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January 19, 2020

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Everett Attorney To Donate Books To Elementary School Classes

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Attorney Rick Merrill has found another way to give back to Everett and Snohomish County.

Wanted to pass this along from one of our original sponsors. Attorney Rick Merrill has started what he’s calling Rick’s Book Brigade. It’s an effort to promote reading among elementary school students in Everett and Snohomish County.

Twice a year, in the Spring and in the Fall, Rick and his staff will select an Elementary classroom to donate books. There will be books for each child to take home and a selection to remain in the classroom for continued use.

If you know of an elementary school classroom who could use new reading material you can forward them this link and have them fill out this simple entry form.

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January 18, 2020

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Highway 99 Shut Down After Everett Car Theft Suspect Causes Multi-Car Crash

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This is the stolen car driven by the suspect which crashed into multiple vehicles at Lincoln and 99.

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At least one innocent person was seriously injured.

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At least five vehicles were hit.

One woman was seriously hurt and others shaken up as a suspect in a car theft from an Everett motel crashed at Lincoln and Highway 99 Saturday morning.

Everett Police were called to a motel on Evergreen Way shortly before 10 AM on a report of a car theft. The suspect and vehicle were later seen on 128th near 4th Avenue West by Everett Police. A short time later Snohomish County Sheriff’s Deputies gave chase to the stolen car near Lincoln Way and Highway 99.

The suspect crashed into multiple cars at the intersection and fled on foot where he was found hiding by a business south of the intersection. He was taken into custody by deputies. Five other vehicles were involved in the crash which shut down Highway 99 for more than an hour. The suspect was booked into the Snohomish County Jail and is expected in court on Monday.



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January 17, 2020

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Everett Mayor: More Police, No Homeless Students, Better Silver Lake And Fiscal Fix

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Yesterday at her State of the City 2020 address Everett, Washington Mayor Cassie Franklin outlined her vision for the city and announced four initiatives for the coming year. Here’s a summary taken from her remarks.

Our vision for Everett is one of strength, security and equity, and if we work together as a community, we will realize that vision. As we are working towards this goal, I have four exciting initiatives that I intend to pursue, and hope I will have your full support in bringing them to fruition.

First, we must ensure we continue to have a robust, well-trained police force to keep our communities safe. I’m proud of our outstanding Police Department and everything they have accomplished to reduce crime across the city. But we know that more needs to be done so that our residents feel safe everywhere, all the time.
With a growing population, it’s important that our Police Force grows in tandem. Therefore, I intend to add 24 officers by 2022. This will add patrol officers where we need them most, reduce response times and ensure our residents are not only safe, but also feel safe. This is our number one goal and priority. With the community’s help, I know we can accomplish this goal.

Second, we must eliminate student homelessness in the city of Everett.
Last school year, roughly 1200 Everett school children were living without safe, stable housing. Kids cannot succeed without a roof over their head. If you’re hungry, if you haven’t slept, if you don’t know where you’re going to end up the next day, how can you possibly stay focused, or even pass a test at school? I believe this is a problem we can solve. I am calling on experts in the field to form a task force to develop recommendations so that together we can execute a plan to solve student homelessness in our city. I’m proud to announce Joe Alonzo, CEO of Cocoon House and Dr. Joyce Stewart, former deputy superintendent of Everett Public Schools, will co-lead this effort. I can’t think of two better people to champion this cause, and know they will bring unmatched expertise, perspective and determination to solving this challenge. The task force will also include representatives from nonprofits, faith-based organizations, both Everett and Mukilteo school districts, and other community leaders, as well as students experiencing homelessness and their families. From my experience on the Community Streets Initiative, I know that working together, we can tackle big problems. There is no community more collaborative, or innovative, than Everett.

Third, we live in an incredibly beautiful city, but not all of our neighborhoods enjoy the same beautiful outdoor amenities.

Historically much of the City’s investments have been in North Everett, which tends to have better walking and biking routes, as well as access to water and riverfronts. South Everett, in the meantime, has one of the most beautiful, but underutilized lakes in the region: Silver Lake. Decades ago, City teams envisioned creating a cohesive and connected recreational trail around the lake. Those plans were revisited and tabled over and over again for years due to the high price tag of the project. A few months ago I was fortunate to be one of seven mayors selected to participate in the Mayor’s Institute of Urban Design, where I received guidance from experts around the country on how to move forward with this project. I learned that we can make this happen, affordably, for our residents in South Everett, for our visitors and our region as a whole. Therefore, I have directed staff to revisit previous City plans to improve recreational opportunities and pathways around the lake, so people of all abilities can safely enjoy it. I look forward to reporting on our progress on this in the months to come.

Finally, to address our future sustainability, I am calling together a stakeholder committee to explore our fiscal options and to advise City leadership on ways we can address the City’s revenue challenges this year, and far into the future.

Balancing a budget year over year, while facing a growing deficit, is not only unsustainable, it’s bad business. Our City and residents deserve the investments I’ve talked about today, and much more. We cannot achieve a high quality of life if we continue to whittle away at services and programs to balance our bottom line. We need lasting changes that put us on a more sustainable financial path. We will launch this work immediately and it will be of utmost importance in ensuring we can accomplish our combined vision and the vision that the young people shared this morning.

You can click here to read the entire address or watch the video at this link.



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January 17, 2020

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Everett Police Seek Arsonist In Auto Shop Fire

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Everett Police photo of arson suspect.

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The suspect seen carrying a large gas can.

On January 12, 2020, just before midnight an unknown subject walked up to the entrance of Mike’s Performance Automotive located at 2925 Rucker Avenue in Everett. The suspect was seen on video carrying what appeared to be a “jerry” can and pouring its contents at the front of the building. The suspect then allegedly lit a fire before fleeing on foot. The suspect’s face is covered however the suspect is wearing distinctive clothing that may be similar to the photos.

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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January 16, 2020

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Serena Williams To Play Tennis In Everett Next Month

Word in from the Snohomish County Sports Commission on a major tennis star coming to Everett, Washington as part of Fed Cup Play next month. Here’s the scoop. The USTA today announced that 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams will be a part of the United States Fed Cup Team that takes on Latvia in […]

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January 15, 2020

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Everett Firefighters Fight Chicken Coop Fire On Holly Drive

Everett Fire crews responded Wednesday night to a report of a residential fire in the 8500 block of Holly Drive in south Everett. A passerby reported seeing smoke and flames shortly after 6 PM. The first arriving unit determined the structure on fire was not a human residential structure but a chicken coop. The fire […]

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