January 10, 5:30 p.m.: About dinnertime a distraught parent called Blaine Police when she was not able to locate her 10-year-old son. Officers met her at the elementary school and initiated an investigation. The mystery was soon resolved by a call from the boy’s grandparents. They advised that the adventurous lad had ridden his bicycle all the way from his home in Birch Bay to their house in Sedro-Woolley. They agreed to keep him safe and sound, and Mom set out to collect him.
January 11, 3:48 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a disorderly conduct complaint on Martin Street when a passerby reported a parked car repeatedly honking its horn. Officers arrived and found the locked noisy vehicle, which was occupied by a little frenetic dog. Apparently the creative canine was upset about being left alone, and had figured out how to use the car horn to vent his frustrations in doggy Morse Code. The car’s owner was found visiting a business nearby and solved the problem by disabling the horn. When officers departed the healthy but bored pet was busily plotting Plan B.
January 17, 7:26 p.m.: Blaine police department responded to a report of an alarm at a house. The resident stated he could not actually hear the alarm, and did not know what it was, but he could feel it vibrating underneath him. North Whatcom Fire was contacted and responded to investigate. They did not locate any carbon monoxide alarms or other life safety threats. The source of the strange vibrating alarm turned out to be the man’s cell phone alarm going off in his pant’s pocket.
February 1, 8:44 a.m.: An officer responded to a homeowner’s call for assistance when the resident could not locate the source of an obnoxious persistent buzzing noise inside her house. Together they were able to narrow the list of potential culprits down to a single misbehaving appliance. Once again it turned out that the guilty party was the normally quiet one that you’d least suspect.
February 5, 1:10 a.m.: Officers received a report of a suspicious vehicle parked outside of a business near the border late at night. The vehicle was located and its occupants were contacted. The pair had been visiting the U.S. from Canada and were on their way home when they had an irresistible urge to change into new clothes they had acquired on the visit, and they decided to make the switch in the business restroom. The two were advised that they were frightening the night clerks and left on their journey toward Canada customs.
February 17, 11:02 p.m.: A resident called police late at night after nearly colliding with a black car parked without lights on a residential side street. Officers arrived to find the car was abandoned with its keys still in the ignition. Border Patrol agents found the driver walking several blocks away. The 24-year-old Bothell resident explained that he’d left home intending to start living on his own, but realized too late he hadn’t brought any gas money. An officer chipped in to buy the young man enough fuel to get back home.
February 22, 1:40 a.m.: Sheriff’s deputies asked for assistance at a home on Harrison Street where they were attempting to serve an arrest warrant. Blaine officers arrived to find that deputies had the man cornered on the roof of his house. The deputy convinced the 47-year-old to climb down to face the music and transported him to jail.
February 24, 3:57 p.m.: A teenager contacted police for advice. He explained that he had purchased and presented a ring to a girl as a gift, and she accepted it. Now the couple had broken up, and the young man wanted to get the ring back. An officer explained that it did not appear a crime had been committed, and the property dispute would have to be resolved through civil process.
March 2, 2:40 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a disturbance when a neighborhood dispute over shrubbery became loud enough to worry passersby. Officers arrived and spoke with both halves. Party A had thought his neighbor was going to prune a couple of trees along a nearby property line. Party B thought everyone had agreed that he would cut down the trees, and that’s what he had done. Loud displeasure ensued. It appeared to the officers that the two seven-foot trees had actually been growing on city park property. Party A was still sad that the trees were gone. Party B was even more sad to realize his mistake was going to have to be reviewed by the parks department and prosecutor.
March 15, 10:30 a.m.: A man called the Blaine police department to inquire about obtaining a firearm that was held in evidence. He was advised that his criminal history made him ineligible to possess a firearm. The caller opined that the information could not be correct, because he was already currently in possession of other guns. The pertinent information was passed on to the agency with jurisdiction where the gentleman resides.
April 3, 1:35 a.m.: A business on 12th Street called regarding a man and woman who were traveling separately but had each become stranded in Blaine after being denied entry to Canada. When police arrived the gentleman made a point of explaining that he was not associated with the lady. The lady made a point of explaining that she was the Queen of England. Despite the disparity of their birthrights, both rambler and royalty accepted a ride from the bobbies to local lodging for the night.
April 8, 4:04 a.m.: Early on Sunday morning an officer on foot patrol downtown observed suspicious activity at a closed marine services business on Marine Drive. Knowing the Easter Bunny was much more stealthy, the officer ran to his car and approached the scene in time to spot a white Ford pickup truck fleeing the area. The truck accelerated onto I-5 southbound and hit over 90 mph before the officer overtook and stopped it near the SR543 interchange. The two occupants were trying to explain why they had 10 new boat engines piled in their truck bed when 911 relayed a call that two men in a white pickup had just burglarized the marine business. This explanation was much more reasonable than the one being offered by the two men in the white pickup, and they were arrested. The brothers from Shoreline and Marysville were booked into jail for burglary, possession of stolen property and malicious mischief, and given a warning for speeding. The truck and the $30,000 in marine engines were placed in evidence pending a search warrant.
April 10, 12:10 a.m.: Police were called to a midnight mess on Elm Street when passersby reported a brawl in progress in a front yard. Responding officers found no fight, but a gaggle of grownups in animated alcohol-fueled pursuit of a house cat that had sensibly sneaked outside to escape the party animals. The only bloodshed occurred when a guest sliced his hand on the sharp lid of the cat food tin that he was using as cat bait. He opted for a towel rather than an aid car to stop the blood, but accepted the addition of infraction to injury when police recovered the marihuana stash in his pocket. The amiable group then retreated to their party cage, leaving cats and neighbors to their peace and quiet.
May 11, 2:02 p.m.: Police were dispatched when a trio of tiny thieves raided a store’s ice cream chest and high-tailed it outside with their high-calorie loot. They lived nearby, and were tracked down by a store employee with the help of their guardian. The eldest of the three was not yet 6 years old, so the business accepted payment for the goods and the crime was resolved with a lecture.
May 11, 3:47 p.m.: Passersby called police when they saw two very large men trying to force a teenage boy into a vehicle near Boblett Street and Borderite Way. Officers arrived at the melee to discover that the men were employees of a transport company. They had been assigned to take the boy out of state to a youth facility at the request of his parents. Unfortunately no one told the teenager about this plan, so he did his best to fight off the brawny pair before they handcuffed him and put him in their car. When police arrived the boy was freed, then taken to hospital by medics for evaluation of injuries he received during his capture. Officers are interviewing witnesses and compiling a report for prosecutor review of possible charges against the two men.
May 27, 8:15 p.m.: A resident called to complain of loud and disruptive behavior on F Street. Police arrived to find several children having a great time in a neighborhood playground. An officer contacted the reporting party, who voiced an opinion that kids shouldn’t be “running wild.” The officer asked the person to better describe “running wild” to aid in determining if a criminal act had occurred. The complainant responded by swearing at the officer and slamming her door shut, much to the consternation of her fuzzy little dog, which was left stranded on the porch beside the bemused policeman. The resident threw open the door, retrieved Fuzzy, swore at the policeman some more and slammed the door shut again, this time locking it behind her. The officer left Fuzzy to her fate, the kids to their play, and returned to patrol.
June 10, 9:41 p.m.: Officers received a report from a resident on Mitchell Street who said someone came to her neighbor’s house and found no one was home. When the homeowner looked outside to see what was happening the driver of the car gave her a mean look. Police did not find the car in the area and provided extra patrols overnight.
June 18, 11:05 p.m.: Police responded to a report of a ‘dogs- on-men’ melee in an E Street alley late Monday night. When officers unraveled the mess they found it had started with a physical backyard fight between a man and his adult son. Their battle ignited the protective instincts of the family’s dachshunds, and the pack of weiner dogs tried to rescue father and son by biting them both until they stopped fighting. Medic units treated both men for minor facial injuries and bites. Police determined Dad was the primary aggressor, arrested him and booked him into jail.
June 20, 10:49 p.m.: A resident asked friends to check on his home while he was away, but when the friends pulled up to the house late at night, they were certain that they saw a shadowy figure inside silhouetted against a window. They called police, and two officers arrived to search the home. The resident’s housebound pet birds and frustrated cat were delighted to see the police, and the police were delighted to see only the cat and birds.
June 24, 3:57 p.m.: Passersby spotted an oversized teenager clinging to a undersized tricycle hurtling along 16th Street and called police to report the anomaly. An officer found the tricycle sitting at the road’s edge, still tethered to the rear bumper of the Mercedes that had been pulling the thrill seeker down the road. The pilot and his flight crew received a lecture about the legal, medical and dental hazards of the stunt. The driver of the car received all of the above plus some personal attention from his dad, who responded to the scene to take custody of his car and child.
June 26, 3:37 p.m.: Blaine Police received information that a teenager who did not have a driver’s license was driving a specific vehicle in the Blaine area. A short time later an officer spotted that car being driven on Peace Portal Drive by a young girl, and stopped it. The 16-year-old confirmed that she had neither a license nor insurance, and that her mom lets her drive knowing that. Mom was cited for permitting illegal operation and her daughter received several tickets for the offences and a report for review of other charges was forwarded to the prosecutor.
July 2, 2:57 a.m.: Blaine Police received a mutual aid request from the sheriff’s office, asking for help with an incident near Birch Bay. A homeowner there had interrupted what looked to him to be an attempted burglary in progress, and was following the suspect in his vehicle westbound on Birch Bay Lynden Road near Kickerville Road. Officers arrived in the area at the same time that deputies determined that the reporting party had been chasing a motor carrier who was just out delivering the morning paper, and no crime had occurred.