Posted by Caleb Hutton
Text courtesy of the Blaine Police Department, with minor edits for style.
Wednesday, March 13
9:38 a.m. Blaine Police officers assisted Whatcom County sheriff’s deputies by providing backup at a county residence in which a man was threatening suicide with a handgun. The man was taken into protective custody without incident and involuntarily committed to care at the hospital. Case closed.
Thursday, March 14
12:53 a.m. A motel manager called police from Alder Street to report a guest and his friends making too much noise in a room. The manager asked police to accompany him to remove the folks from the premises. The guest and his friends were found to be loudly playing video games and partaking of the brew. The group left upon request and without incident. Case closed.
1:20 p.m. An unidentified person, possibly a school employee, contacted an officer who was on a traffic stop to advise of the suspicious older male near the elementary school area with no purpose. The person advised the man he could not be on school grounds and needed to go to the office. The officer checked the school facilities after clearing the traffic stop and the individual was nowhere to be seen.
Friday, March 15
3:37 p.m. A woman came into the Blaine Police Department to report a theft of a cell phone from her work place on Nature’s Path Way. The woman later received her cell phone the following day, but it had been severely damaged and was non-functional. A suspect in the theft has been identified and an investigation is under way.
Saturday, March 16
7:15 a.m. Police stopped a vehicle for speeding at almost double the speed limit (68 mph in a 35 mph zone) on Peace Portal Drive. The B.C. driver was issued a traffic infraction and warning about reckless driving, and then arrested for driving with a suspended license. He explained he was rushing to get a friend to the airport. Officers assisted in helping the driver get to the airport by calling them a speedy cab as the vehicle they were driving now had to be impounded as no licensed driver was available.
6:45 p.m. A Blaine resident called the police to report a suspicious occupied vehicle that had been parked in front of a home on F Street for the past half hour. An officer arrived and contacted the female driver. She advised that her parents owned the duplex she was parked next to, and she was just borrowing the internet Wi-Fi signal there. The officer found no other signs of criminal activity and left the lady to her surfing.
8:10 p.m. An officer responded to a residential neighborhood near the border to assist the U.S. Border Patrol agents after a group of five people entered the United States illegally. The officer cleared after the individuals were taken into custody and transported by the federal officers.
11:25 p.m. A security guard at a construction site on Mary Avenue reported a vehicle was parked on the roadway near the construction site and it has not moved for awhile. An officer contacted the Canadian citizen who was sitting in his vehicle. Person said he had gone shopping in
the United States and bought too much stuff so now he had to wait 24 hours before he could go back to Canada. Person agreed to wait in a different location with better lighting.
Monday, March 18
10:40 a.m. A Blaine resident called police from 12th Street to report that the convertible top on his car had been slashed with a knife, leaving a 6-inch-long rip in the fabric. It is unknown if the malicious mischief occurred in Blaine or while the driver was in Bellingham. It will cost about $3,000 to repair the damage.
1:14 p.m. A resident called police when he discovered someone had used a rock to break a window in a car parked in his driveway on Gleneagle Drive. A tool box and two brief cases were stolen. A neighbor remembered hearing a loud noise about 4 a.m., but no suspects have been identified.
5:26 p.m. A resident on F Street contracted police to report finding graffiti spray painted on his garage. An officer documented the damage and the owner will remove the eyesore immediately.
Tuesday, March 19
6:59 a.m. A passerby reported that a person driving a silver dual rear wheeled truck was stealing the orange traffic cones at a construction site in the 1600 block of Peace Portal Drive. An officer found the truck and suspect in the 900 block of Peace Portal Drive. It turned out to be a public works employee going to work picking up the cones and placing them near a new work site up the road.
11:41 a.m. Police were dispatched to investigate when a property owner found graffiti on the alley side of property on G Street. An officer arrived and documented the incident. The victim is not sure when the graffiti occurred, but it was possibly over the weekend.
4:25 p.m. Police were dispatched to Ninth Street to a check the welfare of an adult who made a threat of suicide to a family friend. Officers contacted the man and after an interview they transported him to the hospital for a voluntary evaluation.
5:29 p.m. Police were dispatched to a possible brandishing of a firearm during a gang confrontation at a residence on G Street. Officers arrived in the area and detained three suspects. They were separately identified by witness and victim. No weapons were found, and one of the suspects admitted to “possibly” pulling up his pants in an action which might looked like he was reaching for a weapon. Following an investigation at the scene officers released two adults and transported the juvenile back home to his mother. Harassment and drug paraphernalia charges will be reviewed by the city and juvenile prosecutors.
Wednesday, March 20
1:20 a.m. A police officer on patrol found graffiti vandalism on the back side of a city stop sign on G Street. The damage was documented and a service request was forwarded to public works for removal of the defacement.