July 15, 2014
Applications are being taken for the city’s Citizens’ Police Academy. The application deadline is Aug. 15.
Starting in September, the Issaquah Police Department will host a free, 10-week Citizens’ Police Academy for adults 21 and older who live or work in Issaquah.
Each course will be taught by Issaquah police officers.
July 15, 2014
A police officer stopped a car going 50 mph in a 35 mph zone in the 400 block of East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast at 1:25 a.m. July 1. The driver’s eyes were watery and bloodshot. She failed a field sobriety test and blew a .148 percent on the portable Breathalyzer, above the legal blood alcohol limit of .08 percent. The officer arrested her and had the vehicle impounded.
Police responded to a report of two people sleeping in a car in the 21700 block of Southeast 13th Place at 7:32 a.m. July 1. The man in the car had just moved to the area, but the woman’s parents would not let him stay in their house, so the pair took to sleeping in the car until they can sort out a living situation for him. Neither had any active warrants.
July 8, 2014
Wedding bell blues
Police received a noise complaint June 19 and arrived in the 2500 block of Northeast Park Drive to find a wedding had just ended. The music had just been turned off. Police told the man in charge to keep the remaining guests quiet.
Welcome to your nightmare
A passerby crossing the corner of Front Street North and East Sunset Way June 21 called police about a male subject wearing a baggy dark blue sweatshirt, dark pants. Oh, he also wore a clown mask and the reporting person thought the man was carrying a knife. Police were unable to find the suspect.
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.
July 1, 2014
Two new patrol officers joined the Issaquah Police Department in the past month.
At a ceremony June 3, new-hire Michael Lucht was sworn in to the department. The four-and-a-half-year veteran of the Jamestown Police Department of North Dakota moved for the job in Issaquah.
“I just wanted to get some place a little warmer,” Lucht said. “I also like how this area is so close to the outdoors.”
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.
May 13, 2014
Recology CleanScapes, in partnership with the city of Issaquah and Bike Works, will host a Kids Bike Rodeo from 9 a.m. to noon May 18 at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W.
The event, held during National Bike to Work Month, teaches children bike safety, riding skills and proper helmet fitting. The police department will host a bike safety course and is providing a limited number of youth bike helmets. Staff from Bike Works will fit the helmets for children. Bicycle Center of Issaquah will be teaching the ABCs of bike safety.
May 8, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. May 8, 2014
Join Issaquah police officers in showing your support for National Police Week May 11-17 by displaying a free blue ribbon on your vehicle’s antenna.
The ribbons honor the law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty, as well as the men and women who serve and protect the community every day.
The Issaquah Police Department will give away free blue ribbons from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday through May 16, or while supplies last, at its front counter, 130 E. Sunset Way.
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day, and the calendar week in which May 15 falls as National Police Week.
May 6, 2014
Librarian hopes school will continue for years to come
My personal experience with Tiger Mountain Community High School was limited to about an hour and a half on Dec. 7, 1992.
I was at that time the young adult librarian at the Issaquah Library, and I visited the school to present a program to a group of young parents.
I didn’t know what would be of interest, but I took along cloth books, board books, books about making toys or clothes or baby food — everything I could think of.
In my entire career as a librarian, I’ve never addressed such an interested, even rapt, audience! Those students were so keen to see the materials I’d brought. They loved the hand puppets (which at that time were for circulation), and some decided then and there to convert the stuffed toys they were scheduled to make into hand puppets instead. Their teacher agreed to help them with the project.
I was able to give every parent a copy of “Goodnight Moon,” (and incidentally, I’d really had to work to persuade the library administration to let me have those books for that particular audience).
The teenagers were happy to show me their lovely babies after the program, and to tell me how they were caring for them — only 15 or 16 years old, but devoted caregivers.
I’ve often thought of those students and their children, children who would now be much older than their parents were in 1992. I do hope their lives turned out happily. I’m sure that attending Tiger Mountain Community High School helped a lot in that respect, and that the school will continue to assist all its students for years to come.
April 22, 2014
Newly confirmed Police Chief Scott Behrbaum does not expect to make a lot of changes to the department anytime soon.
After serving 17 years with the Issaquah Police Department, and the past seven of those as patrol commander under retired Chief Paul Ayers, Behrbaum said he believes in the ongoing direction of the department.
“I’m excited for the appointment,” he said. “I’m really proud of our department and the positive impact it has established in our community.”