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.

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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Body found in north Issaquah on Saturday

April 7, 2014

NEW — 1:30 p.m. April 7, 2014

A hiker found the body of an unidentified man April 5 in a grassy area beyond 200 Northeast Juniper Street.

Issaquah Police Cmdr. Stan Conrad said there is no cause of death as of yet for the adult male, who he said could possibly be white, Hispanic or Asian.

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Woman robs convenience store at knife point

March 12, 2013

The AM/PM convenience store was robbed late March 10, after a woman reportedly entered the business displaying what appeared to be a handgun, police said.

The gun, which was actually a starter pistol, like the kind used at the beginning of races, was wrestled away by the clerk.

This female suspect is shown as photographed by surveillance video during a reported armed robbery March 10 at a convenience store in the 1400 block of Northwest Sammamish Road. Photo contributed.

This female suspect is shown as photographed by surveillance video during a reported armed robbery March 10 at a convenience store in the 1400 block of Northwest Sammamish Road. Photo contributed.

A struggle ensued after the suspect demanded money at which time she pulled a knife on the clerk. The suspect was then disarmed and fled the scene on foot. The clerk was not injured.

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