Issaquah man faces charge in Pasco for ATM skimming

September 3, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. Sept. 3, 2011

Franklin County prosecutors charged a 34-year-old Issaquah man, because authorities said he placed a device on a Pasco ATM to read customers’ debit and credit card numbers.

Mihai Elekes, 34, is expected to appear Tuesday in Franklin County Superior Court for the unlawful factoring of transactions charge related to the ATM skimming incident.

Prosecutors said Elekes and a 40-year-old accomplice installed a card reader and mirrors attached to metal strips on the ATM machine at a Chase Bank in Pasco.

Pasco police officers, Secret Service agents and bank security agents arrested Elekes and Janos Chertes late Aug. 28 in a sting operation at the bank.

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State urges boaters to wear life jackets during holiday weekend

September 3, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 3, 2011

Sunshine and temperatures in the 80s for Issaquah mean Labor Day weekend offers a chance for boaters to set sail before summer concludes.

Officials expect a busy holiday weekend on Washington waterways, so the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission Boating Program reminds all boaters, especially personal water craft users, to wear a life jacket.

So far in 2011, 13 boating fatalities occurred in Washington. Only one boater involved in the accidents had been wearing a life jacket.

Under state law, boaters using personal watercraft, such as Jet Skis, must wear a life jacket.

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Law chiefs encourage people to report suspicious packages

September 3, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 3, 2011

Local law enforcement leaders called on residents to report suspicious packages to police as the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks approaches.

King County Sheriff Sue Rahr, Seattle Police Chief John Diaz and Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste acted after a recent article in USA Today said such calls overwhelm law enforcement agencies. The officials fear the information could discourage people from reporting suspicious packages to the authorities.

“We are not overwhelmed, and we still want those calls,” Diaz said in a statement. “Our mantra remains ‘If you see something, say something.’”

The local officials reminded residents to call 911 if they see a suspicious package — and not to touch the possible threat.

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Riders should prepare for reduced Labor Day bus service

September 2, 2011

NEW — 4 p.m. Sept. 2, 2011

King County Metro Transit and Sound Transit buses operate on a Sunday schedule for Labor Day.

If a route does not usually run on Sunday, then the route does not operate on the holiday, Monday. Riders should expect to pay holiday and Sunday fares on Metro bus routes on Labor Day.

Metro offices remain closed on the holiday, including the Customer Information Center phone lines. Customers should turn to Metro Online for updates about transit service.

Riders headed to Seattle should prepare for Bumbershoot at the Seattle Center. Use the Trip Planner to determine the best route.

Sound Transit also operates on a Sunday schedule for Labor Day. Call 206-398-5000 for route and schedule information.

Eagles recover from slow start to defeat the Patriots

September 1, 2011

Jake Bakamus, Issaquah senior wide receiver, scores on a 32-yard pass during the second quarter Sept. 9. By Greg Farrar

After they were held to just a field goal in the first quarter, the Issaquah High School football team got its offense back on track in the second quarter and rolled to a 23-13 nonleague victory against the visiting Liberty Patriots Sept. 9 in Gary Moore Stadium.

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Longtime Costco CEO Jim Sinegal announces retirement

August 31, 2011

NEW — 4:30 p.m. Aug. 31, 2011

Jim Sinegal, a Costco cofounder and the Issaquah-based company’s longtime CEO, said Wednesday he plans to retire in January.

Costco’s board elected Craig Jelinek, president and chief operating officer, as president and CEO, effective Jan. 1.

Costco employs more people — about 2,700 at the corporate headquarters and flagship warehouse — than any other business in Issaquah.

“Costco has a very strong culture and a deep bench of management talent,” Sinegal said in a statement. “I have total confidence in Craig’s ability to handle his new responsibilities and feel we are fortunate as a company to have an executive of his caliber to succeed me as chief executive of Costco.”

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King County Elections certifies August primary results

August 31, 2011

NEW — 3 p.m. Aug. 31, 2011

King County Elections certified the results of the Aug. 16 primary election Wednesday morning.

Overall, voters returned 349,566 ballots of the 1,103,522 elections officials mailed in late July. Turnout reached 32 percent — less than officials estimated in the days before the ballot deadline.

The electorate resoundingly approved — 69 percent to 31 percent — renewing the Veterans and Human Services Levy until 2017.

Organizations operating in Issaquah and the surrounding area, such as Friends of Youth and YWCA of Seattle-King-Snohomish, receive support from the levy.

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King County Metro Transit offers safe space for youth

August 31, 2011

NEW — 2:15 p.m. Aug. 31, 2011

Help for troubled teenagers and children is only a bus stop away under a plan King County leaders announced Wednesday.

The county, local service agencies and Safe Place — a national nonprofit organization formed to create community safety nets for young people in crisis — joined for the effort.

Through the program, if a young person in crisis needs help, all he or she has to do is approach a Metro Transit bus driver and say, “I need a safe place.” The driver then makes a call to trigger contact to a youth service provider. The organization then arranges to meet and transport the youth to safety.

Metro Transit and the service agencies— YouthCare, Friends of Youth and Auburn Youth Resources— mean King County is the largest Safe Place partner in the state. The purpose of the program is to put the necessary community resources in place to get help to young people quickly and decrease the potential for harm.

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