Blaine Police reports, January 19- January 27

January 19, 9:05 p.m.: Police received several calls from motorists reporting that a BNSF train had been blocking the Peace Portal and Bell Road crossing for over 30 minutes. Officers determined that the blockage was the result of a U.S. Customs inspection process, which required shifting several train cars onto a siding. In total the crossing was blocked for over an hour.

January 20, 11:44 a.m.: A man found some tools in the middle of the road and notified officers then arranged to bring them to the police department. The items were entered into safekeeping for the owner to claim.

January 20, 1:25 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a home for a report of an individual pounding on the door of a residence. Officers arrived and contacted a father and adult son that were in a dispute over missing medication. The argument was settled for the time being by the younger man leaving. Dad remained adamant that one of his sons had stolen his prescription pain medication.

January 20, 1:38 p.m.: A man called the Blaine Police Department to report a Chihuahua skittering south down the middle of Harrison Avenue. An officer was able to catch him and turned him over to animal control when he could not locate the owner.

January 21, 1:44 a.m.: Officers responded to a report of a physical assault at a Blaine residence. Officers arrived and established probable cause that a domestic violence assault, malicious mischief and felony no contact order violation had occurred. The suspect returned a short time later and was arrested and booked into jail.

January 21, 9:16 a.m.: A woman called to report that relatives are changing the locks at the home that she has been residing at so that she cannot get back in the house. Officers contacted a family member, who, on behalf of the homeowner, was upgrading the locks on the house. No crime had occurred and officers cleared.

January 21, 10:13 a.m.: Blaine Police responded to a report of a minor in possession of alcohol who had shared the beverage with other juveniles. The pretend bartender was arrested and released to the custody of a parent after processing. The case was forwarded to the Whatcom County juvenile prosecutor.

January 21, 11:31 a.m.: While patrolling a neighborhood, officers observed two teenagers walking down E Street during school hours. The pair were confirmed to be truant and delivered to the high school office.

January 22, 1:13 a.m.: Officers were dispatched to a vending machine being attacked outside a motel. Officers arrived and found the vending machine damaged and the suspect had fled on foot. It does not appear the machine’s money was taken, and video recordings of the area are being reviewed.

January 22, 11:35 a.m.: An employee at a care facility in Blaine called asking for assistance with a transient couple visiting their business. An officer talked with the pair and the man reported he had a broken foot and crutches but declined having an aid crew check him out. The man said it had been several weeks since he’d been to the hospital and he intended to visit one in Bellingham. An officer gave them a courtesy ride to a bus stop.

January 23, 2:39 a.m.: Officers assisted Washington State Patrol with a rollover single-car crash at southbound I-5 milepost 273. Officers stood by until the department of transportation arrived and closed the lane so Blaine Towing could recover the vehicle. The driver declined aid, and was arrested for DUI.

January 24, 12:40 a.m.: A passerby called to report seeing a person unconscious in the parking lot of a gas station. The caller believed the person might be intoxicated, but was unsure if he needed medical attention. Officers arrived and awakened the gent, who had a six-pack of beer on his passenger seat and an unopened beer nestled in his lap. He was not driving and no elements of physical control were present. Officers gave the man a ride home after he dumped out his beer. A medical aid response was canceled, as the man declined medical attention.

January 24, 12:50 a.m.: Blaine Police were dispatched to assist the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) with a physical domestic violence incident in progress in Birch Bay. An officer arrived as the primary aggressor was being arrested. The officer assisted the deputy and the medics with the victim and several family members until WCSO back-up units arrived.

January 25, 9:23 a.m.: Dispatch reported the fire department was en route to the 2100 block of Peace Portal Drive for an odor investigation at a business. Officers arrived and assisted the fire department by making sure all the employees were safe while they evacuated the building. The fire department could not locate where the smell was coming from, so they ventilated the building and then let the employees back in when it was safe.

January 25, 8:10 p.m.: A person contacted police asking for the return of items they had asked for assistance having delivered to a third party a few days earlier. An officer collected the items and delivered them to the person.

January 25, 10:30 p.m.: Officers responded to an alarm at a closed business. Officers upon arrival found an open door. Officers checked the interior of the business. No one was found in the building. It did not appear as if the building had been burglarized. No contact information was available. Officers secured the door and left that location. A false alarm notification will be mailed to the business.

January 26, 5 p.m.: Officers received a report of a suicidal person possibly driving a vehicle in the Blaine area. Officers checked every location in Blaine that the person was known to have been at in the past. Information was provided to all other area law enforcement agencies, and overnight a search for the person and car continued. About noon the following day the person was located in Whatcom County and transported for a mental heath evaluation.

January 26, 10:04 p.m.: A person entering the U.S. from Canada was found to have some prescription medication in an unmarked container without proof that he had a valid prescription for that particular medication. The person was arrested for possession of a legend drug. He was issued a criminal citation and released with a court date.

January 26, 11:35 p.m.: Blaine police responded to a report of a single-vehicle, non-injury collision on Bell Road near Peace Portal Drive. The driver lost control of her vehicle on the wet pavement and ran off of the roadway, running over a curb and high-centering her vehicle. The vehicle appeared to have sustained minor to moderate damage to the undercarriage. A report was taken.

January 27, 12:30 a.m.: A person reported that a 17-year-old juvenile under their care and failed to return home when he was supposed to. His guardian checked with all of his known friends and no one claimed to know where he was. The guardian last saw the young man when he dropped him off at school on the morning of January 26. All information was entered into law enforcement databases and all area law enforcement agencies were notified. The teen was located safe the following morning.

January 27, 7:50 a.m.: A family in the 400 block of C Street asked police to watch for their cat, which snuck out of the house late Tuesday night and has not returned home. Bruiser is a small, very dark spayed striped tabby with four white paws and a white chest. The watch-for information was given to officers and public works field personnel, and Whatcom Humane Society for their patrols.

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