William Earl Talbott II enters the courtroom at the Skagit County Community Justice Center before entering a plea of not guilty for the 1987 murder of Tanya Van Cuylenborg, Friday, May 18, 2018, in Mount Vernon, Wash. New DNA technology has led to the arrest of Talbott, 55, in the killing of a young Canadian couple in Washington state more than three decades ago, police said. (Charles Biles/Skagit Valley Herald via AP)

Judge sets bail at $2.5 million in 1987 double-homicide

The brother of one of the victims urged a judge against releasing William Talbott before his trial.


Man with arsenal allegedly fantasized about killing Jews

Police seized a dozen guns after the Monroe-area 20-year-old was arrested Friday in Lake Forest Park.


Drawing and painting became an outlet for Ella Ness after she was diagnosed with a panic disorder. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)

Leaders in Learning High School gets Ella Ness back on track

The senior turned to art after she was diagnosed with a panic disorder that hindered her studies.


Rollover collision on Highway 522 results in serious injuries

Witnesses reported seeing a small passenger car driving erratically and going over 100 mph.

Prosecutors confirm they won’t seek death in Talbott case

The state Supreme Court found the death penalty unconstitutional. Trial expected in 2019 in slayings.

Death sentence vacated in murder of officer Jayme Biendl

Byron Scherf killed the Monroe corrections officer in 2011. He will spend his life behind bars.

Byron Scherf (Washington State Department of Corrections)

Court upholds conviction in Monroe prison guard’s death

Byron Eugene Scherf was sentenced to death for killing corrections officer Jayme Biendl in 2011.

Byron Scherf (Washington State Department of Corrections)

Arlington woman gets 10½ years for DUI death in US 2 crash

The sentence includes a two-year penalty for having a previous drunken driving conviction.

Republicans look to keep grip on seats in 39th District

Concerns about roads, water and gun rights dominate the candidates’ conversations on the campaign trail.

A Berniecrat win on Trump turf may not be too far-fetched

Democrat Ivan Lewis is battling Republican Robert Sutherland, and history, in the 39th district.

A storied Nebraska barbecue tradition continues in Monroe

The Amarillo Restaurant Tavern, an Omaha-area institution for 3 decades, opens on E. Main Street.

Local cold case helps ‘60 Minutes’ explain genetic genealogy

An arrest in a 1987 double-murder was one of three examples highlighted in a segment you can watch here.

Test scores: Math still a struggle; science turnout low

There was a new science test in spring 2018. It’s not yet required to graduate, so many didn’t take it.

Judge: Wrongful death lawsuit over Highway 522 can proceed

The plaintiffs say median barriers are needed. The state says the road is safe, and major fixes are unfunded.

Pair accused of 50 burglaries in King, Snohomish counties

The duo is linked to dozens of smash-and-grabs at small businesses up and down I-5.

Alfy’s Pizza, a red ATV and a delivery gone bad

A couple is charged with first-degree robbery in alleged attack on pizza delivery man.

Police: They lived in their car; he crashed it to injure her

The woman survived. She told police the man, 30, beat her often, including just before the crash.

Bear spotted in tree outside of Monroe High School

Administrators took extra precautions dismissing students from school on Monday afternoon.

Anonymous youth survey to tackle tough topics

The state Healthy Youth Survey, given every other year, is scheduled for this month. It is optional.

Woman sexually assaulted in Monroe at Al Borlin Park

Police are searching for a suspect and seeking information.