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May 28, 2015

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Tear Gas, K-9 End Hours-Long Standoff Between Felony Suspect and Everett PD

Editor’s update 12:30pm: We have more information on events leading up to a standoff this morning on 76th street in Everett just north of Evergreen Middle School. Everett Police spokesman Aaron Snell tells MyEverettNews.com that around midnight officers responded to a domestic violence call at an apartment complex in the 300 block of 76th street. A man was arrested at that location and booked into the Snohomish County Jail. Three children were taken to Providence Regional Medical Center to be checked out as part of the incident. While investigating that case, officers contacted a second man who they determined to have multiple felony warrants. Around 2:00am that man fled into an attic crawl space which runs along the top of the apartment building. He refused to come down and tried to hide in the insulation. Officers had to obtain a search warrant to access the crawl space to arrest the man. Once the search warrant was signed by a judge officers tried to talk to the man through the vent on the outside of the building but he refused to cooperate or come out. Everett Police then fired multiple rounds of tear gas into the crawl space. They also attempted to gain access to the man by poking holes into the attic. Around 6:00am a police K-9 unit was brought in and officers were getting ready to put the dog into the crawl space when the man finally surrendered. He was booked into the Snohomish County Jail on his outstanding warrants. Overall the standoff lasted just a little over 5 hours.

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An officer wearing a gas mask tries to talk with the suspect.

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A SWAT team member shoots tear gas into the attic

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A K-9 team prepares to enter the apartment

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The suspect is brought out after the 5-hour standoff

We’ll get more details later this morning but a standoff between a felony warrant suspect and Everett Police lasted 5 hours and ended after officers used tear gas and a K-9 to get a man out of an apartment attic. For now here are some pictures of the scene with more to come later. Click to enlarge. Copyright MyEverettNews.com.


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May 27, 2015

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Armed Intruder Reveals Security Challenges at Downtown Everett Courthouse

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A closer look at the knife used by the suspect. Click photo to enlarge.

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The first search team enters the courthouse. You can see the broken glass door to the right.

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The suspect is searched after being spotted about a mile south of the courthouse.

On Sunday, a man carrying a knife and crowbar smashed out a main entrance door at the Snohomish County Courthouse in downtown Everett. He made his way to the 4th floor Sheriff’s Office and threatened employees. That led to a top to bottom search of the building. When the security contractor arrived deputies were able to access video and determine the man left after about 15 minutes. He was arrested on the streets of Everett about two hours later. The incident shook employees working inside the building and has led to questions regarding security at the Courthouse. We asked Snohomish County Sheriff’s spokesperson Shari Ireton about security at the building and received the following response via email…

Because there are staff in the Courthouse 24/7, there is no security alarm on the building. There is a fire alarm. After normal business hours, there is only one security guard (with Olympic Security) on-site. The building was built during a different era (long before security concerns were top of mind at courthouses) and has been remodeled many times so it does not have an ideal “footprint” in regards to security.

Construction planning for a new courthouse across the street from the current building is underway and there is a public meeting set for next Wednesday to provide a look at the project and give answers to the public’s questions. Here’s information on that meeting from Rebecca Hover at the Snohomish County Executive’s Office…

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Drawing of proposed Courthouse building courtesy Snohomish County Executive’s Office.

Snohomish County’s nine-story courthouse project is slated to break ground this summer. Members of the community interested in learning more about the project from the inside out are invited to attend a public presentation by lead architect Doug Kleppin of Heery International at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 3 in the public hearing rooms of the Robert J. Drewel Building on county campus in downtown Everett.

The presentation, followed by a brief Q & A session, is scheduled to last approximately one hour.

With more than 25 years of experience working on public buildings – many of them courthouses – Kleppin has a unique perspective on design. His presentations give the audience a clearer picture of the building and its features, as well as how it will serve them for years to come. Heery International has designed more than 70 courthouses across the country.

The 253,000 square foot building – which will be built on Wall Street between Rockefeller and Oakes avenues – will offer the public faster and more convenient access to services through a customer service counter on the entry level of the building. The building also will house the Snohomish County Clerk’s Office, the Prosecuting Attorney’s Criminal Division, the Office of Public Defense, the Sheriff’s Office, Superior and District courts, and a law library. The courthouse is expected to be completed by October 2017. Once the new replacement courthouse is occupied, the existing courthouse will be demolished and a new public plaza will be created in its place.


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May 27, 2015

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City of Everett’s New Logo On Indefinite Hold

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This is not the new logo but just a filler on the City of Everett’s new website.


It was one of those things that sounded simple in the beginning but turned out to be much more complicated. Since last August MyEverettNews.com has been following the City of Everett’s attempt to come up with a new logo. It began with a logo contest that offered a $5000.00 first prize. Logo ideas were received from around the world, the public voted and a blue-ribbon panel chose the winning design submitted by Seattle designer Sean Hamilton. After a time it was pointed out that the winning logo looked a lot like the existing logo of a Seattle investment firm. The new logo was put on hold while the City of Everett considered its options. On March 20th we reported that the city paid $5000 to Hamilton but was going to make some minor changes. Here’s an excerpt from that report with a quote from Meghan Pembroke at the City of Everett…

As I think Debra mentioned on Wednesday, there is no legal issue with the logo that was selected as the winning design in the competition. While there may be similarities between the two logos, there is no trademark or copyright infringement because there is no likelihood of confusion for the public — the City is a municipality and Envestnet is an investment firm. As Debra said, we have moved forward with the logo that was selected during the initial process and we worked with the winning designer to make minor modifications. He has received the $5,000 award. The revised logo has been approved by the advisory committee and we are now completing our internal approval process; we won’t be releasing the artwork until we’ve completed that process.

At today’s Everett City Council meeting MyEverettNews.com checked in again with CFO Debra Bryant who advised us that the new logo is on an indefinite hold. She said the project hasn’t been completely abandoned but there are far greater priorities right now. We’ll let you know of any further developments.


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May 27, 2015

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Rescue Ring and Loaner Life Jackets Replace Lifeguards at Silver Lake in Everett

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The elimination of life guards at Silver Lake will save the city about $55,000.00

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The swimming area is well marked.

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An emergency life ring and loaner life jackets are located at the center of the beach.

At Silver Lake in south Everett, near where the lifeguard stand once stood, there’s now a cabinet with loaner life jackets and a rescue ring. With highs expected into the upper 70s this week MyEverettNews.com wanted to remind people headed out for a swim that the City of Everett eliminated lifeguards at Silver Lake as a budget cutting measure. Earlier this year the Mayor ordered a team of city staffers to find ways to lower expenses and increase revenues as the city faced a shortfall of several million dollars. According to the city’s Structural Deficit Advisory Team, elimination of the lifeguard program at Silver Lake Beach saves approximately $55,000 per year, mostly in seasonal labor. The argument was made that Everett is the only city in Snohomish County that still provided beach lifeguards. The report said most jurisdictions eliminated lifeguards at public beaches because of the cost and potential liability. Everett has now joined that group.

Now while the lifeguard tower is gone, there are a couple of signs posted warning of no lifeguards on duty, there’s that cabinet with loaner life jackets and a rescue ring and the swimming area is clearly marked. There is a working pay phone near the restrooms in case a call to 9-1-1 is needed and a cell phone is not handy. Swimming is not the only activity at the park which also offers nature trails, picnic areas, a playground, a concrete ping pong table and disc golf course. The park is open daily from 6am – 10pm. Click here for more information and directions.


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May 26, 2015

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Freeway Paint Job On I-5 In South Everett Goes Very Wrong

Editor’s Update 5:30pm: The DOT has now decided to move the cleanup to Sunday. Here’s the latest press release…A paint spill in the HOV lane of southbound Interstate 5 in Everett will be corrected Sunday morning, May 31.

Washington State Department of Transportation maintenance crews originally planned to cover the paint spilled by a malfunctioning striping truck with a mixture of liquid asphalt and sand at 10 a.m. Wednesday. However, after further review of the situation, WSDOT maintenance crews will need to close at least two lanes of I-5 to complete this work safely. Traffic volumes on southbound I-5 during the week are too high to close two lanes without causing a large backup. By working on Sunday, we can keep traffic moving and keep drivers and our crews safe. WSDOT will continue to monitor traffic flow through the area until repair work is complete.

Lane closure details: Sunday, May 31- Crews will close the left general purpose lane and the HOV lane of southbound I-5 between 112th Street Southeast and 128th Street Southwest from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m.

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A traffic camera image shows the mess in the HOV lane.

A broken hose on a paint stripe truck from the Washington Department of Transportation caused a yellow mess in the HOV lane of I-5 from the 112th Park and Ride to nearly 128th street. It happened about 11:30 this morning in the southbound lanes. The yellow paint is dry and you can drive in the HOV lane. According to the DOT, here’s the plan for the fix…

Sometime after 10 a.m. on Wednesday morning, WSDOT will close the HOV lane so maintenance staff can use tack coat to cover the black paint. This involves putting down liquid asphalt and covering it with sand. It’s believed that this will provide good traction and may be a longer-lasting fix than using paint. The work should be complete before the afternoon commute begins. WSDOT will monitor the area to be sure the repair works as intended. Until then, video message signs will warn drivers that there is dry paint on the roadway and motorists should use caution.


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May 26, 2015

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Impairment Likely in Rucker Rollover

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Rucker Roll 4There were no injuries but the Washington State Patrol did take a person into custody after this rollover crash at 42nd and Rucker in Everett. The crash was reported around 2:00am. It looks like a pickup truck going northbound on Rucker hit a light pole near 43rd and Rucker, had a front wheel shear off and rolled another half block before stopping at 42nd street. The driver was evaluated on the scene by Everett Fire and a trooper then took him into custody. Here are a few MyEverettNews.com photos from the scene. Click photo to enlarge.


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May 25, 2015

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Any Day Can Be Memorial Day in Everett

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This memorial was dedicated in 1972.

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The inscription on the memorial…

As a reminder on this Memorial Day, anyone in Everett can pay respect and remembrance for those who gave their lives in service to our country by visiting the courtyard at the Snohomish County Campus. This display is on the Wall Street side of the Courthouse just outside the main entrance. The flame is eternal and the courtyard is usually available 24 hours a day for those who want to pause and remember.


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May 25, 2015

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Thousands Pack Downtown Everett For Cruzin’ Colby Car Show

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At times it was hard to find the cars among the thousands of people in downtown Everett.

Grey skies without rain made for a comfortable atmosphere for the Cruzin’ Colby Car Show today. While yesterday was about cruising, today was about getting up close to nearly 800 cars. Thousands of people piled into downtown Everett streets to see classic cars, listen to live music and sample all kinds of food. In addition to the cars, the day offered great people and pet watching as well. Here are a few photos. Click to enlarge.

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A man with a parrot on his shoulder walked among the cars with his son.

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How teenage girls watch a car show…

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There were lots of dogs enjoying the show as well.

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Danny Vernon’s tribute to Elvis claims another female fan.


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May 25, 2015

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Man Shot At Howarth Park in Everett

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Victim and firefighters watch EPD officers gather evidence as they wait for medics to arrive.

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Everett medics check out the victim.

Everett Police patrol officers are investigating a shooting that occurred at Howarth Park in Everett shortly before two o’clock this morning. We don’t have many details because of the Holiday weekend. Patrol officers are investigating and will turn the case over to detectives for further follow-up on Tuesday. What we do know is that a man suffered what appeared to be non life-threatening injuries after some type of altercation. Shortly after these photos were taken, officers were in the park gathering evidence, the victim was in the process of being taken by ambulance to Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett and medics were returning to service. We’ll have more for you Tuesday as information becomes available.


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May 24, 2015

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450 Cars Cruzin’ Colby Sunday in Everett, WA

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A look north on Colby

It’s just wrapped up. The annual Memorial Day Weekend Cruzin’ Colby event drew 450 cars to downtown Everett today. The controlled cruising ran between Everett Avenue and Wall Street up and down Colby and attracted every kind of vehicle imaginable. Just like “back in the day” it didn’t matter what kind of car you had as the people watching was as good as the car watching. Tomorrow there will be a “Show and Shine” with nearly 800 cars lined up. It’s free to watch and runs from 8:00am – 4:00pm rain or shine. There will also be live entertainment, food booths and more fun for the family. We’ll be there tomorrow but for now here are a few of our favorites from today. Click photo to enlarge.

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There were new cars.

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There were old cars.

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A Classic Camaro

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Hewitt and Colby is the epicenter of cruising in Everett.

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A not so classy delivery van

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1970 GTO

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A classic hot rod.

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It was a great day for a drive.

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Remember the “VW Thing”?

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Wonder if they had any Grey Poupon?


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May 24, 2015

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Man Breaks Into Downtown Everett, WA Courthouse, Threatens Employees With Knife

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Employees from the Sheriff’s Office are escorted from the courthouse.

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Everett Police prepare to enter the building

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The first search team enters the courthouse. You can see the broken glass door to the right.

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Another of multiple search teams enter the Courthouse.

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A team of Washington State Patrol Troopers leave the Courthouse after the building search.

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Officers make initial contact with the suspect on 38th street east of Hoyt.

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The suspect is searched

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The suspect’s hat, backpack and knife

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A closer look at the knife used by the suspect.

A strange and scary morning for workers at the Sheriff’s Office records unit at the Snohomish County Courthouse. Shortly before 9:00am a man apparently broke out one of the glass doors at the main entrance to the Snohomish County Courthouse on Wall street in downtown Everett. He made his way into the Sheriff’s Office on the 4th floor and threatened workers with a knife. The workers took shelter and called 9-1-1. Officers from Everett Police, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, Washington State Patrol and Lynnwood Police searched all five floors of the courthouse and basement. It was determined the suspect left the courthouse and as officers were clearing they received multiple reports of a man threatening people near the downtown Everett Library and the Post Office. Around 11:00am 9-1-1 received a call that the suspect was seen at 38th and Hoyt. Everett Police responded and took the man into custody. They also recovered a large knife. The man was turned over to Snohomish County Sheriff’s Deputies. The Sheriff’s Office says the man is a 25-year-old from Everett. Here are some photos of the scene at the courthouse and of the suspect’s capture. Click photos to enlarge. Copyright MyEverettNews.com


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May 23, 2015

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Everett Parents Invited To Get A Look At New School Textbooks

Everett schools logoThe Everett School District will be holding an open house next week for parents interested in reviewing new educational materials for use in Everett classrooms next year. Here are the details for those interested…

This spring, high school teachers reviewed textbooks and other materials to evaluate how well they support teaching and learning state standards, course objectives, course themes, and content in Advanced Placement world language and Advanced Placement English courses. In addition, teachers reviewed materials for other additional important criteria for the evaluation of instructional materials in Everett Public Schools.

On Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at the Community Resource Center from 3-7 p.m., students, families, staff, and community members are invited to explore instructional materials being considered and to leave written comments about the materials while at the open house session.


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