Blaine Police Reports, February 19- March 3

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 25, 8 a.m.: Police were dispatched to a possible road rage incident in the school zone on Mitchell Street. The encounter reportedly began when one vehicle pulled in front of another, and both drivers began to exchange hand gestures and profanities. Officers who were in the area at the time stopped and interviewed both motorists. Responsibility for the problem was divided between them, and each accepted an educational warning.

February 25, 12:14 p.m.: A resident called police when she discovered that some of her prescription medication had been stolen. The victim has identified a suspect in the taking and an officer has been assigned to investigate.

February 25, 2:49 p.m.: Police were dispatched to the 300 block of H Street for a non-injury car crash. A driver had carefully attempted to exit a business parking lot driveway with their vision obscured by a very large parked truck. A second motorist approaching on the street saw the first driver’s car pulling onto the street almost in time, but the cars tapped together at the end of the sudden stop. There was no visible or additional damage caused by the meeting and it is recorded as a non-reportable collision.

February 26, 7:10 a.m.: A resident found a loose dog with no ID wandering the neighborhood, so tied up the friendly animal at home and called police. An officer contacted the finder and arranged for the humane society to collect the critter. Several hours later the officer located the animal’s owner while handling an unrelated matter, informed her of the leash and license laws and how to collect her pet.

February 26, 9:48 a.m.: A resident called police for help when he discovered a deceased deer in his yard, and explained it looked like the animal had been attacked by something. An officer responded to investigate. He was not able to determine whether a predator had killed the deer or if scavengers had happened upon the remains. Animal Control was contacted and agreed to remove the deer from the landscaping.

February 26, 11:27 a.m.: Police were dispatched to a dispute in progress outside the post office. The arriving officer calmed the participants and learned the argument started when one party opened the door of her white sedan a bit too wide and caused a small dent in the rear passenger-side fender of the other vehicle. The officer helped the parties exchange their contact and insurance information.

February 26, 4:07 p.m.: Police were called when passersby saw a man walking on D Street under the I-5 overpass dragging a large fishing net full of belongings. Officers arrived and spoke with the young Blaine resident about his burden. He explained that he had fashioned a raft from several plastic bins and fishing net, and had just taken it for a test ride in the nearby harbor. He was headed home with the handmade boat to tell his doubting relatives of his success.

February 27, 1:05 a.m.: Police received a report that a tavern patron had refused repeated instructions to leave the premises, and arrived to find the man had gotten the message and was now in the back alley. An officer interviewed him there: he said he had gotten into an argument but no physical violence had occurred. He promised to not go back inside, and no further calls were received.

February 27, 6:30 a.m.: An anonymous caller reported that a person was wandering down the 400 block of Cedar Street clad only in underwear. Blaine Police and Border Patrol agents searched the neighborhood but did not locate any shivering pedestrians, and no similar calls were received.

February 27, 8:13 a.m.: Police were contacted by a resident asking for help with a problem that appears to be civil in nature. The person reported they have their home on the market for sale, but person living nearby keeps contacting prospective buyers and might be trying to keep the home from selling. The actions did not yet rise to criminal harassment and the reporting party was advised to contact a civil attorney.

February 27, 9:22 a.m.: Blaine Police were dispatched to a report of an elderly confused man stumbling down H Street Road. Border Patrol agents assisted in locating and contacting the victim, and advised he was possibly suffering from dementia. Blaine officers arrived and interviewed the man. An aid crew was dispatched to check his health, and his wife and caregiver were called and arrived a short time later to drive him home.

February 27, 12:02 p.m.: Officers were notified by a property management company of a person staying at an apartment complex who appeared to be living in their vehicle. They requested the person be trespassed as it was causing concern to the other tenants and the person had plugged into an outside electrical without authorization. An officer checked the apartments’ property. The suspect and vehicle were no longer there. The officer told property management to contact the police if the person returns. The property management provided a letter if officers come in contact with the person again.

February 27, 2:53 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a non-injury collision in the 200 block of Martin Street. Officer arrived and helped the drivers exchange information. Although the damage appeared to be under the state reportable amount, a state collision report was completed as one vehicle was a company/commercial vehicle and the other was a rental.

February 27, 9:30 p.m.: Blaine Police removed an unruly passenger from an Amtrak train at the request of Amtrak personnel. The person appeared to be suffering from a mental problem. He was transported to hospital for an involuntary commitment evaluation.

February 28, 2:22 p.m.: An employee of a service station reported that a person who just drove away appeared to be intoxicated and had purchased alcohol. Officers were in the area and quickly located the suspect vehicle. The driver still had the freshly opened container of alcohol next to him in the car. Tests showed that he was not impaired, but he was driving with a suspended license. He was arrested, cited and released for that violation and the open alcohol container. He arranged for a private tow company to deliver his car to the Canadian border where he could legally re-take the wheel.

February 28, 8:04 p.m.: A US Border Patrol Agent notified Blaine Police when he witnessed a vehicle being recklessly driven on Grant Street. An officer stopped the vehicle, investigated and arrested the driver for reckless driving. The young motorist also received four infraction notices, one for each of the four underage passengers whom the driver’s intermediate license did not permit her to carry.

February 28, 8:30 p.m.: Blaine Police responded to a report of a collision at the Intersection of SR 543 and D Street. Both vehicles moved prior to law enforcement arrival. There were no injuries. A report was taken and both vehicles were driven away from the scene.

March 1, 1:39 p.m.: Officers on routine patrol observed a vehicle driving with a broken windshield. They stopped the motorist for the damaged equipment and found he had a suspended license and a warrant from Bellingham Municipal Court for a previous driving with a suspended license arrest. The driver was arrested and booked into Whatcom County Jail. A licensed driver was located to remove his vehicle.

March 1, 5:07 p.m.: Blaine Police stopped a speeding vehicle on Peace Portal. The driver was determined to be driving while suspended. The man was issued a speeding ticket and criminal citation for the driver’s license violation, and released with a mandatory court date.

March 2, 3:09 p.m.: An officer on routine patrol heard tires squealing and an engine roaring. He looked down from Peace Portal towards the boat launch parking lot on Milhollin Drive and saw a small sedan spinning circles on the paved parking lot. Officers contacted the 17-year-old driver and arrested him for reckless driving. Three other juvenile high school students were also in the car at the time. The driver was released, and a citation and court appearance date will be served to him at school. The driver ruefully explained he had been trying to impress his friends.

March 2, 3:54 p.m.: A man came to the Blaine Police Department to report a theft of a small generator from his space at a self-storage facility. The generator is valued at about $1,100. The man was not sure when the theft had occurred but believes it could be anytime within the last week. Officers are investigating.

March 2, 5:20 p.m.: A gentleman contacted police to report that he had lost his keepsake black folding knife, and believes it went missing in a parking lot in Blaine. A report was generated with details about the knife and its owner in case it is turned in or an officer comes across it on patrol.

March 2, 7:05 p.m.: Officers responded to a dispatch call of a possible DUI driver in the area of H Street and Harrison Avenue. A Border Patrol agent was able to locate the suspect vehicle pulling into a fast food restaurant. The driver was contacted and aid called to check on the elderly driver who had not been drinking but may have onset of dementia. The man’s daughter was called and picked up her father.

March 3, 9:40 a.m.: The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office called Blaine Police for assistance in locating a woman wanted for custodial interference first degree. Officers checked the location but did not find her initially. Later that day however she was located, arrested by Blaine officers and transported to the jail to meet with a detective.

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