Blaine Police Department: January 13-17

January 13, 6:34 a.m.: Dispatch reported the fire department was en route to a gas station where a fuel truck pulling two tanks of jet fuel was on fire. Officer arrived and shut down traffic around the gas station until the fire department was able to put the fire out. Washington State Patrol arrived and investigated the cause of the fire.

January 13, 11:55 a.m.: Officer was investigating two juveniles for spray painting the new construction at the school when the juveniles admitting to also spray painting a concrete wall on City of Blaine property. The pair were arrested for malicious mischief in the third degree and later turned over to their parents.

January 13, 6:44 p.m.: Blaine police responded to a collision at the intersection of SR 543 and Boblett. An officer arrived and found that a semi-truck had rear ended a pickup truck that was stopped at a red light. This caused the pickup truck to then smash into an SUV in front of it. There were multiple injuries to various drivers and passengers involved in the incident. The intersection was completely shut down for a number of hours while WSP and DOT investigated the incident. The driver of the pickup truck succumbed to his injuries prior to his arrival at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

January 13, 1:55 p.m.: Person reported someone broke into his storage unit and stole several items. Case under investigation.

January 15, 1:25 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a malicious mischief incident that had occurred in the 1200 block of Blaine Avenue. A family heading to church discovered their car had been vandalized by several lewd drawings and profane words. The suspect used a permanent marker to draw his unique brand of art across the car. The victims did not know of any person(s) who would do this.

January 15, 3:12 p.m.: An officer on routine patrol ran the license plate of the vehicle in front of him at the intersection of H Street and SR 543. The driver was known to local police. Upon checking his driver’s status, he was found to be driving with license suspended third degree. The driver was stopped, arrested, cited and released with a mandatory court date.

January 15, 6:37 p.m.: Officer was dispatched to check a closed business because a citizen observed a vehicle pull into the parking lot and thought police should check it out. An officer checked the business and did not find any vehicles in the parking lot except for vehicles belonging to the business, all with ice on the hoods and windshields.

January 15, 11:28 p.m.: Officers were notified that North Whatcom Fire and Rescue was en route to 300 block of Alder for a person having a panic attack. Officers arrived and assisted as first responders until AID arrived to tend to the person. After making multiple calls to 911 on the same evening, and after two additional contacts by police, the man was ultimately taken to PeaceHealth St. Joseph’s Medical Center to get help for his mental health problem.

January 16, 12:13 a.m.: Officers were dispatched to a report of people walking in the alleyway past a house late at night. Officers were able to contact two adult males and one adult female who stated they were walking to a friend’s house to fix a computer. They were advised walking in the street rather than the alleyway may not seem so suspicious.

January 16, 11 a.m.: A business called police to report a trespassed former employee had walked past and flipped off the business. Officers contacted the man who admitted to flipping off the business but not to trespassing, as he was legally on the sidewalk. No crime was committed, and police cleared without incident.

January 16, 12:16 p.m.: Officers received a report of an erratically driven vehicle. A green Mazda pickup with a canopy was seen disobeying traffic laws. Officers responded to the location but the vehicle had already departed.

January 16, 4:43 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a store for a report of threats between two employees. The argument started when one of the women discovered her co-worker had been exchanging inappropriate text messages with her husband. An officer spoke with the parties involved and determined that although the women had a heated conversation, no crime had occurred. Both women were advised to not have contact with one another. Marriage counseling was also advised.

January 16, 4:51 p.m.: A business called police regarding a former employee they had been having problems with. On this occurrence the ex-employee was calling the business multiple times and demanding his last paycheck, as well as a pizza. The suspect was contacted and warned of the consequences of telephonic harassment.

January 16, 10:57 p.m.: A motorist reported being flagged down by a stranded motorist. She was alone and did not feel comfortable stopping at the roadside to check on the man, so notified police instead. An officer contacted the man and learned he was having mechanical problems. The car was safely off the road in a parking lot, and the driver stated he would be able to have the car moved by morning.

January 17, 9:35 a.m.: Officers responded to a possible malicious mischief. A homeowner discovered a broken window pane and later discovered a large rock on the ground outside near the damage. The 89-year-old grandma has no known enemies to be considered as suspects, and it is more likely her misfortune was the result of a random selection by a passing degenerate.

January 17, 10:33 a.m.: While on routine patrol officers observed an open door at a county park building. The building was checked and secured. The door was likely left open after an event over the weekend.

January 17, 12:30 p.m.: While on an unrelated call, officers were advised of a residence which was having a problem with garbage. The residents were contacted and advised to clean up the mess. The information was also forwarded to the code enforcement officer for monitoring.

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