Police: Lovers robbery suspect hit Issaquah, Redmond stores

October 2, 2012

Issaquah police arrested a 42-year-old Issaquah man Sept. 25 for armed robberies at Lovers adult novelty stores in Issaquah and Redmond after a telltale cellphone ring led officers to the suspect.

Police arrested Juan G. Martinez-Casillas, a.k.a. Marco Antonio Suarez-Perez, at the Park Hill at Issaquah apartment complex, about 600 feet from Lovers.

Investigators said Martinez-Casillas robbed the local Lovers, 5614 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E., at gunpoint at about 11:30 a.m. Sept. 20. Then, at about 11:25 a.m. Sept. 25, police said he robbed the Redmond store at gunpoint. In each case, police said Martinez-Casillas demanded for the lone female employee in the stores to partially disrobe.

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Off the Press

July 17, 2012

Globe trot stops at Issaquah clinic

David Hayes
Press reporter

The summer basketball clinic has long been a right of passage for youths as they fill their months with activities while school’s out.

Burgeoning athletes will get a treat this year as the world tour of the Harlem Globetrotters makes a stop in Issaquah. The business 24 Hour Fitness has partnered with the seminal clowns of the hardwood to bring Fatima “TNT” Maddox to help teach the fundamentals of the game.

However, due to limited space at 24 Hour Fitness, there’s only room for those signed up for the clinic, and their parents, to watch the Globetrotter’s newest female member in action.

Calling in from Philadelphia, Maddox talked about the clinic, herself and what it’s been like in the renowned fraternity.

Having just joined the Harlem Globetrotters in February, Maddox said she hasn’t done any actual globe-trotting just yet — there are a couple of squads overseas right now and a show coming up performing for the troops.

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Police protect and serve — burgers — for fundraiser Saturday

March 23, 2011

Issaquah Police Chief Paul Ayers (left) participates in the 2009 Tip-a-Cop fundraiser to benefit the Special Olympics. File

NEW — 4 p.m. March 23, 2011

Issaquah police officers protect and serve — and on Saturday, the men and women in blue serve meals, too.

For the annual Tip-a-Cop fundraiser, officers from the Issaquah and Snoqualmie police departments plan to serve burgers, fries and more to diners at Red Robin. Tips collected by law enforcement officers benefit Special Olympics Washington.

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Issaquah tragedies, triumphs define a tumultuous year

December 28, 2010

Traffic lines up on state Route 900 at Northwest Talus Drive in February. State Department of Transportation crews completed the long-running project in 2010. By Greg Farrar

The economy lurched from the recession, population growth all but stalled and Issaquah — after cutbacks and setbacks in 2009 — defied the odds to reach major milestones throughout 2010.

Momentum returned in 2010 after a year spent in a holding pattern. Set against the backdrop of a fragile recovery, leaders cut the ribbon on businesses and roads, laid the foundation for preservation and construction, and marked tragedies and successes. Read more

Bronze medalist visits Issaquah

March 9, 2010

Maggie Iuppa, 9, of Klahanie, meets her Winter Olympics hero, J.R. Celski, on March 3 at the new 24 Hour Fitness center on East Lake Sammamish Parkway. Maggie, a fourth-grader at Endeavour Elementary School, presented Celski with a shoebox diorama of the speed-skating oval where he won Olympic bronze last month. The skater earned bronze medals in the men’s 1,500-meter race and the men’s 5,000-meter relay at the just-concluded Olympics.

Winter Olympian J.R. Celski greets Issaquah fans

March 4, 2010

NEW — 12:10 p.m. March 4, 2010

Federal Way native and bronze-medal speed skater J.R. Celski met more than 200 fans during a visit to the Issaquah branch of 24 Hour Fitness on Wednesday evening.

Maggie Iuppa, 9, of Klahanie, meets her Winter Olympics hero, J.R. Celski, on Wednesday at the new 24 Hour Fitness center on East Lake Sammamish Parkway. Maggie, a fourth-grader at Endeavour Elementary School, presented Celski with a shoebox diorama of the speed-skating oval where he won Olympic bronze last month. — Photo by Greg Farrar

For almost two hours, Celski signed autographs, posed for photographs and displayed one of the two bronze medals he won at the Vancouver Olympics last month. The stopover at 24 Hour Fitness — one of Celski’s sponsors — marked his first post-Olympics appearance in the Seattle area.

The skater earned bronze medals in the men’s 1,500-meter race and the men’s 5,000-meter relay at the just-concluded Vancouver Olympics.

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Olympic speed skater J.R. Celski visits Issaquah on Wednesday

March 2, 2010

NEW — 12:30 p.m. March 2, 2010

Federal Way native and bronze-medal speed skater J.R. Celski will make his first post-Olympics appearance in the Seattle area at the Issaquah branch of 24 Hour Fitness on Wednesday afternoon.

Celski, 19, will meet with fans, display his medals, pose for photos and sign autographs during at 24 Hour Fitness – Issaquah Black Nugget Road Super Sport Club, 5712 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E., No. 200.

The free event runs from 5:30-7 p.m.

The skater earned bronze hardware in the men’s 1,500-meter race and the men’s 5,000-meter relay at the just-concluded Vancouver Olympics.

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24 Hour Fitness opens Issaquah health club

February 19, 2010

NEW — 8:15 a.m. Feb. 19, 2010

The new 24 Hour Fitness in Overlake Center opened Friday.

The health club is the first 24 Hour Fitness in Issaquah. The 46,638-square-foot facility features a full-size basketball court, indoor lap pool and a personal training area. Find free seven-day passes to the club here.

David Watson, a six-year veteran of 24 Hour Fitness, manages the club. Find the facility at 5712 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E., 200. About 75 people work there.

The facility also features a pro-shop, sauna, whirlpool and Kids’ Club, where children ages 6 months to 12 years can participate in activities while their parents work out.

Personal trainers are also on hand to help members achieve their fitness goals.

Press Editorial

June 30, 2009

Have we seen the end of the big wave of business closures in Issaquah? We can only hope so. Read more

Tainted soil at retail site raises concerns

March 23, 2009

City and state Department of Ecology inspectors intervened in early March after workers unearthed old tires and a leaky metal drum at a retail center construction site. Workers also took steps to prevent groundwater contamination.

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