Issaquah police alert residents to security alarm scams

July 31, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. July 31, 2010

Issaquah police warned residents to be alert for door-to-door salespeople aggressively pushing security alarm systems. The salespeople might be targeting senior citizens.

Police said out-of-state companies brought a sales force into the community in past years. The salespeople might misrepresent themselves as representatives from the homeowner’s alarm company, or use another brand name, such as Honeywell or GE Security.

The solicitors might also claim to be selling a new and better product, or claim to fix a problem with the existing alarm system.

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Reminder: Keep waterways clean during summer recreation

July 31, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. July 31, 2010

King County Councilwoman Kathy Lambert encouraged residents to clean up after themselves on area waterways.

State law bans disposing of trash in waterways. Offenders can be charged with a misdemeanor. The infraction carries a fine up to $1,000 and up to 90 days in jail. King County Sheriff’s Office patrols intend to watch for careless swimmers, rafters and boaters this summer.

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Speedy voters return early ballots for Aug. 17 election

July 30, 2010

NEW — 5 p.m. July 30, 2010

Early voters had returned more than 1,000 ballots by Friday for the all-mail primary election.

King County Elections mailed ballots to voters Wednesday — some people returned the ballots on the same day they received them.

“We have already received about 1,500 ballots back to elections,” Elections Director Sherril Huff said in a news release. “We are projecting a total county return of about 45 percent for this election.”

Ballots must be postmarked by Aug. 17, or dropped into a drop box by 8 p.m. on Election Day. Find drop box locations here. Track ballots online at the office’s website.

The early returns mean a greater percentage of ballots can be counted for the initial results report on election night.

Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast underpass to close for a month

July 30, 2010

NEW — 2:15 p.m. July 30, 2010

The state Department of Transportation plans to close southbound Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast under state Route 18 for a month starting Monday.

During the closure, crews will replace a retaining wall damaged by Holder Creek flooding in January 2009.

Traffic will be detoured onto westbound state Route 18 to 244th Avenue Southeast, onto eastbound state Route 18 and then back to Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast. The project should wrap by late September.

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Vaughan leads U.S. Open in Sammamish

July 30, 2010

NEW — 11:05 a.m. July 30, 2010

Bruce Vaughan, a former fireman who didn’t take up golf until he was 20, shot a 4-under-par 66 Thursday to take the first-round lead in the U.S. Senior Open golf tournament at Sahalee Country Club.

Vaughan had a two-stroke lead over Loren Roberts and amateur Thomas Jackson.

Seattle native Fred Couples, who had three straight birdies on the back nine, finished at even par, tying for ninth place. Tom Watson, who was the early leader, also finished at even par.

Defending U.S. Senior Open champion Fred Funk started the day with a bogey and things never got better. His opening day score was 6-over-76.

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Emergency Management Division plans radio test Saturday

July 30, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. July 30, 2010

Join amateur radio operators during a field test of the state Emergency Management Division to field-test a state emergency communications system on Saturday.

Between 15 and 20 amateur radio operators plan to join state emergency-management staffers to conduct a test of the state emergency communications trailer. Using communications equipment in the trailer, radio operators will attempt to contact county emergency operations centers in all 39 Washington counties.

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Fundraiser benefits autism-afflicted toddler

July 30, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. July 30, 2010

Help a little boy battle autism at a fundraiser in Issaquah.

Small Threads for Kids, a consignment shop specializing in children’s clothing, hosts the fundraiser Friday and Saturday. Part of the sales benefit a boy in need of medical care for autism.

The store, 1480 N.W. Gilman Blvd., No. 3, is open 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday.

Learn more about the fundraiser here. Find the store on Facebook.

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July 29, 2010

Police seek phone records in Leroy Hill assault investigation

July 29, 2010

UPDATED — 9:10 p.m. July 29, 2010

Issaquah police intend to search phone records to determine if forbidden contact occurred between Seattle Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill and the girlfriend police said he assaulted in April.

Police requested a warrant Tuesday to search the girlfriend’s mobile phone records to determine if she and Hill had broken a no-contact order. Investigators intend to use the records to determine if witness tampering or intimidation took place.

“Based on my experience, domestic violence victims and defendants can communicate with each other, even after the issuance of court orders,” Issaquah Detective Bob Porter wrote in court documents.

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Prosecutors charge Renton man after state park shootings

July 29, 2010

Widow of slain man said suspect has gang connections

UPDATED — 10:55 a.m. July 29, 2010

The cousin of a man shot dead at Lake Sammamish State Park faces a weapons-possession charge in connection with the case.

David Keowongphet — cousin of the slain Yang Keovongphet — faces a first-degree unlawful firearm possession charge after police found guns and ammunition at his Renton home. King County prosecutors said the cousin, Keowongphet, also has gang ties.

The slain man’s widow told the King County Sheriff’s Office she saw the cousin fire a gun into the air during the July 17 shootout.

“David denied any knowledge of the murder and stated that he was at the park, but left prior to the shooting,” Detective Sue Peters wrote in court documents.

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