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November 17, 2013 at 9:02 PM
A man in a checkered hoodie robbed an Alaska Credit Union branch in broad daylight today after handing a teller a note in which he demanded cash and claimed to possess a gun, according to Edmonds police.
The suspect made off with an undetermined amount of cash from the bank branch, located inside a Safeway store in the 23000 block of Highway 99, police said.
The robbery occurred at about 1:22 p.m., and the suspect was still at large as of this evening, according to police.
Witnesses told police the suspect was an Hispanic man in his early 20s, about 5’7″ tall, with a slight build, brown hair, a scruffy beard and a slight mustache. He was wearing a hoodie with large squares, a white tee-shirt, and white and gray tennis shoes, police said.
After leaving the bank, the man fled south on foot through the grocery store parking lot.
Police are asking anyone with information about the crime to call their tip line at (425) 771-0212.
November 15, 2013 at 8:37 AM
UPDATE 12:15 P.M.:
The Edmonds-Kingston ferry run is back in service after stopping while police investigated a man being struck by a train near the ferry terminal this morning. Police said that ferry service was halted because the train stopped in front of the terminal, blocking traffic in and out of the dock.
Edmonds police said the train tracks are also clear.
Police said the man killed was 35 and last known to be living in Mountlake Terrace. Police are investigating the case as a suicide.
A man was struck and killed by a freight train in Edmonds this morning.
Just before 7:30 a.m. witnesses reported seeing a man standing on the train tracks just north of Main Street, near the Edmonds Ferry Terminal. The train operator sounded his horn but couldn’t stop, said Edmonds police Sgt. Mark Marsh.
Marsh said it appears to have been a suicide. He added that they investigate about seven fatalities each year involving people struck by trains. The majority, he said, are suicides.
Gus Melonas, spokesman for BNSF Railway, said the train crew applied their emergency brakes, but were unable to stop in time to avoid the collision. He said the train was hauling general merchandise in containers from Seattle to Chicago.
Melonas said this is the 17th person fatally struck on BNSF property this year. He said that, on average, that figure hovers between 18 and 20 fatalities each year.
All train and ferry traffic in the area are delayed while police investigated. Melonas said they hope to have the tracks clear for railway traffic by 10 a.m.
October 1, 2013 at 11:37 PM
A fire burned through a two-story Edmonds house in the 700 block of Hemlock Way, displacing a couple and their three dogs tonight.
Neighbors who saw smoke and flames called 911 and alerted the homeowners, according to an Edmonds Fire Department news release. A combined team of about 35 firefighters from Snohomish County Fire District 1, Lynnwood and Shoreline were able to control the fire in about 15 minutes, but not before it had engulfed half of the house, the release said.
No one was injured in the fire, but one of the homeowners’ cats died and another is unaccounted for, the release said.
The resulting burns and smoke damage left the house uninhabitable, and the Red Cross and Support 7 are providing temporary aid to the couple, the release said. The pair does have insurance.
The release said investigators have not yet determined the cause of the fire.
September 23, 2013 at 3:11 PM
A former Edmonds police officer convicted of having sex with a woman he had detained in May 2012 was sentenced today to a year in jail.
A Snohomish County jury last month convicted Daniel Lavely, 48, of custodial sexual misconduct.
“Your conduct exploited a vulnerable woman and disgraced your profession,” Superior Court Judge Janice Ellis told Lavely at his sentencing, The Herald of Everett reported.
Lavely declined to speak at his hearing. He must register as a sex offender and be supervised for a year after his release from jail.
Lavely resigned from the department in January after an internal investigation into the incident resulted in him learning that he could possibly be fired. Lavely, 48, had been with the police department for eight years.
According to charges filed by the Snohomish County prosecutor’s office, Lavely first contacted the victim, a then-28-year-old Seattle woman, after she reportedly jaywalked on Highway 99 in Edmonds on the night of May 6, 2012.
Early the next morning, Lavely encountered the same woman while responding to a 911 call about her fleeing the emergency room at Swedish Medical Center, Edmonds Campus. Lavely found the woman at a nearby motel and placed her in the back of his patrol car, according to charges.
The Seattle woman told investigators Lavely drove her to the “poorly lit back parking lot” of the Burlington Coat Factory in Edmonds and forced the woman into sex, charges said.
It’s a crime for an officer on duty to engage in sex with a person being detained, even if that sex is consensual.
While Everett police, who were brought in to investigate the incident, say the woman was not handcuffed, the charges say she was “detained, under arrest or in the custody of the defendant.”
Everett police investigated the sexual-misconduct allegation and forwarded the case to Snohomish County prosecutors, who filed charges in November.
September 10, 2013 at 10:50 AM
The man who was shot Saturday by Edmonds police after he reportedly pointed a rifle at officers has a history of mental illness, police said this morning.
The wounded man, 27, of Edmonds, is in stable condition at Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center, according to Aaron Snell of the Everett Police Department, speaking on behalf of the Snohomish County Multiple Agency Response Team. The team investigates officer-involved shootings in the county.
Snell said the man will face assault charges once he is released from the hospital. He will not be identified until he has been charged, he said.
Snell said the man had made no threats to the citizens who called 911 to report he was walking down an Edmonds street Saturday morning with a .22-caliber rifle. Witnesses said Edmonds police gave several verbal commands for the man to the put down the rifle, Snell said. He said the man did not comply and at one point leveled the weapon at police, prompting two officers to open fire.
The two officers are a sergeant and a corporal with 15 years’ and 14 years’ experience on the Edmonds police force. Both have been placed on administrative leave.
August 29, 2013 at 6:48 AM
Hey, pick on someone your own size: A guy in Tacoma has been charged with animal cruelty for allegedly tossing his neighbor’s Chihuahua out a second-story window. On Monday, the man said someone had broken into his apartment, and he accused a neighbor. On Tuesday, a neighbor and her kids were looking for their 9-month-old puppy when they saw it being thrown out the window. They called police. The man was arrested. The pup was limping and bleeding, but is expected to be OK. The News Tribune has the details.
High sales tax: You’ll not be surprised when we tell you that Washington has the fourth highest average sales tax in the U.S., behind Tennessee (9.44 percent), Arkansas (9.18 percent) and Louisiana (8.89 percent), according to a nonpartisan national think tank. Oh, yeah, our combined average sales tax is 8.87 percent.
Smile, you’re on candid camera: Police like to say criminals aren’t too smart, and here’s a good example. The guy who robbed a Key Bank in Edmonds the other day didn’t bother with a mask or anything to hide his identity. A desperate man? Probably.
Fast-food workers will be protesting across the country today — Seattle included — seeking higher wages, as in $15 an hour. We’ll have more on this as the morning progresses. A similar protest was held back in May.
Rain again this morning, as if you didn’t know. But we did get sun by the afternoon yesterday, didn’t we? We won’t be so lucky today. Rain and showers forecast throughout the day and into tonight and tomorrow morning. It’s expected to start drying out later Friday, and Saturday looks downright sunny — not too bad.
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August 28, 2013 at 6:54 PM
Edmonds Police Detectives are searching for a man suspected of robbing a Key Bank Wednesday afternoon.
A police news release described the suspect as a white man about 60 years old, 5-foot-11, slender with grey hair, wearing a white T-shirt, navy blue shorts, white socks and tennis shoes. Police also provided the photo at right from the bank’s surveillance cameras.
The man allegedly walked into the Westgate-area bank around 4:45 p.m. and handed an employee a note that said he was armed and demanded cash, the news release said.
When the employee handed him money, he walked out, the release said. A police dog was brought to the bank to help track the man, but lost the scent, the release said, an indication he is no longer in the area.
Police are still investigating, and we’ll update this post as more details become available.
July 1, 2013 at 2:09 PM
UPDATE, 8:44 P.M. The search for two teens missing after a day hike Sunday has been suspended for the night, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office. The search will resume early Tuesday morning.
Detective Jason Stanley said there are a lot of hikers in the area where the two went missing. This made the search more difficult.
“There are so many hikers up there, which may work against us,” Stanley said. “We haven’t found anything.”
ORIGINAL POST Two teens, one from Mukilteo and the other from Edmonds, are missing after a day hike Sunday to the Mason Lake area in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.
Ricardo Perez, an 18-year-old Kamiak High School graduate from Edmonds, and Brian Chim, a 19-year-old University of Washington student from Mukilteo, left at 7 a.m. yesterday for a hike and swim. When they didn’t return last night, their parents reported them missing.
King County Search and Rescue and the sheriff’s office are looking for the hikers, who are described as inexperienced. The search began early this morning.
The trails are wide and well-used this time of year, and conditions overnight in the Mason Lake area were survivable, according to the sheriff’s office.
Perez was wearing shorts and a light blue jacket and is about 5-foot-11 tall and 185 pounds. Chim was last seen wearing a purple T-shirt, khaki shorts and carrying a black backpack. He is 5-foot-7 and about 170 pounds.
The Sheriff’s Office is asking anybody who was hiking in this area Sunday and today to call 206-296-3311 if they saw either of the teens hiking in the area.
June 23, 2013 at 11:16 AM
A 3-year-old girl was pulled unconscious from a house pool in Edmonds and rushed to a Seattle hospital Saturday afternoon.
People at the house, in the 10700 block of 226th Street Southwest, rescued the girl and performed CPR until paramedics arrived around 4:30 p.m., said Leslie Hynes, spokeswoman for Snohomish County Fire District 1, which includes Edmonds.
Although the child was breathing by the time she was taken to Harborview Medical Center, her condition was not known Sunday morning, Hynes said. It also was not known how long she had been underwater, Hynes said.
June 18, 2013 at 10:34 AM
Edmonds police responding to an early morning 911 call found a man with a bloody face — and a confusing crime scene that led to initial reports of a man being shot.
Police now say it was a domestic dispute and no one was shot.
It all started during a car ride from Everett and ended with a man with face cuts being sent to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
The call came in at 2:20 a.m. after two men at the Park Ballinger Apartments near 76th Avenue West and 228th Street Southwest witnessed another man repeatedly striking a woman holding a small child, said Sgt. Mark Marsh of the Edmonds Police Department.
Police said the domestic dispute started when the woman was driving the suspect, who is reportedly her ex-boyfriend, and their 15-month-old child to the suspect’s Park Ballinger apartment. At some point the dispute turned physical and the woman tried to flee.
Two men came to the woman’s aid — one of them jumping from a balcony to reach her. When they encountered the suspect, he charged at them, Marsh said. The two hit him several times in self-defense and then brought the woman and child into their apartment until police arrived.
The suspect’s injuries were not life-threatening.
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