March 6, 8:39 a.m.:
A witness called police after a white truck pulling a trailer drove onto the Bell Road railroad crossing while the crossing warning lights were flashing and the barricade arm was descending. The long arm of the signal struck the front of the truck, which then stopped in time to stay out of the path of the approaching train, but the impact snapped off the barricade arm. The truck driver waited until the train passed then drove off, leaving the barricade lying on the road. Burlington Northern was advised of the damage. Police checked nearby restrooms but were unable to locate the fleeing driver.
March 6, 9:13 a.m.: A crew arrived at the library park to pick up an outdoor bench for repairs, but discovered it missing, and called police to report the theft. An officer scouted around and found the bench still serving its intended function, just at a spot more convenient for weary athletes at the nearby skate park. The crew was advised of the furniture’s new location.
March 7, 9:55 a.m.: Police and school officials cooperated in an investigation that started when store personnel determined that a teenager had possibly shoplifted merchandise. The juvenile was identified, admitted to the thefts and returned some of the merchandise. His family is assisting in addressing both the property crime and the youth’s use of drugs. A case report was forwarded to juvenile prosecutors for review.
March 7, 2:06 p.m.: A youngster called 911 for help, reporting that his father had assaulted him for playing video games and forced him to run away from home. Officers contacted the youth, made sure he was safe and uninjured, and investigated. It turned out the complaining juvenile had received a spanking from his dad after he bullied a younger child and broke the little boy’s skateboard. The parental rectification had left nary a mark, and the complainer was returned to his father, who had been out looking for him.
March 7, 4:19 p.m.: A passerby came to police to report seeing juveniles hanging around an abandoned, shuttered building. Officers arrived, found a board covering an opening had been tampered with, and caught two young teenagers inside the structure. They were arrested, brought to the police station, and released to their parents after processing. An arrest and investigation report was forwarded to the juvenile prosecutor’s office for charges.
March 7, 7:30 p.m.: A business called police to report they had received counterfeit currency from a patron making a purchase. The customer refused to wait for police, paid his bill with a credit card and left before an officer arrived. Police impounded the bogus U.S. $50 note and collected the information from the credit card used by the man. The bill and information were sent to the U.S. Secret Service.
March 7, 8:51 p.m.: A homeowner was hard at work cleaning gang graffiti off a neighbor’s house when a rude trio of troublemakers sauntered by and tried to harass the Good Samaritan for his efforts. They left after a verbal exchange, and police caught up with them at the service station nearby. They were warned about their disorderly conduct, and their claims of innocence were duly noted before they were trespassed from the property at the request of the store’s management. They departed in the company of one of their parents.
March 7, 9:55 p.m.: A business called 911 for a medic response when they found an unconscious man lying on the sidewalk behind their store. Officers arrived first and found a 38-year-old transient who had fallen deeply asleep beside a now empty problem drinker-sized can of cheap beer. When roused from his slumber he was sober enough to say he did not need the assistance of officers to go somewhere else, and he did.
March 8, 10:52 a.m.: The victim of a road rage incident called police, and officers met her in a business parking lot near where the offense occurred. She explained that a man in a gray Nissan pickup had almost run into the back of her car on H Street, then followed her until she parked and verbally harassed and threatened her before driving away. Officers investigated, identified the suspect driver, located and interviewed him, and prepared a case report for review by prosecutors.
March 8, 1:50 p.m.: Blaine police responded to assist U.S. Border Patrol agents on a report of a person illegally entering the U.S. from Canada on foot. An officer located and arrested the teenaged suspect for possession of fake identification. After processing, the 17-year-old from Vancouver, B.C. was turned over to federal officials regarding his illegal entry, and was ultimately released to his father at Canada Customs.
March 8, 9:45 p.m.: Police received mid-evening calls that shots were being fired in a residential neighborhood near Madison Street. Responding officers spotted a man running from the street into a house, and contacted him without incident. The sprinter said he’d run at the sight of police because he knew he should not have celebrated his friend’s birthday by setting off a bunch of fireworks. The evidence of his crime littered the sidewalk nearby, and the 22-year-old Blaine resident received a gift citation for unlawful discharge of fireworks.
March 9, 12:10 a.m.: An officer patrolling Boblett Street contacted a man to inquire what the heck he was riding down the road. It turned out to be a piece of mobile artwork borne of self-taught welding, wheels and the remains of an old riding lawnmower, wisely missing its blades. The young artiste made a midnight ride to the gas station to fuel his creation, and was heading back to his garage studio when caught. He accepted a warning for driving on city streets without a vehicle, and received a police escort to make sure he got safely home.
March 9, 8:35 a.m.: While interviewing another person nearby, U.S. Border Patrol agents came across a man lying in the underbrush at Lincoln Park, swaddled in blankets, either very intoxicated or deeply asleep. An officer arrived and determined both assessments were correct. The transient from California was roused from his slumber and advised that both camping and open alcohol consumption were illegal in city parks. He thanked the officer for his one and only warning on the subject, and stated an intention to find his way to a new life across the border in Canada.
March 9, 9:33 a.m.: 911 received a call from a residence in Blaine, but the caller disconnected without saying anything. Dispatch called back but no one would respond. An officer drove to the residence and contacted the family there. Under questioning by police and parents, one of the tweens in the household admitted to having made the call. The youth has a past history of similar false calls to emergency services, and subsequent offenses will be handled as false reporting crimes.
March 9, 1:55 p.m.: Dispatch reported a transient sleeping in the brush at Lincoln Park under the watchful gaze of his pet bottle of vodka. An officer responded to rouse the tipsy transient, who’d tried to trek to Canada. He was now willing to bus to points south, but WTA was off for the day. The officer’s offer to chauffeur was gladly accepted, and once poured into a patrol car the gent was whisked away.
March 9, 8:43 p.m.: A passerby called police when he spotted a person prowling around a residential construction project after dark. Officers arrived, searched the property and found a man hiding inside a large commercial dumpster on the site. The 34-year-old Ferndale resident claimed he had been looking for scrap lumber. He was arrested for trespassing and for attempting misdemeanor theft.
March 9, 10:23 p.m.: Officers were dispatched to a late night 911 hang up call from a residence. They contacted the renter on site and discovered that the man had already abandoned his landline telephone service due to ongoing problems like this. The officer confirmed that the wired telephone line is not connected, making it hard to explain how or why the house keeps calling for help. The resident is working with the phone company on the problem, though a higher authority may be in order.
March 10, 12:55 p.m.: A business reported that a customer had tried to pay for merchandise with a counterfeit U.S. $50 bill. An officer arrived and interviewed the patron, who said she had exchanged Canadian money for U.S. cash a couple of months earlier at her bank, but had no idea where the fake bill originated. Police confiscated the bill and sent it to the U.S. Secret Service.
March 10, 6:58 p.m.: A passerby contacted police when he noticed a man in a pickup truck using binoculars to watch an apartment complex. Officers responded and found the pickup now unoccupied with the binoculars resting on the seat. Further investigation revealed that the elderly driver had likely tried to figure out if his friend was home before making the long trek upstairs to the door. Police were nonetheless appreciative of the report.
March 10, 9:34 p.m.: An officer observed a car illegally parked on Runge Avenue. He checked back later and found the car was still there. He had the vehicle tagged with a written warning and a tow notice. The driver moved the vehicle and legally parked it a short time later.
March 11, 5:51 a.m.: Sheriff’s deputies asked Blaine police to check on the welfare of a man standing in front of a Birch Bay business possibly posing his pants-less physique to passersby. Officers arrived and found that the report of a fashion emergency was inaccurate, as the transient was actually attired in gym shorts and matching plastic trash bag lederhosen. He explained that his clothing needs were determined by the temperature and selected on the basis of budget. Since the approach of dawn heralded a new day’s warmth, the gent tore off his hefty leg warmers, tossed them in a trashcan and wandered away.
March 11, 7:37 a.m.: Rats! A resident called 911 to report that he had captured a rodent in his house but did not know what to do with it. An officer suggested that he take a short stroll to the nearby city gravel pit and release the rascal back to the wild.
March 11, 10:23 p.m.: An owner was monitoring his business property remotely by security camera, and spotted a vehicle in his parking lot after hours. An officer responded to the call for police assistance, and found the vehicle was cold and unoccupied. The caller was advised that everything was secure at the business and there was no evidence of criminal activity, though it’s likely he’d already seen that.
March 12, 12:05 a.m.: Police in Kittery, Maine, asked Blaine police to watch for a man reported as missing and overdue. The Maine resident was en route to Anchorage, Alaska by car and reportedly had last spoken with a relative by cell phone from the Blaine area on March 6. Officers searched the community and did not find the man or his vehicle. The information was forwarded to other agencies in the area.
March 12, 2:21 a.m.: An officer on overnight patrol saw that the dome light was on in an unoccupied vehicle in a driveway on B Street. The car did not appear to have been prowled and its security system was active. After weighing the chance of a possible morning jump-start against the certainty of waking the car’s owner to come out in the driving rain at 2:30 a.m., the officer decided the owner would rather risk the jump-start. No one called in the morning to complain about the decision.
March 12, 10:55 a.m.: A passerby complained that a construction company working on Jerome Street was not properly marking the roadway for the construction. An officer arrived and contacted the company. They advised that they were just cleaning up and leaving for the day, but would provide additional signage tomorrow.