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Alejandro Meza remains stoic as a mistrial is declared in court Wednesday, March 2, 2022, at the Snohomish County Courthouse in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Mistrial declared in bus shooting due to prosecutor ‘errors’

A jury convicted Alejandro Meza of manslaughter in the killing of Gene Peterson in Everett. On Wednesday, their verdict was tossed.

Alejandro Meza remains stoic as a mistrial is declared in court Wednesday, March 2, 2022, at the Snohomish County Courthouse in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
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Lake Stevens schools investigating apparent racist threat

Superintendent Ken Collins said Lake Stevens police are helping to investigate “the origins and intentions” of a social media post.

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Man dies from gunshot wounds on Ebey Island

Neighbors reported hearing gunshots. Deputies arrived and found a man who had been shot and later died at the scene.

Vicki Wahl knits scarves at her home in Lake Stevens, Washington on February 17, 2022. More than 170 of her scarves will be handed out during this years’ homelessness count.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald )

Lake Stevens woman knits 175 scarves, donates to homeless

Vicki Wahl, 78, makes the scarves annually, ahead of the county’s Point-in-Time count.

Vicki Wahl knits scarves at her home in Lake Stevens, Washington on February 17, 2022. More than 170 of her scarves will be handed out during this years’ homelessness count.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald )
Cars drive through the intersection of Highway 9 and South Lake Stevens Road on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022 in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

As Lake Stevens braces for Costco traffic, Highway 9 gets new roundabout

Expect traffic disruptions and weekend closures as crews build the roundabout at Highway 9 and South Lake Stevens Road.

Cars drive through the intersection of Highway 9 and South Lake Stevens Road on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022 in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Lake Stevens’ Jackson Balmer attempts to flip Glacier Peak’s Spencer Dhondt to his back during their match at the 4A sub-regional wrestling meet at Henry M. Jackson High School on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Lake Stevens wrestlers look to send legendary coach out in style

The retiring Brent Barnes enters his final Mat Classic with a talented and highly motivated team.

Lake Stevens’ Jackson Balmer attempts to flip Glacier Peak’s Spencer Dhondt to his back during their match at the 4A sub-regional wrestling meet at Henry M. Jackson High School on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Prison photos of Arthur Longworth from 1998 through 2021. He was originally sentenced to life without the possibility of parole in 1986, when he was 21 years old. (Washington State Department of Corrections)

From a life sentence for a 1985 murder to imminent freedom

After a state Supreme Court ruling, Monroe prisoner Arthur Longworth had his sentence reduced for the killing of Cynthia Nelson, 25.

Prison photos of Arthur Longworth from 1998 through 2021. He was originally sentenced to life without the possibility of parole in 1986, when he was 21 years old. (Washington State Department of Corrections)
The Elusive Dream sank again in 2020, knocking down another boat and spilling upwards of 214 gallons of diesel fuel. (Department of Ecology)

Ecology again fines boat owner $70K for fuel spill in river

This time, the state was sterner about the spill in Steamboat Slough. They called Ron Barber’s actions negligent.

The Elusive Dream sank again in 2020, knocking down another boat and spilling upwards of 214 gallons of diesel fuel. (Department of Ecology)
Anne Abbott and James Abbott, who operated Buck's American Cafe in Everett together since 2015, were married since 1999. Anne died on Jan. 15, 2022, just weeks after a cancerous mass was discovered in her brain. (Credit: The Abbott family)

Buck’s co-owner dies: ‘Kindness defined Anne’ Abbott, 46

She ran two Everett restaurants, raised two kids and was “not one to complain.” She died of an aggressive cancer.

Anne Abbott and James Abbott, who operated Buck's American Cafe in Everett together since 2015, were married since 1999. Anne died on Jan. 15, 2022, just weeks after a cancerous mass was discovered in her brain. (Credit: The Abbott family)
Director, producer and writer Rosie Kreider and cinematographer Barry J. Briggs make their way down an isle inside Norm's Market where they filmed for their upcoming movie on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022 in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

$1,000 budget: First-time director has high hopes for local film

“The Woman” will feature scenes shot at Norm’s Market in Lake Stevens and Flat Iron Gallery in Sultan.

Director, producer and writer Rosie Kreider and cinematographer Barry J. Briggs make their way down an isle inside Norm's Market where they filmed for their upcoming movie on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022 in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Joshua Jacobson opened a video game store in Lake Stevens, Washington called Stupid Geeks as result of COVID. Jacobson needed a brick and mortar to contains his inventory.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Lake Stevens shop deals in nostalgia for all things 8-bit

Stupid Geeks owner Joshua Jacobson wants his store to be a hub for retro video game enthusiasts.

Joshua Jacobson opened a video game store in Lake Stevens, Washington called Stupid Geeks as result of COVID. Jacobson needed a brick and mortar to contains his inventory.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Eric Durpos in a Lake Stevens City Council meeting Jan. 26, 2021. (City of Lake Stevens)

Lake Stevens redacts entire 60-page report on public works director

Eric Durpos is no longer a city employee. An investigation report obtained by The Herald was completely blacked out.

Eric Durpos in a Lake Stevens City Council meeting Jan. 26, 2021. (City of Lake Stevens)
Eric Durpos in a Lake Stevens City Council meeting Jan. 26, 2021. (City of Lake Stevens)

Lake Stevens council OKs separation with public works director

Eric Durpos was accused of skirting permits, creating unsafe working conditions and threatening employees.

Eric Durpos in a Lake Stevens City Council meeting Jan. 26, 2021. (City of Lake Stevens)
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Lake Stevens ditches plan to cut ties with Sno-Isle Libraries

Days after a separation was proposed, the about-face was announced Tuesday in a statement by the library network.

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Lake Stevens proposes cutting ties with Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle’s director called the move a “drastic and unnecessary action to privatize our shared public library.”

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Houses along 88th Drive SE visible from the utility access road slated to become the Powerline Trail on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022 in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Neighbors hold out on plan for new Lake Stevens trail

The city wants to build the Powerline Trail from 20th Street SE to Eighth Street SE. But homeowners have some concerns.

Houses along 88th Drive SE visible from the utility access road slated to become the Powerline Trail on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022 in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Mara Wiltshire, left, celebrates her first place finish in Mario Cart against her son Miles Jenkins, 7, as Calvin Jenkins, 5, looking on Friday evening at their home in Everett, Washington on January 7, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Child care’s heightened burden takes parents out of workforce

One Snohomish County mom said she couldn’t return to work “because I didn’t have child care and I wouldn’t be able to afford it.”

Mara Wiltshire, left, celebrates her first place finish in Mario Cart against her son Miles Jenkins, 7, as Calvin Jenkins, 5, looking on Friday evening at their home in Everett, Washington on January 7, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
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GOP duel: County Councilman Sam Low to challenge Rep. Robert Sutherland

Low won re-election in November. He’ll take on Sutherland, a two-term incumbent, in a revamped 39th District

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A pedestrian navigates a slush filled sidewalk along Rucker Avenue on Monday, Jan. 3, 2022 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Overnight snow, rain close many Snohomish County schools

Edmonds, Mukilteo, Lake Stevens, Snohomish, Sultan and Monroe schools closed Monday due to bad road conditions.

A pedestrian navigates a slush filled sidewalk along Rucker Avenue on Monday, Jan. 3, 2022 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Aaron Blanchard becomes emotional while speaking to the court during his sentencing at the Snohomish County Courthouse on Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

4 years in prison for driver who killed Snohomish motorcyclist

Aaron Blanchard’s sentence was well above state sentencing guidelines. The crash killed Brandon Elias in 2019.

Aaron Blanchard becomes emotional while speaking to the court during his sentencing at the Snohomish County Courthouse on Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)