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EVERETT – Police are investigating a burglary at a watch repair shop on Hewitt Avenue.

Someone reportedly cut through an outside wall from a hallway to enter Hallgren’s Jewelers in the 1900 block of Hewitt Avenue.

The owner discovered the break-in Tuesday morning.

As many as 50 watches were stolen, along with $2,000 in cash, said Everett police Sgt. Boyd Bryant.

Police found a footprint in some drywall dust but don’t have any leads in the case.

They are asking anyone who noticed any suspicious activity between June 23 and Tuesday to call the police tip line at 425-257-8450.

The Evergreen State Fairgrounds will get a better evacuation plan thanks in part to a $68,502 state emergency management grant.

The grant was announced Thursday and goes to the Snohomish County Parks Department and fairgrounds. The money is part of $1.6 million given to 30 groups.

The fairgrounds emergency program will include a public address system, staff training and marked evacuation routes.

The public address system also will be used for other events in an emergency such as mass inoculation, or a livestock staging area for floods.

A fire that started inside an apartment building Thursday afternoon forced 13 people to seek shelter for the night, Everett Battalion Chief Nick Walker said.

The fire was reported about 1:45 p.m. in the 1200 block of Hemlock Street in Everett. The unit the fire started in was destroyed, but damage to the rest of the building was limited to the roof, Walker said.

Nobody was injured. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The Red Cross was called to help the tenants find other places to stay for at least one night, Walker said.

Damage was estimated about $100,000. The building is insured, Walker said.

A 23-year-old man from Marysville was airlifted to an area hospital after a gun he was holding while driving fired accidentally, shooting him in the groin, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Bureau Chief David Bales said.

The accident happened about 11 a.m. in the 4300 block of Highway 530. The man’s injuries were not expected to be life-threatening, Bales said.

The man is a convicted felon who is prohibited from possessing firearms, according to the sheriff’s office.

From Herald staff reports

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