Homecoming party bus incident leads to charges, suspensions

November 1, 2011

Teenagers drinking beer and liquor on a party bus headed for the Issaquah High School homecoming dance led to student suspensions and charges against the bus driver after the Oct. 22 event.

Issaquah High School administrators suspended nine students for alcohol infractions in connection to the party bus incident. Police and school administrators started investigating the incident after intoxicated students arrived at the homecoming dance.

The bus driver, a 49-year-old Auburn woman, faces charges in Issaquah Municipal Court for furnishing liquor to minors and reckless endangerment — both gross misdemeanors punishable by up to one year imprisonment and a fine of up to $5,000.

Police said students aboard the bus — rented from Seattle Party Bus, a bus and limousine service — convinced the driver to purchase alcohol for them and collected money for the purchases.

Investigators said the driver then headed to the state-run liquor store in Issaquah, along Northwest Gilman Boulevard, and purchased beer and liquor for the underage riders just before 6 p.m. Oct. 22.

Police said about 20 students rode the bus to homecoming at the school’s downtown Issaquah campus. The driver did not consume alcohol, Issaquah Police Patrol Cmdr. Scott Behrbaum said.

Later, at the dance, officers and school administrators encountered intoxicated students from the party bus.

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Owner: Issaquah party bus drinking violation is ‘isolated incident’

October 28, 2011

NEW — 1 p.m. Oct. 28, 2011

Hours after Issaquah police recommended charges against a party bus driver accused of purchasing booze for teenagers, the bus’ owner said the violation is “an isolated incident” for the company.

The party bus driver, a 49-year-old Auburn woman, faces charges in Issaquah Municipal Court of furnishing liquor to minors and reckless endangerment — both gross misdemeanors punishable by up to one year imprisonment and a fine of up to $5,000.

Issaquah High School administrators suspended nine students for alcohol infractions in connection to the party bus incident. Police and school administrators started investigating the incident after intoxicated students arrived at the Oct. 22 homecoming dance.

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Police: Issaquah High School students convinced party bus driver to buy alcohol

October 27, 2011

UPDATED — 10:55 a.m. Oct. 27, 2011

The city prosecutor plans to charge the driver of a party bus headed to Issaquah High School’s homecoming dance for buying beer and liquor for teenagers aboard the bus.

The party bus driver, a 49-year-old Auburn woman, faces charges in Issaquah Municipal Court of furnishing liquor to minors and reckless endangerment — both gross misdemeanors punishable by up to one year imprisonment and a fine of up to $5,000.

Issaquah High School administrators suspended nine students for alcohol infractions in connection to the party bus incident. Police and school administrators started investigating the incident after intoxicated students arrived at the Oct. 22 homecoming dance.

Students aboard the bus — rented from a Seattle limousine service — convinced the driver to purchase alcohol for them and collected money for the purchases.

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Who’s News

September 27, 2011

Issaquah residents win ribbons at the Puyallup Fair

The following Issaquah residents won at the Puyallup Fair:

  • 4-H Champion Senior Cavy Judging County Team: Michelle Fredrickson, Margaret Edwards and Katherine Miotke.
  • 4Shelly Rowland, third-place, lemon almond pie recipe
  • Amber Buol, first place, sewing machine-quilted

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Cameras to start catching speeders as students return

August 23, 2011

Motorists caught exceeding 20 mph limit face $124 fine

Issaquah police plan to reactivate speed-enforcement cameras near Issaquah High School and other campuses next week, as students return to schools along Second Avenue Southeast and elsewhere in the Issaquah School District.

Police deactivated the cameras during the summer hiatus. Now, as classes resume Aug. 30, police plan to activate the cameras from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on school days, just as in past years. Cameras aimed in both directions along the street capture license plate information on vehicles exceeding the 20 mph school zone speed limit.

Motorists exceeding the speed limit face a $124 fine. The infraction is a noncriminal offense similar to a parking ticket and does not become part of the violator’s driving record.

The fine and information about the violation arrive in the mail several days after the incident.

People can pay the fine outright, request a hearing in Issaquah Municipal Court or submit a declaration of nonresponsibility. The last option is sometimes used if a person other than the vehicle’s owner drove the vehicle during the violation.

The cameras photograph and record only vehicles exceeding the school zone speed limit.

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Issaquah on ice: Snowstorm snarls traffic, prompts school closures

November 30, 2010

Ryder Marin, 9, of Issaquah, starts to spill after becoming airborne on the Issaquah Community Center hillside Nov. 23. ‘All the snow comes straight up in my face and I can’t see very well,’ he said. By Tim Pfarr

The nightmare occurred long before Christmas — and before Thanksgiving.

Issaquah and the Puget Sound region slid to a halt during a fall snowstorm Nov. 22. The storm snarled commutes for Issaquah residents and prompted road crews to toil through Thanksgiving to clear streets. The poor conditions interrupted the regional transit system and left riders huddled in bus shelters. The fallout sent shoppers scrambling to stores for emergency supplies and Thanksgiving staples.

The mercury dipped into the teens and 20s — record cold temperatures — in the days after the storm and turned roads icy.

“People were very understanding of the situation,” Issaquah Police Patrol Cmdr. Scott Behrbaum said. “I think a lot of people were just trying to get home Monday night.”

Some motorists abandoned vehicles and turned road shoulders along Highlands Drive Northeast, Newport Way Northwest and Southeast Black Nugget Road into impromptu parking lots. Police impounded more than 30 vehicles in travel lanes as conditions deteriorated Nov. 22.

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Pedestrian hit in crosswalk while walking dog

July 27, 2010

Police said a woman sustained life-threatening injuries July 25 after a car hit her as she walked her dog in the Issaquah Highlands.

Police said a car struck the woman, a 59-year-old highlands resident, at about 7 p.m.

The accident occurred as she turned to cross busy Northeast Park Drive near a condominium complex. But the crosswalk at 15th Avenue Northeast could not shield a woman and her dog from the oncoming Mazda.

The collision killed the dog. Rescuers used a cloth to cover the animal.

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City signs interlocal animal control agreement

June 22, 2010

Issaquah intends to participate in the updated plan for animal care, control and licensing, though most city residents might not notice any changes.

City Council members agreed last week to join the regional plan for King County Animal Care and Control services. The agency handles responses to complaints about vicious animals, animal-cruelty investigations and pickups of stray animals.

The updated agreement calls for similar services, but puts more emphasis on pet licensing to help fund the agency.

The council approved the contract in a unanimous decision June 7. King County officials and representatives from Issaquah and 26 other cities worked for months to develop the updated plan.

County Executive Dow Constantine sent a package of proposed reforms to the King County Council to remake the troubled animal-control agency. Constantine proposed code changes to restructure license fees and smooth the way for partnerships between the county government and private organizations to care for stray animals and license pets.

Constantine also requested $3.2 million — backed by $2.5 million from licensing fees and other revenue — to implement the model.

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Issaquah Police officer selected for FBI training

February 23, 2010

Issaquah Police Cmdr. Scott Behrbaum will attend prestigious FBI National Academy training, the department announced last week.

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Issaquah Police officer selected for FBI training

February 19, 2010

NEW — 2:55 p.m. Feb. 19, 2010

Issaquah Police Cmdr. Scott Behrbaum will attend prestigious FBI National Academy training, the department announced Friday.

The academy — a program taught at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va. — trains U.S. and international law enforcement officers about how to improve the management of police departments and agencies, and raise law enforcement standards, knowledge and cooperation worldwide. Behrbaum will attend the 241st session of the academy this spring.

“It is an honor to be selected and to be able to go,” he said.

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