September 18, 2014


PETA Plans Pachyderm Picture Protest Outside Everett Circus

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Signs from the 2011 protest.


An anti-PETA sign during a protest in 2011

It could be a bit of a circus outside of the circus this evening as PETA plans to have protesters outside Xfinity Arena in Downtown Everett. According to a press release, the protesters will be carrying posters with graphic pictures of elephants in a Ringling Brothers Circus training facility. In the past PETA protesters have been met in Everett by Anti-PETA protesters who are against PETA’s use of pictures in view of children coming to the circus. It’s likely both groups will be in force tonight. Here’s part of the PETA press release…


What:              PETA protesters will assemble in Everett on Thursday evening as Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus prepares for its opening show. The protesters will display signs that read, “Ringling Beats Animals,” and are emblazoned with compelling photos taken inside Ringling’s training compound. The photos expose how baby elephants used by Ringling are stretched out, slammed to the ground, gouged with steel-tipped bullhooks—weapons that resemble fireplace pokers with sharp steel hooks on one end—and shocked with electric prods. These abusive sessions go on for several hours a day in order to force the baby elephants to learn to perform circus tricks out of fear of punishment. Actor Alec Baldwin has narrated a video exposé that focuses on how circuses abuse elephants.


“Everett residents would run screaming from the big top if they knew how baby elephants are violently forced to perform difficult, confusing, and sometimes painful tricks,” says PETA Foundation Deputy General Counsel Delcianna Winders. “Since children love animals, the last place that parents and grandparents should take them to is the circus.”

We haven’t received word yet of any plans of anti-PETA protesters but if 2011 is any indication, they will likely be back.

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September 17, 2014

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Everett Police Arrest Local Optometrist on Suspicion of Child Molestation

Just got this press release in from Aaron Snell at Everett PD…

Everett Police Department detectives arrest a local optometrist for molesting a young female patient.

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An optometrist practicing on Broadway in Everett, WA has been arrested on suspicion of child molestation by Everett Police.

On August 20, 2014, a 10 year-old girl and her father went to an appointment at a local optometrist office in the 3700 block of Broadway Ave. During the initial examination, the father was in the room with his daughter. Both returned to the waiting room and waited 15 minutes for a follow-up exam. When the daughter was called, the father was told he wasn’t needed and should wait. The father waited as instructed.

The daughter alleges only the optometrist was in the exam room with her. With the explanation of continuing the exam, the optometrist took off the girl’s shirt and squeezed her breasts. The girl alleges the optometrist took pictures with his cell phone before instructing her to take off her pants. When the girl questioned him, the optometrist repeated his instructions and pulled down her pants. The girl unsuccessfully resisted and believes the optometrist took more pictures. After a short time, the incident ended and the girl was released.

The daughter didn’t tell her father what happened but told her mother when she got home. The daughter was taken to a local hospital where a nurse administered a forensic examination and called 911.

During the investigation, the daughter was interviewed and detectives determined the optometrist is John P. O’Brien, a 33 year-old Bellevue resident. He was taken into custody on September 11, 2014 and interviewed, but denied the allegations. At the time, there was not enough evidence and O’Brien was released pending further investigation. A search warrant allowed for his phone to be seized and searched.

A detailed search of the phone found pictures consistent with the victim’s version of the incident and O’Brien was arrested at his home yesterday. He was booked into the Snohomish County Jail on probable cause for child molestation 1st degree (RCW 9A.44.083), sexual exploitation of a minor (RCW 9.68A.040), and possession of depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct 2nd degree (RCW 9.68A.070).

More search warrants are being served to locate additional evidence. Detectives believe there may be more victims.

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September 17, 2014


Free Car Seat Safety Checks in South Everett Friday

It’s Child Passenger Safety Week and on Friday there are two events going on for parents who want to make sure their car seats are installed properly. From Noon – 3:00pm at the Costco on 19th Ave. SE there will be a free child car seat check. A little further south, Fire District 1 will also be holding a free car seat check from 11:00am – 2:00pm at their station behind Mariner High School. Leslie Hynes of Fire District 1 sent along more information…

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If you can’t make it Friday, Fire District 1 also conducts inspections by appointment. Click for more details.

The majority of child safety seats are improperly installed, putting children and babies at risk. During Child Passenger Safety Week (Sept. 15-21), Snohomish County Fire District 1 is encouraging parents and caregivers to make sure they are properly securing their children by scheduling a free child car seat check.

Safe Kids of Snohomish County will be offering free child car seat checks on Friday, Sept. 19, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fire District 1’s Mariner Fire Station 11, 12310 Meridian Ave. S, Everett WA. Appointments are recommended, but not required. Allow at least 45 minutes for each car seat check. To schedule an appointment, contact Kim Schroeder, 425-551-1254,

“Correct use is crucial. Many parents move their children up to the next type of car seat before it is safe to do so. That’s why hands-on inspections and instruction are so important,” said Schroeder, a certified child passenger safety technician and public educator for Fire District 1.

The goal of National Child Passenger Safety Week is to make sure parents and caregivers are securing their children in the best car restraint for their age and size:

Rear-facing seats for infants until age 2: For the best possible protection keep infants in the back seat, in rear-facing child safety seats, up to the height or weight limit of that particular seat. At a minimum, infants should ride rear-facing until at least age 2.

Forward-facing car seats: When children outgrow their rear-facing seats (at least age 2) they should ride in forward-facing child safety seats, in the back seat, until they reach the upper weight or height limit of the particular seat (usually around age 4 and 40 pounds.)

Booster seats: Once children outgrow their forward-facing seats (usually around age 4 and 40 pounds), they should ride in booster seats, in the back seat, until the vehicle seat belts fit properly. Seat belts fit properly when the lap belt lays across the upper thighs and the shoulder belt fits across the chest (usually when the child is at least 4′ 9″ tall)

Back seat until age 13: When children outgrow their booster seats, they should be restrained in the seat belts in the back seat, until at least 13 years of age. This is a state law.

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September 16, 2014

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Press Release Confirms 10 Oso First Responders Invited To Bathe An Elephant in Everett, WA Wednesday

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The public is invited to watch heroes bathe an elephant Wednesday at 11:00am.

We reported earlier in the month on Ringling Bros. asking the Everett City Council for a street closure to honor Oso First Responders. That closure was approved and here are more details on the event as received in our email today from Sue Strickland at the Downtown Everett Action Committee…

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents “Super Circus Heroes”
Honoring Puget Sound Area’s Real-Life Heroes from the SR530 Landslide
The Greatest Show on Earth celebrates the courage and dedication of first responders from the SR530 Slide as Puget Sound’s “Greatest Heroes on Earth”

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 – 11 am

  • 11:00 am “Greatest Heroes on Earth” Recognition Ceremony of SR530 Slide First Responders
  • 11:30 am Ten First Responders to Help Bathe a Ringling Bros. Asian Elephant
  • 12:00 pm Event concludes

XFINITY Arena at Everett SE Entrance at the corner of Lombard Avenue and Wall Street

The men and women of local fire departments, law enforcement and search & rescue agencies demonstrate their courage every day for the safety and well-being of the community and Ringling Bros. is proud to honor their heroic efforts with a special award ceremony hosted by Ringmaster David Shipman! Being honored are representatives from the Oso, Darrington, Arlington, Marysville and other Fire Departments, the Snohomish County Fire District, the Red Cross and many other volunteers!

The “Greatest Heroes On Earth” Recognition Ceremony will be followed by a real treat as 10 of these local heroes will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help bathe one of our treasured Ringling Bros. Asian Elephants right on Wall Street.

In addition, Feld Entertainment has set aside 1,000 complimentary Circus tickets for the impacted families and First Responders to the SR530 Slide. They will be guests on Thursday, September 18 and Friday, September 19. Each of those nights, one of the First Responders will serve as Guest Ringmaster alongside David Shipman.

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September 16, 2014


Everett Schools Ask, What Do We Do With Longfellow and Colby Properties?


The Longfellow building north of Everett Memorial Stadium.


The former School District office on Colby

Now that the Everett School District has moved into its new community resource center at 39th and Broadway, the properties at Colby and Longfellow are no longer in daily use. The Longfellow building has most recently been used by the Everett Police and Fire Departments for active shooter drills while the Colby building has sat empty. Now the Everett School District is looking for public input on what to do with the two properties. Here is a recent request for public input provided by Mary Waggoner at Everett Schools…

When the Community Resource Center (CRC) opened in November 2013, it made the former Educational Service Center on Colby Avenue and The Longfellow Building and Annex on Oakes available for other use. Public input on options for using those and other district property begins Thursday, Sept. 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the Port Gardner Room of the CRC.

An online survey for those unable to attend the Thursday session is open through Friday, Oct. 10.

In 2012-13, the community helped recommend short and long-term options for ways the district could use all of its properties. This 2013 Property Use Matrix is online.
To launch public input about property use, especially of Colby and Longfellow, the district has drafted some proposed revisions to the 2013 Matrix and to reflect facilities changes made since the Matrix was last updated.

“We invite the community to share thoughts about these drafted options and to suggest other options in a couple of ways,” explained Mike Gunn, Executive Director of Facilities and Operations. We hope you will take time to visit with us next Thursday to learn more about the process and leave comments. Or, if attending that session isn’t possible, we ask community members to leave their comments online.

We’ll merge public input from the survey and from the meeting with other site and market information being gathered and updated. The Capital Facilities Advisory Council will study this information between now and November before a board decision in December.

The October through December timeline is outlined on the Facilities and Planning website.

The district-owned Community Resource Center (CRC) at 3900 Broadway is home for operational and instructional support staff and is a training and meeting center for district staff and community. It opened in November 2013 when staff previously working in the 50-year old Educational Service Center at 4700 Colby Avenue (on the left above) and the more-than-100-year-old Longfellow Building on Oakes (on the right above) consolidated into one efficient location.

With these two aging and energy-inefficient facilities available for other use, the district seeks public comment on proposed options for using them.

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September 15, 2014


Witnesses Wanted in School Bus Crash South of Everett

If you witnesses this crash, please contact the Washington State Patrol.

If you witnessed this crash last Monday afternoon, please contact the Washington State Patrol.

Last Monday we showed you pictures from a crash on Highway 99 involving an empty school bus and a Volvo about a mile and a half south of Everett that tied up the afternoon commute. Today the Washington State Patrol is looking for anyone who witnessed that crash. Here’s the request from WSP Trooper Mark Francis…

The Washington State Patrol is investigating the school bus-car serious injury collision that took place at approximately 3:09 p.m. last Monday, September 8, 2014. The crash occurred in the 13300 block of State Route 99 north of Lynnwood. A passenger vehicle driver was making a left turn from northbound 99 across stopped southbound traffic towards a business driveway when it was struck by an Edmonds School District bus being driven on the southbound shoulder. The collision sent four people to area hospitals.

Detectives are interested in talking to anyone with knowledge of the collision or of any events leading up to it. If you saw or heard anything, or know someone who has information, you are asked to call Detective Sergeant Jerry Cooper at (360) 805-1192 or Detective Craig Cardinal at (360) 757-2008.

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September 15, 2014


14th Street at West Marine View Drive to Close As Port of Everett Cleans Up

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When all is said and done the end of 14th street will look much different.

Just got this in from Lisa Lefeber at the Port of Everett. If you’re used to using 14th street to get to the boats, bars and buoys at the Port of Everett you’ll have to shift a bit north. Effective Tuesday, Sept. 16, 14th Street off West Marine View Drive will close to thru traffic as part of the Port’s major environmental cleanup project. Access is available via 10th Street and Port Gardner Way (formerly 13th Street). The temporary closure will last for the duration of the cleanup project, which is expected to wrap up in April 2015. Here is a link to some information on the cleanup project.

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