Local Briefly: Search-and-rescue teams look for hiker

GLACIER PEAK — Snohomish County search-and-rescue teams will resume looking for a hiker today who got lost on Glacier Peak.

Officials were able to contact the man Wednesday but were not able to reach him because of low clouds, said Snohomish County sheriff’s Lt. Rodney Rochon said.

The hiker has been instructed to stay put and rescuers should be able to reach him today, Rochon said. He had food and shelter for the night and was not injured.

Search teams were hoping Wednesday afternoon that the man would quit moving, Rochon said.

“We can find you if you sit still. We can’t find a moving target,” he said.

The man, 28, apparently lost his map and was navigating using a compass and a global positioning system. He was believed to be at the 7,000-foot level of the volcanic peak, which stands about 10,500 feet in eastern Snohomish County.

Glacier Peak is remote, about 50 miles east of Everett, and is noted for its long hiking trails.

Earlier Wednesday, a U.S. Navy helicopter joined the search. Once it was learned the man wasn’t in distress, that chopper returned to base, Rochon said.

Help was summoned after the man activated an emergency beacon, Rochon said.

A helicopter from the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office tried to find the man to rescue him. Ground crews had been standing by to hike in, Rochon said.

Everett: Police seek clues to robbery

Police need the public’s help to identity a man who robbed an Everett pharmacy at gunpoint last month.

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office released the suspect’s picture Wednesday morning. The robbery happened June 28 at a Walgreens in the 11200 block of Fourth Avenue in unincorporated Everett.

The armed man walked into the store and demanded OxyContin, a prescription painkiller, from the pharmacist. He grabbed the drugs and fled.

No one was injured.

Detectives are trying to determine if the robber is the same man who recently committed similar holdups in the city of Everett, sheriff’s spokeswoman Rebecca Hover said. He is white, about 5 feet, 8 inches tall with a lean build.

Anyone who recognizes the man from the picture or has information about the robbery is asked to call the sheriff’s tip line at 425-388-3845.

Mountlake Terrace: New police chief

Mountlake Terrace will have a new police chief beginning Aug. 11.

Greg Wilson, a former Federal Way commander and a 21-year veteran of law enforcement, has been hired to take the post, city manager John Caulfield said Tuesday.

Wilson replaces former chief Scott Smith, who left the city in December to become chief of the Tulalip Tribal Police Department. Since then, Larry Dickerson has managed the department.

Wilson went to Washington State University and received additional training with the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission, the FBI National Academy and the National Institute of Ethics. He also worked for the Renton police department, Caulfield said.

He’ll oversee 31 commissioned law enforcement personnel and 10 civilians.

This position reports directly to Caulfield. Wilson will be paid up to $114,216.

From Herald staff reports

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