Mill Creek View Volume XXV - Issue 02 January 2022 B 3
Around the Town
Editorial comments expressed in this column are the sole opinion of the writer.
Crime Time From Page 2
apartment in the 13500 block of North
Creek Dr. in The Heatherwood Apts. Burglary: Officers responded to a bur- glary at 2:16 p.m. in the 600 block of 164th St. Electronics items were stolen. Hit & run: A hit and run collision was reported at 3:37 p.m. in the area of 164th St. and Bothell-Everett Hwy. Saturday, January 1 Verbal domestic: Officers responded to a 911 hang up at 3:33 a.m. in the 14400 block of North
Creek Drive in The Reserve Apts. A man and wom- an who are in a dating relationship had been arguing. Warrant arrest: A car was stopped in the 16400 block of Bothell-Everett Hwy. at 8:31 p.m. for a registration violation. A Kirkland man, 37, was arrested for DWLS and a misdemean- or warrant. He was booked into the county jail on the warrant. Theft: A man, alleged his ex-girl- friend took furniture belonging to him from their apartment while he was out of town. The theft occurred in the 14500 block of North Creek Drive in The Reserve Apts. Found wallet: The PSO took a found property report for a wallet, which was found in the 15800 block of Mill Creek Blvd. Theft: A theft was reported at 3:01 p.m. from an auto parked in the 15500 block of Mill Creek Blvd. The case is under further investigation. Car prowl: A car prowl and theft were reported at 3:37 p.m. in the 15500 block of Mill Creek Blvd. in Chopper Park. Assault: An assault was reported at 9:56 p.m. in the 15100 block of Main St. The investigation is ongoing. Tuesday, January 4 Van prowl: A Mill Creek business owner, 45, said his work van was bro- ken into overnight in the 15700 block of Mill Creek Blvd. Catalytic converter theft: A Mill Creek woman in the 13200 block of 29th Ave., said her car's catalytic converter was stolen during daylight hours as it was parked in the driveway in front of her residence. Found stolen auto: A stolen auto was found at 11:18 a.m. in the 13500 block of North Creek Drive in The Heather- wood Apts. It was towed to the police station and searched. Multiple stolen property items were found.
Firearm: A Mill Creek resident turned in a firearm at city hall for safe- keeping. Counterfeiting: A fake bill was used to purchase products in the 15400 block of Main St. Wednesday, January 5 Traffic stop: A car was stopped for a registration violation. An Everett man, 20, was arrested and booked into the county jail for DUI and DWLS. Found bicycle: A Mill Creek resident reported an abandoned bicycle in the 13600 block of 28th Drive in Silver Crest. The bi
cycle was taken in for safekeeping. Thursday, January 6 Car prowl: A car was prowled over- night in the 14600 block of Main St. in The Hawthorne Apts. A stereo and subwoofer were stolen. Catalytic converter theft: A Mill Creek resident in the 13400 block of 28th Drive in Heatherwood West , said his car's catalytic converter was stolen.
Fraudulent activity: A Mill Creek woman in the 2600 block of 147th Plac
e in Fairway , said there had been fraudulent activity on her credit card. She requested a case report to assist her bank with their investigation. Physical DV: Officers responded at 5:44 p.m. to the 13500 block of North Creek Drive in The Heatherwood Apts. for a report of a physical domes- tic. Investigation revealed that a wom- an, 24, had assaulted her grandmother and mother. Domestic violence, ma- licious mischief. Domestic violence and interfering with the reporting of a domestic violence incident were for- warded to the prosecutor's office.
Weeks after the original complaint about not being able to access public information posted on its Facebook page, the city has identified Facebook as the culprit. A city contractor specializing in social media confirmed a problem accessing some Facebook pages for those without a Facebook account. This includes the city's page which means public access is limited. Sup- posedly this happened sometime after January 2021 with the roll out of a new Facebook format. I personally checked and other cities including Lynnwood, Edmonds and Snohomish have similar limita- tions. MCPD uses the older classic version and is fully accessible as is the city of Mukilteo Facebook page. In a letter to the Mill Creek View, Jody Hawkins of the Communications & Marketing Dept. said, We are com- mitted to making public information accessible promptly and to the broad- est audience. That's a nice thought but the iden- tical information posted on Facebook needs to be posted where it is acces- sible to the entire public. Without fil- ing public records requests for every posting on Facebook, the public can't know if they are being fully informed (pictures and comments from events tend to only be posted on Facebook). I am hopeful now that city staff is aware of the problem, they will ensure that all the same information on Face- book is also easily accessible else- where on the city's website.
Fire service update
The council continues its delibera- tions on switching our service from the old Fire District 7 to the old Fire District 1. I'm using fire districts be- pocket that for its pet projects and we will be paying $2.03 or $1.51 worth of services? I'm not happy about the increase but I'm willing to support it if we get full credit for the $0.52 that we are al- ready paying and the EMS levy goes away.
Assessed property valuations going up
The assessed valuation of my 1978 Cottonwood home is going up $110,700 or 18.7%. Assessment information is avail- able to the public at: www.snohomish- countywa.gov/5167/Assessor.
Knowing is not enough; we must apply . Willing is not enough; we must do." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe cause the abbreviations for the two RFA organizations are just too similar and confusing. Same people. Same locations. Just different names. Fire District 1 is offering us the best deal. I've worked with FD-1 as part of my years on the old fire boards and emergency radio system board. They are a good department and have excellent programs. I have said that I will support the annexation into Fire District 1 but only if the council gives us credit for what we are already paying. What do I mean by that? As part of your annual property taxes, we pay $0.5240 for fire services plus $0.3662 for EMS. The EMS levy goes away at the end of 2022. If we annex into FD 1, we will pay a total charge of $1.51 including EMS ser- vices. It's a huge increase over the $0.89 that we currently pay but we need the services. The question is do we get credit for the $0.5240 per $1,000 of assessed valuation or does the council just
There are many ways to defraud taxpayers through the Social Secu- rity Administration. One of the direct methods that fraudsters use is to call you unexpectedly telling you that there is something wrong with your Social Security number or account. They will ask to verify your Social Security number or may ask or demand pay- ment for some made up fee or fine. This is a phishing attempt to gather your personal information to use in further fraud against you or the Social Security Administration. The Social Security Administra- tion says that it does use emails, text messages, and social media to provide information about its programs and services. But it will never: Threaten you. Suspend you Social Security number. Request personal information or inancial information via email, texts, or social media. Demand immediate payment from you. Require payment by cash, gift card, pre-paid debit card, or wire transfer. Ask for gift card numbers over the phone or to wire or mail cash. Phishing attempts can come via a phone call, email, or text message. The key thing to remember is that the scammer is going to try to shock you to get you to act without think- ing. If someone is trying to pressure, threatened, or scare you, hang up the phone or ignore the email or text. If you receive a scam phone call, email or text message that imperson- ates the Social Security Adminis- tration report it to the Office of the Inspector General, Social Security Administration by calling its fraud hotline at (800) 269-0271 or online at oig.ssa.gov/.
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