Local Sikhs to gather for candlelight vigil to honor shooting victims

August 9, 2012

NEW — 2 p.m. Aug. 9, 2012

King County‘s Sikh community plans to hold a public candlelight vigil Saturday to remember the worshipers killed in a shooting at a Wisconsin temple Aug. 5.

Issaquah-area King County Councilman Reagan Dunn met local Sikh leaders in the days after the tragedy.

“Sikhs in the Pacific Northwest and all throughout the United States should never feel fear when entering their place of worship,” he said in a statement. “My thoughts and prayers go out to the families and loved ones of those that lost their lives this past weekend.”

In the Wisconsin shooting, a gunman killed six people during a ceremony at the Milwaukee-area temple and then died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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Eastridge Church hosts backpack giveaway at JAMFEST

August 8, 2012

NEW — 10:30 a.m. Aug. 8, 2012

Eastridge Church is hosting a backpack giveaway and the JAMFEST basketball tournament Saturday at a community festival.

Outdoor activities kick off the festival at 10 a.m. The event includes a giveaway of 750 backpacks filled with school supplies. Revelers can also enjoy children’s activities, live music, a hydroplane viewing and a barbecue lunch.

“Each year we have a great response to our annual turkey giveaway at Thanksgiving and toy giveaway at Christmas,” Eastridge Church Lead Pastor Steve Jamison said. “This year we wanted to do something more to give back to the community.”

The backpack giveaway is scheduled to start at 2 p.m., and registration starts at 10 a.m. at the church campus, 24205 S.E. Issaquah-Fall City Road. Children must be present to receive backpacks. The limit is one backpack per child in kindergarten through high school.

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Voters endorse property tax measure, incumbent candidates

August 7, 2012

NEW — 8:40 p.m. Aug. 7, 2012

King County voters endorsed a $200 million property tax measure to build a juvenile justice facility, as King County Elections released initial results Tuesday night.

Officials asked voters to fund a replacement for the aging Youth Services Center, a juvenile detention facility in Seattle.

The measure appeared on a crowded primary ballot alongside federal, judicial, legislative and statewide contests. Voters in Issaquah and throughout Washington returned ballots in recent days, as the calendar inched closer to the summer primary — and the Tuesday deadline to postmark or return ballots.

The electorate chose the top two candidates, regardless of party affiliation, in the all-mail primary election. The top vote recipients then advance to an all-mail general election Nov. 6.

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Issaquah Police Department seeks residents’ help to curb burglaries

August 7, 2012

Police increased patrols in Issaquah neighborhoods in recent weeks as officers work to curb residential burglaries, particularly daytime incidents.

The stepped-up patrols and public outreach campaign started last month, and officials credited the effort in a recent arrest connected to a string of burglaries.

Issaquah officers responded to 53 burglaries — 33 residential and 20 commercial — between January and July. In the same period last year, police responded to 47 burglaries — 30 commercial and 17 commercial.

Police responded to 107 burglaries overall in Issaquah last year and 101 burglaries in 2010, according to the annual Crime in Washington report compiled by the Washington Association of Sheriffs & Police Chiefs and the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission.

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Local law enforcement agencies offer burglary-prevention tips

August 7, 2012

Local law enforcement agencies offered crime prevention tips amid a series of burglaries in Issaquah.

• If you see someone suspicious in your neighborhood, call the police.

• Attempt to get a detailed description of the suspicious person, his or her direction of travel and any associated vehicles, including license plate information.

• Tell neighbors you trust if you plan to be away or if you expect any deliveries.

• If you do not know the person knocking on your door, talk to him or her through the closed door so he or she knows somebody is home.

• If your home is burglarized, do not touch any disturbed areas in case fingerprints can be obtained, and call the Issaquah Police Department at 837-3200 or 911. If you suspect the burglar is still inside your home, call 911.

• Do not leave your garage door opener in your car whether you are home or away. Thieves can steal your vehicle registration and use the garage door opener to gain entry into your home. Thieves sometimes take the garage door opener out of a car parked in front of a home, enter the house through the garage and burglarize the home.

Source: Issaquah Police Department, King County Sheriff’s Office

Woman arrested for July burglary

August 7, 2012

Issaquah police arrested a SeaTac woman Aug. 1 in connection with a July burglary.

Police said the arrest came after a positive identification by residents and a weekslong investigation. The burglary occurred in early July in the Sycamore neighborhood south of downtown Issaquah.

Jackie Jean Johnston, 45, remained in custody at the King County Jail on $10,000 bail Aug. 6 on charges of burglary, possession of stolen property and trafficking in stolen property.

Officers discovered Johnston’s truck at the Issaquah Transit Center, 1050 17th Ave. N.W., Aug. 1 and alerted a detective.

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Rough waters continue for Miss Red Dot

August 7, 2012

Miss Red Dot racing in Heat 2B of the Lamb Weston Columbia Cup in the Tri-Cities. By David Cormier

Issaquah driver is out of Seafair after crash

It was just your typical 190 mph morning stroll along the waters of the Columbia River when Miss Red Dot driver Kip Brown took the ride of his life.

“We had a steering failure,” he said. “At that point, it went into a pretty violent hook and I was just along for the ride.”

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City Council hires lobbyist to represent Issaquah in Olympia

August 7, 2012

Issaquah needs a lobbyist to advocate in the marble corridors beneath the Capitol dome — and coax state legislators to support local projects, City Council members said in a contentious decision to hire a longtime Olympia lobbyist.

The council agreed in a 5-2 decision July 16 to hire Doug Levy to represent Issaquah in Olympia. Members spent $21,700 to hire the former congressional staffer and onetime journalist through December.

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Issaquah man dies in fall from Kittitas County cliff

August 7, 2012

Police said a 51-year-old Issaquah man died after falling from a cliff the evening of Aug. 4 in Kittitas County, about 10 miles northeast of Snoqualmie Pass.

Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office investigators said Issaquah resident Glenn Williams, accompanied by his wife and daughter, stopped along a U.S. Forest Service road. Police said Williams then moved to a rock cliff to take in the view, and fell 40 to 50 feet into shallow water in Lake Kachess below.

The incident occurred at about 9:30 p.m. in a remote area along the lake, a reservoir along the Kachess River in rural Kittitas County. The southern end of Lake Kachess is less than a mile from Interstate 90.

Police said a boat on Lake Kachess picked up Williams and took him to shore, where he was later pronounced dead.

Units from the sheriff’s office, Kittitas County Fire District 8 and Kittitas County Hospital District 2 responded to the scene.

The reason for the fall and the cause of death remain under investigation. The sheriff’s office said alcohol appears to be a factor in the incident.

High school sweethearts celebrate platinum anniversary, 70 years of marriage

August 7, 2012

Lorraine and Bud Cochran enjoy summer from the wicker patio swing at their home near Issaquah High School.
By Greg Farrar

Bud Cochran used to walk more than a mile to see his sweetheart Lorraine back when they were students at Puyallup High School in the late 1930s. With no car and a girlfriend that lived on the opposite side of town, the trek became a familiar path for the love-struck Bud.

“It didn’t seem far at all,” he said. “I was just smitten.”

Seven decades later, the two longtime Issaquah residents are still together, having celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary May 2. Sitting in their cozy ranch-style home situated next to Issaquah High School, Bud, 90, and Lorraine, 88, fondly reminisced about their eventful 70 years together.

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