Sentencing is delayed again in senior fraud case

December 27, 2011

Sentencing for the former Issaquah insurance agent convicted of swindling more than $1 million from elderly clients has again been delayed, until Feb. 10.

Jasmine Jamrus-Kassim, 49, pleaded guilty Oct. 31 to 10 counts of first-degree theft in King County Superior Court. Prosecutors reduced the number of charges from 21 as part of a plea deal.

Jamrus-Kassim had been scheduled for sentencing Nov. 18 and again Dec. 9, but the court continued the hearing after the defendant requested a different attorney.

Prosecutors said Jamrus-Kassim stole at least $1,052,088 between late 2007 and late 2009. The seniors made out checks to Jamrus-Kassim. The clients thought she intended to reinvest the money for them.

Instead, she funneled the money into a personal account for clothes, jewelry, online psychic advisers and a trip to Mexico.

Liberty High School grad rides into reality TV on ‘The Bachelor’

December 27, 2011

Lindzi Cox

According to an August 2000 article in The Issaquah Press, the family motto of 2003 Liberty High School grad Lindzi Cox is as follows: “We have our good days and our bad days. We just hope all our good days are on the weekend.”

Hopefully for Cox, at least some of the filming of the upcoming season of the ABC show “The Bachelor” took place on the weekend.

Cox, 27, is set to appear on the ABC reality series that starts its next season Jan. 2.

“The Bachelor” is famous for its “rose ceremonies,” where, after going on televised dates, the eligible bachelor of the title hands roses to the women he wants to stay on the show.

For this season, having formerly appeared on “The Bachelorette,” businessman Ben Flajnik will have his choice of 25 bachelorettes, including Cox.

According to ABC, Cox and other show participants, as well as their friends and families, are not allowed to talk with the media prior to the participant either being eliminated or winning the show. Cox could not be reached for any comment.

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Buyers discover golden keepsakes

December 27, 2011

THR buyer Noah Williams shows off a 1960s Gibson guitar purchased during a gold, silver and memorabilia buying event at the Holiday Inn of Issaquah. By Tom Corrigan

Early the morning of Dec. 21, the buyers for THR and Associates were at least temporarily on their own inside a meeting room of the Holiday Inn of Issaquah.

A national buyer of precious metal and collectibles, THR was in town Dec. 19-23 to offer those wishing to divest themselves of possibly worthwhile but unneeded items a chance to earn money for those items.

THR is the same group that produces the Treasure Hunters Roadshow TV show.

Standing by a table filled mostly with jewelry and watches, THR buyer Noah Williams said the company usually provides him with about $500,000 to spend on items during a stop such as that at the local Holiday Inn. Tough economic times and current high prices for gold and silver are driving sellers to such companies as THR, Williams said.

He added the Issaquah buying event was a lot busier earlier in the week, but sellers were still arriving in small numbers as Christmas approached.

As of mid-week, Williams said the star item purchased was undoubtedly a 1961 Gibson electric guitar. He placed the full value of the instrument at about $8,000, saying the seller had left with a check for $7,500.

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Jeremy John Gilroy

December 27, 2011

Jeremy John Gilroy, 37, died Dec. 11, 2011, in Seattle.

Jeremy Gilroy

Jeremy lived loudly. The fiery redhead was born in Oswego, N.Y., to Jack and Helene Gilroy. He was joined two years later by sister Kristen.

Jeremy spent most of his life in the Seattle area. He grew up in Issaquah, surrounded by loving friends and a nurturing community. He rode his bike for hours and hours every day, singing at the top of his lungs. He paid daily visits to many of his neighbors, and followed the garbage truck around Squak Mountain so he could put away the trash cans of everyone who lived in a 3-mile radius. He loved dogs and little kids, Matchbox cars, stickers and sidewalk chalk, and annual trips to Ocean Shores. Everyone who knew Jer well remembers his infectious laugh and has a great story about him.

Jeremy was a graduate of Issaquah High School. He had several jobs, most recently at Auburn Volkswagen. He liked going to work and was never shy about making friends and saying whatever was on his mind (often it was “I like you”). He helped us live more compassionately and joyfully.

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Raymond Dale Hunt

December 27, 2011

Raymond Dale Hunt of Issaquah, loving husband to Dorothy, passed away Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011 in Issaquah. He was 88.

A committal service with military honors will be held at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo.

Friends are invited to view a full obituary and photos and share memories in the family’s online guestbook at www.flintofts.com.

Flintoft’s Funeral Home and Crematory, 392-6444.

Kasen Williams leads parade of 2011 best efforts from individuals, teams

December 27, 2011

Peyton Pelluer (right), Skyline High School junior linebacker, and teammate Nic Sblendorio (9), junior defensive back, combine to throw Woodinville senior running back Devin McKee to the turf during the 4A state semifinal game Nov. 26. By Greg Farrar

It was a year of state titles for Skyline High School, and the end of a career for a Spartan who always seemed to be in championship form.

When he graduated last spring, Skyline’s Kasen Williams left a legacy that might never be duplicated in the Issaquah School District. He was definitely the most dominant figure in the local sports scene in 2011.

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Father helps quadriplegic son communicate and hold jobs using specialized interface

December 27, 2011

Doug Brookens, left, helped design a computer system that allows his physically challenged son, Bob, to communicate, surf the Internet and hold down two paying jobs. By Tom Corrigan

Once his father switches it on, Issaquah resident Bob Brookens, who just turned 40, instantly starts operating the MacBook Air attached to his wheelchair. The cursor moves rapidly and the screen flickers and changes rapidly as well.

Through the computer, Brookens makes a personal comment to his father, Doug Brookens. Bob is then ready and willing to demonstrate how he completes his job for a call center provider.

Bob is a quadriplegic who has cerebral palsy and cannot communicate verbally. He’s not able to use a keyboard or a joystick. But in the early 1980s, working with the University of Washington, Doug was able to rig up a computer interface his son could use.

“For the first time, he could communicate more than ‘yes’ or ‘no,’” Doug said, adding that with email and the Internet, Bob’s world eventually got a whole lot bigger. That interface, which has been through plenty of refinement over the years, now allows Bob to hold down not one, but two part-time paying jobs.

The call center job really is a long-distance, Internet position. The Bellevue office of AtWork! has even set up a space for Bob to complete his assigned tasks, said Lisa Fox, director of employment services for AtWork!

AtWork! is a nonprofit organization helping challenged people throughout the area.

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Students prove ’tis the season to give back

December 27, 2011

Lee Xie Issaquah High School

The spirit of philanthropy is always alive during the holiday season, but various student-run nonprofit organizations in the Issaquah School District prove that giving back is practiced year round.

The Washington Association for Chinese Education (http://waceducation.weebly.com) is a student-run, nonprofit organization dedicated to generating interest in learning Chinese, helping students understand China and increasing the number of Chinese programs in Washington schools.

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Finding ‘green’ innovations at local high schools

December 27, 2011

Composting lunch helps environment

Jacob Brunette Issaquah High School

Every day, a teenager has to answer many important questions: What should I wear? What homework did I finish last night? Can I get away with sleeping through English?

But perhaps the most important question is: Should I compost my lunch? Every day, the students at Issaquah High School must decide whether his or her organic food scraps should rot in a landfill or in a natural environment where they will help sustain the plant life.

Now, if asked, most would say that, of course, they would prefer to help the environment. But it can be so hard to separate your pizza crust from your Gatorade bottles, and sometimes the yellow compost bin is all the way on the other side of the room, and… ugh.

• Composting at Issaquah High was introduced last year, and in all honesty, it isn’t that difficult. Unfortunately, it has to combat teenagers’ natural apathy, and all too often, it fails.

• While many do a good job separating their compost from their trash and recycling, several students will just drop everything in the trash bin, sending it all to the landfill. However, composting’s future looks bright, as many middle schools are introducing composting programs of their own.

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Horns celebrate 50th anniversary

December 27, 2011

Jimmy and Monita Horn in 2011

Monita grew up in Coulee Dam and Jimmy grew up in Pullman. They met in Pullman while both were attending college. Jimmy had just returned from the United States Navy after five years and Monita was a senior at Washington State University.

Al Schy, president of the Folkdance Club, hosted a party at his house in Pullman. It was between semesters and only a few students were in town. Al invited his old buddy, Jimmy, and introduced him to Monita and her friends. That spring, Jimmy attended the Folkdance Club.

Monita didn’t pay much attention to Jimmy until that summer, when they were all working. She needed a ride out to the hills to collect plants. They spent several times together, getting to know each other.

That fall, Monita went to college in the east and they wrote to each other once a week. When she came back on vacation in August, Jimmy picked her up at the airport in Spokane, giving her a ride home. Later he proposed, and she accepted.

Monita found an apartment in Pullman to live in until they were married. She went to graduate school in botany and taught a lab section of Botany 101 for work. They were married Dec. 29, 1961.

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