Public Safety

First responders in South Snohomish County gear up to meet Ebola threat

First responders in South Snohomish County gear up to meet Ebola threat

In response to the worldwide Ebola threat, Snohomish County health and emergency response officials have put new procedures and specialized equipment in place, provided special training to response crews, and are closely coordinating with hospitals and personnel from neighboring jurisdictions, all to ensure that Ebola never gets a foothold here. “We’ve added some specific questions to ... »

Fire District 1 Chief says retroactive pay amount should have been expected

Fire District 1 Chief says retroactive pay amount should have been expected

Snohomish County Fire District 1 Chief Ed Widdis says the recent flap over the district’s retroactive billing for its union employees showcases the importance of creating some type of regionalized fire service. “What I‘ve always said about these contracts is they were a Band-Aid,” Widdis said of the Fire District’s current agreements to provide fire service not only for Edmonds but also the cities... »

Edmonds Police Blotter

Edmonds Police Blotter

Select reports from Oct. 9-15 Oct. 9 22600 block Hwy 99: Twelve beers were reported stolen from in front of a store after a delivery. 1100 block 9th Avenue South: A woman returned home to find her home burglarized with a large amount of valuable jewelry stolen. Oct. 10 900 block Cedar Street: Police receive a complaint of a neighbor intentionally parking her car to block access through the complai... »

Snohomish County Fire District 1 calls: Oct. 2-15

Snohomish County Fire District 1 calls: Oct. 2-15

Snohomish County Fire District 1 responded to 792 calls Oct. 2-15:  636 emergency medical aid calls, 49 motor vehicle collisions, 30 fires, 23 service calls, 11 natural gas leaks and 44 automatic fire alarms. Oct. 4 COLLISION:  At 11:53 a.m., a two-car collision was reported at 212th Street SW and 44th Avenue W in Mountlake Terrace. Firefighters transported one patient to Swedish/Edmonds Hospital.... »

Friday night high-speed crash on Main Street hill sends two to Harborview

Friday night high-speed crash on Main Street hill sends two to Harborview

A spectacular Friday night crash near the intersection of Main Street and Olympic Avenue sent 67-year-old Edmonds resident Ann Lui to Harborview with both wrists and ankles broken, several broken ribs and possible internal injuries. As of Monday evening, she has had surgery on her wrists and ankles, and remain in the intensive care unit at Harborview. Her son, also an Edmonds resident, has been by... »

Aftermath of Friday night car crash on Main Street

Aftermath of Friday night car crash on Main Street

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Snohomish County Fire District 1 hires 12 firefighters

Snohomish County Fire District 1 hires 12 firefighters

Snohomish County Fire District 1 recently welcomed 12 new firefighters to its ranks: Kyle Almeida, an Air Force veteran. Chris Burt, previously with Snohomish County Fire District 17 in Granite Falls. John Dorsey, an Army Veteran, previously with Pinal County Regional Fire in Arizona. Brandon Dumas, a Navy veteran. Boris Fayerberg, previously a volunteer with Fire District 1 and part-time firefigh... »

Edmonds man involved in motorcycle, truck collision during Thursday morning commute on I-405

A 59-year-old Everett man driving a motorcycle collided with a pickup truck driven by an Edmonds man on southbound I-405 this morning, causing a major backup during Thursday morning’s commute. The Washington State Patrol reported that a pickup truck pulling a utility trailer and driven by a 28-year-old from Edmonds was driving in the southbound HOV lane on I-405 near Lynnwood. The motorcycle made ... »

Snohomish County Fire District 1 calls: Sept. 18-Oct. 1

Snohomish County Fire District 1 calls: Sept. 18-Oct. 1

Snohomish County Fire District 1 responded to 713 calls Sept. 18-Oct. 1: 573 emergency medical aid calls, 61 motor vehicle collisions, 26 fires, 19 service calls, 5 natural gas leaks, 1 hazardous materials call and 28 automatic fire alarms. Sept. 18 COLLISION:  At 9:47 p.m., a car left the road, hit a pole and rolled onto its side at 220th Street SW and 76th Avenue W in Edmonds. Firefighters trans... »

Edmonds man in custody after shots fired in air near Yost Park

Edmonds man in custody after shots fired in air near Yost Park

Edmonds police took a 19-year-old Edmonds man into custody just after noon Wednesday after he allegedly fired a rifle into the air in the Yost Park Neighborhood, in the 9300 block of 216th Street Southwest. According to police spokesman Sgt. Mark Marsh,  at about 12:12 p.m. several people called 911 reporting the shots being fired. Edmonds police officers, assisted by officers from Mountlake Terra... »

Police offer prevention tips after ‘rash of car thefts’ in Edmonds

While reviewing City of Edmonds police reports Tuesday, we counted 10 car thefts in various neighborhoods, within a two-week span. Neighborhoods where we noted stolen vehicles included the 7200 block 213th Place Southwest; the 8500 block 242nd Street Southwest; the 8100 block of 236th Street Southwest (where the vehicle was reported to have a handgun in the glove box); the 21400 block of 72nd Aven... »

Edmonds Police Blotter, Sept. 22-Oct. 2

Sept. 22 7700 block 175th Street Southwest: Police received a report of a woman breaking wine glasses at a neighbor’s house. Sept. 26 23600 block Highway 99: A woman obtained a bottle of vodka from the Safeway store along with other items. She took the vodka into the store’s restroom and consumed some of it, but did not have money to pay for it. Sept. 27 500 block Walnut Street: Two me... »

Edmonds man who operated illegal money transmitting business sentenced to two years in prison

A 55-year-old Edmonds man who moved more than $150 million from overseas sources, through his U.S. bank accounts, and then back overseas, was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Seattle to two years in prison, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes. \ Pavel Rombakh, who immigrated to the U.S. from Ukraine in the 1990s, pleaded guilty to operating an unlicensed money-transmitting bu... »

What’s next for Fire District 1 billing, contract?

What’s next for Fire District 1 billing, contract?

Now that Fire District 1 has given the City of Edmonds a hefty bill for two years’ worth of back pay for its union employees, what happens next? My Edmonds News explored that question and more during a 45-minute interview with Mayor Dave Earling and City Finance Director Scott James Wednesday. James said he has been meeting with Fire District 1 officials, as well as his counterparts in the cities ... »

Happening nearby: Suspected drunk driver crashes into power pole Wednesday night

Updated Thursday with additional information from Lynnwood Police Lynnwood police on Wednesday night responded to a single-vehicle collision of a suspected drunk driver who drove her car into a power pole in the 7200 block of 196th Street Southwest. Upon arrival at 9:45 p.m., officers found that the power lines were down and actively arcing in the trees. The roadway was closed for several hours as... »

Reminder: Mayor to host Town Hall Thursday on growing train traffic concerns

Reminder: Mayor to host Town Hall Thursday on growing train traffic concerns

Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling is hosting a Town Hall on the evening of Oct. 2 to discuss what experts predict may be an alarming increase in train traffic through Edmonds. The public event begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Plaza Room of the Edmonds Library. The purpose of the Town Hall is to share information about the substantial projected growth in oil and coal transport by train, as well as the overall c... »

Scene nearby: HOV passenger? Bearly

Scene nearby: HOV passenger? Bearly

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Reminder: Bring unwanted drugs to Edmonds Police Department Saturday

The Edmonds Police Department will be participating in another Drug Take Back Day this Saturday, Sept. 27, from 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Those who have expired or unused prescription drugs are invited to drop them off at the police department, 250 5th Ave. N. The amount of unwanted medications collected has steadily increased since 2010, Edmonds police said: 2010-163 lbs. 2011-287 lbs. 2012-293 lbs. 201... »

From the Edmonds Mayor: Round two, what’s the scoop — more trains, coal trains and oil trains…..

From the Edmonds Mayor: Round two, what’s the scoop — more trains, coal trains and oil trains…..

In my previous column I said I would let you know how we are working to deal with our long-term problem of increased train traffic in Edmonds. So here goes… First off, let’s all understand that Burlington Northern-Santa Fe owns a lot of land and right-of-way in Edmonds. They have control of that land and the right-of-way which runs along the coastline in perpetuity (forever). And at so... »

Edmonds police arrest two in connection with Sept. 20, 2013 Bartell Drugs robbery

Updated to reflect that robbery happened in 2013, not last week. Edmonds police detectives have arrested two suspects in connection with a robbery of nearly $1,000 in prescription drugs plus another $854 in cash from the Westgate Bartell Drugs on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2013 According to Edmonds police spokesman Sgt. Mark Marsh, the robbery occurred at about 9:38 p.m. Sept. 20, 2013 when a white male,... »

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