Lynnwood Police Blotter: Aug. 2-8, 2020

Aug. 2 4600 block 196th Street Southwest: A shoplifting suspect was arrested at Fred Meyer for stealing liquor. 19500 block 40th Avenue West: A subject reported being the victim of an online scam. 17200 block Highway 99: A female shoplifting suspect was arrested at Walmart for a warrant out of Bothell. 4600 block 196th Street…

State Fire Marshal’s Office: Prepare your college students for fire safety

This month, many students around Washington state may be heading to college campuses, and some for the very first time. The Washington State Fire Marshal’s Office recommends parents prepare their students for fire safety while away at school and practice some situational awareness in the dorms. Look for fire sprinklers in the common areas and…

South County Fire to host video open house Thursday, Aug. 13 on Facebook Live

South County Fire will host its first virtual Neighborhood Night Open House on Thursday, Aug. 13, 6 p.m., on Facebook Live. This Neighborhood Night showcases the three neighborhood fire stations serving Edmonds and will include video tours of a fire engine, medic unit and the fire rescue boat. Firefighters will also share tips on how…

Nationwide outbreak of salmonella linked to onions includes Washington cases

Washington state health officials are working with local, state and federal partners to investigate a multi-state outbreak of salmonella infections linked to onions sold by Thomson International Inc. A total of 640 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Newport have been reported from 43 states. Washington is currently reporting 25 cases, including two…

Thad Hovis named new South County Fire chief

The South County Fire Board of Commissioners has selected Thad Hovis to serve as Fire Chief of the regional fire authority. Hovis was sworn-in during the board’s Aug. 5 virtual meeting via teleconference. A 25-year fire service veteran, Hovis has been serving as interim fire chief since the retirement of Fire Chief Doug Dahl at…

Lynnwood Police Blotter: July 26-Aug. 1, 2020

July 26 19900 block 44th Avenue West: A theft was reported at a convenience store. 2500 block 196th Street Southwest: A car was stolen and then later recovered in the Holiday Inn Express and Suites parking lot. 6000 block 178th Street Southwest: A subject was trespassed from a residence. 4600 block 196th Street Southwest: A…

Lynnwood National Night Out event canceled due to COVID-19

Aiming to slow the spread of the coronavirus, the Lynnwood Police Department announced Thursday the cancellation of Lynnwood’s 2020 National Night Out event. Scheduled in August, National Night Out is an annual event celebrated across the country to give communities the opportunity to gather and socialize in honor of crime prevention. The event also offers…

Lynnwood Police Blotter: July 19-25, 2020

July 19 5200 block 180th Street Southwest: A storage unit was broken into at Public Storage. 18500 block 60th Avenue West: A residential burglary was reported. 6000 block 178th Street Southwest: Three sheds were broken into and tools were stolen. 5600 block 186th Place Southwest: An attempted theft occurred at a residence. 6100 block 208th…

Body of Lynnwood woman missing in Columbia River located near Crescent Bar

The body of a Lynnwood woman reported missing last week by family in Central Washington was discovered early Friday morning, July 24, on the Columbia River shoreline, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Office. Christa Gerard, a 43-year-old Lynnwood resident, was reported missing Thursday night by family she was staying with in a condo in…

Former executive director of cat spay/neuter clinic charged with theft

The former executive director the Lynnwood-based Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Project clinic has been charged with stealing more than $61,000 from the nonprofit organization over a two-month period in 2018. Jason Thompson, 39, was charged July 14 in Snohomish County Superior Court with first-degree theft following a Lynnwood police investigation. Thompson had been employed since June 2014…

Lynnwood man sustains non-life-threatening injuries during attempted burglary

A Lynnwood man sustained minor injuries Thursday morning from a knife-wielding man who allegedly attempted to burglarize his home near Daleway Park, according to the Lynnwood Police Department. Detectives are investigating a possible attempted burglary at a house located on 60th Avenue West near Daleway Park after the homeowner returned to his residence to find…

Reminder: Outdoor burning ban now in effect for Snohomish County

Due to high fire danger and expected hot and dry weather conditions, the Snohomish County Fire Marshal has issued an outdoor burning ban for the unincorporated areas of Snohomish County that went into effect Wednesday, July 22 at 8 a.m. The plan also applies to residents of Brier, Edmonds, Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace — along with…

Lynnwood Police Blotter: July 12-18, 2020

July 12 18100 block Alderwood Mall Parkway: A theft was reported at Homewood Suites by Hilton. 20900 block Highway 99: A theft occurred at a business. 4500 block 176th Street Southwest: Police contacted a subject who reportedly failed to register as a sex offender. 19500 block Highway 99: Police responded to a verbal domestic disturbance….

Outdoor burning ban effective in Snohomish County starting July 22

Due to high fire danger and expected hot and dry weather conditions, the Snohomish County Fire Marshal has announced an outdoor burning ban for the unincorporated areas of Snohomish County that will go into effect Wednesday, July 22 at 8 a.m. The plan also applies to residents of Brier, Edmonds, Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace — along…

Deputy Chief Jim Nelson named interim chief of the Lynnwood Police Department

Lynnwood Mayor Nicola Smith has selected Deputy Chief Jim Nelson to serve as Lynnwood’s next chief of police after the retirement of Chief Tom Davis at the end of this month. Nelson will begin serving as interim chief Aug. 1. The Lynnwood City Council is scheduled to vote on his confirmation during the council’s Aug….

Lynnwood Police Blotter: July 5-11, 2020

July 5 18300 block Alderwood Mall Parkway: A theft was reported at Target. 18300 block Alderwood Mall Parkway: Police made a warrant arrest. 36th Avenue West/188th Street Southwest: A warrant suspect was arrested. 6700 block 196th Street Southwest: Police made an arrest for DUI and fourth-degree assault. 18800 block 51st Place West: A vehicle was…

South County Fire crews train at Alderwood Mall

The Alderwood Mall parking garage near JCPenney will be used by South County Fire for weekly training through the beginning of August. South County firefighters are using the parking garage to learn about new types of hose and practice hose setup for fires in multi-story buildings, said South County Fire spokesperson Leslie Hynes. “For this…

South County Fire seeking applicants for benefit charge pro/con committees

South County Fire is seeking people to serve on the pro and con committees to prepare statements for the voters pamphlet on a ballot measure for a benefit charge. Applicants must live in the regional fire authority boundaries (the City of Lynnwood or unincorporated areas). The benefit charge will be on the Nov. 3 general…

Local law enforcement sees uptick in fireworks-related complaints over July 4th weekend

Local law enforcement agencies reported higher-than-normal numbers of firework complaints last 4th of July weekend as people were left to celebrate on their own. To comply with the state restrictions on large public gatherings, local Fourth of July celebrations were canceled. As a result, the Edmonds, Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace police departments spent Independence Day…

Lynnwood Police Blotter: June 28-July 4, 2020

June 28 20100 block 44th Avenue West: Police made an arrest for possession of drug paraphernalia. 2600 block 196th Street Southwest: A traffic stop led police issuing criminal citations for driving without a driver’s license and with no ignition interlock device. 19700 block Highway 99: A man was cited by police after he was observed…

State Supreme Court sets Sept. 10 as date to decide Fortney’s appeal of recall

The Washington Supreme Court has scheduled Sept. 10 as the day it will decide Sheriff Adam Fortney’s appeal to stop his recall. Although the Washington State Legislature set an expedited 30-day deadline for the Washington Supreme Court to decide recall appeals, the court sets its own schedule based on its court rules. If the Washington…

Reminder from South County Fire: Celebrate safely on July 4

South County Fire encourages residents to celebrate safely and legally this Fourth of July. The holiday is typically the busiest day of the year for 911 calls to South County Fire. Extra staff will be on duty and South County Fire headquarters will serve as a base for a multi-agency Fire Operations Center to coordinate…