Don’t blame Blaine
On July 30, Blaine Police said they are aware of rumors on social media that a protest rally is planned for their city, but to their knowledge the rumor is untrue. “At this time, the police department is unable to confirm that a protest will occur, as there are no credible sources for the information to date,” Blaine’s police chief noted in a statement. “The Blaine Police Department and the City of Blaine support citizens’ rights to peacefully assemble. Should a peaceful protest occur, officers will work to protect the rights of those assembled.”
On July 24, Whatcom County Sheriff’s deputies arrested three men from Yakima Valley after they allegedly drove all the way to Bellingham to buy drugs. They were contacted in the North Bellingham area and found to be in possession of two kilos of cocaine, over $60,000 in cash, an AR-15-style rifle and a handgun. All three admitted that their reason for coming to Whatcom County was to buy cocaine and then sell it in turn to buy even more cocaine. The wholesale value of the cocaine was estimated at about $55,000.
The continuing crisis
On July 27, Bellingham Police tried to make sense of a verbal domestic dispute that erupted in Sunnyland neighborhood that arose from a disagreement over political views.
On July 28, Blaine Police responded to a verbal dispute. “Officers determined this event was a juvenile problem involving juveniles babysitting juveniles. The parents returned home and were advised of the call,” police reported.
The never-ending holiday
On July 25, Blaine Police received a report of a loud boom. A patrol officer arrived in the area and heard additional fireworks being lit and located the source. “Contact was made with a Blaine resident who stated he wasn’t able to spend July 4 with his children and was unaware that he couldn’t ignite fireworks after July 4,” police reported. The resident was issued a verbal warning.
On July 28, Bellingham Police spoke to a defender of liberty after he discharged a display of aerial fireworks at a residence in Roosevelt neighborhood.
On July 11, an Anacortes patrol sergeant spoke with several people after police were called to investigate someone who was possibly shooting a gun. “After speaking with multiple witnesses in the area, it was determined that the noise was likely from fireworks deployed by a young male who had since left the area on foot,” police reported.
A well-regulated militia
On July 27, Bellingham Police checked on a report of a firearm being brandished in Birchwood neighborhood.
On July 27, Bellingham Police assisted someone who reported an accidental self-inflicted BB gun wound in the leg.
On July 31, Bellingham Police checked on a person who was wearing a tin-foil hat and had pointed an object at another person in Birchwood neighborhood and said, “Bang, bang, you’re dead.”
On July 19, a Skagit County resident called police to report a neighbor’s sheep got out. “When the officer arrived at the scene, the issue was being resolved and the sheep were being rounded up,” the Anacortes Animal Control officer said. “You might say the situation went from baa’d to good.”
On July 27, a Blaine woman called police requesting assistance with constantly barking dogs in the neighborhood. When asked if the dogs were currently barking, the woman said no. Police advised the woman to call police when the dogs are barking again.
On July 22, a mother called police to report that she and her young daughter were walking on the Tommy Thompson Trail in Anacortes when a small terrier bit her daughter on the leg. The woman told police that the man with the dog provided a name that may have been fictitious and a non-working phone number, so she was unable to follow up with him about the incident. The woman took a photo of the man and his dog that was shared by APD on social media.
On July 22, the Sedro-Woolley saucer nest was active again. An Anacortes resident noticed a couple of especially bright lights low in the southeastern sky. “I watched awhile, thinking they might move. I then walked to the eastern side of the house for a better look,” the eyewitness reported. “I took a series of photos, and a video, then went back inside. The blowup of the photos shows some odd anomalies that I can’t explain.”