Zachariah Bryan

Booking photos of Benjamin Stum from 1997 through 2018. (Snohomish County Jail)

After cycle of arrest, release, repeat: a ‘walking miracle’

For years, Benjamin Stum’s life was catalogued in booking photos. Mental health court gave him a new story.

Booking photos of Benjamin Stum from 1997 through 2018. (Snohomish County Jail)
Harold Lang

After Monroe prison injury, a struggle to build life outside

Harold Lang hurt his leg playing basketball. He’s suing, claiming lifelong damage from poor medical care.

Harold Lang
Officers escort symbolic remains of Officer Charlie Joe Cortez Tuesday afternoon at the Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett on August 17, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Gone but not forgotten: Memorial held for Tulalip officer

Charlie Cortez, presumed drowned nine months ago, hasn’t been found. Friends and family celebrated his life.

Officers escort symbolic remains of Officer Charlie Joe Cortez Tuesday afternoon at the Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett on August 17, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
With nary a mountain in sight, the smoke moves in over Memorial Stadium and Everett late Thursday afternoon. (Chuck Taylor / The Herald) 20210812

What’s that smell? After a clean summer, smoke has arrived

A wildfire smoke alert was issued Thursday as air quality began to deteriorate in Western Washington.

With nary a mountain in sight, the smoke moves in over Memorial Stadium and Everett late Thursday afternoon. (Chuck Taylor / The Herald) 20210812
Charlie Cortez (Photo courtesy of Tulalip Tribes)

Memorial to be held for Tulalip officer lost at sea

The memorial for Charlie Cortez will be held next week at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett.

Charlie Cortez (Photo courtesy of Tulalip Tribes)
The Pincer Creek Fire pictured on Aug. 5. (U.S. Forest Service)

Lightning starts small fires in Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie forest

The biggest, near Marblemount, is 15 acres. Five other fires are in Snohomish County.

The Pincer Creek Fire pictured on Aug. 5. (U.S. Forest Service)
A man was shot Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021, while driving on I-5 through Lynnwood, according to Washington State Patrol. This is his vehicle, with two bullet holes visible. (Washington State Patrol) 20210804

Driver shot on I-5, apparently randomly, by another motorist

While northbound in Lynnwood, he was shot through the car door. The bullet hit his leg.

A man was shot Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021, while driving on I-5 through Lynnwood, according to Washington State Patrol. This is his vehicle, with two bullet holes visible. (Washington State Patrol) 20210804
Family and friends gather at the waters of the Skykomish River at Eagle Falls in memorial of Devin Shelby Thursday afternoon Index on July 29, 2021. Devin Shelby drowned at Eagle Falls and his body has not been recovered. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

The Skykomish took him. His parents want him to be the last

A year ago, Devin Shelby drowned at Eagle Falls. His body was never found. His family still grieves.

Family and friends gather at the waters of the Skykomish River at Eagle Falls in memorial of Devin Shelby Thursday afternoon Index on July 29, 2021. Devin Shelby drowned at Eagle Falls and his body has not been recovered. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Yes, tsunamis can happen here: County gets 3 warning sirens

The waves would likely be triggered by earthquakes. Sirens will help alert people who are outside.

Snohomish County PUD's innovative solar battery powered microgrid batteries sit in their enclosed units during a visit by Governor Jay Inslee on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 in Arlington, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

PUD’s experimental solar power microgrid is ready to go live

The site in Arlington will be a test lab of ideas, as the PUD figures out the future of electricity.

Snohomish County PUD's innovative solar battery powered microgrid batteries sit in their enclosed units during a visit by Governor Jay Inslee on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 in Arlington, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Areas of the declared drought emergency are in orange. (Washington Department of Ecology) 20210714

Snohomish County is an oasis of sorts in Washington’s drought

An emergency was declared for much of the state. Snohomish County was spared, thanks to its reservoirs.

Areas of the declared drought emergency are in orange. (Washington Department of Ecology) 20210714
Karen Sample with her daughter Erin take in the view on the Erinswood Trail. The 0.6-mile loop is an ADA-accessible companion trail to the Leovy Trail in Index on July 6, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

In Index, Erinswood Trail will be a place for everyone

Named after Erin Sample, who has cerebral palsy, it will become fully ADA-compliant.

Karen Sample with her daughter Erin take in the view on the Erinswood Trail. The 0.6-mile loop is an ADA-accessible companion trail to the Leovy Trail in Index on July 6, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Without a word, suspect allegedly stabbed man 13 times

He reportedly spit on an officer and said he stabbed the Marysville man. “And I’ll stab you, too,” he said.

A Tesla Model Y Long Range is displayed on Feb. 24, 2021, at the Tesla Gallery in Troy, Mich.  Opinion polls show that most Americans would consider an EV if it cost less, if more charging stations existed and if a wider variety of models were available. The models are coming, but they may roll out ahead of consumer tastes. And that could spell problems for the U.S. auto industry, which is sinking billions into the new technology with dozens of new vehicles on the way.  (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

The new face of patrol? Sheriff’s Office is getting a Tesla

The fully electric vehicle will be an experiment to see how it stands up to daily patrol work.

A Tesla Model Y Long Range is displayed on Feb. 24, 2021, at the Tesla Gallery in Troy, Mich.  Opinion polls show that most Americans would consider an EV if it cost less, if more charging stations existed and if a wider variety of models were available. The models are coming, but they may roll out ahead of consumer tastes. And that could spell problems for the U.S. auto industry, which is sinking billions into the new technology with dozens of new vehicles on the way.  (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Tom Teigen, Snohomish County Parks, Recreation and Tourism director and Sentor Maria Cantwell tour the estuary restoration project Friday afternoon at Meadowdale Beach Park on July 9, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

At Meadowdale Beach, the salmon will return to a new estuary

Construction is underway on a new railroad bridge that will open a connection between gulch and sea.

Tom Teigen, Snohomish County Parks, Recreation and Tourism director and Sentor Maria Cantwell tour the estuary restoration project Friday afternoon at Meadowdale Beach Park on July 9, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

3 in county died from heat stroke, and danger still looms

The hottest day is over, but forecasters say temperatures are expected to remain above normal.

Sira Swope has his finger prints taken after being sentenced to more than six years in prison for a bomb threat and possession of child porn Thursday afternoon at Snohomish County Superior Court in Everett on June 24, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Everett man sentenced in school bomb threat, child porn case

Detectives discovered Sira Swope had a history of sexual deviancy. A judge gave him more than six years in prison.

Sira Swope has his finger prints taken after being sentenced to more than six years in prison for a bomb threat and possession of child porn Thursday afternoon at Snohomish County Superior Court in Everett on June 24, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
The Monte Cristo trail connects to an access road on Friday, Oct. 2, 2020 in Monte Cristo, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

At Monte Cristo ghost town, a big fight over a short road

Historic preservationists want to keep a new road to access the townsite. Environmentalists want it gone.

The Monte Cristo trail connects to an access road on Friday, Oct. 2, 2020 in Monte Cristo, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Man charged in Everett crash that killed daughter, passenger

More than two years ago, Jakob Torres allegedly was speeding when his car slammed into a utility pole.