Police blotter — week of March 11, 2015

March 10, 2015

Theft thwarted

A 22-year-old Snoqualmie man was arrested at 6:01 p.m. Feb. 27 in the 700 block of Northwest Gilman Boulevard for third-degree theft for attempting to steal $111 in pet supplies, a DVD player and drug paraphernalia. Read more

Editorial — Help end domestic and sexual assault

February 10, 2015

Violence against women is on the rise, and that’s true for women and girls.

February is Teen Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The highest rate of victimization for abuse and sexual assault occurs between the ages of 16 and 24, according to Break the Cycle’s CEO Amy Sanchez.

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Two unarmed youths surrender to police after six-hour standoff

December 23, 2014

Two 17-year-old males face felony charges after surrendering to police Dec. 18 following a six-hour standoff.

By Greg Farrar From left, Issaquah Police detective Laura Asbell, a Renton sharpshooter, Issaquah Cmdr. Bob Porter, a Redmond police officer, Issaquah Cmdr. Stan Conrad, Issaquah Sgt. Paul Fairbanks and Issaquah Chief Scott Behrbaum confer on Northwest Dogwood Street at 10:45 a.m. Dec. 18 while two teens were barricaded in a home.

By Greg Farrar
From left, Issaquah Police detective Laura Asbell, a Renton sharpshooter, Issaquah Cmdr. Bob Porter, a Redmond police officer, Issaquah Cmdr. Stan Conrad, Issaquah Sgt. Paul Fairbanks and Issaquah Chief Scott Behrbaum confer on Northwest Dogwood Street at 10:45 a.m. Dec. 18 while two teens were barricaded in a home.

Police responded at about 5:45 a.m. to a domestic violence call at a home near Third Place Northwest and Northwest Dogwood Street, according to Cmdr. Stan Conrad. While police were speaking with other family members in the home, Conrad said the two youths locked themselves in a bedroom and refused to come out.

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Jacksons Food Stores join fight against domestic violence

December 9, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 9, 2014

Jacksons Food Stores and the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence present the 11th annual Give the Gift of Peace campaign through Dec. 25 to raise funds for the prevention of domestic violence.

Contributions can be made in increments of $1, $5 or $10. At the end of the campaign, Jacksons Chief Executive Officer John Jackson will match Jacksons Food Stores customer contributions dollar for dollar up to $75,000, with all the proceeds going to the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

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Off The Press — Ray Rice has the problem, not the NFL

September 16, 2014

It’s been difficult to watch television lately — doesn’t matter which channel you’re tuning in — and not find coverage of the Ray Rice domestic violence case.

Neil Pierson

Neil Pierson

I’ve taken to changing the channel when I see a news anchor reporting the latest, or the average Joe giving his two cents on the situation. Mostly, I’m just not interested in seeing the videotape again, a sober reminder that some men are still stuck in prehistoric times.

Janay Palmer — Rice’s then-fiancee, now-wife — slaps the Baltimore Ravens running back in a hotel elevator. Rice, who reportedly can bench press 400 pounds, then throws two punches, the second one knocking Palmer cold before he drags her from the elevator, all of it caught on a security camera.

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To the Editor

August 12, 2014

Traffic

People need to learn the difference between yield and merge

One of the reasons southbound traffic backs up on Front Street during evening rush hour is that drivers on Newport Way ignore the yield sign. (Please note, it reads: yield, not merge).

During the red light cycle on Newport, the cars on Front Street have the right of way. If Newport Way was posted no turn on red, it would allow traffic on each street a fair portion of the allotted time, and a smoother flow of traffic. This “no turn” sign could be limited to the hours of 3-7 p.m., which appears to be the most congested time period.

George Short

Issaquah

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Governor signs bill to protect domestic violence victims

May 20, 2014

House Bill 1840, signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee on March 28, was the only gun safety bill to pass the Legislature this session.

Sponsored by State Rep. Roger Goodman, HB 1840 aligns Washington state law with federal law by removing firearms from those subject to protection orders. Under federal law, when protection orders are issued against domestic violence offenders, they must surrender their firearms. Current state law allows domestic abusers to keep an arsenal of weapons.

Victims, survivors and advocates have long called for the removal of firearms from domestic violence offenders.

HB 1840 goes into effect Dec. 1.

Court filings for 2013 are down from previous year

May 13, 2014

Domestic violence cases marked the greatest increase in Issaquah’s decreased number of court cases in 2013.

In his annual presentation to the City Council, Judge Scott Stewart laid out what cases came before the local court in his state of the court address April 7.

“Domestic violence cases are up slightly,” Stewart said at the meeting. “And we’re seeing a number of different computer crimes charges.”

By Greg Farrar N. Scott Stewart, judge for Issaquah Municipal Court, presents the state of the court  year in review address to the City Council and members of the public April 7 in council chambers.

By Greg Farrar
N. Scott Stewart, judge for Issaquah Municipal Court, presents the state of the court year in review address to the City Council and members of the public April 7 in council chambers.

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LifeWire hosts annual gala and auction May 3

May 1, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. May 1, 2014

LifeWire, the state’s largest domestic violence service provider, will host its 2014 benefit gala and auction May 3.

The funds from the World of Hope Gala and Auction will allow LifeWire to provide services in east and north King County to people, primarily women and children, who have experienced physical, emotional or sexual abuse.

The money collected also assists the organization in preventing domestic violence through advocacy, education and support.

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WAVE Foundation event raises $1,400 for domestic violence education and prevention

December 29, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 29, 2013

The WAVE Foundation (Women Against Violence Everywhere) Day of Shopping Event last month raised about $1,400.

Ten percent of all purchases at Look’s Unique Home Accents, Gifts and Cards that day went to the WAVE Foundation fundraiser.

Sharon Anderson, WAVE Foundation executive director, said the group has hosted a day-of-shopping event for more than a decade.

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