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November 13, 2013 at 5:50 PM
The body of a man was found Tuesday in a restroom at the Lynnwood Transit Center/Park and Ride, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office tells Times news partner LynnwoodToday.com.
The Sheriff’s Office, which has jurisdiction over Community Transit facilities, was alerted to the body around 5:30 p.m. Detectives do not think there is anything suspicious about the death.
The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office will determine the cause and manner of death and will release the man’s identity.
October 30, 2013 at 12:04 PM
The Associated Press
The city of Lynnwood has returned 202 dead marijuana plants and 6 pounds of drying pot that was seized from a group of medical marijuana patients more than a year ago.
Seattle lawyer Aaron Pelley says Lynnwood police seized the marijuana, as well as lights and other growing equipment, during a raid in May 2012. He says the patients were following the state’s medical marijuana law, and no criminal charges were filed.
Pelley and two other attorneys wrote a letter to the city, demanding city officials return the items or pay nearly $1 million, the estimated value of the property. The mayor signed off on the return of the pot, and Pelley picked it up Tuesday.
He says the pot is no longer good for smoking, but might be used to make cannabis oil or marijuana-infused products.
Deputy Chief Bryan Stanifer says the police department wasn’t happy about returning the marijuana, but also wasn’t interested in facing a lawsuit.
October 24, 2013 at 2:10 PM
The Associated Press
A market in Lynnwood is facing a fine of more than $29,000 for allowing people to use federal food assistance to buy items they weren’t supposed to: specifically, a few metal sieves, mortars-and-pestles, a box of henna and a teapot, all totaling less than $55.
JD’s Market says the U.S. Department of Agriculture has ordered it to pay $29,214 for allowing undercover personnel to buy the items during a compliance check. It filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Seattle this week arguing that the fine is excessive and violates the Constitution.
Its attorney, Kenneth Kagan, says the market serves a wide array of African and South Asian customers with food they can’t easily find elsewhere in the neighborhood. He says the fine is disproportionate to the offense and would devastate the market.
A spokeswoman for the USDA did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
October 17, 2013 at 9:00 PM
A fire Thursday morning displaced 14 people and injured one man at a housing complex in Alderwood Manor, in unincorporated South Snohomish County, according to a fire-department news release.
The five people inside at the time safely escaped, though one was taken to Swedish/Edmonds Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries from exposure to smoke and flames, the release said. Around 40 firefighters from Snohomish County Fire District 1, Lynnwood and Bothell were able to control the blaze at the two-story, four-unit building in 20400 block of 28th Avenue West within 20 minutes, the release said.
They stayed all afternoon putting out hot spots. The fire caused heavy damage to two of the four units, and other units had smoke damage, the release said. All four were uninhabitable.
Support 7 and Red Cross are providing assistance to the 14 displaced residents – including six children, the release said. None of them had insurance.
Fire District 1 spokeswoman Leslie Hynes said the Snohomish County fire marshal’s office has determined that the injured man was working Thursday in the garage of the fourplex when he stumbled and spilled gasoline. A heat source ignited the fumes.
Hynes says the injured man rented the garage and lived in a nearby apartment.
September 24, 2013 at 10:38 PM
Lynnwood police arrested a man on suspicion of attempted burglary Tuesday afternoon after he went into a home, confronted the homeowner and then holed himself up inside, a news release said.
The man walked into the residence in the 5500 block of 168th Street Southwest just after 1:30 p.m., according to the release. The surprised homeowner left and police began an hours-long stakeout while the suspect loaded possessions in the house into the car in the garage, the release said.
Finally, around 5 p.m., the suspect was arrested, “without injury or incident,” the release said.
Lynnwood police detectives are continuing to investigate.
September 13, 2013 at 4:30 PM
A student at Meadowdale High School in Lynnwood collapsed and died Friday morning during a physical-education class, the school announced in a letter sent to parents.
Staff, paramedics and hospital staff responded but were unable to revive him, Meadowdale Principal Kevin Allen wrote in the letter. The cause of death was not yet released.
Allen wrote that the junior was a “respectful, hard-working young man who was serious about his education; an all-around nice kid who we will miss.”
Family members have asked that they be given time to grieve privately, he said.
The high school and the Edmonds School District will provide counseling to students who need it, and the letter asked parents to call the school if they feel their child needs additional support.
“I know you join us in sending his family our deepest condolences during this difficult time,” Allen wrote.
August 8, 2013 at 5:43 AM
A 33-year-old Lynnwood man was fatally stabbed in a fight at a Lynnwood house early today, police say. A suspect, believed to have fled on a bicycle, was arrested a short time later.
Police received a call shortly after midnight about an assault with a weapon in the 5400 block of 204th Street Southwest.
Witnesses told police the suspect, a 35-year-old Snohomish County-area man, stabbed the victim in a house and fled on a bicycle. Police cordoned off the area. The suspect was found and arrested about 12 blocks away from the murder scene. He was been booked into jail for investigation of homicide.
Lynnwood police say the suspect and victim knew one another, but neither lived in the house where the fight occurred. Detectives are interviewing witnesses about the cause of the fight.
June 24, 2013 at 9:12 AM
A Lynwood man died Sunday morning after his motorcycle struck a deer on a highway in north central Oregon.
Oregon State Police say Randall L. Upshaw, 63, died sometime between 7 a.m. and 7:56 a.m. yesterday. A passing motorist found Upshaw’s downed 2005 Honda motorcycle, a dead deer, and the victim lying along the highway. Upshaw died at the scene.
Police said the accident happened near Spray, Ore. on Highway 19 near milepost 89. They said Upshaw was wearing a helmet.
While it’s not known what happened in this accident, OSP, the Oregon Department of Transportation, and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife have issued a statement urging drivers to be extra vigilant and stay aware of the possible dangers of animals on or near highways.
- Be attentive at all times, especially sunset to sunrise for any potential hazard on or near the highway.
- When driving in areas that have special signs indicating the possible presence of animals/wildlife use extra caution because these signs are posted for a reason.
- Be extra careful in areas where there is a lot of vegetation next to the road or while going around curves. Wildlife near the road may not be visible.
- Remember that the presence of any type of animal/wildlife could also mean that others are nearby.
- When you see an animal/wildlife near or on the roadway, reduce your speed and try to stay in your lane. Many serious crashes are the result of drivers swerving to avoid wildlife or other obstacles and they crash into another vehicle or lose control of their own vehicle.
June 20, 2013 at 10:51 AM
The law enforcement team that investigates police shootings in Snohomish County hasn’t released new information on last night’s shooting near Lynnwood that left a 46-year-old man dead.
But one neighbor told Q13 that the man shot by a Snohomish County sheriff’s deputy was armed with a gun.
“My neighbor was outside with Roman candles, shooting those off, and a police officer showed up and told him to stop, so he turned a Roman candle and pointed it at an officer,” Benjamin Smokovich told Q13 last night. “And the police officer pulled out a gun and my neighbor went inside, grabbed his own gun and then that’s where I started to hear, ‘Put the gun down, put the gun down,’ bunch of screaming, tons of cop cars.
“There was a bunch of fire exchanged, and an ambulance showed up and took him off …” he said.
Smokovich told the TV station he was in his room with the window open when he heard the confrontation. It wasn’t clear if he actually saw what transpired between the deputies and the man who was shot.
Another neighbor, Zachary Schreven, told KIRO-TV he also heard deputies order the man to drop a gun. “I could hear them yelling, ‘Drop it! Get on the ground!’ Then after that, what seemed like 10 shots went off,” Schreven said
The shooting took place around 7 p.m. as deputies were investigating a court-order violation near Martha Lake, according to Aaron Snell of the Snohomish County Multiple-Agency Response Team, which investigates police shootings. The confrontation began when deputies found the subject of the order near 152nd Place Southwest and Meadow Road, Snell said.
Neighbors told several local television stations that the man was throwing firecrackers at deputies, but Snell could not confirm that last night. Snell also did not say how many deputies opened fire.
We’ll update this post as soon as we have additional information.
June 19, 2013 at 9:42 PM
Snohomish County authorities fatally shot a 46-year-old Lynnwood man in a confrontation Wednesday night, officials said.
The shooting took place around 7 p.m. as Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office deputies were investigating a court-order violation near Lynnwood’s Martha Lake, according to Aaron Snell of the Snohomish County Multiple Agency Response Team. The confrontation began when deputies found the subject of the order near the intersection of 152nd Place Southwest and Meadow Road, Snell said.
Neighbors told several local television stations that the man was throwing firecrackers at deputies, but Snell could not confirm that.
The man was taken to Harborview Medical Center, where he died.
The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.
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