Wildfire activity forces closure of US 2 at Skykomish

If you are planning any travel over US 2, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) announced Tuesday that all lanes of the highway in Skykomish between the Money Creek Tunnel and the ranger station, from milepost 46 to milepost 50, are closed due to the Bolt Creek Fire. There is an additional closure point…

Edmonds man who said he ‘saw demons’ charged with wife’s murder

John C. Shipley of Edmonds was charged Monday in Snohomish County Superior Court with second-degree murder in the July 29 death of his 66-year-old wife Susan Shipley in their Westgate-area home. The couple had been married 44 years. (See our earlier story here). According to documents filed with the court, on July 29 at 4:49…

Mountlake Terrace works to clean up crime at Studio 6 hotel

You might think you’ve heard this story before. But not this twist. A local city has crime problems at a motel – drugs, domestic violence, trespass, assault – and the city can’t seem to find a way to get the motel to clean out the bad actors and make their place safer. No, it is…

Edmonds man honored for search and rescue work in Kittitas County

Edmonds resident Guy Mansfield and search and rescue teammate Lauren Heitmann received a Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office Award of Merit this week for their extended work with the Washington State Search and Rescue Planning Unit on the Devil’s Slide search for a deputy Seattle fire chief in November 2021. The search for Deputy Seattle Fire…

Edmonds pedestrian struck on Hwy 99 near Lake Stickney

A 39-year-old Edmonds man was transported to Harborview Medical Center Sunday night after he was struck by a vehicle while standing on the shoulder of Highway 99 near Lake Stickney, the Washington State Patrol said. According to the state patrol, the victim had been involved in an earlier collision that disabled his vehicle, partially blocking…

State Senate candidate Janelle Cass hosting addiction and public safety forum Sept. 22

Washington State Senate candidate Janelle Cass is hosting and moderating a discussion on the drug addiction epidemic facing Snohomish County and its impact on individuals, families and the community. The event will take place on Thursday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. at Edmonds College’s Black Box Theater. Cass will face 21st District incumbent State Sen….

Edmonds Police Blotter: Sept. 7-13, 2022

Sept. 7 8200 block Ballinger Way: A vehicle was stolen from a residence. 8000 block 244th Street Southwest: A vehicle license plate was found in the middle of the roadway. 21900 block Highway 99: A man stole from a van outside a grocery store. 23600 block Highway 99: A woman stole from a clothing store….

Residents get safety tips during Saturday emergency preparedness expo

The City of Edmonds held a free emergency preparedness expo Saturday, where attendees had a chance to speak with planners and modelers for earthquakes, tsunami and emergency plans specific to Edmonds. The event at the Frances Anderson Center, which was open all ages, offered a range of hands-on activities. — Photos by Julia Wiese

South County Fire offering free online car seat class Sept. 17

To celebrate Child Passenger Safety Week, South County Fire is offering a free online child car seat class on Saturday, Sept. 17, 10-11 a.m. Participants will learn how to keep a child safe from birth to the adult seat belt. Register in advance at South County Fire’s website, www.southsnofire.org/carseats. Nearly half of car seats are…

Reminder: City of Edmonds to host emergency preparedness expo Saturday, Sept. 17

The City of Edmonds will hold a free emergency preparedness expo on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main St. Speak with planners and modelers for earthquakes, tsunami and emergency plans specific to Edmonds. The event is intended for all ages, with hands-on activities for adults and kids…

Edmonds police seek community’s help to identify suspect in indecent liberties case

Edmonds police are requesting the public’s help in identifying a male suspect wanted for questioning related to an indecent liberties investigation. The suspect entered the Ranch 99 Market at 22511 Highway 99 just after 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, police spokesperson Sgt. Josh McClure said. He followed an 18-year-old victim into multiple aisles, passing by the…

Traditional 9/11 observance returns to Edmonds Fire Station 17

After two years of abbreviated observances due to COVID, the traditional Edmonds 9/11 observance returned Sunday morning, attracting an estimated 75 attendees including uniformed firefighters, elected officials and members of the public. “It’s good to be back,” began emcee and firefighter Dave “Bronco” Erickson, the driving force behind creating the Fallen Firefighter Memorial park adjacent…

Edmonds Police Blotter: Aug. 24-Sept. 7, 2022

Aug. 24 7600 block 212th Street Southwest: A 15-year-old male returned home after being missing for a few hours. 21900 block Highway 99: A man shoplifted food from a grocery store. 8000 block 218th Street Southwest: A license plate was stolen from a vehicle. 22100 block Highway 99: A guest was removed from a motel…

South County Fire offers free preparedness class online Sept. 14

September is National Preparedness Month. Learn about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that could happen at any time in a free online class being presented by South County Fire on Sept.14, 6-7 p.m.  Topics covered in this class include: How to start a preparedness kit for your family. Basic steps to creating…

Unhealthy air reported in Puget Sound due to wildfire smoke

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agecy issued an alert Saturday that due to wildfire smoke, air quality is currently unhealthy for sensitive groups to unhealthy in many places due to wildfire smoke. The highest levels will be Saturday night through Sunday morning. Also, the Bolt Creek fire near Skykomish is creating a lot of upper-level…

Firefighters to host 9/11 memorial ceremony in Edmonds Sunday

The public is invited to attend a 9/11 Memorial Ceremony in Edmonds hosted by South County Union Firefighters Local 1828 on Sept. 11 to remember and honor the victims of the 2001 terrorist attacks. The ceremony will begin at 9:11 a.m., in front of the 9/11 Memorial in Fallen Firefighter Memorial Park at downtown Edmonds…

Steps you can take now to prepare for wildfire smoke

Washington state is in the midst of wildfire season and, although it’s been a mild season to date, it is important to be prepared and ready to protect yourself and your family from wildfire smoke before the smoke hits. When it does get smoky outside, the best way to protect everyone, including pets, is to…

Seaplane pilot lands at Marina Beach after running low on fuel

A pilot low on fuel landed his sea plane safely at Edmonds Marina Beach Friday afternoon, Edmonds police said. According to Edmonds police spokesperson Sgt. Josh McClure, the pilot landed the plane safely at around 4:30 p.m. once he realized he was not going to be able to make it to his destination in Kenmore….

September is National Preparedness Month: Red Cross offers tips to get ready

September is National Preparedness Month and the American Red Cross Northwest Region urges everyone to get ready for these emergencies now. Just last year, more than 40% of Americans — some 130 million people — were living in a county struck by a climate-related disaster, according to analysis from the Washington Post. Disasters can happen…

County Executive Somers proposes body camera contract for sheriff’s office

Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers has proposed a motion to the Snohomish County Council for the purchase of 340 body-worn cameras for Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office deputies and detectives. These cameras are intended to improve the transparency of interactions between law enforcement and the public, Somers said, and follows up on a pilot program implemented…

Edmonds Police Blotter: Aug. 17-23, 2022

Aug. 17 400 block Main Street: A woman reported assault by unidentified stranger. Victim had minor scratches to face. Suspect was not located. 18100 block 86th Place West: Police responded to a domestic argument between boyfriend, girlfriend, and juvenile child. 9300 block 244th Street Southwest: Officers responded to a vehicle prowl in progress. Suspects left…

6th annual Overdose Awareness Day event set for Everett Aug. 31

The sixth annual A Night To Remember, A Time To Act will take place on International Overdose Awareness Day on Wednesday, August 31. A resource fair will begin at 5 p.m., with the candlelight vigil and program starting at 6:30 p.m. The event brings members of the community together to remember those who have died…