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Year in Review: May 2019


December 24, 2019

Officers and SWAT arrested Larry Castillo for domestic violence after a standoff in Old Town on April 25. Castillo barricaded himself in his girlfriend's house and would not come outside, despite multiple requests from officers.

Man arrested for assault in SWAT incident

A typically sleepy Thursday afternoon in Old Town was anything but, as the 900 block of Third Street looked more like a war zone than a residential neighborhood after a man assaulted a woman and barricaded himself in her house, prompting a large SWAT and police response.

The man, 36-year-old Larry Castillo of Everett, was arrested and booked into Snohomish County Jail.

According to probable cause documents, officers received a call at roughly 11 a.m. for an assault.

Mukilteo Police Officer Chris Perisho, who wrote the probable cause document, made contact with the victim, a 44-year-old woman, on the corner of Eighth Drive and Goat Trail Road.

While Perisho spoke with the victim, other officers went to her house on Third Street.

In the document, Perisho said the woman was "visibly upset, shaking, and crying." She also had visible marks on her face, and her nose was swollen, discolored, and broken, Perisho wrote. Her pinky was also injured during the altercation.

The woman told Perisho that her friend, Castillo, had assaulted her. The woman said Castillo has a history of drug abuse, and she thought he was drunk and high on methamphetamine during the assault.

AG Ferguson adds Mukilteo Rotary Club to his list

Prior to last Friday, Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson had visited 142 rotary clubs in the state. After speaking at the South Everett-Mukilteo Rotary Club's (SEMR) Friday meeting, Ferguson has spoken at 143.

Ferguson said after he was first elected, he was invited to a Rotary Club meeting, and since then has a goal of trying to speak at each Rotary in Washington.

"One thing I've discovered is Rotarians are in many respects in the same business that people in my office are in," he said. "I've discovered every Rotary Club is focused on helping students in their community, helping with projects in their community, or helping with scholarships, the homeless, or whatever the issue may be."

Ferguson was the guest of honor at the SEMR meeting, and spoke about what his office does, gun control, the opioid epidemic, and his office's success rate against the Trump Administration.

Cook, Schmalz won't seek reelection

The last two Mukilteo City Council presidents will not have their names on the ballot this year, as Christine Cook and Steve Schmalz both announced they will not seek reelection.

Schmalz was elected council president in 2018. He served as council vice president in 2016 and 2017. Schmalz nominated Cook for council president in 2019, and she was elected unanimously. Cook served as vice president in 2018 under Schmalz.

When their terms complete at the end of the year, the two will have combined for 14 years on the Mukilteo City Council.

Young ones have great time at Touch-A-Truck

The constant blaring of horns and screams of young children in Old Town would normally be a cause for concern, but it was a Saturday in May, which meant it was the city's eighth annual Touch-A-Truck event.

The annual event, hosted by the city's Recreation Department Saturday, May 11, took place in the back lot of the Rosehill Community Center and on Third Street.

The event brought out hundreds, especially younger kids, who jumped into the seats of police vehicles, buses, fire trucks, tractors, and more.

"It was great, and the weather certainly helped," Nick Hamblet, Mukilteo recreation coordinator, said of the event's turnout. "There were lots of people out and about, and it was a bigger crowd than last year."

The Mukilteo Police Department, Mukilteo Fire Department, Snohomish County Sheriff's Office, Community Transit, Mukilteo Public Works, and more local agencies and organizations all had vehicles on-hand for young kids to interact with.

Honoring our past and those who've served

The sunny weather came at the perfect time as citizens of Mukilteo gathered Monday morning to celebrate the annual Memorial Day ceremony held at Pioneer Cemetery May 27.

The Mukilteo Historical Society hosted the event and featured Mukilteo Mayor Jennifer Gregerson and the Historical Society's Margaret Summitt as the keynote speakers for the event.

Before the ceremony began, the Mukilteo Presbyterian Church's MPC Brass band played music as citizens gathered in for the cemetery, including "America the Beautiful" and "God Bless America."  

Summitt wore historic clothes and was in character as Mary Fowler, the wife of J.D. Fowler, one of the city's founders who is buried at Pioneer Cemetery.

In her speech, Summitt talked about the historical places in Mukilteo that were important during war time that are now all gone. Some of the places she mentioned are the ammunition dock where World War II ships were loaded, the tank farm that held aviation fuel for jets from Paine Field during the Korean war, and the observation tower where volunteer civilians of the aircraft warning service would spot enemy planes and report them to the Everett tower.


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