December 24, 10:55 a.m.: A Blaine resident was enjoying an early afternoon walk and found a Wisconsin state driver’s license laying on the sidewalk and turned it in to police. An officer entered the license into property impound for safe keeping, and on New Year’s Eve its owner called and arranged to collect it.
December 24, 11:11 p.m.: Residents called police when they spotted a suspicious auto occupied by a lone man parked in the neighborhood. Officers arrived and found the vehicle abandoned. They were canvassing the area when the car’s occupant returned. He explained he lived nearby and was looking for assistance because his vehicle’s transmission had stopped working. The problem was diagnosed as a faulty canine. The driver’s dog had knocked the four-wheel-drive lever into neutral.
December 25, 1:25 a.m.: Blaine officers assisted a partner agency after two people ran from them during a contact on D Street. When the pair stopped running they explained that they had run because they lived in a bad neighborhood in California. Apparently the phrase “Stop! Police!” had a different meaning in their hometown. Though things started off on the wrong foot, it all worked out and after introductions were exchanged the two transients continued on to a nearby motel for the night.
December 25, 11:04 p.m.: A resident called police to report hearing an alarm sounding from the unoccupied house next door. An officer responded to investigate, and discovered the source of the siren alert was actually coming from the caller’s own backyard. He disabled the device, then re-contacted the homeowners and explained that they had apparently discarded an old residential smoke detector without removing its batteries.
December 26, 12:05 p.m.: The parents of a young adult woman came to the police department to report her missing. They had not heard from her for almost a month and this was unusual behavior, especially at Christmas. The woman was last known to be in the Maple Falls area, and officers are working with the sheriff’s office to locate her.
December 26, 2 p.m.: A beautiful, friendly golden retriever wandered into a driveway on Mitchell Street, and the resident brought the pooch to the police station when he could not locate its owner. The dog had a collar but no ID tags, so staff posted notices with the dog’s photo on social media asking for help reuniting her with family. A friend of the canine’s owners alerted them to the Facebook posting and they retrieved their pet a short time later. Their pet was licensed but she had lost her tag during her travels.
December 26, 4 p.m.: Police responded to a burglary at a home on Clark Street. A storage room there had been forced open, but it appeared nothing had been taken. It is possible that the intruder had been frightened away before adding theft to the burglary. The owners are installing upgraded security, and repairing the minor damage their door suffered in the attack.
December 27, 12:20 p.m.: A man came to the police department to request assistance with guests who had overstayed their welcome. He had locked his doors after asking the people to leave for the third time, but feared they would return. He was advised that the circumstances would require him to go through a formal eviction process before officers could intervene.
December 27, 2:05 p.m.: Police responded to a business property on Martin Street and confirmed a report that garbage cans there were overflowing and trash was being spread across the neighborhood. The trash problem there has becoming more frequent. Officers spoke with the former owner of the business and found out who is now responsible for the property. Repeated messages to the new owner have gone unanswered, and a case report has been forwarded for prosecution.
December 28, 7:50 a.m.: Police responded to a home on Peace Portal when the residents returned from vacation and discovered drug paraphernalia abandoned on their property. Officers impounded and destroyed the refuse, which was tucked in an area kept out of view by shrubbery. The homeowners are going to trim back the landscaping for better visibility and asked police for extra patrols as they are able.
December 28, 3:08 p.m.: Police responded to a report of a disoriented adult, and contacted a person experiencing a medical emergency. Officers monitored the victim until medical aid arrived to evaluate and transport the resident to hospital.
December 28, 2:45 p.m.: Concerned passersby alerted police to a woman possibly needing help at a business on H Street. An officer met the lady, who explained she was a visiting B.C. resident and was waiting for a plain clothed federal agent to arrive and give her a ride. There did not seem to be any business suits or shiny sedans nearby, however. The woman turned down the officer’s offer for a bus token, saying she was opposed to public transit, and similarly did not want to ride anywhere in a marked police car. She left the area a short time later.
December 28, 10:44 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a report that an animal had been abandoned on the doorstep of a church. The caller was concerned that predators might get to the creature before it was rescued. Officers arrived to find a large cage on the porch, occupied by two frisky ferrets. The pair were brought to the office and turned over to animal control when they could not find their owner.
December 29, 4:12 a.m.: Police responded to a report of a vehicle in the ditch on Semiahmoo Parkway. An officer found an abandoned, formerly new black pickup truck stuck at the end of a very long furrow plowed along the side the road. Evidence indicated that the truck had struck something near Harborview and Lincoln Road in the county, damaging its front end and flattening a front tire. The driver then continued on for more than a mile more, driving first on the flat tire, then on the wheel rim, and finally driving on the bare wheel’s hub and axle before finally careening off the wrong side of the road and plowing into the ditch. The truck was impounded, and police have identified its driver. Their investigation continues.