Kids get free helmet at bike rodeo

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.

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Show your support: Get a free ribbon for National Police Week

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.

Letters

May 6, 2014

Tiger Mountain

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.

Marnie Webb

Issaquah

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New Police Chief Scott Behrbaum plans to follow same strategies

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.

By Greg Farrar Issaquah Police Cmdr. Scott Behrbaum shakes the hands of City Council members April 7. The council voted unanimously to confirm his appointment by Mayor Fred Butler as the department’s new chief, taking effect April 16 after retiring Chief Paul Ayers’ last day.

By Greg Farrar
Issaquah Police Cmdr. Scott Behrbaum shakes the hands of City Council members April 7. The council voted unanimously to confirm his appointment by Mayor Fred Butler as the department’s new chief, taking effect April 16 after retiring Chief Paul Ayers’ last day.

“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.”

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Editorial – Join spring cleanup Saturday morning

April 22, 2014

Issaquah is a naturally beautiful place, but it could be cleaner. Litter — beer cans, gum wrappers — are often found along streets and sidewalks amid the landscaping.

It takes a community to care about keeping Issaquah beautiful, which is why volunteers begin litter patrol in the second annual Spring Clean-up this Saturday morning.

The event is hosted by the Downtown Issaquah Association and Kiwanis Club of Issaquah, but more than 200 volunteers from clubs, organizations and businesses, as well as individuals, have signed up to tackle a segment of town and give it a clean sweep. Girl Scouts will plant flowers to add some spring color to key locations.

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Bomb threat leads to quick capture; police say suspect used his own phone

April 14, 2014

NEW — 2:40 p.m. April 14, 2014

Issaquah police arrested a 21-year-old man for making a bomb threat to the Ross clothing store April 13.

The threat led to the evacuation of businesses in the area of the 900 block of Northwest Gilman Boulevard, according to a press release from the Issaquah Police Department.

The business received a telephone call from the man stating there was a bomb in the store. A search was conducted and nothing suspicious was located. Police Cmdr. Stan Conrad said the call allowed officers to quickly collar the suspect.

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Issaquah police ask for help with investigation of man’s death

April 10, 2014

NEW — 3:35 p.m. April 10, 2014

Issaquah police have identified the man found dead in Issaquah on April 5 as Jose Tavares.

Tavares, 49, left Swedish/Issaquah on March 20, according to a news release from the city. Police are asking the public to help figured out what happened to Tavares after that.

If you think you  saw Tavares after March 20, call Issaquah police at 837-3200 and ask for a detective.

Jose Tavares

Jose Tavares

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Issaquah City Council confirms Scott Behrbaum as new police chief

April 8, 2014

NEW — 10:55 a.m. April 8, 2014

In a unanimous decision April 7, the Issaquah City Council confirmed Mayor Fred Butler’s appointment of Cmdr. Scott Behrbaum as the new chief of the Issaquah Police Department.

Behrbaum will take the place of retiring Chief Paul Ayers, who served as the department’s leadership for seven years. Ayers’ last day will be April 15.

By Greg Farrar Issaquah Police Cmdr. Scott Behrbaum shakes the hands of City Council members April 7. The council voted unanimously to confirm his appointment by Mayor Fred Butler as the department’s new chief, taking effect April 16 after retiring Chief Paul Ayers’ last day.

By Greg Farrar
Issaquah Police Cmdr. Scott Behrbaum shakes the hands of City Council members April 7. The council voted unanimously to confirm his appointment by Mayor Fred Butler as the department’s new chief, taking effect April 16 after retiring Chief Paul Ayers’ last day.

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Body found in north Issaquah on Saturday

April 7, 2014

NEW — 1:30 p.m. April 7, 2014

A hiker found the body of an unidentified man April 5 in a grassy area beyond 200 Northeast Juniper Street.

Issaquah Police Cmdr. Stan Conrad said there is no cause of death as of yet for the adult male, who he said could possibly be white, Hispanic or Asian.

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Roundabout fail

April 1, 2014

By Peter Clark A log truck overturned on the roundabout at East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast and Southeast 43rd Way March 27, spilling its load across the road. At least three cars were hit, but there were no serious injuries reported. Issaquah Police and Washington State Patrol officers responded to the scene, closing off the north entrance to clean up the roadway.

By Peter Clark
A log truck overturned on the roundabout at East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast and Southeast 43rd Way March 27, spilling its load across the road. At least three cars were hit, but there were no serious injuries reported. Issaquah Police and Washington State Patrol officers responded to the scene, closing off the north entrance to clean up the roadway.

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