Meth lab found in Snohomish home, deputies report

Herald staff

SSnohomish County sheriff’s deputies found what they say is a dangerous drug lab in an upscale Snohomish neighborhood Saturday.

About 1 p.m., five deputies went to the 4900 block of 136th Place SE to serve a search warrant and discovered "a large-scale meth lab," said sheriff’s spokeswoman Jan Jorgensen.

The 38-year-old male homeowner was arrested and booked into the county jail in Everett, Jorgensen said.

Further information was not available Sunday from the sheriff’s office, but Leslie Hynes, spokeswoman for Fire District 1, said firefighters and hazardous materials technicians from that district and Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace and Marysville were called out.

Neighbors were told to stay indoors while emergency workers went into the home in special suits, including breathing apparatus and special chemical-resistant gloves and boots, to make sure it was secure and any ovens were turned off.

Hynes said the homeowner and four deputies were decontaminated, along with one dog that was in the house and would have to go through decontamination.

  • Hit-and-run victim seeks witnesses: An Everett Sunday school teacher hopes someone saw her get hit by a car Friday night on Evergreen Way in south Everett.

    Stephanie Rainaldo was out on a rare date with her husband when a dark blue Mazda 626 driven by a young man with dark hair hit her as she crossed the road in front of the library between 10:15 and 10:30 p.m., she said.

    "This car actually sped up, hit me, I bounced off the car and then it took off, didn’t slow down or anything," Rainaldo said. "It’s a four-lane road, and he could have gone in one of the other lanes to get around me."

    She said she hopes patrons at the nearby bar or other passersby may have seen what happened and can give the information to police.

    With seven stitches in her chin, shooting pain whenever she breathes and her wrist and ankle in braces, she had a tough time teaching her class Sunday morning at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Bothell.

    "We were supposed to do a play of the Three Wise Men," she said, "but I had to just pop in a ‘Veggie Tales’ video, because I couldn’t do anything."

    The experience has also shaken her husband, who thought she was dead when he saw her lying in the street, and her two young children, Rainaldo said.

    "Truthfully, the part that got me is that he didn’t even stop to see if I was OK," she said. "I could have forgiven being hit."

    If you have information about the accident, call the Everett police tip line at 425-257-8450.

  • Snohomish woman injured in three-car accident: A Snohomish woman was injured in a three-car accident Sunday afternoon on an I-5 offramp in Everett.

    Laura Akers, 22, was taken to Providence Everett Medical Center’s Colby Campus for neck injuries, according to the Washington State Patrol. She was treated and released.

    Akers was a passenger in a 1990 Honda Accord driven by Christina Miller, 23, also of Snohomish, which was struck as it exited I-5 southbound onto Everett Mall Way by another 1990 Honda Accord driven by Aleksandr Onishchuk, 18, of Marysville. The impact slammed Miller’s car into the 1988 Chevrolet Blazer in front of her, driven by Lea Olson, 30, of Arlington.

    The state patrol reported that Onishchuk’s car was totaled. Miller’s and Olson’s cars were driven from the scene with less than $1,000 damage done to each vehicle.

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