Massage therapist under suspicion of sexual misconduct is fired from clinic

June 18, 2013

Days after state health officials suspended the license of Newcastle massage therapist Matthew E. Usher, his current employer, Elements Therapeutic Massage Issaquah, terminated him from its staff.

A charge of sexual misconduct with a patient at Newcastle’s Massage Envy led the state agency to immediately suspend his license.

Usher was criminally charged in King County Superior Court with indecent liberties, after he allegedly reached under the draping and touched a patient’s breast during a December 2012 massage treatment.

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Patriot Players score top theater award

June 18, 2013

A month after the Liberty High School Patriot Players took audiences on a journey through Oz, they returned to the stage again, accepting a top honor at the 5th Avenue Theatre Awards June 11.

In what has become an annual tradition for the successful performing arts program, Liberty drama students joined more than 2,000 of their peers from across the state at the show that is likened to the high school version of the Tony Awards.

“It’s a big deal, because it’s like if state football met the Tonys for drama,” Liberty sophomore Lorrin Hunt said.

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Improved Eastlake trail opens with ribbon cutting

June 18, 2013

Many gathered at the East Lake Sammamish Trailhead June 12 for King County’s official opening of the newly paved path.

Unveiling the 2.2-mile stretch that runs from Gilman Boulevard to Southeast 43rd Street, county parks director Kevin Brown welcomed the early afternoon crowd.

By Peter Clark King County Parks Director Kevin Brown told a gathered crowd about the importance of a connected landscape before the official ribbon cutting of the East Lake Sammamish Trail. The 12-foot-wide paved surface runs 2.2 miles from Gilman Boulevard to Southeast 43rd Street.

By Peter Clark
King County Parks Director Kevin Brown told a gathered crowd about the importance of a connected landscape before the official ribbon cutting of the East Lake Sammamish Trail. The 12-foot-wide paved surface runs 2.2 miles from Gilman Boulevard to Southeast 43rd Street.

“Our trails are essential components for our communities,” he said, praising the work that went into 12-foot-wide trail with gravel shoulders. “This makes the trail safer and more accessible for all.”

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Sammamish will take Klahanie

June 18, 2013

Sammamish is very interested in adding Klahanie and its surrounding neighborhoods into the city, if things don’t work out between the neighborhood and Issaquah.

The Sammamish City Council voted 6-0 (Councilman John Curley was absent) to express interest in annexing the area during its June 11 meeting.

Over the past few weeks, residents of Klahanie and other smaller nearby neighborhoods have come to Sammamish asking city leaders to show interest in absorbing the area. The stream of requests led Deputy Mayor Ramiro Valderrama to say Sammamish should let those residents, and others, know its plans for the area.

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County hosts flood hazard management plan meeting

June 18, 2013

The King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks’ Water and Land Resources Division, on behalf of the King County Flood Control District, is updating the flood management plan, which guides management of regionally significant river and stream flooding to:

  • Reduce risks from flood and channel migration hazards.
  • Avoid or minimize the environmental impacts of flood hazard management.
  • Reduce the long-term costs of flood hazard management.

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Arsonist used own mail to start fire, police say

June 18, 2013

A Bellevue man charged with two counts of arson in Mirrormont, for trying to set fire to the same house twice, will return to court June 20.

Kamran Monghate, 51, was charged May 6 with one count of first-degree arson and one count of second-degree arson for knowingly setting fire to the same house in the 15000 block of 252nd Avenue Southeast on March 18 and again on April 8.

Investigator Tom Dovino, with the King County Fire/Arson Investigation Unit, said in charging documents that he pieced together Monghate as a suspect through some initially apparent clues.

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To the Editor

June 18, 2013

Klahanie annexation

Don’t muddy the issue with water

Regarding Tom Harman’s May 29 letter, I ask, “Were you at the same Klahanie meetings I attended?” Here’s what I heard at both of them.

Mr. Harman, president of the Sammamish Plateau and Sewer District, never indicates that in his letters. When it comes to water issues, that makes his comments extremely suspect. At both meetings, the study producers said they thought Sammamish Water might continue to supply the Klahanie Potential Annexation Area with water/sewer services. It’s open to negotiation.

The Issaquah-Fall City Road problem was mentioned at both meetings. No matter which city ends up with Klahanie, it will have to talk with King County about who will pay for upgrades. These meetings were not the forums for this discussion.

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Police & Fire

June 18, 2013

Sounds like ninja turtle

Police found a manhole cover off at the corner of Highlands Drive Northeast and Northeast Discovery Drive on June 7. It was the second call in two weeks police have had regarding the specific cover.

 

I’ll be back in just a bit

On June 7, in the 1000 block of 17th Avenue Northwest, police responded to a report and found a vehicle to be running with the key in the ignition. The reporting person indicated that the vehicle had been parked there and running for more than 24 hours. After one hour of waiting for King County to check if the vehicle was stolen, police opened it, turned it off and kept the key for the owner to pick it up.

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Firefighters help ready Issaquah Highlands park

June 18, 2013

A group of off-duty firefighters donated their time to help renovate an Issaquah Highlands community park.

Firefighters Tom Craig, Kyle Walior and his son Jeff, Matt Cuaresma and Dave McDaniel teamed up with the Issaquah Highlands Homeowners Association to pour a concrete pad for a new park picnic table.

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Issaquah Medical Reserve Corps hosts open house

June 18, 2013

The Issaquah Medical Reserve Corps will celebrate the completion of its fourth year with a community open house and forum about its role in local public health and emergency plans.

The two-hour celebration begins at 6:30 p.m. June 20 at the King County Library Service Center, 960 Newport Way N.W.

The group, comprised of local medical and nonmedical volunteers, supports the community in public health issues and health-related care during emergencies, including pandemic situations.

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