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County Council to hold hearing on 2008 budget

EVERETT — The Snohomish County Council plans to hold two public hearings on Monday on the proposed 2008 budget.

The hearings are scheduled at 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. on the eighth floor of the county administration building, 3000 Rockefeller Ave., Everett. Budget information is online at www.snoco.org by clicking on “inside the budget.” For more information, call 425-388-3494.

Murder charges filed in Mill Creek slaying

Snohomish County prosecutors Wednesday filed a second-degree murder charge against Bryce D. Fortier in the Sunday shooting death of Christopher Chandler outside a Halloween party near Mill Creek.

Fortier, 22, of Ellensburg, allegedly shot Chandler, 18, of Kirkland, during a fight, court documents said.

Chandler died at the scene. Snohomish County sheriff’s deputies arrested Fortier at the party.

The charge was filed in Everett District Court.

A judge Monday ordered Fortier held at the Snohomish County Jail on $500,000 bail.

Arrest made in murder of Marysville man

An Everett man was arrested Wednesday on a $1 million murder warrant in connection with the August death of a man who was shot in the head at close range.

Steven Lavelle Lee, 25, was taken into custody in King County after Everett detectives received an anonymous tip about a home where he was staying. Police waited for him to leave the home and then stopped him in a vehicle, Everett Police Sgt. Robert Goetz said.

He was booked into the Snohomish County Jail, Goetz said.

Lavelle and Tsegazeab A. Zerahaimanot, 23, of Mountlake Terrace have been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Forrest Starrett, 48, of Marysville. His body was found Aug. 21 next to a Ford Ranger pickup in a parking lot in the 8700 block of Holly Drive.

Zerahaimanot remains at large. He is wanted on a $1 million arrest warrant.

Anyone who sees Zerahaimanot is asked to call 911 immediately. People should not attempt to stop him, and they should consider him armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information about Zerahaimanot or the shooting is asked to call the Everett Police Department tip line at 425-257-8450.

Lake Stevens: Police arrest alleged burglar

Police arrested a 24-year-old Marysville man Tuesday suspected in a home-invasion burglary Sunday night, court documents said.

Police believe the man, armed with a bat or pipe, forced his way into a home about 8:15 p.m. in the 9900 block of Davies Road, the documents said. The man allegedly struck another man in the arm, breaking several bones.

The attack was not random and the two men apparently know each other, Lake Stevens Police Chief Randy Celori said.

The suspect was booked into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of first-degree burglary.

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