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Everett School Board to appoint replacement member after Jeff Russell resigns

Director and School Board President Jeff Russell resigns as of December 1, 2013. Replacement to be nominated by the community and chosen by the Everett School Board.

Director and School Board President Jeff Russell resigns as of December 1, 2013. Replacement to be nominated by the community and chosen by the Everett School Board.

In a message he said brought him “sadness and a tremendous sense of loss,” Superintendent Gary Cohn announced to Everett Public Schools staff this morning that he and School Board Vice President Carol Andrews, “ … were informed by a letter from School Board President Jeff Russell of his resignation from the board effective December 1.”

Cohn’s message to staff included comments from Russell’s letter. 

Mill Creek City Council votes to increase 2014 property tax and EMS levies

A majority of the Mill Creek City Council voted to increase the 2014 property tax and EMS (emergency medical services) levies as called for in the 2013-2014 biennial budget in order to minimize a future General Fund drawdown.

A majority of the Mill Creek City Council voted to increase the 2014 property tax and EMS (emergency medical services) levies as called for in the 2013-2014 biennial budget in order to minimize a future General Fund drawdown.

At their November 26, 2013, meeting the City Council voted 4-3 to increase the property tax levy by 1%, and 7-0 to increase the EMS levy by 1%. These tax increases will provide approximately $64,000 in additional tax revenue for the City in 2014, and works out to an $11.33 tax increase for a $450,000 home.

Elle Marie partners with Make a Change to put bikes under Snohomish County Christmas trees

This holiday season, Elle Marie Hair Studio and the MAC Foundation (Make a Change) have joined forces to purchase new bicycles for children in need in Snohomish County. Elle Marie is donating 5% of all retail sales until December 31st to the MAC Foundation.

This holiday season, Elle Marie Hair Studio and the MAC Foundation (Make a Change) have joined forces to purchase new bicycles for children in need in Snohomish County. Elle Marie is donating 5% of all retail sales until December 31st to the MAC Foundation. With the support of their guests, Elle Marie will help deliver a message of hope to children less fortunate this Christmas. The bicycles will be distributed to children throughout Snohomish County through the help of the Toys for Tots program.

Mill Creek City Council moves to ban marijuana businesses

The Mill Creek City Council gave city staff direction to ban marijuana sales, production, and processing within City limits after a discussion during the November 12, 2013, City Council meeting.

The Mill Creek City Council gave city staff direction to ban marijuana sales, production, and processing within City limits after a discussion during the November 12, 2013, City Council meeting.

A majority of the City Council is prepared to pass marijuana prohibition ordinances for the good of the community and is willing to pay to defend these laws in court if the City is sued.

One-car Village Green Drive accident due to speeding on a wet road

Mill Creek Police officer investigating the one-car a traffic accident on Sunday, November 17, 2013, at the entrance of Woodfern.

Those of us who drive along Village Green Drive may have been wondering what happened to the metal utility box in front of the Woodfern monument this week.

Chuck Wright, a long time Mill Creek resident, was on hand to take a few photos of a Mill Creek Police officer investigating the one-car a traffic accident on Sunday, November 17, 2013, at the entrance of Woodfern.

According to a Mill Creek Police spokesperson, the 21 year-old driver was traveling westbound on Village Green Drive, “way-way too fast on a wet road.”

Search is on for Lynwood assault suspect

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office is currently searching the area east of Lynwood for an assault suspect driving a car he allegedly shot at after being asked to return it to the owner. The search began at about 11 am on Wednesday morning, November 20, 2013.

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office is currently searching the area east of Lynwood for an assault suspect driving a car he allegedly shot at after being asked to return it to the owner. The search began at about 11 am on Wednesday morning, November 20, 2013.

The vehicle is a light green 2001 Subaru Legacy with Washington license plate #468YJO with shotgun damage on the driver’s side door.  The suspect is a 6’4” male with short black hair, weighing approximately 240 lbs., last seen wearing a green Carhart hooded sweatshirt, dressed in camouflage pants, boots and baseball cap. 

State Trooper sideswiped by distracted driver

A distracted driver hit a glancing blow to Washington State Trooper Dave Hintz's patrol car very early on Tuesday morning, November 5, 2013. Trooper Hintz was treated for neck pain at St. Joseph's Hospital. The distracted driver was not injured.

On Tuesday morning November 5, 2013, at 12:12 am, Trooper Dave Hintz was parked on the right shoulder of I-5 at mile post 251 in Bellingham near the exit to Western Washington University. His headlights/taillights were on as he worked northbound traffic with the radar, checking vehicle speeds.  At the same time he was finishing up on some paperwork on his in car computer, a Chevrolet ¾ ton pick-up, with a box type bed (an auto glass business), was northbound in lane 1 of 2.

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