<b>SAFETY WATCH | </b>Herald staff
Lynnwood Police Officer Josh Kelsey was appointed by Gov. Chris Gregoire to the 14-member Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission.
Kelsey, who started with the Lynnwood Police Department in 1998, said he is grateful for the opportunity to help establish rules and policies for law enforcement at a state level.
“I’m honored to be a voice for city line officers all across our state as to what training they would like to see for new recruits coming out of the academy, as well as what ongoing advanced training opportunities are provided to keep all commissioned personnel abreast of current issues, and safe in their daily duties,” Kelsey said.
Lynnwood Police Chief Steve Jensen said he was also proud of Kelsey’s achievements locally and his efforts statewide.
The State Criminal Justice Training Commission’s 14 members represent the distinct disciplines that encompass law enforcement from around Washington.
Along with the city police line officer position that Kelsey now holds, the commission also includes the attorney general, two police chiefs, two sheriffs, the chief of the Washington State Patrol, a special agent with the FBI, a line deputy, a state corrections custody officer, a county corrections custody officer, a prosecuting attorney, an elected official and one private citizen.
Thanksgiving is peak for home cooking fires
The number of home cooking fires on Thanksgiving Day was three times the national average of fires per day in 2009, according the National Fire Protection Association.
Cooking fires are the No. 1 cause of home fires and related injuries. In 2005-2009, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 155,400 home fires per year involving cooking equipment. These fires caused an annual average of 390 deaths, 4,800 injuries and $771 million in direct property damage.
To reduce the risk of cooking fires this holiday, NFPA recommends the following safety tips:
• Keep anything that can catch fire away from the stovetop.
• Always stay in the kitchen while frying, grilling or broiling food.
• When simmering, baking, roasting or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
• Stay alert. If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don’t use the stove or stovetop.
If you have a fire:
• Get out, closing the door behind you to help contain the fire.
• Call 911 after you leave.
• If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out, you have a clear path to your way out of the home and someone has called the fire department.
• Keep a lid nearby when cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stove. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
• For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.
Lynnwood police, fire team with Toy Shop
The Lynnwood Police and Fire Departments have joined with the South Snohomish County Toy Shop, YWCA and Terrace Park School to benefit local families in need for the holidays.
Drop off new, unwrapped toys at the Holiday Toy Shop bin in the lobby of the Lynnwood Police Department, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, at 19321 44th Ave. W. A donation box is also located in the lobby of Lynnwood Fire Station 15, on the corner of 44th Avenue West and 188th Street Southwest.
The deadline for donations is Dec. 8. The actual event is Dec. 10. On that day, in-need families who have registered through their local food bank can shop for free at the Toy Shop for their children.
In addition to toys, gift-wrapping supplies, gift cards and financial donations are welcome. Make checks payable to “SSCH Toy Shop.”
Other local drop-off locations are at the Lynnwood Senior Center, 19000 44th Ave. W, and at businesses across Lynnwood and Edmonds.
Level III sex offender notification
Police are warning residents about a convicted sex offender who will be living in the 18000 block of 44th Ave. W.
Gary Dwayne Young, 63, was convicted of three counts of first-degree rape and second-degree assault in the 1970s. He also was convicted of kidnapping in 1990. He is a Level III offender, the level deemed most likely to reoffend.
An informational public meeting is planned for 7 p.m. Nov. 29 at the Lynnwood Municipal Court on the second floor at 19321 44th Ave. W.
Young is described as white with blue eyes and gray and light brown hair. He is 5-foot-9 and weighs about 190 pounds.
Nov. 20: Theft. 6800 block 196th St. SW. $30 was stolen from a tip jar.
Nov. 19: Theft. 3100 block 172nd St. SW. A boat motor taken and a lock cut.
Nov. 20: DUI. 21200 block Highway 99. A man was arrested and booked for a DUI.
Nov. 17: Theft. 23100 block 55th Ave. W. Two steel doors were stolen from refurbishing shop. Both doors from a historical Seattle Fire Station, weighing 500 to 600 pounds, were valued at $5,000 each.
Nov. 14: Domestic no assault. 21800 block 66th Ave. W. A man and woman, in an intimate relationship, argued over relationship issues and Facebook.