Blaine Police reports, September 17-23

September 8, 9:30 p.m.: Blaine Police responded to a residence after a family member disappeared, leaving behind a note about harming himself. Officers searched for the man and his vehicle without success, and notified all neighboring agencies to watch for the gentleman and check on his welfare.

September 9, 8:48 a.m.: Police responded to an emergency call for assistance from a man who had discovered his roommate lying unconscious in an RV parked on E Street. The first arriving officer found the victim standing in the driveway walking and talking and waiting to meet his rescuers. He explained that his friend had mistaken his very deep sleep for a coma. The medic unit arrived shortly afterward and confirmed their services were not required.

September 10, 2:37 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a report of a verbal domestic dispute in progress on Cedar Street. Officers and assisting U.S. Border Patrol agents arrived and contacted a couple who reside together and had fallen in to an argument, but were already cooling down when the cavalry arrived. An officer remained on scene and talked with both parties to ensure a flare-up was unlikely.

September 10, 3:10 p.m.: A business employee called police to report having found a counterfeit U.S. $50 in their till. The store was not able to identify who had passed the fake note or who had taken it. An officer impounded the bill and forwarded it to the U.S. Secret Service.

September 10, 3:46 p.m.: A concerned person contacted the city to report a dilapidated house that looked abandoned and might not comply with city codes for property maintenance. Officers responded, documented the conditions at the unoccupied property and are contacting the owner regarding the complaint.

September 10, 10:30 p.m.: Police responded to help a very intoxicated woman who was pounding on the front door of her home and demanding to be let in. The frustrated, disheveled lady slumped over on the front steps as officers arrived, complaining that the people inside would not let her in and were preventing her from getting to her apartment on the second floor. This explanation helped not a whit, as the porch and locked door she was assaulting were attached to the side of a darkened single-family, single-story house. Fortunately the lady had a cell phone and the officers reviewed it to find and call her roommate. He walked over from their house and guided his friend safely home.

September 11, 12:20 a.m.: An officer on patrol contacted a motorist who had a warrant for his arrest issued by Bellingham. The man was arrested and booked into jail on the warrant and his vehicle was towed from the roadway to a safe location.

September 12, 5:38 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a report of illegal dumping at a residence. The investigating officer found that the problem stemmed from a landlord v. tenant dispute. He contacted the parties involved and confirmed the garbage and personal property would be removed.

September 13, 12:11 a.m.: Officers were dispatched to a report of a domestic violence assault in progress at a residence. When they arrived they could hear the altercation, and on entering the house found that two adults relatives had been fighting. The primary aggressor was identified through investigation and the 32-year-old resident was arrested and booked into jail for domestic violence assault.

September 14, 8:50 p.m.: A parent called police asking that an officer talk to her daughter about the child’s inappropriate and poor decision making while using social media on her smart phone. An officer went to the family’s home, met with the daughter and explained to her the very real dangers of communicating with people she did not know, especially men. Mom took back possession of the phone the child had been misusing, and will be exploring other ways to help her learn from the experience.

September 15, 9:26 a.m.: A Blaine resident contacted the police to report that while out walking he noticed three businesses downtown that had been tagged with graffiti. An officer responded to investigate and found several other incidents of the vandalism that apparently occurred the prior evening. Police are working with each owner to have the graffiti quickly removed, and are following up on leads about the vandals.

September 15, 10:04 a.m.: An officer placed a 72-hour tow warning notice on an inoperable vehicle that was possibly abandoned at the curb on a residential street. The auto had been damaged in a malicious mischief incident several weeks ago and had not been repaired or moved since then. It will have to be towed if not removed by its owner.

September 15, 2:50 p.m.: While a Blaine officer was at the Peace Arch port of entry processing the arrest of a motorist driving with a suspended license, another traveler who was also driving in violation of the suspension of his Washington privileges arrived at the facility. The officer arrested, cited and released both drivers to mandatory court appearances.

September 15, 7:05 p.m.: One half of a married couple called police for assistance mediating a disagreement the pair was having. An officer contacted both the husband and wife and provided enough shuttle diplomacy to resolve their difference of opinion.

September 15, 8:15 a.m.: A family on Bayview Court reported that an almost full tank of gasoline had been siphoned from their vehicle Sunday night while it was parked at their home. Extra patrols in the area were requested. No similar reports from the neighborhood have yet surfaced.

September 16, 12:32 a.m.: It was not stormy but was indeed dark as an officer on patrol waited at the Bell Road railroad crossing for the midnight freight train to pass. When the barricade arms went up the nest of gathered autos began taking polite turns at the intersection. Suddenly a large town car sped north on Peace Portal through their midst, swerved through the intersection, turning southwest onto Bell Road and then nearly veered off the roadway and onto the railroad tracks before accelerating south. When the officer stopped the car moments later, its operator explained he was just in a hurry to get home from work. It turned out he was doing this in violation of his driver’s license suspension. The man was arrested for the criminal offense, then cited and released with a mandatory court date. The 20-year-old called his parents to come out in the dark of night and collect his car so it would not be towed. From their expressions it appeared a storm might be brewing after all.

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