p.m.: Police were called when a pedestrian fell in front of a business on D Street. The arriving officer discovered the lady was very intoxicated and staying in town. She refused medical attention and other assistance, and officers made sure she made it safely back to her friend at their motel room nearby.

February 23, 4 a.m.: An officer performing a security check of the skate park during the night found that someone had spray painted graffiti on the concrete retaining wall of the facility. The public works and parks departments were notified and are repairing the vandalism.

February 23, 10:58 a.m.: Police received a complaint about a transient living on vacant property in south Blaine. Officers located the cooperative gentleman at his encampment, and explained to him that nearby property owners would like him to relocate. He agreed to do so, and officers will be checking back periodically.

February 23, 10:59 a.m.: Police responded to a littering complaint at an apartment complex where the refuse bins were overflowing and the contents distributed by animals. The apartment manager was contacted and cleaned up the problem rather than receive a citation for the code violation. Officers had also observed an abandoned piece of furniture on an adjacent property, and the manager arranged to have it removed on trash day.

February 23, 3:03 p.m.: A concerned citizen contacted police regarding a recklessly driven vehicle. A black Audi sedan with four teenagers was seen spinning out of control in the parking lot of a business on H Street. No other identifying information was available. Officers checked the area but did not locate the suspect.

February 23, 3:06 p.m.: A Birch Bay resident came to Blaine police for help when his wife, who suffers from dementia, wandered away from him during a shopping trip to Blaine. Officers and Border Patrol agents searched the area for the next hour until a caller to 911 reported an elderly woman walking on Blaine Road well south of town. The officers responded, confirmed it was their missing person and reunited her with her husband at the police department. Social service assistance is being sought for the couple.

February 24, 2:04 p.m.: A caller reported that a cat had been struck by a car on H Street near 9th Street and had not made it off the road before expiring. An officer responded to remove the victim before classes let out at the school campus nearby. The cat did not have a collar and is believed to have been a stray.

February 24, 4:20 p.m.: Police responded to a report of a non-injury, non-blocking car crash on SR 543 near Boblett Street. An officer arrived and contacted both drivers, documented the collision and provided the parties with information for their insurance. Both pickup trucks suffered a destroyed side view mirror with damage costs estimated to be under $1,000.

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