Snohomish County settles 2 lawsuits against sheriff’s office

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — A county in Washington state has agreed to pay $104,000 to settle two lawsuits against the Snohomish County sheriff’s office where a man was bit by a police dog and another man was hit by a patrol car. The Daily Herald reported that Snohomish County, which is not admitting liability by settling, is avoiding attorney and expert witness fees and other trial costs that would have likely exceeded settlement amounts. Snohomish County Council does not have to approve settlements lower than $100,000. County spokesman Kent Patton said “the settlements speak for themselves.” Patton declined to comment any further. Court records show the county has declined allegations in both lawsuits.