Blaine Police Department: January 20-24

January 20, 9 a.m.: The Police Department received information that a protest gathering was going to occur in Peace Arch Park on Friday. Blaine officers coordinated with partner agencies and monitored the activity to ensure everyone participating and those passing by were all safe in their activities. No problems were observed or reported at or around the occasion.

January 20, 11:22 a.m.: Officers responded to the 1200 block of Boblett Street for a report of a suspicious vehicle whose occupant(s) was possibly trying to steal items from some of the long haul trucks in the parking area. The vehicle was described as a white Volkswagen with BC plates. The area was searched, but the vehicle was not located.

January 20, 11:44 a.m.: Whilst simultaneously turning his patrol vehicle onto the roadway and visually scanning the adjacent parking lot for a suspicious vehicle, an officer misjudged his turn radius and came upon the medial bedrock barrier; literally up on. His craggy conundrum, which unfortunately for him drew plenty of midday onlookers and smart phone photo snappers, was in part the result of the presence of a megalith strategically placed there by a Public Works crew with the intention of preventing semi trucks being able to traverse the median. The vehicle was ultimately towed from its perch, and the uninjured officer was given a ride back to the station. On the upside, the traverse thwarting was a success. The good-natured officer is taking the ribbing in stride while he awaits the return of his vehicle from the shop.

January 20, 12:00 p.m.: While on routine patrol in the City of Blaine, a police officer found a credit card. The officer was not able to locate the card owner, so the card was placed into evidence for safekeeping.

January 20, 2:05 p.m.: A person called to report his neighbor’s chickens are always getting out and coming into his yard.  When an officer arrived he found two hens wandering freely in the man’s yard. An officer spoke with a person responsible for the hens who explained that the recent windstorm had blown the roof off the coop and they were working to repair it. They were given a warning and advised that future fowl play would result in a citation.

January 20, 6:29 p.m.: Police were dispatched to the 700 block of Peace Portal Drive when a person driving through the area witnessed a man punch another man. After speaking with the two parties, officers determined the situation was mutual combat and had occurred on private property. No charges were pursued regarding the disagreement, however one of the men was arrested on an unrelated warrant.

January 21, 11:25 a.m.: Blaine police responded to H Street Road, near the cemetery, for a report of a skateboarder traveling into the lane of traffic. An officer contacted the man and spoke with him about it. The man promised he would be very careful while skateboarding in this area.

January 22. 11:34 a.m.: Officers were contacted by a Blaine resident who had discovered a deceased coyote on her porch. Officers notified Washington State Fish and Game before disposing of the body. No evidence of a crime was located.

January 22, 11:35 a.m.: An officer responded to a commercial business where employees had discovered a piece of rental equipment stolen along with several gas cans. In the process of stealing gas, the thieves broke a gas pump. The business plans to add new security equipment and officers will provide extra patrols in the area, when possible. The thefts are under investigation.

January 22, 11:45 a.m.: While an officer was investigating a theft from a business he learned of an additional unreported theft that occurred about a week ago. In this instance an Electric Eel drain snake was taken from a business’s rental department.

January 22, 2:24 p.m.: Police were dispatched to the Peace Arch POE for an Oregon man in possession of 366 tablets of Oxycodone. The man said the narcotics were for his elderly father. Officers called several different sources to verify the man’s story. Police believe the man was telling the truth, however; it is a felony crime to be in possession of another’s narcotics. Due to extenuating circumstances, the officers opted to charge the man with only a misdemeanor crime. He was not booked into jail, nor was his vehicle impounded. Lessons were learned and change of future behavior was promised.

January 23, 9:59 a.m.: By way of a request for service form submitted to City Hall by a citizen, the department became aware of a parking problem in a neighborhood. A trailer full of tires was parked in the 500 block of C Street, with the tires overflowing out next to the trailer. An officer contacted the owner of the unfastidious pile, who agreed to have it removed tout suite.

January 23, 1:00 p.m.: Police received reports from people concerned about an odor of fresh marijuana. Officers contacted a commercial cultivation business in the area. The business owner is making plans to rectify the situation.

January 23, 3:10 p.m.: An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of D Street after a man called 911 to report hearing a child scream. The concerned caller had just heard an Amber Alert, so he thought he should report the information. Officers drove through the area and found lots of children who had just gotten out of school were outside playing and enjoying the sunshine. No further screams were heard, and no one in need of assistance was located.

January 23, 4:00 p.m.: A concerned neighbor reported an abandoned house with a door hanging off the hinges. Police arrived and found the door to the home, which is currently being remodeled, kicked off. The homeowner was contacted and will be sending someone out to board up the door.

January 23, 5:50 p.m.: An officer responded to the Peace Arch POE for a report of a stolen motor vehicle. An officer arrived and found that, unbeknownst to him, the vehicle owner’s license plates had been stolen and switched with the plates off of a stolen vehicle that was very similar to his. The stolen plates were impounded, and the victim was advised to report his newly discovered stolen plates to his local jurisdiction.

January 23, 6:40 p.m.: Officers were dispatched to a two vehicle collision at Peace Portal and Hughes Ave. Officers arrived and discovered the driver of a pickup truck was making a legal left turn from Peace Portal Drive onto Hughes Ave when the truck was struck from behind by a passenger car. The driver of the passenger car had not seen the truck slowing to make the turn, because she was turned handling a baby bottle to her infant in the back seat. The two drivers were uninjured, but the two children in the car were treated on scene by medics, with one ultimately being taken to the hospital by ambulance for further observation. The truck was still drivable, but the car was totaled and was towed away from the scene.

January 24, 8:53 a.m.: About a week ago a city employee found a bent window screen on the Community Pavilion. He believed someone had tried to gain access to the building. This morning he found the same window screen bent again. Access to the building was not achieved, and damage to the screen was repairable. Officers will be conducting extra patrols in the area.

January 24, 11:08 a.m.: A couple was in the process of moving out of their home and sought police assistance when their roommates decided not to allow them access to the residence to collect the remainder of their belongings. Officers went to the home with the couple and stood-by while they collected the remainder of their belongings without incident.

January 24, 2:19 p.m.: A city employee called to report some damage to a vacant business near the G Street Plaza. Officers found a window had been smashed. They checked the building and found nothing missing or damaged inside the abandoned business. The owner of the building was contacted and advised they would have the window boarded up shortly.

January 24, 3:38 p.m.: Police were called to a report of trouble with a juvenile at the Blaine Library. An officer arrived and contacted the young man. He was obviously angered, as he was sitting fists clenched, refusing to acknowledge the efforts being made to communicate with him. The officer was able to determine the young man’s identity and make contact with his parents, who arrived several minutes later to remove him from the library.

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