Posted by Caleb Hutton
Text courtesy of the Blaine Police Department, with minor edits for style.
[Editor's note: Crimes came in pairs this week in Blaine: A couple of DUIs at the border, a couple of counterfeit bills, a couple of attempted illegal border crossings, etc., etc.]
Tuesday, Nov. 20
10:31 a.m. A woman and her adult daughter were threatened by an adult relative who chased them through the family home on Dunlin Court during a domestic dispute. The women took refuge in a bedroom and closet, and called police for help. Officers responded, made the scene safe and investigated. The 46-year-old man involved was arrested.
4:23 p.m. A high-voltage electrical line problem tripped Blaine City Light’s protective circuits, and the lights went out on Georgia Street and most of town. While a utility crew isolated and repaired the problems, police provided traffic control at intersections where the signals had failed and checked on darkened businesses. One resident was at risk because she had no backup supply for her home oxygen system which required house current. Blaine’s Auxiliary Communications Service team responded with a portable generator to help the lady during the outage. Power to most of the city was restored within the hour.
5:10 p.m. Police were leaving a call at a multifamily housing complex on B Street when a smoke alarm sounded from an upstairs unit. An officer contacted the apartment’s lone resident and found that the elderly lady had decided to take a nap when her building’s power went off. Unfortunately when as nodded off she forgot about the meal she’d been cooking on the stove when the power failed. She was fast asleep when the lights, and the stove, came back on, so dinner’s charcoal remains and the police at her door were garnish to her rude awakening in a smoke filled apartment. The officer helped her turn off her appliances and ventilate the unit.
5:45 p.m. A couple contacted an officer at the police station to report that their family’s cat was missing from its home near Boblett and Fourth Street. They described Ben as a large, overweight friendly 10-year-old orange-and-white striped creature. He was normally very good about not venturing far from the family’s doorstep. All officers were advised of the watch-for for their patrols, and for the next several days they kept an eye out, without success. Finally, five days after his disappeared, Ben showed back up at home, looking a little lean and smelling of must and fuel. Ben’s owner suspects the car got locked into someone’s garage over the Thanksgiving weekend.
8 p.m. A business on H Street counted the day’s receipts, found a counterfeit $10 bill, and called police. The employees had no idea who passed the fake note. An officer confiscated the item and forwarded it to the Secret Service.
Wednesday, Nov. 21
4:59 p.m. A business called police to report a fight in progress aboard a bus in their mall parking lot. Police and U.S. Border Patrol agents arrived and determined that no assault had occurred. The ruckus turned out to be a bunch of young passengers yelling at each other aboard a party bus.
9:30 p.m. A business reported they were counting the cash at the end of the day and found a counterfeit $20 bill in their receipts. The employees did not know who passed the counterfeit bill, and an officer confiscated it for the Secret Service.
Thursday, Nov. 22
11:05 a.m. Police were dispatched to a report of two boys fighting on Eighth Street. An officer arrived to find 12- and 9-year-old brothers walking down the street. They admitted to horsing around, but were not actually fighting.
11:40 p.m. An officer backed U.S. Border Patrol agents an unknown person attempted to drive across the border at Harvey Road, then fled northbound after the vehicle got stuck. Royal Canadian Mounted Police initiated a search for the suspect, and Border Patrol agents impounded the vehicle.
Friday, Nov. 23
12:05 a.m. U.S. Customs officers reported they were questioning a person who drove up to a primary booth to gain entry into the United States. While a Customs officer was questioning the driver he noticed signs of the driver being under the influence of alcohol. The driver was brought into secondary inspection, where a Blaine Police Officer met with the motorist, who failed field sobriety tests. The 31-year-old Federal Way resident was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and booked into jail.
8:17 p.m. Police officers assisted U.S. Border Patrol field agents with a report that three border jumpers had entered the United States near Sixth and A Street in Blaine. The trio split up when they crossed, but all were quickly and peacefully captured within a block of their point of entry.
Saturday, Nov. 24
9:40 p.m. An officer stopped a vehicle on Adelia Street for a traffic violation and spotted a large open bottle of liquor in the back seat of the vehicle in plain view. The three people in the vehicle were all teenagers, and the driver was arrested for being a minor in possession of alcohol, cited and released. The officer also discovered a large amount of marijuana in a backpack that belonged to a back seat passenger. That youth was arrested and booked him for possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver.
Sunday, Nov. 25
1:05 a.m. A resident reported that her husband had been beaten up by his nephew in law during a domestic dispute. An officer arrived to find that the suspect had already fled the area. The nephew was later located by police and arrested for simple assault involving domestic violence.
Monday, Nov. 26
3:39 a.m. U.S. Border Patrol agents stopped a vehicle regarding suspicious activity near the border. While the agent was interviewing the driver he noticed the man might be under the influence of alcohol, and he requested Blaine police attend. An officer arrived to investigate and found the agent’s concern was justified. The motorist was arrested for driving under the influence and booked in to jail after processing.
3:09 p.m. Officer received a request to contact a person on G Street who wanted to report some harassing phone calls. Officer arrived and listened to the phone calls and found none of them threatening or harassing. It was unsure when the calls were made and the complainant was unable to provide suspect information except a possible name.
Tuesday, Nov. 27
8:33 a.m. A person reported that while he was away on a commercial crabbing vessel, someone “keyed” every panel on his truck, resulting in an unknown dollar amount of damage. There are no suspects in this case. The reporting person requested a report for insurance purposes, which was provided.