Posted by Caleb Hutton
Text courtesy of the Blaine Police Department, with minor edits for style.
Wednesday, Jan. 9
7:30 a.m. A construction worker was on his way to a building site in Semiahmoo when his car died at the edge of the Parkway. A resident passing by helped the driver and his friend get the car parked legally near the entrance to one of the Semiahmoo neighborhoods. The men went on to work and the resident contacted police and the resort association so everyone would know the car was not abandoned. Officers kept an eye on it for the owner, and a couple of days later he was able to get it running again.
8:22 a.m. Blaine officers backed up a U.S. Border Patrol agent who was dispatched to a Peace Portal Drive business on a call that a man there wanted to turn himself in for a crime he committed. On arrival the gentleman explained to the agents that he was not legally in the United States and felt bad about that and wanted to confess. The agents accepted his apology and offered him a ride to their office to commemorate the event with some paperwork.
10:15 a.m. A woman came to the police department to report that her mother’s diamond earrings had been stolen sometime within the last four years. The loss was only recently discovered after her mom, an H Street resident, passed away. There are no suspects in the theft at this time. A case report was initiated, and closed pending further information.
2:55 p.m. A resident on Adelia Street contacted police as a next step in a property damage complaint against a contractor. The homeowner reported that last spring the contractor had damaged his fence while conducting work on a yard. The contractor told the resident he would fix the damage, but took no action to make repairs in the months that followed. An officer initiated a malicious mischief complaint report, and is attempting to contact the contractor to get the story from his side of the fence.
6:30 p.m. A passerby on Peace Portal Drive noticed some of a store’s valuable merchandise sitting on display outside the business’ front doors. He called police to report the display seemed peculiar since it was evening time and the business was dark, closed and locked. An officer responded to investigate, and confirmed no employees were on the premises. He transported all the items to the police station for safekeeping until the following day when the store was able to collect it.
Thursday, Jan. 10
11:59 a.m. A resident on School Drive called police to report that it appeared their home’s garage door had been tampered with in the past couple of nights. Entry had not been made but the homeowner wanted officers to be aware of the problem. All officers were advised for their patrols.
5:03 p.m. A Blaine resident contacted police, concerned that an ex-boyfriend might break in to her house on F Street. She asked for and was provided information on the actions she could take, and urged to call 911 at the moment she suspected some one was trying to get into her home. All patrol officers were advised of the lady’s request for extra patrols to her neighborhood.
7:15 p.m. Early in the evening a Blaine officer responded to the area near Sixth and A streets to assist U.S. Border Patrol Agents on a report that three people had jumped the border southbound into Blaine from Canada. The officer and an agent located the trio. They had indeed crossed illegally in to the country, and they were taken in to custody by federal authorities.
Friday, Jan. 11
7:27 a.m. The State Patrol relayed a report that a tractor trailer rig was northbound on the freeway, approaching Blaine with one of its trailer brakes on fire. A couple of minutes later a U.S. Border Patrol agent spotted the truck as it stopped in the intersection of Boblett and Yew Street, just off the truck route. The truck driver had not realized his right rear wheels were ablaze until he exited the freeway and slowed down. The flames survived the fire extinguishers which police and passersby applied to it, and fire was getting into the trailer load itself when North Whatcom Fire and Rescue arrived and extinguished the blaze. The driver pulled the damaged trailer full of nursery supplies out of the intersection to make repairs and state patrol commercial vehicle officers arrived to investigate. Border agents assisted with traffic control throughout the event.
9:34 a.m. A homeowner on Fourth Street confronted a man who trespassed onto his property and was bothering their dogs. The stranger told the resident, “I can do anything I want,” then wandered away. Police located the man a few blocks away. He appeared to be disoriented from medication he was taking, and accepted a ride back to his own home where he was turned over to an adult relative who is in contact with his physician.
Saturday, Jan. 12
4:03 p.m. A Blaine resident called police to report that while walking his leashed dog along North Harvey Road, a dog from a nearby residence ran off its property and charged at the man and his dog. The resident was able to ward off the attacking canine with a stick. This is the second offense involving the same dog, and Whatcom Humane Society animal control officers are investigating.
Sunday, Jan. 13
2:40 p.m. A resident on Peace Portal Drive was awakened by her car alarm sounding and called police. An officer arrived in the area and found her car’s right rear door open. He canvassed the area but found no suspects in the area and no other cars in the same lot were victimized. Nothing was missing from the victim’s car, and she thought she might have left her car door open, but that did not explain the alarm going off. Other car prowls were reported some blocks away later the same day.
Monday, Jan. 14
5:01 p.m. Police were dispatched to a residence on Adelia Street on a report that someone had tried to burglarize a detached garage. The arriving officer found that the crook actually did make entry, as one item that had been inside the garage was now sitting outside. Nothing else was missing. The recovered item was impounded for processing. Investigation continues.
Tuesday, Jan. 15
12:02 a.m. Police responded when 911 received a hangup from a residence on Birch Court. An officer arrived to discover that an adult brother and sister at the home had been involved in a domestic dispute. Both parties were intoxicated. The brother was determined to be the primary aggressor in this instance. He was arrested for fourth-degree domestic violence assault and booked into jail.
9:34 a.m. A concerned citizen contacted police when a seagull with an obviously broken wing dropped in to her yard. An officer placed the homeowner in contact with a wildlife rescue organization, and arrangements were made to attend to the victim.
1:43 p.m. A passing visitor to town stopped a public works employee to report having seen a cougar running south on 11th Street. Police were called and were nearby, so they were able to quickly canvas the area. No big cats were spotted. A person out walking advised that a large dog in the area was the right color to be mistaken for a cougar at a glance. No other reports were received and no wildlife was spotted by the officers during their search of the neighborhood.
9:50 p.m. A person called to report her car had been broken in to while it was parked in her employer’s parking lot on Odell Road earlier in the day. The complainant advised that her car’s door had been damaged in the break in. She was calling from home in the county, and arrangements were made to continue the investigation.
Wednesday, Jan. 16
5:37 a.m. An apartment resident called 911 to report a man yelling and pounding on neighboring apartment doors on Alder Street. The arriving officer spotted the man hanging out of a third-floor hallway window, talking to himself while watching his drool fall to the sidewalk below, where the window’s screen was lying. The officer contacted the gent, and learned that he had locked himself out of his apartment. The apartment manager let the tenant back into his home, and police contacted the man’s relatives to advise them of the behavior problems the victim was experiencing.