Blaine Police reports, November 17- November 22

November 17, 1 p.m.: A collection of vehicles accumulated on a property in the course of work at an adjacent firm, and the property’s owner determined it was time for them to leave. Police are assisting with contacting car owners and/or determining if any meet the criteria for abandoned junked autos.

November 18, 3:05 p.m.: Police were called to the high school on a report on that a student had been found possession of marijuana. An officer investigated the incident and arrested the teenager for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He notified the parents and released the young lady to school administrators after processing. A case report was forwarded to the juvenile prosecutors office.

November 18, 3:14 p.m.: An officer responded to a residence where two adult men were arguing. It turned out to be a father and son. Dad was upset about his son’s drug use, and about a lighter the younger man had taken the night before and would not return. The officer confirmed no criminal violations had occurred and mediated the dispute, which was resolved when the younger man left on foot.

November 18, 6:36 p.m.: The manager of a motel called police and asked that an officer be present to keep the peace when he issued a verbal trespass warning to a woman who was who was visiting a friend at the motel. An officer did attend and observed as the manager gave the lady a two-month trespass warning. The manager explained that the woman and a friend who visits her have fights when they get together, disrupting the peace of other guests.

November 19, 11 a.m.: A motorist stopped at a business, and upon returning to her car realized that she could not start it. The automobile was mechanically fine, but a recent hand surgery kept her from twisting the ignition switch far enough to engage the starter. She called police for assistance, and an officer dropped by to start the car and help her on her way.

November 19, 11:56 a.m.: Police responded to Lincoln Park on a report that a transient was possibly camping in the woods there. An officer found and contacted a traveler, who was in the process of packing up. He explained he was moving to Oregon, looking for better weather.

November 19, 3:14 p.m.: Police received information that a group of teenagers were talking about assaulting a young man. An officer located and interviewed witnesses to the comments the teenagers had made, and contacted the suspects. They denied having any intent to actually do anything, and claimed that they had just been talking. Each was advised of the repercussions of making threats.

November 19, 3:48 p.m.: A victim came to the police department to report the theft of some property. She explained she had received two boxes of items at the US Post Office on Harrison Street, and had left the boxes on a counter there while she finished some business nearby. She returned to find someone had opened the boxes and then stole them, leaving behind the packing slips that showed the boxes’ legal recipient. Approximately $1,000 worth of fringe group heavy metal CDs and collectible clothing items with band logos were stolen. There are no suspects.

November 19, 5:25 p.m.: On a night when temperatures dipped below freezing, U.S. Border Patrol field agents were alerted when a car with two occupants stopped briefly in a secluded area near the international border, removed something from the auto and then drove away. Blaine Police responded with the agents and together they determined that the car’s occupants had dumped three kittens out into the underbrush. The agents and officers set up a perimeter and the agents were able to capture one of the critters, but its sibling climbed about 30 feet up a huge tree. A North Whatcom Fire and Rescue crew responded and went out on a limb to assist in a rescue. The third kitten evaded the team and nearby homeowners were alerted to watch for it. The two rescued kittens were given food and a warm box in the police station write-up room, and turned over to the Whatcom Humane Society the following day. Meanwhile the officers identified and contacted the two adults who had tossed out the litter. A charging case report on each of them for three counts of animal abandonment has been forwarded to the prosecutor.

November 19, 7:15 p.m.: Police were called to a restaurant on a report that a patron there was possibly suicidal. An officer responded immediately but the person causing the concern had already departed. Witnesses explained that a man in his 40s, wearing Seahawk colors, had asked to use the house phone and while on his call had been overheard telling the called party that he was depressed and wanted to end it all. A search of the area was unsuccessful and the man was not identified.

November 19, 7:30 p.m.: Volunteers at the Blaine Visitor Center called police on behalf of a transient who was stranded in town and needing shelter from the freezing weather. An officer interviewed the gentleman and transported him to the Lighthouse Mission where he could receive food and lodging.

November 20, 8:16 a.m.: Officers on patrol located a vehicle being illegally stored on the shoulder of a city street. The car had not moved in some time and bore expired license plates. The owner is no longer in the area but a person familiar with the car was located and advised that the vehicle had been tagged with a warning notice and would be towed if not removed.

November 20, 8:30 a.m.: 911 dispatched police and fire units to a business on Peace Portal when a man used a pay phone there to call for emergency assistance because he intended to harm himself. The arriving officers found the man waiting peaceably for them outside, and he reaffirmed that he was suffering a personal crisis and was contemplating suicide. An officer transported him to hospital to meet with mental health professionals.

November 20, 12:44 p.m.: Police were dispatched to the high school for a report that a teenager there had taken an MP3 player belonging to another student. An officer contacted and interviewed the youth, who was truthful about how he had obtained the device. His parents were notified and the young man was turned back over to school officials for an administrative resolution to the incident.

November 20, 7 p.m.: A Blaine resident called police after receiving multiple messages on social media from a person he did not know demanding to meet in Birch Bay and fight. An officer investigated and located the person who had been sending the provoking assault messages on behalf of a third party. That third party was then located and arrested for violation of a no contact order. Investigation continues and other charges may arise.

November 21, 4:19 p.m.: Customs and Border Protection officers at the Peace Arch port of entry called Blaine Police when they discovered that a traveler applying to enter the U.S. was in possession of methamphetamine, morphine and drug paraphernalia. An officer responded to investigate and subsequently arrested the 39-year-old Alberta resident. She was booked into jail.

November 21, 7:27 p.m.: Police responded to a report of a suicidal subject at a residence. The person was not there when officers arrived and was not found in the area nearby. They continued to investigate and by contacting associates of the man they located him in Bellingham, where he was OK.

November 22, 4:48 a.m.: The night shift employee alone at an access-controlled facility called police when an exterior door alarm was activated. An officer and Border Patrol agent checked the exterior of the building and found nothing amiss. They then assisted the employee in checking the interior, but no cause for the alarm was found. They made sure the caller was safely secured back inside and the building alarm was reactivated.

November 22, 10:15 a.m.: A person who rents a unit at a storage facility called police when he discovered that his unit had been burglarized sometime since his last visit a month ago. He was advised that other renters at the facility have suffered thefts under similar circumstances and police had notified the business owner of security changes that could substantially reduce the victimization of the tenants. About $100 in small kitchen appliances were stolen in this instance.

November 22, 10:30 a.m.: Dispatch reported the fire department was in route to a store parking lot for a person passed out in a truck. An officer arrived and assisted the fire crew. They determined the occupant had been drinking the night before, and instead of trying to drive had returned to his vehicle for what turned out to be a very long, cold slumber. An officer gave the man a ride to his house in Blaine with plan to recover himself first and his vehicle later.

November 22, 7:10 p.m.: A motorist northbound in the freeway just north of D Street encountered and ran over a full 5-gallon can of gasoline that was lying in the traffic lane after apparently falling off or out of another vehicle. The fuel can lodged under the victim’s car, stuck fast between the pavement and the vehicle’s hot exhaust muffler. The can began leaking fuel as the driver called 911. A Blaine Police officer arrived first and evacuated the car’s occupants to his police car and the arriving fire crew removed the hazard from under the car and dealt with the spilled fuel. The can’s owner was not located, but the travelers were able to continue their journey.

November 22, 5:34 p.m.: A family on 11th Street called police when a stray chicken wandered into their yard. The family had other pets so could not care for the wayward hen, and a foot search of the neighborhood did not turn up any coops or worried urban farmers. An officer collected the beast and gave it lodging at the station overnight. The owner was not located and Animal Control took custody.

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