August 20, 2:24 p.m.: Canada Border Services officers at the truck crossing reported that a small black dog, ironically part border collie, had illegally crossed into Canada by sneaking around vehicles in the lineup. The pooch was collared and deported back to the U.S. Blaine police took custody of the border jumper and transferred it to the Whatcom Humane Society.
September 12, 7:35 p.m.: Dispatch received a call from an apartment resident on 4th Street reporting that a neighbor had just used a baseball bat to smash his car’s windshield. When police arrived, the suspect was sitting outside her own apartment nearby. The slightly inebriated woman denied using a baseball bat. She claimed that she had used her fist to break the window, although her hands appeared unscathed. The lady stepped into her home for a moment, made some banging noises and then came back outside to show the officer that her fist was indeed injured. She received a criminal citation for smashing the car window and transport to the hospital to have her possibly fractured hand evaluated.
September 19, 5:17 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a report of a gunshot heard on Mary Avenue. An officer searched the area and found a man working on the engine of an old truck parked outside his home. The mechanic proudly described the height and intensity of the flames that had erupted a few minutes earlier when the motor had backfired through its carburetor. Thus ended the search for the shot heard round the neighborhood.
October 5, 7 p.m.: A couple visiting downtown Blaine heard a cat mewing in distress from the undercarriage of a parked car on Peace Portal Drive. They were not able to coax the critter to safety, and police responded to their request for assistance. With some patience and spare food, the officers rescued what turned out to be a young, scared kitten. Kitty was gently handed over to the care of a Whatcom Humane Society officer.
October 8, 5:18 p.m.: Police were called to a report that a man wanted a woman evicted from his commercial truck parked on Ludwick Avenue. The arriving officers learned that the long-haul trucker had met the lady several days earlier in Seattle. She liked his big rig and he liked her company. Sadly, he’d just found out that the lady was now attracted to another trucker’s rig even more. Police kept the peace while she moved her assets out of his vehicle, in preparation for hitting the road with her next former partner in waiting.
October 11, 2:56 p.m.: A concerned passerby called police to report that a dog had merged onto I-5 southbound from milepost 276. Despite his German shepherd engineering the canine could not get his four legged RPM up to freeway speed and was obstructing traffic. Though too slow for the car lanes, he was more than fast enough to stay ahead of the concerned motorists and responding officers who tried to corral him. In the end, they settled for herding the little doggie away from the freeway at the truck route off-ramp. Animal control officers took up the chase at that point, hoping to follow the canine home.
October 25, 2:08 p.m.: A U.S. Border Patrol agent on foot patrol called Blaine Police when he found a baby sink hole being born in the southbound Nexus lane on I-5 near the Peace Arch monument. The mouth of the hole was about one foot across, providing a window into a void about a foot deep and three feet wide under the pavement. Officers marked off the area with traffic cones and barricade tape and notified WSDOT and GSA of the problem.
November 18, 1:15 a.m.: Police patrolling near D Street and the truck route were approached by a black German shepherd. The canine had tags identifying it as a Canadian citizen, and it seemed more intent on finding his way home than asking for asylum. An officer transported “Wolf” up to the border and turned him over to Canada Border Services Agency personnel at the Pacific Highway port.
November 29, 3:58 p.m.: A passerby called 911 to report someone driving a powered wheelchair in traffic near H Street and the truck route. Police contacted a man driving his powered wheelchair parallel to the curb. He explained he is unable to safely drive his wheelchair on the sidewalk because it is too bumpy in places. He had previously lost control of his chair on an uneven patch and was injured in the resulting crash. He agreed to try and refrain from driving on the pavement during busy traffic periods.
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.