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Fire causes $100,000 damage to condo near Martha Lake

No one was injured in a fire that caused more than $100,000 damage to a condominium in the Martha Lake area west of Mill Creek Saturday morning, May 18, 2013.

No one was injured in a fire that caused more than $100,000 damage to a condominium in the Martha Lake area west of Mill Creek Saturday morning, May 18, 2013.

A passerby called 9-1-1 at 8 a.m. to report flames coming from the two-story, eight-unit building in the 16800 block of Larch Way. The caller then alerted residents in the building to evacuate. No one was inside the unit where the fire was burning.

Firefighters from Fire Districts 1 and 7 responded and had the fire under control in less than 15 minutes.

Deputies searching Clearview area for felony warrant suspect

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office closed off an area in the Clearview neighborhood on Friday afternoon, May 17, 2013 while they search for a suspect who they believed is armed and dangerous.

Update: Suspect Vincent Nutter, 22, has been taken into custody by the Snohomish County Violent Offenders Task Force following a call from a citizen who spotted the suspect walking down a nearby road.  

Nutter fled the area where the citizen had spotted him, then climbed 40 feet up into a tree near the 7000 block of 184th St SE.

Law enforcement attempted to negotiate with him to climb down, but Nutter refused.  

Fire personnel from Fire District 7 arrived on scene and, using a fire hose, sprayed water up the tree.  After a few blasts of water, the suspect willingly agreed to climb down the tree.  

He was taken into custody unharmed around 8:30 PM and will be booked into jail on his outstanding warrants.  Other charges related to the stolen car in which fled from police earlier tonight, as well as his attempting to elude police, may be pending.

Snohomish County Fire District 1 wins national EMS award

Snohomish County Fire District 1 has just been honored with the national Excellence in Fire Service-Based EMS Award presented by the Congressional Fire Services Institute and the MedicAlert Foundation.

Snohomish County Fire District 1 has just been honored with the national Excellence in Fire Service-Based EMS Award presented by the Congressional Fire Services Institute and the MedicAlert Foundation.

This competitive award is given annually to honor departments championing innovative practices to enhance the quality of emergency medical services (EMS). This year’s award showcased three agencies – Fire District 1, Montgomery County Fire Rescue (Maryland) and Miami Dade Fire and Rescue (Florida) -- for “forging new ground in fire service-based EMS.”

The award was presented to Fire District 1 on May 9, 2013 at the 25th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner in Washington, D.C. More than 2,000 fire-service leaders from throughout the country attended along with Vice President Joe Biden, the keynote speaker.

Teachers from Jackson High School to perform FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE!

Jackson High School presents FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE!

About 20 teachers from H.M. Jackson High School will perform in this spoof of Saturday Night Live on Friday, May 17, 2013 at 6:30 pm.

Teachers will be performing in various acts such as singing, playing guitar, stand-up comedy, and impressions of famous people. Of course, famous SNL skits such as Celebrity Jeopardy and Weekend Update will be part of the program.

This is a community event and everyone is invited. It will be of special interest to younger students who are now in elementary and middle school and will be attending Jackson High School in the future.

Spring Weather = Increase in Car Prowling

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office and Parks Department are seeing an increase in reported car prowls and thefts from vehicles parked at trailheads and parks.  Both urban and rural parks and trails are being hit.

Snohomish County is home to more than 10,000 acres of parkland, 105 parks, and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails.

With the arrival of warmer spring weather, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office and Parks Department are seeing an increase in reported car prowls and thefts from vehicles parked at trailheads and parks.  Both urban and rural parks and trails are being hit.

“The public can help us by being our eyes and ears,” said Lieutenant Kathi Lang. “If you see someone acting suspicious – peering into parked cars or who doesn’t appear to be there to use the park or trail – please call 911.” 

Mill Creek’s newest housing development begins construction soon

The Creekside housing development located east of the intersection of 35th Avenue SE and 134th Street SE will begin construction next week according to Tom Rogers, Mill Creek Community Development Director.

The Creekside housing development located east of the intersection of 35th Avenue SE and 134th Street SE will begin construction next week according to Tom Rogers, Mill Creek Community Development Director.

At the May 7th, 2013 Mill Creek City Council meeting Rogers reported that Creekside would hold 26 single-family houses on 4,000 to 5,000 square foot lots.

Rogers later said that the home and lot sizes would be comparable to the Winslow or Vineyard housing developments.

Mill Creek Police vehicle struck and totaled during high speed pursuit

A Jeep Cherokee being pursued at high speeds by Mountlake Terrace Police crashed into a Mill Creek Police vehicle assisting in the pursuit at the intersection of 35th Avenue SE and 180th Street SE at 1:20 am the morning of May 10, 2013.

A Jeep Cherokee being pursued at high speeds by Mountlake Terrace Police crashed into a Mill Creek Police vehicle assisting in the pursuit at the intersection of 35th Avenue SE and 180th Street SE at 1:20 am this morning.

After the collision the Jeep overturned and burst into flames. Police officers were able to pull the Jeep’s occupants out of the vehicle.

Luckily, the Jeep hit the passenger side of Mill Creek Police vehicle just in front of the right front wheel, which minimized injuries to the Police Officer.

Host families needed this summer to welcome 17 international students

Education First Educational Homestay Programs (EHP) is now accepting caring volunteer host families in the Bothell – Mill Creek area who are ready to welcome students into their home for a few weeks this summer.

Education First Educational Homestay Programs (EHP) is now accepting caring volunteer host families in the Bothell – Mill Creek area who are ready to welcome students into their home for a few weeks this summer.

This non-profit program provides a unique opportunity for families to make life-long friendships with international students while learning about their culture – all without leaving home.

From July 14th to August 2th host families in our area will welcome 17 Chinese EHP students, ages 10 to 14 all eager to visit and experience the American way of life.

Health care career training opportunity now taking applications

Edmonds Community College Creating Access to Careers in Healthcare, CATCH Program.

Applications are now being accepted for summer and fall sessions of CATCH, Creating Access To Careers in Healthcare, an all-expense paid program training low-income adults in Snohomish County to fill critical jobs in the health care industry.

Cohorts (groups of students who start and progress through a program together) of 20 students begin in July, September, November, January and February each year, and alternate between Edmonds Community College and Everett community College campuses. Space in both college CATCH programs is limited.

Arson Awareness Week: Reducing Residential Arson

National Arson Awareness Week is May 5-11, 2013, and the theme this year is Reducing Residential Arson. The goal is to provide all residents with strategies to combat arson in their neighborhoods.

National Arson Awareness Week is May 5-11, 2013, and the theme this year is Reducing Residential Arson. The goal is to provide all residents with strategies to combat arson in their neighborhoods. The public can be engaged in Arson Awareness Week by implementing neighborhood cleanups along with improving internal and external security for their homes and abandoned properties.

Float Safely: Boating Safety Tips for a Weekend on the Water

Opening Day is today Saturday, May 4th, and it’s the perfect time to go boating! Here are tips for safety on Snohomish County waterways.

Opening Day is today Saturday, May 4th, and it’s the perfect time to go boating!  The forecast is for sunny skies and warm weather, which means many folks will flock to Snohomish County waterways this weekend.

“Crowded waterways on Opening Day create a need for increased safety awareness from all boaters,” said Lt. Rodney Rochon, commander of the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Marine Services Unit. “We encourage people to have fun but to pay extra attention to others on the water and as always, wear your life jacket, and know and follow the boating laws.” 

Lynn Sordel files to run for his Mill Creek City Council seat

On April 30, 2013 Lynn Sordel announced that he has filed for election to his City Council seat

Lynn Sordel was appointed to the Mill Creek City Council on November 13, 2012. A six-year Mill Creek resident who had served on the Mill Creek Parks and Recreation Board, Sordel was deemed to be the best choice by a majority of the City Council out of the seven candidates who submitted letters of interest.

Sordel’s appointment is until November 2013 when his seat comes up for election. The winner of this election will serve a four year term.

On April 30, 2013 Sordel announced that he has filed for election to his City Council seat.

Proclamation of Loyalty Day in Mill Creek

May 1st is officially Loyalty Day in Mill Creek.

May 1st is officially Loyalty Day in Mill Creek. The City Council voted unanimously to have Mayor Mike Todd sign the proclamation at their April 23, 2013 regular meeting.

The idea for this proclamation came from Fred Apgar, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8870 Commander.

In his April 23rd presentation to the City Council Apgar urged everyone to reflect on the privileges of democracy and liberty that have been afforded us by our nation’s institutions.

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