Blaine Police Department reports: July 20-25

July 20, 1:44 a.m.: A person reported a dark-colored vehicle was driving up and down her street, which was causing her dogs to keep barking. The person suspected the driver of the dark-colored vehicle was looking to break into other vehicles in her neighborhood. Officers searched for the suspect vehicle, but could not locate it. Extra patrol was provided in the area.

July 20, 11:49 a.m.: A B.C. man called police after finding his storage unit in Blaine had been broken into. Eight snow tires with rims were stolen in the incident. The theft is valued at about $2,500. Police are investigating.

July 20, 12:58 p.m.: A BNSF special agent requested cover in a contact near the old Blaine Depot on Marine Drive. An officer arrived and stood by with the special agent while he cited the person for illegal dumping and trespassing. It was also explained to the person the railroad is extremely unsafe to be walking on or near and enforcement of trespassing is a high priority in order to prevent injuries. It was also explained that the land around the railroad, although it appears to be open land, is actually private property, and it is illegal to dump garbage or any debris along it or remove property from around it.

July 20, 1:20 p.m.: A resident contacted law enforcement for assistance with completion of paperwork needed to have a vehicle hulk removed from their property.

July 20, 2:49 p.m.: A person could hear a dog yelping for quite some time, walked to the noise, found the address and requested a welfare check on the dog. Officer checked with the owners and found the dog to be in good health. Per border patrol dispatch, the reporting person did not request a call back for results.

July 20, 3:28 p.m.: A woman called 911 to report her neighbors were harassing her. Officers arrived and advised both parties in the dispute of actions that could be taken in the future, including civil protection orders. The dispute was verbal and constituted no criminal threats.

July 20, 8:15 p.m.: Blaine police responded to a business for a report of a man who would not wake up. An officer arrived and spoke with the man. The man was able to contact a friend to come and pick him up, since he could not legally drive. After the friend picked the man up, the officer cleared without further law enforcement action.

July 21, 9:04 a.m.: Blaine Police were notified of a semi-truck that had struck and destroyed a city curb. Police contacted several witnesses and were eventually able to locate the company owning the truck. Blaine Public Works was notified of the damage to their property. An incident report will be completed with the company’s insurance contact information.

July 21, 11:30 a.m.: Officers were notified of a hit-and-run in the 1200 block of Mitchell Avenue. An officer arrived and found an older vehicle legally parked to the side of the roadway had its mirror struck by a passing motorist. A witness provided a suspect vehicle description, and the officer is investigating.

July 21, 1:38 p.m.: Officer(s) were made aware by a citizen complaint through city hall of a possible parking problem in the 100 block of 14th Street. The person stated several vehicles, in upwards of 50, were staged for import into Canada. Officer arrived and located the vehicles near the Duty Free parked in the northeast corner of what is actually city right of way. An officer was able to locate a truck driver who had just delivered a few of the vehicles. The driver provided a phone number for the person responsible for the vehicles. Although the cell service was extremely poor, the officer was able to explain to the person that the vehicles needed to be moved to avoid impound. The person stated arrangements would be made to move them immediately.

July 21, 4:39 p.m.: A person called to report a loose horse in the 4100 block of H Street. An officer arrived in the area and attempted to contact the owner(s) but no one was home. A passing motorist advised the officer they had observed the horse jump the fence and return home.

July 21, 8:40 p.m.: A woman reported she parked her vehicle in the parking lot of a grocery store and when she came out 20 minutes later she found someone had struck the side of her vehicle. The hit-and-run driver did not leave a note. There are currently no known witnesses to the damage.

July 21, 8:46 p.m.: Blaine police responded to the 200 block of D Street for a report of troubles with an intoxicated male. An officer contacted the man. The man was not allowed to enter Canada and was now wandering around Blaine after consuming multiple alcoholic beverages. The man was provided a courtesy transport to the Lighthouse Mission in Bellingham after it was determined that no crime was committed.

July 23, 9:09 p.m.: An officer observed a man urinating in public in the 200 block of H Street. The 25-year-old Blaine resident was arrested, given a court date and released from custody.

July 24, 12:15 a.m.: An officer responded to a report of a suicidal subject that had cut open her arm and was becoming violent with family members. The woman, who was bleeding badly from an open wound on her arm, attacked the responding officer shortly after his arrival. After being checked by medics, the woman was taken to the hospital by the officer, where she was admitted involuntarily for treatment and a mental health evaluation. The officer was treated for blood-borne pathogen exposure.

July 24, 12:09 p.m.: A woman came into the Blaine Police Department to report that transients are currently living in a building she owns. Police checked the building and advised the woman that a night-time check would be conducted to attempt to catch the trespasser(s). The woman requested any persons on the property without her permission be trespassed. Officers will continue to check the building until the person(s) responsible can be trespassed.

July 24, 1:36 p.m.: A person called to report an ongoing problem with noisy youth in her apartment complex. She was inquiring about the legalities of using an air horn to blow at them when they are being rowdy, since she feels talking to the parents and the property management has been a waste of time so far. The woman was provided information about the noise ordinance as well as advised that the behavior she was considering could be interpreted by the children and/or their parents as harassment. Another citizen who neighbors the apartment complex contacted the police department later in the day to also report an ongoing problem with loud, unruly children there. Neither wanted to make a formal complaint, and the information was documented and passed to patrol.

July 25, 7:45 a.m.: An officer was notified of a baby seagull huddled in the corner outside of a Blaine business. An officer located the gull which did not appear to be harmed, just unable to fly as it did not have its flight feathers. The bird was transported to the police department where wildlife rescue was contacted to help the little guy out.

July 25, 8:42 a.m.: An officer was dispatched to a three-car collision at the intersection of SR 543 and H Street. The officer arrived and learned two people were complaining of minor back and neck pain after a B.C.-plated semi-truck jumped the gun at a red light, colliding with the back of one vehicle that then collided with a third vehicle. The semi driver was cited, and the truck was towed because of disabling radiator damage.

July 25, 1:50 p.m.: An officer spotted a vehicle parked against traffic after having previously been issued a verbal warning for the same violation. The officer issued a parking infraction for the violation and posted it to the vehicle’s windshield.

July 25, 9:44 p.m.: Officers responded to a report of a loud verbal argument among family members which was occurring outside of a residence and appeared to be escalating. Officers arrived and helped mediate an agreement in which one person left the home for the evening. When that person had left, officers cleared without further incident.

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