Guest Column — Lock it or lose it: help prevent property crime

September 22, 2015

We recently hosted National Night Out to build neighborhood camaraderie and encourage crime-prevention activities. It was wonderful to spend an evening with so many members of our community.

Laura Asbell

Laura Asbell

Many of you shared your willingness to help prevent crime in your neighborhoods. So, we’re taking you up on your offer and answering your question, “What can I do to help keep our community safe?”

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Police looking for missing Issaquah man

September 10, 2015

NEW — 2:15 p.m. Sept. 10, 2015

Issaquah police need your help to find a missing 83-year-old Issaquah man with Alzheimer’s disease.

Bryant Merrick

Bryant Merrick

Bryant Merrick left his residence in the Providence Point area at about 11 a.m. Sept. 9, and has not returned, according to a city news release.

Merrick moved to Issaquah from Everett within the last couple weeks and is not familiar with the Issaquah area. Read more

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Eastside Baby Corner hosts sixth annual Pants Party to help send local children back to school prepared

August 31, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 31, 2015

Eastside Baby Corner will hold its sixth annual Pants Party from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 12 at the organization’s Issaquah hub, 1510 N.W. Maple St.

The event, held each year as children return to school, is part collection drive, part family-fun carnival. Attendees are asked to bring in a donation of new or gently used children’s pants (size NB to 14). In return, they are invited to stay for entertainment, food, games, giveaways and more.

Pants are the focus of the event because they are one of the items children need most when they head back to school. They are also an item EBC has a difficult time keeping in stock. This year, EBC hopes to collect 4,500 pairs of pants at the Pants Party.

pants party postcard

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Registration is open for citizen’s police academy

August 27, 2015

NEW — 5:25 p.m. Aug. 27, 2015

Starting in September, the Issaquah Police Department will hold a free 10-week Citizens’ Police Academy for adults 21 and older who live or work in Issaquah.

Meet the men and women who serve and protect the community every day, ride along with a police officer and become a more informed citizen.

Each course of the Citizens’ Police Academy will be taught by Issaquah officers. In addition to hands-on demonstrations, the interactive courses will cover: Read more

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Dispose of medication safely during Prescription Drug Take-Back day

August 23, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 23, 2015

Saving unused or expired medication is a bad idea that can lead to improper and illegal use.

However, there is a safe and responsible way to dispose of old and leftover medicines, while protecting family members and the environment.

The Issaquah Police Department, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration, is offering a responsible way to dispose of old and leftover medicine during National Drug Take-Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 26 at City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way.

In addition, Issaquah residents can drop off their unused or expired medications anytime from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday (excluding holidays) at the police headquarters inside City Hall.

Drop off the medication sealed in a clear zip-lock plastic bag. Vitamins and food products will not be accepted. Any personal information and the prescription number may be crossed out. Do not include needles or sharps of any kind. Read more

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Issaquah police offer summer safety tips

August 15, 2015

NEW — 6 p.m. Aug. 15, 2015

As the temperature rise, so do the number of thefts.

To reduce thefts this summer, the Issaquah Police Department is reminding residents that if you don’t lock your home or vehicle, you’re making it a potential target.

A few simple steps can help keep you safe all summer and beyond: Read more

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Reports say underage alcohol and marijuana use are local problems

August 14, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 14, 2015

In November, about 50 community leaders gathered in the YMCA Village Community Room in the Issaquah Highlands.

Several topics were mentioned but the one most seemed to think is on the rise in the Issaquah area and the Eastside is drug abuse, particularly marijuana and heroin.

Speaking at the November meeting, Mayor Fred Butler referred to the interrelated problems of what he called “DHM,” which stands for “drugs, homelessness and mental illness.” He added he probably has spent more time on those issues than any others.

“It touches on everything,” Butler said. “We are committed to trying to make a difference.” Read more

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Police blotter — Aug. 13, 2015

August 13, 2015

NEW — 1 p.m. Aug. 13, 2015

Car break-ins

  • At 1:20 p.m. July 30, the owner of a 2005 Kia Spectra reported someone broke into the car in the 100 block of First Avenue Southeast and stole a $330 pocketbook and its contents.
  • An unknown suspect broke into a car in the 1800 block of Northwest Gilman Boulevard, damaging the windshield and stealing some luggage, before 11:46 a.m. Aug. 5. Total loss was valued at $250. Read more
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City asks for volunteers to prevent crime while they walk their dogs

August 5, 2015

NEW — 3 p.m. Aug. 5, 2015

Help prevent crime while you walk your dog. Join the Issaquah Police Department’s new Paws on Patrol program.

“Every day, rain or shine, dog walkers and pets move throughout the community,” a news release said. “Paws on Patrol encourages dog walkers to serve as extra eyes and ears for Issaquah police.”

The program trains pet owners to prevent crime, as well as how to recognize and report criminal activity.

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Party with the police Aug. 4 at National Night Out

July 29, 2015

NEW — 4 p.m. July 29, 2015

The Issaquah Police Department is hosting a National Night Out celebration from 5-7 p.m. Aug. 4 at City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way.

In addition to free food, giveaways and music, activities include:

  • Test the speed of your fastball against a speed-enforcement trailer.
  • Get your photo with the Best Looking Police Officer in Western Washington, Issaquah’s Jessie Petersen.
  • Enroll your pooch in the new Paws on Patrol program.
  • Shred your sensitive documents safely and securely — for free.

Or, invite our officers to a party in your neighborhood.

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