September 24, 2013
The Issaquah City Council passed a new domestic violence ordinance during its regular meeting Sept. 16.
Originally proposed by Councilman Josh Schaer during the council’s goal-setting retreat this spring, the ordinance will mean harsher penalties for suspects who commit domestic violence in the presence of children.
“Exposing minor children to domestic violence is a gross misdemeanor,” the ordinance reads. “Any person convicted of this crime shall be punished by imprisonment of not less than 30 days.
September 13, 2013
NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 13, 2013
Cycle the WAVE, an all-women’s bike ride benefiting domestic violence survivors, will roll through Issaquah once again Sunday.
Riders begin and end at Issaquah High School, traveling through city streets along the way. More than 1,000 riders are expected to participate.
There are four different routes that riders can choose from. The longest, the 59-mile Burly Girl, will take cyclists through Issaquah, Bellevue and Renton. The shortest, the 15-mile Little Sister, travels along Issaquah’s Newport Way.
Learn more about Cycle the WAVE and view bicyclist route maps here.
August 22, 2013
The Issaquah City Council took the first steps in setting an increased penalty for domestic violence that was first discussed in a May goal-setting retreat.
The council voted on an ordinance in the Aug. 5 regular meeting that would mandate a minimum of 30 days imprisonment to those committing domestic violence in the presence of children.
“In an effort to break the cycle of domestic violence, protect children in domestic violence situations and rehabilitate abusers, the following ordinance is proposed to strengthen our current domestic violence laws,” the agenda bill reads. “This ordinance would make it a gross misdemeanor to commit a domestic violence offense in the presence of a child.”
August 20, 2013
City prosecutors said they would not file misdemeanor domestic violence charges against former Seattle Seahawk Leroy Hill earlier this month, clearing him completely.
After being arrested in January on allegations of domestic violence, Hill faced felony charges of third-degree assault and unlawful imprisonment. In May, the King County Prosecutor’s Office declined to pursue those charges and turned the case over to Issaquah prosecutors.
“In this case, there are several reasons why felony convictions would likely not be reached by a reasonable and objective fact finder…,” the county’s decline reads.
May 14, 2013
The King County Prosecutor’s Office announced May 8 it did not find sufficient cause to charge former Seattle Seahawk Leroy Hill with a felony after he was arrested in January on allegations of domestic violence.
Prosecutor’s Office spokesman Dan Donohoe said the case would now be referred to the city prosecutor in Issaquah for a decision on whether there will be a misdemeanor charge filed.
Hill played the past eight seasons with the Seahawks as a linebacker, but is now an unrestricted free agent and remains unsigned.