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  • Monroe man sentenced in child abuse case involving wooden paddle

    A Monroe man who was arrested on suspicion of beating children with a wooden paddle in April admitted to spanking two victims Tuesday in Snohomish County Superior Court, according to the Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.

  • Musicians rock to aid friend’s cancer fight

    Married photographers Jerry and Lois Levin had been keeping their eyes out for signs of stomach cancer — other types weren’t on their radar.
    Last February, two days before Jerry’s birthday, his wife was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer. She had been exhibiting odd behavior that seemed to align with appendicitis. He said they weren’t going to risk it; Lois was taken straight to the doctor.

  • Within less than a year of becoming a licensed nonprofit, RiverJunky has kept nearly 42 tons of waste from entering Washington’s waterways.
    Volunteers have cleared roughly 36,000 pounds of trash from sites in Snohomish County. It took just two cleanups to amass that figure.

  • Picking blueberries

    Lori Johnson reports her blueberry yield this year was exceptional. In fact, it was more than the 20-year-old bushes have ever produced.
    By early July the thin branches were drooping with so many berries they looked more like weighted grapevines. 

  • Monroe council to address creating affordable housing
    Within the next year Monroe residents will have opportunities to weigh in on the city’s approach to creating more affordable housing in the community.
  • Monroe dance studio owner accepts plea agreement in child molestation case
    A Monroe dance instructor charged with inappropriately touching an underage student at his dance studio back in November 2015 has taken a plea deal that could mean he will avoid jail time.
  • Kicking it in Monroe
    Before Taekwondo, Seong Hyeon Park said he was scrawny and attracted bullies. He gestured toward himself to point out his small stature. The South Korean martial arts student said he also used to get sick frequently.
  • Giving gift of life in death
    Rowan Nickerson’s caregiver at the daycare found the baby unresponsive after putting her down for a nap that morning. The hospital chaplain was the one to tell Olivia Nickerson her baby had died.
  • National Night Out
    K9 Nuke ripped down the lawn at Lake Tye Park on Tuesday evening. He was on the heels of a criminal who fled on foot from his vehicle after leading a Monroe Police Department officer on a short car chase.
  • Examiner’s Office rules Maltby man’s death accidental
    Alex Dold, 29, suffered from schizophrenia and was having a mental health crisis when his mother called 911 on March 21. That night Dold had been physical with his mother, Kathy Duncan, and so she called 911 a few hours after the dispute had settled.
  • Low, Kelly poised to continue to general election

    More than 18,000 residents voted for their District 5 Snohomish County Council candidate this primary election.
    Incumbent Sam Low and Kristin Kelly of Snohomish will likely be on the 2017 general election ballot in November. 

  • CANCELLED: Suley En Vogue Summer Bash to jam in Monroe
    An eclectic blend of artistic and musical backgrounds are coming together for a summer party at The Blue Boy Golf Course outside Monroe.
  • Sky River Rock Festival makes changes
    The Sky River Rock Festival and Lighter Than Air Fair revival is still set for this month but with a few edits to the schedule.
  • Monroe council considers changes to address parking

    The Monroe City Council is readdressing concerns about parking in front of mailbox clusters. The issue has come up occasionally for more than a decade.

  • Wounds that never heal
    AJ Cruce was on an ambush mission in Vietnam in 1967 when a B-40 rocket shattered against a nearby tree. He and his commanding officer were sprayed with shrapnel from the blast. The two men were immediately medevaced from the jungle on the border of Cambodia where they were stationed.
  • WSDOT changing construction timing to ease congestion

    Commuters on U.S. Highway 2 have spent hours sitting in traffic this summer due to summer construction.
    Within the past few weeks, drivers have experienced up to two-hour wait times between Gold Bar and Skykomish. However, the backups are expected to drop significantly.

  • Updated: Missing woman's body found in Wallace Falls
    The body of an 18-year-old woman believed to have fallen into the Wallace River on Wednesday was found at the base of the lower Wallace Falls on Thursday.
  • Case of Monroe dance instructor accused of inappropriate touching going to trial

    The trial for a Monroe dance instructor arrested last year for allegedly inappropriately touching a student is set for Monday, Aug. 7.
    Kristopher Backman, 33, was originally charged with second-degree child molestation almost exactly one year ago, following a seven-month investigation. He pleaded not guilty at his arraignment days later.

  • Gold Dust Days turns 10

    Fifteen-year-old Grace Elliot was manning the bouncy house and the crown-decorating booth at Gold Dust Days on Friday afternoon.
    The Sultan High School student helped fit a gold sparkle-lined crown around Mickayla White's head. The younger girl had wandered across the sunburnt lawn in front of Gold Bar Elementary to make the delicate headdress early Friday evening.

  • Police: Monroe man took wife, law enforcement on high-speed pursuit
    Monroe resident Rene Fabian Carmona Ruiz told law enforcement he had wanted to be killed by police following his arrest Sunday after a high-speed chase down U.S. Highway 2.
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