Police & Fire

May 21, 2013

By Staff


At about 2:20 a.m. May 3, officers noticed a car going 50 mph in a 35 mph zone near the 4600 block of Issaquah-Pine Lake Road Southeast. The man said he would not submit to a portable Breathalyzer because he did not trust the technology, but he was willing to submit to sobriety tests. Officers noted signs consistent with impairment. The officer arrested the man and took him to the station. The man asked for a specific public defender, and was put in touch with him. Eventually, he took a breath test and blew .135 percent, above the legal limit of .08 percent.


Passionate plumber

A woman told police she was upset that a plumber hired by her apartment complex in the 200 block of southwest Clark Street on April 30 to fix her clogged toilet was rude and “scary.” She said the plumber demanded entrance into her home to fix her toilet and told her about consequences for not fixing the problem immediately.

Found card

Someone turned in a debit card they found at the Starbucks on Issaquah-Pine Lake Road at 4:07 p.m. May 4. Police searched for someone with that name in Sammamish, but when they contacted a homeowner where that person was believed to live, he said he did not know anyone by that name.


Mental health problem

A 13-year-old Sammamish girl took 40 over-the-counter painkiller pills in an effort to harm herself. Police responded to the girl’s home at 9:23 p.m. May 10. She was taken to Overlake Medical Center for treatment.


Driving while revoked

Police noticed a car with a nonfunctioning brake light at about 10:40 p.m. May 8 near the intersection of Southeast 43rd Way and East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast. When an officer contacted the driver, he determined the driver had his license revoked for an unpaid ticket. A licensed driver came to move his vehicle.


He said, she said

Police came to sort out a dispute at about 8:30 p.m. in the 22500 block of Southeast Fourth Street. A man who lives at the house said he had pushed his car into the driveway in order to do some work on its malfunctioning transmission. He said he heard a vehicle travel past his home at a high rate of speed but did not see the vehicle. A few minutes later, a woman appeared and said she had seen the man’s vehicle driving very quickly through the neighborhood. The man said it was not him; he had just gotten home from work and was working on the car. The woman did not believe him and took photos of the car before leaving. In a later discussion with police, she said the man admitted to driving the speeding vehicle. She returned a short time later with another man. This man and the car owner had a discussion. The car owner said the other man threatened him, prompting the call to police. The other man said he may have said he would “do something” but never made any specific threats. Police suggested that in the future, the aggrieved party call police and let them handle the incident.


Driving while suspended

At 1:37 p.m. May 7, Sammamish police noticed a car speeding in the 22200 block of Southeast 20th Street. The officer found the driver had her license suspended for an unpaid parking ticket. The driver had friends nearby who could come pick her up and retrieve the vehicle.


Driving while suspended

At 1:58 a.m. May 7, an officer noticed a car driving in the 4200 block of Peregrine Point Way Southeast. The officer recognized the driver and ran a check, finding that he’d had his license suspended. The officer pulled him over and the man’s girlfriend came to pick him up.



A woman called police to report she’d misplaced her wallet, containing her bank cards, May 4. She called her bank and learned there were two withdrawals made from her accounts at a bank in Chico, Calif. When the woman’s husband came home later that day, he found her wallet. It was intact. The bank could not tell her if there was information about who made the withdrawals.


Suspicious circumstances

A boy in the 26000 block of Southeast 23rd Place told his father he’d seen a man wearing a mask and gloves at 10:15 a.m. May 10. The father then drove around looking for the man, and said the man was walking westbound initially. Police did an area search, but aside from a few footprints, turned up nothing.


Aggressive bicyclist

Police were dispatched to a report of aggressive bicyclists May 10 on the corner of Newport Way Northwest and 17th Avenue Northwest. The reporting person indicated that he had honked at a cyclist who was in the roadway. The cyclist then became angry and photographed his vehicle. Police were unable to locate bicycles in the area.


Hit and run

A woman reported she was driving her Buick LeSabre near the Krispy Kreme in the 6200 block of East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast on May 10, when she said her car was backed into by another vehicle that then sped away from the scene. The fleeing vehicle drove up a blocked parking lane in the Home Depot parking lot. The suspect vehicle squealed its tires when it backed away and left the area.


No coffee for you

A man who is known for making comments that make area baristas uncomfortable may soon be forbidden from entering Starbucks stores. One day, the man, who has followed female baristas to Redmond, saw one female barista walking toward work from her car and called out to her. She ignored him. Once in the store, he asked why and she said she didn’t hear him. He replied that if he’d had a shotgun, he could have shot her. The barista became concerned and told her manager. The manager called police and asked that the man be banned from all area Starbucks for a year. Police told the manager that next time the man comes into the store, the manager should call 911 so the officers can contact the man and ban him.


The Press publishes names of those charged with felony crimes. Information comes directly from local police reports.


On the map

See the Issaquah Police Department’s reported activity from the previous 72 hours at a crime map created by the city at http://bit.ly/ZPHFbA. Addresses contained in the map have been rounded to the nearest hundred block. The address displayed reflects the location where the officer responded to the incident — not necessarily where the incident occurred.


Eastside Fire & Rescue reports for May 10-16

  • An engine crew was dispatched at 6:49 p.m. May 10 to investigate an authorized burning in the 1500 block of Northeast Katsura Street.
  • Two engine crews were dispatched at 9:14 a.m. May 13 to a cooking fire in the 4100 block of 221st Place Southeast. The fire was confined to the container.
  • At 1:58 p.m. May 13, three engine crews were dispatched to provide wind storm damage assessment in the 100 block of 228th Avenue Southeast.
  • At 2:03 p.m. May 13, three engine crews were sent to investigate a power line down in the 15700 block of Tiger Mountain Road Southeast.
  • At 8:14 a.m. May 14, four engine crews assisted at the scene of a motor vehicle accident with injuries in the 100 block of Southeast May Valley Road.
  • Three engine crews were dispatched at 4:15 p.m. May 14 to extinguish a rubbish fire in the 1900 block of 15th Avenue Northeast.
  • A motor vehicle accident with injuries in the 100 block of 4th Avenue Northwest required the aid of two engine crews at 5:27 p.m. May 14.



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