March 10, 6:49 p.m.: A Blaine resident’s caretaker contacted police after discovering a problem with the person’s finances which indicated a possible attempted fraud against the senior citizen. An officer investigated and found that the issue stemmed from a misunderstanding with the person’s bank and is being resolved.
March 10, 9:40 p.m.: Police were dispatched when residents heard noises in the woods behind their residence. Officers and Border Patrol agents arrived, checked the area and found fresh animal signs but no evidence of human trespassers.
March 12, 11:53 a.m.: Police and Border Patrol agents responded when residents called 911 reporting a neighbor standing in the street yelling for help. They found a family discussion in a nearby home had deteriorated and ended up outside when one of the members began talking about and acting as if she was going to harm herself. Officers interviewed the participants and confirmed that no crimes had been committed. The incident resolved with one party receiving transportation to speak with a mental health professional.
March 12, 4:35 p.m.: A man called police when he discovered that a relative’s home and outbuildings had been burglarized. Officers responded to investigate, and the family provided a list of the items they were readily able to tell were missing. The loss thus far is estimated at about $2,000.
March 13, 9:31 a.m.: A motorist driving on a residential street suffered a medical problem and lost control of her car. The 2011 Honda continued on at speed, narrowly missed a stop sign as it left the road, traveled across a yard a few yards from a house and was headed toward another home when it crashed into a tree. The car was badly damaged, the driver was injured and the tree was bruised. The driver was evaluated on scene by aid personnel and transported to hospital.
March 13, 4:20 p.m.: A concerned person called police to report that an apparently intoxicated man was about to drive away from a business on D Street. As officers were responding, a second call advised them that the subject had indeed left in his vehicle. The suspect vehicle was located driving erratically on Peace Portal and stopped. Following roadside investigation the 61-year-old Birch Bay motorist was arrested for DUI and booked in to jail, and his vehicle was impounded.
March 13, 4:30 p.m.: A resident called police to find out if anyone had turned in a set of several keys. The owner thought she might have accidentally left them in the lock on her neighborhood curbside mailbox. All officers were notified of the lost property. The anxious citizen had already checked with the post office, twice.
March 13, 8:33 p.m.: Police responded to reports of an injury collision blocking Bell Road at Washington Street and found a two-car crash near the intersection. Officers provided traffic control and assisted the injured victims until medical aid arrived. Their investigation determined the crash occurred when a driver making a left-hand turn onto Bell Road from a driveway failed to yield the right of way to an approaching car. One passenger was transported to hospital, and both vehicles had to be towed from the scene.
March 14, 6:45 p.m.: A passerby reported that a motorist had driven off the road and up onto the lawn at Marine Park. Officers contacted the errant driver, who was visiting from Stanwood. He explained he was treating his dogs to a visit of the park. He was advised that he was welcome to do so, but needed to leash his pets and take them for a walk rather than driving them through the facility.
March 15, 7:52 a.m.: Blaine Police responded to assist Washington State Patrol (WSP) with a single-vehicle collision at the northbound freeway off-ramp at milepost 274. The driver was not injured in the reportable collision. An officer stood by with the motorist until a WSP trooper arrived to complete the investigation.
March 15, 10:55 a.m.: An officer patrolling on Peace Portal Drive downtown encountered a southbound vehicle traveling 47 mph in the posted 25 mph zone. He stopped the car and found the driver appeared to be intoxicated. The 32-year-old motorist failed a series of field sobriety tests and was arrested for DUI. After processing he was booked into jail, and his vehicle was impounded.
March 15, 1:50 p.m.: An officer spotted a large fire in a backyard near a house and contacted the resident who was feeding the flames. She advised she had not known about the laws against outdoor burning. There was no working outdoor water source available to control the fire, and the fire department had to be called to extinguish the blaze.
March 15, 7:49 p.m.: Police responded to a two-car crash on D Street at 6th. They found no one had been injured in the collision, which occurred when a driver failed to yield the right of way to through traffic. That motorist was cited for negligent driving and failure to provide proof of insurance. One of the cars was rendered inoperable and was towed from the scene.
March 15, 9:39 p.m.: Police responded to a report of an occupied vehicle stuck off the road along Semiahmoo Parkway near Drayton Harbor Road. The motorist was still inside her crashed vehicle, which was leaning at a steep angle in a roadside ditch. Officers arrived to find a witness standing by who had stopped to check on the car and believed the driver was intoxicated. The officers came to a similar conclusion after their investigation, and the 53-year-old driver was arrested for DUI and booked in to jail. Her car was removed from the ditch and impounded.
March 16, 8:15 a.m.: Officers conducted a security check of an abandoned residence that had been a hazardous gathering spot for kids and found signs that it had recently again been unlawfully entered. A public nuisance case report was initiated and the property owner is being contacted.
March 16, 11:55 a.m.: An officer performing school resource duties on the Blaine school district campus was dispatched to the high school parking lot for a minor collision which turned out to be more like an unattended vehicle hit and run. School staff located the suspect vehicle, and when its driver was contacted he admitted to accidentally hitting the parked car as he was pulling in to an adjacent parking spot. He also admitted to not leaving a note at the time, and said when he returned later to do that he found the victim’s car was gone. So he instead moved his own car to the other end of the parking lot and walked away. The officer spoke with the parent car owners: the damage appeared minimal and they wanted to handle matter civilly. The offender was given a verbal tour of the repercussions of not living up to the responsibilities that come with a driver’s license.
March 16, 1:30 p.m.: Officers initiated follow-up on an apparently abandoned property that has become an attractive nuisance for the neighborhood. The owner is being identified and contacted.
March 16, 10:37 p.m.: The engineer of a passing freight train called 911 to report he had spotted a person lying beside the railroad tracks in Blaine. This is usually a bad sign, and police and Border Patrol field agents immediately responded to search the area. The agents found the victim lying beside the tracks near Mitchell Street, conscious but in pain. She had parked her car along Peace Portal then walked out onto the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) right of way to take photos in the dark, falling and badly breaking her ankle in the process. Aid personnel responded and transported the woman to hospital. At the owner’s request she was given a law enforcement warning for trespassing on BNSF property. It’s not known if she captured pictures of the passing locomotive.
March 17, 9 a.m.: Whatcom County park rangers contacted police to report an ongoing problem with beach fires south and west of the Semiahmoo Park facility. The rangers asked for assistance watching the area to identify and educate people about the laws and safety concerns.
March 17, 9:26 a.m.: Blaine police received information that a suspect wanted on a felony fugitive warrant from Montana was hiding in the area. Officers located and arrested the man at a Blaine residence. The $50,000 warrant stemmed from his failure to abide by the terms of a previous reckless endangerment charge. He was booked into jail and Montana authorities were notified.
March 17, 3:16 p.m.: A government office advised police that one of their clients had made aggressive statements indicating a risk to the employees who would be working with the person. Officers were assigned to assess the problem and provide adequate safety measures.