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Council selects Trenary as the next Snohomish County Sheriff

The Snohomish County Council appointed Ty Trenary as the next Sheriff on Monday, July 1, 2013.  The unanimous 5-0 vote places Trenary in the Sheriff’s Office top position, vacated by John Lovick.

The Snohomish County Council appointed Ty Trenary as the next Sheriff on Monday, July 1, 2013.  The unanimous 5-0 vote places Trenary in the Sheriff’s Office top position, vacated by John Lovick when he resigned June 3rd to accept the position of County Executive.

The 47 year-old Trenary has served the citizens of Washington State as a police officer for over 25 years.  He started his law enforcement career in Eatonville where he also served as a D.A.R.E. officer until joining the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office in 1991.

Suspect arrested in Molly Conley shooting

The Snohomish County Sheriff's Office has identified the suspect arrested in Molly Conley's shooting as 26 year-old Erick N. Walker from Marysville.

June 30, 2013 update

The Snohomish County Sheriff's Office has identified the suspect arrested in Molly Conley's shooting as 26 year-old Erick N. Walker from Marysville.

Authorities have not said what led them to Walker, but there was a rewared for more than $30,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Molly Conley's murderer.

Original June 28, 3013 article

Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested a 26 year-old man on Friday, June 28, 2013 at his Marysville home in connection with the June 1st fatal drive-by shooting in Lake Stevens of 15 year-old Molly Conley.

He will be booked into the Snohomish County Jail for 1st degree murder sometime tonight.

On Saturday June 1st, 2013 at around 11:15 pm, 15 year-old Molly Conley was killed by a single shot in the neck as she was walking with some friends along the 10600 block of South Lake Stevens Road, in Lake Stevens.

Conley, a freshman at Bishop Blanchet High School in Seattle, was with a group of friends celebrating her 15th birthday.  She was described as having a huge, loving heart.

The bullet that struck Conley came from a dark colored vehicle that drove past them.

Tambark Creek Park finally dedicated after 17 years

It took 17 years before Snohomish County Executive John Lovick was able to dedicate Tambark Creek Park, our new south county playground and sports park. He and other Snohomish County and Mill Creek officials officially opened Tambark Creek Park on Friday afternoon, June 28, 2013.

It took 17 years before Snohomish County Executive John Lovick was able to dedicate Tambark Creek Park, our new south county playground and sports park. He and other Snohomish County and Mill Creek officials officially opened Tambark Creek Park on Friday afternoon, June 28, 2013.

During the 1996 embryonic stages of this park then Mill Creek City Councilmember Lovick, along with Councilmember Kathy Nielsen (current Mill Creek Mayor Pro Tem) began to visualize what this 40 acres might look like.

So when Executive Lovick dedicated Tambark Creek Park he was uniquely involved with both the visualization phase and the reality phase of this south Snohomish County (35th Ave. S.E.) park and sports field.

New multi-use Tambark Creek Park opened

Snohomish County and Mill Creek officials opened Tambark Creek Park, a new 40-acre multi-use facility, on Friday afternoon, June 28, 2013.

Snohomish County and Mill Creek officials opened Tambark Creek Park, a new 40-acre multi-use facility, on Friday afternoon, June 28, 2013.

Snohomish County developed the park with part of the $70 million in mitigation funds received from King County for the construction of the Brightwater Sewage Treatment Plant. According to Lukas Velush of the Everett Herald in an October, 2005 article; approximately $8 million was earmarked to develop Tambark Creek Park.

Snohomish County and Mill Creek plan to share future maintenance costs for Tambark Creek Park although a final agreement has not yet been reached.

Tambark Creek Park is located southeast of Mill Creek on 35th Avenue SE just north of 180th Street SE.

There are two entrances to the park. The park’s west entrance is off 35th Avenue SE and the east entrance is off Sunset Road & 176th Street SE.

Bill Iffrig to be honorary starter for the Run of the Mill 5k in support of Boston marathon victims

Bill Iffrig of Lake Stevens, local Boston Marathon hero who was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated, will be running in the Run of the Mill 5K and will be the 2013 Honorary Starter on Saturday, July 6, 2013 in the Mill Creek Town Center.

Bill Iffrig of Lake Stevens, local Boston Marathon hero who was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated, will be running in the Run of the Mill 5K and will be the 2013 Honorary Starter.

The Run of the Mill 5K is Saturday, July 6, 2013 in the Mill Creek Town Center.

New Mill Creek housing development planned on Seattle Hill Road

Seattle Hill North Coast LLC is planning to develop Seattle Ridge, a new 16-lot housing development on Seattle Hill Road in Mill Creek. The four-acre property is located at 14616 Seattle Hill Road.

Seattle Hill North Coast LLC is planning to develop Seattle Ridge, a new 16-lot housing development on Seattle Hill Road in Mill Creek. The four-acre property is located at 14616 Seattle Hill Road, just north of the intersection of Seattle Hill Road and 148th Street SE.

According to Camille Chriest, Mill Creek Senior Planner, “The proposal is to subdivide the property into 16 lots for single-family home development. As proposed, a 50-foot wide vegetated roadway buffer with sidewalk will be provided adjacent to Seattle Hill Road and there will be two common open space/park areas. Access to the plat will be off Seattle Hill Road and will extend through to the existing 146th Street SE road stub-out in the plat of Webster's Pond.”

2013 4th of July events

There are a number of ways to celebrate the Fourth of July in 2013. Even though the City of Mill Creek doesn’t have a celebration planned, other local Puget Sound cities do.

There are a number of ways to celebrate the Fourth of July in 2013. Even though the City of Mill Creek doesn’t have a celebration planned, other local Puget Sound cities do.

Bothell – Bothell holds an annual Freedom Festival to celebrate the Fourth.

  • Pancake Breakfast - 8:30 to 10:30 AM. Downtown Fire Station, 10726 Beardslee Blvd. FREE!
  • Children’s Parade - 11:15 AM. Line up on Main Street at 103rd. For children up to 12 years. No motorized vehicles permitted.
  • Grand Parade - 12 noon. Main Street and Bothell Way (SR 527).

Edmonds – Edmonds has events planned for the day and evening, capped with fireworks.

  • 5K Fun Run/Walk - 10:00 AM
  • Children’s Parade - 11:30 AM
  • Main Parade - 12:00 PM
  • Edmonds Firefighters Waterball Competition
- 2:30 PM (City Park, 3rd Ave. S & Pine)
  • SeaWolves Soccer – Edmonds-Woodway Stadium - 4:00 PM (Edmonds-Woodway High School, 7600 212th St SW) 
  • Food Vendors & Evening Entertainment - 7:30 PM (Civic Stadium, 6th & Bell)
  • Fireworks - 10:00 PM (Civic Stadium, 6th & Bell)

State Fire Marshal stresses fireworks safety

There were 354 fireworks-related injuries and fires reported to the State Fire Marshal’s Office in 2012 by fire departments and hospitals. Of the 354 reports received, there were 128 fires and 226 injuries.

There were 354 fireworks-related injuries and fires reported to the State Fire Marshal’s Office in 2012 by fire departments and hospitals. Of the 354 reports received, there were 128 fires and 226 injuries. The majority of these incidents occur on July 4th. Most incidents were cause by males between 8 and 21 years of age. The incidents of greatest concern are:

  • 7 residential fires totaling $880,500 in loss, 1 was caused by an illegal device, 3 were caused by legal fireworks and 3 were caused by an unknown type of firework device.
  • 26 fires and 64 injuries were caused by devices which are illegal to own or possess in Washington State.
  • 7 sparkler bomb incidents that included 5 fires/explosions and 2 causing facial, torso and hand injuries. These devices are considered improvised explosive devices which are illegal to manufacture and possess.

Mill Creek’s new sustainable landscaping a collaborative effort

Volunteers and Mill Creek staff planted the new sustainable landscaping on Saturday, June 22nd. According to Linda Knox, Mill Creek Town Center Business Association past-president, "It looks great!"

Volunteers and Mill Creek staff planted the new sustainable landscaping on Saturday, June 22nd. According to Linda Knox, Mill Creek Town Center Business Association past-president, "It looks great!"

Once the new sustainable landscaping is established it will need much less water and upkeep than the conventional landscaping it replaced. However, Jesse Blum, Mill Creek Design Review Board member, cautions that it will take up to three full years for the new plants to be established. It will be important to keep the new plants well watered during this period.

Over $30,000 in rewards for helping find who shot Molly Conley

Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound and Molly Conley's friends and family are offering rewards totalling more than $30,000 for information leading to the arrest and charges of the person or persons responsible for her homicide.

June 24, 2013 update.

Detectives from the Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit as well from the Lake Stevens Police Department are currently investigating several shootings which occurred in and around Lake Stevens during the late evening hours of June 1st 2013 and the early morning hours of June 2nd 2013.  This includes the Molly Conley murder investigation.

Detectives are seeking anyone who may have video of vehicles driving in the area during the hours of 9 PM June 1st through 6 AM June 2nd.  Specifically detectives are looking for information about any black passenger vehicles that may now have front, passenger side damage. 

If you have video, any information about such a vehicle, or any other information about the Molly Conley murder, please call the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office tip line at 425 388-3845.

4th of July fireworks go on sale on June 28, 2013

Fireworks go on sale for the Fourth of July festivities in Washington State on Friday, June 28, 2013. Washington State law allows sales of consumer fireworks to begin on June 28, 2013, at noon and end on July 5, 2013, at 11:00 pm.

Fireworks go on sale for the Fourth of July festivities in Washington State on Friday, June 28, 2013. Washington State law allows sales of consumer fireworks to begin on June 28, 2013, at noon and end on July 5, 2013, at 11:00 pm.

A number of cities and counties have restricted or banned the sale and discharge of fireworks.  Be sure to check with your local jurisdiction before using fireworks.

State Fire Marshal Charles M. Duffy announced that the number of retail fireworks stand licenses issued in 2013 is down 2.5%, or 23 licenses, from 2012.  A state license is required before a city or county can issue a permit to operate a fireworks stand in Washington.

The fireworks regulations for North Puget Sound Cities and unincorporated Snohomish County are as follows:

AVID High school graduates received $500 gift cards to spend on college essentials at Mill Creek Fred Meyer

On June 11, 2013, the Rotary Club of Everett's Next Generation Project high school graduates converged upon the Mill Creek Fred Meyer with $500 gift cards to use for college essentials.

On June 11, 2013, the Rotary Club of Everett's Next Generation Project high school graduates converged upon the Mill Creek Fred Meyer with $500 gift cards to use for college essentials.

Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), is a college readiness system for elementary through higher education that is designed to increase school wide learning and performance. Its goal is to inspire and support all students to make college a reality.

Most AVID students are the first in their families to attend college. They may have little or no support to make that destiny change a reality.

Polygon NW makes progress on East Gateway Urban Village development

Polygon Northwest has already begun grading the site of their multi-use development in Mill Creek’s East Gateway Urban Village.

Polygon Northwest has already begun grading the site of their multi-use development in Mill Creek’s East Gateway Urban Village. As well, their informal meetings with Mill Creek’s Design Review Board over the past months have resulted in design improvements in building elevations, materials and landscaping design, which should result in quick final approvals.

The next step in the process will occur at the June 26, 2013 public hearing when the Mill Creek Hearing Examiner will receive public input on the project’s binding site plan. The binding site plan being considered only includes the residential portion of the complex. The commercial development will be considered at at later date.

2013 Mill Creek Festival Main Stage lineup is announced

The 2013 Mill Creek Festival will run Saturday, July 13th from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, July 14th from 11 a.m. To 5 p.m.

One of Mill Creek's summer highlights and a favorite family event is the Mill Creek Festival, which is put on the the Mill Creek Business Association. 

The 2013 Mill Creek Festival will run Saturday, July 13th from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, July 14th from 11 a.m. To 5 p.m.

The Main Stage at the beer and wine garden is a fun place to enjoy continuous, live entertainment throughout the weekend and the area will stay open for an extra hour on both days.

Snohomish County Sheriff’s helicopter to test emergency notification device in Mill Creek

Sometime between 4 and 6 pm on Wednesday, June 19, 2013, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s helicopter, SnoHawk 10, will fly over the Sheriff’s Office South Precinct in Mill Creek and other locations to test a long-range acoustic device called the LRAD 500XTM.

If you hear voices from the sky along Mill Creek Boulevard on Wednesday afternoon, don't be alarmed. It is just the Snohomish County Sheriff's office testing a new gadget.

Sometime between 4 and 6 pm on Wednesday, June 19, 2013, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s helicopter, SnoHawk 10, will fly over the Sheriff’s Office South Precinct in Mill Creek and other locations to test a long-range acoustic device called the LRAD 500XTM.

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