Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill returns to Issaquah courtroom

July 14, 2010

NEW — 2:45 p.m. July 14, 2010

Seattle Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill appeared in Issaquah Municipal Court on Wednesday afternoon, and the Issaquah resident will return to court next week.

Hill, facing a misdemeanor domestic violence charge, is due back in Judge N. Scott Stewart’s courtroom July 21. Attorneys handled procedural matters during the Wednesday appearance.

The charge stems from a late-night incident April 10, when Issaquah police arrested Hill, 27, after a late-night domestic incident at his Talus home.

Officers said a dispute occurred between Hill and his then-girlfriend. Police said the woman had marks and injuries consistent with assault; she told police Hill caused the injuries.

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Seahawks linebacker could face trial next month

June 15, 2010

Seattle Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill could stand trial in Issaquah Municipal Court next month for a domestic violence charge.

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Hill faces a misdemeanor assault charge related to the April incident. During a brief appearance June 11, Hill stood alongside his attorney as the court set the date for another procedural hearing. Hill, 27, will appear again before Judge N. Scott Stewart on July 14.

The court also set July 23 as a readiness date — a meeting of the parties to determine if a trial should occur. The trial could begin the following week. Hill has pleaded not guilty.

Meanwhile, Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll has not said whether Hill will stay on the team for the coming season. Hill had not been part of any off-season practices since the Issaquah arrest, but rejoined the workouts June 14. The team starts training camp July 31.

Issaquah police arrested Hill after a late-night domestic incident at his Talus home April 10. Officers said a dispute occurred between Hill and his then-girlfriend. Police said the woman had marks and injuries consistent with assault; she told police Hill caused the injuries.

The domestic violence incident occurred less than a month after a Georgia judge sentenced Hill to 12 months probation for marijuana possession. The probation could be revoked if the domestic violence charge proceeds.

Seattle Seahawks linebacker could face July trial

June 11, 2010

UPDATED — 2:35 p.m. June 11, 2010

Seattle Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill could stand trial in Issaquah Municipal Court next month for a domestic violence charge.

Hill faces a misdemeanor assault charge related to the April 10 incident. During a brief appearance Friday morning Hill stood alongside his attorney as the court set the date for another procedural hearing. Hill will appear again before Judge N. Scott Stewart on July 14. The court also set a readiness date of July 23, essentially a meeting for the parties to determine if a trial should proceed. If a trial proceeds, it would likely be held in the last week of July.

Issaquah police arrested Hill after a late-night domestic incident at his Talus home. Officers said a dispute occurred between Hill and his then-girlfriend. Police said the woman had marks and injuries consistent with assault; she told police Hill caused the injuries.

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Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill makes Issaquah court appearance

May 25, 2010

Seattle Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill appeared in Issaquah Municipal Court last week for a charge related to a domestic violence incident.

Hill faces a misdemeanor assault charge related to the April 10 incident. During a brief appearance May 19, the court scheduled the next pre-trial hearing for June 11.

Issaquah Police arrested Hill after a late-night domestic incident at his Talus home. Officers said a dispute occurred between Hill and his then-girlfriend. Police said the woman had marks and injuries consistent with assault; she told police Hill caused the injuries.

City Prosecutor Lynn Moberly asked the court to keep a no-contact order in place between Hill and the victim, although the victim had called for the order to be lifted.

“I think that he’s a potential danger to her, and I would ask at this time that the court not lift the no-contact order,” Moberly said.

The prosecutor said the victim had told police Hill had attacked her in the past. Moberly said the past incidents included a dispute when Hill held the victim down on a bed and “crushed her throat.”

The victim did not appear in court due to what Domestic Violence Advocate Kim Leyton described as a scheduling conflict. Leyton said the victim feels the no-contact order to be unnecessary. Jon Fox, the Bellevue attorney representing Hill, agreed.

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Seattle Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill makes Issaquah court appearance

May 19, 2010

NEW — 10 a.m. May 19, 2010

Seattle Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill (left) and his attorney appear in Issaquah Municipal Court. By Greg Farrar

Seattle Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill appeared in Issaquah Municipal Court on Tuesday morning for a charge related to a domestic violence incident.

Hill faces a misdemeanor assault charge related to the April 10 incident. During a brief appearance, the court scheduled the next pre-trial hearing for June 11.

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Cameras cut speeding, but raise drivers’ ire

April 6, 2010

Cameras installed along Southeast Second Avenue to deter speeders have cut the number of violations since the Issaquah Police Department started issuing citations last April.

The city recorded about 110 violations per day in May 2009 — about a month after speeders started to receive $124 fines for exceeding the 20 mph limit. By January 2010, the number of violations had fallen to about 40 per day — a drop of about 64 percent. The city released the data March 31.

Police issued 4,920 citations for violations caught by the cameras. The devices generated about $360,000 for the city.

Officials said the numbers showed the need for the cameras in a school zone packed with everyone from kindergartners to high-school seniors. Detractors said the cameras catch unknowing motorists and overcharge violators.

The city did not complete a formal cost analysis for the photo-enforcement program, although officials said the effort incurs significant expenses related to Issaquah Municipal Court, and the city finance and police departments. Police officers must review and then approve or reject each violation.

The city did not hire additional workers to handle the increased number of infractions. Read more

City speed cameras cut number of violations

March 31, 2010

NEW — 1:30 p.m. March 31, 2010

Cameras installed along Southeast Second Avenue to deter speeders cut the number of violations during their first year of operation, city data shows.

The city recorded about 110 violations per day in May 2009 — about a month after speeders started to receive $124 fines for exceeding the 20 mph limit. By January 2010, the number of violations had fallen to about 40 per day — a drop of about 64 percent. The city released the data Wednesday.

Workers installed the cameras last March in the school zone near Clark Elementary School, Issaquah Middle School, Issaquah High School and Tiger Mountain Community High School. For several weeks after the installation, speeders received warnings. In mid April of last year, the city started penalizing violators.

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Top 10 news stories of 2009

December 29, 2009

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Sisters Jennifer Davies, Julianne Long and Mindy Heintz (from left) retrieve belongings Jan. 8 from the toppled guesthouse at the home of their parents, Jack and Karen Brooks, beside Issaquah Creek in the 23300 block of Southeast May Valley Road. — By Greg Farrar

Growth slowed and the economy cooled throughout 2009. The watershed moments in Issaquah hinged on expansion and recession. Leaders broke ground for a major new employer, even while other businesses left town for good.

Issaquah began the first decade of a new century as a fast-growing city, a title the city held for years. As 2009 reached a close, however, officials pared the size of government to face the new economic reality.

From January floods to record July heat and brutal December cold, 2009 was jam-packed, but the year was never dull.

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City Council reappoints Municipal Court judge

December 22, 2009

N. Scott Stewart

N. Scott Stewart

Judge N. Scott Stewart will serve another four years as the sole Issaquah Municipal Court judge, the City Council decided Dec. 7. Read more

City Council reappoints Municipal Court judge

December 21, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 21, 2009

Judge N. Scott Stewart will serve another four years as the sole Issaquah Municipal Court judge, the City Council decided Dec. 7.

Stewart was first appointed to the Issaquah bench in 2007, when then-Judge Peter Jarvis retired. With the four-year municipal judge term set to expire Dec. 31, the council reappointed Stewart through 2013.

The court presides over misdemeanors — such as DUI cases — as well as parking and traffic infractions that occur in Issaquah. In the years since the court opened in 2005, criminal filings increased by 117 percent and the caseload ballooned by 209 percent, city documents state.

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