Blaine Police Department reports: April 26-May 2

April 26, 2:38 p.m.: Officers responded to an activated fire alarm at Blaine High School. The officer arrived and learned from school employees that a student was smoking an e-cigarette in one of the boys’ restrooms. School administrators are reviewing school security cameras and will handle the situation administratively if the culprit is identified.

April 26, 7:58 p.m.: A Blaine resident called the police department to report kids playing in the street and running in and out of a residence under construction. An officer arrived, but did not see any kids in the area. The residence was completely unsecured and there was no way to secure it.

April 27, 11:49 a.m.: Employees at Rite Aid requested an officer’s assistance with a female customer who appeared upset and was perhaps trying to hide from someone. The exact nature of her concerns was uncertain due to a language barrier. With the language line assistance an officer was able to determine the woman was not in danger. She had been separated from her friend and did not know the area. Officers were able to locate the friend and reunite the pair.

April 28, 9:20 a.m.: A person came into a local bank to withdraw a large sum of money and appeared to be under extreme distress. The man handed a note to the teller stating for someone to call 911. A short time later a similar report was received from a bank in Bellingham involving the same man. The person was ultimately contacted in Bellingham and found to have been a victim of a horrible phone scam. The phone scammer told the person a family member was being held hostage following his involvement in a collision, and, unless money was delivered, the family member would be killed. Fortunately, the scam was discovered before any funds were paid to the criminals.

April 28, 1:38 p.m.: A commercial delivery driver reported the theft of his personal daypack from his vehicle while covering a route in Blaine. It contained the victim’s U.S. passport and company ID, and a California birth certificate among miscellaneous other items. Officers on patrol were advised and are watching for the bag.

April 28, 2:47 p.m.: A business requested officers check on a transient male who had been pacing around the neighborhood for several hours. The man was talking to himself and seemed agitated. Officers were on a priority call at the time the request came in. They later canvassed the area, but the man had left. A few hours later the man was located on Marine Drive following complaints of a transient near the playground.

April 28, 3:15 p.m.: A person called and reported her vehicle hand been struck by another vehicle on the front bumper while she was at work. There were minor scrapes on the front bumper of her vehicle along with some paint left behind. Officers documented the driver’s information and pictures of the damage for insurance purposes.

April 28, 3:45 p.m.: A person reported hearing neighbors arguing over one of the parties ingesting illegal drugs. The anonymous complainant stated fights between the pair have been heard in the past and there was concern the arguing could escalate. Officers arrived and found two brothers were arguing over laundry and other household chores. When asked about the argument over illegal drug use, one brother stated he was telling the other that all of his problems stem from drug use and that is why he is lazy and doesn’t do anything. Officers determined there were no crimes committed and cleared with no further incident.

April 28, 5:02 p.m.: Multiple people called to report a man wandering around the playground on Marine Drive cursing loudly and talking to himself. An officer located the man near Gate 3 of the marina. The man was asked to stay away from the playground because of the complaints. He agreed to comply with the officer’s request.

April 28, 6:44 p.m.: A person called to report that someone had set up a tent in the garage of a vacant house for sale. It appeared as if someone had been living in the garage. No one was in the garage when police arrived.  Officers will continue to check the area.

April 28, 11:33 p.m.: Officers responded to a report of a domestic disturbance at a hotel. Officers arrived and investigated. A female suspect was arrested for assault fourth degree domestic violence. She was booked into the Whatcom County Jail without incident.

April 29, 9:32 a.m.: Local scam – be on alert

  1. You receive a telephone call from an out-of-area telephone number.
  2. You are informed that a loved one has been involved in a vehicle collision, is injured and has been taken hostage. The caller knows specific information about your loved one, making the information believable.
  3. You are instructed to wire funds or withdraw money and pay in person for the safe return of your loved one and to not notify police.
  4. You get scammed out of your money.

Please be advised that this scam has already occurred a handful of times in the area. Police urge you to first make contact with the loved one in question to determine their welfare, to not wire funds or give over money and to contact your local law enforcement agency to report the incident.

April 29, 5:55 p.m.: A man reported he was crossing the street in an intersection when a four-door white Subaru that was stopped at the intersection started to slowly move forward as he was walking past it. The vehicle then struck his left leg so he fell on the hood of the vehicle to avoid being forced to the ground and possibly run over. The man said he landed back on his feet after striking the hood of the vehicle. Luckily he was not injured, but he was surprised the driver of the vehicle struck him. The driver of the vehicle, described as a young woman with blonde and pink hair, motioned to him that she was sorry but then drove away. Officers wouldn’t mind a chance to speak with the young woman, who was said to have a human passenger in the front seat and a canine passenger in the back, to offer some advice on her driving awareness as well as the proper way to handle being involved in a collision.

April 29, 6:15 p.m.: The manager of a storage facility reported numerous storage lockers had possibly been broken into within the past few days. It is unknown if the newly reported break-ins are related to a rash of similar crimes at the same facility recently. Officers are continuing to actively investigate all instances.

April 29, 9:05 p.m.: A person requested police check on his mother at her home as he had not heard from her recently. Officers checked the residence, but it appeared that no one was home. Nothing appeared amiss and there were no apparent signs of criminal activity or a medical emergency. Officers cleared without incident. The reporting person was notified.

April 30, 1:25 a.m.: A woman reported that her estranged husband had flattened her tire while she was in a bar with a friend. A witness reported seeing the man near the car just prior to the discovery of the flat tire. The suspect had since fled the area and was not located that evening.  Probable cause was posted for the man’s arrest. He was later contacted by another officer, arrested and booked into Whatcom County Jail.

April 30, 10:21 a.m.: A citizen called Blaine Police to report loud bass music in the 1200 block of Mitchell Avenue. Police contacted the owner of the source of the noise, who immediately apologized and turned the music down. The man promised he would keep the music down from now on.

April 30, 5:40 p.m.: Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office requested assistance with a physical domestic dispute in progress just outside of the city limits of Blaine. Officers arrived and contacted both parties of the dispute and several neighbors who had heard the fighting. An investigation led to the determination of a primary aggressor in the physical fight, and a 49-year-old woman was arrested and booked into the Whatcom County Jail.

April 30, 10:02 a.m.: A man called police to report a transient man going door to door asking for a blanket. Officers contacted the man and asked him not to go door to door soliciting assistance. The man agreed and said he would be leaving town tomorrow.

May 1, 8 a.m.: Police were dispatched to a possible intoxicated driver traveling westbound on H Street heading into the city limits. Police were behind the vehicle and attempting to stop the driver as he came down H Street hill. The vehicle came to a stop in the intersection of SR543 and H Street, fortunately not coming into contact with any vehicles traveling on the truck route under a green light. When officers contacted the man they found he was experiencing a medical emergency, which is believed to be the cause of the dangerous driving. The 51-year-old man was ultimately transported to the hospital.

May 1, 1;10 p.m.: An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of North Harvey Road for a 911 hang up. Officers arrived and determined the call came from a pair of juveniles. The two promised to not do it again. No crime or emergent situation was found.

May 2, 1;57 p.m.: Officers responded to a two-vehicle collision in the 400 block of D Street. An 18-year-old driver stated he passed out at the wheel from an unknown cause, and his vehicle struck an unoccupied parked vehicle. Both vehicles as well as fencing on a nearby property received substantial damage. The driver was transported to the hospital for evaluation.

May 2, 3:16 p.m.: Officers were informed of an apparently intoxicated man walking and wobbling dangerously close to a freeway overpass. Officers located and recognized the Blaine resident. The man was checked for warrants and found to have none. No crimes were observed and the man was provided with a courtesy ride home.

May 2, 11:08 p.m.: Officers were dispatched to U.S. Customs and Border Protection – Peace Arch Crossing for an individual in possession of a stolen vehicle. Officers arrived, confirmed the vehicle was stolen and arrested the Everett, Washington resident. He was later booked into the Whatcom County Jail and the vehicle was impounded for the owner.

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