February 27, 8:33 p.m.:
Blaine police responded when a sheriff’s deputy called for assistance with a traffic stop near SR543 and H Street. The deputy advised that the driver was failing to yield to emergency equipment. A Blaine officer blocked the top of the northbound truck route at the D Street ramp, which got the attention of the fleeing motorist. The soon-to-be former Birch Bay resident came to a stop, making it easier for him to be arrested on an outstanding felony warrant from the state department of corrections.
March 1, 10:56 a.m.: An officer went door-to-door in a Harrison Street neighborhood, looking for the owner of a car left parked facing wrong way at the curb. No one was home at the house to which the driver was associated, and a warning notice was left for his return.
March 1, 12:42 p.m.: Police were notified by U.S. Border Patrol that a man was dumping yard debris and cuttings on city property on E Street. An officer contacted the individual and advised him of his error. The suspect opted to load the debris back into his truck and haul it away rather than face charges of littering.
March 1, 8:10 p.m.: A caller reported that commercial trucks backed up along SR543 were blocking the intersection at H Street. An officer was just arriving in the area when the call was received and checked for blocking intersection violations, but they had already dissipated for the moment. The officer’s continued presence during the backup appeared to keep the truck drivers from committing any more violations.
March 2, 10:45 a.m.: A resident called to complain that an alarm had been going off all night inside a nearby home. Police arrived and found the suspect house. It was unsecured, cold and being renovated, and no one was on-site to address the malfunctioning fire alarm screaming on a countertop. An officer turned off the obnoxious device and secured the residence.
March 2, 2:30 p.m.: A resident reported men and construction equipment she did not recognize in the neighborhood. An officer contacted two employees of a company that had been contracted to do utility right-of-way maintenance nearby. Their information was collected in case it was needed in coming days.
March 2, 4:49 p.m.: A lady at home on D Street reported loud booming music being played somewhere in her neighborhood. It was some time before an officer could clear other calls to check the area and the noise had abated by that time. The caller was contacted and advised to call again when the noxious music reoccurs.
March 2, 6:38 p.m.: A service station called police when a customer attempted to pay for their fuel and food with two counterfeit U.S. $50 bills. An officer responded and contacted the bewildered patron. She had her receipt from the Vancouver bank that she said had given her the bills in the U.S. currency she withdrew for her shopping trip. The officer impounded the phony bills for delivery to the U.S. Secret Service. The customer will be contacting her bank in pursuit of a refund.
March 3, 5:44 a.m.: An officer patrolling an alleyway found fresh graffiti on a garage at a Blaine home. The officer documented the incident and took photographs of the damage. The case is under investigation and a suspect has been identified.
March 3, 11:06 p.m.: Late Sunday afternoon a Semiahmoo resident went for a walk, became disoriented in the woods, and wandered for hours in the dark forest as the temperature dropped to freezing. His cell phone became soaked when he fell repeatedly in the wet underbrush. It was after 11 p.m. before his calls to 911 got through, but dispatchers could not hear anyone on the line. They determined the calls were made from an area in west Blaine, and police were alerted. U.S. Border Patrol agents responded to help the officers, and USBP dispatchers assisted in determining the address connected to the phone. They briefly made contact with the victim on his cell phone and he relayed that he was lost in the woods before his phone died. With the information dispatch provided, officers were initiating a search from the victim’s home when Border Patrol agents radioed that the victim had hobbled out of the woods and into view. He was exhausted, soaked and slightly hypothermic but otherwise unharmed. He was helped to his home and monitored until a medic unit arrived to evaluate his condition.
March 4, 9:41 a.m.: A landlord requested contact when he discovered damage to a freshly vacated rental unit. What looked like either garbage or property had been left in the garage, along with a vehicle filled with what was definitely trash. An officer found and contacted the ex-tenant, and he pledged to remove the vehicle and the remainder of his possessions from the garage. The property owner was advised of the promise.
March 4, 12:51 p.m.: A local business contacted police after noticing a counterfeit bill in their cash register. The fake bill was impounded and will be sent to the U.S. Secret Service. The business could not identify who passed the note.
March 4, 5:30 p.m.: Police were dispatched on a report of loose dogs in a neighborhood after a passerby reported that a resident in the area frequently walks his dogs without a leash. The dog walker was contacted by an officer and advised of the ordinance requiring dogs to be leashed within the city limits. A copy of the report of contact was forwarded to Animal Control.
March 5, 8:08 a.m.: A bank’s corporate security department contacted police when sensors inside their Blaine branch activated an alarm. Security staff had tried calling the business with without success. Officers arrived and found men at the bank ripping an ATM out of the wall. They’d also brought along a shiny new one to replace it. The bank was given a false alarm notification to commemorate the installation.
March 5, 10:16 a.m.: A Canadian resident bought a pleasure boat in Blaine and berthed it in covered moorage for at the marina for several months before having it moved to B.C. Once he got it home he inspected it and called Blaine police to report that a box of electronics onboard had been opened and some of its contents stolen, probably while the boat was in Blaine. The victim is compiling a list of the missing items. No other thefts from the same boathouse have been reported.
March 5, 12:48 p.m.: A resident on Blaine Avenue contacted police when he discovered that a set of tires and wheels had been stolen from his yard sometime in the past two weeks. The victim found his property later the same day at a used tire shop. An officer recovered the tires from the store for return to the victim, and the investigation continues.
March 5, 1:46 p.m.: Two residents out for a walk had their afternoon stroll interrupted by two groups of boys yelling and making offensive gestures at one another. The pedestrians called police as one set of tweens chased the other group down the street. An officer searched the area, but neither predators nor prey were located.
March 5, 4:17 p.m.: An officer was dispatched to a report of a shoplifter at a grocery store and contacted the manager, the offending juvenile and his mother in the store office. The young man had stolen candy, and was formally trespassed from all stores and properties owned by the company for 12 months, and he and his mother were escorted from the business.
March 5, 9:30 p.m.: A Blaine resident contacted police thinking that officers had her niece in custody. It turns out that the young lady was being held by Canada Customs after the driver of the vehicle she had been in was taken into custody. The officer assisted the aunt in making calls and giving her directions to the Canadian port of entry, which was hosting the teenager.
March 6, 1 a.m.: Police discovered fresh graffiti on a business on D Street and other homes nearby which have been recently vandalized with gang markings. During a foot search of the area officers located a gang affiliate who is a suspect in the malicious mischief incidents. The teenager was released to a parent as the criminal investigation continues.