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Police Urge Witnesses to Come Forward in McDonalds Robbery

Police Urge Witnesses to Come Forward in McDonalds Robbery

Ferndale Police are releasing video footage of a suspect (see above) in the Dec. 9th robbery at the Ferndale McDonalds location. The video shows the suspect entering and exiting the restaurant.

The suspect is reported to be a light skinned male, approximately 6 ft 2 inches to 6 ft 4 inches, wearing a dark colored jacket over a dark colored hoodie, dark colored pants and brown boots.

At this time, there are persons of interest with this case, including a potential driver and passenger in the suspect’s car during the time of the robbery.

“Whether they were aware of what was going on or not, we urge the other witnesses in this case to come forward and speak to us,” said Detective Pike. “Beyond those persons of interest, we also encourage anyone who can identify the suspect to get in touch.”

Ferndale Police is also requesting customers who utilized the drive through between 5:00 am and 5:30 am on the day of the incident to call Ferndale Police Department.

Detective Pike can be reached at 360-483-5725 or jpike@ferndalepd.org .

Ferndale Police Seek Suspect in Propane Tank Theft

In the early morning hours of Dec. 10th, a propane tank was stolen from a resident on the 5600 block of Second Avenue. The Ferndale Police are asking the public to help identify the suspect captured on the victim’s security camera. If you have any information about this theft or can shed some light as to the suspect’s identity, please call Detective Pike at (360) 483-5725. Thank you!

Ferndale Police Seek Suspect in McDonalds Robbery

On 12/09/2018 at about 5:19 AM, Ferndale Police responded to a robbery at the Ferndale McDonalds, 1688 Main Street.  Employee’s reported that a younger looking white male, about 6’ 4” tall, 250 lbs, wearing a black jacket over a black or dark blue hoody, dark blue jeans and brown boots, came in to the restaurant just after opening.  The suspect implied that he had a gun and made his way to the back of the restaurant.

The suspect took cash from the tills before fleeing on foot westbound towards the Ferndale Events Center.

Deputies from the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office, along with Troopers from the Washington State Patrol, assisted with a K-9 track for the suspect, however the suspect was not located.

Ferndale Police are continuing to investigate and ask the public to contact Detective Pike at 360-483-5725 or jpike@ferndalepd.org with any information.

Andrew Hansen Appointed to Arts Commission

Andrew Hansen

Last night, Andrew Hansen was nominated by Mayor Jon Mutchler to the Ferndale Arts Commission. Hansen, a Windward High School graduate and current Whatcom Community College student, is a local musician and interested in getting involved in Ferndale’s art scene. “I believe art is what gives color to life. It is the essence of our humanity.”

The Ferndale Arts Commission is charged with enhancing the community by advising on public art and community aesthetic enhancement.

The Arts Commission meets at 5 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month in the City Hall Main Conference Room, 2095 Main St.

The City accepts applications for boards and commissions year-round, not just when there is a vacancy. If you feel you have something to contribute, please fill out an application and send it to City Clerk Susan Duncan. You can find the application here.

Mark Kaiman Sworn In as new Ferndale Municipal Court Judge

Last night, attorney Mark Kaiman was sworn in as Ferndale’s new Municipal Court Judge. Kaiman served as a Judge Pro Tempore in Whatcom County District Court for the last four years. In addition to his judicial experience, Kaiman has been a deputy prosecutor in, and is currently in private practice as a military and criminal defense attorney.
“Sitting in judgment of others is a great responsibility. I am honored that the city of Ferndale has entrusted me with this task and allowed me to answer the call to public service,” said Kaiman.

City Installs Barrier to Prevent Left Turns off Main Street before Labounty Drive

Public Works crews are on Main Street today from 7am-3:30pm installing plastic traffic delineators along the center line of Main Street to prevent drivers from making left turns into and out of the North Sound Center parking lot. Flaggers will be on site, please use caution and follow all direction from Public Works crew.

The City is eliminating left turn movements between Main Street and the North Sound Center parking lot located between I-5 and Labounty. Drivers wanting to access the North Sound Center parking lot from Main Street or westbound Main Street from the parking lot will need to utilize the intersection at Main and Labounty.

This change was motivated by the use of “Intelligence-Based Policing”, where the Ferndale Police Department works hand in hand with the City’s GIS mapping team to identify hot spots by layering crash data into the City’s GIS mapping database.  Utilizing this approach, the City is better able to identify changes in accident distribution and identify areas where increased patrols or modifications may be necessary.

This location was identified as one of the most frequent spots for accidents as drivers taking a left turn off Main Street into the parking lot collide with vehicles accelerating to enter I-5. Signage is being installed to inform drivers of the change with further improvements and signage planned for early Spring 2019.

Help Needy Families in Ferndale with the Holiday Giving Store

Did you know that the Ferndale Holiday Giving Store provides gifts and warm clothing to nearly 1,000 children living in poverty in Ferndale and Custer? Gifts are free to families who qualify, enabling those children to wake up Christmas morning with something special for them under the tree.   Did you know the Holiday Giving Store relies entirely on donations?

To participate, simply come to City Hall and pick an ornament from the tree. Each ornament lists a specific item for purchase.  All you need to do is purchase the item(s) and place it in the Holiday Giving Store Box next to the Christmas tree. You don’t even need to wrap it! Donations are accepted through December 14.

Please consider supporting the Holiday Giving Store, a program of the Ferndale Community Service Cooperative, and help provide a wonderful holiday for those in need. For more information, please call the Ferndale Community Service Cooperative at (360) 380-2200

 

On the Eve of Mars Landing, Ferndale Celebrates Martian Accomplishments

As the world watches NASA’s Insight lander touch down on the surface of Mars today, Ferndale celebrates our local businesses who are involved in NASA’s expeditions.

Samson Rope, which is headquartered in Ferndale and employs over 200 people locally, designed and built the synthetic ropes used to handle the cargo on the first shuttle missions, and provide resistance to exercise equipment on the International Space Station.

The Timken Company, which has a manufacturing facility in Ferndale with over 80 local employees, manufactures bearings, gear drives and couplings for machinery around the world. Their bearings were used in many previous martian missions, including the Opportunity Rover (2004), the Spirit Rover (2004) and the Curiosity Rover (2012). Their bearings are currently inside the Insight Lander which arrives today.

“With all this Ferndale material on Mars, I believe we may need to annex part of the red planet,” said Mayor Jon Mutchler. “At least, we should consider a sister-planet program.”

For more information on Ferndale-based manufacturers, please explore FerndaleMade.com to learn about the thousands of products produced in Ferndale every day and why Ferndale is an ideal place to locate a business.