Pit Bulls will be on parade, adoptable today at dog event

August 24, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 24, 2013

BullsEye Dog Rescue is hosting its fifth annual Pit Bulls on Parade from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 24 at Riverdog Canine Coaching, 1400 19th Ave. N.W.

The event features adoptable pit bulls from the Puget Sound region while raising money and awareness for the responsible rescue and ownership of the misunderstood breed.

There will be demonstrations of skill in sports, including many activities the public can try with their own dogs. A competition includes categories such as “best trick” and “best butt wiggle,” and a “Best in Show” title given to the best representation of what a true pit bull should look and act like. There will also be raffle drawings with prizes donated by local businesses.

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41st District Democrats select candidates to replace Marcie Maxwell

August 22, 2013

NEW — 2:22 p.m. Aug. 22, 2013

Mercer Island City Councilwoman Tana Senn emerged as the frontrunner among three possible replacements to fill the 41st District state representative seat vacated by Marcie Maxwell.

Maxwell, a Democrat, resigned her seat July 9 to take a job with the governor’s office. To fill the seat, members of her party nominated three candidates to replace her and presented those nominations to the King County Council.

The 41st district stretches from the northern parts of Renton to the southern parts of Sammamish, encompassing Mercer Island and Newcastle, and parts of Issaquah and Bellevue.

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Harsher penalties at core of new domestic violence ordinance

August 22, 2013

The Issaquah City Council took the first steps in setting an increased penalty for domestic violence that was first discussed in a May goal-setting retreat.

The council voted on an ordinance in the Aug. 5 regular meeting that would mandate a minimum of 30 days imprisonment to those committing domestic violence in the presence of children.

“In an effort to break the cycle of domestic violence, protect children in domestic violence situations and rehabilitate abusers, the following ordinance is proposed to strengthen our current domestic violence laws,” the agenda bill reads. “This ordinance would make it a gross misdemeanor to commit a domestic violence offense in the presence of a child.”

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Washington’s graduating seniors outscore national average

August 22, 2013

NEW – 10:25 a.m. Aug. 22, 2013

Washington’s 12th-graders have again outscored the national average on the ACT exam in the 2012‒13 school year, according to numbers released by ACT Aug. 21.

Washington’s average composite score is 22.8, the nation’s seventh highest among states in which at least 20 percent of graduating seniors took the test.

A “composite score” consists of four content areas: English, reading, math and science. Scores are scaled from 1 (lowest) to 36 (highest). This year’s national average composite score is 20.9.

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Let’s Go! Aug. 22-28

August 21, 2013

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Godly giveaway

August 20, 2013

Eastridge Church hosts food bank backpack handouts

By Greg Farrar Kate Monroe (left) and Lisette Murrell, and other church and Kiwanis Club of Issaquah volunteers fill backpacks with school supplies Aug. 7 at Eastridge Church to give to school children in need at a Aug. 24 community festival.

By Greg Farrar
Kate Monroe (left) and Lisette Murrell, and other church and Kiwanis Club of Issaquah volunteers fill backpacks with school supplies Aug. 7 at Eastridge Church to give to school children in need at a Aug. 24 community festival.

Eastridge Church is hosting a community festival Aug. 24 where, in partnership with the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank, school children in need will be given backpacks filled with basic school supplies.

The festivities and fun begins at 10 a.m. at the church, 24205 SE Issaquah Fall city Rd, with outdoor activities that include inflatables, face painting and science shows by Eastridge children’s pastor Dan Metteer.

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Lack of state rules leads city to consider marijuana moratorium

August 20, 2013

Issaquah’s administration is considering a moratorium on recreational marijuana licenses until the state figures some things out.

During the City Council’s regular meeting Aug. 5, an agenda bill was passed that outlined temporary moratorium on permitting production, processing and retail sales in the city. The Council’s Land & Shore Committee recommended it during its Aug. 13 meeting, which will initiate a public hearing on the subject during the Sept. 3 council meeting.

As the state’s Liquor Control Board continues to work on establishing permitting rules, the city along with many others including Olympia and Sammamish, has decided to wait until some time passes before it allows recreational facilities in its borders.

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Confluence Parks Area is ready for unveiling

August 20, 2013

Come to the Confluence Parks Area, 695 Rainier Blvd. N., from 5-8 p.m. Aug. 28 to celebrate the community’s newest park.

The city will provide hot dogs, pie and ice cream. There will be inflatable games for young attendees and live music for the adults.

The Confluence Parks Area is the “crown jewel in the city of Issaquah parks system,” according to a press release. It has three contiguous parks, Tollë Anderson, Cybil-Madeline and Issaquah Creek. The land encompasses 15.5 acres at the confluence of Issaquah Creek’s main stem and East Fork.

The new park includes interconnecting trails, a meadow, play areas, a restroom facility and, as its centerpiece, a picnic structure designed to evoke the land’s roots as the Anderson Farm.

Use the hashtag #bbquah during the event to share your stories and photos. Learn more about the park at the project website, http://bit.ly/10fFDv1.

 

Search continues for fiery collision witnesses

August 20, 2013

The Washington State Patrol continues to search for witnesses to an Aug. 11 collision that occurred on Interstate 90 and Sunset Way.

At about 2:40 a.m., a black 1997 Honda Civic was traveling at high speed. A short time later, it careened into the median, fell down a ravine and struck a tree before catching fire.

WASHINGTON STATE PATROL PHOTO Police recovered a barely recognizable 1997 Honda Civic from a ravine off interstate 90 following a fiery crash, which sent the passenger to the hospital and the driver into custody.

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Police recovered a barely recognizable 1997 Honda Civic from a ravine off interstate 90 following a fiery crash, which sent the passenger to the hospital and the driver into custody.

Police detained a man believed to be the driver, who was walking along the interstate without a shirt. Responding firefighters found a passenger in the wreck and immediately took her to Harborview Medical Center, where she remains.

Detectives are seeking witnesses that may have seen the collision or any event leading up to the incident or after it. Anyone with information should call Detective Greg Wilcoxson 401-7746 or Detective Sergeant Stacy Moate 401-7745.

 

All charges dropped against Leroy Hill

August 20, 2013

City prosecutors said they would not file misdemeanor domestic violence charges against former Seattle Seahawk Leroy Hill earlier this month, clearing him completely.

After being arrested in January on allegations of domestic violence, Hill faced felony charges of third-degree assault and unlawful imprisonment. In May, the King County Prosecutor’s Office declined to pursue those charges and turned the case over to Issaquah prosecutors.

Leroy Hill

Leroy Hill

“In this case, there are several reasons why felony convictions would likely not be reached by a reasonable and objective fact finder…,” the county’s decline reads.

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