January 15, 7:40 p.m.: Two separate residents of a neighborhood each called police to report that a man had come to their door claiming that he wanted to sell a vacuum. An officer found the man walking on the road nearby and determined that he was in fact an appliance salesman. He was warned to desist his activities until he obtained a city business license, and the concerned homeowners were advised of the outcome.
January 16, 9:26 a.m.: A business called to report that some items were stolen from their store the previous night. The theft wasn’t discovered until they took inventory in the morning and reviewed the security video. Officers are currently investigating. The business was advised of steps they could take to mitigate future thefts.
January 16, 5:30 p.m.: Whatcom County sheriff’s deputies requested assistance from Blaine P.D. in locating a missing child. The deputies wanted to see if the child had boarded the bus from Blaine elementary to his home in Birch Bay. An officer checked with the bus driver and learned that the child did not board the bus after school. It turned out that the child was safe and sound – his grandfather had picked the 10-year-old boy up from school and gave him a ride.
January 17, 5:24 p.m.: Dispatch received a 911 hang up call from a gas station and police contacted the station attendant. He was able to identify one of the boys who had just been at their pay phone by name. The officer was familiar with the youth and was waiting at his parents’ house when the kids arrived there a few moments later. The guilty party claimed he had called 911 to see if it would go through. The group received a lecture and warning, and his parents received a phone call.
January 17, 8:02 p.m.: U.S. Customs and Border Patrol requested Blaine police check on a disabled vehicle on I-5 northbound, just above the U.S. port. An officer checked on the vehicle and found a group of college students from Western Washington University heading up to Whistler. Their engine overheated in the border lineup. Police stood by with the students until the truck had cooled down enough to restart it, and suggested turning the engine off while the line wasn’t moving.
January 17, 9:50 p.m.: Police were dispatched to the Peace Arch port of entry regarding a person there who was possibly in violation of a court order. An officer confirmed the order with the issuing department, and found that the man was in the same vehicle as the protected person. The 37-year-old Marysville resident was arrested and booked into jail.
January 17, 10:45 p.m.: Blaine police responded to a report of a collision at the intersection of S.R. 543 and Boblett Road. A car driving northbound stopped on S.R. 543 at Boblett for a red light and was rear-ended by the car behind it. The responding officer determined that the driver of the car that caused the crash was intoxicated. The officer processed the collision and cleared both vehicles from the roadway and the 31-year-old Blaine resident driver was arrested for DUI.
January 20, 8:28 p.m.: A concerned resident called police to report a suspicious person walking around the Semiahmoo marina. The arriving officers contacted two people sitting in a car in the marina parking lot. The passenger provided a false name to avoid her arrest on an outstanding warrant. That tactic did not work, and she was arrested for obstructing public officers.