January 1, 12:03 a.m.: While investigating another fireworks complaint an officer came upon an older gentleman discharging New Years fireworks on B Street. He was visiting from out of the country and did not know fireworks were only permitted over the Independence Day holiday. Some of his fireworks were of an illegal type as well, and they were confiscated for destruction.
January 1, 6:02 p.m.: Police responded to a domestic violence report and contacted an adult couple whose verbal argument had grown out of control. The male half had thrown two dinner plates out two separate windows, without bothering to open the windows first. Both plates and 40 square feet of window glass were destroyed in the tantrum. The man was arrested and booked in to jail.
January 2, 2:50 p.m.: While on patrol, an officer discovered a light pole that had been struck and destroyed in the 1600 block of Boblett Street. A city light crew was dispatched to repair the damage. It appears that a commercial truck or trailer struck the pole. Damage from the hit and run is estimated at about $5,000.
January 3, 1:43 p.m.: A business called police to report that a homeless woman was camped out in their store and was refusing to leave. They asked that she be trespassed from the premises. An officer arrived and found that she had left, but he located her nearby. The woman was given a trespass warning not to return to the business, and then provided a courtesy transport to a bus stop near the police department so she could get to the mission.
January 3, 11:45 p.m.: An officer patrolling Peace Portal shortly before midnight witnessed a car back into a business sign downtown, bending it to the ground. The vehicle then turned around and drove away. The officer stopped the motorist, who claimed he thought he had just bumped a curb after dropping off a friend. The driver was cited for hit and run and no proof of insurance.
January 4, 7:57 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a harassment complaint where an unknown person was sending unwanted messages to the victim via a social media site. An officer contacted the recipient of the messages and found that the teenager’s security settings were not active. The settings were changed to block the young lady’s account from receiving unwanted communications.
January 4, 8:08 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a business when a customer attempted to pay with a counterfeit U.S. $50 bill. The store kept the bill and accepted another form of payment. An officer took the bill into custody and sent it to the United States Secret Service.
January 4, 9:35 p.m.: A concerned adult notified police when he received information that a group of underage drinkers were possibly partying in Semiahmoo Park. Officers quietly responded to the area and tiptoed up to several teens huddled together around a small campfire on the beach. A short surveillance revealed that the only intoxicants being shared were ghost stories, so the officers pounced on the opportunity to reward the participants with an adrenalin rush. After the sand settled the group was reminded that the park normally closed at nightfall.
January 5, 1:08 a.m.: Police were dispatched to a report that a possibly violent domestic dispute was occurring between two family members at a residence. When they arrived, the officers contacted the participants and determined that no assault or other crime had occurred. The loud argument had been between an adult woman and a parent who was concerned about her behavior and wellbeing.
January 5, 1:07 p.m.: A resident reported finding an empty package in her front yard. She had followed up with the label information and had found that the package had been delivered about a week prior. It is unknown who had stolen the kitty cat sleeping bag that had been in the package.
January 5, 2:34 p.m.: A person was leaving a store parking lot when he noticed that a man sitting behind the wheel of a car parked nearby was pouring liquid from a vodka bottle into a soft drink container. The concerned passerby contacted police and described the suspect and his vehicle, a white Ford Escort with Washington license plates. An officer found that the violator had already departed the parking lot, and a watch was kept on the area.
January 5, 3:10 p.m.: A homeowner called police when she discovered that that several items had been recently stolen from her home, including jewelry, identification and credit cards. Officers spoke with the victim and they are investigating while the victim obtains more information on the property that was taken.
January 6, 9:25 a.m.: While on a walk in the neighborhood a woman noticed that a door was wide open at a vacant house. Police responded, checked the residence and found that a real estate agent had left the home’s key in the lock, and had forgotten to secure the home before leaving. An officer found the other half of the lock box and secured the key inside.
January 6, 1 p.m.: A passerby in a store parking lot reported seeing a vehicle driver drinking from a beer can. The suspect car had already left when officers arrived, but they tracked it to the registered owner’s address. An officer contacted the young owner, and he admitted to having consumed “a little bit of beer” in the parking lot. He was educated about the laws regarding drinking alcohol in a vehicle, and promised it would not happen again.
January 7, 7:31 a.m.: Police were dispatched to a domestic violence incident at a residence, and on arrival the reporting party said that the suspect had had already departed. All parties were located and interviewed, and officers determined that the reporting party had actually been the primary aggressor. When relocated, the Blaine resident will be arrested for the offense.