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August 26, 2013 at 1:35 PM
Firefighters and medics responded to the report of an explosion at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds about 1 p.m. today.
Reports from the scene indicate two people were hurt. Their condition is not known.
The cause of the explosion also wasn’t available.
June 26, 2013 at 1:42 PM
MONROE (AP) — The Washington State Patrol says an investigation by its Missing and Exploited Children’s Task Force led to charges against a 58-year-old man who was a police drug awareness officer for schools in Monroe.
The patrol says former Sgt. Carlos Martinez is charged with voyeurism, child molestation and sexual exploitation of a minor. He’s accused of abuse that took place over 10 years beginning in 2003 when the girl victim was 14.
The Daily Herald reports Martinez served with the Monroe Police Department for 20 years and left in 2009. He spent nine years in elementary and middle schools as a Drug Abuse Resistance Education officer.
Patrol Lt. Ron Mead says Martinez developed a relationship with the victim through his involvement with the schools.
June 25, 2013 at 2:21 PM
Police investigators say they’ve stymied an elaborate identity fraud scheme by arsonist Martin Pang that focused on stealing the identities of firefighters, police officers and witnesses involved in his 1995 case.
According to Seattle police, officials with the Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) learned in March that Pang was working with an accomplice on the outside to siphon money from his victims’ accounts into an offshore account.
Pang pleaded guilty 18 years ago to four counts of manslaughter for setting a fire that destroyed a warehouse owned by his parents in the International District. Police and prosecutors said he set the blaze, which took the lives of Lt. Walter Kilgore, Lt. Gregory Shoemaker and firefighters Randall Terlicker and James Brown, for the insurance money.
Pang is serving a 35-year-sentence at the Monroe Correctional Complex and was slated for discharge in 2018. Investigators with the SPD’s Major Crimes Task Force, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Snohomish Regional Drug and Gang Task Force said Pang intended to use the money to move to Brazil and live well upon his release.
“Pang saw this as an opportunity to make a ton of money, so he had a nest egg when he got out of prison,” said Todd Jakobsen, a detective with Major Crimes Task Force.
Police said Pang had gained access to the Social Security numbers and other personal information of those involved in the investigation and prosecution of his criminal case through court records obtained by his attorney.
Pang and his accomplice, Charles McClain, also planned to steal money from bank accounts of the Tulalip Casino, where Pang’s accomplice previously worked, police said.
June 25, 2013 at 1:00 PM
EVERETT (AP) — A Monroe woman who pretended to be the mother of her teenage son’s friend to help him skip school is facing a felony charge.
Snohomish County prosecutors have charged 32-year-old Jackie Sevillano with criminal impersonation. They say she called school officials May 4, claiming to be another boy’s mother and saying he was not in class because he had a doctor’s appointment.
School officials suspected a ruse and called the boy’s parents. Police tracked down both boys who were playing hooky and found they had been smoking marijuana.
The Daily Herald reports Sevillano was charged with a felony after she rejected an offer from prosecutors to plead guilty to a misdemeanor impersonation charge.
June 3, 2013 at 5:11 PM
A 34-year-old woman allegedly stabbed several times by her estranged husband in Monroe last month has died.
The woman initially survived the May 24 attack in a downtown Monroe parking lot on the 100 block of North Lewis Street, but the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office said today she died at Harborview Medical Center on Sunday. The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office has not released her name.
Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Shari Ireton says the woman’s 32-year-old estranged husband is being held in Snohomish County Jail on suspicion of first-degree murder. Officers found the man near the stabbing scene wielding a knife the night of May 24. He had to be subdued with Tasers to be arrested, Ireton said.
The suspect may face additional charges after the Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office reviews the case.
May 24, 2013 at 10:36 PM
Police used a Taser and an unidentified “less-than-lethal” impact weapon to subdue a man suspected of stabbing a woman in Monroe Friday night.
Snohomish County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Shari Ireton said the county’s Multiple Agency Response Team, called out when someone is injured during a confrontation with police officer, was at the scene.
Ireton said the incident began at approximately 7 p.m. when a knife-wielding 32- year-old man was spotted in the alley near the 100 block of West Hill Street. Officers learned that the man was suspected of stabbing a 34-year-old woman nearby. Ireton said police attempted to negotiate with the man, following him down the street. Officers then approached the suspect, used the impact weapon and a Taser to subdue him.
Both were taken to Harvorview Medical Center, where their conditions were not immediately available.
March 22, 2013 at 5:22 PM
Six young musicians from Washington state have been chosen for the first National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, a group that Carnegie Hall assembled to represent the best teenage musicians in the country.
The orchestra has a total of 120 members from 42 states, all aged 16-19. They will attend a two-week summer residency in New York state, then perform in Washington D.C., Moscow, St. Petersburg and London.
The Washington musicians are: Joseph Lorang of Seattle (violin), Marianne Martinoli of Monroe (violin), Sophia Stoyanvich of Bainbridge Island (violin), Audrey Chen of Redmond (cello), William Langlie-Miletich of Seattle (bass), and Karl Ronneburg of Sammamish (timpani and percussion).
December 28, 2012 at 5:03 PM
The woman killed by a hit-and-run driver as she was bicycling across Highway 2 in Monroe Wednesday night has been identified as Debbrah Marie Pesce, 53, the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office said.
Police are still searching for a light-colored pickup witnesses said hit her around 7:35 p.m. at the lighted intersection of Old Owen Road and Highway 2. The pickup was described as a white late-80s to early-90s Ford F-series pickup with a dark blue or green stripe.
Christopher Johnson, the manager of nearby Brookside Motel, said he and tenants were shaken by her death because they had seen her try so hard in recent weeks to lift herself out of homelessness.
Johnson said Pesce had moved into the hotel a couple weeks ago after living in her car for some time. While looking for a job and trying to find cleaning work, he said she would help paint the motel and volunteer at Next Step Community Resource Center, a faith-based, non-profit that serves homeless and low-income residents in the Skykomish River Valley. Johnson said he remembers her saying she helped with Next Step’s after-school children’s program.
“She was always such a sweet lady – she had nothing but she gave all that she could,” Johnson said.
Witnesses of the hit-and-run said the eastbound pickup was revving its engine while stopped on Highway 2 behind one vehicle before it went around that vehicle and between two others, then struck her. It isn’t clear whether the light was red or green at the time, said Monroe police spokesman Debbie Willis.
Pesce, who was not wearing a helmet, was thrown from her bicycle into two other vehicles. She was taken to Valley General Hospital and pronounced dead shortly after arrival. The Medical Examiner’s Office said she died of blunt force injuries to the head.
Anyone with information about the pickup involved in the accident can report it by calling 911, the Monroe Police Department at 360-794-6300, or the department’s anonymous tip line at 360-863-4600.
December 26, 2012 at 11:04 PM
A woman riding a bicycle across Highway 2 in Monroe was struck by a pickup and killed Wednesday night, according to Monroe Police.
The woman, who was not wearing a helmet, was bicycling across the highway at Old Owen Road about about 7:37 p.m. when she was struck by a light-colored pickup.
Witnesses told Monroe police that the truck had been stopped and was revving its engine behind another vehicle at the intersection before it drove around that vehicle and hit her. It’s not clear whether the light was red or green, according to police spokeswoman Debbie Willis.
She was thrown from her red bike into the path of two vehicles that also struck her, and suffered severe head trauma. Medics took her to Valley General Hospital in Monroe, where she was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.
The drivers of the two passing vehicles that hit her stopped at the scene, said Trooper Mark Francis. Witnesses told troopers and police the pickup that hit her may have been blue and white.
Anyone with information about the pickup involved in the accident can report it by calling 911, the Monroe Police Department at 360-794-6300 or the department’s anonymous tip line at 360-863-4600.
December 20, 2012 at 10:39 PM
Friends of a Monroe woman who is battling breast cancer are looking for her microchipped and collared puppy, Escher, which they believe was stolen.
Dr. Dana Bridges Westerman, an equine veterinarian who has traveled to places like Baton Rouge after Hurricane Katrina to help save other animals, was given the German Shepherd by her husband to help her through her illness, according to friend Joan Ranquet. She went to the hospital today for the second surgery doctors believe will help her beat the cancer, said Ranquet.
“She’s more worried about where that dog is than her own recovery,” Ranquet said. “She’s the type of person who will stay up all night with a horse and its owners if they need her too.”
The shy 4-month-old puppy was last seen walking near Bridges Westerman’s property at 26523 Old Pipeline Road with Bridges’ other dog last week. When only one dog returned to the house, Bridges and her friends scoured the neighborhood but did not find him. They suspect the dog may have been stolen because even though it has a blue collar with its home address on it and is microchipped, it still has not been returned.
Ranquet said the dog could be returned for a reward with no questions asked. Anyone who sees the 40-pound black and tan puppy can e-mail Bridges Westerman at DrDana@proequine-dvm.com.
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