Lee Soptich to retire after 16 years as EFR chief

February 10, 2015

Although offered a two-year extension of his contract, Eastside Fire & Rescue Chief Lee Soptich has announced his plans to step down from the leadership of the local fire and rescue squad in January 2016.

EFR Chief Lee Soptich

EFR Chief Lee Soptich

Soptich, 58, said he made his announcement to the EFR regional board of directors in December and again last month.

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State audit finds fault with EFR books

February 10, 2015

State auditors made a finding of significant deficiency after completing a study of the record-keeping of Eastside Fire & Rescue.

Released by the state Feb. 2, the audit covered the timeframe between Jan. 1, 2012, and Dec. 31, 2013.

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Police & fire — week of Feb. 4, 2015

February 3, 2015

Editor’s note: Due to Eastside Fire & Rescue installing a new records system, fire reports were not available.

Warranted arrests

At 3:25 p.m. Jan. 23, an officer spotted a 22-year-old Seattle man with an outstanding warrant walking eastbound in the 1200 block of Northwest Mall Street. The suspect was arrested in the 1100 block of Northwest Gilman Boulevard.

An officer driving through an apartment complex at 360 Northwest Dogwood Street at 10:19 p.m. Jan. 25 spotted and arrested a 47-year-old woman with an outstanding warrant.

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Welcome to Station 78

January 27, 2015

By Greg Farrar Antony Xczar (left), an Eastside Fire & Rescue volunteer firefighter, gives plastic helmets and paper firefighter badge stickers to Lake McDonald resident Hayden Quinto, along with South Firs residents Marlee, Rogan and Carmen Furtwangler, during the Fire District 10 Station 78 open house held Jan. 24 on Southeast May Valley Road.

By Greg Farrar
Antony Xczar (left), an Eastside Fire & Rescue volunteer firefighter, gives plastic helmets and paper firefighter badge stickers to Lake McDonald resident Hayden Quinto, along with South Firs residents Marlee, Rogan and Carmen Furtwangler, during the Fire District 10 Station 78 open house held Jan. 24 on Southeast May Valley Road.

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District 10 fire benefit charge notices mailed

January 27, 2015

The 2015 Fire Benefit Charge Notices have been mailed to each parcel owner within the fire district.

The notice includes a letter of explanation and the actual per-parcel FBC information.

Included in the per-parcel information is the charge formula, the square footage of record received from the King County Assessor’s Office, the use category and the total charge that will be included in the parcel owners 2015 property tax bill.

The charge notice is not a bill, and parcel owners are not required to do anything with it, unless they believe there is an error. The notice is an opportunity for the parcel owner to review the information used to calculate the charge before it is applied to their 2015 Property Tax Bill. The charge will appear on the tax bill under the “special” category. Read more

New fire station dedication and open house is Jan. 24

January 20, 2015

Eastside Fire & Rescue will hold a dedication of Station 78, 20720 S.E. May Valley Road, at 10 a.m. Jan. 24, followed by an open house lasting until 1 p.m.

The free event is open to the public.

Fire commissioners from District 10, directors from EFR, fire administrators and firefighters will be on hand to greet those attending.

Station 78 was funded by a bond measure approved in 2012 by Fire District 10 voters. The new facility replaces a station that was located at S.E. 113th Street and state Route 900. Read more

Police & Fire

January 20, 2015

Editor’s note: Due to Eastside Fire & Rescue installing a new records system, fire reports were not available. 

Car break-ins

  • At 12:49 p.m. Jan. 9, the owner of a 2002 Ford F350 reported someone broke into the truck and stole a guitar, compound bow, gift cards and cash. The total loss was estimated at $2,700.
  • Before 3 a.m. Jan. 11, someone broke into a car in the 600 block of Front Street South and stole a pack of cigarettes valued at $7.
  • At 8:51 p.m. Jan. 12, a resident in the 6100 block of East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast reported someone broke into their car and stole a computer, tote bag and books, with a total value of $420.
  • At 7:34 a.m. Jan. 13, someone broke into a vehicle in the 900 block of Northeast Ingram Street, causing window damage and stealing medical equipment. The total loss was estimated at $1,000.

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Police & Fire

January 13, 2015

Thefts

  • At 2:42 p.m. Jan. 2, a resident in the 100 block of Northeast Creek way reported someone stole a pocketbook containing a wallet and cell phone. The items were valued at $1,150.
  • At 3:36 a.m., someone in the 100 block of East Sunset Way reported someone had stolen between $40 and $80 in tip money.
  • At 1:40 p.m. Jan. 4, someone stole $70 in medication in the 3600 block of 228th Avenue Southeast.
  • At 3:34 p.m. Jan. 5, someone stole a UPS package, valued at $63, in the 100 block of Mount Olympus Drive Southwest.

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Police blotter — week of Jan. 7, 2015

January 6, 2015

Car break-in

At 12:55 p.m. Dec. 17, a resident in the 1800 block of 11th Avenue Northeast reported someone broke into their 2007 Ford Taurus and stole a GPS valued at $200.

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Police blotter

December 23, 2014

Best use of resources?

At 12:40 p.m. Dec. 12, an officer spoke by phone with a resident in the 800 block of Fifth Avenue Northwest who was requesting extra patrol around the residence because of cigarette butts being found on the sidewalk. Read more

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