Threat Received at FHS, Deemed Not Credible

Ferndale High School and Ferndale Police Department, “Threat Not Credible”

At approximately 8:10 AM on Wednesday, March 13th, a Ferndale High School student found and reported a note that contained a threat directed at the Ferndale High School Campus.

Ferndale High School Administrators began working with the Ferndale Police Department immediately and it is the opinion of law enforcement and school administration that the note does not pose a credible threat.

Any further investigation will focus on the origin of the note. Ferndale High School Administrators will continue working with the Ferndale Police Department to determine who may have authored the note.

The Ferndale School District would like to thank the student who reported the note and the team at the Ferndale Police Department for their assistance.

Ways to Help after the Winter Storm

With the weather finally getting a little warmer and the snow on pause, it is time to begin cleaning up after the winter weather. Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Roads are still slick. Whether it is slush or refrozen ice, the roads will continue to be hazardous for the next several days. Go slow, give yourself plenty of time to get where you need to go and give everyone generous space, especially when turning.
  2. Clear Your Sidewalks. Per Ferndale Municipal Code, everyone is responsible for the sidewalks in front of their house and business. The snow on the sidewalks are a serious safety hazard and impede first responders trying to access homes and businesses. With the weather giving us a temporary break, now is the time to get out there with a shovel and clear those spaces for everyone’s safety.
  3. Clear your Storm Drains. As the snow melts, it is going to need to go somewhere, and that somewhere is down the storm drain. Make sure that your local storm drain is free from debris so that the melted snow can safely leave your neighborhood. Here’s a quick video to remind you what a storm drain looks like.
  4. Move Your Car. Public Works crews are plowing side streets now that our priority routes are secure. If possible, please park off the street. This allows our plows to access some of the narrower streets.
  5. No Private Plows on City Streets/Right of Way. Public Works takes every precaution possible not to damage our utilities, signs, fire hydrants and other structures. Private companies do not know where these things are and can cause serious damage to City infrastructure. If you do hire a private plow to clear your business parking lot or private street, do not stack the snow on sidewalks – see #2.
  6. Check in on your neighbors. We are small town and we shine best when we act like it. Check in on your neighbors, make sure they’ve got heat, groceries and can get in and out of their houses. This is a perfect opportunity to help each other clear sidewalks and get to know those around you.

We continue to work around the clock to deal with the aftermath of the snow storm. There may be some more snowfall in the forecast so if everyone can take this opportunity and pitch in, it will make it easier for the whole community.

If you have any questions or would like more information about our snow response, please call Communications Officer Riley Sweeney at (360) 685-2353.

Unclaimed Property at Police Station

Are you missing some items? They may have been turned into the Ferndale Police Station. Stop by during business hours at 2220 Main Street, identify your items and claim them.

Currently we are holding the following unclaimed property:

Miscellaneous tools, table, water bottle, pocket knife, wallets, cellphones, clothing, suitcase, jewelry, charger, casino card, blankets, lighter, 1 bicycle, and a backpack.

For more information, please call Kim Martin, Evidence Manager at (360) 483-5746.

Basic Emergency Preparedness Workshop Jan. 17th, 6pm

Basic Emergency Preparedness Workshop

Empower yourself and your family. Join us to learn more about what supplies and resources to have on hand when a natural or human-made disaster occurs. All are welcome. Light refreshments provided.

Ferndale Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

Date: Thursday, January 17, 2019

Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Location: Meeting Room, 

                 Ferndale Library

                 2125 Main Street

Hosted by Ferndale Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Ferndale CERT is one of the member organizations of the FERN and working with the Ferndale Police Department. For more information, please email Gayland Gump by clicking here

Auxillary Communications Service to Visit Ferndale Schools

In 2019, the Ferndale Auxiliary Communications Service (ACS) will be bringing the communications van out to Ferndale Schools.

The purpose of these stops will be to conduct a radio net designed by the Ferndale ACS (FACS) for the District’s radio operators. An added bonus of visiting will be to get to know the staff and offer small tours of the communications to staff as well as students. For more on this, FACS events, exercises and information please follow their Facebook page.

December 2018
18th – Maintenance, Transportation & Dispatch

January 2019
8th – Ferndale High School
22nd – Horizon Middle School

February 2019
5th – Vista Middle School
19th – Cascadia Elementary School

March 2019
5th – Central Elementary School
19th – Custer Elementary School

April 2019
9th – Eagleridge Elementary School
23rd – Skyline Elementary School

May 2019
7th – FSD Main Office
21st – North Bellingham Learning Center

Ferndale’s Auxiliary Communications Service is a group of amateur radio operators who provide communication support to the Ferndale Emergency Operations Center and the Ferndale Police Department Communications Van.

ACS is part of the Ferndale Emergency Resource Network (FERN) which is a consortium of emergency response volunteers who meet monthly to ensure Ferndale is prepared for any emergency or natural disaster. Also included in the FERN group is the Ferndale Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Ferndale School District, Northwest Washington American Red Cross, the Whatcom County Volunteer Mobilization Center, and the Whatcom Unified Emergency Coordination Center.

If you hold an FCC Amateur Radio License (Technician, General, or Extra) and are interested in becoming an ACS volunteer, please email ferndaleacs@cityofferndale.org to request an application.

The Ferndale ACS meets the third Sunday of every month at 3 PM in the Emergency Operations Center at the Ferndale Police Department, 2200 Main St.

Police Urge Witnesses to Come Forward in McDonalds Robbery

Police Urge Witnesses to Come Forward in McDonalds Robbery

Ferndale Police are releasing video footage of a suspect (see above) in the Dec. 9th robbery at the Ferndale McDonalds location. The video shows the suspect entering and exiting the restaurant.

The suspect is reported to be a light skinned male, approximately 6 ft 2 inches to 6 ft 4 inches, wearing a dark colored jacket over a dark colored hoodie, dark colored pants and brown boots.

At this time, there are persons of interest with this case, including a potential driver and passenger in the suspect’s car during the time of the robbery.

“Whether they were aware of what was going on or not, we urge the other witnesses in this case to come forward and speak to us,” said Detective Pike. “Beyond those persons of interest, we also encourage anyone who can identify the suspect to get in touch.”

Ferndale Police is also requesting customers who utilized the drive through between 5:00 am and 5:30 am on the day of the incident to call Ferndale Police Department.

Detective Pike can be reached at 360-483-5725 or jpike@ferndalepd.org .

Ferndale Police Seek Suspect in Propane Tank Theft

In the early morning hours of Dec. 10th, a propane tank was stolen from a resident on the 5600 block of Second Avenue. The Ferndale Police are asking the public to help identify the suspect captured on the victim’s security camera. If you have any information about this theft or can shed some light as to the suspect’s identity, please call Detective Pike at (360) 483-5725. Thank you!

Ferndale Police Seek Suspect in McDonalds Robbery

On 12/09/2018 at about 5:19 AM, Ferndale Police responded to a robbery at the Ferndale McDonalds, 1688 Main Street.  Employee’s reported that a younger looking white male, about 6’ 4” tall, 250 lbs, wearing a black jacket over a black or dark blue hoody, dark blue jeans and brown boots, came in to the restaurant just after opening.  The suspect implied that he had a gun and made his way to the back of the restaurant.

The suspect took cash from the tills before fleeing on foot westbound towards the Ferndale Events Center.

Deputies from the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office, along with Troopers from the Washington State Patrol, assisted with a K-9 track for the suspect, however the suspect was not located.

Ferndale Police are continuing to investigate and ask the public to contact Detective Pike at 360-483-5725 or jpike@ferndalepd.org with any information.

Mark Kaiman Sworn In as new Ferndale Municipal Court Judge

Last night, attorney Mark Kaiman was sworn in as Ferndale’s new Municipal Court Judge. Kaiman served as a Judge Pro Tempore in Whatcom County District Court for the last four years. In addition to his judicial experience, Kaiman has been a deputy prosecutor in, and is currently in private practice as a military and criminal defense attorney.
“Sitting in judgment of others is a great responsibility. I am honored that the city of Ferndale has entrusted me with this task and allowed me to answer the call to public service,” said Kaiman.

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