Blaine Police reports, May 12- May 19

May 12, 11:04 a.m.: An officer stopped a car for speeding on the freeway near the Peace Arch port of entry. The driver’s Washington driving privilege was determined to be suspended for an unpaid ticket from 2012. The officer arrested, cited and released the driver pending her appearance in court. The owner of the car could not be reached and the car had to be impounded until the owner can claim it.

May 12, 7:42 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a report of someone burning cut yard waste in their backyard. An officer contacted the homeowner, who was not aware it is against the law to burn yard waste. The resident apologized and extinguished the blaze with a garden hose.

May 13, noon: An officer investigated an apparently abandoned commercial truck trailer parked near the post office that had sat unmoving for nearly a week. He contacted the rental company that owned the trailer: they were surprised to learn of its location and responded to remove it.

May 13, 1:49 p.m.: A property manager for a mobile home park requested help in locating a daring soul willing to live trap and relocate a skunk that had set up camp on the property. The information was found and delivered.

May 13, 2:55 p.m.: Police responded to a report of a domestic dispute in progress in which a man was threatening to harm himself and to take the couple’s child. Officers arrived to find the setting had calmed somewhat. There had been a significant argument but no crime. The pair reached a resolution for the day by separating for the remainder of the day and evening, and their small child went to a relative’s home to spend the night.

May 13, 5:10 p.m.: A person out for a walk noticed that a city-owned right of way survey monument had been stolen from its location in the middle of a residential street intersection. The brass-colored metal pin and the concrete cylinder that protected it had been uprooted from the asphalt, leaving a pothole. Tampering with a survey monument is a gross misdemeanor under state law with fines up to $5,000 and up to a year in jail, plus repayment of the thousands of dollars it takes to resurvey and replace the marker.

May 13, 6:50 p.m.: A person called to report that she was concerned for her friend. She believed that her friend was a victim of domestic assault. Officers contacted the victim and confirmed that she may have been the victim of an assault that had occurred over a week earlier. The victim was already in the process of obtaining a protection order. The assault was investigated and a report was filed with the prosecutor’s office.

May 13, 8:50 p.m.: Blaine police responded to an activated water flow alarm coming from the Blaine Senior Center. The responding officer walked the perimeter of the building and was unable to see any signs of fire or water flowing. A crew from NWFRS was able to enter the building and together with police checked for any obvious signs of why the alarm was activated. No signs were found and a member of the city of Blaine public works department arrived to sort out the plumbing problem. Police and fire cleared without incident.

May 14, 10:50 a.m.: A man who runs an online gaming system called to report that one of his users who may live in the area was making suicidal comments in the game’s chat function. The only information that the reporting party could provide was a possible Internet Protocol address and username. Every attempt to locate the gamer has thus far been unsuccessful.

May 14, 9:05 p.m.: A Blaine resident called police to report hearing a man yelling for his dog and then a young child yelling. The resident was in the process of going to bed and wanted police to ensure everything was OK. Police contacted a mother of a young child walking in the area who took responsibility for the incident and explained her child became upset upon learning their visit to grandma’s house was about to end.

May 15, 12:55 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a residence to contact a person concerned that the rent checks she had been mailing have not been reaching their destination. An officer talked with the renter about alternative ways to make sure the mail gets delivered such as certified mail, online banking or physically hand-delivering the payment. At this time the missing checks and the person’s bank account have not been misused. A report was completed in case other mail is similarly misrouted.

May 15, 4:18 p.m.: Dispatch reported receiving a call from an employee at a business who reported that a man who was recently fired from the same company was now outside wielding a machete. Officers and Border Patrol agents arrived in the area but could not locate the suspect inside or outside the building. Investigation revealed that an employee had been terminated the previous day, and someone had heard that he might own a machete. The call about him actually being near the business with a machete was incorrect.

May 16, 4:45 p.m.: A person came to the Blaine Police Department to seek help for depression and suicidal thoughts. The person was interviewed, taken into protective custody and transported to hospital for a voluntary admission for services.

May 17, 3:25 a.m.: Blaine police responded to a report of a vehicle traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of I-5. While checking for the vehicle the vehicle was located at the Peace Arch port of entry. The driver was identified and the passenger was detained by U.S. customs for the federal violation of being in possession of marijuana.

May 17, 8 a.m.: An officer was dispatched to investigate a male individual walking down the middle of D Street that appeared to be extremely intoxicated. The officer arrived and contacted the adult male who was indeed inebriated. He declined a ride explaining he was only one block and several stumbles from home. He was monitored for the duration to ensure he arrived safely at his door.

May 18, 6:15 a.m.: Customs and Border Protection at the Peace Arch crossing advised Blaine police when they spotted a wrong-way driver southbound in the northbound lanes of Interstate 5. Officers were able to get the vehicle stopped on the freeway well south of the port of entry. The driver was arrested and booked into jail for reckless driving.

May 19, 11:05 p.m.: While on patrol, an officer recognized a passenger in a vehicle as a person with an outstanding Blaine warrant. The vehicle parked near a local business and the officer approached the passenger. He was positively identified, placed under arrest and transported to jail without incident. The warrant was cleared from law enforcement databases.

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