Challenges answered

August 26, 2014

By Greg Farrar The Liberty High School football coaching staff was drenched in ice water Aug. 21 as it accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from Isaiah Valach, son of head coach Steve Valach. In turn, the Patriots challenged the staffs at Issaquah and Skyline high schools. Donations to support research to find a cure for Lou Gehrig’s Disease and providing vital services to patients and their families can be made at www.alsa.org/donate.

By Greg Farrar
The Liberty High School football coaching staff was drenched in ice water Aug. 21 as it accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from Isaiah Valach, son of head coach Steve Valach. In turn, the Patriots challenged the staffs at Issaquah and Skyline high schools. Donations to support research to find a cure for Lou Gehrig’s Disease and providing vital services to patients and their families can be made at www.alsa.org/donate.

By Ashley Garrels Dr. Nadine Egger gets two buckets dumped on her during the Egger Orthodontics ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Aug. 21.

By Ashley Garrels
Dr. Nadine Egger gets two buckets dumped on her during the Egger Orthodontics ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Aug. 21.

By Kathleen R. Merrill Cheryl Baker, Michelle Redo, Taya Wulf, Cindy Martin, Jennifer Whiting, Kathy Rons, Amanda Logan, Dena Rahm and Janet Fuss, from Egger Orthodontics, participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge with help from Eastside Fire & Rescue Lt. Rick Reynolds and firefighters Jim Smith and Paul McCall.

By Kathleen R. Merrill
Cheryl Baker, Michelle Redo, Taya Wulf, Cindy Martin, Jennifer Whiting, Kathy Rons, Amanda Logan, Dena Rahm and Janet Fuss, from Egger Orthodontics, participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge with help from Eastside Fire & Rescue Lt. Rick Reynolds and firefighters Jim Smith and Paul McCall.

Motorcyclist tumbles off I-90 overpass while eluding police

August 12, 2014

A motorcyclist suffered severe injuries Aug. 6, after vaulting over the Interstate 90 Highlands Drive exit overpass into the east fork of Issaquah Creek below.

A Washington State Patrol trooper clocked two motorcycles over the speed limit heading eastbound on I-90 and initiated a traffic stop, according to Trooper Karim Boukabou.

“A trooper was working general traffic and saw the two motorcycles accelerate at a big rate,” he said. “They were going about 22 miles over the speed limit.”

By Greg Farrar Washington State Patrol accident investigators look over a yellow Ducati 749 motorcycle that flew off the eastbound Interstate 90 overpass exit ramp to Highlands Drive, and down an embankment.

By Greg Farrar
Washington State Patrol accident investigators look over a yellow Ducati 749 motorcycle that flew off the eastbound Interstate 90 overpass exit ramp to Highlands Drive, and down an embankment.

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Families Beat the Heat at Splash Day

August 12, 2014

Youngsters scream in glee at the top of their lungs while running through a rainbow under the downpour of rain provided by Eastlake Fire & Rescue Ladder 73, during the Issaquah Parks & Recreation Department’s annual Beat the Heat Splash Day held Aug. 6 at the community center.

Youngsters scream in glee at the top of their lungs while running through a rainbow under the downpour of rain provided by Eastlake Fire & Rescue Ladder 73, during the Issaquah Parks & Recreation Department’s annual Beat the Heat Splash Day held Aug. 6 at the community center.

EFR hosts blood drive July 31

July 28, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. July 28, 2014

The Puget Sound Bloodmobile will be at Eastside Fire & Rescue’s administrative headquarters from 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. July 31 for people to donate blood.

The bloodmobile, which will be at 175 Newport Way N.W., will close from 1-2 p.m.

EFR is working with the Puget Sound Blood Center to increase awareness in the benefits of being a blood donor.

  • Goal — Puget Sound Blood Center needs to get their blood supply above four days and to keep it at that level.
  • Fact — Puget Sound Blood Center needs to meet this goal in order to stay above critical and emergency levels.

Sign-up and schedule a specific time by calling Jenny Oltmann, firefighter with EFR, at 206-949-8414, or emailing joltmann@esf-r.org.

Walk-ins will be accepted with priority given to appointments. Donors with appointments may experience shorter wait times.

Issaquah, Sammamish councils hold first joint meeting in years

July 22, 2014

Issaquah and Sammamish had the meeting equivalent of a group hug July 14.

After a year in which the two cities’ leadership have found themselves on different sides of several issues, both city councils and other city administrative staff met at Issaquah City Hall to discuss points of mutual interest. It was their first joint meeting since 2011.

“We all have one thing in common,” Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler said. “We certainly love our cities and we love representing them. We not only care about our communities, we care about the region as well.”

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Police & Fire

July 22, 2014

Stalkie talkie

Police were dispatched to the 900 block of 12th Avenue Northwest on report of a male who was speaking to two juvenile females over walkie talkie July 13. The reporting person said it sounded like the male was following the girls. It appeared the two juvenile females walkie talkies were inadvertently on the same frequency as the man’s.

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Issaquah Nursing & Rehabilitation Center celebrates 50th year with Aug. 8 open house

July 22, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. July 22, 2014

Issaquah Nursing & Rehabilitation Center is celebrating its 50th year serving the community with a reunion/open house Aug. 8.

The center is at 805 Front St. S.

Join Eastside Fire & Rescue in ‘Stuffing the Boot’ for the Issaquah Senior Outreach Program. There will also be fire truck tours, refreshments, a caricature artist, the Good Vibez Jazz Band and facility tours.

Learn more about the facility here. RSVP for the event by calling 392-1271.

Police & Fire

July 15, 2014

DUI

A police officer stopped a car going 50 mph in a 35 mph zone in the 400 block of East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast at 1:25 a.m. July 1. The driver’s eyes were watery and bloodshot. She failed a field sobriety test and blew a .148 percent on the portable Breathalyzer, above the legal blood alcohol limit of .08 percent. The officer arrested her and had the vehicle impounded.

 

Naptime

Police responded to a report of two people sleeping in a car in the 21700 block of Southeast 13th Place at 7:32 a.m. July 1. The man in the car had just moved to the area, but the woman’s parents would not let him stay in their house, so the pair took to sleeping in the car until they can sort out a living situation for him. Neither had any active warrants.

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Eastside Fire & Rescue emphasizes trampoline safety

July 15, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. July 17, 2014

This is the time of year when trampoline use is high, so Eastside Fire & Rescue officials are urging parents to assess the risks involved.

A recent U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission report showed that more than 75,000 emergency room visits per year are due to trampoline-related injuries in children.

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Police & Fire

July 8, 2014

Wedding bell blues

Police received a noise complaint June 19 and arrived in the 2500 block of Northeast Park Drive to find a wedding had just ended. The music had just been turned off. Police told the man in charge to keep the remaining guests quiet.

 

Welcome to your nightmare

A passerby crossing the corner of Front Street North and East Sunset Way June 21 called police about a male subject wearing a baggy dark blue sweatshirt, dark pants.  Oh, he also wore a clown mask and the reporting person thought the man was carrying a knife. Police were unable to find the suspect.

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