Monroe

Samantha Breeden, 3, left, and brother John Breeden, 5, right, pose for a photo with Krampus at Oddmall: Emporium of the Weird on Nov. 9, 2019 in Monroe, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Merry Creepsmas! Oddmall event is back, with Krampus

Over 100 vendors will be at the Monroe fairgrounds this weekend at the free bazaar of the bizarre.

Samantha Breeden, 3, left, and brother John Breeden, 5, right, pose for a photo with Krampus at Oddmall: Emporium of the Weird on Nov. 9, 2019 in Monroe, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Top row (L-R): Brian Saulsman, Jeremiah Campbell and Mary Reule. Bottom row (L-R): Molly Barnes, Janine Burkhardt and Sarah Johnson. Not pictured (and running unopposed): Jennifer Bumpus.

Mandates, critical race theory steal spotlight in Monroe school races

In Snohomish County, school board races have become a proxy for ideological battles. Monroe is a prime example.

Top row (L-R): Brian Saulsman, Jeremiah Campbell and Mary Reule. Bottom row (L-R): Molly Barnes, Janine Burkhardt and Sarah Johnson. Not pictured (and running unopposed): Jennifer Bumpus.
This crash in Monroe happened early Friday morning after police discontinued a high-speed chase. Both occupants were taken to a hospital. (Monroe Police Department) 20211022

2 seriously injured in Monroe crash; DUI suspected

The driver hit a center lane divider and rolled his car. Police are investigating him for vehicular assault.

This crash in Monroe happened early Friday morning after police discontinued a high-speed chase. Both occupants were taken to a hospital. (Monroe Police Department) 20211022
Monroe High School senior quarterback Evan Leggett gets teased by coaches Shane Zey (left) and Scott Darrow (right) at a recent practice. With help from the football program and community, Leggett and his family have persevered after losing their house to a fire in June. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

A fire took his family’s home, but Monroe QB has persevered

Evan Leggett and his family lost their home to a fire. But “I’ve still got what I love,” he says.

Monroe High School senior quarterback Evan Leggett gets teased by coaches Shane Zey (left) and Scott Darrow (right) at a recent practice. With help from the football program and community, Leggett and his family have persevered after losing their house to a fire in June. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Inside the Great Hall of the Monroe castle. All armor and weapons are included with the castle. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Home sweet castle: $2.3M buys a medieval marvel near Monroe

Swords, armor and collectibles are included. The 19-acre property has a gun range and 9-foot dragon.

Inside the Great Hall of the Monroe castle. All armor and weapons are included with the castle. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Monroe High psychologist charged with illicit texts to girls

“We can deal with your age,” Lance Egli allegedly wrote. He acknowledged texting accounts of two girls, charges say.

Police: Monroe high school psychologist texted girls for sex

Lance Egli, 49, was arrested Friday for investigation of communicating with a minor for immoral purposes.

Fired Monroe prison medical director wants her license back

Julia Barnett, 52, was accused of causing prisoners “unnecessary suffering” by the state Department of Health.

A solitary confinement cell in the Intensive Management Unit of the Monroe Correctional Complex. Despite reforms, hundreds of people in state prisons are still isolated for more than 22 hours a day. (Office of Corrections Ombuds) 20211008

Prison reform curbs some solitary confinement, but how much?

Washington has ended “disciplinary segregation.” But in practice, scores of prisoners remain isolated.

A solitary confinement cell in the Intensive Management Unit of the Monroe Correctional Complex. Despite reforms, hundreds of people in state prisons are still isolated for more than 22 hours a day. (Office of Corrections Ombuds) 20211008
Jason Dominguez (left). (Caleb Hutton / The Herald)

Jury finds former Monroe prison guard guilty of child rape

Jason Dominguez, a former Girl Scouts volunteer, did not testify. A jury needed less than three hours to convict him.

Jason Dominguez (left). (Caleb Hutton / The Herald)
Mark Bond, a retired Snohomish County sheriff's deputy, looks over evidence with deputy prosecutor prosecuting Martina Wong, right, Friday morning during the trial of Jason Dominguez at the Snohomish County Superior Court in Everett on October 1, 2021.   (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Prison guard, Gold Bar PTO president on trial for child rape

Jason Dominguez has been in jail since October 2019. A girl accusing him of rape took the witness stand Friday.

Mark Bond, a retired Snohomish County sheriff's deputy, looks over evidence with deputy prosecutor prosecuting Martina Wong, right, Friday morning during the trial of Jason Dominguez at the Snohomish County Superior Court in Everett on October 1, 2021.   (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
The Voting Commissioners of the Washington State Redistricting Commission released draft Legislative District maps Tuesday. (Washington State Redistricting Commission)

Early maps of legislative districts endanger some incumbents

Under one redistricting proposal, Mill Creek joins Everett. Under another, Monroe joins Wenatchee.

The Voting Commissioners of the Washington State Redistricting Commission released draft Legislative District maps Tuesday. (Washington State Redistricting Commission)
People wait in line for amusement park tickets during opening day of the Evergreen State Fair on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021 in Monroe, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

At limited capacity, Evergreen State Fair draws 181,000

Organizers say this year’s visitors enjoyed experiencing the fair with “a little more shoulder room.”

People wait in line for amusement park tickets during opening day of the Evergreen State Fair on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021 in Monroe, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Gun reportedly fires by accident, hurts man near fairgrounds

The shot hit his leg and he was taken to Providence Regional Medical Center Everett.

Phoenix Police Department Sgt. Kevin Johnson shows off the new Axon Body 2 body camera after demonstrating to fellow officers how the camera works as another precinct gets their cameras assigned to them Wednesday, July 3, 2019, in Phoenix.  Although body-worn cameras are becoming a police standard nationwide, Phoenix was among the last big departments to adopt their widespread use. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Phoenix Police Department Sgt. Kevin Johnson shows off the new Axon Body 2 body camera after demonstrating to fellow officers how the camera works as another precinct gets their cameras assigned to them Wednesday, July 3, 2019, in Phoenix.  Although body-worn cameras are becoming a police standard nationwide, Phoenix was among the last big departments to adopt their widespread use. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Monroe Correctional Complex (Washington State Department of Corrections)

Closing of reformatory sparks inmates’ fears at Monroe prison

Many prisoners facing transfers have concerns for their safety, health and access to resources.

Monroe Correctional Complex (Washington State Department of Corrections)
Danny Vernon, Illusion of Elvis Presley tribute impersonator, twirls Celia Salinas as her sister Rosa Cantu, left, waits to dance with Vernon as he performs at the Evergreen State Fair on Monday, Aug. 30, 2021 in Monroe, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Elvis Presley impersonator a blast from the past for fans

Danny Vernon said Presley helped him discover singing. Now he performs his songs on stage.

Danny Vernon, Illusion of Elvis Presley tribute impersonator, twirls Celia Salinas as her sister Rosa Cantu, left, waits to dance with Vernon as he performs at the Evergreen State Fair on Monday, Aug. 30, 2021 in Monroe, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
District Court Judge Steven Clough stands in the courtroom at Evergreen Division of Snohomish County District Court on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021 in Monroe, Washington. Clough has been a judge since 1978, making him the longest-serving elected official in Snohomish County. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

After 42 years, retiring Monroe judge sees cases as puzzles

District Court Judge Steven Clough, 74, is the longest-serving elected official in Snohomish County.

District Court Judge Steven Clough stands in the courtroom at Evergreen Division of Snohomish County District Court on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021 in Monroe, Washington. Clough has been a judge since 1978, making him the longest-serving elected official in Snohomish County. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Wyatt Liddle, 7, plays a ring toss game durning opening day of the Evergreen State Fair on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021 in Monroe, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Fair time: Goats, chickens, horses and kids who love them

People are making up for lost time at the Evergreen State Fair, which opened Thursday in Monroe.

Wyatt Liddle, 7, plays a ring toss game durning opening day of the Evergreen State Fair on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021 in Monroe, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
People ride the Yoyo at the Evergreen State Fair on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019 in Monroe, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Evergreen State Fair saddles up for an 11-day run in Monroe

It’s scaled back from pre-pandemic times, but the fair still offers music, food, fast cars and frolicking goats.

People ride the Yoyo at the Evergreen State Fair on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019 in Monroe, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)