By Caleb Hutton
Text courtesy of the Blaine Police Department, with minor edits for style.
Tuesday, Dec. 4
3:50 p.m. Police were dispatched to the 1500 block of D Street on a report that four people were using drugs in a car by an apartment complex. An officer arrived and found three young men in the suspect vehicle. It appeared they had indeed been smoking a hallucinogen, but there was not enough of the product left for testing. The trio’s used paraphernalia was destroyed.
7 p.m. During an argument at a home on Golden Eagle Drive, a man decided to demonstrate his state of mind by swallowing fistfuls of prescription medication in front of his wife. He lost consciousness shortly afterwards, and dispatch was giving the woman telephonic instructions on how to perform CPR when police officers and medics arrived at the house. The man was revived and transported to hospital for evaluation and treatment.
Friday, Dec. 5
12:23 a.m. An intoxicated man and his more intoxicated brother left a bar downtown after midnight, and staggered back towards their boat in Blaine Harbor. They made it as far as Peace Portal and Marine Drive before the more inebriated man attacked and began beating on his sibling. He may have started the fight, but he was unanimously declared the loser by the police officers and medics who arrived to clean up the mess. The bleeding, violent 21-year-old man from Neah Bay was transported to hospital by medics, accompanied by a police officer who helped restrain him to his gurney to keep him from destroying the ambulance. He faces prosecution for fourth-degree assault and other violations.
3:25 p.m. School officials called police when they learned that a student who was not on campus had posted comments on a social networking site indicating that he might harm himself. Officers located and interviewed the young man. He was physically fine, and explained the purpose of his admittedly inappropriate internet activity. The young man received a warning and the school and his parent received a phone call from the officers explaining the results of their investigation.
Friday, Dec. 7
3 a.m. An officer on patrol about 3 a.m. spotted a person walking away from the railroad tracks near Clyde Street. The walker lacked a hard hat, safety glasses or any other pieces of safety gear that railway employee generally carry. U.S. Border Patrol agents arrived to interview the man and found that he had possibly illegally entered the country via the railroad tracks, and he
was taken into custody by the agents.
9:10 p.m. U.S. Border Patrol Dispatch reported a person at Peace Arch Park was jumping the border from the United States into Canada. A Blaine officer was called but arrived too late to intervene in the subject’s hasty departure from the country. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police advised later that they had caught up with the man, and found that he was a Canadian citizen. He had set out from home in Canada but had gotten disoriented and bolted for home when he realized he strayed across the border.
9:40 p.m. A Blaine officer assisted Border Patrol Agent contacting three suspicious people walking south from the Canadian border along the truck route north of H Street. The trio turned out to be US citizens who had wanted to go to Canada, but they were too intoxicated so border officials denied them entry.
Saturday, Dec. 8
7:30 a.m. Royal Canadian Mounted Police in White Rock called Blaine Police when they heard what sounded like gunfire to the south of their fair city. An officer checked the area where most shootings occur, but did not locate the suspects. The RCMP were advised that it is duck hunting season here and the hunters often float offshore just outside the city limits west of Semiahmoo Spit.
Sunday, Dec. 9
1:34 a.m. An officer saw what appeared to be an unoccupied parked vehicle at a gas pump downtown. As he approached the car the driver who had been slumped down in his seat sat up and started to honk the car’s horn. That’s a classic, if melodramatic, way for a lookout to alert his accomplice that the police have arrived, but if something was afoot nearby it fled before doing the deed. The driver claimed the horn honking was accidentally and he was waiting to meet a friend who was detained at the border. Car and driver left the area a short time later.
Monday, Dec. 10
12:20 a.m. A parent on Cedar Street called police shortly after midnight when she spotted a possible runaway teenager in her back yard. Officers arrived, searched the area and found the girl hiding in another yard nearby. The 17-year-old girl was indeed a runaway, and also was wanted on a felony warrant in Snohomish County. She was arrested and booked into detention.
By Caleb Hutton
BELLINGHAM — A purse-snatcher on East Maple Street robbed a couple as they walked home from the bars early Saturday, Oct. 27, police said.
A woman, 32, and her boyfriend, 29, were walking home at 2:35 a.m. in the 600 block of East Maple when they turned down a back alley to take a shortcut.
A man sneaked up on them from behind, grabbed the woman’s purse and ran off, said Bellingham police spokesman Mark Young.
Officers noted the couple was “extremely intoxicated,” so they weren’t able to give a good description of the suspect, Young said. They were certain the robber was a man. But they couldn’t describe his height, weight, age, race, hair, clothes or anything else about him.
He was last seen westbound on East Maple, and may have turned north onto North Garden Street.
Anybody in the area who saw something suspicious should contact the Bellingham Police Department at 360-778-8800. After hours, call 911.
By Caleb Hutton
Two teens said they stole alcohol and candy from a Bellingham Fred Meyer “out of boredom” and because some girls asked them to, according to Bellingham police.
Security guards stopped the teens, aged 16 and 18, at 3:50 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29, and accused them of taking candy and vodka from Fred Meyer, 800 Lakeway Drive.
Police arrived and read them their Miranda Rights. The teens admitted they “stole the alcohol out of boredom and wanting to have some fun, plus some girls asked them to get them alcohol,” according to Bellingham police logs. (See case number 12B32197.)
Both were cited for theft in the third degree and minor in possession of alcohol.
The elder teen, Jamie Mitchell Sears, will face the charges as an adult. His alleged accomplice, who is still a juvenile in the eyes of the law, was released to his mom.
By Caleb Hutton
Via police scanner traffic:
A couple aboard the sailboat “Late Bloomer” — a white boat with blue sails — was fighting after (at least) one of them had a bit too much to drink Saturday afternoon, Aug. 18.
A caller reported the woman, 71, had very quickly consumed “an unknown quantity of alcohol.” She showed signs of alcohol poisoning, so an ambulance was sent to the scene.
Medical responders called for police at 3:20 p.m. when they arrived and found the pair arguing aboard the 30-foot boat in the marina.
Didn’t catch the age of the man, and didn’t hear confirmation that this was Squalicum Harbor. Dispatchers simply referred to “the marina.”
No resolution was broadcast over the scanner, but we’ll follow up on it if criminal charges ensue.
By Caleb Hutton
Via scanner traffic:
12:40 p.m.: Six people passing beverages around (caller thinks it’s beer) in a northbound vehicle on Interstate 5.
2:13 p.m.: Drunk man being a nuisance at kids’ event put on by the city at the Fairhaven Village Green.
2:14 p.m.: “Just so you know,” officer says over radio, “you have most of the local bandits in the Everson bar.”
2:55 p.m.: Western Washington University Police looking for 11-year-old boy who didn’t meet up on campus as planned. Didn’t hear resolution.
4:02 p.m.: At least six calls about 1.5-foot-by-1.5-foot fire on I-5. “This was about the size of a cooking pot,” firefighter says.
5:05 p.m.: Couple walking in Whatcom Falls Park, near St. Clair Street, heard six shots fired. Boyfriend is in the military and said it sounded like a .22-caliber gun. Police canvassed the area and talked to “a lot” of people. A couple bikers were the only ones who said they’re heard some popping noises.
5:18 p.m.: Transient sleeping under a “blue blankie” near the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest Street.
5:19 p.m.: Motorcycle fire on side of I-5 near Sunset Drive (milepost 255).
6 p.m.-ish: Diabetic 43-year-old man vomiting blood. Unexplained facial swelling, bleeding from the face. Taken to St. Joseph hospital by ambulance.
Also at 6 p.m.-ish: Man tells employee at Bellingham business, “Do you really want gunfire in here today?” Last seen running toward Peoples Bank. Not sure which Peoples Bank.
7:38 p.m.: “Female rolling around” on the roadside of Lakeway Drive, near I-5.
Plus a couple of drunk in public citations at Maritime Heritage Park. And a few fires, almost all of them extremely small, scattered around the county.