Sketches released for robbery suspects

August 4, 2009

Lovers  robbery suspect

Lovers robbery suspect

Authorities said the man who robbed Emerald City Sun Tanning Center July 28 could be connected to other tanning salon heists across King and Snohomish counties.

At about 9:40 p.m., Issaquah Police responded to a call from the salon, 1175 N.W. Gilman Blvd., where an employee said a man entered the business and pretended to be a customer. He then brandished a handgun and demanded cash. He ordered the employee to the back of the business, and then fled from the store.

Police said the suspect is a white man between 30 and 35, 6 feet tall, 180 pounds with a medium build and short, dark hair. He was dressed in a dark-colored baseball cap, black T-shirt and camouflage, knee-length shorts.

Officers searched the area but were unable to locate the suspect.

Issaquah Police Patrol Cmdr. Scott Behrbaum said a thief targeting a tanning salon was unconventional.

“This is not your typical robbery crime,” he said.

Snohomish County detectives said the man could be responsible for as many as 17 tanning salon robberies across King and Snohomish counties.

Tanning salon  robbery suspect

Tanning salon robbery suspect

Behrbaum said alerting law enforcement agencies to crimes in nearby cities is a standard procedure.

“Everyone has been communicating on this,” he said. Read more

Lakeside Recovery is Legion state champ once again

August 4, 2009

Spencer Rogers, of Lakeside Recovery, works the count before unleashing an RBI-double June 19 at Bannerwood Park. Rogers was selected the American Legion state tournament offensive MVP as his team won the AAA state title July 29 in Tacoma. File

Spencer Rogers, of Lakeside Recovery, works the count before unleashing an RBI-double June 19 at Bannerwood Park. Rogers was selected the American Legion state tournament offensive MVP as his team won the AAA state title July 29 in Tacoma. File

Lakeside Recovery starting pitcher Colin Hering’s performance in the first inning of the Legion state championship seemed to set the tone for a win against the Yakima Valley Pepsi Pak.

With the bases loaded and no outs, Hering struck out two and forced a pop-up to retire the side, averting catastrophe. His clutch pitching and timely hitting by teammates carried the Lakeside Club to the American Legion AAA state title July 29 with an 8-0 victory against Yakima Valley at Tacoma’s Heidelberg Park.

Lakeside, 33-12-1 for the season, advances to the Senior Legion Northwest Regional Tournament Aug. 6-10 in Medford, Ore.

“I thought things went really well,” said Lakeside pitcher Shane Yarnell. “Every starting pitcher performed. They didn’t get pulled before five innings. I felt like the pitching performance was good. We got out of a lot of jams.”

This year’s title win was the sixth for longtime Lakeside head coach Rob Reese.

“Anytime you can win a state championship and move on is exciting,” he said. “We got great pitching (July 29) from Colin Hering.” Read more

Brush fire threatens highlands homes

August 4, 2009

Emergency crews work to contain a brush fire in the Issaquah Highlands July 29. By Tyler MacLeod

Emergency crews work to contain a brush fire in the Issaquah Highlands July 29. By Tyler MacLeod

A brush fire tore through a greenbelt in the Issaquah Highlands July 29 and threatened several homes before firefighters extinguished the blaze.

Eastside Fire & Rescue crews responded to a 50-foot-by-50-foot fire near Northeast Park Drive and Northeast Katsura Court at about 8:40 p.m. Authorities said the fire encompassed a 100-foot-by-35-foot area of trees and heavy brush.

Responders had received multiple reports of a growing fire in a greenbelt with a steep ravine. Authorities said the blaze threatened several homes and moved toward residences.

“This situation could have been very different if we hadn’t got there quick enough,” EFR spokeswoman Josie Williams said. Read more

Officials, restaurateurs discuss polystyrene alternatives

August 4, 2009

When Microsoft introduced eco-friendly utensils in company cafeterias, there was a problem with the new spoons: They warped in coffee, soup and other hot liquids. Read more

Photographer finds spaces that became places

August 4, 2009

Local photographer John Kane shares some of the images he’s captured. By David Hayes

Local photographer John Kane shares some of the images he’s captured. By David Hayes

Little did John Kane know that an innocuous event during a family cross-country drive from the East Coast to Los Angeles when he was 10 would be the inspiration for the theme to his photography today.

“We were passed by a huge tail-finned convertible with a cowboy at the wheel and a longhorn rack on the hood,” Kane recalled of a stretch of empty road through Colorado. “I asked my dad to catch up so I could get a better look at him.”

Unfortunately, his father’s heroic effort to get a second glimpse of the unique slice of Americana was rewarded with naught but a speeding ticket.

But the image remained for Kane, now 61. Thus, the seeds were planted for a lifelong pursuit of something unique found within the mundane.

The Issaquah resident’s latest images were a part of The Center for Fine Art Photography’s recent exhibit, “Works of Man,” in ironically, Fort Collins, Colo. Read more

Li Wang wins playoff hole to take state championship

August 4, 2009

Li Wang, of Sammamish, won the WJGA state title in the 14-15 age division after hitting a three-round 217 July 29-31. By Ryan Piersol

Li Wang, of Sammamish, won the WJGA state title in the 14-15 age division after hitting a three-round 217 July 29-31. By Ryan Piersol

Li Wang is once again a state champion, even if it was by a matter of inches.

The Klahanie teenager was victorious in a one-hole playoff to win the 14-15 age division at the Washington Junior Golf Association state tournament July 31 at Glendale Country Club in Bellevue.

Wang carded an impressive 68-75-74 — 217 to finish in a tie for first, then walked away the champ when Enumclaw’s Tyler Salsbury was unable to sink a short putt during the first hole of a playoff.

This is the fourth age divisional state championship Wang has captured. He was in the 12-13 age division last year, meaning he’ll have one more year remaining in the 14-15 group.

“It’s a good tournament. It’s fun,” Wang said. “It’s well-organized, so I like playing in it.”

In the boys 12-13 group, Brian Mogg, of Sammamish, placed third after shooting a respectable 226 strokes over three rounds (71, 77 and 78). He finished nine strokes behind winner Frank Olav Garber, of Kirkland. Read more

Community calendar

August 4, 2009

Events

Two recently born Bengal tiger cubs will be on display from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. through Aug. 31 at the Cougar Mountain Zoo, 19525 S.E. 54th St. Admission is $8-$10.50. Call 391-5508. Read more

Plan ahead for parkway, road intersection closure

August 4, 2009

Sammamish officials plan to close the intersection at Inglewood Hill Road and East Lake Sammamish Parkway Northeast between 5 a.m. Aug. 12 and 5 a.m. Aug. 17. Read more

To The Editor

August 4, 2009

Dog ban

Owners are creating the problem by treating park as an off-leash area Read more

Reserve dollars will be used to bridge city budget gap

August 4, 2009

City officials will dip into a rainy day fund to close a $3.6 million budget gap, and officials could turn to employee layoffs, furloughs and program cuts to prevent another shortfall next year. Read more

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