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October 31, 2014 at 2:26 PM

Man convicted in wife’s death, had Googled ‘how to break a neck’

MOUNT VERNON — A man authorities say strangled his wife after doing online research into how to kill someone has been convicted of first-degree murder. A Skagit County Superior Court jury returned the verdict against William Rodgers on Friday morning. The 52-year-old Rodgers was on trial for nearly three weeks. Prosecutors had said Rodgers performed Google…


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October 14, 2014 at 9:27 AM

Gear stolen from Alaska couple cycling to South America recovered

An Alaska couple cycling to South America will be reunited with their bikes and belongings after a Skagit County couple were arrested for allegedly stealing their gear. A husband and wife, both 24, were arrested earlier this month for investigation of trafficking in stolen property and possession of stolen property, according to Mount Vernon police. The Alaska couple had stopped…


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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

An apartment fire in Mount Vernon late Tuesday night has left five people injured and nearly 200 displaced from their homes. (Photo by Mark Harrison / The Seattle Times) Mary Lou Jimenez, at right, is credited with alerting residents, including her daughter Yuria Villesca, at left, who fled the burning building with her 3 children. Jimenez…


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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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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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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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