Mill Creek man loses part of leg in explosion

Herald staff

MILL CREEK — A 72-year-old man who lost part of his leg in an explosion while working on his car Saturday was listed in serious condition at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

The man suffered an amputation of the left leg below the knee in some type of flash explosion, Fire District No. 7 paramedic Jeff Larsen said. The man was airlifted to Seattle.

The accident occurred about 6 p.m. at his home in the 16700 block of Ninth Avenue SE.

"He’s not even sure what happened," Larsen said. "It must have been some type of flash explosion. His wife heard some kind of blast."

  • Gunman robs Motel 6: A masked gunman robbed a clerk at the Motel 6 office Friday and got away with an undisclosed amount of money.

    The robbery occurred about 10:20 p.m. in the 200 block of 128th Street SW in the Everett area, Snohomish County sheriff’s spokeswoman Jan Jorgensen said.

    Deputies responded and discovered a man had confronted the clerk and demanded money, and the clerk complied. The robber then fled on foot toward the back of the motel. A deputy and tracking dog were unable to locate him.

    The robber is a white male, 17 to 20 years old with very light-blond hair, the sides and the back of the hair were shaved and the hair appeared to be in a bowl cut and greased down, Jorgensen said. He wore blue jeans, a light gray T-shirt and a green handkerchief with a flowered print, in addition to a mask, she said.

    There were no injuries.

    Deputies ask anyone with information about the robber to call the sheriff’s tip line at 425-388-3845.

  • Everett man dies at crash scene: Robert E. Smith, 82, of Everett died Friday night at the scene of a traffic crash in Monroe, according to the Snohomish County medical examiner’s office. An autopsy is scheduled Monday.

    No details of the crash on Highway 522 just north of 164th Street SE were available this weekend from Monroe police.

    Talk to us

  • More in Local News

    FILE - A sign hangs at a Taco Bell on May 23, 2014, in Mount Lebanon, Pa. Declaring a mission to liberate "Taco Tuesday" for all, Taco Bell asked U.S. regulators Tuesday, May 16, 2023, to force Wyoming-based Taco John's to abandon its longstanding claim to the trademark. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
    Hepatitis A confirmed in Taco Bell worker in Everett, Lake Stevens

    The health department sent out a public alert for diners at two Taco Bells on May 22 or 23.

    VOLLI’s Director of Food & Beverage Kevin Aiello outside of the business on Friday, May 19, 2023 in Marysville, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
    Coming soon to Marysville: indoor pickleball, games, drinks

    “We’re very confident this will be not just a hit, but a smash hit,” says co-owner Allan Jones, who is in the fun industry.

    Detectives: Unresponsive baby was exposed to fentanyl at Everett hotel

    An 11-month-old boy lost consciousness Tuesday afternoon. Later, the infant and a twin sibling both tested positive for fentanyl.

    Cassie Franklin (left) and Nick Harper (right)
    Report: No wrongdoing in Everett mayor’s romance with deputy mayor

    An attorney hired by the city found no misuse of public funds. Texts between the two last year, however, were not saved on their personal phones.

    Firearm discovered by TSA officers at Paine Field Thursday morning, May 11, 2023, during routine X-ray screening at the security checkpoint. (Transportation Security Administration)
    3 guns caught by TSA at Paine Field this month — all loaded

    Simple travel advice: Unpack before you pack to make sure there’s not a gun in your carry-on.

    Heavy traffic northbound on 1-5 in Everett, Washington on August 31, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
    To beat the rush this Memorial Day weekend, go early or late

    AAA projects busy airports, ferries and roads over the holiday weekend this year, though still below pre-pandemic counts.

    Logo for news use featuring the municipality of Snohomish in Snohomish County, Washington. 220118
    Troopers: DUI crash leaves 1 in critical condition in Maltby

    A drunken driver, 34, was arrested after her pickup rear-ended another truck late Tuesday, injuring a Snohomish man, 28.

    Housing Hope CEO Donna Moulton raises her hand in celebration of the groundbreaking of the Housing Hope Madrona Highlands on Tuesday, May 23, 2023 in Edmonds, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
    $30M affordable housing project to start construction soon in Edmonds

    Once built, dozens of families who are either homeless or in poverty will move in and receive social and work services.

    A south-facing view of the proposed site for a new mental health facility on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022, near 300th Street NW and 80th Avenue NW north of Stanwood, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
    County Council OK’s Stanwood behavioral health center

    After an unsuccessful appeal to block it, the Tulalip Tribes are now on the cusp of building the 32-bed center in farmland.

    Most Read