Blaine Police reports, July 22- July 27

July 22, 9:37 a.m.: A business called police when employees noticed that a group of motorcyclists had disembarked nearby and some of the riders were performing a public urination ritual. Officers responded but did not arrive in time to witness the crimes and the employees were not able to identify which specific members they had seen. The group apologized for the stain they’d made on the biking community, explaining that the southbound border line-up had taken much longer than their bladders had anticipated.

July 22, 11:57 a.m.: A person called to report that he is moving out of a house in Blaine, and his mail, which is still being delivered to the home, is being stolen. Additionally he had discovered the distributor had been stolen from a truck he had left on the property. The victim has identified possible suspects in the taking.

July 22, 12:49 p.m.: A motorist contacted police when he realized he had accidentally locked his car keys in his parked vehicle, along with his 18-month-old daughter. The toddler was safely strapped in and unable to assist in her rescue. Locksmiths and tow trucks were unavailable, and officers worked for over half an hour helping the owner try to get inside the vehicle without damaging it. When all else failed they sacrificed one of the pickup’s side windows to reunite the family.

July 24, 7:15 p.m.: A couple returned to their home on Mitchell Street after a several week vacation and called police when they realized that some items had been stolen from the house while they were away. Entry was possibly made by a door and lock that had been tampered with, and relatives who were checking the home in their absence did not notice the damage and theft. The stolen property includes jewelry and cash. Officers are investigating.

July 25, 4:03 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a two-car non-blocking accident at the intersection of 3rd and Boblett streets. The responding officer found that the crash had not caused injury and the damage to each vehicle was minor so a formal state collision report was not needed. The incident was documented and the parties exchanged information.

July 25, 6:27 p.m.: Dispatch advised they had received a garbled telephone call which mentioned the name of a business, foul language and something about a white truck. An officer responded and contacted the two business employees on duty – neither had called 911 and neither knew of any problems. The officer then visited two white commercial trucks parked in the business’s overnight lot. The three occupants were happy to chat but had not seen or heard anything amiss. Finally the officer checked the neighborhood, all to no avail.

July 26, 12:43 a.m.: Police were dispatched to a possible prowler in a Semiahmoo neighborhood. The responding officers searched the area and did not locate anyone afoot, but did find the mess they left behind. Someone had disrupted a flowerbed, removed its solar-powered decorative sidewalk lights, tossed them at the font door of a residence, rang the doorbell and ran off. Extra patrols are being provided.

July 26, 12:59 a.m.: Police were dispatched to a motel when an intoxicated guest woke up the occupants of four other rooms and adjacent apartments by yelling and pounding on the outside door to the closed and dark front office. Officers contacted the inebriate, who was demanding that the business provide him coffee and refusing to quiet down unless he was served. The officers tried a variety of ways to reason with the man and get him to quiet down and go back to his room, all to no avail. Ultimately in order to restore the peace the officers had to arrest the 50-year-old and transport him in to jail. When last seen he was being equally uncooperative with the corrections facility staff. It’s unknown if he ever received his coffee.

July 26, 1:04 p.m.: Police were called to the Peace Arch port of entry when a traveler in possession of drugs arrived at customs. A Blaine officer responded and interviewed the suspect, who explained she had driven to Whatcom County from Minnesota to deliver her grandkids, who’d been visiting her. She remembered using methamphetamine before beginning her drive back to I-90 and points east, and the next thing she knew she had unintentionally arrived at the Canadian border. Canadian Customs pointed her back south toward the U.S., and CBP officers discovered the rest of the meth she had not yet used. She was arrested and booked into jail, and her car and drugs were impounded.

July 26, 4:18 p.m.: Police received a report of fireworks being illegally discharged near C Street and 6th Street. An officer checked the area and contacted a resident who was outside working at the time. He had heard what sounded like a string of firecrackers followed by rising smoke in the direction of D Street. That street was checked as well, but the suspects and their contraband were no longer in the area.

July 25, 6:53 p.m.: Dispatch advised that an unidentified caller had reported a possibly intoxicated motorist in a camper driving south on Peace Portal downtown. An officer searched the area and Peace Portal Drive, but the only camping vehicles downtown were legally parked and unoccupied. Extra patrol was given to the area.

July 26, 8:27 p.m.: A pedestrian crossing the H Street freeway overpass called police after spotting a several people openly drinking alcohol in their vehicle, which was one of hundreds stopped on the freeway in a very long northbound border backup. When the landlocked partiers realized they were being watched and recorded on cell phone they poured out their drinks. The car and line-up had crept north when an officer arrived. He advised Canadian Customs of the situation in their line-up, and they arranged to appropriately greet the travelers.

July 26, 9:36 p.m.: A resident called police to report a theft of his $130 16-foot aluminum extension ladder, which had last been seen late the previous evening. There were no specific markings or colors on the ladder and the victim will call if it turns out someone forgot to mention they were borrowing it.

July 26, 10:46 p.m.: Police received multiple reports of a loud explosion near the intersection of Mitchell Street and Alder Street. Officers checked the area, spoke with several residents and found the detonation had occurred at or near the intersection, as a large amount of smoke was visible just afterward. Several windows were rattled but no damage was found and the suspects had either fled or been vaporized.

July 27, 3:54 a.m.: Police responded to a structure fire in the 300 block of Clark Street and found a homeowner using his garden hose to battle a blaze in his detached garage. Fire crews arrived minutes later to fully extinguish the fire and overhaul the scene. No one was injured and the fire department is investigating the cause of the fire.

July 27, 12:40 p.m.: Bellingham police requested the Blaine Police Department’s assistance locating a possibly suicidal person they believed might live in Blaine. An officer investigated and determined the person had not lived at the Blaine address for over a year, and was no longer working for his last known employer. Bellingham police were notified of the outcome.

July 27, 1:19 p.m.: A Custer resident ingested several prescription painkillers and some alcohol, then decided to bicycle into Blaine. He probably did not feel a whole of pain when he crashed his bike on H Street, and the responding medics found his injuries were minor. He was transported to hospital to deal with the effects of the drugs and booze.

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