To the Editor — Aug. 27, 2015

August 26, 2015

Police

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.

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HOAs call public session on fatal accident

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

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To the Editor — July 2, 2015

July 2, 2015

Dangerous crossing

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.

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Child hit in crosswalk dies of injuries

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.

Contributed Haochen Xu, 4 1/2, is seen in a school photograph provided by his father Junwei Xu and his mother Xiaoli Tao.

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Haochen Xu, 4 1/2, is seen in a school photograph provided by his father Junwei Xu and his mother Xiaoli Tao.

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Car hits boy in crosswalk on Newport Way Northwest

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.

By Greg Farrar Issaquah Police Department officer Troy Kemp restrains a distraught and wailing woman after she rushes past barrier tape and picks up a shoe of her 5-year-old grandson June 26 in the crosswalk of Newport Way Northwest at Northwest Oakcrest Drive. The boy had been transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with life-threatening injuries after being struck by a motorist in a black Fiat.

By Greg Farrar
Issaquah Police Department Officer Troy Kemp restrains a distraught and wailing woman after she rushes past barrier tape and picks up a shoe of her 5-year-old grandson in the crosswalk of Newport Way Northwest at Northwest Oakcrest Drive on June 26. The boy had been transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with life-threatening injuries after being struck by a motorist in a black Fiat.

 

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City officials sound off on space crunch

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.

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Resource officer change creates friction at Issaquah High School

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.

Karin Weihe

Karin Weihe

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.

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Heroin use is on the rise in Issaquah and King County

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.

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Editorial — Neighbors should help police and themselves

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.

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Rash of bank robberies doesn’t alarm police, FBI

August 19, 2014

Issaquah police and the FBI said they see four banks being robbed in the past six months as more of a cycle than a crime wave.

So far this year, KeyBank on Northwest Gilman Boulevard has been robbed three times and Chase Bank, also on Northeast Gilman Boulevard, was robbed once. Police believe the same man, who they’ve dubbed the Summertime Heat Robber, might be behind the Feb. 22, June 25 and July 11 KeyBank robberies. So far, officials have not arrested any suspects.

“It’s an increase,” Cmdr. Stan Conrad said. “But there are times when robberies pick up and times when they are down. Now, they are just down.”

Chief Scott Behrbaum agreed.

“Historically, we’ve had bank robberies in our city,” he said. “Last year, we didn’t have that many, but we’ve had years where we’re close to twice the current number.”

Feb. 22 KeyBank robbery suspect

Feb. 22 KeyBank robbery suspect

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