Skyline Spartans score early, often in Redmond rout

September 30, 2011

NEW — 11 p.m. Sept. 30, 2011

The Skyline Spartans looked its usual self at home Friday night, scoring early and often on its way to a 56-17 rout of the Redmond Mustangs.

The team improved to 3-2 on the season.

Skyline quarterback Max Browne completed 15 of 19 pass attempts for 215 yards and three touchdowns, while backup quarterback Nate Gibson completed all seven of his passes and two touchdowns.

Running back Damian Greene ran eight times for 52 yards and receiver Mason Gregory finished with four catches for 69 yards. Altogether, Skyline compiled 428 yards of offense, scoring 21 in the first quarter, 28 in the second and easing off with just one touchdown in the second half.

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Police locate Issaquah gunman’s abandoned car at airport

September 30, 2011

NEW — 6:15 p.m. Sept. 30, 2011

Port of Seattle police located Issaquah gunman Ronald W. Ficker’s abandoned car in a Seattle-Tacoma International Airport parking garage Friday, ending a six-day search for the missing vehicle.

Investigators started searching for Ficker’s silver Hyundai Accent not long after the gunman died in a hail of gunfire from Issaquah police officers Sept. 24. Ficker  rented a similar vehicle — a silver Kia Forte sedan — and drove to Issaquah.

Investigators said Ficker, 51, rented the Kia sedan at 11. a.m. Sept. 23 from a Seattle car rental counter near the airport. Police said he put about 450 miles on the vehicle before he abandoned the sedan at a downtown Issaquah intersection. (The vehicle has California license plates.)

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School board delays bond ballot question, changes project line-up

September 30, 2011

NEW — 2:30 p.m. Sept. 30, 2011

After roughly four hours of discussion, the Issaquah School Board voted 4-1 to place a revamped $219 million capital improvement bond package before voters.

But in a decision that came earlier in the course of their regular meeting Wednesday, the board voted unanimously to mount the levy in April instead of February as previously planned.

The issue will appear on ballots for an April 17 election. In 2014, voters also may decide a capital improvement levy — not a bond issue — to pay for some items removed from the original proposal for the 2012 bond question.

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Vote Liberty High School as area’s most spirited school

September 30, 2011

NEW — 3 p.m. Sept. 30 2011

The Liberty High School band is looking to get the school selected as the most spirited school in the area.

Voting is being done online. The balloting is part of Evening Magazine’s Best of  Western Washington contest.

Learn more or cast your vote at Voting ends Oct. 9.

2011 Fall Home Tour

September 30, 2011

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Liberty girls soccer team nips Mercer Island

September 30, 2011

NEW — 11 a.m. Sept. 30, 2011

It was better late than never Thursday for the Liberty High School girls soccer team.

Kali Youngdahl scored a goal in the closing seconds as the Patriots nipped visiting Mercer Island 1-0 in a KingCo Conference 3A/2A thriller.

Kailiana Johnson assisted on Youngdahl’s goal. Liberty goalkeeper Macaire Ament recorded the shutout.

With the victory, Liberty improved its league record to 6-0 and remained in a tie with Interlake for first place. Liberty plays at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4 at Interlake in a big showdown.

In other league action, Interlake defeated Juanita 4-1; and it was Bellevue 2, Mount Si 1; and Lake Washington 5, Sammamish 0.

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Downtown Issaquah shooting / Sept. 24, 2011

September 29, 2011

Issaquah cross country team races by Ballard

September 29, 2011

NEW — 12:30 p.m. Sept. 29, 2011

The Issaquah High School girls cross country team remained unbeaten Wednesday when the Eagles flew by visiting Ballard 17-44 in a KingCo Conference 4A meet.

Issaquah, 5-0, captured five of the top six places and put eight runners into the top 10.

Freshman Ellie Hendrickson paced the Eagles by finishing first in the 3-mile race in 19 minutes, 24 seconds. It was her first varsity win. Issaquah’s Ellie Clawson and Rachel Osgood tied for second, each finishing in 19:27. Abby Wilson and Emily Winterstein, of Issaquah, were fifth and sixth. Amanda Chalfant, Nikita Sirohi and Abby Irwin went eighth, ninth and 10th respectively for Issaquah.

In the boys meet, Ballard defeated Issaquah 18-41. Tom Howe was Issaquah’s top runner, finishing third in 16:40.

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Issaquah police encountered gunman in days, hours before shooting

September 28, 2011

King County Chief Deputy Steve Strachan points to a picture of the ditch on the east side of Clark Elementary from where Ronald W. Ficker fired at Issaquah police officers Sept. 24. By Greg Farrar

UPDATED — 5:15 p.m. Sept. 28, 2011

Issaquah police officers contacted the Sept. 24 gunman in the days and hours before the lethal shootout at Clark Elementary School, but did not have reason to detain Ronald W. Ficker before the incident.

In the days before the shootout, Ficker told people he had been “communicating with the devil” and said, “Something big is going to happen.”

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The Goddard School Simon Says record attempt / Sept. 23, 2011

September 28, 2011

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