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Washington State Patrol Detectives seek witnesses to Smokey Point motorcycle accident

Washington State Patrol Detectives Seek Witnesses to Smokey Point motorcycle accident

The Washington State Patrol Major Accident Investigation Team (M.A.I.T.) is investigating the one-motorcycle serious injury collision involving a Snohomish County Sheriff’s deputy on the morning of Wedsnesday, November 21, 2012.

The crash occurred at about during the morning rush hour at 8:15 a.m. as the deputy was entering the southbound lanes of I-5 from Smokey Point. He suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to Harbor Medical Center in Seattle.

Detectives are seeking additional witnesses to the collision and any event leading up to it.

State Fire Marshal says turkey fryers can be dangerous

Be careful with turkey fryers

The holidays are sneaking up on us and are right around the corner with Thanksgiving on the 22nd of November.  State Fire Marshal Chuck Duffy wants to provide a reminder to please think twice about fire safety while celebrating the holidays.  The State Fire Marshal’s Office shares the following information from the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) regarding Turkey Fryers:

UL considers turkey fryers to be dangerous to use as they present numerous safety hazards to consumers. "We're worried by the increasing reports of fires related with turkey fryer use," says John Drengenberg, consumer affairs manager of UL. "Based on our test findings, the fryers used to produce those great-tasting birds are not worth the risks. And, as a result of these tests, UL has decided not to certify any turkey fryers with our trusted UL Mark."

Mill Creek Central Market Bomb Threat

Bomb threat at Mill Creek Central Market

According to Mill Creek Police Department Information Officer Ian Durkee, “Mill Creek Police officers responded to the report of a bomb threat at the Central Market grocery store in the 15600 block of Main Street on Friday, November 17, 2012 at 7:40 PM.”

“A Central Market employee called 911 because they had received a phone call from a person who said there was a bomb inside the store.”

“Officers arrived and assisted with evacuating the store. No injuries were reported during the evacuation.”

Drowsy Driving Prevention Week is November 12-18

Drowsy Driving Prevention Week is November 12-18

Drowsy driving, or sleepiness, has been identified as a factor in a growing number of automobile crashes.  As with the dangers of speeding, drinking and driving, and not wearing seatbelts, drowsy driving is just as devastating and dangerous. 

Drowsy driving has serious consequences on our highways.  It impairs driver’s reaction time, judgment, vision, awareness of surroundings and decision making.  Warnings signs include: trouble keeping your eyes open and head up, difficulty focusing, yawning repeatedly, and missing exits or traffic signs.

Ken Armstrong accepts Mill Creek City Manager position

Ken Armstrong accepts Mill Creek City Manager Position.

Mill Creek’s four-month search for a new City Manager is finished. Ken Armstrong has accepted the City’s offer and will begin his new job the first week of December according to Acting City Manager, Tom Gathmann.

“Ken’s first official day is Monday, December 3rd,” said Gathmann. “But, if I get a chance to speak to him personally, I’ll encourage him to bring his family to the City on Saturday, December 1st to participate in the Santa parade and other special events in the Town Center.”

Mill Creek Design Review Board member wanted

The City of Mill Creek is seeking one volunteer to fill a mid-term vacancy on the Design Review Board, with a term that expires on August 31, 2013.

The City of Mill Creek is seeking one volunteer to fill a mid-term vacancy on the Design Review Board, with a term that expires on August 31, 2013.

Because of the technical qualifications required by this position, it is difficult to find qualified volunteers. It is not necessary for the volunteer to live in Mill Creek.

A letter of interest is due no later than 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 5, 2012.

Design Review Board meetings are held the third Thursday of each month at 5:15 PM.

Jackson High School students win award for creating Mill Creek food bank

Jackson High School students win award for creating Mill Creek food bank.

Student-inspired project forged public and private partnership efforts to create much needed community food bank service.

On Nov. 29, student and staff representatives of Jackson High School and Mill Creek volunteers will be honored at the 27th Annual Partnership Forum hosted by the county’s Human Services Council. They earned the 2012 Partnership Forum’s Youth Award because they brought together public agencies and private businesses to create a food bank for citizens of Mill Creek.

Everett Public Schools earns Boeing STEM grant

Everett Public Schools received a $26,000 Boeing grant as a K-12 STEM district.

“STEM Initiative” provides challenging science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning for students from kindergarten through high school.

Everett Public Schools has embarked on a “STEM Initiative” to provide all students with high quality, challenging science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) instruction from kindergarten to graduation – in essence, to become a STEM school district.

Boeing awarded the Everett Public Schools Foundation $26,000 to help support the work making the STEM initiative possible.

Mill Creek City Council on track to select new City Manager

The two finalists in the search for a new Mill Creek City Manager were introduced to the public at City Hall reception on Tuesday evening, October 27th.

The two finalists in the search for a new Mill Creek City Manager were introduced to the public at City Hall reception on Tuesday evening, October 27th.

Christopher Wierzbicki and Ken Armstrong each gave a short presentation on their background and interest in the City Manager position, and then mingled with the crowd to introduce themselves one-on-one.

Wife’s murder and husband’s subsequent death in car crash bring tragedy to Mill Creek

After socializing with friends Sunday afternoon and evening, a pregnant woman was murdered in her Mill Creek apartment and her husband died in a high-speed car crash shortly thereafter.

According to Officer Ian Durkee, the Mill Creek Police Public Information Officer, witnesses told police that the husband and wife spent part of Sunday with friends watching football and dining out.

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