Blaine Police reports, May 25 – June 1

May 25, 6 a.m.: Police observed a junked vehicle parked on city right of way adjacent to a commercial building on Peace Portal. They contacted the business inside and learned the business had given a customer permission to temporarily store the hulk where it was sitting, not realizing the city code violations this caused. The problem was explained to the business, and they promptly had the owner of the assortment of vintage car parts removed.May 25, 8:34 a.m.: Officers responded to assist North Whatcom Fire and Rescue responders at a commercial site where a man had suffered a workplace injury. After evaluation and stabilization the victim was transported to hospital. No further law enforcement assistance was required and officers cleared the scene.

May 25, 11:25 a.m.: Blaine Police were dispatched to the Peace Arch port of entry for a driver with a suspended license. An officer contacted the motorist and confirmed that her privilege to drive in Washington had been suspended after she failed to adjudicate a prior infraction. The driver was arrested, cited and released with a mandatory court date for the criminal licensing violation.

May 25, 11:26 a.m.: Police responded to a commercial burglary alarm at a business on Peace Portal. The arriving officers encountered a delivery driver who had been unable to get his alarm code to work. Officers contacted the business owner and confirmed that the gentleman was authorized to be at the site.

May 25, 12:23 p.m.: Police were dispatched to the Peace Arch port of entry for a motorist who was operating a vehicle with a suspended driver’s license. An officer contacted the man, confirmed the suspension, arrested and cited him, and released him with a mandatory court date.

May 25, 2:12 p.m.:  A resident came to the police department for assistance with harassment she was suffering. Officers interviewed the victim and witnesses and established probable cause to arrest the suspect for multiple crimes. The 25-year-old man was located, arrested and booked in to jail pending prosecution.

May 25, 7:27 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a two-car collision on Bell Road near Peace Portal.  Investigating officers found no one had been injured in the crash between a car and a trailer that was being pulled behind a truck. One driver was cited for disobeying a stop sign. The vehicle and trailer were towed from the scene.

May 26, 5:58 a.m.: A passing motorist flagged down an officer to turn over a wallet containing money he had found near the truck route and H Street. The wallet contained identification for a Blaine resident, and police were soon able to reunite the owner with his property.

May 26, 10:38 a.m.: Police responded to a report of a person having used a former friend’s social media account without permission. The investigating officer learned the tale was complicated, and the victim had given account access to the suspect while they were in a a dating relationship. The matter was resolved with both teenagers advised of the criminal consequences that would come to bear should they not heed the advice to avoid further contact with one another.

May 26, noon: Motel staff called police dispatch to report a customer had abandoned a rental vehicle on their property, possibly in the process of illegally crossing northbound in to Canada. The vehicle is not yet reported overdue or stolen, and Blaine officers are working with the appropriate agencies.

May 26, 12:30 p.m.: Police responded to a report of a gathering of teenagers under the influence of marijuana. An officer arrived, ensured the group had safely landed, interviewed them and contacted their parents. A criminal charging report for marijuana possession by minors was forwarded to the prosecutor’s office for review.

May 26, 12:30 p.m.: A resident came into the police station to report that she had bitten by another person’s dog on Runge Avenue, as she was trying to gain control of her own loose canine. The woman sustained puncture wounds to her leg and medics were called to treat the wound. Animal Control was brought in on the event and is conducting followup.

May 26, 1:08 p.m.: Blaine Police and North Whatcom Fire and Rescue (NWFR) units responded when a vehicle in the southbound lineup caught fire at the Peace Arch port of entry. The arriving units found a passenger car near the building and inspection booths fully engulfed in fast-moving flames. Local and federal officers provided crowd control at the site and briefly closed the nearby northbound freeway lanes as dense smoke was impairing driver visibility, while the crew of NWFR Engine 61 battled and extinguished the blaze. No one was injured in the accidental inferno.

May 26, 4:50 p.m.: A resident called police dispatch to report a child’s bicycle had been stolen from their yard on Runge Avenue sometime in the past 24 hours. There are no suspects in the taking. The bicycle, described as a red and black HyperSpinner road bike, was entered into databases as stolen.

May 26, 6 p.m.: A person contacted police to report receiving mail that had been opened and then placed into another envelope by the US Postal Service. She was concerned that a note was included stating that the mail appeared to have been tampered with prior to delivery. The US Postal Inspector’s Office has jurisdiction in these matters and the reporting party was given information on how to contact them.

May 26, 11:30 p.m.: Police found an open door at a residence while conducting a security check on H Street Road, searched the home and determined that a burglary had occurred. They investigated the break-in, collected evidence for processing and secured the house. The homeowner was advised of the incident and provided an extensive list of stolen property. Investigation continues.

May 27, 1:53 a.m.: Officers responded to a report of a disturbance outside of a business. Officers contacted a group of people leaving a bar, but no criminal activity was observed. The group checked in to a nearby motel and officers cleared without incident.

May 27, 11:02 a.m.: A business called asking for assistance with a transient. They reported the gentleman had been camping behind their building for the past 10 days, and had worn out his welcome. An officer contacted the traveler and advised him it was was time to relocate, and to not return to the building property he would be departing.

May 27, 6:04 p.m.: 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 California. A Blaine police officer arrested the man for the criminal license violation, cited and released him pending his appearance in court.

May 27, 9:14 p.m.: A resident called police to report a suspicious unfamiliar man walking through people’s yards around Great Horned Owl Lane. An officer responded and searched the area but did not locate the person. The neighboring homes were checked and found to be undisturbed. Additional patrols did not turn up the suspect.

May 27, 11:20 p.m.: A plain clothes officer with another agency was parked in a business parking lot late at night when two people pulled up adjacent to his unmarked government vehicle. The couple parked, turned on their car’s dome light, then prepared and began smoking what appeared to the trained agent to be heroin. The bemused witness called Blaine Police, who quickly arrived to investigate. The occupants, a 25-year-old man and a teenaged girl, were detained and their vehicle was impounded pending a search warrant.

May 28, 6:25 a.m.: Dispatch advised that North Whatcom Fire and Rescue (NWFR) units were responding to a passersby report of a vehicle parked westbound on the north side of Adelia Street east of Blaine Avenue, leaking a black fluid onto the street. Rainwater was carrying it to the curbside gutter and the storm drain system. A crew from NWFR’s Odell Road station was already on scene when police arrived, and had mitigated the groundwater impingement with absorbent material to protect the grated storm drain at the northeast corner of the intersection. The liquid appeared to be a small amount of stale gasoline leaking from a older sedan coupe that was strapped to a tow dolly behind an unoccupied pickup truck parked at the curb. Via license plate information officers located and contacted the owner of the truck and towed car at his residence nearby. He apologetically explained he’d parked about 8 p.m. the prior evening and had not noticed anything leaking. He arranged to move the vehicles immediately, and agreed to collect and properly dispose of the absorbent material.

May 28, 12:34 p.m.: Parents discovered their teenager had been smoking marijuana and called police for assistance with intervention and reinforcement of boundaries. An officer responded to the home, met with the couple and interviewed the young person about the medical and legal implications of the drug use. A report was completed documenting that the incident. While personal marijuana use by adults is legal in Washington, use and possession by children and minors is illegal, and delivery to them is a criminal offense.

May 28, 12:55 p.m.: Dispatch relayed a passersby report of traffic congestion on the truck route at Boblett Street. Police responded and found the roadway being appropriately and fully utilized. A northbound line-up of vehicles stretched from Canada Custom’s Pacific Highway port south the length of the truck route and out onto the freeway. The northbound I-5 lanes from the H Street overpass to Canada’s Douglas crossing were similarly occupied. There were no construction or collision delays and Canada Border Services was moving the holiday weekend traffic as quickly as practicable.

May 30, 8:55 a.m.: Blaine Police located a vehicle parked at the curb in a residential neighborhood with a flat tire. An officer contacted a family member of the registered owner and advised them the vehicle needed to be removed from the roadway within 72 hours. The family member stated they would contact the owner and work on getting the vehicle removed from the roadway.

May 30, 10:40 a.m.: A resident observed a utility service box standing open with its internal wiring exposed, adjacent to a sidewalk. He reported the problem to police and an officer responded directly. The pedestal turned out to be a telephone company junction box rather than an electrical grid connection. The container was closed and secured.

May 30, 12:30 p.m.: A Blaine business called police dispatch to report a customer had left his wallet at the store. The owner of the wallet resides in British Columbia. An officer was able to contact the owner via telephone and arrangements were made with the happy traveler to recover his property the following day.

May 30, 12:30 p.m.: A business on H Street called police when they discovered a note on their front door warning them that two individuals had been seen in the area who are known to use drugs and break into vehicles. An officer collected the note and is investigating.

May 30, 4:52 p.m.: Customs personnel at the Peace Arch port contacted Blaine Police inquiring what social services were available to assist a family whose travel plans had been interrupted by unforeseen events. The local and federal officers reviewed the options for the sojourners to explore.

May 30, 3:30 p.m.: Blaine Police identified an abandoned vehicle with expired registration parked on a city street. Several efforts were made to contact the owner of the vehicle. An abandoned vehicle notice was placed on the vehicle for it to be removed within 72 hours. The officer will monitor for compliance.

May 30, 4:10 p.m.: Blaine Police conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle whose owner held a suspended license. The driver was arrested, cited and released with a mandatory court date. A licensed driver took possession of the vehicle.

May 30, 10:56 p.m.: A Blaine police officer was dispatched to a business regarding a transient sleeping on the property.  An officer arrived and spoke with the man. The man stated he was just waiting for traffic to lighten up and then he planned on riding his bicycle southward.

May 31, 10:02 a.m.: A caller reported that someone was being pulled up H Street hill on a long board by a rope attached to a car. The officer searched the area and was unable to locate the vehicle or the daredevil.

May 31, 12:06 p.m.: A resident on Ruby Street called police to report a burglary to her home. Officers responded, recovered evidence left at the scene and interviewed people in the area. Entry had been made through an unlocked window while no one was at home. Thethieves rifled through the house, stealing electronics and jewelry. Investigation continues.

May 31, 3:10 p.m.: Officers on patrol located a junk vehicle stored on residential property in violation of city code. A referral on the problem was made to Community Development Code Enforcement.

June 1, 10:15 a.m.: Officers directed traffic when a vehicle ran out of fuel in the roadway, blocking traffic. The driver was able to refuel and move along after 5 minutes. Officers cleared.

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