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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Young boy struck by car dies

June 29, 2015

NEW — 11:15 a.m. June 29, 2015

A 4-year-old boy struck by a car June 26 in a crosswalk at Newport Way Northwest and Northwest Oakcrest Drive died Saturday at Harborview Medical Center, according to Issaquah police.

The boy’s mother, who was crossing with him at the time, was not injured.

According to Issaquah Police Cmdr. Stan Conrad, there was no indication the driver of the vehicle was speeding.

“For some reason, the driver just failed to see them,” Conrad said.

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Goo in Tibbetts Creek is deicer, not hazardous

June 3, 2015

As he lives near Tibbetts Creek and frequently walks along the shore, Issaquah resident Steve Engelbrekt said it was hard for him not to notice the black tinge that appeared in the creek at about 2 p.m. May 25.

The blackness appeared around state Route 900 and Newport Way Northwest, Engelbrekt said.

“I’ve never seen anything like that before,” he added, saying he really didn’t get much of an answer when he called the city about the problem.

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Five trees destroyed by vandal in Central Park

May 20, 2015

A vandal took what police assume was a hatchet to four trees in Issaquah’s Central Park on Park Drive Northeast.

Contributed One of five trees vandalized between Sunday night, May 10 and the next morning at Central Park in the Issaquah Highlands lies dying on its side beside the trunk.

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One of five trees vandalized between Sunday night, May 10 and the next morning at Central Park in the Issaquah Highlands lies dying on its side beside the trunk.

The small trees were chopped down. A fifth small tree appeared to have been run over by a vehicle of some kind, Police Cmdr. Stan Conrad said.

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Truck punches hole in I-90/Front Street overpass girder

March 17, 2015

A Recology CleanScapes truck hit the side of the eastbound Interstate 90 overpass over Front Street North on March 13.

The company hauls trash in parts of Issaquah.

The lift that slides a trash bin off the truck was in the up position, and it tore a large hole in the bridge girders. Crumbled concrete was strewn about and a large hole was gouged in the pavement from the overhead force that stopped the truck.

That force was so great that it bent the cab of the truck all the way forward and it slammed into the pavement.

By Kathleen R. Merrill A hydraulic crane pulls the lift of a Recology CleanScapes truck out of the overpass. The truck’s hydraulic lift was buried in the hole. The driver escaped unharmed, even though the cab of his truck bent down and slammed into the pavement from the force of the crash.

By Kathleen R. Merrill
A hydraulic crane pulls the lift of a Recology CleanScapes truck out of the overpass. The truck’s hydraulic lift was buried in the hole. The driver escaped unharmed, even though the cab of his truck bent down and slammed into the pavement from the force of the crash.

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ATM totaled

March 3, 2015

By Dr. Staten Medsker Jr. Police said thankfully no one, including the driver, was injured when this Tesla ended up going through the wall of the US Bank, 1295 N.W. Gilman Blvd., at about 8:45 a.m. Feb. 15. Issaquah Police Cmdr. Stan Conrad said the driver wanted to use the walk-up ATM outside of the bank, but the car’s accelerator became stuck and the car rammed through the wall. The bank was not open at the time. The location was closed for President’s Day, but reopened as usual Feb. 16. No word on when the wall will be repaired, but for now, walk-up ATM users are being directed to the drive-up machine.

By Dr. Staten Medsker Jr.
Police said thankfully no one, including the driver, was injured when this Tesla ended up going through the wall of the US Bank, 1295 N.W. Gilman Blvd., at about 8:45 a.m. Feb. 15. Issaquah Police Cmdr. Stan Conrad said the driver wanted to use the walk-up ATM outside of the bank, but the car’s accelerator became stuck and the car rammed through the wall. The bank was not open at the time. The location was closed for President’s Day, but reopened as usual Feb. 16. No word on when the wall will be repaired, but for now, walk-up ATM users are being directed to the drive-up machine.

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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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Emergency officials: Never leave children, pets in hot cars

July 1, 2014

What should concerned citizens do if they see a child or pet in a hot car?

Issaquah police would like concerned citizens to call them.

“They should call 911 if it’s a child and ask for the police,” Issaquah Police Cmdr. Stan Conrad said.

If someone sees a pet in a car, he or she should also call the police, but use the non-emergency line, 837-3200.

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Public marijuana, open pot container laws could come to Issaquah

June 17, 2014

Sure, marijuana is legal now, but not for everyone at all times.

The Issaquah City Council Services & Safety Committee took steps in giving the Issaquah Police Department tools to enforce restrictions to recreational marijuana use June 2. The drug still remains illegal in many circumstances.

“We’d be adopting the state law that says it’s illegal to consume marijuana in view of the general public,” City Associate Planner Jason Rogers said about possible council action.

The same state law regulates the age of consumption to 21 and older, as well as criminalizes driving under the influence of marijuana.

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Bomb threat leads to quick capture; police say suspect used his own phone

April 14, 2014

NEW — 2:40 p.m. April 14, 2014

Issaquah police arrested a 21-year-old man for making a bomb threat to the Ross clothing store April 13.

The threat led to the evacuation of businesses in the area of the 900 block of Northwest Gilman Boulevard, according to a press release from the Issaquah Police Department.

The business received a telephone call from the man stating there was a bomb in the store. A search was conducted and nothing suspicious was located. Police Cmdr. Stan Conrad said the call allowed officers to quickly collar the suspect.

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