September 17, 2014
NEW — 11:12 a.m. Sept. 17, 2014
Police and firefighters descended on downtown Issaquah this morning, blocking off streets and trying to clear the area of people, after someone reported the smell of gas in the building that used to house Mills Music.
“After the North Bend gas leak, we were being extra careful,” said Patrol Sgt. Paul Fairbanks, of the Issaquah Police Department.
An explosion caused by a natural gas leak leveled several buildings in North Bend on April 25.
September 2, 2014
A married couple had an argument on the way home from a restaurant at about 7 p.m. Aug. 5. They pulled over in the parking lot of Sunny Hills Elementary School during the fight. The woman got out of the vehicle. She said the man had threatened her with a gun. The man acknowledged he had threatened her, and that he owns guns, but he said no gun was involved. Police later searched the car and found no gun. The man was arrested on felony harassment charges.
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.”
August 12, 2014
August 12, 2014
July 29, 2014
The Issaquah Police Department will really work the community beat Aug. 5.
In the city’s sixth celebration of National Night Out, officers from the department will join thousands of communities nationwide in reaching out to residents to create a stronger bond between the department and the people it serves.
“We’re going to continue with our previous program and let the community have an opportunity to chat with our officers,” Police Chief Scott Behrbaum said. “I think it’s an opportunity to engage with that community-policing model that we have. It’s an extension of how we approach our policing focus in Issaquah.”
Behrbaum said the goal of National Night Out is to promote awareness of crime and drug prevention and provide support for local anti-crime efforts. He said it also gives officers a connection to residents, helping with outreach and building a relationship.
Free food, giveaways, music and tips on topics such as emergency preparedness and home security will be made available at the event on the steps of City Hall beginning at 5 p.m.
Citizens can also bring their sensitive documents to be destroyed by a mobile shredding service for free.
“National Night Out doesn’t have to be only at the police department event,” Behrbaum said. “We invite other people to throw their own block parties and get to know their neighbors.”
He said the officers really respond to the opportunity to learn more about Issaquah’s citizens and introduce themselves in a more laidback, social atmosphere.
“We really enjoy it,” he said. “Yes, this is official business, but it gives us the chance to talk to people. It’s a chance to chit chat on a one on one basis.”
City Communications Director Autumn Monahan said residents should interact with the city on social media to share their communities’ experience and, if neighborhoods hold separate block parties, receive an informational visit from an officer.
“We encourage people to let us know beforehand if they are holding a block party and want an officer to visit,” Monahan said. “Residents are welcome to share their events with us and with their communities as well.”
Residents can connect with city staff on Facebook and Twitter, or email to schedule a visit at firstname.lastname@example.org. Monahan said the city would use the hashtag #PartywithPolice and invited others celebrating the event to join.
“It’s a really fun way to spend a night out in Issaquah,” Monahan said. “You can attend and walk across the lawn and join the Concerts on the Green. It’s a great way to piggyback two fun events.”
Behrbaum said the event offers the chance to benefit all Issaquah’s residents.
“It’s about building relationships and that comfort level,” he said. “If people feel comfortable with us, then people will be more willing to call us. We care and it’s all about the quality of life in Issaquah.”
If you go
National Night Out
- 5-7 p.m. Aug. 5
- City Hall
4130 E. Sunset Way
July 22, 2014
Police were dispatched to the 900 block of 12th Avenue Northwest on report of a male who was speaking to two juvenile females over walkie talkie July 13. The reporting person said it sounded like the male was following the girls. It appeared the two juvenile females walkie talkies were inadvertently on the same frequency as the man’s.
July 15, 2014
Issaquah Police and the FBI are investigating a July 11 bank robbery, and police are saying it could be the same man who robbed the same bank two weeks earlier.
The latest robbery occurred at KeyBank, 405 N.W. Gilman Blvd., at 1:56 p.m. July 11.
July 15, 2014
Wait until you get home in Issaquah before opening your legal marijuana.
The City Council unanimously approved new regulations for the use of recreational marijuana during its regular meeting July 7.
The regulations adopt two provisions approved in the Initiative 502 referendum into Issaquah’s code. The two restrictions prohibit marijuana use “in view of the general public” and define driving under the influence of marijuana as having 5 nanograms of THC per milliliter of the driver’s blood.
July 15, 2014
Thanks to everyone who made it a success
The Issaquah History Museums was gratified by the wonderful community participation and volunteer support in abundant evidence at our 2014 Heritage Day celebration held in conjunction with the Down Home 4th of July in downtown Issaquah.