NEWS

Pilot needle pickup program kicks off Oct. 10 countywide

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- Used needles can pose a public health hazard. And many people in Skagit County want to do something about it. In response to public requests, Skagit County Public Health is testing out a pilot needle pickup program starting Wednesday, Oct. 10. For six months, Public Health will dispense as many as 100 needle pickup kits at its downtown offices, 700 S. Second Street, Mount Vernon. Kits include safety glasses, gloves, a needle pickup tool and a sharps container. Interested individuals can come by and pick up a kit free of charge. When the sharps container is full, they can return     (read more)

Police are looking for two suspects in an armed robbery case

(BURLINGTON)- Burlington Officers responded to the 100 Block of Cascade Place for the report of an armed robbery at about 9 p.m. on Sunday, October 7th. Two armed suspects entered the store and demanded cash from the clerks in the store. The suspects fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspects were males, armed with at least one handgun and were wearing surgical masks and dark hooded sweatshirts to disguise their appearance. The suspects were last seen leaving the area southbound on foot from the store but may have gotten into a vehicle close by. The clerks were uninjured     (read more)

Field Carrier Landing Practice schedule change at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for week of October 8 - 14

(NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND)- Aircraft carrier-based flight training operations are scheduled to occur at Ault Field, the week of October 8 – 14, 2018. No Field Carrier Landing Practice (FCLP) training operations are scheduled for the Outlying Landing Field (OLF) in Coupeville that week. OLF Coupeville will be closed to jet aircraft traffic until the end of October, 2018, due to runway maintenance. People living in local communities should remain aware that the aforementioned operations are not the only operations out of NAS Whidbey Island, particularly at Ault Field, which is a 24-hour-a-day operational facility. There are many other training evolutions that people may hear.     (read more)

Police conducted searches related to a prostitution investigation

(MOUNT VERNON)- Mount Vernon police along with the FBI and members of the Skagit County Interlocal Drug Enforcement Unit (SCIDEU), served search warrants at two massage parlors on Riverside Drive in Mount Vernon Wednesday morning. The investigation started several weeks ago, after receiving tip information regarding suspicious activity and foot traffic occurring at both the Tulip Spa (2500 Block Riverside Drive) and I Spa (1700 Block Riverside Drive). Information obtained while conducting surveillance and through covert contacts with the businesses, led investigators to secure search warrants for both locations looking for additional evidence for the crime of Promoting Prostitution. During the     (read more)

NAS Whidbey SAR rescued two people over the weekend

(MOUNT SHUKSAN)- A Search and Rescue (SAR) team from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island rescued two people on Saturday, September 29. For the first rescue on Saturday morning, the SAR crew were called to rescue a climber who had fallen approximately 40 feet near Mt. Shuksan, east of Bellingham, Wash. at an elevation of 5,500 feet. The injured climber was hoisted aboard the SAR helicopter and flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle by 10:30 a.m. For the second mission on Saturday afternoon, the SAR team flew to Snowking Mountain, southeast of Marblemount, Wash., to rescue a hiker at an elevation     (read more)

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