May 20, 11:33 a.m.: A resident called the police to report what sounded like someone banging on a wall at a nearby residence, as if trying to attract attention. An officer arrived and he too heard the incessant signaling. The cooped up hostages turned out to be the neighbor’s chickens pecking at the walls of their plywood home.
May 20, 11:59 a.m.: A boater came into the police department to report that his vehicle had been vandalized while parked at Blaine Marina. The victim explained his pickup had been fine when he left it in the lot three days prior, but now it had a set of fresh scratches in the paint. An officer photographed the damage, which appeared to be caused by someone repeatedly running a metal object down the driver’s side of the vehicle.
May 20, 6:30 p.m.: Police received a report from a resident about an abandoned vehicle that has been parked on a residential street for over a week. An officer tagged the out of state licensed auto and it will be towed if not removed.
May 21, 12:57 a.m.: A driver stopped at a service station on H Street to fuel the small passenger bus he was delivering from Canada to Indiana. His timing was good, as it meant he was outside the vehicle when an electrical problem set fire to wiring under the new vehicle. Police and border patrol units arrived to find the station attendant had knocked down most of the blaze with his extinguisher, and an officer finished the job with one from his patrol car. They remained on scene until fire department units arrived to make certain the problem was resolved.
May 21, 9:53 a.m.: A garbage truck working in an alley off of 4th Street clipped a tree branch and as the limb fell it snagged an overhead utility cable. Police were dispatched to a report of a possible power line down. They determined the line belonged to the phone company rather than the light department, and the cable was stretched but not broken. Officers helped the driver document the incident and public works removed the branch to relieve the pressure on the cable.
May 21, 2 p.m.: Adult Protective Services referred a report to police regarding a senior citizen who might have been taken advantage of by a caregiver. An officer investigated and met with the senior. No crime had occurred and all parties involved were advised of the outcome.
May 21, 3:14 p.m.: Police were called to the scene of a non-injury collision near the intersection of SR 543 and Boblett Street. Both drivers had been eastbound on Boblett Street entering the left hand turn lane to go north on the truck route. The first vehicle stopped for the red light. The car behind it did not. The damage was confined to the bumpers of the two cars.
May 21, 5 p.m.: A resident on Cedar Street called police to report the theft of a bicycle. Sometime during the past month a baby blue 21-speed Cannondale bike was stolen from the victim’s yard. Officers were advised of the theft – there are no suspects.
May 21, 5:12 p.m.: A resident on 4th Street reported that someone had tried to break in to his car over the weekend. The driver’s door chrome weather stripping and paint was damaged at the point of the attack, but entry was not gained. The victim said there was nothing visible in the passenger compartment of the 20-year-old car worth taking – not even a good radio.
May 22, 8:38 a.m.: A passerby contacted police to report seeing fresh graffiti on a residential fence. An officer investigated and documented the vandalism. The new white graffiti had been scrawled over some pre-existing red graffiti that had been reported a couple months ago but never removed by the property owner. Police contacted the owner of the fence, advised him of the new graffiti and requested his help cleaning it up to prevent additional damage to his property and that of his neighbors.
May 22, 9:15 a.m.: Employees at a grocery store called police for assistance with two men in the store they believed were shoplifting. The arriving officer and store manager had to restrain one of the men, a teenager who had indeed been stealing and tried to flee. While the officer was completing his investigation inside, the teen smashed through the back seat window of the patrol car he was in, and fled across the parking lot sporting shiny handcuffs and a lot of scratches from the broken window glass. He was trailed by helpful witnesses and cornered in a field by an assisting border patrol agent. An aid unit determined the young man was relatively unscathed for someone that dumb, and he was booked into detention for shoplifting, several charges related to his escape and a felony warrant.
May 22, 1:40 p.m.: An officer contacted a teenager at the skate park regarding the obnoxious booming bass coming from his parent’s car’s stereo system. He was advised to turn off the amplifier and warned that future violations would result in a criminal citation rather than the attention he craved.
May 22, 4:40 p.m.: A distraught parent called police when her 6- and 7-year-old daughters did not return home from school. An officer backtracked the route between their home and class, and found the Boys & Girls Club along the trail. The young ladies were inside having a great time with their new friends. The officer gathered up the girls, their belongings and two Club enrollment forms, and transported them home.
May 22, 7:14 p.m.: A business employee called police when he received a less than cordial response from the man he asked to get out of his store’s garbage dumpster. An officer responded and contacted the transient. The 50-year-old gentleman had been deported from Canada and had no resources, so an officer gave him a ride to the Lighthouse Mission to get a meal and have a dry place to sleep.
May 23, 10:14 p.m.: Police were dispatched when a person came home to find their vehicle had been backed into and damaged. A family member of the victim had witnessed the collision and was able to identify the offending driver. Officers contacted the suspect who admitted the offense, and they arrested him for hit and run to an unoccupied vehicle. The 22-year-old Blaine resident was released with a citation and a date for a mandatory court appearance.
May 24, 2:22 p.m.: A customer left his wallet containing ID, credit cards and cash at a restaurant. It was found by attentive employees who secured it and called police. The owner soon arrived at the police department to recover his property.
May 24, 5 p.m.: While conducting a follow-up, police developed probable cause to believe that a man had harassed and threatened his wife with a series of phone calls and text messages and had damaged her car in an ongoing and worsening pattern of domestic violence. The man was contacted, interviewed, arrested and booked in to jail.
May 23, 12:30 p.m.: Officers contacted a vehicle owner and informed him about the parking regulations applicable in the area, both where his cars were parked and elsewhere in Washington. The gentleman was appreciative and used the information to bring his cars in to closer harmony with the rules of the road.
May 24, 9:10 p.m.: Police responded to a passerby’s report that loud profane music was emanating from an apartment complex at Bayview and Adelia streets, and small children were being forced to play amid the din. The officer who responded found that there were kids in the area, some of them out riding their bikes under the street lights while the head bangers wailed away in the apartments nearby. The officer could hear the noise from about 150 feet from the source. The owners of the stereo agreed to turn off the music, and understood the next visit would be resolved through criminal citation.
May 25, 4:15 p.m.: A resident on 4th Street called police to report her unlocked vehicle was recently prowled. The owner reported nothing was missing, however the driver’s side seat position had been adjusted. Officers advised the resident to lock her vehicle in the future.
May 27, 10:09 a.m.: Police were dispatched to a report of a single gunshot heard in a residential neighborhood. An officer arrived and searched the area for the source. A neighborhood canvass revealed that a squirrel had been doing some unauthorized electrical work on a nearby city power pole and got its wires crossed. A Blaine City Light crew had been dispatched to resolve the resulting local power outage. The squirrel had been self-dispatched by his acrobatics.
May 27, 6:30 p.m.: Police received a report of juveniles at an abandoned house breaking down a door and breaking windows. Border patrol agents and an officer arrived in the area and made contact with five cooperative youngsters playing war games with air soft guns. They claimed the sound of glass breakage was from the broken glass already on the ground, and there was no evidence of fresh damage to the old, abandoned structure. The juveniles were asked to contact the property owner to inquire if they could play on the property before returning.