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Mill Creek resident John Lovick appointed Snohomish County Executive

The Snohomish County Council unanimously appointed John Lovick to be Snohomish County Executive. He was sworn into office on Monday morning, June 3, 2013.

The Snohomish County Council unanimously appointed John Lovick to be Snohomish County Executive. He was sworn into office on Monday morning, June 3, 2013.

“This is a tremendous honor,” said Lovick. “I feel incredibly fortunate to work for the 2,500+ county employees who make Snohomish County a great place. I’m looking forward to continue working with the county’s elected officials on behalf of the citizens of Snohomish County. I see this as a wonderful opportunity to restore faith in county government.”

Missing person alert: Gary Cox

Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office detectives are seeking assistance in locating 62 year-old Gary L. Cox who has been missing since May 18, 2013.

May 24th Update

The Snohomish County Sheriff's Office has informed us that, "Mr. Cox was located safe and sound late yesterday at a bus station in Idaho.  Thank you for your help in publicizing the information regarding his disappearance."

Original May 22nd article

Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office detectives are seeking assistance in locating 62 year-old Gary L. Cox who has been missing since May 18, 2013. 

Cox walked away from his group home in the 2400 block of 104th Pl SE in Everett with the intent of traveling to an unknown destination in Idaho. 

Search was on for burglar in Maltby area

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office K-9 team was tracking a burglary suspect in the area of York Rd on Monday morning, May 20, 2013.

Update from Shari Ireton, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Information Officer:

Deputies are no longer searching for a burglary suspect in the Maltby area.  It is believed the suspect fled the area on a bicycle.  Lockdowns have been lifted from all area schools.

The rider of the motorcycle struck by the suspect at the 4300 block of 229th Pl SE reported no injuries and did not require medical aid. 

The suspect has been identified using images taken during the attempted burglary and is believed to be a 37 year-old Everett man.

Fire causes $100,000 damage to condo near Martha Lake

No one was injured in a fire that caused more than $100,000 damage to a condominium in the Martha Lake area west of Mill Creek Saturday morning, May 18, 2013.

No one was injured in a fire that caused more than $100,000 damage to a condominium in the Martha Lake area west of Mill Creek Saturday morning, May 18, 2013.

A passerby called 9-1-1 at 8 a.m. to report flames coming from the two-story, eight-unit building in the 16800 block of Larch Way. The caller then alerted residents in the building to evacuate. No one was inside the unit where the fire was burning.

Firefighters from Fire Districts 1 and 7 responded and had the fire under control in less than 15 minutes.

Deputies searching Clearview area for felony warrant suspect

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office closed off an area in the Clearview neighborhood on Friday afternoon, May 17, 2013 while they search for a suspect who they believed is armed and dangerous.

Update: Suspect Vincent Nutter, 22, has been taken into custody by the Snohomish County Violent Offenders Task Force following a call from a citizen who spotted the suspect walking down a nearby road.  

Nutter fled the area where the citizen had spotted him, then climbed 40 feet up into a tree near the 7000 block of 184th St SE.

Law enforcement attempted to negotiate with him to climb down, but Nutter refused.  

Fire personnel from Fire District 7 arrived on scene and, using a fire hose, sprayed water up the tree.  After a few blasts of water, the suspect willingly agreed to climb down the tree.  

He was taken into custody unharmed around 8:30 PM and will be booked into jail on his outstanding warrants.  Other charges related to the stolen car in which fled from police earlier tonight, as well as his attempting to elude police, may be pending.

Snohomish County Fire District 1 wins national EMS award

Snohomish County Fire District 1 has just been honored with the national Excellence in Fire Service-Based EMS Award presented by the Congressional Fire Services Institute and the MedicAlert Foundation.

Snohomish County Fire District 1 has just been honored with the national Excellence in Fire Service-Based EMS Award presented by the Congressional Fire Services Institute and the MedicAlert Foundation.

This competitive award is given annually to honor departments championing innovative practices to enhance the quality of emergency medical services (EMS). This year’s award showcased three agencies – Fire District 1, Montgomery County Fire Rescue (Maryland) and Miami Dade Fire and Rescue (Florida) -- for “forging new ground in fire service-based EMS.”

The award was presented to Fire District 1 on May 9, 2013 at the 25th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner in Washington, D.C. More than 2,000 fire-service leaders from throughout the country attended along with Vice President Joe Biden, the keynote speaker.

Spring Weather = Increase in Car Prowling

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office and Parks Department are seeing an increase in reported car prowls and thefts from vehicles parked at trailheads and parks.  Both urban and rural parks and trails are being hit.

Snohomish County is home to more than 10,000 acres of parkland, 105 parks, and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails.

With the arrival of warmer spring weather, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office and Parks Department are seeing an increase in reported car prowls and thefts from vehicles parked at trailheads and parks.  Both urban and rural parks and trails are being hit.

“The public can help us by being our eyes and ears,” said Lieutenant Kathi Lang. “If you see someone acting suspicious – peering into parked cars or who doesn’t appear to be there to use the park or trail – please call 911.” 

Float Safely: Boating Safety Tips for a Weekend on the Water

Opening Day is today Saturday, May 4th, and it’s the perfect time to go boating! Here are tips for safety on Snohomish County waterways.

Opening Day is today Saturday, May 4th, and it’s the perfect time to go boating!  The forecast is for sunny skies and warm weather, which means many folks will flock to Snohomish County waterways this weekend.

“Crowded waterways on Opening Day create a need for increased safety awareness from all boaters,” said Lt. Rodney Rochon, commander of the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Marine Services Unit. “We encourage people to have fun but to pay extra attention to others on the water and as always, wear your life jacket, and know and follow the boating laws.” 

Snohomish County Fire District 7 Firefighters reward safe riders

Snohomish County Fire District 7 Firefighters reward safe riders.

Throughout the spring and summer, Snohomish County Fire District 7 firefighters will be rewarding children who are properly wearing helmets while participating in any non-motorized wheeled activity, such as biking, scootering, in-line skating or skateboarding.

Fire District 7 has partnered with Safe Kids and McDonald’s in this campaign to encourage safe riding and helmet use. Firefighters will issue a “Safe Rider Citation” to each child they spot riding safely and wearing a helmet. The citation card can be redeemed for one free Happy Meal at participating McDonald’s restaurants.

Firefighters will always be in marked fire department vehicles and uniforms when handing out the Safe Rider Citations.

2013 Washington State Spring BBQ Championship

Central to the Evergreen Spring Festival on April 27th and 28th, 2013 will be the Washington State Spring BBQ Championship, a two-day barbecue cook-off.

The Evergreen State Fair will once again be hosting the Spring Festival on April 27th through 28th, 2013. The 50th anniversary of the creation of the Snohomish Parks Department will be celebrated during the festival.

Central to the Spring Festival will be the Washington State Spring BBQ Championship, a two-day barbeque cook-off to be located in the covered Judging Arena south of the Evergreen Events Center. The competition will feature cooking demonstrations of outdoor grilling and BBQ techniques.

Mill Creekers pay lower local taxes than most other Puget Sound residents - revised

Local taxes are lower in Mill Creek than most other local cities.

Tax day is over and most of us don’t have to worry about our income taxes for a while. For those of us who live in Mill Creek it’s nice to know that on average our local taxes are lower than other local communities.

Local taxes are the combination of property taxes, EMS (Emergency Medical Services) levies, fire service levies, and utility taxes that are used to fund city services. Mill Creek is the only local city that does not have a utility tax.

Fire causes $50,000 damage to Silver Lake area home

No one was injured in a fire that caused more than $50,000 damage to a home northeast of Silver Lake near Everett on Wednesday evening, April 17, 2013.

No one was injured in a fire that caused more than $50,000 damage to a home northeast of Silver Lake near Everett on Wednesday evening, April 17, 2013.

Dispatchers received multiple calls around 8:15 p.m. reporting flames coming from a single-story house in the 2100 block of 105th Pl. SE.

Firefighters responding to the call could see a large column of black smoke from several blocks away. The back of the house was engulfed in flames when the first firefighters arrived.

No one was inside the house at the time of the fire. Firefighters from Fire District 1 and 7 responded and had the fire under control in about 20 minutes.

The house is heavily damaged. The man who lived in the house plans to stay with friends.

The Snohomish County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of the fire.

Fire at mobile home near Silver Lake causes heavy damage

No one was injured in a fire just before 7 a.m. on April 13, 2013 that caused heavy damage and forced a couple from their mobile home in the Silver Lake neighborhood south of Everett.

No one was injured in a fire this morning that caused heavy damage and forced a couple from their mobile home in the Silver Lake neighborhood south of Everett.

The fire was reported just before 7 a.m. on April 13, 2013 in a double-wide mobile home in the 12200 block of Nels Peters Road. A smoke alarm alerted the couple to the fire and they were able to safely escape with their dog.

The mobile home was engulfed in smoke when firefighters arrived. When the first crew opened the front door to check conditions inside and make an interior attack, a firefighter stepped through the floor. He was not hurt.

About 40 firefighters from Fire District 1 and 7 and Mukilteo Fire Department responded. The unstable floor and heavy damage to the rest of the structure made it unsafe for firefighters to enter mobile home, so firefighters had to attack the fire from outside.

Fire District 1 offers free smoke alarms and home safety checks

Snohomish County Fire District 1 is offering free smoke alarms and educational home safety assessments for residents it serves in the communities of unincorporated southwest Snohomish County, Brier, Edmonds, Mountlake Terrace and Woodway.

Snohomish County Fire District 1 is offering free smoke alarms and educational home safety assessments for residents it serves in the communities of unincorporated southwest Snohomish County, Brier, Edmonds, Mountlake Terrace and Woodway.

Funding for the program comes from a Vision 20/20 Grant awarded through the federal Assistance to Firefighter Grant program. The grant provides resources for Fire District 1 to perform home safety surveys and install more than 550 smoke alarms, including 50 for hearing-impaired residents.

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