Police release suspect sketch in possible assault near Issaquah

March 4, 2011

NEW — 10 a.m. March 4, 2011

Investigators released a sketch Friday of a man suspected in a possible sexual assault near Issaquah.

Washington State Patrol suspect sketch

Washington State Patrol detectives seek information and witnesses after a teenage girl reported sexual assault late Monday afternoon.

Police said a man in a truck picked up the Issaquah girl at about 5:30 p.m. as she walked along state Route 900 at 148th Avenue Southeast near Issaquah, assaulted her and preceded to drive around the area. The girl told police he held her against her will and released her after about 30 minutes.

Investigators described the suspect as a Hispanic man between 19 and 25 years old, and about 5-feet 6-inches tall. Police said he had a strong accent, and wore jeans, a dark blue sweatshirt and a hat. Sideburns could be seen from beneath the hat.

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Firefighters: Generator caused blaze at Issaquah home

March 4, 2011

Flames roared through a South Cove home after a generator caught fire in the garage Thursday. Contributed

NEW — 10 a.m. March 4, 2011

Firefighters treated a South Cove resident for a minor injury Thursday evening after fire roared through a garage.

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King County executive aims to overhaul electronics recycling

March 4, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. March 4, 2011

King County could break ground by requiring responsible electronics recycling for county departments.

County Executive Dow Constantine proposed legislation last week to ensure all county agencies recycle computer monitors, mobile phones, TVs and other discarded electronics through environmentally sound practices.

The county could become the first in the state — and the second in the United States — to enact such a measure.

“King County agencies recycled more than 90,000 pounds of electronic equipment in 2010 and they did it the right way — under contract with an excellent local e-Steward recycler Total Reclaim,” Constantine said in a release. “This ordinance will ensure that our agencies always use an approved recycler and pursue the most responsible recycling practices for their electronic waste.”

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Washington State Patrol lab relies on DNA to solve crimes

March 4, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. March 4, 2011

The state crime lab used DNA testing to complete a record-setting 379 hits last year.

Teams at the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab use a national database, Combined DNA Index System or CODIS, to offer leads to investigators.

Since the program debuted more than a decade ago, the crime-fighting tool has provided more than 1,500 leads.

“This is about arresting and convicting the guilty, and clearing the innocent,” state patrol Chief John Batiste said. “DNA is the most reliable way we’ve ever had for telling if someone was present at a crime scene.”

Located in Seattle, the laboratory receives about 1,400 samples from convicted offenders each month.

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Fire roars through Issaquah house after explosions

March 3, 2011

NEW — 9 p.m. March 3, 2011

Eastside Fire & Rescue crews responded to a residential fire near Timberlake Park on Thursday evening, after neighbors reported explosions and thick, black smoke billowing into the air.

The blaze started before 6 p.m. inside a garage in the 18000 block of Southeast 43rd Court, a neighborhood along Lake Sammamish’s southern shore.

Fire destroyed the garage, but did not reach the attached house. The residents escaped the blaze, and residents escaped without major injuries.

The blaze could have started after a generator in the garage caught fire.

Five Guys Burgers and Fries plans Issaquah restaurant

March 3, 2011

NEW — 10 a.m. March 3, 2011

Five Guys Burgers and Fries is planning to open in the Issaquah Commons.

Operators applied for a business license from the city Feb. 16, and a sign announcing the restaurant appeared in a vacant storefront at the Issaquah Commons at about the same time. The opening date has not been announced, and a Five Guys spokeswoman could not be reached for comment.

The restaurant’s no-frills menu — think burgers, fries and hot dogs — has earned a loyal following from coast to coast. In fact, the Virginia-based chain has a tab labeled “fanatics” on its website.

The market research firm Chain Store Guide ranked Five Guys at No. 3 last year among the 50 fastest-growing restaurant chains in the United States and Canada. Five Guys boasts more than 500 outlets nationwide.

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Issaquah voters face choice among King Conservation District candidates

March 3, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. March 3, 2011

The clock is ticking for King Conservation District voters to cast ballots online in the contest for a vacant board seat.

Voters started to cast e-ballots in the supervisor race Feb. 15. The voting period runs through March 15.

The conservation district is the agency responsible for promoting sustainable use of natural resources, and for providing information and technical assistance to landowners.

Candidates Kent farmer Bruce Elliott, Redmond real estate agent Teri Herrera, Duvall farmer Eric Nelson and Sammamish retiree Preston Prudente seek the volunteer position.

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Cascade Water Alliance mails leak detection kits to customers

March 3, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. March 3, 2011

The average home can waste more than 10,000 gallons of water each year due to running toilets, dripping faucets and other household leaks. The results: wasted water and pricier water bills.

In fact, leaking toilets can waste more than 200 gallons of water per day.

In order to stop the drips, Cascade Water Alliance plans to send toilet leak detection mailers to more than 100,000 residences in Issaquah and King County for Fix A Leak Week from March 14-20.

The mailers include dye strips and simple instructions to check toilets for leaks. Learn more about toilet-leak fixes and other conservation programs at the alliance website.

Since 2004, the alliance has offered conservation programs to help reduce water use and save money.

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City Council hears from applicants as contest for open seat nears end

March 2, 2011

NEW — 11 a.m. March 2, 2011

City Council applicants, dressed in suits and skirts, on Tuesday night faced the half dozen city leaders responsible for selecting a resident to serve on the council for the next 10 months.

The council listened for about 90 minutes as the nine candidates in the race to succeed former Councilwoman Maureen McCarry outlined goals for Issaquah.

Then, after the presentations, the council met in a closed-door session to discuss candidates’ qualifications. The decision to appoint a resident to the Position 5 seat is expected to occur Monday.

“I think almost everybody who put their hand up to come be a council member is well-spoken, outspoken and opinionated,” longtime Development Commission member and applicant Mary Lou Pauly said. “We’re all going to participate as actively as we can. That means doing our homework, reading the reports, getting prepared and then coming to the meetings with something to offer.”

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‘Annie Get Your Gun’ and ‘The Producers’ round out upcoming Village Theatre season

March 2, 2011

Village Theatre dips into the Great American Songbook, re-imagines Broadway blockbusters and polishes original musicals for the Mainstage during the 2011-12 season.

Performers present a reading of the musical ‘It Shoulda Been You’ at the 2010 Festival of New Musicals. By Sam Freeman

For the fourth consecutive season, the downtown Issaquah playhouse plans to feature a pair of original musicals on the Mainstage — rarity for regional theaters.

The lineup includes the classic musicals “Annie Get Your Gun” and “The Producers” — plus the original musicals “Take Me America” and “It Shoulda Been You.” The lone play in the upcoming season is a Neil Simon chestnut, “The Odd Couple.”

The season kicks off in Issaquah just after Labor Day. The productions then head to the Everett Performing Arts Center after the local engagements conclude.

‘Take Me America’

Sept. 14 to Oct. 23

“Take Me America” last appeared on the Village Theatre stage as a reading at the 2009 Festival of New Musicals.

The rock musical presents tales from refugees struggling to gain political asylum in the United States — and of the immigration agents responsible for deciding the refugees’ fates. The immigration agents labor to find a balance between the refugees’ humanity and a difficult professional position.

Though the subject matter has significant heft, “Take Me America” intersperses comedy throughout the musical.

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