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August 17, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Mural collecting dust is William Cumming original

MOUNT VERNON  (AP) — A Seattle art dealer says a large mural originally mistaken for a tarp is an original 1941 painting from Northwest School artist William Cumming. The mural, painted on canvas measuring 28 feet long and 7 feet tall, had collected dust for decades in barns belonging to Tony Breckenridge’s family. Art gallery owner John…

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July 8, 2014 at 6:16 AM

Police kill cow that charged officer

MOUNT VERNON (AP) — Police in Mount Vernon, Washington, killed an agitated Angus cow that rampaged through town, tossing a police officer into the air and tap-dancing on a patrol car. The Skagit Valley Herald reports that police spokeswoman Shannon Haigh says the cow apparently escaped from a farm outside the city limits. It was…

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July 2, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Police officer among 5 hurt in Mount Vernon fire

MOUNT VERNON (AP) — A police officer is one of five people injured and some 200 people displaced when fire erupted in an apartment in Mount Vernon. City public information officer Shannon Haigh  says the officer was arriving at the fire before midnight Tuesday when something exploded and he suffered a minor hand cut. Three people from the…

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May 9, 2014 at 11:42 AM

ACLU awarded $2.1M in Skagit County lax public defense case

A U.S. District Court judge has awarded more than $2.1 million in legal fees and costs to attorneys who worked for several years on a lawsuit that successfully challenged the quality of legal representation given to poor and indigent people in Mount Vernon and Burlington, Skagit County. The award was granted in April to lawyers from the…

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Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, Burlington, Mount Vernon

February 19, 2014 at 4:57 PM

Public defense supervisor named for Mount Vernon, Burlington

Eileen Farley, director of the Northwest Defenders Division of the King County Department of Public Defense, has been selected to oversee indigent public defense for the cities of Mount Vernon and Burlington, according to the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington. The position of public defense supervisor was established by U.S. District Court Judge Robert Lasnik in December…

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January 20, 2014 at 1:13 PM

Search for bodies in burned Mount Vernon building

The Associated Press MOUNT VERNON — A cadaver dog is searching a large vacant building that burned in Mount Vernon to make certain there were no transients trapped inside. Police spokeswoman Shannon Haigh says the search Monday is a precaution after one transient was arrested on the roof Sunday as the building burned. Haigh says he told police…

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December 4, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Judge: Skagit County towns shortchange poor defendants

The Associated Press A federal judge has ruled that two Washington cities have systematically violated the rights of poor defendants to have legal representation. The state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union sued Mount Vernon and Burlington two years ago, alleging that public defenders there were so overworked that they amounted to little more than…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: American Civil Liberties Union, Mount Vernon, U.S. District Court

November 11, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Truss work finished on Skagit River bridge

The Associated Press MOUNT VERNON — The Transportation Department says metal work on the Interstate 5 Skagit River bridge is complete. The last trusses were reconfigured Friday, giving 18 feet of clearance for all traffic lanes. The Skagit Valley Herald reports there may be some short closures this week to finish maintenance and painting. A section of the bridge…

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September 27, 2013 at 9:38 AM

Man gets 12 1/2 years for assaulting food co-op employees

Gina Cole Skagit Valley Herald MOUNT VERNON — Nathan Vasquez was sentenced Thursday to 12½ years in prison for assaulting two Skagit Valley Food Co-op employees with a knife. Vasquez, 28, pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree assault as part of a plea deal that dropped one count down from first-degree assault and dropped a misdemeanor charge…

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