February 20, 1:45 p.m.:
A driver was maneuvering his big commercial vehicle through a business parking lot when a tiny part of his truck briefly met with the very edge of the large metal roof awning over a drive up ATM kiosk. The contact was just enough send the roof crashing ten feet down to the pavement, narrowly but sufficiently missing the vehicles parked around it. Officers responded to investigate the collision and contacted the lucky car owners to move their autos out of harm’s way. The broken roof was removed and the ATM’s owner was advised that their cash machine was getting rained on.
February 21, 12:30 a.m.: A family left home in a rush when their young son fell ill and needed to go to the hospital. They’d not been then long when they remembered that they had loaded a batch of freshly made bread dough into their hot kitchen oven before they left. They called for police assistance and an officer was dispatched to the residence. He contacted a neighbor for assistance, and found that the kitchen was still standing and the baked bread was not ablaze.
February 21, 1:25 p.m.: A police officer was dispatched to a service station when attendants there came across a counterfeit $50 bill. The officer impounded the fake note for the U.S. Secret Service and contacted the person who had tried to pay for fuel with the bogus bill. The man explained that he had received the fake bill from a bank in South Surrey, B.C. The same service station intercepted another fake $50 bill the following day.
February 22, 2: 57 p.m.: Curiosity and temptation got the better of a business employee who was cleaning a storage room and happened upon an old, unused panic alarm remote control. The crewmember punched the button to see what would happen, and the device’s long life batteries did the rest. The company called their alarm company to cancel the resulting response by emergency services personnel, and the first arriving officer made sure that everything was all right inside.
February 22, 4:22 p.m.: A commercial driver was backing his truck off of Boblett Street into a business driveway when the passenger side of his trailer struck a Blaine City light pole. The metal pole and light crashed to the pavement blocking the driveway of another business, but missed the people and vehicles in the area. Police arrived to investigate and document the collision. A crew from the city’s electrical department removed the broken pole, placed safety cones around the scene and secured the exposed wiring at the pedestal.
February 22, 8:56 p.m.: A service station employee became suspicious of activity occurring in the cab of a box truck parked on their lot. It was dark and the truck’s windows were all fogged up, but it appeared that the man and woman inside were engaged in an activity both friendly and energetic. The officer who was called to investigate found that either the calisthenics had concluded or had not been quite what they seemed. In either case the couple decided to leave the parking lot and wait elsewhere for their border crossing paperwork.
February 22, 11:42 p.m.: Just before midnight, police responded to a 911 call from a man stating that he had been robbed near the intersection of 3rd and G Streets by a big guy who was possibly armed. It turned out that the big guy the caller referred was the police officer who had written the caller a traffic ticket an hour earlier. The caller then complained that he was employed by the Miss America Pageant and was paid in cash for his labors only to have the ticket writer steal his money. The responding officers tried to help the caller through his concerns but his mental state made that difficult. In the end he was warned that false reporting was a criminal offense.
February 23, 2:33 a.m.: An officer spotted a car sitting at the curb on a city street, apparently being stored on the public right of way pending export to Canada. The vehicle had been there for three days with a temporary expired Washington trip permit. The officer tagged and marked the vehicle as abandoned and it will be towed if not removed.
February 23, 1:54 p.m.: A person called to report that loud music was being played near their home around 2:30 a.m. The person was advised to call when the music is actually being played so that police could respond and identify the offending location. The complainant advised that usually starts after his 7 p.m. bedtime and continues through the night. Patrol officers were advised of the complaint for their patrols.
February 23, 2:35 p.m.: Police received multiple calls for service from an elderly resident, but none of the events reported could be substantiated by investigation. An officer contacted relatives of the person to advise that their family member may be experiencing some age-related difficulties.
February 23, 3:47 p.m.: A customs canine team working at the Peace Arch Port of Entry alerted on a California plated car which was re-entering the U.S. from Canada. Customs and Border Patrol officers inspected the vehicle and an adult inside admitted to ownership of several grams of marijuana and a personal use amount of cocaine that was recovered from the man’s luggage. Blaine Police were called to investigate, and arrested the 33-year-old Pasadena resident for possession of cocaine. He was processed and released pending a mandatory court appearance.
February 23, 8:03 p.m.: Blaine officers responded with USBP agents to a report that a man had walked south out of Peace Arch Park and headed down 2nd Street towards D Street through a residential neighborhood. When he spotted the approaching Border Patrol vehicles the man fled onto property adjacent to the street and tried to evade the responders. He gave up when he realized there were only two sides to the hedgerow he was using for cover and four patrol cars surrounding him. The man admitted that he had entered the U.S. without inspection, and the agents took him into custody.
February 23, 9:17 p.m.: A couple called police to report that late the previous evening they had been awakened by the sound of someone jiggling the handle or lock on one of their home’s exterior doors. An officer responded, checked the front and back doors and locksets and spoke with the landlord. The information was shared with all officers for their patrols.
February 23, 10:35 p.m.: An officer contacted a resident who stated that two boys had been at his apartment complex possibly knocking on doors and running away. The officer had been in the area and spotted the duo as they ran across D Street, ducking through apartment complexes, and he found them nearby. They said they were out playing, but denied any knock-and-run activities. The pair was advised to head home for the night and they complied.
February 25, 8:53 a.m.: An officer patrolling near the school campus stopped a motorist for speeding in the school zone. During the contact the officer found that the driver’s privilege to operate a vehicle in Washington had been suspended for several years after he failed to take care of a speeding citation he received in Skagit County. The man was arrested for the criminal license violation and his vehicle was impounded. After processing he was released with a mandatory court date for DWLS, and notice of infraction for speeding in the school zone.
February 25, 11:48 a.m.: An officer received a complaint of a vehicle parked for several days on city property in a public parking lot downtown. The car was tagged and will be towed if it is not removed.
February 26, 8:43 a.m.: A man opening for the day at his business near Blaine Marina discovered that thieves had broken in to two large storage sheds overnight and prowled his property, stealing a quantity of metal parts and scrap. Police are investigating and descriptions of the suspects and their vehicle have been provided to all patrol officers. The extent of the loss is still being determined.
February 26, 10:59 a.m.: A business at Blaine Harbor reported that a lock had been cut off of one of their cold storage freezer containers overnight. The case is under investigation.
February 26, 12:06 p.m.: Following a report from a resident who suffered graffiti vandalism to his garage, an officer found several other instances of the same gang-style tagging which occurred Monday night into Tuesday morning, in an area along D and E streets. All of the property owners were contacted and advised of the damage so that they could immediately clean it off and prevent the vandalism from spreading. Meanwhile officers are searching for a fluorescent orange-fingered bad artist with poor spelling and worse social skills.