January 21, 10:11 a.m.: Parents in a neighborhood and on social media reported that a suspicious man had been approaching kids in the area, offering them $20 to answer questions in an survey. As friends and neighbors discussed the incidents it came to light that that the man with the clipboard really was a statistics collector, working on a national survey of youth regarding tobacco use. Police confirmed the gentleman’s credentials. No information about individual identities was being gathered.
January 22, 8:26 a.m.: An officer working a school resource detail contacted the teenage driver of a car entering the campus. The motorist was educated on the repercussions of speeding on school property, and he agreed to slow down.
January 22, 4:51 p.m.: A resident on Mitchell Street called police to report that four wheel rims had been stolen from an apartment complex. Officers investigated, found the property at a recycling business and recovered it for the victim. They also located and arrested the theft suspect. The 37-year-old Blaine resident is facing a mandatory hearing in criminal court, and has been permanently trespassed from the apartment complex where the crime occurred.
January 22, 5:15 p.m.: A business owner called police to report a loose dog in the business’ parking lot. Police impounded the adolescent black and white bull terrier, and transferred custody of the dog to Whatcom Humane Society when they could not identify its owner.
January 23, 11:08 a.m.: While conducting a follow-up on an unrelated matter, police were informed of a vehicle that was apparently abandoned on Martin Street. The vehicle was tagged with a warning notice but was not removed within the required 72 hours. It was impounded to a tow yard.
January 23, 2:33 p.m.: A man called 911 from a service station in Blaine, saying he was wanted by police and wished to turn himself in. Blaine officers contacted the gentleman and determined that he was sadly not wanted, at least not be state or local authorities. It appeared, however, that he had possibly illegally crossed the border into the U.S. from Canada, and so was referred to the companionship of U.S. Border Patrol agents.
January 23, 7:46 p.m.: Police responded to a dispute between neighbors in an apartment complex. The reporting party was upset that a nearby tenant frequently drank too much and then harassed neighbors, asking for marijuana. The complainant uses the drug but does not provide it and did not appreciate the intrusions. Police contacted the pesky borrower and delivered a cease and desist request.
January 24, 7:06 a.m.: A motorist contacted police to report witnessing a reckless driving incident early that morning. The reporting party explained he had been northbound on Yew Avenue when he was passed by a Ford pickup truck speeding at a very high rate. There was a bicyclist with proper lighting approaching in the opposite direction at the time, and the illegally passing pickup only narrowly missed colliding head-on with the cyclist. The witness was able to provide a license plate number, and police are investigating.
January 24, 9:29 a.m.: Police were dispatched to a report that an apartment tenant had just broken out a window in her own vehicle in the parking lot. Police contacted the woman and her infant child. She explained that she had managed to lock the keys to her apartment and car in her vehicle, and breaking the car window had been her only means of resolving the problem.
January 24, 9:53 a.m.: A teenager called police to report an assault between family members that had occurred the previous evening. Officers investigated and arrested an adult for misdemeanor assault involving domestic violence. The 35-year-old Blaine resident faces a mandatory court appearance, and the family was referred to child protective services for additional assistance.
January 24, 11:52 a.m.: While patrolling the area around Blaine’s school campus officers were advised of a vehicle that was parked in a pedestrian crosswalk, and learned that the safety violation is a frequent occurrence. The owner of the auto was located and advised that future violations would result in citations. She immediately corrected the problem.
January 25, 7:53 p.m.: Police responded to a 911 hang-up call at a residence and met with a couple living there. The female half said that she had tried to call 411 to ask for a cab so she could exit the argument she and her husband were having. There was no evidence of a physical altercation and no court orders between the couple, and they wished no assistance from police.
January 26, 10:25 a.m.: Blaine police were called to assist a Washington State Patrol trooper who was following a speeding vehicle that was failing to respond to emergency lights northbound on the freeway from Ferndale. After two Blaine units joined the pursuit, the vehicle finally yielded to the all the red and blue lights about a mile south of the Canadian border. When last they saw him, the errant driver was trying to convince the trooper that he thought that the emergency lights meant that the police just wanted to pass him.
January 27, 1:44 p.m.: Police received three complaints in one day regarding garbage constantly strewn around an unattended business property. An officer contacted the owner. He responded to clean up the mess again, and advised that he would arrange for someone local to provide caretaking and cleanup services.
January 28, 4 a.m.: Blaine officers and Whatcom County Sheriff’s deputies provided traffic control for a company that was moving an over-wide, over-long, over-tall piece of machinery from Texas to Canada. The Blaine leg of the journey lasted the better part of an hour and extended from H Street Road to a parking area on Boblett Street, where the equipment will rest until it can cross the border to its final destination in Delta, B.C.
January 28, 9:49 a.m.: An anonymous caller reported seeing a suspect dump old vegetation (trees) on a vacant lot in a residential neighborhood. An officer arrived and contacted the truck’s driver as he was trying to leave. The man explained he was dumping his trash there because everyone else did, and the officer explained that was neither a good nor a legal reason for his actions. The man said he would cease and advise another violator he knew as well, and offered to clean up some of the mess at a later date when the weather was better.
January 28, 4:08 p.m.: Police were contacted by a resident living near Mitchell and Adelia streets who reported an increase in suspicious activity and people sneaking around at night. The homeowner believes someone prowling the area looking for opportunities to commit crime, and there has been a rash of trespasses and thefts in that area. Police were asked to give extra patrols to the neighborhood.
January 28, 8:20 p.m.: Officers were dispatched to a fight in progress. Upon arrival they found a couple standing by the side of the road, hugging one another. No assault had occurred; the pair were consoling one another after they were refused entry into Canada and their vehicle was towed. They were given a courtesy ride to a hotel as added consolation.