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.
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.
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.
April 1, 2014
March 25, 2014
Issaquah police will host a Women’s Handgun Safety Class from 6-9 p.m. April 29 and 30, at the range in the Issaquah Police Department building, 130 E. Sunset Way.
The first class concentrates on instruction while the second class involves shooting practice.
March 21, 2014
NEW — 3:55 p.m. March 21, 2014
Mayor Fred Butler announced his appointment of Cmdr. Scott Behrbaum as the new chief of Issaquah police March 21.
With more than 18 years of service to the Issaquah Police Department, Behrbaum has served as a patrol commander for the past six.
He has also worked as a patrol sergeant, crime prevention officer, narcotics officer and as the agency’s first school resource officer at Issaquah High School.
If the City Council confirms the appointment, Behrbaum replaces Chief Paul Ayers, who will retire April 15.
March 18, 2014
After 39 years in law enforcement — seven in Issaquah — Chief Paul Ayers is ready to take it easy.
Though it started out as a ride-along after serving his tours of duty in Vietnam, police work became a decorated career for Ayers almost four decades ago. He will serve his last day April 15.
“Literally, my first day riding along was a huge eye-opener for me,” Ayers said. “What people know about law enforcement is what they read in the paper and what they see on TV. When you’re at street level and see those things happen, it really makes you realize this job is a lot more.”
March 4, 2014
After seven years in the position, Issaquah Police Chief Paul Ayers will retire April 15.
Ayers has worked almost 40 years in law enforcement and began his tenure as Issaquah’s chief of police in July 2007. He previously served as police chief in Lewiston, Idaho.
City Communications Manager Autumn Monahan said the city knew of Ayers’ decision and that an internal search for his replacement would launch soon.
Mayor Fred Butler praised Ayers for his years of service.
March 4, 2014
It looks like the future of skateboarding in Issaquah has plenty of options.
Parks & Recreations Department officials unveiled seven possible locations to build a new skate park Feb. 26. In a public meeting at Tibbetts Creek Manor, more than 30 locals, including parents, skaters and police, attended to hear the city’s plans and weigh in with opinions.
The current skate park borders the woods along the Rainier Trail, neighboring the community center. Last year, in the face of a public outcry around crime-related activities occurring there, the City Council budgeted $350,000 for the demolition and construction of a skate park in a new location.
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.