September 16, 2015
NEW — 5:30 p.m. Sept. 16, 2015
In 2007, Amy Crawford, a Kirkland corrections officer, was among officers using Issaquah’s indoor police shooting range to train with her weapon and ultimately pass a qualifying test.
By the end of the session, Crawford reported she felt sick, but had no idea why. In the end, three Kirkland officers — including Crawford — and two instructors, all of who had used the Issaquah gun range, were tested for lead poisoning. The results showed lead levels in the blood of the officers and instructors was up to 20 times the average adult level. The likely culprit was use of lead-based ammunition in an enclosed space.
Since, police officials have taken steps to reduce lead levels at the firing range, but possibly not enough. The state department of Labor and Industry hit the city with nine citations related to lead last year. The city eventually paid fines totaling $2,700. Read more
August 26, 2015
Police can grow their budget and save lives
Police Chief Scott Behrbaum, I know how you can fund your entire budget. I can personally guarantee it’ll work.
Position an officer two blocks west of Zeeks on Northeast Park Drive, the main road feeding homes in the Issaquah Highlands.
August 5, 2015
NEW — 6 p.m. Aug. 5, 2015
The meeting was intended to be sort of a community-building exercise, Mary Lynch, of the Summerhill Homeowners Association, said.
Still, the main topic of conversation was safety along Newport Way Northwest and the fatal accident that took place there last month.
In addition to Summerhill, several HOAs along Newport Way Northwest co-sponsored a public meeting held July 30 at the King County Library Service Center.
The crowd of about 25 people was decidedly smaller than the one that showed up for a city public meeting regarding pedestrian safety held a few days earlier. Read more
July 2, 2015
When will the city do something to really fix the problem?
Well, here we are three years after the former mayor wrote me this letter, promising improvements to the crosswalk at Newport Way Northwest and Northwest Oakcrest Drive.
July 1, 2015
NEW — 11 a.m. July 1, 2015
Accident was inevitable, neighbors say
Haochen Xu was just 4 ½ years old. The precocious Issaquah Kindercare student loved to read, and could add and subtract pairs of numbers up to 100.
He had a bright future, his parents said. But that future was cut short June 26 when a car struck him in a crosswalk at Newport Way Northwest and Northwest Oakcrest Drive.
The accident happened at about 11:30 a.m. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he died from his injuries the next day. The family said the funeral is tentatively set for July 11.
June 26, 2015
UPDATED — 6:11 p.m. June 26, 2015
For residents of Northwest Oakcrest Drive, the inevitable happened.
A 4-year-old boy was hit by a car in a crosswalk at Newport Way Northwest and Northwest Oakcrest Drive at about 11:30 a.m. today as the boy and his mother crossed westbound Newport Way. The boy was walking a few steps ahead of his mother, who was pushing his bike behind him. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
The boy is currently in critical condition in intensive care, according to a Harborview spokeswoman.
The driver of the vehicle, a 67-year-old Klahanie woman, stopped after the accident and is cooperating with Issaquah police. There is no indication that drugs or alcohol involved.
About 45 minutes after the accident, a woman later identified as the boy’s grandmother came upon the scene, shocked by what she saw. Immediately recognizing the boy’s bike, still in the crosswalk, and his shoes nearby, she began to wail in grief, not knowing the fate of her grandson.
March 17, 2015
As they move forward with two separate planning processes, city officials have returned several times to two major topics: a perceived need for added space for both police and the city administration.
“We’re overcrowded in the police department,” Police Chief Scott Behrbaum said during a March 9 City Council work session.
March 10, 2015
Issaquah police officer Karin Weihe has worked with Issaquah High School students for the better part of a decade, and her pending departure is a source of concern for some people at the school.
For Jody Mull, who had two daughters graduate from Issaquah and a third who is currently enrolled, the decision to replace Weihe isn’t right.
“It’s about what’s best for the adults and not about what’s best for the kids,” Mull said.
December 30, 2014
Over a year ago, in June 2013, then-Issaquah Police Chief Paul Ayers said the use of heroin locally was on the rise.
“It appears the use of heroin has risen over the meth usage,” Ayers said.
The situation has not improved.
October 7, 2014
Last year, thieves broke into vendor booths overnight during Salmon Days, making off with merchandise that support people’s livelihoods. This past weekend, Issaquah police were being extra vigilant for that and caught some would-be thieves in the act, arresting them on the spot.
You being vigilant can also help prevent crime.