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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Issaquah police ask for help with investigation of man’s death

April 10, 2014

NEW — 3:35 p.m. April 10, 2014

Issaquah police have identified the man found dead in Issaquah on April 5 as Jose Tavares.

Tavares, 49, left Swedish/Issaquah on March 20, according to a news release from the city. Police are asking the public to help figured out what happened to Tavares after that.

If you think you  saw Tavares after March 20, call Issaquah police at 837-3200 and ask for a detective.

Jose Tavares

Jose Tavares

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Issaquah City Council confirms Scott Behrbaum as new police chief

April 8, 2014

NEW — 10:55 a.m. April 8, 2014

In a unanimous decision April 7, the Issaquah City Council confirmed Mayor Fred Butler’s appointment of Cmdr. Scott Behrbaum as the new chief of the Issaquah Police Department.

Behrbaum will take the place of retiring Chief Paul Ayers, who served as the department’s leadership for seven years. Ayers’ last day will be April 15.

By Greg Farrar Issaquah Police Cmdr. Scott Behrbaum shakes the hands of City Council members April 7. The council voted unanimously to confirm his appointment by Mayor Fred Butler as the department’s new chief, taking effect April 16 after retiring Chief Paul Ayers’ last day.

By Greg Farrar
Issaquah Police Cmdr. Scott Behrbaum shakes the hands of City Council members April 7. The council voted unanimously to confirm his appointment by Mayor Fred Butler as the department’s new chief, taking effect April 16 after retiring Chief Paul Ayers’ last day.

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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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Roundabout fail

April 1, 2014

By Peter Clark A log truck overturned on the roundabout at East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast and Southeast 43rd Way March 27, spilling its load across the road. At least three cars were hit, but there were no serious injuries reported. Issaquah Police and Washington State Patrol officers responded to the scene, closing off the north entrance to clean up the roadway.

By Peter Clark
A log truck overturned on the roundabout at East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast and Southeast 43rd Way March 27, spilling its load across the road. At least three cars were hit, but there were no serious injuries reported. Issaquah Police and Washington State Patrol officers responded to the scene, closing off the north entrance to clean up the roadway.

Police offer women’s handgun safety class

March 25, 2014

Issaquah police will host a Women’s Handgun Safety Class from 6-9 p.m. April 29 and 30, at the range in the Issaquah Police Department building, 130 E. Sunset Way.

The first class concentrates on instruction while the second class involves shooting practice.

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Cmdr. Scott Behrbaum appointed to lead Issaquah Police Department

March 21, 2014

NEW — 3:55 p.m. March 21, 2014

Mayor Fred Butler announced his appointment of Cmdr. Scott Behrbaum as the new chief of Issaquah police March 21.

Issaquah Police Chief Scott Behrbaum (Photo from the city of Issaquah)

Issaquah Police Cmdr. Scott Behrbaum
(Photo from the city of Issaquah)

With more than 18 years of service to the Issaquah Police Department, Behrbaum has served as a patrol commander for the past six.

He has also worked as a patrol sergeant, crime prevention officer, narcotics officer and as the agency’s first school resource officer at Issaquah High School.

If the City Council confirms the appointment, Behrbaum replaces Chief Paul Ayers, who will retire April 15.

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Police chief retires after 39-year career

March 18, 2014

By Greg Farrar Paul Ayers, Issaquah’s police chief for the last seven years, pauses in his office for a portrait.

By Greg Farrar
Paul Ayers, Issaquah’s police chief for the last seven years, pauses in his office for a portrait.

After 39 years in law enforcement — seven in Issaquah — Chief Paul Ayers is ready to take it easy.

Though it started out as a ride-along after serving his tours of duty in Vietnam, police work became a decorated career for Ayers almost four decades ago. He will serve his last day April 15.

“Literally, my first day riding along was a huge eye-opener for me,” Ayers said. “What people know about law enforcement is what they read in the paper and what they see on TV. When you’re at street level and see those things happen, it really makes you realize this job is a lot more.”

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Police Chief Paul Ayers to retire

March 4, 2014

After seven years in the position, Issaquah Police Chief Paul Ayers will retire April 15.

Ayers has worked almost 40 years in law enforcement and began his tenure as Issaquah’s chief of police in July 2007. He previously served as police chief in Lewiston, Idaho.

City Communications Manager Autumn Monahan said the city knew of Ayers’ decision and that an internal search for his replacement would launch soon.

Mayor Fred Butler praised Ayers for his years of service.

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Seven potential sites eyed for new skate park

March 4, 2014

It looks like the future of skateboarding in Issaquah has plenty of options.

Parks & Recreations Department officials unveiled seven possible locations to build a new skate park Feb. 26. In a public meeting at Tibbetts Creek Manor, more than 30 locals, including parents, skaters and police, attended to hear the city’s plans and weigh in with opinions.

The current skate park borders the woods along the Rainier Trail, neighboring the community center. Last year, in the face of a public outcry around crime-related activities occurring there, the City Council budgeted $350,000 for the demolition and construction of a skate park in a new location.

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