December 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.
December 4, 7 p.m.: During an argument at home a man decided to demonstrate his state of mind by swallowing fists full of prescription medication in front of his wife. He lost consciousness shortly afterward, and dispatch was giving the woman instructions on how to perform CPR when officers and medics arrived at the house. The man was revived and transported to hospital for evaluation and treatment.
December 5, 12:23 a.m.: An intoxicated man and his more intoxicated brother left a bar downtown after midnight and staggered back toward their boat in Blaine Harbor. They made it as far as Peace Portal Drive and Marine Drive before the more inebriated man attacked and began beating 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 from Neah Bay was transported to the 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.
December 5, 2:45 p.m.: Officers were dispatched to a domestic dispute in progress at a home and contacted one of the spouses outside the house. No crimes had been committed but the person’s mate was having a difficult time emotionally and requested help from the police in obtaining mental health intervention. An officer transported the adult to hospital for evaluation and treatment.
December 5, 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.
December 6, 12:02 p.m.: Dispatch received a complaint from a motorist reporting truck drivers in semi-tractor trailer combinations frequently running stop lights at the intersection of SR 543 and Boblett Street. Police confirmed that the failing to stop is a dangerous maneuver that occurs too often at that intersection but officers are not able to provide continuous enforcement there.
December 6, 1:11 p.m.: A bank’s off-site security department asked Blaine Police to check the welfare of the bank’s Blaine branch employees after a power outage interrupted services at the bank and several other downtown businesses for a couple of hours. The bank personnel were fine, and the security department was notified.
December 7, 3 a.m.: An officer on patrol 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.
December 7, 9:30 a.m.: The Washington State Liquor Control Board advised that they were processing a packaged beer and wine sales license application for a business in Blaine. An officer visited the location, interviewed the applicant business’s manager and discussed the responsibilities of safe and legal sales.
December 7, 10:07 a.m.: A resident on D Street complained about a tractor truck without trailer that had been parked overnight in the 1500 block of D Street in violation of a Blaine ordinance prohibiting parking trucks in residential areas. An officer checked on the truck. It was unoccupied, and would have been legally parked had it not been a very big commercial vehicle. He placed a written warning on the California licensed rig, advising the driver to move or receive a citation.
December 7, 9:20 p.m.: Border Patrol dispatch reported a person at Peace Arch Park jumping the border from the U.S. into Canada. A Blaine officer was called but arrived too late to intervene in the subject’s hasty departure from the country. The RCMP 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.
December 7, 9:40 p.m.: A Blaine officer assisted a 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 U.S. citizens who had wanted to go to Canada, but they were too intoxicated so border officials denied them entry.
December 8, 7:30 a.m.: RCMP 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 was advised that it is duck hunting season here and the hunters often float offshore just outside the city limits west of Semiahmoo Spit.
December 8, 8:15 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a service station convenience store after a customer was apprehended trying to shoplift alcohol. The officer investigated and arrested one 17-year-old Blaine resident for theft and for alcohol possession by a minor. The teenager was released to her adult brother after processing, and a case report was forwarded to the juvenile prosecutor. The store recovered its two 24-ounce bottles of booze.
December 8, 10:30 p.m.: Police responded to an emergency call of a person in a Semiahmoo neighborhood suffering a cardiac problem. An officer arrived and assisted the victim until medical aid arrived to evaluate and transport the person to hospital.
December 8, 5:15 a.m.: An officer spotted and contacted an occupied car stopped between two warehouses on Yew Street. The man in the vehicle explained that he was homeless and had a friend who worked at the business by which he was parked. The gentleman’s car was overheating at the time of the contact, and he was escorted to a service station to refill his radiator.
December 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 accidental and he was waiting to meet a friend who was detained at the border. Car and driver left the area a short time later.
December 10, 12:20 a.m.: A parent on Cedar Street called police when she spotted a possible runaway teenager in her backyard. Officers arrived, searched the area and found the girl hiding in another yard nearby. The 17-year-old was indeed a runaway and also was wanted on a felony warrant in Snohomish County. She was arrested and booked into detention.