Issaquah Youth Lacrosse — Week 4 / March 31, 2009

March 31, 2009

New 911 system shows a caller’s location instantly

March 30, 2009

Carma Mathieson, a veteran 911 dispatcher with the Issaquah Police Department, works with technology, flat-screen monitors and cameras in public places, undreamed of when she began 23 years ago. Next Generation equipment has just been installed which lays the groundwork for text, digital images and streaming video calls in the future. — By Greg Farrar

Carma Mathieson, a veteran 911 dispatcher with the Issaquah Police Department, works with technology, flat-screen monitors and cameras in public places, undreamed of when she began 23 years ago. Next Generation equipment has been installed which lays the groundwork for text, digital images and streaming video calls in the future. — By Greg Farrar

 

When Carma Mathieson first answered 911 calls for the Issaquah Police Department 23 years ago, just about every caller dialed the emergency number from a landline phone. As technology advanced, however, calls placed from mobile phones and voice-over-Internet-Protocol services, like Vonage, strained a system based on technology developed in the 1960s.

The system took a quantum leap March 11 when workers installed Next Generation 911 equipment. Officials said the new, faster system laid the foundation for future advances that could one day enable callers to reach dispatchers via text messages, and send digital images and streaming video and audio. But those capabilities are at least a few years distant. Read more

Police encourage prevention to stop vehicle break-ins

March 30, 2009

Greg Farrar

Global Positioning System computers, including units like this that attach to windshields with suction cup mounts, are the most frequently stolen items in Issaquah’s recent vehicle prowls.

Thieves snatch GPS units, MP3 players and even mail almost every day from locked vehicles parked around Issaquah. 

Items left on a dashboard or car seat are easy targets for thieves, police said. Many of the incidents, described by officers as vehicle prowls, are preventable.

Patrol Cmdr. Scott Behrbaum said a vehicle prowl is “a crime of opportunity.” The most frequently stolen items are GPS units. During the first 12 weeks of 2009, 15 GPS units were stolen from vehicles during prowls, according to police statistics. Read more

Issaquah man beaten in ‘hate crime’

March 30, 2009

An Issaquah man and his boyfriend were beaten unconscious March 22 during an incident Oregon authorities described as a hate crime. The men were on a spring break trip when they were attacked on a beach in Seaside, Ore.

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Crews inspect city storm drain pipelines

March 30, 2009

Crews began inspections of city storm drain pipes March 20 as part of an annual inspection of about 10,000 feet of pipeline. Using a specialized video camera, crews are scrutinizing the interiors of the pipes. The affected pipelines are located downtown between Northwest Dogwood Street and Sunset Way.

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‘Work wanted’ classified ads are free to unemployed

March 30, 2009

The Issaquah Press is now offering free “work wanted” classified ads for unemployed people and students seeking full- or part-time work. The ads will publish in the paper and on The Press’ Web site.

Ads will run for three weeks, up to 20 words per ad. Send yours to classifieds@isspress.com.

School district awards Golden Acorns

March 30, 2009

Kimberly Montague (left), Alison Meryweather, Robin Callahan and Ramona Lawrence, and Susan Evans (not pictured), received districtwide PTSA Council Golden Acorn Awards March 24. Contributed

Kimberly Montague (left), Alison Meryweather, Robin Callahan and Ramona Lawrence, and Susan Evans (not pictured), received districtwide PTSA Council Golden Acorn Awards March 24. Contributed

Seventy-five school volunteers and community members were recognized by Issaquah School District’s PTSA council at the annual Golden Acorn Awards at Liberty High School March 24. Read more

Indecisive water district cedes appointment to County Council

March 30, 2009

In five months, the Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District has been unable to fill a vacancy on its board of commissioners. After much debate and two failed votes, the commission is likely to miss its chance to make the appointment, passing off the responsibility to the King County Council.

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Officials evaluate economic development effort

March 30, 2009

A decision to exempt certain developments from a city fee marked an important step toward making Issaquah more attractive to businesses, according to a report presented to the City Council last week.

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Carnation man wins conservation district seat

March 30, 2009

Preston Drew won the March 19 election for a King Conservation District Board of Supervisors seat, according to unofficial election results released March 24 by the district.

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