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May 24, 2019

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SCSO Investigating Suspicious Death After Man’s Body Found In South Everett Storage Unit

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SCSO Major Crimes detectives have been working the case since Thursday night.

On Friday the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office issued the following press release after a man’s body was reportedly found in a storage unit Thursday night.

Detectives with the Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit are conducting a death investigation in the 13000 block of 4th Ave W.

They responded to that location around 6:30 p.m. last night after a witness reported finding the body of an adult male inside a storage unit.

The deceased is believed to be a 52 year-old Everett man, but positive identification, as well as cause and manner of death, will be determined by the Snohomish County Medical Examiner.

The death appears to be suspicious in nature. This is an active investigation and information will be provided as it becomes available.



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May 24, 2019

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EPD Investigating Fatal Shooting

Photo of the scene on 80th street SW from Everett Police Twitter Feed.

This Everett Police SUV is wrapped in red crime scene tape with some visible damage on the rear quarter panel.

Six hours after the shots were fired SMART detectives were still on the scene.

SMART impounded two police vehicles that had been damaged along with the suspect’s Corvette for processing.

Update 6:30 PM: A woman is dead, her former husband has been arrested and several Everett Police Officers along with a Snohomish County Sheriff’s Sergeant are the focus of a use of force investigation while a multi-agency team investigates shots fired by multiple officers.

This morning shortly after 8 AM Snohomish 911 began receiving calls that a man had shot a woman and ran off at a manufacturing plant in the 1400 block of 80th street SW in south Everett. The man reportedly ran across the street from the plant and drove off in a red Corvette east on 80th street.

Arriving Everett Police officers located a woman who had been shot and attempted to save her but she was pronounced dead at the scene. After getting further information Everett Police put out this notice at 9:48 AM:

BOLO: Police are investigating a homicide in the 1400 blk of 80 St SW. Adult male suspect in his 60’s fled scene in a 2005 red Chevy Corvette plate # BJG9998. If vehicle is spotted, do not approach, call 911. Suspect was known to victim and considered armed and dangerous.

At about 10:20 AM an Everett Police Detective was on foot near Pacific and Broadway when he reported seeing the Corvette northbound on Broadway. A few minutes later an Everett Police Sergeant radioed that he had located the Corvette near 17th and Broadway.

The Corvette went east on 17th and south on McDougall. It slowed, then stopped on McDougall about mid block behind the Safeway. Additional Everett Police and Snohomish County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived and set up around the Corvette. Additional officers blocked off area streets to limit access as police on the scene tried to talk to the man in the Corvette.

At one point there was a report of shots fired. Shortly after that the man got out of his car, laid down in the street and was taken into custody. He was walked to a medic unit and transported to Providence Regional Medical Center to be examined.

Because multiple officers fired their weapons the Snohomish County Multi-Agency Response Team was called into handle that part of the case. Kristin Banfield, a spokesperson for the SMART Team says a handgun and magazine was found in the Corvette. Six Everett Police officers and one Snohomish County Sheriff’s Sergeant were believed to be involved in the incident. No officers were injured during the arrest. When the SMART investigation is complete, results will be forwarded to the Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office for review.

Everett Police Major Crimes Detectives are handling the murder case as a separate investigation. The Snohomish County Medical Examiner put out the following statement this afternoon:

The ID & COD/MOD of the adult female who was a victim in a shooting near the 1400 block of 80th St SW in Everett, WA around 8:00 A.M. on May 24, 2019 will be released following positive identification, next-of-kin notification, & post-mortem exam.

Update 10:41AM The suspect has been located by Everett PD.

Original Post: Not a lot of detail but Everett Police confirmed a fatal shooting in the 1400 block of 80th SW this morning. They believe the shooter knew the victim. They are looking for a red 2005 Corvette WA license BJG9998. Driver a male in his 60s. If seen do not approach. Call 911. More information to come.



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May 24, 2019

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Colby Cruizin’ Sunday – Car Show Monday

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A look down Colby during last year’s event.

Celebrating 20 years on Memorial Day Weekend in downtown Everett.

Here’s the official schedule. Click to enlarge.

The weather looks like it is going to be great for the annual Cruizin’ To Colby event this weekend in downtown Everett, Washington.

Over three days hundreds of cars and thousands of people will move through Everett’s downtown core celebrating all things automotive.

This is the 20th year for the Memorial Day Weekend event that owes its longevity to a small but loyal core of volunteers.

It begins with lots of out of town folks coming in Saturday night filling hotels and packing restaurants. There will be a kickoff party featuring live music at Tony V’s starting at 8 PM.

There is still an option to register on Sunday for the controlled cruise down Colby Avenue. The cars start lining up early with the actual cruise happening between 1 PM and 4 PM.

In addition to the cruise there will be a car audio sound off on Hewitt Avenue in front of Tony V’s just east of Wetmore also from 1 PM ’til 4 PM.

More live music and dancing Sunday night starting at 6 PM at Tony V’s.

Monday brings the official show and shine that opens to the public at 9 AM. (The cars begin filling the downtown streets at 5 AM.) In addition to hundreds of cars, trucks and vehicles of all types there will be more than five dozen vendors, live entertainment, a beer garden and multiple food trucks.



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May 23, 2019

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Battle Heats Up Over Kimberly-Clark Site: Partnership Wants To Buy – Port Wants To Condemn

It could be a brawl in court before anything happens at the former pulp mill site on the Everett waterfront.

Today it was a battle of the press releases as interest at the Kimberly-Clark site on the working waterfront in Everett, Washington heats up.

First here’s a press release from a Seattle public relations firm announcing a plan for a partnership to buy the site and invest up to $100 million dollars.

A new partnership has agreed to develop a new maritime commercial park that will bring as many as 1,200 jobs back to the Everett waterfront. The plans include the development of a cold storage warehouse, a production hub for value-added resale and food products, as well as additional warehouse and office space that will revitalize a key piece of Everett’s industrial waterfront, which has stood empty for more than six years.

The deal, in which Pacific Stevedoring and Glacier Fish Company will buy 58-acres of the Kimberly-Clark mill site on Everett’s waterfront, calls for both companies to move their corporate headquarters and operations to Everett, bringing back family-wage jobs to a site that had been a foundation of the community’s economic life for decades.

“The combination of a deep-water port, prime industrial land, multimodal freight corridors, and a well-trained workforce makes Everett the perfect place to build a new home for the Pacific Northwest seafood industry,” Pacific Stevedoring Owner Andrew Murphy and Glacier Fish Co. President Jim Johnson said in a joint statement. “We plan to invest in this community and look forward to partnering with the city to bring family-wage jobs back to Everett’s waterfront.”

The companies are pursuing a vision that will transform the site into a regional asset for maritime commerce, making an initial investment of $100 million to:

  • Develop and operate a 200,000 sq. ft. cold-storage and warehouse facility;
  • Build a new working wharf to accommodate a commercial fishing fleet and other vessels;
  • Improve on-site interconnections to trucking and rail lines;
  • Develop new warehouses and office spaces to attract light-industrial manufacturing and services in support of maritime operations.

    These plans will give Everett’s waterfront a competitive advantage in courting businesses and commercial activity throughout the maritime industry, including: luring the region’s largest seafood companies, the further expansion of value-added seafood product operations, and attracting increased refrigerated maritime commerce. The private ownership group will also contribute significant revenue to the City of Everett, with property taxes of nearly $1 million per year, and another $850,000 in sales tax revenue during construction and development.

    The Kimberly-Clark property has a rare value given its waterfront industrial zoning within a growing urban core. In an effort to achieve the highest and best use of the property, the new ownership group stands ready to work with local jurisdictions, such as the City of Everett and Port of Everett to maximize the region’s economic vitality and stability.

    Upon completion of the deal, Kimberly-Clark can proceed with environmental clean-up efforts approved by the Washington State Department of Ecology. Meanwhile, the ownership group will continue to work through the necessary project permitting process, with the goal of beginning construction within 12 months of closing.

    “We appreciate the work of numerous officials who helped to form this agreement,” said Lisa Morden, Kimberly-Clark Vice President. “For nearly 100 years, Kimberly-Clark had a presence in this city, and through this agreement with the Pacific Stevedoring and Glacier Fish Co. ownership group, we can help ensure that the next generation of jobs can return to the site.”

    About Pacific Stevedoring

    Pacific Stevedoring is a wholly-owned subsidiary of North American Stevedoring, with operations in Dutch Harbor, Alaska; Bayside, Canada; Washington state; and Galveston, Texas. The company brings a reputation for excellence throughout the fishing and shipping industries and maintains a dedicated and skilled workforce to accommodate all aspects of cargo handling and terminal operations. At full capacity, Pacific Stevedoring intends hire 150 employees for their operations in Everett.

    About Glacier Fish Company

    Glacier Fish Co. was founded in 1982 as one of the pioneers in the Alaska groundfish fisheries. The company owns and operates a fleet of catcher/processor vessels that catch, process, and freeze groundfish in the Bering Sea, the Gulf of Alaska, and off the coast of Washington and Oregon. Glacier has more than 700 employees on its vessels, in its offices, and in support of its fleet.

    Not so fast says the Port of Everett who had earlier announced a vote has been scheduled June 4th to acquire the property through a condemnation process:

    Today’s announcement by Pacific Stevedoring and Glacier Fish does not change the Port administration’s intent to hold a public meeting on June 4 for our Port Commission to consider eminent domain on the vacant Kimberly-Clark property.

    The Port administration can’t speak for our Commission; however, the administration is skeptical of the private party’s ability to put the site back into productive use, as evidenced by its lack of job creation with its lease. The Port has been consistent since the mill closed that our top priorities were to restore the jobs lost because of the mill closure, support maritime job growth on the site, and ensure the ongoing success of our international trade facilities and Naval Station Everett. Our priorities have not changed.

    The investor group has not disclosed the identity of the investors, which calls into question whether foreign direct investment is involved, which could potentially prevent this transaction from moving forward. Further, the investor group has not demonstrated that the proposed use is allowable under current zoning codes for the site, as fish processing is explicitly prohibited.

    The Port has a proven and reliable track record of putting former contaminated mill sites back into productive use with our patient capital; and our offer still stands to meet with the private party and discuss their proposed use, and how it may align with the Port’s public use of the property.



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    May 23, 2019

    Comments Off on Everett City Council Approves False Alarm Ordinance

    Everett City Council Approves False Alarm Ordinance

    We told you earlier this month about revisions to a false alarm ordinance proposed by Everett Police. Yesterday the Everett City Council agreed to those changes and approved an ordinance that would fine alarm companies for false burglary alarms. The earlier version of the ordinance had a requirement that every alarm owner pay an annual […]

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    May 22, 2019

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    Everett Spirits Maker Gets Major Distribution Boost

    Word in that Bluewater Organic Distilling, located at the Everett waterfront, has signed a deal to greatly expand their marketing throughout the Northwest. The company was founded aboard a sailboat in 2008 and small batch offerings include Bluewater Organic Vodka, Halcyon Organic Distilled Gin and Wintersun Organic Aquavit. Bluewater Organic Distilling, the Pacifc Northwest smallbatch […]

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