South County Fire offering free online kids fire camp

South County Fire is offering a free online Kids Fire Camp featuring fun activities for families to do at home. Materials are posted online at www.southsnofire.org/firecamp so families can participate at their own pace. Camp includes hands-on activities to do as a family in conjunction with workbook activities for kids focused on fire safety, disaster…

State health department: Overdose rates on pace to break another record in 2021

Fentanyl-related overdoses are increasing across the state. Now, state health officials are asking that people carry naloxone if they plan on consuming any drug not purchased at a pharmacy or cannabis dispensary or have friends and family that do. According to Tuesday’s Washington State Health Department announcement, overdoses are occurring across all age ranges, races…

City announces new online portal to report incidents of discrimination

The City of Edmonds has established a new online portal to report incidents of bias, discrimination and hate. According to a city announcement Monday, the new reporting tool was recommended by the Edmonds Diversity Commission. Any issues that are criminal in nature should still be reported directly to Edmonds police by calling 911 or via the EPD…

Local police departments sorting out unknowns in new accountability laws

Major changes are coming at the end of this month for police in Edmonds, Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace. The Washington State Legislature has outlawed chokeholds and neck restraints; limited how and when officers can chase suspects; how much force they can use to subdue people; prohibits “no-knock’”warrants and severely limits the use of tear gas….

Edmonds Police Blotter July 6-12, 2021

July 6 22900 block Highway 99: A subject was arrested in front of a closed business for delivery of a controlled substance. 21900 block Highway 99: A stolen vehicle was recovered unoccupied in a business parking lot. 400 block 4th Avenue North: A rented moving truck exploded ina parking lot. causing property damage. The vehicle was…

Car struck by gunfire on Interstate 5 in Lynnwood Wednesday morning

A vehicle was struck multiple times by gunfire early Wednesday morning while driving along Interstate 5 in Lynnwood, according to the Washington State Patrol. Around 3:30 a.m., officers responded to reports of shots fired on I-5 near 44th Avenue West. According to the state patrol, the victim driver was traveling north in a white Chrysler…

Edmonds Police Blotter: July 1-5, 2021

July 1 21900 block 64th Avenue West: Edmonds police assisted the Mountlake Terrace Police Department with a marijuana shop burglary. The building was searched and no suspects were located. 100th Avenue West/Edmonds Way: A found wallet was turned in for safekeeping. Attempts to contact the owner were unsuccessful. 200 block 5th Avenue North: A citizen…

Propane tank leak suspected in ECA parking lot truck explosion

A leak in a propane tank ignited by an unknown fuel source is the likely cause of a U-Haul truck explosion in the Edmonds Center for the Arts parking lot late Tuesday morning, Edmonds police said. The explosion, which occured in the parking lot’s northeast corner near 6th Avenue and Glen Street at 11:25 a.m….

Inslee declares wildfire state of emergency, limited burn ban

Gov. Jay Inslee Tuesday declared a statewide state of emergency relating to the growing risk of wildfires, including a statewide prohibition on most outdoor and agricultural burning through Sept. 30, 2021. “Washington is facing a historic drought and we have already experienced record-breaking heat. We must be vigilant in our efforts to prevent wildfires, and…

No one injured as U-Haul truck explodes in ECA parking lot Tuesday morning

Updated with additional photos. Clarifying it was a truck not a trailer. A U-Haul truck exploded in the northeast corner of the Edmonds Center for the Arts parking lot late Tuesday morning, causing damage to nearby vchicles parked on the street but no known injuries. Edmonds police and South County Fire crews are on the…

Edmonds Police Blotter: June 22-30, 2021

June 22 21900 block Highway 99: A man was arrested for a warrant. 18600 block 78th Place West: Mail and packages were stolen from in front of a residence. 21500 block 73rd Place West: A catalytic converter was stolen from a vehicle. 21100 block 80th Avenue West: Police responded to a reported dispute and alleged threats…

Motorcycle, van collision in Lynnwood leaves Edmonds man with critical injuries

A 21-year-old Edmonds man riding his motorcycle on Highway 99 was critically injured Tuesday night after being struck by a suspected DUI driver, according to the Lynnwood Police Department. Around 10 p.m. on June 29, police say the suspect — a 51-year-old Shoreline man driving a Dodge Caravan — was traveling southbound on Highway 99…

What can we do for people like ‘Charlie’?

I want you to meet someone; someone you’d probably never see as you move around Edmonds. He is autistic. He is homeless. He has been a civic headache for Edmonds. His situation has left the city baffled; one social service worker admitting we “don’t know what to do for ‘Charlie’.” The city’s dilemma has involved…

There’s a $500 fine on the line: Edmonds police begin fireworks enforcement patrols

Edmonds police have begun extra patrols to address unlawful fireworks use in the city. The patrols started Monday, June 28 and violators could face a $500 fine for a first offense. When calls of fireworks violations are received, officers will investigate and enforce the laws as appropriate, Edmonds police spokesperson Sgt. Josh McClure said. These…

Edmonds Police Blotter: June 15-21, 2021

June 15 22200 block Highway 99: A woman was removed from a motel. 21400 block 98th Avenue West: Several pairs of shoes were stolen from a front porch. 24100 block Highway 99: A man was removed from a business after causing a disturbance with an employee. 7500 block 218th Street Southwest: A woman received a phone…

Looking to beat the heat? Some libraries to serve as cooling centers, Edmonds Waterfront Center open for seniors

With an excessive heat warning in effect for Western Washington Friday-Monday, local organizations are offering resources to beat the heat. For starters, Sno-Isle Libraries said it will be offer some of its air-conditioned community libraries as cooling centers through the unprecedented hot days ahead. Locally on Sunday, community libraries in Lynnwood, 19200 44th Ave. W.,  and Mukilteo,…

Due to high fire danger, outdoor burn ban in effect until further notice

Due to high fire danger and expected hot and dry weather conditions, the Snohomish County Fire Marshal on Thursday announced an outdoor burning ban for the unincorporated areas of Snohomish County that goes into effect Friday, June 25, 2021, at 8 a.m. This ban also applies to local municipalities as listed below. This restriction bans outdoor…

Grab your sun hat: ‘Dangerously hot’ weather conditions in forecast Friday-Monday

The National Weather Service Seattle is predicting excessive heat in Western Washington from Friday afternoon through Monday evening, including “dangerously hot” conditions with afternoon highs in the 90s and near 100 possible in some parts of Western Washington Saturday through Monday. The weather service warns that there is the “potential for heat-related illnesses, particularly for those working…

Free ‘Fireworks Banned’ yard signs available from South County Fire

Residents of South County Fire’s service area can order free fireworks ban yard signs online at www.southsnofire.org/fireworks. The deadline for orders is June 28, 9 a.m. Fireworks use is banned throughout southwest Snohomish County. Signs are available while supplies last for residents of the cities of Brier, Edmonds, Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace and unincorporated communities…

Edmonds Police Blotter: June 8-14, 2021

June 8 23900 block Highway 99: A subject was arrested for causing property damage to a motel room and to a stranger’s vehicle. 23900 block 84th Avenue West: A vehicle was prowled overnight. 24300 block Highway 99: A vehicle window was damaged while parked at a repair facility. 23100 block highway 99: A business vehicle…

Bystander alert: Dive rescue training planned at Edmonds’ Marina Beach this weekend

This Saturday and Sunday, June 19-20, Underwater Sports Master Scuba Diver Instructor Scott Welton will be conducting a dive rescue class at Edmonds’ Marina Beach. The training will take place between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. both days. Scuba diver students will be dealing with simulated real-life drowning scenarios involving reporting parties…