Year in Review: February 2019
Last updated 12/24/2019 at 3:24pm
Commercial service cleared for takeoff at Paine Field
After multiple delays to the long-awaited grand opening of the Propeller Airports terminal at Paine Field, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) gave the needed "thumbs up" for commercial air service to begin for Alaska and United Airlines.
Snohomish County owns Paine Field, and Propeller Airports signed a lease to design, build, and operate the two-gate terminal.
The start date for commercial service at Paine Field was initially set for late 2018, but the FAA deemed a new environmental assessment study was necessary, as the amount of daily flights to and from the terminal increased from 12 to 24 since the last study was completed in 2012. Additionally, the types of aircraft studied in 2012 were different than the planes that United and Alaska will use once they start flying out of Everett.
The draft environmental assessment was released in September and had no major findings in regard to noise, air quality, or traffic issues with the addition of the new terminal.
Eyman charged with theft of office chair in Lacey
In the midst of a legal battle with Attorney General Bob Ferguson, Tim Eyman has been accused of stealing an office chair from an Office Depot in Lacey. The initiative promoter, along with a videographer, returned to the Office Depot in Lacey one week later to pay for the chair he is accused of stealing.
Eyman, known for repeated attempts at capping vehicle tab fees at $30, entered an Office Depot in Lacey on Feb. 13, where surveillance footage shows him taking an office chair to his car.
Eyman released a statement through his attorneys last Tuesday, saying he took the chair to his car and returned to the store with the intention of paying for it but got distracted by a phone call from a lawyer who said he would represent Eyman for free in his ongoing legal battle.
Surveillance footage shows Eyman sitting in the chair at the front of the store, spinning in it a few times, and wheeling it outside. He then returned into the store and purchased two printers and some paper, police records show.
Eyman has long been a Mukilteo resident, but questions have risen about his current residency. His newsletters, which include an address his supporters can send donations to, lists a Bellevue apartment complex as his address. The Lacey Police Department's report lists a Mukilteo address.
One family dropped from wrongful death suit
A Snohomish County judge dismissed the Bratvold family – the owners of the house where the July 30, 2016, triple homicide occurred in Mukilteo – from a wrongful death lawsuit filed late last year.
In July 2016, Allen Ivanov, a Kamiak graduate, shot and killed three other Kamiak graduates, including his ex-girlfriend, Anna Bui, at a party at the Bratvolds' house in Harbour Pointe. Also killed were Jake Long and Jordan Ebner.
A fourth Kamiak graduate, Will Kramer, was also shot, but survived.
David Bui, the older brother of Anna Bui, filed the wrongful death suit last October, seeking monetary damages as the representative of his sister's estate.
Named in the suit along with the Bratvolds were Allen Ivanov, Ivanov's parents, and Cabela's, the outdoors store where Allen Ivanov purchased the AR-15-style rifle he used to commit the murders.
Second Beverly Park shooter pleads guilty to summer shooting
The second man involved in the killing of Ezekiel Kelly, whose body was discovered off Beverly Park Road last summer, pleaded guilty to first-degree kidnapping and murder in a court appearance last week.
Hassani, 20, along with Anthony Hernandez-Cano, 18, kidnapped Kelly and tortured him before shooting him and leaving his body near an abandoned building on Pacific Place July 3, according to police and court documents.
According to the Snohomish County Medical Examiner's Office, Kelly had been stabbed 27 times in the chest, side, back, arm, and face. At the crime scene, officers found two .22 caliber shell casings, and a detective found an 8-inch blade with dry blood on it.
On July 1, police discovered the body of Mohamed H. Adan, 21, in a bush at Blue Stilly Park in Arlington. Authorities soon discovered that Kelly's murder was connected to the murder in Arlington.
Kamiak grads using music to help at-risk youth
Mukilteo locals will be center stage March 2 for "Chin Up Kid," a concert that benefits the U-Turn program of Cocoon House, a nonprofit in Everett that serves homeless and at-risk youth in the area.
The show consists of local hip-hop artists, groups and DJs, and proceeds for the concert will help Raphael Echols, known by many simply as "Raph," finish building a studio that will allow Cocoon House youth to create their own use music as an artistic outlet.
Nat Howes and Joel Sierra are two Kamiak High School graduates involved with the concert, and are looking to make an impact in the local hip-hop scene. Sierra met Echols a few years ago through music.