Mountlake Terrace Council member gets court order against foe

MOUNTLAKE TERRACE — City Councilwoman Michelle Robles has obtained a court-issued anti-harassment order against another council member, upset with what she called “harassment and intimidation” by Angela Amundson.

Amundson must keep at least 100 feet away from Robles’ house and work place, according to the order approved Aug. 31 in Everett District Court. Amundson is not prohibited from addressing Robles during council meetings.

Robles, a candidate for re-election, said she obtained the order following an Aug. 24 encounter with Amundson, who had asked Robles to come over to her house to see the extent of shadows cast by 50-foot tall trees to illustrate a point about downtown building heights. When Robles didn’t show up, Amundson went to Robles’ house the next day and started an argument with her, Robles said.

Amundson called the court order politically motivated, and said she’s the victim of a set-up by her opponents.

“She had offered to come by my house, so you can see how they have rather trapped me into this,” Amundson said.

The City Council on Aug. 20 gave preliminary approval for a set of ordinances that allow for buildings up to seven stories tall in downtown Mountlake Terrace. Amundson had been critical of the downtown plan. The ordinances received final approval Sept. 4.

According to the court order, Robles said she was backing out of her driveway at 12:30 p.m. Aug. 24 heading for work when Amundson pulled up in a pickup truck.

The document said Robles told Amundson she needed to get to work and Amundson replied that she’d spoken to Robles’ employer and knew she didn’t start work until 1 p.m.

Amundson said the two had discussed Robles coming over to look at the shadows after she got off of work on Aug. 23 and said she waited “for two hours” but Robles didn’t show up.

The next day, Amundson said, she stopped by Robles’ house while running errands. That’s when the two spoke in Robles’ driveway.

“I don’t intentionally hurt people,” Amundson said later. “If I do, I’m not too big to apologize. And if I scheduled an appointment, I’d be there or at least call and say I can’t make it.”

Robles said the court order isn’t a publicity stunt.

“It’s not an attempt to get votes,” she said. “This has nothing to do with anything but (that) I’m not willing to have her harass me at my home or call me at work to get me to change a vote.”

Robles said she told Amundson she cast a vote in February to approve the Town Center plan and didn’t want to discuss the issue further.

“She came to me trying to get me to change what type of building we put in a certain area,” Robles said. “Apparently, ‘no’ wasn’t the right answer.”

Amundson said Snohomish County sheriff’s deputies served her with the order Wednesday afternoon. Robles and Amundson have a court hearing on the order scheduled for Sept. 14.

Oscar Halpert is editor for the Lynnwood-Mountlake Terrace Enterprise.

Talk to us

More in Local News

Emergency responders surround an ultralight airplane that crashed Friday, Sept. 22, 2023, at the Arlington Municipal Airport in Arlington, Washington, resulting in the pilot's death. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Pilot dead in ultralight plane crash at Arlington Municipal Airport

There were no other injuries or fatalities reported, a city spokesperson said.

An example of the Malicious Women Co. products (left) vs. the Malicious Mermaid's products (right). (U.S. District Court in Florida)
Judge: Cheeky candle copycat must pay Snohomish company over $800K

The owner of the Malicious Women Co. doesn’t expect to receive any money from the Malicious Mermaid, a Florida-based copycat.

A grave marker for Blaze the horse. (Photo provided)
After Darrington woman’s horse died, she didn’t know what to do

Sidney Montooth boarded her horse Blaze. When he died, she was “a wreck” — and at a loss as to what to do with his remains.

A fatal accident the afternoon of Dec. 18 near Clinton ended with one of the cars involved bursting into flames. The driver of the fully engulfed car was outside of the vehicle by the time first responders arrived at the scene. (Whidbey News-Times/Submitted photo)
Driver sentenced in 2021 crash that killed Everett couple

Danielle Cruz, formerly of Lynnwood, gets 17½ years in prison. She was impaired by drugs when she caused the crash that killed Sharon Gamble and Kenneth Weikle.

A person walks out of the Everett Clinic on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
The Everett Clinic changing name to parent company Optum in 2024

The parent company says the name change will not affect quality of care for patients in Snohomish County.

Tirhas Tesfatsion (GoFundMe) 20210727
Lynnwood settles for $1.7 million after 2021 suicide at city jail

Jail staff reportedly committed 16 safety check violations before they found Tirhas Tesfatsion, 47, unresponsive in her cell.

Appeals court orders new trial in Everett woman’s stomping death

Appellate judges ruled that additional evidence should have been admitted in Jamel Alexander’s trial for the murder of Shawna Brune.

William Gore, left, holds the hand of Skylar, 9, in a Baby Yoda sweatshirt as they go for a walk in the rain at Forest Park on Monday, Sept. 25, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Keep your umbrellas, rain gear handy this week in Snohomish County

The National Weather Service says up to 1½ inches are possible through Wednesday.

The city of Mukilteo is having a naming contest for its new $75,000 RC Mowers R-52, a remote-operated robotic mower. (Submitted photo)
Mukilteo muncher: Name the $75,000 robot mower

The city is having a naming contest for its new sod-slaying, hedge-hogging, forest-clumping, Mr-mow-it-all.

Most Read