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Deputies looking for defendant
The Snohomish County Sheriffs Office is asking for the publics help locating Ricky Dean Lookingback, a 31-year-old Arlington-area man awaiting trial on a first-degree child molestation charge involving a relative.
Lookingback was wearing an electronic home monitoring device at a residence in the 18800 block of Smokey Point Blvd.
Late Saturday night he cut off his monitoring bracelet and left the home. Deputies have searched the area and have talked to his friends and family including relatives in South Dakota, where he is from but have not found him yet.
The victim and the victims family have been notified. Detectives cannot release many details about the case since it is pending trial.
Lookingback is not a registered sex offender. He has prior felony convictions, mostly for drug offenses and mostly out of South Dakota.
He is not believed to be a danger to the community at large. Still, we are asking anyone with information regarding his whereabouts to call the Sheriffs Office tip line at 425-388-3845.
A $250,000 warrant has been issued for his arrest.
Lookingback is described as white, 5 feet 5 inches tall, and 130 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

Arlington gets YARD grant
The city of Arlington will receive $36,700 from Snohomish Countys YARD Grant program to help expand the facilities of Quake Field, according to Paul Ellis, assistant administrator.
With in-kind donations from the soccer association and Little League, we get a pretty big bang for our buck, Ellis said.
With the citys match of $27,000, we will acquire one more full-sized grass diamond, two youth fields and a 90-foot baseball field.

Retirees honored June 4
Arlington School District has announced a reception from 3:30 - 5 p.m., June 4, honoring 14 employees who are retiring at the end of this school year. Those retiring are Linda Andrews, Linda Byrnes, Shirley Case, Judy Donoghue, Ruth Duffy, Sharon Glasson, Allen Jefferson, Lynn Johnson, Dorothy Larsen, Anita Maguire, Dory Maubach, Judi Merz, Karen Timken and Teresa Trivett.
The reception will be held in the Arlington High School Commons, 18821 Crown Ridge Blvd., in Arlington.
Another reception is planned from
3 - 6 p.m., June 12, in honor of Superintendent Linda M. Byrnes at Haller Middle School Commons.

County seeks input on rural
To gather input on planning for growth in rural areas, Snohomish County has announced a series public meetings with one in Arlington next Wednesday, June 11 at Pioneer Hall.
Along with Arlingtons meeting there is one in Maltby on June 4, in Monroe on June 17 and at the county campus in Everett June 26.
The mission of the Rural Lands Planning Project is to update county policies and regulations for managing growth and development in rural areas.
The open-house meetings will include a presentation by Craig Ladiser, director of Snohomish Countys Planning and Development Services, on the countys rural development policies and regulations followed by open discussion and public comment.
n The Arlington meeting is from 6:30 to
8 p.m., June 11, at Pioneer Hall, 20722 67th Ave. N.E., in Arlington.
n 6:30 p.m., June 26 Snohomish County Campus, Robert J. Drewel Bldg., Meeting Room 1, 3000 Rockefeller, Everett
For information go to the county Web site at and search Rural Lands Project, call Terri Strandberg at 425-388-3311 or e-mail to

Master Gardener workshops
Master Gardeners will be at Arlington Hardware, 215 N. Olympic Ave. to answer gardening questions from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, June 7 and 21, July 5 and 19 and Aug. 2 and 6 this summer.
The 2008 WSU Master Gardener Community Plant Clinics are offered in locations across Snohomish County, where gardeners are invited to bring in those fuzzy caterpillars, tents in trees and soggy cherry blossoms so that culprits and remedies can be correctly identified. Master Gardeners can also be reached at the WSU Snohomish County Extension Office, 600 128th St. at McCollum Pioneer Park from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Sept. 30, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during winter months. For information call 425-357-6010.

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