News in Brief

Published on Wed, Sep 16, 2009
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Paso del Norte seeks photo submissions

Paso del Norte is seeking submissions for a Blaine photography contest. The winner will receive dinner for two and the use of their photo on the restaurant’s menu. Photos should be submitted by email or by disk to Paso del Norte at 758 Peace Portal Drive by September 30. For more information, call 332-4045.

Border agents nab 37 pounds of ecstacy

Early Monday morning, Border Patrol agents from the Blaine Station conducted a vehicle stop which resulted in the seizure of nearly 40 pounds of ecstasy pills valued at $1.2 million.

Agents witnessed two individuals load into an awaiting vehicle on the United States side after running south from Canada through the Peace Arch State Park.  Border Patrol agents followed the vehicle south and stopped it on I-5, where they found a gym bag containing the pills inside the vehicle.

Blaine sector chief patrol agent John Bates stated, “Border Patrol personnel are vigilant in maintaining their watch of the border,” adding, “This is a fine example of their dedication to protecting the United States.” 
The two subjects were taken into custody and will be charged with smuggling narcotics.

Candidate’s forum scheduled Wednesday

Candidates for Whatcom County Council and the Port of Bellingham Commission will be appearing at a candidate’s forum Wednesday, September 23 at 7 p.m at the Birch Bay Bible Community Church, 7039 Jackson Road, Birch Bay. The forum is being sponsored by the Birch Bay Steering Committee, Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce & The Northern Light newspaper. For more information, call 332-1777.

Walk to school day is October 14

Students in Whatcom County will be joining schools from around the world to celebrate International Walk to School Day on October 14, 2009.  This is the third annual celebration in Whatcom County.   
Approximately 3,000 students from schools across Whatcom County will be walking and bicycling to school, along with parents and teachers. Participating schools will set up Celebration Stations to greet the students who walk or bike. The event is being organized by everybodyBIKE, the bicycling program of Whatcom Smart Trips. For additional local information, call 360/676-6974.

Murder suspect apprehended in Blaine

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers apprehended a Glendale, California man suspected in the murder of his wife as he attempted to depart the U.S. on September 12. 

CBP officers of the Blaine Anti-Terrorism Contraband Enforcement Team (A-TCET) were conducting routine outbound operations at the Peace Arch port of entry when John Levin, 44, approached the officers driving his 2009 Volkswagen EOS. A query of the vehicle’s license plate resulted in an NCIC alert for a missing person. The alert noted that Levin’s wife had been found deceased under suspicious circumstances.

The CBP officers immediately removed Levin from the car. When placing him in handcuffs, they noticed that his wrists were injured and oozing blood. The Glendale Police Department was contacted by CBP and they confirmed their interest in Levin as a murder suspect. After Glendale police obtained a no bail felony arrest warrant, CBP turned Levin over to Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office.