Snohomish County Fire District 1 calls: Aug. 13-26

Snohomish County Fire District 1 responded to 854 calls Aug. 13-26: 643 emergency medical aid calls, 60 motor vehicle collisions, 65 fires, 28 service calls, 8 natural gas leaks, 1 hazardous materials call, 3 rescues and 46 automatic fire alarms.  Aug. 13 COLLISION: At 4:35 p.m., a two-car collision occurred in the 2300 block of Highway…

Traffic Safety Commission: Marijuana increasing as factor in deadly crashes

Newly released data from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission shows that marijuana is increasing as a factor in deadly crashes. The number of drivers involved in deadly crashes who tested positive for marijuana increased 48 percent from 2013 to 2014. “We have seen marijuana involvement in fatal crashes remain steady over the years, and then…

Brier residents to vote on fireworks ban advisory ballot measure in the fall

Residents in the City of Brier will get to have their say on whether to totally ban fireworks in the City this fall. The November General Election will have an advisory ballot measure asking citizens if they want fireworks totally banned in Brier. Mayor Bob Colinas was the person who pushed for the ballot measure,…

Mountlake Terrace Police blotter

The following are selected incidents from the Mountlake Terrace Police blotter. July 31 22800 block of 56th Ave. W. Malicious mischief. A window at a business was damaged. Aug. 2 24200 block of 54th Ave. W. Trespassing. A tenant, who had been evicted, returned to a residence at a mobile home park where he was…

Fire District 1 hosts course on oil train risks and preparedness

More than 30 safety professionals and first responders learned about crude oil rail transportation risks and preparedness in a class at Snohomish County Fire District 1 last week. “This will help Fire District 1 in our response planning for the oil trains coming through our service area in unincorporated south Snohomish County and the City…

Washington State Patrol issues warning after its headquarters’ phone is compromised

The Washington State Patrol (WSP) Headquarters’ telephone was compromised and the agency received 30 complaints from citizens stating they were called by someone who falsely identified themselves as a WSP trooper. According to the citizens, the caller inpersonating a trooper accused the citizens of various violations including outstanding warrants, unpaid tickets and unpaid school taxes….

A ‘Night Out’ to meet your neighbors

Mountlake Terrace residents gathered for the annual National Night Out Tuesday evening at the Evergreen Playfield. Neighbors shared food and drinks and took the opportunity to get to know each other better. Many local organizations were on hand, as were the City Council and other City staff. Residents also enjoyed a martial arts demonstration, a…

From Sound Transit: There’s no summer vacation for safety

Did you know that a commuter train traveling 55 mph can take up to the length of five football fields to stop? A freight train can take one mile! That’s why it’s so important to be safe around train tracks. This year in Washington state alone, 16 people have died in train-related incidents, 15 of…

Police warn of telephone scams, ATM/vehicle prowls

Two nearby police departments in Edmonds and Everett recently have sent out crime prevention warnings to residents that we are sharing. Edmonds police are continuing to investigate reports of residents who have received calls from individuals claiming to be relatives who have been arrested. Another tactic is for someone to call and say that they have…

Mark your calendars for National Night Out coming Aug. 4

The City of Mountlake Terrace invites the public to attend National Night Out Against Crime on Tuesday, Aug. 4 at the Evergreen Playfield. There will be magic, music, water walking, bouncy house, free food and more from 6-9 p.m. This year’s event features The Magic of Craig Martin, DJ RT who will emcee and play tunes, a fabulous…

Emergency text to 911 now operational in Snohomish County

Effective Wednesday, July 8, a new service in Snohomish County will be available for those who cannot safely call 911 in an emergency, or those individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability. Snohomish County 911 centers have completed testing and will begin accepting texts to 911 on Wednesday, July 8….

Reminder: Fireworks prohibited in Mountlake Terrace

As a reminder to the community for the upcoming Independence Day holiday, the City of Mountlake Terrace would like residents to know that personal use fireworks are prohibited in the City as they are in many other surrounding cities. Did you know that two out of five fires reported on July 4 are started by fireworks,…

New countywide public safety dispatch system launch rescheduled for October

Launch of New World Systems, a new countywide public safety dispatch and records management system, has been rescheduled for October 27. The launch, originally scheduled for June 9, was put on hold last month to allow additional time to complete system testing. New World Systems provided a new launch date within a week of the…

No fireworks allowed on Edmonds School District properties

As the Fourth of July approaches, a reminder from the Edmonds School District that fireworks are banned on all school district properties. Staff will be patrolling properties but the district asks the public to call 911 if they see any kind of firework activity. This is a particularly timely reminder given the brush fire at…

Fireworks prohibited in Mountlake Terrace

As a reminder to the community for the upcoming Independence Day holiday, the City of Mountlake Terrace reminds residents that personal use fireworks are prohibited in the City as they are in many other surrounding cities. Did you know that two out of five fires reported on July 4 are started by fireworks, more than…

Fire District 1 resolution asks County to ban fireworks

Commissioners at Snohomish County’s largest fire district last night approved a resolution seeking a countywide ban on fireworks. The Fire District 1 Board of Commissioners voted 4-0 to approve the resolution asking the Snohomish County Council to ban the sale and discharge of fireworks in unincorporated areas. Fire District 1 officials plan to deliver the…

Fire District 1 Commissioners to consider resolution supporting county fireworks ban

Commissioners at Snohomish County’s largest fire district next week will consider adoption of a resolution asking the county to ban fireworks. The Fire District 1 Board of Commissioners expects to take action at its regular meeting on June 16 on the proposed resolution asking the Snohomish County Council to ban the sale and discharge of…

Mountlake Terrace man acquitted of charges connected to 2014 incident in council chambers

A Mountlake Terrace man has been acquitted in Snohomish County Superior Court of assault and disorderly conduct charges stemming from a January 2014 incident in the Mountlake City Council Chambers. Jurors on April 7 found Julius Waldkirch, 53, not guilty of third-degree assault, a felony charge, and disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor. Prior to the incident…

Snohomish County Fire District 1 calls: May 28-June 3

Snohomish County Fire District 1 responded to 418 calls May 28-June 3: 327 emergency medical aid calls, 31 motor vehicle collisions, 29 fires, 13 service calls, 1 natural gas leak and 17 automatic fire alarms. May 28 COLLISION: At 5:42 a.m., a two-car collision was reported on southbound I-5 north of 220th Street SW in…