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.
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.
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.