South County Fire Chief Doug Dahl retires; Thad Hovis named interim chief

South County Fire Chief Doug Dahl retired Tuesday, March 31 after nearly 34 years in the fire service. Dahl spent all but the early years of his fire service career in south Snohomish County. In 1986, after graduating from Mountlake Terrace High School, Dahl signed on as a firefighter at Pierce County Fire District 10….

State creates online form to report violators of ‘Stay Home, Stay Healthy’ order

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee Monday announced guidance for state and local enforcement of his recent “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order. The state has created a one-stop online form for reporting businesses potentially violating orders and is providing guidance to local law enforcement on enforcing bans on gatherings of individuals. Inslee was joined at the announcement…

Edmonds police chief: One officer tests positive for COVID-19; others awaiting results

One Edmonds police officer has tested positive for COVID-19 and “about four others” are awaiting test results for the virus, City of Edmonds Acting Police Chief Jim Lawless said Monday in a video update to the community regarding how the department is responding to COVID-19. Still other Edmonds police officers “have voluntarily quarantined due to…

Scratch Distillery switches from spirits to sanitizer to support first responders

With its tasting room and retail store closed during the COVID-19 shutdown, Scratch Distillery owners Bryan and Kim Karrick are turning their creative energies in a new direction aimed at helping our local first responders. They’re switching from Scratch’s award-winning potable spirits to a more humble — but increasingly essential — product now in short…

Edmonds Police Blotter: March 17-23, 2020

March 17 23600 block Highway 99:  Complaint of subject using drugs in a parking lot resulted in a man being cited and released. 20400 block 79th Avenue West: Police received a complaint of two dogs attacking another dog. 8100 block 238th Street Southwest: An employee reported damage to a business air compressor. 23600 block Highway…

A positive impact of social distancing: fewer traffic collisions

One positive outcome from the people staying at home due to the COVID-19 outbreak: fewer vehicle crashes. According to a new study from Seattle’s Davis Law Group, cities and counties across Washington state, vehicle traffic on roads, highways, and interstates has fallen dramatically over the past few weeks as the local officials recommended that residents stay…

South County Fire hosting online Kids Fire Academy starting March 24

South County Fire is sponsoring an online Kids Fire Academy starting Tuesday, March 24. Here’s how it works: Each weekday, South County Fire posts a new activity here. Complete all activities for the week to earn a Fire Safety Award Collect all weekly Fire Safety Awards to become an official graduate of the Kids Fire…

Governor issues statewide stay-at-home order to slow spread of COVID-19

In a statewide television address Monday, Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee announced he will sign a statewide order that requires Washingtonians to stay at home.  The order will last for two weeks and could be extended. The Stay Home, Stay Healthy order is similar to orders that other governors in places such as California and…

Edmonds Police Blotter: March 11-16

March 11 8500 block 196th Street Southwest: Vehicle was prowled, nothing appears to be missing. 8600 block 238th Street Southwest: Household property was missing from residence while listed for sale. Appears to be a civil issue between reporting party and the listing agent. 7200 block 213th Place Southwest: Civil issue occurred over apartment door locks…

Here’s how you report social distancing ‘violations’

In this time of social distancing, the City of Edmonds is asking residents who want to report gatherings of more than 10 to call the Snohomish Health District — which has authority over this activity — rather than 911 or the Edmonds Police Department. The statewide phone number to report is 800-525-0127 — press #….

Ask the Edmonds Cop: How police patrols are allocated across Edmonds

After five years answering questions for us, Edmonds Police Sgt. Shane Hawley is leaving his desk job to go back to patrolling the streets of Edmonds. It’s only fitting that in his last question, he explains how the department patrols the city, and the different districts that police are assigned to cover. (Please note that…

Edmonds Police Blotter: March 3-10, 2020

March 3 7900 block Lake Ballinger Way: A man was removed from a restaurant for trespassing. 7500 block 181st Place Southwest: A package was stolen from the front porch of a residence. 100 block Avenue North: Police used naloxone for a suspected overdose. 21900 Highway 99: A woman was removed from a business. March 4…

Emergency cold weather shelter open through Monday, March 16

The South Snohomish County Emergency Cold Weather Shelter will be open through Monday, March 16. The shelter opens at 7:15 p.m. at Maple Park Church (60th Avenue West and 176th Street Southwest, Lynnwood). Dinner, a warm mat and blanket, and breakfast are provided. If you are not driving, please use the van transportation; do not walk to…

Edmonds Police Department announces changes to services amid health concerns

In response to the World Health Organization classifying the COVID-19 (coronavirus) a global pandemic, the Edmonds Police Department announced Wednesday there would be changes to department services. According to the department’s Facebook page, changes include: All discretionary fingerprinting is suspended until further notice. Scheduled fingerprinting for a concealed pistol license (CPL) will continue for Edmonds…

South County Fire postponing Scout Day event

South County Fire is postponing the Scout Day event that was scheduled for Saturday, March 14. Scout groups and their families are encouraged to attend future open house opportunities to meet their badge requirements. For more information on other upcoming open houses, visit www.southsnofire.org/events. South County Fire is the largest provider of fire and emergency…

Edmonds Police Blotter: Feb. 25-March 2, 2020

Feb. 25 21600 84th Place West: Police responded to a verbal dispute between father and two sons. 22300 block 93rd Place West: A woman was upset that her roommate had a girlfriend at their apartment. 23800 block Highway 99: A man with mental health issues was admitted to the hospital after not being able to…

See South County Fire personnel in protective gear? Don’t assume it’s COVID-19

South County Fire shared this reminder that you may see firefighters responding to 911 calls in protective gear. “Please don’t assume they are treating #COVID19,” South County Fire said in a tweet. “Firefighters are following safety protocols put in place to protect patients and personnel protective gear on all EMS calls.” South County Fire spokesperson…

Edmonds police release new images of suspect vehicle in 7-11 homicide

Emphasizing that the investigation is the department’s number-one priority, Edmonds police on Monday released new photos of the vehicle suspected to be involved in the Feb. 21 homicide of Nagendiram Kandasamy at the Edmonds Highway 99 7-11 store “Edmonds police detectives continue to tirelessly work this investigation,” said Edmonds police spokesperson Sgt. Josh McClure in…