Most power restored after storm outages

EVERETT — Fewer than 50 Snohomish County PUD customers were still without power Thursday after a powerful windstorm blew through the county on Tuesday.

Power was expected to be restored to those residents sometime during the night, according to PUD spokesman Neil Neroutsos.

"Most of our crews are finally wrapping things up," he said.

The storm toppled trees and cut power to about 82,000 residents in the county.

A 90-year-old Oak Harbor man was killed when his car was crushed by a falling tree at South Whidbey State Park.

Ivar’s Restaurant in Mukilteo was battered by high waves that crashed through windows, flooding the landmark building.

Neroutsos said the storm likely will cost the PUD about $1 million. Crews worked around the clock to restore power, and additional workers were brought in from six other counties to assist.


Fire damages home, outbuilding: An early-morning fire caused about $60,000 in damage to a home and outbuilding Thursday.

The fire broke out at a farm in the 8100 block of Spada Road. Firefighters from Snohomish, Monroe and Lake Roesiger responded to the blaze after a passerby spotted it just after midnight, according to John Hinchcliffe, battalion chief for Snohomish County Fire District 4.

Snohomish firefighters arrived within five minutes of the 911 call. The house was engulfed and flames reached the roof of a nearby outbuilding.

The brick outbuilding was originally built as a home in the early 1920s but had been converted to a milking house after the wooden house was built a few years later.

No one was home at the time of the fire, which appears to have started near a wood stove or chimney, according to Snohomish County Deputy Fire Marshal Bruce Pulver.


Apartment destroyed: One apartment was gutted when a fire broke out Wednesday afternoon in the 30000 block of U.S. 2.

A firefighter spotted smoke coming from the building around 4:15 p.m. while shopping at a nearby fruit market.

Firefighters from Snohomish County Fire District 3 and 5 responded to the blaze.

"Two to three minutes after I arrived, the windows blew out and flames were way above the roof," said District 5 Chief Merlin Halverson.

Firefighters entered the building, a barn converted into apartments, and were able to contain it to one unit, Halverson said.

A preliminary review showed that the fire likely was caused by faulty equipment in a kitchen, Halverson said.

No one was home at the time of the blaze. One or two cats died in the fire.


Sex offender sought: Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a high-risk sex offender.

A warrant has been issued for Richard Joe Dockendorff, who has failed to register as a sex offender.

Dockendorff, a Level 3 offender, is missing from the 700 block of Third Street in Mukilteo, according to a release issued by the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.

Dockendorff, 28, served time in jail for sexually assaulting two teenage girls. He also assaulted a male family member. He was convicted of first-degree child rape and first-degree child molestation.

He is described as white, 5 feet 9 inches tall, 215 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911. Anonymous tips also may be reported to the Crime Stoppers at 800-CRIME13.

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