Issaquah Municipal Court, recreation facilities close Wednesday

November 23, 2010

NEW — 3:30 p.m. Nov. 23, 2010

Officials canceled all Issaquah Municipal Court hearings scheduled for Wednesday.

The judge is not issuing bench warrants if defendants fail to appear. The court is to remain open for regular business hours.

The city has also canceled all recreation programs scheduled for Wednesday. Check the municipal website for information about drop-in visits at the Issaquah Community Center and Julius Boehm Pool. The city opened both facilities to drop-in visitors for several hours Tuesday.

Issaquah School District administrators canceled school for Wednesday, the last scheduled school day before the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Seahawks’ Leroy Hill agrees to domestic-violence treatment

August 24, 2010

The assault charge against Seattle Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill could be dropped in 18 months if he completes a yearlong domestic-violence treatment program and stays out of trouble.

Hill appeared in Issaquah Municipal Court last week and entered into a stipulated order of continuance. The agreement allows Hill to avoid a trial if he and the city prosecutor agree to conditions in the case.

Hill, 27, had pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charge; a trial could have started as early as this week. Issaquah police arrested Hill in April after his girlfriend said he attacked her at his Talus home. Read more

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Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill agrees to domestic violence treatment to avoid trial

August 18, 2010

NEW — 8:30 p.m. Aug. 18, 2010

The assault charge against Seattle Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill could be dropped if he completes a yearlong domestic-violence treatment program and stays out of trouble for the next 18 months.

Hill appeared in Issaquah Municipal Court on Wednesday and entered into a stipulated order of continuance. The agreement allows Hill to avoid a trial if he and the city prosecutor agree to conditions in the case.

Hill, 27, had pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charge; a trial could have started as early as next week. Issaquah police arrested Hill in April after his girlfriend said he attacked her at his Talus home.

Under the conditions set by the court, Hill must complete treatment, possess no weapons and avoid breaking the law for the next 18 months.

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Prosecutor hopes for plea deal in assault case for Seahawk Leroy Hill

August 10, 2010

The city prosecutor and attorney for Seattle Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill continue to discuss a possible plea deal to resolve the domestic violence case before a late August trial.

Issaquah City Prosecutor Lynn Moberly intends to seek intensive domestic violence treatment for Hill. Police said he attacked his girlfriend at his Talus home April 10, after she confronted him about seeing other women.

Hill, 27, has pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor assault charge. The case had been set to go to trial in late July, but defense attorney Jon Fox requested the trial be postponed for a month.

“I’m hopeful we can resolve it without a trial,” Moberly said late last week. Read more

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Police seek phone records in Leroy Hill assault investigation

August 3, 2010

Probe could lead to more charges

Issaquah police intend to search phone records to determine whether forbidden contact occurred between Seattle Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill and the girlfriend police said he assaulted in April.

Police requested a warrant July 27 to search the girlfriend’s mobile phone records to determine if she and Hill had broken a court-issued no-contact order, a misdemeanor.

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Investigators intend to use the records to determine if witness tampering or intimidation took place. If detectives determine witness tampering took place, Hill could face a felony charge.

“Based on my experience, domestic violence victims and defendants can communicate with each other, even after the issuance of court orders,” Issaquah Detective Sgt. Bob Porter wrote in court documents.

The assault charge stems from a dispute between Hill, 27, and his girlfriend at the Talus home they shared.

The girlfriend confronted Hill about seeing other women, and asked to see his phone to determine whom he had been calling.

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Judicial candidates prepare for Aug. 17 election

August 3, 2010

Voters will choose from three candidates in the Aug. 17 primary election for a King County District Court judge serving the Northeast Division.

Newcastle’s Donna Tucker, Mercer Island’s Ketu Shah and Redmond’s Larry Mitchell are running for the position. The county created the position last year to address a growing caseload.

The top two candidates from the primary will advance to the Nov. 2 general election — unless a candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote in the primary. In that case, he or she wins the election outright. Read more

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Police seek phone records in Leroy Hill assault investigation

July 29, 2010

UPDATED — 9:10 p.m. July 29, 2010

Issaquah police intend to search phone records to determine if forbidden contact occurred between Seattle Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill and the girlfriend police said he assaulted in April.

Police requested a warrant Tuesday to search the girlfriend’s mobile phone records to determine if she and Hill had broken a no-contact order. Investigators intend to use the records to determine if witness tampering or intimidation took place.

“Based on my experience, domestic violence victims and defendants can communicate with each other, even after the issuance of court orders,” Issaquah Detective Bob Porter wrote in court documents.

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Assault trial set for July 29 for Seahawks’ Leroy Hill

July 27, 2010

The prosecutor in the domestic violence case against Seattle Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill has concerns about contact between the NFL player and the woman involved in the incident.

Hill, 27, appeared in Issaquah Municipal Court on July 23 as a trial nears for a misdemeanor assault charge stemming from the April incident. Judge N. Scott Stewart set a July 29 trial, which should last two days.

Issaquah police said Hill attacked his girlfriend April 10. The woman told police Hill had pulled her by her hair down a set of stairs at his Talus home.

Hill has pleaded not guilty to the charge.

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Prosecutor raises concerns about victim in Leroy Hill assault case

July 23, 2010

UPDATED — 6:45 p.m. July 23, 2010

The prosecutor in the domestic violence case against Seattle Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill has concerns about contact between the NFL player and the woman involved in the incident.

Hill, 27, appeared in Issaquah Municipal Court on Friday morning as a trail nears for a misdemeanor assault charge stemming from the April incident. The trial has been set for July 29.

Issaquah police said Hill attacked his girlfriend April 10. The woman had told police Hill had pulled her by her hair down a set of stairs at his Talus home.

Hill has pleaded not guilty to the charge.

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Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill faces assault trial next week

July 21, 2010

NEW — 3:50 p.m. July 21, 2010

Seattle Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill returned Issaquah Municipal Court on Wednesday afternoon.

Issaquah resident Hill, 27, returns court Friday. The trial for the misdemeanor assault charge he faces could start next week, and last two days.

The assault charge stems from a late-night incident April 10.

Issaquah police arrested Hill after a domestic violence incident at his Talus home, after authorities said he attacked his girlfriend. Police said the woman had marks and injuries consistent with assault; she told police Hill had caused the injuries.

But reaching her has been difficult for City Prosecutor Lynn Moberly and police officers, Moberly said Wednesday.

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