March 26, 10 a.m.: An officer received information that a person wanted on a felony warrant from another state might be living in Blaine. Police located and confirmed a valid Montana felony warrant and identified the house where the suspect now lived. The 45-year-old woman was contacted at home, arrested and booked in to jail for extradition.
March 26, 3:19 p.m.: Employees at a store caught two teenagers shoplifting merchandise and called police. The investigating officer arrested the boys for the theft and brought them to the station for processing. They were turned over to their parents to await word from the Juvenile Court. The soda pop and candy were recovered by the store.
March 26, 5:23 p.m.: A parent reported that a teenaged male had inappropriately touched her daughter. The suspect is known to the victim and police are investigating.
March 28, 2 p.m.: A Blaine resident advised the city that he was concerned that bird species in and around Drayton Harbor might be adversely impacted by hobbyists flying model airplanes over the shoreline and marina. Police are investigating the report.
March 28, 4:10 p.m.: A gas station cashier contacted police when a customer tried to pay for fuel with counterfeit currency. An officer arrived and interviewed the patron, who claimed to have received the fake U.S. $20 bill from a bank in B.C. Police confiscated the bad bill and placed it into evidence for submission to the U.S. Secret Service.
March 28, 6:30 p.m.: A resident called police asking for assistance with two dogs that had been unhappily and continuously barking in the backyard of another house for two hours. From two blocks away the responding officer could hear the ruckus, and followed the barking beacons to their home. The pet owner was advised about the neighborhood nuisance problem caused by the barking, and the city ordinance BMC 6.08.110 (G) that required him to resolve it. The resident brought his dogs inside the house to stop the noise.
March 28, 10:31 p.m.: Officers responded to a restaurant when the management called to report that a customer had tried to pay with a counterfeit U.S. $50 bill. Police arrived and interviewed the person who passed the note, confirmed that it was fake and sent it to the U.S. Secret Service.
March 29, 8:48 a.m.: Police were dispatched to a report of a person sleeping on the pedestrian walking path east of the 400 block of Peace Portal Drive. An officer and a Border Patrol agent contacted and identified the camper as a transient U.S. citizen. The man explained he had wanted to move to Canada but had been refused entry to the country late the previous night. He came back to the U.S. and into Blaine, and set up camp in the dark where he thought he was out of public view. He was not aware, until the officers came knocking, that he had bedded down in the middle of a walking path. The gentleman set about packing his belongings, and was directed to a nearby bus stop to begin his trip back to California.
March 29, 9:46 a.m.: Police received information about a domestic violence incident that had occurred earlier in the day at an apartment complex. An officer investigated and developed information that a D.V. assault had occurred. The primary aggressor was identified, located, arrested and booked into jail.
March 29, 11:30 a.m.: A man found a smart phone lying in the grass near an apartment building. He turned it in to police for safekeeping in hopes that the owner could be identified and contacted to claim the property. Otherwise, the finder wanted to lay claim to the device, and was given instructions on how to obtain the property if it is deemed abandoned.
March 29, 1:59 p.m.: Dispatch received and relayed to police a report of a person dumping several cans full of yard waste onto a vacant property in the downtown business district. The dumper was identified, and his business partner advised that they had permission from the landowner to dispose of yard waste at that location. It appears that the dumping of clippings may be in violation of building and zoning rules, and officers are following up to make sure everyone has the same information.
March 29, 4:17 p.m.: A student’s expensive smart phone was stolen from an unsecured locker at the Blaine school district campus. Fortunately the phone was so smart that it was able to tell the student’s parent its new location. The parent was smart enough to call police rather than take matters into their own hands, and the officers were smart enough to appreciate having their detective work handled in advance. One of them drove immediately to the home from which the phone was broadcasting its plea for help, rescued the device and returned it to its owner. A theft charge against the teenager who committed the deed is under review, and the suspect is under the intense supervision of his parents.
March 29, 6:50 p.m.: A motorist turned his very nice, large shiny pickup truck into the entrance to a business on D Street and found the driveway blocked by a very nice, sleek shiny BMW sedan. The truck’s driver waited patiently a few yards behind the sedan, while that driver finished a conversation with a pedestrian and moved his sports car. The pickup’s driver was surprised to see the BMW’s back-up lights come on, and the BMW’s driver was surprised at how much damage you can do to your car by forgetting to look behind you before quickly backing up. The collision occurred on private property and officers made sure everyone had the information needed for their insurance companies.
March 29, 7:45 p.m.: A parent called to ask officers to keep an eye out for her usually very responsible teenager who had not come home on the bus after school. An officer was typing up the watch-for bulletin to all officers in the area when Mom called back to advise that her son had turned up safe and sound.
March 30, 10:12 a.m.: A boat owner went to the marina where his trailered boat was being stored. He hooked up to the trailer to tow the boat home, and noticed it seemed very light. He checked to see why, then called police to report the theft of his boat’s 50hp Honda outboard motor, valued at about $8,500. Officers are investigating.
March 30, 10:26 a.m.: Police were investigating the theft of a large outboard motor from a marina storage yard when a marina employee showed them exactly where the motor had been stored before it was taken. In the process of doing this, the employee noticed that his very own outboard engine, a 5hp Nissan, was missing as well. Both thefts are under investigation.
March 31, 2 a.m.: Officers on patrol found a child’s car seat laying in the middle of Peace Portal Drive downtown. It was soaking wet but thankfully unoccupied. Due to the potential biohazards related to the very apparent reason for its dampness, the seat was disposed of in a dumpster.
March 30, 1:30 p.m.: Police responded to a report of loud music being played somewhere in a residential neighborhood near Bayview Avenue and Adelia Street. An officer located the source – it was an industrial grade boom box being used by a hardworking construction crew building a new home on Adelia Court. They were polite and accommodating about lowering the volume substantially for the remainder of their workday.