This may be
becoming a habit
On April 14, Washington State Patrol troopers arrested a man for driving while under the influence of alcohol—for the 11th time. Trooper Cadet Washington and Trooper Black were on an exit ramp on Interstate-5 investigating a report of smoke in the area when a green sedan pulled in behind them on the shoulder. The driver stepped out and was contacted by Trooper Black. “Due to several indicators of impairment, including field sobriety tests, the individual was placed under arrest for DUI,” WSP reported. A subsequent check revealed the 59-year-old man was a resident of Renton. A further review of his record indicated he had 10 prior DUIs, two of which met the criteria for felony DUI. He also had a requirement of an ignition interlock device that was not present in the vehicle he was driving.
Conniptions over prescriptions
On April 18, Blaine Police were dispatched to the international border for a report of a woman in possession of 50- plus narcotic drugs in two small baggies. “An officer arrived at the Peace Arch and contacted the suspect,” police reported. “She produced a valid prescription for the medicine and was warned about having medications in their non-prescription containers.”
On April 15, Blaine Police were dispatched to assist U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at the Peace Arch POE for an individual in possession of a prescription drug in excess of what the prescription indicated. “The investigation determined that the Nevada resident had combined the remains of two other bottles for the same prescription,” police reported. “Officers provided the individual with his legal permittable amount and the remaining tablets were destroyed.”
South of no north
On April 14, the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office requested assistance from Blaine Police with a suspicious person. “A resident in the area reported that a ‘scruffy’ looking male had knocked on her door asking for help with his vehicle that was stuck,” police reported. “The man left when the woman declined to assist him. Blaine officers, with the assistance of US Border Patrol Agents, located the vehicle abandoned on a dead-end property just south of the resident’s home. Officers canvassed the area, but they were unable to locate the occupant(s) of the Oregon-plated vehicle.”
On April 17, Blaine Police reported officers are investigating a string of burglaries at a local storage facility which are believed to have occurred over several weeks. “At this time, over 35 potential burglary victims have been identified,” police noted. “Efforts are being made to contact the renters of numerous storage units to notify them of the crime and to collect descriptions of missing property.”
On April 16, a woman called Bellingham Police to report ghosts are disturbing her.
Liquor and lather
On April 19, Bellingham Police logged an attempted theft from a Fairhaven convenience store of booze and shampoo.
On March 30, a man reportedly stole $3,200 worth of high-end booze from a grocery store at Sunset Square.
Cramping the camping
On April 13, Bellingham Police spoke to a man who is new to town from Montana. “He set up a camp at the bottom of the Whatcom Falls staircase,” police reported. “He was advised that camping in city parks is not allowed. He agreed to pack up and move along.”
On April 15, Bellingham Police spoke to four people who were sleeping in a covered parking garage downtown.
On April 13, Bellingham Police spoke to someone who was preparing to camp in City Hall after it closed. Police asked him to leave.
The continuing crisis
On April 9, Blaine patrol officers noticed a 2-year-old child wandering without a parent. “Officers stopped to check the welfare of the child and determine the location of the parents,” police reported. “Officers located the worried parents and determined the older sister had engineered the great escape and the 2-year-old followed. All children were found to be safe and the parents determined to prevent future breakouts.”
On April 5, a woman got out of her car in Blaine and when she the door, other doors on the car automatically locked. “Her two young children and her keys were still inside the vehicle,” police reported. “An officer was able to unlock the vehicle. The mother was extremely happy to have her children safely back in her arms.”