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Everett Police Arrest Local Optometrist on Suspicion of Child Molestation

September 17, 2014

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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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Witnesses Wanted in School Bus Crash South of Everett

September 15, 2014

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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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Everett Police Mystery – Who Stabbed An 11-Year-Old Boy?

September 11, 2014

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The Everett Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a burglar who stabbed an 11-year-old boy in the shoulder with a screwdriver. The above video provided by EPD shows the suspect as he ran from the crime. Here are the details from EPD Spokesman Aaron Snell…

The Everett Police Department is asking for help to identify a burglar who stabbed a boy.

At about 10:30 p.m. on August 26th in the 3100 block of Oakes Ave, an 11 year-old boy was walking into the back bedroom of his family’s apartment when an adult male walked out of the spare bedroom. The adult was a stranger and did not belong in the apartment. Without provocation, the male stabbed the boy with a screwdriver then grabbed him and pushed him into the kitchen. The male then demanded the boy’s mother, brother, aunt and uncle along with their juvenile daughter get into the kitchen. Once in the kitchen, the adults armed themselves with knifes and advanced on the male who threw a chair at them. The adults continued forward and the male backed to the front door and left.

The boy suffered a non-life threatening stab wound to his arm and was transported to Providence Medical Center – Colby Campus for medical attention. He has since been released.

The male suspect is described as white, thin, about 5’7”, in his late 20’s to early 30’s with blond hair. He was wearing blue jeans during the incident. The family had not seen the male before.

Officers searched the area but were not able to locate the male. It is believed he entered the apartment through and open window by removing the screen. Security surveillance video caught the male running through the apartment complex.

Anyone with information about this incident or knows the suspect is asked to call the Everett Police Department TIP LINE at (425) 257-8450 or Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound at 1-800-222-TIPS.


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Crashes Make For Rough Monday Afternoon Commute North to Everett

September 8, 2014

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An Edmonds school bus and a Volvo collided about a mile and a half south of Everett on Highway 99 and tied up traffic in both directions for 2 hours Monday afternoon. There were no students on the bus but the driver was taken to a local hospital to be checked out while 2 passengers in the Volvo were taken to Harborview. Then shortly after 5:00pm a crash on northbound I-5 just before the Snohomish River Bridge tied up traffic and backed up I-5 to 75th street. No word on how serious the injuries were there but it made for a long commute. Here are a few pictures from the Hwy 99 crash. Click photo to enlarge.

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Only Minor Injuries From Head-On Crash on Airport Road

September 4, 2014

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Everett Police are investigating a head-on crash that happened shortly before 5am at the intersection of Airport and Holly road. At least one person was taken to an Everett hospital with non life threatening injuries. Police were able to get the road open before the main Boeing commute got going.
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The Top 5 Factors Impacting Crime in Everett

August 21, 2014

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Chief Templeman

This was Templeman’s first major address to the city council since being appointed chief earlier this year.

Everett Police Chief Dan Templeman addressed the Everett City Council Wednesday night to give an update on crime in Everett and the statistics they are using in a data-driven approach to crime fighting in the city. Templeman told the council the top five factors impacting crime in Everett were:

1. Drug Activity – Heroin use is an increasing problem and the number one abused drug police face on a daily basis, Templeman says marijuana is also a concern with more arrests for people under the influence of pot.

2. Mental Health Challenges – The city needs more resources, police top users of triage center.

3. Motor Vehicle Thefts – Thieves that had been in jail are out and active again.

4. Transient Population – a small portion of this population is creating issues but more services are needed.

5. Increase in Gang Activity – mostly in the south Everett area.

Templeman says the Everett Police Department is using a data-driven approach to policing sending a larger police presence in targeted areas where data shows crime is higher. He says initial indicators look good but it is too soon to tell if this will be a more effective way of policing for the city of Everett in the long run.

Citizens who are interested in learning more can contact the police department’s crime prevention office at 425-257-7497. Templeman says his department is going to make a concerted effort to get more information out at the neighborhood level as is relates to criminal activity and the things that people can do to help prevent it.


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Everett Jail Now Taking Plastic For Bail

August 18, 2014

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Now its even easier to check out of the Snohomish County Jail in downtown Everett.

If you have the unfortunate situation of being arrested and booked into the Snohomish County Jail in downtown Everett and find yourself a little short on cash for your bail, no worries. Now you can charge your bail on your credit card. Here’s the new policy as set forth in an email from Sheri Ireton at the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office…

The Snohomish County Jail now accepts credit card payment for bail.  Beginning last week, cash bail payments can be made for an inmate using GovPayNet®. GovPayNet accepts major credit, debit and prepaid debit cards for cash bail 24/7 online (www.GovPayNow.com) or by phone (1-877-EZBAIL5). Cardholders will pay a service fee — seven percent of the bail total — at the time of the transaction. On-site payment methods remain unchanged as only cash, cashier’s checks or jail bonds are accepted at the jail facility.

Cardholders can make payments on their own behalf or on behalf of friends or family. They need to have the basic information about the arrestee and the bail amount, information which can be found on the Snohomish County Jail Registry.   Bilingual specialists are available around the clock for cardholder assistance.

More than 500 corrections systems nationally rely on GovPayNet to process bail and other criminal justice payments, which account for the majority of the nearly $200 million in payments the company handles annually for government agencies.


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