Sunday, June 1
Expect fireworks prices to skyrocket: A massive explosion in China could put a damper on Uncle Sam’s birthday.
On Valentine’s Day, 20 warehouses full of fireworks exploded at a busy Chinese port, crippling the distribution of pyrotechnics from the world’s largest producer of fireworks.
Now fireworks dealers in the United States are struggling to stock up for the Fourth of July.
Monday, June 2
Scooter sales zoom as drivers look for cheaper ways to get around: When fuel prices get tough, the tough get scooting.
Woody Robinett has a Toyota Tacoma pickup, which is useful for hauling groceries, furniture and other items. But the Tacoma gets about 22 miles per gallon, which hurts with gasoline prices well above $4 per gallon.
Last year, he bought a Honda scooter for his daily commute between Lynnwood and Bothell, improving his average gas mileage to between 80 and 100 mpg.
Tuesday, June 3
Everett strip club a front for brothel, feds say: Dancers may be doing a lot more than taking off their clothes at Honey’s.
Snohomish County’s only strip club is a haven for prostitution, with dancers blatantly offering sex for money and the club’s owners taking kickbacks from the illegal activities, federal investigators alleged in court documents Monday.
Federal agents and local police raided Honey’s and other clubs owned by Frank Colacurcio Sr. and his son, Frank Colacurcio Jr., on Monday morning.
Diana Hefley and Jackson Holtz
Wednesday, June 4
WASL denies high school diploma to only a few: About three classrooms full of Snohomish County students won’t graduate this spring because they failed the WASL.
Seventy-two seniors in 11 of the county’s school districts met every other requirement to receive a diploma except that of passing the state exam, according to the school districts.
That’s a fraction compared with the number of seniors who won’t graduate because they fell shy of academic credits.
Eric Stevick and Kaitlin Manry
Thursday, June 5
WWII-era flight museum opens at Paine Field: When people walk by the P-51D Mustang fighter plane at the new Flying Heritage Museum at Paine Field, they’ll get to see more than just the restored plane.
They can watch footage of a pilot’s reunion with that very same plane more than 60 years after he flew it in World War II.
After three years in a small warehouse near the Arlington Airport, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen moved his collection of 15 World War II-era planes and other aviation artifacts into a larger hangar at Paine Field.
Friday, June 6
16 caught in dragnet: Just after 7 a.m. Tuesday, Peggy Rud woke to heavy pounding at her door.
Nearly a dozen heavily armed officers quickly put Rud, 37, in handcuffs. The arrest came after a federal grand jury indicted her on drug trafficking charges.
Investigators said they arrested 16 career criminals this week in Everett during what federal officials are calling the “Snohomish County Gang Project.”
Saturday, June 7
Feds break up ‘B.C. Bud’ ring: Federal authorities believe a multimillion-dollar drug smuggling ring with ties to the Hells Angels used Snohomish County as a shipment hub to distribute thousands of pounds of marijuana and cocaine across the U.S. and Canada.
Federal authorities on Friday announced the arrest and indictment of the suspected kingpin, along with three Snohomish County residents suspected of drug trafficking. Nearly 40 people have been charged in connection with the suspected drug ring.