Local Briefly: Pistol-whipping ends Mountain Loop road rage

GRANITE FALLS — One man was hurt and another man was jailed after an apparent road-rage incident that ended in downtown Granite Falls on Sunday afternoon.

Something happened between a man in a pickup truck and four people driving motorcycles along the Mountain Loop Highway, Granite Falls Police Chief Tony Domish said.

When the vehicles entered Granite Falls, the motorcycles blocked the road in front of the pickup. A man on a Harley-­Davidson, 52, and the pickup truck driver, a Granite Falls man, 28, got into an argument, according to court documents.

The man on the Harley pulled a gun and used it to strike the pickup driver in the face, the documents said. The keys to the pickup were taken and the motorcyclists drove off. The man in the pickup pulled a gun and pointed it at the bikes as they drove away.

Police arrested the man on the motorcycle near Marysville. He was jailed for investigation of first-degree assault.

The man who was pistol-whipped was treated by aid crews at the scene.

About a dozen people witnessed the altercation, Domish said.

“We’re still trying to figure out exactly what happened,” he said.

Everett: Man says woman cut his throat

An Everett woman, 50, was arrested Saturday after she allegedly slit her boyfriend’s throat, sending him to the hospital with serious injuries, according to court documents.

Deputies were called about 4:30 p.m. to a Smith Island home in the 4300 block of 12th Street NE. The boyfriend, 48, called police to say his throat had been cut, the documents said.

Aid crews took the man to Providence Everett Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. He was listed in satisfactory condition Monday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The woman told police she has just sharpened her knives and didn’t think it would cut her boyfriend so badly, the documents said. She allegedly told deputies she was tired of the man. She was jailed for investigation of first-degree assault.

The couple has a history of domestic violence problems. In November, the boyfriend was arrested for assault.

Monroe: Police still investigating bomb

Police continue to investigate a bomb left on the front door of a Monroe home, officials said.

Bomb experts on Sunday investigated and safely removed a pipe bomb found hanging from the front door of a home in the 15400 block of 171st Drive SE in Monroe.

The man saw the device, which he identified as a pipe bomb, and immediately called the police and left the area, Monroe Police Department spokeswoman Debbie Willis said.

The man is believed to be a firefighter but not for the city of Monroe.

People who live in the area also chose to evacuate, Willis said.

It’s unclear when the man discovered the device. Monroe police were called to the scene just before 8 p.m. The Washington State Patrol Interagency Bomb Squad arrived about an hour later, and discovered explosives in the device. The bomb squad safely removed the device using a robot, Willis said.

No one was injured in the incident.

There were no suspects Monday afternoon.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact detective Spencer Robinson with the Monroe Police Department at 360-794-6300. Anonymous information may be left on the department’s tip line at 360-863-4600.

Prison visitors smoked out when roof burns

Half a dozen people who were visiting prisoners at the Monroe Correctional Complex on Monday were evacuated from the visitor’s center Monday when smoke filled the room.

A construction crew working to replace the roof of the visitor’s center, which is on the second floor of the complex’s reformatory wing, accidentally set fire to a piece of wood while trying to heat tar, Washington State Department of Corrections spokesman Chad Lewis said.

The construction crew extinguished the fire immediately, but smoke was caught in the building’s ventilation system and ended up in the visitor’s center, Lewis said. The room was evacuated about 4 p.m. and medical staff checked both visitors and prisoners.

No one was injured in the incident, Lewis said. The visitors center was the only room evacuated, he said. No prisoners were evacuated from their cells during the incident.

The visitor’s room will be open again Friday, which is the next scheduled visiting day, Lewis said.

Lynnwood: Driver fled; license was suspended

A man who led police on a nearly seven-mile chase around south Snohomish County on Saturday morning allegedly told police he fled because he had a suspended driver’s license, according to court documents.

Lynnwood police became suspicious of the man about 7:30 a.m. in the Costco parking lot in the 19100 block of Highway 99, documents said.

The man allegedly pulled over but then took off, reaching speeds of twice the speed limit, going as fast as 90 mph on Highway 99. Police stopped the car using a pursuit immobilization technique, where an officer hits the back of a fleeing car, causing it to spin out and stall. The man then ran into the woods, the documents said.

A police dog tracked the man down and he was arrested and booked into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of attempting to elude police.

Bothell: Three hurt, one critically, in wreck

Two adults and one child were injured Monday after a white Ford Mustang collided with a minivan just after 3 p.m. on a major thoroughfare in Bothell.

The minivan was pulling out of Third Avenue SE and on to S. 228th Street when it collided with the Mustang, which was traveling fast on S. 228th Street, Bothell spokeswoman Kirsten Clemens said.

The minivan flipped over and landed atop the Mustang’s hood. The 48-year-old driver of the minivan was critically injured and taken to Harborview Medical Center. Clemens did not release the gender of the driver on Monday.

A 13-year-old girl, a passenger in the minivan who is unrelated to the driver, was injured, but her condition is not critical, Clemens said. She was taken to Evergreen Hospital in Kirkland. The driver of the Mustang, a 19-year-old man, was also taken to Evergreen Hospital, Clemens said. He is not in critical condition.

The area around the intersection where the collision occurred was closed for several hours Monday while police investigated the incident.

Snohomish: Rivers rise but don’t flood

Melting mountain snow this weekend caused Snoho­mish County rivers to swell but did they did not overflow their banks.

Rivers levels were receding Monday, said Steve Hagberg, a Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management spokesman.

Officials were concerned that people would be enticed into the rivers by record-breaking temperatures this weekend.

There were a couple of close calls, but no one was seriously injured in river accidents in Snohomish County, officials said.

A man and a woman fell into the Snohomish River near Snohomish on Sunday afternoon, Snohomish County Fire District 4 Battalion Chief Craig Heike said.

The man safely got out but the woman was swept away, he said.

A bystander jumped into the river and pulled the woman to safety, Heike said.

Temperatures are forecast to drop into the 60s this week and rain is predicted through Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service in Seattle.

Whidbey Island: Ferry reservations available

A new reservation system is in effect on the Port Townsend-Keystone ferry route.

Sailing times for Memorial Day weekend are filling up fast.

Since the two Steel Electric class ferries were taken out of service last November, the route is now served by one 50-car boat.

Passengers can make reservations at the terminals, by calling 888-808-7977 or 206-464-6400 or online at www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries.

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