Local bank hit by armed robbery

April 2, 2013

A suspect claiming to have a gun and demanding money robbed Wells Fargo Bank on March 30.

At 4 p.m., a bank employee received a note by the suspect, which indicated that the suspect had a gun and wanted money. The employee gave an undetermined amount to the robber. The suspect then fled the bank, 1190 N.W. Gilman Blvd., heading westbound.

Contributed This image shows a suspect who robbed the Wells Fargo Bank.

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This image shows a suspect who robbed the Wells Fargo Bank.

Responding Issaquah Police Department officers searched the area, but could not locate anyone matching the description.

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Issaquah Christian Church members enjoy new facilities

April 2, 2013

After more than 30 years in the same building, Issaquah Christian Church members are enjoying their new facility — on the same property — that is now large enough to hold the growing congregation.

The church, founded in 1970, originally held services at Gibson Hall on Newport Way. In 1980, the church moved to its current location at 10328 Issaquah-Hobart Road and remained in the same building until it completed its new building in October 2011.

By Greg Farrar Pastor Brad Bromling poses in the 300-seat Issaquah Christian Church sanctuary, with the tall cross at the window’s interior that was made by member David Gallagher, of Hobart, with an exterior cross created by member Larry McNeely, of Enumclaw.

By Greg Farrar
Pastor Brad Bromling poses in the 300-seat Issaquah Christian Church sanctuary, with the tall cross at the window’s interior that was made by member David Gallagher, of Hobart, with an exterior cross created by member Larry McNeely, of Enumclaw.

“We had looked forward to it for about 10 years, so now we have a sense of accomplishment,” senior pastor Brad Bromling said. “It makes things possible that have not been possible in the past.”

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Issaquah Alps Trails Club seeks grand essay in scholarship contest

April 2, 2013

Graduating seniors will get a chance to win the Bill Longwell Memorial Scholarship again this year by describing their love of the Issaquah Alps .

Begun in 2010, the Issaquah Alps Trails Club celebrates the life of Longwell, an avid hiker and mountain biker who also taught English for many years at Hazen High School, with a $1,000 prize given to the best written essay on a specific topic.

Issaquah, Liberty, Skyline and Hazen high school seniors can submit their 700-1,000 word essays to school counselors by May 1. Runners-up might qualify for lesser awards.

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Most EFR partners are happy with current funding model

April 2, 2013

Eastside Fire & Rescue partners are generally unwilling to change the way they fund the agency to save Sammamish a few bucks.

At a March 18 funding model committee meeting, members told Sammamish representatives they wanted to find some way to preserve the partnership, but they were unwilling to change the current funding arrangement.

Right now, EFR partners — Issaquah, North Bend, Sammamish, and fire districts 10 and 38 — pay into the partnership based solely on property values.

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Studded tire season ends

April 2, 2013

March 31 marked the end of using studded tires without the possibility of incurring a fine.

The state Department of Transportation sent out a reminder to all drivers that the legal season to use studded tires runs from Nov. 1 to March 31, unless it issues an extension due to inclement weather. With the rising of mild temperatures, the department is not planning to extend the deadline.

Under state law, vehicles using studded tires after March 31 could be given a $124 ticket by law enforcement.

 

Suspicious man approaches elementary school student

April 2, 2013

A police report was filed March 26 after a stranger approached a Clark Elementary School student as the boy walked home from school.

An email sent by Principal Tod Wood described the stranger as a middle-aged man in a black/dark-gray Ford Bronco-like vehicle. He reportedly stopped and began questioning the student about what he was doing and what he had done during the day. The child ran away and notified adults; his parents later made a police report.

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County councilman proposes memorial for fallen deputies

April 2, 2013

King County Councilman Reagan Dunn’s proposal to honor the 15 members of the King County Sheriff’s Office who have been killed in the line of duty passed unanimously through the County Council’s Law, Justice, Health and Human Services Committee.

There is currently no memorial in the county recognizing the deputies’ sacrifices. Dunn’s proposal suggests creating one within the King County Courthouse.

Richard Herzog

Richard Herzog

“Remembering, honoring and memorializing the deputies in the King County Sheriff’s Office that have given the ultimate sacrifice is a fitting tribute,” Dunn said in a statement. “This memorial is the right thing to do, and I look forward to working with Sheriff Urquhart and the King County Police Officers Guild to help create an appropriate memorial worthy of these 15 heroes.”

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Alison Meryweather fills school board vacancy

April 2, 2013

The search for the fifth member of the Issaquah School Board is over.

After two rounds of interviews, the board voted 3-1 March 20 to appoint Alison Meryweather to the District 4 seat left vacant Jan. 9, when Chad Magendanz resigned to serve in the state Legislature. Meryweather was sworn in at the beginning of the board’s March 27 meeting.

By Greg Farrar Alison Meryweather sits in her Squak Mountain Loop Southwest home, at the kitchen island and nerve center of all her previous PTSA, Issaquah Schools Foundation and state legislative lobbying activities.

By Greg Farrar
Alison Meryweather sits in her Squak Mountain Loop Southwest home, at the kitchen island and nerve center of all her previous PTSA, Issaquah Schools Foundation and state legislative lobbying activities.

“Alison brings passion for public education and experience in advocating for kids,” board president Brian Deagle said in a statement released by the Issaquah School District. “She has volunteered countless hours for our district, and we are excited for her to extend her service to the board of directors.”

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Issaquah school district gets nearly $35,000 in donations

April 2, 2013

Local students got a nearly $35,000 helping hand March 13 when the Issaquah School Board approved several donations to the district.

The Beaver Lake Middle School PTSA donated $9,366 to help staff members buy iPads, books, a pulse oximeter, microphones, chess games and an algebra set.

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Issaquah Salmon Days takes home seven awards

April 2, 2013

The Washington Festivals and Events Association honored Issaquah’s annual Salmon Days festival not just once, but seven times March 19.

The Salmon Days Festival theme presented to the Washington Festivals and Events Association was “Thrills and Gills.” The Salmon Days festival received silver in the Grand Summit Award category, along with three gold awards for Best Event Program, Best T-shirt, Best Other Merchandise and three silver Summit Awards, for Best Commemorative Poster, Best Promotional Brochure and Best Website within its budget category of $150,000 and over.

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