<b>SAFETY WATCH | </b>Herald staff
Early in the morning Jan. 5, the Sheriff’s deputies responded to an armed robbery at an espresso stand in the 16500 block of Ash Way, Lynnwood. Preliminary investigation indicates a suspect, who was armed with a pipe, forced open the back door and demanded money from the employee.
The suspect is described as a white male adult, bald, clean shaven with a scar near his right eye. The suspect was last seen wearing a black hoodie. Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office Tip Line at 425-388-3845.
Annual awards ceremony postponed
The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office annual awards ceremony has been postponed because of predictions of poor weather conditions.
The ceremony, which honors officers, civilian employees and members of the public, was originally planned for Jan. 18. A new time and date have not yet been announced.
The awards honor acts of heroism and other deeds that contributed to public safety in 2011. “It’s our opportunity to recognize exceptional performance on the part of not only employees but on the part of citizens as well,” bureau chief Kevin Prentiss said.
The sheriff’s office previously announced the Deputy of the Year is Mike Wilson, and Corrections Deputy of the Year is Mary Senter.
Stolen cremated remains returned
The cremated remains found Jan. 8 at a Lynnwood hotel were returned to their owner Jan. 11, Lynnwood police reported.
The remains were stolen in a recent burglary of the owner’s home in unincorporated Lynnwood.
The owner called the Lynnwood Police Department after seeing the photo of the box on recent newscasts, police said.
He was able to prove the ashes were the remains of his son who had passed away several years ago, police spokeswoman Shannon Sessions said.
The owner asked that nature of the boy’s death and any other details about the child not be shared with the media.
The box and its contents were discovered by a guest staying at a Lynnwood hotel in the 4100 block of 196th St. SW. The guest found the box between two vending machines.
The box not only included the ashes but also a photo of a preschool age boy that had a name and year written on the back.
Lynnwood DRE earns top honors
Lynnwood Police Officer and Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Chris Breault was honored as DRE of the Year for Region 7, which includes all of Snohomish, Island and Whatcom counties.
Breault had 74 drug evaluations in 2010 alone. The average number of evaluations by a DRE for Washington state is about 20 or less. In 2011, Breault removed 195 drivers from the streets.
A drug recognition expert or drug recognition evaluator is a police officer trained to recognize impairment in drivers under the influence of drugs other than, or in addition to, alcohol.
Lynnwood Police currently has four certified DREs in its force: officers Chris Breault, Mark Brinkman, Denis Molloy and Troy Smith.
Jan. 15: Humane. 22900 block 29th Ave W. A Brier woman reported neighbor’s dogs chewed threw her rabbit hutch and killed one of her rabbits.
Jan. 15: Traffic collision. 3600 block 214th St SW. A Brier man lost traction driving in the snow and icy road conditions and slid off the roadway over an embankment rolling the vehicle onto its side. No injuries reported.
Jan. 15: Theft. 3900 block 237th Pl. W. A Brier woman reported someone took mail from her mailbox and delivered items from her front porch. She then discovered someone had used her credit card which was one from her mailbox and charged fuel at a local station.
Jan. 14: Traffic collision. 21900 block Old Poplar Way. A Brier woman lost control of her vehicle and drove off the roadway into a power pole.
Jan. 11: Suspicious circumstances. 23200 block Brier Rd. An officer observed a box van back up to an unoccupied residence. Two men were identified and found to be doing some repairs to the residence.
Fire District 1
Jan. 10: Collision. 13300 block of Highway 99. A head-on collision involving four cars was reported north of Lynnwood. Firefighters treated four patients at the scene and transported one patient to Providence Regional Medical Center Everett.
Jan. 5: Collision. 224th Street SW and 80th Avenue W. Firefighters transported two patients to Swedish/Edmonds Hospital after responding to a two-car collision in Edmonds.