Issaquah girl, 9, injured in 14-vehicle pileup, dies

July 23, 2011

NEW — 9 p.m. July 23, 2011

Rachel Beckwith, a 9-year-old Issaquah girl injured in a 14-vehicle pileup in Bellevue, died Saturday afternoon from injuries sustained in the July 20 crash.

Rachel and a 2-year-old sister rode in a Lexus sedan as the girls’ mother, Samantha Paul, as a tractor-trailer jackknifed into a loaded logging truck and spurred the chain-reaction crash.

Medics rushed seven people, including a handful of Issaquah residents, to area hospitals in the aftermath. Only Rachel sustained life-threatening injuries.

The teaching pastor at at EastLake Community Church, Jeremy Johnson, said Paul suffered head injures in the early morning crash, but is expected to recover. The younger daughter escaped without major injuries.

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Issaquah Sterling Savings Bank robbed Friday

July 22, 2011

NEW — 5:15 p.m. July 22, 2011

A man walked into Sterling Savings Bank at about 2:10 p.m. Friday and left with an undisclosed amount of cash, according to Issaquah police.

Issaquah Police Sgt. Bob Porter said an initial search for the suspect — a search that included the use of a K-9 unit from another jurisdiction — proved unsuccessful.  Officials were unable to gain much information as to what direction the man headed after leaving the bank or what type of vehicle he may have been driving.

“He just basically walked out of the bank and into that big parking lot,” Porter said, referring to the large retail parking area outside the bank at 705 N.W. Gilman Blvd.

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Lakeside Recovery baseball season ends

July 22, 2011

NEW — 1:10 p.m. July 22, 2011

The Lakeside Recovery Senior American Legion baseball team had two chances to qualify for the upcoming AAA state tournament, but fell short in a pair of games Thursday in a Super Regional tournament at Bellevue’s Bannerwood Park.

Lakeside Recovery entered the day coming off a 12-0 victory against the Tacoma Cobras in the opening round Wednesday.

The local club then faced the Spokane Blue Devils, who also won their opener, in a game where the winner automatically advanced to the state tournament. However,  Lakeside Recovery lost to the Spokane Blue Devils, 3-2. With the loss, Lakeside Recovery still had a chance to advance to the state tournament if it could beat the Kennewick Bandits.

But the season came to an end for Lakeside Recovery when it lost to the Kennewick Bandits, 8-5, in a loser-out, winner-to-state game.

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King County OKs rainwater as sole drinking water source

July 22, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. July 22, 2011

King County residents can now rely on cloudbursts as a thirst quencher.

On Thursday, the county Board of Health approved a measure to allow rainwater captured from roofs as the sole residential water source for single-family homes on septic systems. Under older rules, rainwater could only be used as a supplemental source.

The board acted in response to residents interested in building eco-conscious homes.

Kathy Lambert, a board member and Issaquah’s representative on the King County Council, proposed adding rainwater-catchment systems as a tool for another water source.

“Extending public water lines or digging a well are not always available or feasible in rural and rugged areas of King County, or they can be so expensive to install that they render a lot unbuildable,” she said in a statement. “The ability to utilize rainwater will be a particular advantage in mountainous areas of the county with terrain and soil conditions that make it difficult to site a well and on-site sewage system that do not interfere with each other.”

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Share opinions about bike paths at Bike Night Issaquah

July 21, 2011

NEW — 2 p.m. July 21, 2011

Sponsored by the Cascade Land Conservancy, Bike Night Issaquah, slate for Thursday evening, is a chance for residents or anyone concerned to bike around some of the city’s bike paths and share their opinions on those paths with bike and pedestrian experts, and other community members.

The bike ride begins and ends at the Issaquah Brewhouse, 35 W. Sunset Way. The bike ride starts at 6 p.m. Trail discussions will be held at 7 p.m. At 8 p.m., participants are invited to the brewhouse to watch coverage of the Tour de France.

The bike ride will essentially take you in a loop from the brewhouse down and across Front Street to a spot on the Issaquah-Preston Trail. The route then heads back to the brewhouse on the opposite side of Interstate 90.

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Lakeside Recovery baseball hammers Cobras

July 21, 2011

NEW — 10 a.m. July 21, 2011

Mike Paulson, a former Issaquah High standout, and Dan Altchech, of Newport, each pounded out two hits to support the pitching of Travis Snider, of Skyline, Wednesday as the Lakeside Recovery Senior American Legion baseball team hammered the Tacoma Cobras 12-0 in the a AAA Super Regional tournament game at Bellevue’s Bannerwood Park.

Lakeside Recovery plays the Spokane Blue Devils at 4 p.m. Thursday with the winner advancing to the state tournament next week in Selah. The loser plays either the Kennewick Bandits or Cobras for a state tournament berth.

Altchech drove in three runs and Paulson, who played at Walla Walla Community College in the spring, knocked in one run. Snider pitched a complete game, striking out seven and not allowing a walk.

Lakeside Recovery scored 10 runs in the fifth inning.

The victory evened Lakeside Recovery’s record at 21-21.

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Teens hurt after high-speed crash in Sammamish

July 21, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. July 21, 2011

Medics rushed three teenage boys to the hospital early Thursday morning after a high-speed crash near Beaver Lake.

The speeding car lost control, tore through a fence and then slammed into a tree near Southeast 25th Way and Beaver Lake Way Southeast, about a half-mile east of Beaver Lake Park.

Eastside Fire & Rescue crews extricated the boys from the mangled wreck of the white Subaru and transported them to the hospital. Officials described the injuries as not life-threatening and expect all of the teenagers to survive.

Crews had to use the Jaws of Life to pull two of the boys from the crashed car.

Residents in the area called 911 just after midnight to report a loud crashing noise.

The investigation into the crash continues.

Council honors Bellevue College leader, advocate for Issaquah campus

July 21, 2011

Outgoing Bellevue College President Jean Floten (center) is joined by King County Council members during a recognition ceremony Monday. Contributed

NEW — 6 a.m. July 21, 2011

On Monday, King County Council members lauded outgoing Bellevue College President Jean Floten, the college’s longtime leader and a staunch advocate for building a satellite campus in Issaquah.

The recognition came as she ends a 22-year tenure at the Eastside campus.

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Issaquah girl, 9, is in critical condition after 14-vehicle pileup

July 20, 2011

NEW — 4:45 p.m. July 20, 2011

The 14-vehicle pileup along westbound Interstate 90 in Bellevue on Wednesday morning involved six Issaquah residents, including a 9-year-old girl sent to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition.

Just before 8 a.m., as traffic slowed due to congestion near the Interstate 405 interchange at 133rd Avenue Southeast, a tractor-trailer jackknifed into a loaded logging truck in the adjacent lane.

“For whatever reason, whether the semi truck was going too fast, wasn’t paying attention or a combination of the two, for the conditions, he didn’t seem to see that traffic had stopped until the last second,” said Sgt. Keith Trowbridge, a Washington State Patrol spokesman. “At that point, he tried to put the brakes on, but he jackknifed and went into the log truck.”

The impact dislodged the rear axle of the logging truck.

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Outdoor Channel honors Liberty High School graduate wounded in Iraq

July 20, 2011

NEW — 2 p.m. July 20, 2011

Retired U.S. Army Spc. Rory Dunn, a 2000 Liberty High School graduate, survived devastating injuries caused by a roadside bomb in Iraq.

Now, as a display of gratitude for Dunn’s sacrifice, the Outdoor Channel whisked the former soldier deep into the heart of Texas for a whitetail deer hunt. Crews filmed the expedition for “Grateful Nation” — a show about disabled veterans on a hunt alongside host Tim Abell, a former Army Airborne Ranger.

Dunn’s episode is scheduled to air at 1:30 p.m. Thursday and 4:30 p.m. July 24 on the Outdoor Channel, channel 406 on Comcast.

In the episode, Dunn returns to South Texas and the Catarosa Ranch in the famed “Golden Triangle” of big game hunting.

Dunn also made a surprise appearance on “Grateful Nation” last year to reunite with a combat buddy.

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