Blaine Police reports, May 10 – May 17

May 10, 5:40 p.m.: Blaine Police were dispatched to the Peace Arch port of entry for a report of a woman driving southbound into the primary inspection area with an open container of alcohol and several marijuana pipes in her car. The Blaine officer arrived and immediately recognized the woman as a person the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office was looking for. The officer called their dispatch center and advised them of finding her. A sheriff’s deputy arrived and processed the woman for the county’s charges plus an additional DUI.

May 10, 7 p.m.: A Blaine officer was dispatched to the 800 block of Peace Portal Drive for an alarm at a business. An officer arrived and found a patron of the business inside. It was determined that the patron had accidentally set the alarm off while she was picking up some packages. A false alarm form was filled out and sent to the company.

May 11, 6:22 p.m.: An officer received a call from a citizen who reported while she was at the dog off leash park she observed a man throw what appeared to be dog waste into the pond. The complainant provided a license plate for the man’s vehicle. An officer attempted to contact the suspected person’s residence, but no one answered the door.

May 11, 11:20 p.m.: Officers were dispatched to an apartment complex where the complainant said the neighbor was playing music loudly. Officers parked in the alley, walked in and found the neighbor was only watching the television. Officers asked the person if he would turn the volume down just a little, which he did.

May 12, 6:12 a.m.: An officer was dispatched to a residential alarm in Semiahmoo. The officer arrived and checked the residence and found it secure. A caretaker arrived on scene and they determined cobwebs covering the sensors were to blame. The caretaker was advised to clean the sensors, and a false alarm notification was issued.

May 12, 10:37 a.m.: Officers responded to take a report of two aggressive dogs. The day before at a local business, two bullmastiffs attacked another dog. An employee, customer and the owner were able to separate the dogs but only after the victim suffered deep puncture wounds and lacerations. The aggressive dog’s owner footed the over $600 vet bill and is taking steps to ensure no incidents happen again. The case will be forwarded to the Whatcom County Humane Society for further follow-up.

May 12, 1:37 p.m.: An irate Blaine resident came to the police department to report that a construction truck was blocking his driveway and demand that police cite the violator. An officer arrived, observed a large commercial delivery truck with a trailer behind it delivering trusses to a building site that had limited access. The officer stood by while the delivery crew unloaded the last two trusses. The resident was advised that if he needed to get to his home he could walk the very short distance until the truck company finished its delivery. The area was clear within 10 minutes of the officer’s arrival.

May 12, 3:48 p.m.: A concerned citizen reported a dog had been locked inside a hot car for upwards of 20 minutes. An officer responded to check on the pup’s welfare. The vehicle left the area before police arrived.

May 12, 7:30 p.m.: A man called police to report a possible vehicle prowl had occurred to his car the past two nights in a row. The victim said he found a beer can in his car and it appeared the driver’s seat had been moved. The victim said his car was locked and no one else has keys. Nothing of value was removed from the car. The mysterious circumstances remain unresolved. Extra patrol was requested.

May 13, 8:55 a.m.: An officer was dispatched to U.S. Customs and Border Protection for a suspended driver. The officer verified the suspension out of California. The British Columbia resident was arrested, cited and released for the driving offense.

May 13, 2:38 p.m.: Officers responded to a hit-and-run collision between a parked vehicle and a B.C.-plated vehicle. Witnesses watched a black extended cab pickup truck back from a parking stall and strike a parked vehicle. The pickup truck’s driver apparently did not notice the collision and continued on his or her way. Officers checked the area and advised the port to be on the lookout. No vehicles were located, and the partial plate given by witnesses did not match any vehicles. Case closed pending new information.

May 13, 4:33 p.m.: U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Peace Arch port of entry intercepted a B.C. man driving with a suspended driver’s status in Oregon. A Blaine officer arrested the man for the criminal license violation, cited and released him pending his appearance in court.

May 13, 5:10 p.m.: Officers responded to a 911 hang-up call made from a cell phone in the area of the 700 block G Street. Officers located the caller at an address on H Street. The caller claimed it was an accidental call made from a new cellphone. No evidence of a crime was apparent and officers cleared.

May 13, 5:45 p.m.: Officers responded to collision that occurred in the parking lot of a local business. The damage appeared non-reportable. The two involved parties both had valid licenses and insurance. Both exchanged information prior to police arrival. Officers cleared.

May 14, 2:17 p.m.: Officers responded to a vehicle prowl at Semiahmoo State Park. The owner returned from a walk to discover a window broken out and her purse stolen. At this time there are no witnesses or suspects. People using the parking lot are cautioned to not leave any valuable items behind, visible or not. Extra patrol will be provided in the area.

May 14, 2:18 p.m.: An officer was dispatched with the fire department to the Blaine Marina for an individual who had fallen on a vessel in the harbor. The British Columbia resident received a puncture wound to one leg, and he was evaluated by aid. The man declined further treatment and returned to Canada by private vehicle for treatment.

May 14, 7:19 p.m.: Police were called to a report of a man and woman yelling in a home. The caller believed two small children were also present. Officers arrived and determined no crime had occurred. Police cleared without incident.

May 15, 12:54 a.m.: While on routine patrol an officer found a transient camping in an area he had previously been told to vacate. This time the officer issued a trespass to the man and advised him if he returned he would face criminal charges.

May 15, 5:18 a.m.: While on patrol an officer found a deceased cat in the roadway that had apparently been hit by a car. The officer removed the cat from the road and provided it with a burial.

May 15, 7:47 a.m.: A person reported backing out of a parking stall at Rite Aid and almost being hit by another vehicle that was allegedly driving recklessly. The caller was unable to provide a plate number. An officer listened to the concerns of the person and documented the incident.

May 15, 9:26 a.m.: A person reported finding a WA license plate on the roadway in front of their home. An officer took the plate into safekeeping and ran it through department of licensing records. It was determined the plate was not a current record and ownership of the vehicle it had been assigned to had changed, so the plate was properly disposed of.

May 15, 2:26 p.m.: A Blaine resident contacted police to turn in a British Columbia debit card he found outside of a bank. The officer contacted the issuing bank as the card didn’t have the owner’s name listed. The bank deactivated the card and requested the card be discarded.

May 15, 4:25 p.m.: A concerned motorist called police dispatch to report another vehicle almost collided with his. Officers checked the area but were unable to locate the other vehicle.

May 15, 7:10 p.m.: An employee at a Blaine business called police dispatch to report finding a small bag of marijuana in their restroom. An officer arrived and collected the marijuana. The marijuana was properly disposed of.

May 15, 7:52 p.m.: An officer conducted a traffic stop for a speeding violation and learned the driver had an out-of-state felony warrant for a probation violation. The warrant was confirmed with the issuing agency, and the 21-year-old woman was booked into Whatcom County Jail.

May 16, 12:07 a.m.: A Blaine officer responded to an alarm at a closed business. The business was found secure and there was no evidence of any criminal activity. The officer cleared without incident. A false alarm notification will be mailed.

May 16, 4:55 a.m.: Cleaning personnel notified police when they located some fresh graffiti on the wall in the men’s restroom of the public library. Although the markings did not appear to leave any permanent damage, the reporting person stated this was an ongoing issue involving vandalism in the restrooms at the library. There are currently no suspects in this case.

May 16, 12:55 p.m.: Blaine Police assisted U.S. Customs and Border Protection with a rental vehicle whose front license plate had been reported stolen. An officer arrived and determined the out-of-state license plate matched the vehicle and no front plate was issued. The originating agency that entered the plate as stolen was notified of the error.

May 16, 1:11 p.m.: An officer was dispatched on a welfare check for a person who was passed out in a vehicle behind a business in the 200 block of H Street. The officer arrived and woke the man from his slumber. The officer observed what appeared to be a small baggie of heroin next in the vehicle along with other paraphernalia. The man was detained, and consent was received to remove the suspected heroin and drug paraphernalia from the vehicle. Charges are pending based on results from the crime lab.

May 16, 3:58 p.m.: An officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle with expired registration. The driver of the vehicle was arrested for an outstanding warrant and for driving on a suspended license.

May 16, 7:20 p.m.: Police were dispatched to the Peace Arch port of entry for a driver with a suspended license. The driver was arrested and released with a mandatory court date. The driver was unable to find a licensed driver, and the vehicle was ultimately towed.

May 16, 7:50 p.m.: A long-haul truck driver returned home to find that his personal vehicle had been broken into. It appears that someone attempted to steal his car, but a dead battery thwarted them. Nothing of value had been left in the car and nothing was missing. The car had been left unattended for over a week, so it is not known when the attempted theft occurred. Damage to the vehicle included a broken passenger window and a damaged steering column.

May 16, 9 p.m.: A concerned citizen reported hearing what sounded like a loud argument possibly coming from a residence. The reporting person was not sure where the yelling was coming from and was only able to provide a block number. An officer checked the area on foot but did not locate anyone engaged in a heated argument.

May 17, 12:05 a.m.: Dispatch received multiple calls about a person lying on the ground near the intersection of H Street and Odell Road with his legs out into the traffic lane. An officer contacted the person and determined that he was not injured, although he did appear to be under the influence of some type of substance. The person stated he was waiting for a ride. He was asked to move over to the sidewalk where he could wait for his ride without risk of injury. After much complaining about Blaine Police and police in general, the man sauntered away from the area. It is unknown if he ever got his ride.

May 17, 11:59 p.m.: Officers were dispatched to a residential alarm in the 1300 block of Bayview Court. Officers arrived and found the home secure. No call out was available. As officers were clearing the homeowner arrived. Officers advised the owner of the alarm, and they stated they had just gotten a new dog that may have set off the alarm. Officers cleared with no further incident, but told the owner they may want to have the alarm company reset the sensors to allow animals in the home.

May 17, 3:17 p.m.: A man called to report someone had broken into his vehicle the previous night. An officer arrived and documented the stolen items and provided the person with a statement form. All citizens are encouraged to secure their property in their homes at night, rather than leaving them in vehicles.

May 17, 4:10 p.m.: An officer was dispatched to the 9700 block of Vista Terrace for a reported power line blocking both lanes of traffic. The officer responded and contacted Blaine Public Works. The cable was determined to belong to a utility company and was tied off to a tree until a repair crew could respond.

May 17, 5:55 p.m.: An officer located an abandoned suitcase outside of a motel. Upon talking to the manager, the officer learned the suitcase belonged to a family who had stayed at the hotel. It is suspected the family may have illegally crossed the border into Canada. The property was turned over to U.S. Border Patrol.

May 17, 7:30 p.m.: A concerned resident called police dispatch to report a loose dog had chased her black and white cat away from her house and possibly onto her neighbor’s property. The woman requested permission to go onto her neighbor’s property after the incident to search for her kitty, but the neighbor refused. An officer was able to gain permission from the neighbor and conducted an unsuccessful search for the fraidy cat. The owner later reported her kitty had returned home late in the night.

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