Monday, August 18, 2014

MONROE– Meetings About Drugs Along the Highway 2 Corridor

The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation recently sponsored two meetings concerning drug use along the Highway 2 corridor. The meetings were held at the Snohomish Library and the Monroe Library where panelists from local law enforcement agencies and social service agencies took questions from the audience about drugs and drug use.

Panelists at the Monroe meeting included:

During the Monroe meeting, held on Thursday August 14 at the Monroe Library, the following points were brought out:

  • Drug addiction often fosters crime to feed the drug habit. Currently, Organized Retail Crime and EBT theft are crimes that are taking the lead. But often, burglaries and car prowls are also motivated by a drug addiction.
  • Kids want to believe that there are good drugs and bad drugs. The best way to view drugs is their danger to be addictive. It is the addiction that causes problems for an individual’s body and to society.
  • Most youth begin using drugs in 7th or 8th grade.
  • Youth may be using marijuana more thinking that now that it is legal for adults, it is Ok for them to use also. While the statistics are not in yet, most of the panelists expect the use of marijuana by teens to rise. Also, in Colorado, crime in general has decreased, but DUI’s have increased.
  • It’s important to start talking to your children when they are young about what is safe and not safe to ingest into their bodies. It’s important to reinforce these messages throughout their youth.
  • Most panelists observed that youth get their start with drugs by using marijuana. Other “gateway” drugs can also include hookah pipes, alcohol and prescription drugs.
  • Heroin and meth continue to be popular with addicts. The majority of production of meth is no longer from backyards or local producers. Mexican gangs have taken over production and distribution. Heroin, which can be smoked or injected, has been seen as a cheaper choice after a change in the formula to oxycontin.
  • Mental illness can be a “co-occurring issue” with drug addiction. Depression can be a big problem with teens who look to drugs to feel better.
  • Some signs to look for in your child are changes in behavior, changes in friends or grades. One panelist suggested being aware of how your child smells.
  • One member of the audience asked why the epidemic is happening in Monroe and Snohomish. Detective Chitwood pointed out that the “epidemic” is all over Snohomish County. The people in Snohomish and Monroe are talking about it. Other panelists pointed out that the whole community needs to be involved (law enforcement, schools, social services, medical, and parents) to reduce drug addiction.
The Sno-Isle Libraries has created a web page,, about this subject as part of their Issues that Matter series. You can find a listing of books on different aspects of drug addiction as well as links to web sites that talk about addiction. Also, on Twitter, you can find the live tweets for this meeting by searching for #snoisleITM.

Monday, August 11, 2014

GRANITE FALLS- Burglaries Get Press Coverage

GRANITE FALLS- Burglaries Get Press Coverage

Recently, the press has covered a series of burglaries and car prowls in the Granite Falls area. Items taken have included personal property, identification cards and credit cards. Two suspects have been arrested in an investigation of identity theft and stolen property.
Police have urged local citizens to not leave valuables in their cars and to call 911 whenever they see any suspicious activity.


SNOHOMISH COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE– “Partner’s In Crime Prevention” Burglaries

SNOHOMISH COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE– “Partner’s In Crime Prevention” Burglaries

The summer months always seem to have an increase in burglaries in Snohomish County. This issue of the Sheriff’s Office’s crime prevention newsletter “Partner’s In Crime Prevention” profile’s the “typical” burglar and also gives a few tips on how you can prevent a burglary to your home.

To see the issue, go to:

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

SNOPAC– Smart911Gives a New Capability

In conjunction with National Night Out, SNOPAC, one of two 911 agencies in Snohomish County, has announced a new service called Smart911.

Many times first responders will receive calls and not have much information available about emergencies until they arrive at the scene. Then they have to figure out what is wrong. At best the person calling 911 can give information about the situation to the 911 call taker. But, responders can also encounter only an unconscious person who cannot tell them what is wrong.
The idea of Smart911 is for citizens to voluntarily provide information that might be important to first responders in an emergency. This could include medications, medical conditions such as asthma, heart conditions, mental conditions, or Alzheimer’s/dementia. Information about access to your property, such as gate codes, can also be provided.

With Smart911, you set up an account with a “Safety Profile” that contains the emergency information that you would want to provide to SNOPAC during an emergency. When you call 911, the system recognizes your phone number then displays your emergency information automatically on the call taker’s screen. Smart911 points out that this can be especially helpful in situations when you are unable to communicate or the situation makes it unwise to communicate.
Through Smart911, SNOPAC has the capability to send and receive text messages. Currently, outside of Smart911 texting is not available during 911 calls. Texting is helpful for those who have hearing or speech problems. Also, through Smart911, you can give SNOPAC permission to ping your cell phone. This can be important if you cannot communicate, or if you are not sure exactly where you are. This capability is often limited to a few emergency circumstances that are governed by strict protocols.

The information that you provide is secure. It is maintained in a national database that is not shared except when you call 911.
Note: Smart911 is another private initiative that is intended to help local governments with their information/data needs. A few years ago the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, as well as other local police agencies, signed up for which provides crime data to the public. SNOPAC has a three year, $180,000 ($60,000 per year) contract with Smart911. SNOCOM, the other 911 agency in the county, currently does not have a contract with Smart911.

Smart911, Fox News video:

How Smart911 works:

The Herald:



Tuesday, July 29, 2014


Scams have been receiving a lot of press lately. Here are some more scams making the rounds:

            SNOHOMISH COUNTY- Scammers posing as deputies. This is a scam that I reported on last week. According to this morning’s The Herald, reports of this scam continue to come into the Sheriff’s Office. For more information go to:
The Herald-

And remember, deputies will not call to tell you they are on their way to arrest you.

            CENTRAL WASHINGTON- Scammers target the fires in Central Washington. According to the Washington State Attorney General’s Office, scammers are trying to take advantage of the disaster caused by the fires in Central Washington. Like after the landslide at Oso, scammers are claiming to be collecting money for the fire victims, but are pocketing the money for themselves.
The best thing to do if you want to help the victims of the fires is to contribute directly to legitimate charities such as the Red Cross. You can also research charities on the Washington State Secretary of State’s web site:

For more information about the fire scams go to:


DENVER- Comcast Offer Scam. While this one has not originated in Washington, it has affected customers of Comcast which does business in our area.
Apparently, scammers are calling Comcast customers telling them that they can lock in a good rate for a year if they pay six months ahead. The only way to get a good rate is to pay $600 up front with a Green Dot MoneyPak prepaid cash card.

While Comcast will accept payment for bills with prepaid cash cards, it does not demand payment in advance for its services.
The big clue should be that the scammer wants payment only by the prepaid cash card. This is similar to other scams such as the warrant scam that has been reported in Snohomish County.

For more details about this scam, go to: and KUSA 9 News-


Sunday, July 27, 2014

VACATION TIPS– Protecting Yourself from Scammer on Vacation

VACATION TIPS– Protecting Yourself from Scammer on Vacation

This morning, The Seattle Times published an article with tips on how you can protect yourself from scammers while you are on vacation. There are some clever tricks that scammers will try while you are at your hotel:

  1. You receive a call from someone claiming to be from the front desk saying that there is a problem with your credit card. They will ask you to read your credit card number over the phone to them. If you receive a call like this, go personally to the front desk to work out the problem.
  2. Someone slips a flyer under the door to your room advertising pizza-delivery. You call the number, order a pizza and give them your credit card number. No pizza is delivered. Ignore the unsolicited flyer. Look for a list of local restaurants in the documents in your room or call the front desk for recommendations.
  3. Be careful when you search for your hotel’s Wi-Fi network. Scammers often setup Wi-Fi networks with similar names to nearby hotels to collect personal information. Check with your hotel’s Wi-Fi network’s name in the documentation in your room or with the front desk.
The article also suggests more Wi-Fi safety tips and what to do to keep your home secure while you are on vacation. Go to:

The Seattle Times:

For more information on how to avoid scams while traveling, go to:
Federal Trade Commission:


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

BOTHELL– Realtor Protects Herself from Potential Attacker

Over the weekend of July 12-13 a realtor showing a home along Bothell Way, Bothell, had to blockade herself from an attacker who hid in the house. The realtor found the man hiding on the third floor as she was closing up the house.

The realtor ran into a bathroom and locked the door. While the man beat on the door, she called 911. The man left the house when he heard the realtor talking to 911.

Note: This incident is unfortunately a reminder that even professionals like real estate agents can have risks in their jobs. Most of the time an open house does not bring excitement like this incident did. However, being prepared for such eventualities is not a bad idea. The real estate agent took the right actions. She protected herself by running to the bathroom and locking the door. She got help from police by calling 911.

You can help by being observant as you look for suspicious activity around you. Call 911 whenever you see suspicious activity in your neighborhood.

If you recognize the individual in this police sketch, please call the Bothell Police Department at (425) 487-5551.


KIRO TV 7 News-