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Tips from videos lead Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office to suspect identification and arrests

Detectives in this case are now looking for 26 year-old Melissa Linder who is believed to be the female in the video.  Linder may be living in Lake Stevens and is wanted for identity theft, forgery and possession of stolen property.

Tips came in from the public after three YouTube videos were posted by the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office and led to the identification of four criminal suspects and two arrests. 

On November 5, 2013, the Sheriff’s Office was looking for help in identifying a man and woman from surveillance footage compiled in a video (“Suspects on a Shopping Spree”).

Chimney fire causes $50,000 damage to Edmonds home

A chimney fire caused more than $50,000 damage to an Edmonds home Sunday evening, December 15, 2013. The homeowner reported the fire in the single-story house in the 7600 block of 242nd St. SW at 9:45 p.m.

A chimney fire caused more than $50,000 damage to an Edmonds home Sunday evening, December 15, 2013.

The homeowner reported the fire in the single-story house in the 7600 block of 242nd St. SW at 9:45 p.m. She couldn’t see flames, but could hear a crackling noise inside a wall adjacent to the chimney. She called 9-1-1 and safely exited her home with her cat.

Snohomish County Fire District 7 wants to keep you safe and warm this winter

As the temperature outside drops, families take to the indoors to keep safe and warm. What they may not realize is that turning up the heat can increase the risk of home heating fires.

As the temperature outside drops, families take to the indoors to keep safe and warm. What they may not realize is that turning up the heat can increase the risk of home heating fires.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), half of all home-heating fires occur during the winter months. On average, NFPA research shows that heating equipment is involved in more than 62,550 reported U.S. home structure fires per year, with associated loss of more than 516 civilian deaths, more than 1,595 civilian injuries and roughly $924 million in direct property damage per year.

Extra holiday DUI patrols on the road in Snohomish County this weekend

The annual emphasis patrol is scheduled for this weekend, December 13 through December 15, 2013, with extra patrols planned through the New Year.

County’s DUI and Target Zero Task Force: ‘drive sober or get pulled over’

An average of 49 people lose their lives in traffic collisions between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day in Washington. For Snohomish County law enforcement agencies, that’s 49 too many, especially during the holidays.

The annual emphasis patrol is scheduled for this weekend, December 13 through December 15, 2013, with extra patrols planned through the New Year.

Fire District 1 offers Christmas tree safety tips

Snohomish County Fire District 1 is reminding residents to keep safety in mind as they trim the tree and deck the halls this holiday season.

Snohomish County Fire District 1 is reminding residents to keep safety in mind as they trim the tree and deck the halls this holiday season.

"We've had three Christmas tree fires in the past two years in our service area. Fortunately, no one was injured, but the damage was significant and forced three families from their homes," said Fire Chief Ed Widdis.

Everett School Board sets process for new board member appointment

School Board Vice President Carol Andrews announced the process and timeline for qualified applicants to submit application materials the board will consider in appointing a successor to former member and president Jeff Russell.

Everett School Board President Jeff Russell resigned December 1, 2013. Replacement will serve through 2015.

School Board Vice President Carol Andrews announced the process and timeline for qualified applicants to submit application materials the board will consider in appointing a successor to former member and president Jeff Russell. Russell created the vacancy when he resigned his position December 1, 2013, subject to board acceptance of his resignation during the December 10th regular board meeting.

Andrews charged the superintendent with starting the process to accept applications for board consideration in accordance with existing board policy and procedure.

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