Topic: Snohomish County
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November 24, 2013 at 2:17 PM
Citing worsening air pollution, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency issued a burn ban for King and Snohomish counties Sunday that prohibits burning in fireplaces or non-certified woodstoves unless they are the home’s only adequate source of heat.
Natural and propane gas stoves are exempt.
Outdoor fires are also banned, including bonfires, campfires, fire pits and chimineas.
A burn ban with similar restrictions remains in place in Pierce County.
Violations are subject to a $1,000 penalty.
Air pollution can trigger asthma attacks, cause difficulty breathing and make lung and heart problems worse. It is especially harmful to people with lung and heart problems, people with diabetes, children and adults over age 65.
Officials with the Washington State Department of Health recommend that people who are sensitive to air pollution limit time spent outdoors.
October 24, 2013 at 10:30 AM
EVERETT (AP) — The Snohomish County social worker whose alleged affair with Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon started a 2011 investigation has filed a claim with the county seeking $750,000.
Tamara Dutton claims she was subjected to harassment, discrimination and retaliation by co-workers because of the alleged affair. In return for the settlement she says she’ll resign and drop all legal claims against the county.
The Oct. 6 claim could be the first step in such a lawsuit.
The county’s chief civil deputy prosecutor, Jason Cummings, says county attorneys are reviewing the claim.
In a response to a question from The Daily Herald, Reardon called it a fraudulent claim.
No charges were filed against Reardon who stepped down at the end of May.
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 12, 2013 at 10:07 AM
EVERETT (AP) — Snohomish County has agreed to pay $495,000 to settle a lawsuit with a former death investigator who had accused the medical examiner of workplace retaliation and failing to accommodate her disability.
The Daily Herald reports the county admits no wrongdoing in the deal that was approved Wednesday by the Snohomish County Council.
Shannon Impett of Granite Falls had suffered a back injury while moving a body and was seeking alternative work assignments when she was let go in 2011.
The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office employs 14 people.
August 13, 2013 at 9:32 AM
The 2006 deaths of a mother and daughter on the Pinnacle Lake Trail in Snohomish County are not likely among the murders committed by a prolific serial killer who committed suicide in an Alaska jail last year, according to the FBI.
FBI officials said the deaths of Mary Cooper and her daughter, Susanna Stodden on July 11, 2006 remain unsolved and local authorities are still asking the public’s help in solving them.
On Monday, the FBI released a timeline of activities of confessed serial killer and bank robber Israel Keyes, believed to have killed at least 11 people in several states. The FBI, investigating Keyes’ possible role in various unsolved killings, today issued a statement that it is “highly unlikely” he killed Cooper and Stodden.
The FBI documents say Keyes killed an unidentified couple in Washington state sometime between July 2001 and 2005.
Keyes also told investigators he committed two separate murders between 2005 and 2006, disposing of at least one of the bodies in Washington’s Crescent Lake, according to The Associated Press.
When he killed himself, the Keyes, 34, was awaiting a federal trial in the rape and strangulation murder of 18-year-old Samantha Koenig, who was abducted February 2012 from the Anchorage coffee stand where she worked.
Anyone with information on their deaths is asked to call the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office tip line at (425) 388-3845 or Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound toll-free at 800-CRIME13 (800-274-6313).
August 9, 2013 at 4:31 PM
The man fatally stabbed during a fight in Lynnwood on Thursday has been identified.
Windell Vaughn, 33, of Lynnwood, died of stab wounds to the chest, according to the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Police received a call shortly after midnight Thursday about an assault with a weapon in the 5400 block of 204th Street Southwest, according to the Lynnwood Police Department. Witnesses told police the suspect, a 35-year-old man from Snohomish County, had stabbed Vaughn, then fled on a bicycle.
Police located the suspect about 12 blocks from the murder scene and arrested him for investigation of homicide.
Vaughn and the suspect knew each other, but neither lived in the house, police said.
July 31, 2013 at 3:58 PM
Community Transit, which serves Snohomish County, announced Wednesday that it will order 17 more double-tall buses, increasing the fleet of double-decker vehicles to 40 from 23 within two years.
Across the nation, only Las Vegas runs more two-level buses on a public-transit line, officials say.
The double-deckers carry about 10,000 passengers per weekday between Snohomish County transit centers and downtown Seattle. They consume less fuel and require less maintenance space than typical single-level, 60-foot articulated buses, the agency says.
The $17 million order, to replace aging single-level buses, will be paid mainly from $10 million in federal bus-replacement money, $3.9 million awarded by the state Legislature, and $2.5 million from Community Transit’s fleet reserve fund.
July 11, 2013 at 8:19 PM
An outdoor burn ban for the unincorporated areas of Snohomish County will go into effect at 8 a.m. Monday, the result of high fire danger and expected hot, dry weather conditions.
The restriction bans outdoor burning except for recreational fires that are less than 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet high. Recreational fires must be contained within a fire pit and be monitored at all times. The fire pit must have been cleared of all combustible material within a 10-foot radius and have a water source, such as a charged water hose or a 5-gallon bucket of water, readily available.
All outdoor burn permits for agricultural burning, including permits issued by the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, are suspended until the ban is lifted.
The ban will remain in effect until there is a sustained period of rainfall. Residents of incorporated cities or towns should check with local fire department for current burn ban information.
Updates will be available at the Outdoor Burning Information Hotline at 425-388-3508.
There is a statewide burn ban on all Department of Natural Resources-protected lands through Sept. 30. The ban applies to all forestland in Washington under DNR fire protection.
July 8, 2013 at 3:57 PM
A 16-year-old male from Camano Island was killed in a rollover crash near Pioneer Highway and Norman Road on Sunday, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.
Anthony Comstock died of head injuries, the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office says. Five others were injured in the noon Sunday crash south of Stanwood, Lt. Jeff Brand of the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office said Sunday. One person was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle and the others were taken to area hospitals.
Brand said the vehicle, reportedly a Chevrolet, was traveling west on Pioneer Highway when it left the roadway. Alcohol does not appear to be a contributing factor in the accident, but it is still under investigation, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Shari Ireton said Monday.
July 3, 2013 at 12:43 PM
The cost of rent continues to rise in King and Snohomish counties despite more apartment construction this year than at any point in the past two decades. The Seattle Times wants to know where you’ve ended up in the Seattle-area rental market.
Have you sought out rent reduction options such as adding housemates, settling into an aPodment complex, or living in a converted garage? Have increasing prices forced you to change your living standards? Answer the questions below to tell our reporters your story.
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