Lynnwood man indicted for hate crime, interstate threats

A 37-year-old Lynnwood man was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury for a hate crime and four counts of interstate threats, the U.S. Attorneys Office said. Joey David George, who is in the Federal Detention Center in SeaTac, will be arraigned on the indictment on Aug. 11. “By law, the decision to charge a…

Verdant National Night Out event fills parking lot Tuesday night

The parking lot of Lynnwood’s Community Life Center was full as dozens of residents came out to attend the National Night Out event sponsored by the Verdant Health Commission Tuesday evening. Verdant’s event focused on creating relationships with Lynnwood residents and promoting a safer, healthier and more inclusive community. The parking lot was abuzz with…

Edmonds man suspected of murdering his wife says he ‘saw demons’

A 73-year-old Edmonds man is in custody in Snohomish County Jail as the investigation continues into Friday afternoon’s apparent murder of his 66-year-old wife in their Westgate-area home. According to the police report, the suspect contacted 911 shortly before 5 p.m. July 29 and told the dispatcher that “he had attempted to murder his wife”…

Eight displaced in Lynnwood-area apartment fire

One man sustained minor injuries in an early Saturday morning apartment fire north of Lynnwood, South County Fire said. The fire was reported at 4:13 a.m. in the 15300 block of Highway 99, said South County Fire spokesperson Leslie Hynes. Flames were coming from an apartment near the center of the one-story building and the…

Reminder: Verdant to host National Night Out event at Community Life Center Aug. 2

The Verdant Health Commission will be hosting a National Night Out event on Tuesday, Aug. 2 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Community Life Center in Lynnwood. The commission invites community partners and agencies to participate, with the goal of promoting a shared goal of a safer, healthier and more inclusive community. There will be…

Tips for reducing vehicle-caused wildfires

As many people in the Pacific Northwest head out for activities and summer road trips, the Pacific Northwest Wildfire Coordinating Group (PNWCG) offers the reminder that vehicles and other equipment can spark wildfires during the hot and dry months of summer.  “During fire season, equipment-sparked fires are the leading cause of wildfires in Oregon and,…

Lynnwood Chamber speaker shines a light on sex trafficking

While it’s a hard topic to discuss, it’s important to shine a light on sex trafficking, which is a common occurrence in the Seattle area. That was the message delivered by Shama Shams, director of philanthropy and marketing for Real Escape from the Sex Trade (REST), during the Lynnwood Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon on…

No injuries in Lynnwood house fire early Thursday morning

At approximately 6:30 a.m. Thursday morning, South County Fire received calls of a large structure fire near the 2500 block of 197th Place Southwest in Lynnwood. According to South County Fire spokesperson Leslie Hynes, upon arrival firefighters found a home and multiple vehicles in flames. “The fire caused a huge plume of black smoke that…

Lynnwood mayor: City taking action to address increasing crime

City of Lynnwood Mayor Christine Frizzell sent a letter to the community Monday night addressing the city’s committment to safety in light of increasing crime, and asking residents for their ideas for ensuring Lynnwood is a safe and welcoming place for all people. “The Spruce Park tragedy, compounded with the shooting death of a community…

Police: Explosion at police station related to property abandoned at hobby store

Lynnwood police provided details Monday about an explosion that occurred at the police station on Saturday, July 16 that sent two officers to the hospital with minor injuries. According to police,  an officer responded to Hobby Lobby at 193rd Street Southwest and 60th Avenue West to retrieve what was believed to be drug paraphernalia and…

Reminder: July 15 deadline to apply for South County Fire Commission vacancy

Friday, July 15 is the final day to apply to fill a vacancy on the South County Fire Board of Commissioners in Election District 2. Election District 2 Commissioner Greg Urban is resigning because he is moving out of the area. His vacant seat will be filled by board appointment. Candidates must be registered to…

Near-drowning reported at Martha Lake Monday

A 7-year-old boy was rushed by medics to the hospital after nearly drowning at Martha Lake east of Lynnwood around 5 p.m. Monday. The boy was visiting the lake with his family as part of a group outing. He was under water in the crowded swim area when a bystander came to his aid. The…

Tips for outdoor grilling safety

  After a wet start to the year, the weather in the Northwest is finally starting to warm up and the time for outdoor grilling is upon us once again. Although safe when used correctly, barbecue-related fires are significant factors for both property damage and burn injuries. According to the National Fire Protection Association, on…

Lynnwood police identify suspect who shot at officer Tuesday

Lynnwood police have released the name and photos of a man suspected of exchanging gunfire with a Lynnwood police sergeant outside the Lynnwood Pick-n-Pull on Highway 99 Tuesday, then fleeing the scene in a black 2011 Jaguar XF. Police identified the suspect as 26-year-old Lane Scott Phipps. He is described as 5 feet, 11 inches…

State Patrol seeking witnesses to fatal collision on I-5 near 145th St

Washington State Patrol detectives are seeking witnesses to a collision that took the life of an 81-year-old man on Interstate 5 near 145th Street on July 4. The patrol was called to the scene around 11 a.m. July 4. When troopers arrived, they observed a 2001 Ford F-350 on the left side of the freeway and…

DUI patrols in Snohomish County Saturday

The Snohomish County DUI and Target Zero Task Force will be conducting DUI emphasis patrols on Saturday, July 2 from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. Representatives from Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, Washington State Patrol, Lynnwood Police Department and the Mountlake Terrace Police Department will be doing high- visibility patrols throughout the county. This emphasis coincides…

Pedestrian hit by vehicle while trying to cross I-5 near 212th St SW Thursday

A pedestrian who walked into traffic on Interstate 5 in Lynnwood was struck by a vehicle just before 3 p.m. Thursday, the Washington State Patrol said. The pedestrian — identified as a 28-year-old Mount Vernon woman — entered the freeway on the eastbound shoulder of the interstate, near 212th Street Southwest, and was crossing west…

Daniels elected chair of South County Fire Board of Commissioners

Derek Daniels is the new chair of the South County Fire Board of Commissioners. Commissioners elected Daniels to the position of chair after Greg Urban resigned at the June 21 board meeting. Urban plans to move out of state later this summer and expects to step down as commissioner following the board’s July 12 meeting….

Fireworks banned in Southwest Snohomish County

As July 4th approaches, a reminder that fireworks use is banned year-round in southwest Snohomish County. This includes: Unincorporated communities in southwest Snohomish County City of Brier City of Edmonds City of Lynnwood City of Mountlake Terrace Town of Woodway. Professional public fireworks shows are allowed in compliance with local regulations, requirements, and the proper permit….

Heat advisory issued for this weekend; cooling centers available

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for this weekend that remains in effect from noon on Saturday, June 25 to 11 p.m. on Monday, June 27. Snohomish County’s Public Safety Hub notes that extreme heat events are becoming more frequent, intense and dangerous in the Pacific Northwest. More very hot days are…

Lynnwood woman among those injured in I-5 crash at 164th St SW Tuesday morning

Five people, including a Lynnwood woman, were transported to Everett’s Providence Hospital with injuries Tuesday morning after their vehicle was struck by another vehicle on northbound Interstate 5 at  164th Street Southwest. According to the Washington State Patrol, the driver of the vehicle that caused the crash — a 35-year-old Everett man — is suspected…