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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Bellevue officer charged with DUI in Issaquah court resigns from department

January 9, 2014

NEW — 6:30 p.m. Jan. 9, 2014

A Bellevue Police officer charged with drunken driving on Interstate 90 near Issaquah has resigned from the department.

Officer Andrew Hanke resigned today, effective immediately.

“As we move forward, my hope is that we rebuild the public’s trust and continue our focus on the great work that the men and women of this department do every day,” Chief Linda Pillo said in a news release.

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Prepare for Issaquah Community Center, pool closures

December 26, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 26, 2012

Prepare for closures at the Issaquah Community Center and the Julius Boehm Pool for the New Year’s holiday.

The community center is due to close for maintenance from Dec. 31 to Jan. 1. Then, the center reopens for regular hours Jan. 2.

Meanwhile, the pool is scheduled to close at 3:30 p.m. New Year’s Eve and reopen at 6:30 a.m. Jan. 2.

In addition to the community center and pool, officials plan to close City Hall from Dec. 31 to Jan. 1, and then reopen Jan. 2. Issaquah Municipal Court is open New Year’s Eve and then closed New Year’s Day.

Rush for same-sex weddings sets marriage license record

December 11, 2012

Dow Constantine

In a milestone just after midnight Dec. 6, King County started issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, a month after Washington voters legalized same-sex marriage.

The county issued a record 623 marriage licenses between midnight Dec. 6 and 4:30 p.m. Dec. 8. The initial day set a record at 489.

King County Executive Dow Constantine issued the initial marriage license at 12:01 a.m. in a ceremony at the King County Recorder’s Office.

“Tonight you are making history,” he said to the initial group of 11 couples. “Not only our legislators, but the people of this state have said every person is entitled to equal treatment. This advances our law in the state of Washington, and brings us one step closer to that first ‘self-evident’ truth announced by our nation’s founders: that all are created equal.”

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Issaquah Community Center, Julius Boehm Pool close for maintenance

December 11, 2012

Prepare for closures at the Issaquah Community Center and the Julius Boehm Pool for maintenance and the holidays.

The community center is due to close for maintenance from Dec. 19-22. Then, the center closes for Christmas from Dec. 24-25 and reopens to the public Dec. 26.

Meanwhile, the pool is scheduled to close from Dec. 24-25 for Christmas and reopen at 6:30 a.m. Dec. 26.

In addition to the community center and pool, officials plan to close City Hall and Issaquah Municipal Court from Dec. 24-25 for Christmas.

State policy change dings county jails, but not Issaquah facility

September 11, 2012

Officials said a recent change in state policy means fewer inmates in King County-run jails — and $9.4 million less for county jails next year due to fewer bookings from the state Department of Corrections.

King County officials said the drop contributes to a projected $13 million shortfall next year in revenues to support operations at the King County Jail in Seattle and the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent. The shortfall could lead officials to eliminate 40 or more positions in the proposed 2013 jail budget.

The state corrections agency contracts with the county to house thousands of felons released from prison who then violated their conditions of release. The so-called “DOC violators” go back to jail to await administrative hearings.

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Issaquah police reactivate speed cameras near schools as students return

August 28, 2012

Issaquah police plan to reactivate speed-enforcement cameras near Issaquah High School and other campuses Sept. 4, as students return to schools along Second Avenue Southeast.

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In Issaquah, power outage, travel headaches continue for another day

January 20, 2012

Rodney Amburgey, a lineman with City Pacific Services contracted to Puget Sound Energy, works Jan. 20 to secure a broken and dangling utility pole crossbeam at Southeast May Valley Road and 231st Place Southeast. By Greg Farrar

NEW — 6:30 a.m. Jan. 20, 2012

Though the forecast calls for temperatures to inch upward Friday, effects from a major snowstorm and rare ice storm continue to impact Issaquah residents.

Puget Sound Energy estimated 11,235 customers remained without power in Issaquah at 6:10 a.m. — a drop from the more than 18,000 left in the dark Thursday. Difficult road conditions continue to challenge motorists on city streets and roads in unincorporated King County.

City road crews continue to focus on maintaining priority routes and removing downed trees from the roadway. Numerous roads in Issaquah and nearby areas closed Thursday due to fallen trees and downed power lines.

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Some Issaquah city facilities remain open amid snowstorm

January 18, 2012

NEW — 10 a.m. Jan. 18, 2012

Though the snowstorm prompted officials to close recreation facilities, some city offices remain open to the public Wednesday.

Issaquah City Hall is open for normal hours, although officials scaled back some services. The city permitting center is only open until 4:30 p.m. and the passport center is closed.

Julius Boehm Pool and the Issaquah Community Center closed at 10 a.m. Call the community center at 837-3326 for additional weather updates.

Issaquah Municipal Court briefly opened for normal hours and then closed at 10 a.m. Officials canceled all hearings, and people scheduled to appear in court cannot be penalized for failing to appear.

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Snowy forecast prompts Issaquah cancellations, closures

January 17, 2012

NEW — 11:45 a.m. Jan. 17, 2012

The potential for historic snowfall prompted cancellations and schedule changes for public agencies in Issaquah and elsewhere on the Eastside.

Issaquah City Hall is open for normal hours. Though Julius Boehm Pool and the Issaquah Community Center remain open, classes and programs have been cancelled. The community center is open for drop-in use and the pool is open for lap and public swims. Call the community center at 837-3326 for additional weather updates.

Issaquah Municipal Court is open for normal hours today to hear in-custody matters only, as regularly scheduled.

The forecast also led officials to cancel public meetings Tuesday and Wednesday.

Issaquah officials canceled the City Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday night. Meanwhile, state Department of Natural Resources canceled a planned discussion about recreation on public lands from Tiger Mountain to Snoqualmie Pass. (The state meeting is to be rescheduled for early February.)

In addition, Issaquah School District campuses closed for Tuesday due to icy road conditions and possible snow.

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