Mountlake Terrace police blotter: March 10-17

March 10 A man reported that he believed his roommate peed into his pre-mixed supplement drinks stored in their refrigerator. He said he wants to press charges if possible. March 12 A burglary was reported in the 5700 block of 241st Street Southwest. The homeowner noticed damage on the door on the east side of…

Happening nearby: Boy taken to Harborview after crashing motorbike into car

This story was updated at 11:25 p.m. with the condition of the boy. An 11-year-old boy was taken to Harborview Medical Center after he drove a small motorbike into a vehicle on 44th Avenue West in Lynnwood. Lynnwood Police Sgt. Sean Doty said the boy was riding in his front yard and lost control. It appears he…

No missing persons reports match description of possible kidnapping victim

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office tweeted on Wednesday that no missing persons reports match the description of a woman who was possibly kidnapped on Monday afternoon. A man reportedly involved in the incident has also not been identified. Two witnesses called 911 on Monday at 5:49 p.m. to say that they saw a woman walking…

Left lane emphasis patrol begins Wednesday

State troopers will be conducting left lane emphasis patrols starting Wednesday, March 16 until Friday, March 18. The patrols will focus on people driving in the left lane for extended periods of time instead of using the left lane only to pass. Vehicles with trailers are also never permitted in the left lane. The Washington State Patrol…

No update in the case of a possible kidnapping Monday

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday there hasn’t been an update in the case of a possible kidnapping near Lynnwood that was reported Monday afternoon. The suspect and victim have not yet been identified. Witnesses told deputies they saw a blonde woman pushed into a Ford Explorer at 5:49 p.m. Monday near the intersection…

High levels of cadmium and lead found in children’s jewelry

High levels of toxic heavy metals were found in several necklaces sold as accessories to girls’ dresses. Cadmium and lead were found in five pieces of jewelry tested by the Washington Department of Ecology (DOE). Under Washington’s Children’s Safe Products Act, kids’ products cannot contain more than 40 parts per million of cadmium. Four of the…

IRS scam warning from Snohomish County Sheriff

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s office is warning residents of an IRS scam affecting Snohomish County Residents. “We are receiving a steady stream of walk-ins and 911 calls about the scam,” the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office writes on its Facebook page. According to the post, the scam begins with someone claiming to be an IRS agent…

Thousands remain without power on Monday after windstorm

While significant progress has been made to restore power to the 40,000 Snohomish County PUD customers who lost power during Sunday’s windstorm, about 6,400 remained without power on Monday morning. According to the PUD’s outage map, several outages persist in the Mountlake Terrace area. Cedar Park Christian School – Mountlake Terrace closed on Monday because…

Happening nearby: Trees, lines down in Edmonds, Lynnwood

Damage can already be seen in nearby areas after a windstorm Sunday afternoon reached gusts in excess of 50 miles per hour. Edmonds police reported that roads in both the 600 block of 12th Place North and the 24300 block of Firdale Avenue were closed as of 4:30 p.m., along with other residential areas in the…

With wind warning for Sunday, tips if you lose power

The National Weather service has issued a wind warning for Sunday, which means that late-afternoon wind gusts in our area could reach 70 miles per hour. If you lose power, here are some tips from Snohomish County PUD: You can call the PUD to report an outage 24 hours a day 7 days a week at 425-783-1001. Leave…

High wind advisory issued in Snohomish County

A high wind advisory has been issued for most of Snohomish county, including Mountlake Terrace, for Sunday. The National Weather Service reports that winds are expected to reach 20 to 30 miles per hour with gusts up to 45 miles per hour in the early afternoon on Sunday. The strongest gusts are expected to reach 70…

MLT man suspected of Bothell bank robbery, arrested in Lynnwood

A bank robbery suspect was arrested after being cornered in a Fred Meyer store in Lynnwood. The 46-year-old man from Mountlake Terrace was suspected in an aggressive armed robbery on Friday at a Heritage Bank in unincorporated Bothell. Bank employees called police at about noon to report a man was in the safe taking money…

Mountlake Terrace police blotter: March 4-10

March 4 A hit and run was reported in the 22800 block of Lakeview Drive. A car’s owner showed an officer damage to her left rear tail light. The responding officer said it looks like a projectile like a rock of a BB pellet struck the lens and cracked it. No suspects or leads at…

Scattered outages persist in Mountlake Terrace, Brier

Snohomish County PUD launched an outage map for the first time Friday. It shows scattered outages in some parts of Mountlake Terrace and Brier. Yellow zones on the map indicate between one and 500 customers are without power in that area. Orange regions show between 501 and 1,500 customers are in the dark. No outages…

Firefighters union says staffing reductions put community at risk

In response to Wednesday’s news that Snohomish County Fire District 1 filed an unfair labor practice complaint against it, International Association of Fire Fighters Local 1828 said Thursday it is concerned about proposed staffing reductions that put the community at risk. Local firefighters “have and will continue to negotiate with Fire District 1 in good…

Happening nearby: Two homes catch fire after winds knock tree into power lines

Strong winds Thursday morning knocked a tree into power lines on 36th Avenue West in Lynnwood. That created some sort of power surge to two houses and set them on fire. One person was inside one of the houses and was transported to a nearby hospital with minor injuries. The other house was vacant. Puget Sound…

Fire District 1 files unfair labor practice complaint against firefighters union

Snohomish County Fire District 1 on Wednesday announced it has filed an unfair labor practice complaint with the state Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC) against International Association of Fire Fighters Local 1828, the union representing the district’s firefighters. The fire district provides fire and emergency medical services to 200,000 residents in Edmonds, Mountlake Terrace, Brier…

Happening nearby: Hazmat responds to suspicious substance mailed to business

A hazmat team responded to an office building in Lynnwood after a worker opened a letter at 10 a.m. on Wednesday and found a suspicious substance inside. Lynnwood Police went to the scene and found out an employee received the threat on Tuesday. Lynnwood Fire was called. Eventually a Snohomish County hazmat team arrived and determined…

In aftermath of Greenwood blast: Proceed with caution when it comes to natural gas

The explosion that leveled buildings in Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood early Wednesday morning was heard and felt as far away as South Snohomish County, and it underscores the need to proceed with caution whenever you suspect a natural gas leak, according to Snohomish County Fire District 1. Edmonds resident David Kaufer said he was startled awake…

Fire District 1 fire calls: Feb. 25-March 1

Snohomish County Fire District 1 responded to 450 total calls from Feb. 25 through March 2: 350  emergency medical aid calls, 30 motor vehicle collisions, 23 fires, 21 service calls, 2 natural gas leaks, 1 rescue and 23 automatic fire alarms. Feb. 25 COLLISION: At 2:21 p.m., a three-car collision occurred on northbound I-5, north of 164th Street…

Mountlake Terrace police blotter: Feb. 27-March 3

Feb. 27 A vehicle prowl was reported in the 4100 block of 236th Street Southwest. The vehicle’s owner said her iPhone charger was stolen. She told officers she thought she had locked the vehicle, but there were no signs of forced entry. Two car prowls were reported in the 4200 block of 236th Street Southwest….

Happening nearby: Lynnwood bank robbery suspect arrested

Lynnwood Police arrested a bank robbery suspect on Friday afternoon. Officers responded at 12:45 p.m. to Heritage Bank, located at 19510 58th Ave. W. in Lynnwood. Tellers told police the suspect passed a demand note for money to a teller. No weapon was displayed and there were no injuries. Bank employees told police the suspect…

Reminder: Sign up for firearm safety course sponsored by MLTPD

The Mountlake Terrace Police Department will be sponsoring a free personal and firearm safety seminar later this month. The goal of the seminar is to offer information and resources to residents who want to learn to identify and safely avoid dangerous encounters. The department will also discuss firearms related topics so participants are informed about…

Widdis to step down early as chief of Fire District 1

Ed Widdis will be stepping down as fire chief of Snohomish County Fire District 1 effective March 8. He made the announcement during Tuesday night’s Board of Commissioners meeting. Widdis last year announced his plans to retire at the end of 2016, but said medical issues prompted him to move up that date. “It is…