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December 8, 1997

Local News

Suspect held in Clearview hit-and-run

  CLEARVIEW--Police arrested a 40-year-old Snohomish man who, they believe, may have been involved in the hit-and-run death of 20-year-old Joseph Cort who was killed near Clearview Dec. 2. According to Washington State Patrol Det. Curt Ladines, the suspect was arrested in Snohomish the evening of Dec. 3 by troopers on outstanding warrants. Later that night, a 1978 Chevy van was seized as evidence in connection with Cort's death. The suspect is being held at Snohomish County Jail on other matters, and hasn't been formally charged in Cort's case. Ladiness expected charges to be filed at the end of this week.
   Police say Cort was struck in the early morning hours of Dec. 2 as he was walking eastbound on 180th St. S.E. Cort was pronounced dead at the scene. Last June a similar accident occurred when 55-year-old Richard Cool of Bothell was struck and killed on the same street. Ladiness said that in the flurry of tips that came in on Cort's death, a tip on Cool's surfaced as well. The WSP is still seeking help in locating a 1981-1987 Chevrolet or GMC truck they believe to be involved in Cool's death. Anyone with information on Cool's death is asked to call Det. Ladines or Det. Johnson at (360) 658-2588 or (425) 339-1700.