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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Everyone needs a night out

August 12, 2014

By Greg Farrar Children and their parents crowd around Guardian One, King County’s Bell 407 helicopter, piloted by Hersh Hoaglan, of the Air Support Unit, after it lands on Veterans’ Memorial Field on Aug. 5 as part of the National Night Out community fair held by the Issaquah Police Department at City Hall.

By Greg Farrar
Children and their parents crowd around Guardian One, King County’s Bell 407 helicopter, piloted by Hersh Hoaglan, of the Air Support Unit, after it lands on Veterans’ Memorial Field on Aug. 5 as part of the National Night Out community fair held by the Issaquah Police Department at City Hall.

Issaquah Police National Night Out

August 12, 2014

Meet the heat on the beat during National Night Out

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 nno@issaquahwa.gov. 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

Police & Fire

July 22, 2014

Stalkie talkie

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.

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Gilman KeyBank robbed again

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.

Contributed A security camera captured this image of a suspect who robbed the Gilman Boulevard KeyBank on July 11.

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A security camera captured this image of a suspect who robbed the Gilman Boulevard KeyBank on July 11.

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Issaquah City Council passes marijuana open container law

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.

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To the Editor

July 15, 2014

Heritage Day

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.

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Apply now for the Issaquah Citizens’ Police Academy

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.

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Police & Fire

July 15, 2014

DUI

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.

 

Naptime

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.

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