Artists win Washington State PTSA awards

March 20, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. March 20, 2015

Congratulations to the following students whose works of visual and performing art are being recognized at the Washington State PTA Convention Reflections reception.

First-place winners advance to the National PTA competition. Second- and third-place winners have placed second and third place, respectively, in the state for their category. All state finalists’ works will be on display April 17-19 at the Washington State PTA Convention at the Bellevue Hyatt.

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Suspect drives stolen vehicle to Washington State Patrol office

March 19, 2015

NEW — 3:11 p.m. March 19, 2015

Washington State Patrol detectives say it’s the easiest auto theft arrest they’d ever had.

An alert motorist, recognizing a stolen vehicle he’d seen from a posting on a European motorist Facebook club, saw the vehicle driving in the Issaquah area on Wednesday, according to a WSP news release.

The motorist got video of the suspect driving around Issaquah and used his cellular phone to report his observations, and then continued following it along Interstate 90 between Issaquah and Bellevue.

The vehicle exited I-90 and drove into the Washington State Patrol district office parking lot in Bellevue, where troopers arrested the driver for auto theft at about 3 p.m.

Contributed Washington State Patrol troopers arrested the driver of this stolen vehicle, after a man drove it into the WSP district office parking lot in Bellevue.

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Washington State Patrol troopers arrested the driver of this stolen vehicle, after a man drove it into the WSP district office parking lot in Bellevue.

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Liberty High School hosts STARtalks March 20

March 19, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. March 19, 2015

Inspired by TED Talks, Liberty High School will present its second annual STARtalks on March 20.

Each 10-minute STARtalk will speak to concerns and strategies for managing polluted stormwater runoff. The framework is based on the new STAR Community Rating System for ranking the sustainability of cities nationwide.

STARtalks will be offered three times during the day, at 7:30 and 9:05 a.m., and at 12:50 p.m. Each 45-minute assembly features experts from the field as well as student speakers with a new group of three speakers presenting in each time slot.

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Police arrest two burglary suspects; search continues for one more

March 18, 2015

NEW — 4:25 p.m. March 18, 2015

By Greg Farrar Issaquah police officers arrest one of three men suspected of burglary at the Langara Apartments earlier today. Police are still looking for one suspects.

By Greg Farrar
Issaquah police officers arrest one of three men suspected of burglary at the Langara Apartments earlier today. Police are still looking for one suspect.

Issaquah police arrested two men after a resident caught them attempting to burglarize her apartment Wednesday afternoon. Read more

Truck punches hole in I-90/Front Street overpass girder

March 17, 2015

A Recology CleanScapes truck hit the side of the eastbound Interstate 90 overpass over Front Street North on March 13.

The company hauls trash in parts of Issaquah.

The lift that slides a trash bin off the truck was in the up position, and it tore a large hole in the bridge girders. Crumbled concrete was strewn about and a large hole was gouged in the pavement from the overhead force that stopped the truck.

That force was so great that it bent the cab of the truck all the way forward and it slammed into the pavement.

By Kathleen R. Merrill A hydraulic crane pulls the lift of a Recology CleanScapes truck out of the overpass. The truck’s hydraulic lift was buried in the hole. The driver escaped unharmed, even though the cab of his truck bent down and slammed into the pavement from the force of the crash.

By Kathleen R. Merrill
A hydraulic crane pulls the lift of a Recology CleanScapes truck out of the overpass. The truck’s hydraulic lift was buried in the hole. The driver escaped unharmed, even though the cab of his truck bent down and slammed into the pavement from the force of the crash.

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City seeks big bucks as growth center

March 17, 2015

Local officials recently applied to have Issaquah designated a regional growth center, a move they believe will make the city eligible for considerably more in various grant dollars.

The regional growth center designation is a function of the Puget Sound Regional Council. The city’s application is currently under consideration by the Growth Management Policy Board, said Rick Olson, director of government affairs and communications for the Puget Sound Regional Council.

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City officials sound off on space crunch

March 17, 2015

As they move forward with two separate planning processes, city officials have returned several times to two major topics: a perceived need for added space for both police and the city administration.

“We’re overcrowded in the police department,” Police Chief Scott Behrbaum said during a March 9 City Council work session.

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School community takes heart in student with transplant

March 17, 2015

Maddie Sprague is the typical kindergarten student in many ways. She loves art, puzzles, singing and dancing, and make-believe stories. She also loves her three brothers — Warren, Jake and Joe.

Contributed Maddie Sprague is still recovering from a heart transplant. Friends are raising funds to pay for the costly surgery.

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Maddie Sprague is still recovering from a heart transplant. Friends are raising funds to pay for the costly surgery.

“They all squabble, of course, but they’re very close and enjoy being together,” said Jeannie Sprague, their mother.

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Tent City 4 camps outside Issaquah while awaiting word on next home

March 17, 2015

After being turned down for a permit to take their encampment to county-owned property in Issaquah, Tent City 4 set up camp March 14 on state-owned property off Interstate 90’s exit 20.

In a press release dated March 13, a spokesperson for King County said the original site south of Issaquah was not a suitable location for Tent City 4, a camp of about 40 homeless men and women, for several reasons.

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Education and roads key topics as state lawmakers visit area

March 17, 2015

State legislators descended on their Eastside jurisdictions March 14, holding open houses in Bellevue and Issaquah.

At Bellevue’s Somerset Elementary School, one main topic was education, with dozens of teachers outside, and later inside, carrying signs mostly declaring, “It’s time to fully fund education.”

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