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November 20, 2013 at 5:20 PM
A 25-year-old man died this afternoon after being struck by a falling tree near Arlington.
A relative of the victim called for help around 3:45 p.m. after seeing a tree on top of a tent where the man had been living, said Snohomish County sheriff’s spokesman Shari Ireton. Authorities found the man dead inside the tent.
The tent was on property owned by the victim’s parents, Ireton said.
It’s unclear when the tree fell or whether the family heard it fall, said Ireton. She described the property, in the 12000 block of 158th Street Northeast, as rural.
September 19, 2013 at 11:39 AM
A woman who was found dead inside an Arlington-area home after a house fire last weekend has been identified as Pamela S. Carbiener.
Carbiener, 50, died of smoke inhalation inside the home in the 15500 block of Jim Creek Road. Her death has been ruled an accident, according to the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Shari Ireton said the fire was reported Saturday night by a neighbor.
September 16, 2013 at 8:09 AM
ARLINGTON (AP) — The Snohomish County sheriff’s office is investigating the death of a woman whose body was found after a house fire in Arlington.
Spokeswoman Shari Ireton says there’s no obvious sign of a crime, but investigators are waiting for the cause of death from the medical examiner’s office and the cause of the fire from fire investigators.
The fire was reported Saturday night by a neighbor. Firefighters and detectives found the body early Sunday.
The Daily Herald reports the woman who was about 50 years old was alone in the house.
July 1, 2013 at 6:53 AM
Suspect in the Molly Conley shooting to appear in court today: Erick Walker, 26, is expected to make his first appearance in Snohomish County Superior Court this afternoon. He was arrested in connection with the drive-by shooting that killed 15-year-old Molly Conley of Seattle. Conley was shot and killed on June 1 in Lake Stevens while celebrating her 15th birthday with friends.
Drug overdose kills one: And 100 were sickened by a drug called a “Molly” at a concert at the Gorge over the weekend. Not many details about this nasty incident, but young people obviously are carelessly taking pills, the contents of which they are oblivious to. A Molly is reportedly a pure and potent form of Ecstasy. And whatever they took at the ampitheatre concert may have had other ingredients, too. KOMO has the story.
This hot weather was likely a contributor to the death of a 10-year-old boy who was in the Stillaguamish River yesterday afternoon when he was swept away and drowned. He was with his family at Twin Rivers Park near Arlington when he disappeared in the cold, fast water. His body was later found downstream.
It’s going to be hotter today than yesterday, so you might want to take precautions in all this heat. Everyone, especially children, should drink lots of liquids. Use sunscreen. Check on disabled or elderly neighbors who may not have ways to take refuge from the heat. Avoid too much exercise, because heat stroke is a risk. Be careful if you seek relief in rivers and lakes. Don’t leave children or pets in your car. If you have air conditioning, you might want to use it.
Gas prices higher today than a year ago. AAA says the average price of a gallon in the state is $3.79, up 12 cents over July 1 last year. However, that’s 2 cents lower than a week ago and 15 cents lower than a month ago. Some numbers from around the state: Bellingham $3.81, Bremerton $3.76, Seattle-Bellevue-Everett $3.83, Tacoma $3.74, Olympia $3.77, Vancouver $3.78, Yakima $3.77, Tri-Cities $3.65, and Spokane $3.76.
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June 26, 2013 at 7:58 AM
A man died Wednesday morning when the Ford Explorer he was driving veered off a curve in the road and slammed into a power pole near Oso, a small town 30 miles east of Arlington.
The victim was in his 30s but has not been positively identified yet, according to Trooper Mark Francis with the Washington State Patrol. Francis said the crash happened near mile post 30 on Highway 530 sometime before 4:09 a.m. when emergency personnel received the call.
The crash caused the power pole to partially collapse, creating an electrocution hazard and preventing emergency personnel from extricating the victim until power could be shut off.
At 7:30 a.m., Francis said power to the pole had been switched off and firefighters had begun extricating the victim from the heavily damaged SUV. The victim’s next of kin will be notified once the man’s identity is confirmed.
June 17, 2013 at 3:40 PM
A 16-year-old cyclist killed Sunday in Arlington during a charity bicycle ride has been identified as Xavier Pelletier.
The teenager from Victoria, B.C. was riding in a large pack at about 9:20 a.m. when he tried to pass and fell into oncoming traffic, said Kristin Banfield, a spokeswoman for the city of Arlington. Pelletier died at the scene, she said.
Police have ruled his death an accident.
Joined by his mother and uncle, Pelletier was one of about 2,640 cyclists participating in a two-day ride from Vancouver, B.C., to Redmond to raise money for cancer research.
Here’s a statement released today by Pelletier’s family:
“We are heartbroken to share the news that yesterday morning we lost our much loved family member Xavier Pelletier in a tragic accident during the Ride to Conquer Cancer.
At 16 years of age, Xavier was a talented young athlete who died riding in support of his uncle who is a cancer survivor. A gentle soul, he was passionate about cycling and cared deeply for his family, friends and community.
On behalf of our family, we would like to express our heartfelt appreciation to the many who attended the scene including: first responders, Arlington (WA) police and fire services, volunteers, and fellow riders, who compassionately came to Xavier’s aid. Their immediate support and tireless efforts give us comfort in the knowledge that nothing more could have been done to save his young life.
We respectfully request privacy as we grieve the loss of a son, brother, nephew, grandson and friend who touched all of our hearts deeply.”
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to the Ride to Conquer Cancer through the B.C. Cancer Foundation.
June 13, 2013 at 6:04 AM
UPDATE: 7 a.m. | All lanes were reopened by 7 a.m.
All lanes of northbound I-5 between Arlington and Mount Vernon were closed for a time early this morning after a semi-truck flipped over, according to the State Patrol.
Traffic was being diverted to Old Highway 99 for a time, but once the FedEx truck was upright, traffic was able to move through on one lane.
The truck went on its side sometime around 5 a.m., according to Trooper Mark Francis.
The driver, who apparently fell asleep, suffered minor injuries. No other vehicles were involved in the crash.
June 12, 2013 at 7:17 PM
Update, 10:15 p.m. | A 23-year-old woman was killed in a three-car collision while trying to turn into her driveway near Arlington on Wednesday evening, according to the Washington State Patrol.
Brittany N. Shaffer was waiting in her blue Geo Metro to turn off Highway 530 when a white Ford Explorer struck her from behind at about 6:15 p.m., Trooper Mark Francis said. That pushed the Metro into the opposite lane, where a black tow truck slammed into it.
Shaffer was pronounced dead at the scene. The Explorer’s driver, 30-year-old Carlos Valdes-Arriaga, was transported to nearby Cascade Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The tow truck driver was not hurt.
Troopers investigated for hours, closing down Highway 530 at the scene, near 103rd Avenue North and just east of Arlington. They set up a detour via Arlington Heights Road and Arnot Road/115th Avenue Northeast.
There was no indication that Valdes-Arriaga was impaired by blood or alcohol. Prosecutors will decide whether to file charges, Francis said.
Original post, 7:17 p.m. | A woman died Wednesday evening in a highway collision between a car and a tow truck east of Arlington, according to the Washington State Patrol.
The vehicles collided at around 6:15 p.m. on Highway 530, near 103rd Avenue North, Trooper Mark Francis said.
Francis said he did not know whether the woman was in the car or the tow truck. Officials expected to be investigating for at least two hours, he said.
The road will be completely blocked during the investigation, Francis said. Traffic is being detoured at Jordan River Road.
June 10, 2013 at 9:39 AM
Bail was set today at $1 million for a 50-year-old Arlington man who is suspected of killing his sister after the death of their mother on Saturday.
The siblings had previous arguments about their parents’ wills, police say in court documents.
According to documents filed in Snohomish County courts, the siblings’ mother was reportedly found dead at the bottom of the basement stairs in the home she shared with her son in the 13200 block of 240th Street Northeast on Saturday morning.
The victim’s son became concerned when he learned of his grandmother’s death on Facebook.com, but could not locate his mother. He went to his uncle’s house, where his uncle told him his mother had left after having an argument with a neighbor, court documents say.
When the woman remained missing on Sunday, her son returned to his uncle’s house and found his mother’s car parked behind the barn, court documents say. The driver’s seat was pulled back further than usual and inside there were cash withdrawal receipts and alcoholic beverages that his mother did not drink, according to the certification of probable cause.
Investigators with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office said that when they responded to the son’s 911 calls on Sunday, his uncle was found semi-conscious in his car with a beer in his lap and a hose attached to the exhaust pipe and routed into his closed car. In addition, they found the body of a woman covered with a blanket on the man’s property, court documents say.
The man was arrested on investigation of second-degree domestic violence murder in the slaying of his sister and is in custody at Snohomish County Jail.
Positive identification of the body, as well as determination of the cause and manner of death, will be handled by the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office. The death of the suspect’s mother will also be re-examined, according to the sheriff’s office.
March 8, 2013 at 6:28 AM
Two homeless men have been arrested in connection with a series of mail thefts from the U.S. Post Office in Arlington, according to the city.
The men, ages 26 and 21, were arrested yesterday morning and booked into the Snohomish County Jail on investigation of mail theft, possession of stolen mail, and unlawful possession of paying instruments (checks), all felonies.
The thefts occurred on Feb. 15 and last Saturday and yesterday when post office boxes were pried open, the city said. Stolen mail was recovered from the men when they were arrested.
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