Published on Thu, Feb 14, 2008
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Dakota Creek center to host dance

The Dakota Creek Christian Center wants individuals to shake out their prom dress and dust off the tux for their Valentine’s Day ball from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, February 15, at their 8732 Blaine Road location.

Basic ballroom dancing lessons begin at 6 p.m. and the dance will feature music by DJ Dennis Rogers. Formal wear for both men and women is required and denim is not allowed.

Dance lessons are $5 for the lessons and admission to the dance is $5. Photos are available for an additional fee at the dance. For more information, contact Rosemary Connors at 933-1342.

BCT play shows life of Marco Polo

Blaine Community Theater presents “The Gift” by local playwright LeRoy Smith.

The play takes place in the time of Marco Polo, who returns home to Venice after 25 years in the Far East.

His childhood sweetheart, Maria and best friend Antonio have waited (possibly not-so-faithfully) for his return. We see the three as young children, teenagers and adults, learning that life can be changed by unforeseen circumstances.

The play is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. April 11, 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20 at the Blaine Middle School cafeteria. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students.

Court finds U.S. Customs agent guilty of bribery

Desmone Bastian, a U.S. Customs agent accused of accepting free sex from a Canadian prostitute in return for allowing her to enter the country with loads of marijuana was found guilty of accepting a bribe in Seattle federal court last month. Bastian, 31, was arrested in 2006 after Sandra Maas was arrested by other inspectors for smuggling oxycodone pills in her underwear.

The jury was unable to come to a decision on three other charges and acquitted him on a charge of aiding and abetting the importation of marijuana.

Bastian denied accepting free sex but admitted paying the prostitute $150 on two occasions for sex.

News reports said while on trial, he often cried saying he hired the prostitute because he did not feel appreciated in his marriage.

He claimed the reason he told her in advance which lanes he was working in was so he could see her, not to facilitate smuggling.