Blaine Police reports, April 20 – April 26

April 20, 8:30 a.m.: Police were dispatched to a report that a group of teenagers had started their day with a round of alcoholic drinks, courtesy of the old vodka in the water bottle trick. Officers contacted four 15- and 16-year-olds who had partaken in the Bowing to Peer Pressure ceremony. After processing, a report on each youth was forwarded to the juvenile prosecutor recommending charges of minor in possession of alcohol.

April 20, 9:28 p.m.: Police were called to the Peace Arch port of entry after customs officers discovered that a traveler applying for entry to the U.S. was in possession of several prescription drugs that he had purchased illegally outside the U.S. Blaine officers investigated, arrested the suspect, and after processing released him with a mandatory court date.

April 20, 10:19 p.m.: Police received information that a protection order violation was in progress at a hotel in Blaine. Officers investigated, confirmed the order was valid and the information about a violation in progress was accurate. The couple named in the order was contacted at their hotel room, and the male half was arrested and booked into jail.

April 20, 10:30 a.m.: City Hall passed along information from visitors who reported a couple of problems at the new playground park on Marine Drive. One party advised that older kids and teens sometimes loitered at the facility and their presence intimidates the park’s primary audience, young children under parental supervision. The other passerby concern is that someone had seen or found discarded drug paraphernalia in the vicinity. All officers were advised of the information for their patrols, and are hoping any witnesses to the problems will contact police.

April 21, 8:14 a.m.: Medic units asked for police assistance responding to a residence where a patient was possibly physically out of control. Officers arrived at the house for the third time in six hours and made the scene safe for the medical personnel. The victim was not physically violent towards others but was acting out and quite argumentative. After evaluation the patient was transported to hospital for stitches: at some point during the morning the victim had cut her right forearm badly enough to require stitches.

April 21, 8:40 a.m.: Police received information that a woman had called a service provider in the community and made convincing statements about intending to commit suicide. Patrol units were advised of the report and a description of the victim’s vehicle. The investigating officers located an address near Bellingham where the victim was possibly visiting. Sheriff’s deputies responded there, contacted the woman and took her into protective custody.

April 21, 11:22 a.m.: After several weeks of failing to connect with the tenants of their rental property in Blaine, the out-of-state owners arrived here to visit their renters in person. The owners ended up asking police for a welfare check/civil standby at the house, as it appeared the renters had vacated early, leaving behind a large quantity of refuse, a refrigerator and a couch. No obvious signs of foul play were observed.

April 21, 12:19 p.m.: An employee at a business on Boblett Street called requesting police assistance in trespassing a person from their store. An officer responded and made contact with the man. He was verbally advised that he was no longer welcome on the property, had to leave and would face arrest if he returned. The store gave police a copy of their no trespass letter to the man, just in case.

April 21, 1:25 p.m.: A county resident called police to report that someone had stolen his boat trailer. The victim described the trailer as a 1987 triple axle 32-footer, blue with green felt on its runners. The last time he saw his $2,000 trailer was about five months ago when he left it parked at Blaine Marina near the public boat launch. Case under investigation.

April 22, 7:20 a.m.: A gas station owner called to report that a customer had stopped to fuel up, and afterwards drove away with the fuel pump nozzle still embedded in his car’s fuel tank spout. The driver may have been tired at the time, as he purchased energy drinks in the store just before causing about $200 damage when he ripped the station’s hose out by its roots. Officers are awaiting a call back from the company that issued the traveler’s credit card to identify the motorist who made the purchases.

April 22, 11:44 a.m.: Officers on routine patrol noticed a 4-year-old girl softly walking down the driveway of a home on 8th Street, carrying a big stick. Unfortunately the stick was not large enough to conceal the secret that she was running around outside unattended and stark naked. Her dad was contacted at the house and informed of the fashion emergency.

April 23, 5:20 p.m.: Blaine Police and U.S. Border Patrol agents responded to assist sheriff’s deputies at the scene of a crashed stolen vehicle. The owner of the vehicle reported his car was stolen from Birch Bay, and was somehow able to locate and recover it from the intersection of Shintaffer Road and Lincoln Road, where it had crashed. A K-9 search tried to track down the driver, but no evidence of a fleeing bad guy could be located. Additional investigation by the deputies revealed the owner had invented the story to cover up the fact that he had crashed the car. He was arrested for false reporting.

April 24, 1 p.m.: Blaine police responded to a collision in the 2000 block of Peace Portal Drive. After determining no serious injuries were sustained, an officer helped the involved parties exchange the insurance information and competed a Washington State Patrol collision report. Both cars had been northbound on Peace Portal approaching Hughes Avenue. The lead car intended to turn left onto Hughes but that road was blocked by a freight train. The lead car slowed to a stop to wait for the intersection to clear. Meanwhile the second northbound car overtook the first, did not realize the lead car was stopped for the turn, and crashed into the rear of the lead car.

April 25, 5:49 p.m.: Officers were dispatched to the Peace Arch port of entry when customs officers contacted a person who was in possession of prescription drugs for which he lacked a prescription. Luckily for the transporter, his pharmacy was open. The investigating Blaine officers were able to talk with the provider and verify the person was legally allowed to have the medications. The traveler was informed about how to properly and legally transport medications.

April 25, 7:10 p.m.: A resident on 4th Street discovered that sometime over the past day a political campaign sign for his favorite candidate had been stolen from his front yard. Also, a pair of U.S. flags had been uprooted and replanted upside down. The victim reports that other signs in the neighborhood for the same candidate have been similarly abused. All patrol officers were advised of the theft, trespass and vandalism.

April 26, 7:59 a.m.: Officers were conducting traffic safety enforcement in the morning school zone on H Street when they observed and stopped a speeding vehicle. During the violator contact the officers established evidence indicating that the motorist was driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. She was arrested and after processing was booked into jail. Her vehicle was impounded.

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