Police identify Seattle officer in drug case as Issaquah resident

January 10, 2012

Officials said a Seattle police officer arrested in a drug investigation early Jan. 5 died at a Seattle hospital hours later from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Seattle police said Richard F. Nelson, 50, of Issaquah, was suspected of using crack cocaine, possibly drugs stolen from case evidence. Nelson died at Harborview Medical Center late the afternoon of Jan. 5.

Police booked Nelson into the King County Jail just after 4 a.m. that day and released on him on personal recognizance about 30 minutes later — a normal procedure for first-time drug offenders in King County.

At about 11 a.m., as Seattle Police Chief John Diaz prepared to address journalists about the case, Eastside Fire & Rescue crews responded to a report of a man with a gunshot wound near a North Bend-area trailhead.

Crews responded to the John Wayne Pioneer Trail and rushed the man to Seattle for treatment.

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Police identify Seattle officer dead amid drug case as Issaquah resident

January 5, 2012

NEW — 6 p.m. Jan. 5, 2012

Officials said a Seattle police officer arrested in a drug investigation early Thursday morning died at a Seattle hospital hours later after sustaining a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Seattle police said the officer, a 50-year-old Issaquah man, had been suspected of using crack cocaine — possibly drugs stolen from case evidence. The man died at Harborview Medical Center late Thursday afternoon.

Police booked the officer into the King County Jail just after 4 a.m. and released on him on personal recognizance about 30 minutes later — a normal procedure for first-time drug offenders in King County.

Then, at about 11 a.m., as Seattle Police Chief John Diaz prepared to address journalists about the drug case, Eastside Fire & Rescue crews responded to a report of a man suffering from a gunshot wound near a North Bend-area trailhead.

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Girl is struck by car in Issaquah Highlands crosswalk

December 27, 2011

Issaquah police and medics responded to the Issaquah Highlands early the evening of Dec. 23 after a car struck a 14-year-old girl in a crosswalk.

Medics transported the girl to Harborview Medical Center, but she did not sustain life-threatening injuries.

The incident occurred at about 6 p.m. in the crosswalk at Northeast Park Drive and 24th Avenue Northeast near Zeeks Pizza as the vehicle headed west.

Police said the motorist involved in the incident remained at the scene until officers arrived.

The accident is under investigation.

Swedish/Issaquah adds 80 patient beds, services

October 25, 2011

Swedish/Issaquah physicians plan to start delivering babies and performing more complicated surgeries Nov. 1, as the hospital rolls out additional services and opens 80 patient beds on the $365 million campus.

The change adds expectant mothers and intensive care unit patients to the bustling hospital months after physicians started offering routine checkups, outpatient surgical procedures and numerous other services.

The additions also mean emergency responders can transport more patients to the Swedish/Issaquah emergency room — and cut the time ambulances spend on the road to and from other Eastside and Seattle hospitals.

“It rounds out the rest of the services and makes it a fully functioning community hospital,” Kevin Brown, Swedish Medical Center senior vice president and chief administrative officer, said as the opening neared. “We’ve been doing basically everything — except if you needed to stay overnight — until this point.”

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Issaquah, King County leaders pay tribute to late Gov. Albert Rosellini

October 10, 2011

NEW — 5 p.m. Oct. 10, 2011

Issaquah leaders lowered flags at City Hall and other municipal buildings Monday to commemorate the death of former Gov. Albert D. Rosellini.

Rosellini, governor from 1957 to 1965, died Monday at 101. Gov. Chris Gregoire called for flags at public buildings across the state be lowered to half-staff.

Issaquah Mayor Ava Frisinger, King County Executive Dow Constantine and other local leaders offered tributes to the late governor.

“He was widely respected and regarded, I think, with affection amongst people,” Frisinger said. “I saw a very long and full life.”

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Change comes to Issaquah bus routes Oct. 1

September 27, 2011

King County Metro Transit riders should prepare for changes soon as transportation planners adjust routes between Issaquah and Seattle.

Issaquah routes receive some shuffling in the latest service plan from the mass transit agency. Under a service plan starting Oct. 1, Route 211 runs from hospital-dense First Hill in Seattle to the Issaquah Highlands Park & Ride. Metro Transit is also adding trips departing First Hill for the highlands at 3:05 and 5:30 p.m.

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King County Council honors former Issaquah mayor

August 31, 2011

A.J. Culver (center), former Issaquah mayor, holds certificate from the King County Council after members recognized him for a long public-service career Monday. Contributed

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 31, 2011

King County Council members honored former Issaquah Mayor A.J. Culver on Monday for important contributions in public service.

The council recognized Culver for service as mayor, on the Municipal League of King County and Harborview Medical Center boards, and as a representative to the county Citizens’ Elections Oversight Committee.

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Woman robbed, stabbed in Issaquah Highlands

August 9, 2011

Police said a man stabbed and robbed a 36-year-old woman early Aug. 8 in a typically quiet apartment complex in the Issaquah Highlands.

The incident occurred at about 12:15 a.m. in the 1700 block of 16th Lane Northeast in a parking lot at The Highlands at Wynhaven, a complex next to Grand Ridge Elementary School.

The woman said a man approached her as she returned to the apartment after parking her car. Investigators said he then punched and stabbed her, stole her purse and fled.

The woman described her attacker as a stocky white or Hispanic man dressed in dark clothing and a dark-colored baseball-type cap. She last saw him running east as he fled.

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Man dies after utility accident on Tiger Mountain

August 9, 2011

A utility company worker died after a predawn accident Aug. 5 in the Mirrormont neighborhood.

The lineman, a 40-year-old Buckley man, James B. Waters, sustained critical injuries after a coworker in a work truck ran over him in the early morning hours.

The crew for Sumner-based Potelco had been working on a downed pole in the Tiger Mountain neighborhood.

Investigators said Waters had been at work on the downed pole. Then, as he removed a wire that was under tension, the taut wire snapped back and knocked him backward and under the rear tires of the truck. The truck happened to be driving past at a slow speed, and he was caught under the right rear tires and run over.

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Utility worker dies after accident on Tiger Mountain

August 5, 2011

NEW — 6:30 p.m. Aug. 5, 2011

The utility company worker injured in a Friday morning accident in the Mirrormont neighborhood has died.

The lineman, a 40-year-old Buckley man, sustained critical injuries after a coworker in a work truck ran over him in the early morning hours.

The crew for Sumner-based Potelco had had been working on a downed pole in the Tiger Mountain neighborhood.

Investigators said the Buckley man had been at work on the downed pole. Then, as he removed a wire that was under tension, the taut wire snapped back and knocked him backwards and under the rear tires the truck. The truck happened to be driving past a slow speed, and he was caught under the right rear tires and run over.

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