Mountlake Terrace Police Blotter

Below are an assortment of police reports and activity from the Mountlake Terrace Police Department from the past week or so.

On Friday, 6/10/2011 detectives received information from King County Detectives that they had received an anonymous tip on their tip line from a woman claiming to be an ex-girlfriend of the HomeStreet Bank robbery suspect they had recently aired on television. The woman said the subjects name was Derek Dillon. City of Mountlake Terrace Detectives went with King County Detectives to contact the parents of the suspect as his current where abouts was unknown. They contacted the parents in Puyallup. The suspect’s father was shown the bank photo at which point he stated that it could be his son and proceeded to explain the recent issues he has had with his son and problems his son had been getting himself into, including drug abuse. As Detectives were leaving his mother arrived home. Upon showing her the photograph she denied it was her son in the photo. On Monday, 6/13/2011 detectives received a phone call from King County Detectives. They stated Dillon’s attorney had contacted them and that he would surrender to the Kent office of the King County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday, 6/14/2011 at 8:30 AM. Dillon failed to turn himself in, but later that afternoon he was located by the King County Sheriff’s Office, arrested without incident and booked into the King County Jail.

On Saturday, 6/11/2011 at 10:06 PM, the Police Department and Fire District 1 were dispatched to 5500 block of 242nd Street SW in regards to a structure fire. It was reported that the fire was contained to the kitchen and attic area. Upon arrival, officers met with the resident in the street in front of the residence. The resident told officers that everyone was out and that his 2 dogs had died in the fire. The two dogs were found deceased on the front lawn just outside the front door. During the initial investigation, officers discovered approximately 130 marijuana plants of various sizes and several items used to cultivate marijuana in two rooms of the house. The resident informed officers that he had a prescription for the marijuana and he cultivated marijuana for another person who had a prescription. This amount of marijuana is well above the 60-day supply that is allowed under state law. Detectives responded to the scene, prepared and served a search warrant resulting in the seizure of 274 marijuana plants, lighting equipment, cash and a shotgun. The case will be referred to the Snohomish County Prosecutors Office for charges. The Fire Marshall’s preliminary investigation shows that it appears that fire had started from a hot plate being left on in the kitchen.

On Thursday, 5/26/2011, Code Enforcement Officer Jenkins observed municipal nuisance violations near 22300 block of 39th Ave W, including an RV having an expired license parked on an unimproved grass surface, and a Ford Bronco having an expired license parked on an unimproved dirt/grass surface. He issued a Notice of Violation for the following municipal codes; 8.15.050.B.1 – All motor vehicles that are junk, inoperable or unused for 30 days or more shall be stored inside a fully enclosed structure, 8.15.050.C – All stored vehicles must be maintained in a clean and safe manner, 8.15.050.B.8 – Recreational or utility vehicles parked outside of a building shall be maintained in a clean, stable and well-kept state, and 8.15.050.B.7 – Recreational or utility vehicles parked in a side yard or a rear yard may be parked on a) an unimproved surface that is mowed and tended to; or b) on a maintained surface per MTMC 19.125.070; or c) on an improved surface. On Friday, 6/10/2011, Officer Jenkins inspected the property and noted the inoperable Ford Bronco had been removed from the property, the RV was properly licensed through 2012, and the parking surface for the RV has been properly maintained.

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