A vague threat brings the police to Cascade High

Herald staff

EVERETT — Police officers plan to be present today at Cascade High School because of a vague threat against a student and possibly against the school.

Everett School District officials released no details about the nature of the threat or the intended victim, but sent a letter home to parents Wednesday to inform them of the incident, school spokeswoman Marcee Britton said.

The threat doesn’t appear to be related to a recent attack on a 14-year-old Cascade freshman as she walked along the Interurban Trail. The girl, who was stabbed and choked, remains in satisfactory condition at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

"The school has opted to take some precautionary measures," Everett police Sgt. Boyd Bryant said.

"School will remain open. The Everett Police Department will provide additional personnel on site to assure safety at the school’s request. We routinely do it for dances, football games and other activities. It’s part of being a flexible-oriented community-policing department. None of this should be taken to believe the Everett schools are not safe."

  • 2 hurt: A five-vehicle accident on Highway 9 left two women injured Thursday afternoon.

    The accident happened at 1 p.m. about a mile north of Maltby Road at 197th Street SE, the Washington State Patrol reported. Three vehicles had stopped in the southbound lanes to wait for another vehicle to make a left turn when a concrete mixer truck ran into the back of the cars.

    The resulting chain-reaction accident damaged the three cars and a fourth vehicle in the northbound lanes. The concrete mixer was not damaged.

    Erika Ingersoll, 38, of Kirkland and Betty J. Dodge, 59, of Black Diamond were taken to Evergreen Hospital Medical Center with neck injuries. Ingersoll’s Ford Thunderbird was declared a total loss, and Dodge’s Buick LeSabre sustained $2,000 damage.

    A hospital representative would not divulge the women’s conditions Thursday evening. However, a Snohomish County Fire District 7 firefighter said the injuries appeared to be minor.

  • Toddler injured: An escalator tore off a 20-month-old boy’s right pinky finger at Alderwood Mall in Lynnwood Thursday.

    The Duvall-area toddler was riding up the escalator with his mother about 1 p.m. when he stumbled as they neared the top and caught his hand in the escalator treads, Lynnwood firefighter Duane Martin said.

    "His hand was small enough that his pinky fit into that groove," Martin said.

    The finger was later found in the escalator machinery.

    The boy was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where surgeons attempted to repair his hand.

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