Protect yourself from vehicle break-ins

February 23, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 23, 2014

Since the beginning of 2014, Issaquah police officers have responded to 40 vehicle break-ins.

In many cases, owners had left their vehicles unlocked, according to a news release from the city.

Thieves can get into cars through unlocked doors or open windows, and then make off with valuables in only a few seconds.

Prime targets include shopping center parking lots, residential neighborhoods, parks and schools, because a prowler can hit many vehicles in a short time.

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Police arrest man for assaulting infant son

January 28, 2014

Issaquah police arrested a 36-year-old Issaquah man Jan. 6 on suspicion of assaulting his 6-week-old son. King County Superior Court has since charged him with second-degree assault of a child, a class B felony.

James Sells and his wife originally brought their son into Swedish/Issaquah with a skull fracture. The infant was later transported to Seattle Children’s due to the seriousness of the child’s injuries. Doctors treated the baby for skull fractures and possible brain trauma, and determined the cause was abuse, according to a news release from Issaquah police.

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Results of county holiday drive sober campaign announced

January 13, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 13, 2014

The results are in from the recent Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over DUI enforcement campaign conducted from Nov. 27 through Jan. 1.

In King County, 656 motorists were stopped and arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and law enforcement officers arrested 2,723 drivers statewide for DUI.

Last year during the same time period, officers on routine and extra patrols arrested 795 people in King County for DUI.

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Police remind holiday shoppers to stay safe

December 10, 2013

Santa’s got your back this holiday season with the aid of his little helpers at the Issaquah Police Department.

Issaquah police officers are increasing patrols in the business district to prevent thefts during the year’s busiest shopping days. They are also reminding shoppers to not leave their cars and valuables susceptible to prowlers.

If officers spot a high-risk vehicle — such as one with valuables visible to passers-by — they’ll place a gift tag on the windshield to warn the owner that the car could become a prowler’s next target. Those tags will let shoppers know that they’re on the naughty list, and offer information about shopping safely in the future.

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Police host medication drop-off event

October 22, 2013

The Issaquah Police Department, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration, is hosting a take-back event of old, expired and leftover medication from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 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 department, at the same address.

Budget season opens with the mayor’s final budget

October 15, 2013

Mayor Ava Frisinger presented her final budget proposal, which includes $98.3 million in budgeted expenditures, to the City Council Oct. 7.

It includes adding a new human services manager and a police officer, increasing funding for “sustainable” efforts and $55,000 for a feasibility study into a campus to consolidate the locations of city services.

“I’m extremely proud to reflect on the last 16 years,” Frisinger told the council as she presented her budget to them. “Today, we’re planning for what’s next: a commitment to environmental protection, a strong economic base and a strong quality of life for our citizens.”

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Get served by Issaquah police at Red Robin this Saturday

October 9, 2013

NEW — 10:30 a.m. Oct. 9, 2013

Issaquah police officers will wait tables from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4-8 p.m. Saturday at the annual Tip-A-Cop event at Red Robin restaurant.

One hundred percent of tips will be donated to Special Olympics Washington.

Issaquah Police Chief Paul Ayers will be one of those serving customers.

“Special Olympics are an organization law enforcement supports in many different ways,” he wrote in an email. “We are given an opportunity to interact with the public in a positive manner and also assist a very good cause in their fundraising effort.”

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Evergreen Ford donates cars to city, police

September 17, 2013

Evergreen Ford owner Dan Rowe recently contributed two all-electric Ford Focus cars and a Ford Escape for use in the cities of Issaquah and Sammamish, and for the Issaquah Police Department.

“We’re incredibly appreciative that Evergreen Ford has expanded this donation to the city of Issaquah,” said Warren Kagarise, communications coordinator with the city.

Contributed The Issaquah police department school resource officer’s Ford Escape contributed by Evergreen Ford includes the purple-and-gold ‘I’ for the Issaquah Eagles on the side.

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The Issaquah police department school resource officer’s Ford Escape contributed by Evergreen Ford includes the purple-and-gold ‘I’ for the Issaquah Eagles on the side.

The Focus has decorations like a city of Issaquah stamp and salmon, and residents will see it around town, according to Kagarise.

“We haven’t decided on a use for it yet,” he said. Even so, he called it a “great way to be visible in our community.”

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Police nab sex offender, former coach

September 9, 2013

NEW — 2:36 p.m. Sept. 9, 2013

Issaquah Police arrested convicted sex offender and former basketball coach Tony Giles after he frightened a teenage girl.

The 56-year-old Giles, a Level 3 sex offender, of Renton, was taken into custody for communications with a minor for immoral purposes, after he made lewd comments to a 16-year old girl.

According to charging documents, Giles approached multiple people Aug. 28 in the 700 block of Northwest Gilman Boulevard. Three different people reported he was driving around taking pictures of women and making derogatory remarks.

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Police nab sex offender who approached 16-year-old girl

September 5, 2013

NEW — 4:10 p.m. Sept. 5, 2013

Issaquah Police said they have arrested a convicted sex offender after he frightened a teenage girl Sept. 5.

The 56-year-old man, a Level 3 sex offender, was taken into custody for communications with a minor for immoral purposes, after he made lewd comments to a 16-year old girl, police said in a news release.

The girl ran and alerted her parents, who recorded the man’s license plate information and provided a description of the suspect to the police. That information assisted the police in the investigation and allowed detectives to confirm his identity.

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