Thad Hovis named new South County Fire chief

The South County Fire Board of Commissioners has selected Thad Hovis to serve as Fire Chief of the regional fire authority. Hovis was sworn-in during the board’s Aug. 5 virtual meeting via teleconference. A 25-year fire service veteran, Hovis has been serving as interim fire chief since the retirement of Fire Chief Doug Dahl at…

Edmonds Police Blotter: July 21-27, 2020

July 21 8100 block 238th Street Southwest: A man stole from a store and presented an unknown possible weapon when confronted by an employee. The subject was located and arrested nearby in possession of a metal bar. 7700 block Lake Ballinger Way: A cargo trailer was stolen from a business storage area. 22100 block Highway…

Who’s got the ferry traffic ‘beat’ in Edmonds? At the moment, no one

This story started with a July 24 My Edmonds News commentary from Peggy and Ralph Sanders. “It seems there are,” wrote Peggy Sanders, “no traffic officers anymore so waiting lines for the ferry are now blocking the pedestrian crosswalks and often the intersections at Dayton and Sunset.” She and others want to know why. But,…

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Edmonds Police Blotter: July 14-20, 2020

July 14 9400 block 244th Street Southwest: Apartment mail boxes were pried open and mail stolen. 600 block Glen Street: Unemployment fraud claim reported. 8800 block 218th Street Southwest: Citizens requested police assistance with a welfare check of a family member. The subject was uncooperative and the family was referred to mental health services for…

County prosecutor’s office declines to pursue hate crime charges for defaced Edmonds artwork

Updated with news that Edmonds police have sent the case to the city prosecutor for consideration of misdemeanor charges. And further updated with Mayor Mike Nelson’s response to the prosecutor’s office decision. The Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office has declined to file criminal charges in the case of a 69-year-old Edmonds man who vandalized the “I Can’t Breathe”…

Reminder: Outdoor burning ban now in effect for Snohomish County

Due to high fire danger and expected hot and dry weather conditions, the Snohomish County Fire Marshal has issued an outdoor burning ban for the unincorporated areas of Snohomish County that went into effect Wednesday, July 22 at 8 a.m. The plan also applies to residents of Brier, Edmonds, Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace — along with…

Medical examiner confirms that man found in Lake Ballinger Monday drowned

The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office has confirmed that the 33-year-old Mountlake Terrace man whose body was found in Lake Ballinger Monday morning was the victim of an accidental drowning. Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office divers found the body of Ismael Mazariegos Barreda in Lake Ballinger after he had been reported missing in the lake Sunday…

No injuries in Westgate neighborhood house fire Monday

Thanks to the quick work of responding firefighters, there were no injuries and no interior damage to a two-story home that caught fire in Edmonds’ Westgate neighborhood Monday night. South County Fire spokesperson Leslie Hynes said fire crews were called to the 9300 block of 220th Street Southwest just before 9 p.m. Monday. Upon arrival,…

Updated: Divers find body of man missing in Lake Ballinger since Sunday night

A body of a 33-year-old Mountlake Terrace man who went missing while swimming in Lake Ballinger Sunday night was found by Snohomish County Sheriff’s Department divers Monday morning. The man was last seen swimming in the lake just before 7 p.m. Sunday. According to Mountlake Terrace police, the man told his family that he was going…

Edmonds Police Blotter: June 30-July 13

June 30 21900 block Highway 99: Report of possible DUI results in arrest of driver. 400 block 2nd Avenue North: An unrestrained dog attacked a female walking down the street. 8100 block 236th Street Southwest: Theft from vehicle reported. 17900 block 76th Avenue West: Vehicle prowl reported with nothing stolen. 500 block Dayton Street: A…

Outdoor burning ban effective in Snohomish County starting July 22

Due to high fire danger and expected hot and dry weather conditions, the Snohomish County Fire Marshal has announced an outdoor burning ban for the unincorporated areas of Snohomish County that will go into effect Wednesday, July 22 at 8 a.m. The plan also applies to residents of Brier, Edmonds, Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace — along…

Police chief fields crime and safety questions from Highway 99-area residents

A few dozen Edmonds residents interested in learning more about crime prevention in neighborhoods near Edmonds’ Highway 99 corridor had a chance to explore that topic Wednesday night during a virtual meeting with Acting Police Chief Jim Lawless, Edmonds Mayor Mike Nelson and City Council President Adrienne Fraley-Monillas. The meeting was organized by resident Jillayne Schlicke, with…

Edmonds Police Department welcomes new Officer Erick Martinez

The Edmonds Police Department welcomed Officer Erick Martinez to its ranks Monday morning. Martinez was officially sworn in by Mayor Mike Nelson, both of whom wore masks and maintained social distancing standards during the ceremony. Martinez was joined by his daughter, who pinned on his police badge. View more photos from Officer Martinez’s swearing in…