Harsher penalties at core of new domestic violence ordinance

August 22, 2013

The Issaquah City Council took the first steps in setting an increased penalty for domestic violence that was first discussed in a May goal-setting retreat.

The council voted on an ordinance in the Aug. 5 regular meeting that would mandate a minimum of 30 days imprisonment to those committing domestic violence in the presence of children.

“In an effort to break the cycle of domestic violence, protect children in domestic violence situations and rehabilitate abusers, the following ordinance is proposed to strengthen our current domestic violence laws,” the agenda bill reads. “This ordinance would make it a gross misdemeanor to commit a domestic violence offense in the presence of a child.”

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Police arrest suspected Eastside liquor thieves

July 30, 2013

Issaquah police apprehended two suspects thought to be behind a string of Eastside liquor store burglaries July 21.

Officers said they arrested a 39-year-old Seattle woman and an 18-year-old SeaTac man during a traffic stop as they attempted to flee from a recent theft in town.

Detective Diego Zanella said a helpful store employee called police after recognizing the pair, who had targeted QFC and Safeway stores in Issaquah, Kirkland and Redmond.

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National Night Out offers a safe evening of food, fun and friends

July 30, 2013

The police department and community will come together for a night of learning, food and fun Aug. 6 during Issaquah’s fifth annual National Night Out.

The National Night Out is an event hosted by many cities across the country. Its purpose is to raise awareness of emergency preparation, criminal activity, theft prevention, and to help strengthen the relationship between communities and their police departments.

By Greg Farrar Catherine Posey (left) and Jenny Lee pose in a soapbox derby Issaquah Police squad car last year at City Hall during National Night Out.

By Greg Farrar
Catherine Posey (left) and Jenny Lee pose in a soapbox derby Issaquah Police squad car last year at City Hall during National Night Out.

Issaquah will host the event at City Hall. There are a variety of activities and services, and organizations to talk to, all of which are focused on promoting safety and offering advice and help to those who need it.

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Police arrest suspected liquor thieves

July 24, 2013

NEW — 12:45 p.m. July 24, 2013

Issaquah police apprehended two suspects thought to be behind a string of Eastside liquor store burglaries July 21.

Officers said they arrested a 39-year-old Seattle woman and an 18-year-old SeaTac man during a traffic stop as they attempted to flee from a recent theft in town.

Detective Diego Zanella said a helpful store employee called  police after recognizing the pair, who had targeted QFC and Safeway stores in Issaquah, Kirkland and Redmond.

“We had a bulletin out for their arrest,” he said, “and they were identified by the story employee.”

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Issaquah, Bellevue police nab woman for prostitution

July 2, 2013

After many local residents raised eyebrows about its advertising, a police investigation led to a prostitution arrest June 27 at a massage parlor in the 1700 block of Newport Way Northwest.

Police said they were alerted to the possibility of nefarious business practices when signs were seen along the street marketing “Asian Girl Massage.” Issaquah officers began working with the Bellevue Police Department.

“Basically, we started the investigation when we received some complaints about how the business was advertising,” Issaquah Police Cmdr. Scott Behrbaum said. “We utilized some of the resources from the sheriff’s department and a detective from Bellevue. They were not investigating our location, but they did have a location that had some similarities.”

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Eastside police team up to investigate internal incidents

July 2, 2013

A number of Eastside police departments are teaming up in an effort to foster cooperative, transparent investigations into internal incidents.

Issaquah joins Bellevue, Bothell, Kirkland, Redmond, Black Diamond and Mercer Island in an interlocal agreement to share resources in investigations.

“Each party has the power, authority and responsibility to investigate officer-involved fatalities or serious incidents occurring within its boundaries,” the agreement reads. “The parties want to maintain community trust and recognize best practices when investigating such incidents by creating a King County Investigative Response Team. KCIRT will provide expert investigative aid to any party to this agreement when a party requests such aid.”

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Police ticket more than 300 drivers for texting, talking

June 18, 2013

Between May 20 and June 2, extra law enforcement patrolled King County roads looking for unbuckled drivers and passengers, and motorists using their cellphones or other electronic devices.

During the patrols, 387 seatbelt infractions were written, in addition to 322 cellphone/texting or usage of other electronic device tickets, according to a news release from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.

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Community invited to help solve crimes with tip line

June 4, 2013

The Issaquah Police Department is making a push for people to use its anonymous tip line.

In operation since 2008, the anonymous recording line has assisted in a number of investigations and arrests, according to Detective Diego Zanella. However, he said he believes the department can do a better job of engaging the public.

“The tips we get are really good, but they’re not enough,” he said. “It’s because people don’t know.”

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Suspicious man approaches elementary school student

April 2, 2013

A police report was filed March 26 after a stranger approached a Clark Elementary School student as the boy walked home from school.

An email sent by Principal Tod Wood described the stranger as a middle-aged man in a black/dark-gray Ford Bronco-like vehicle. He reportedly stopped and began questioning the student about what he was doing and what he had done during the day. The child ran away and notified adults; his parents later made a police report.

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Robbery suspect found in Alaska

March 26, 2013

Eleven days after fleeing the scene of a thwarted robbery attempt at an Issaquah Arco station, a female suspect was arrested in Kenai, Alaska.

Task force members of the U.S. Marshal’s Service captured the woman on March 21, according to a release from the Issaquah Police Department. Echo Kaylee Paden, 19, of Issaquah, was charged with first-degree robbery, according to charging papers from the King County Prosecutor’s Office.

contributed This female suspect is shown as photographed by surveillance video during a reported armed robbery March 10 at the Arco am/pm convenience store, 1400 N.W. Sammamish Road.

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This female suspect is shown as photographed by surveillance video during a reported armed robbery March 10 at the Arco am/pm convenience store, 1400 N.W. Sammamish Road.

After the failed robbery, Paden fled Washington state, and efforts to locate and capture her were turned over to the marshals. An arrest warrant was issued by King County Superior Court on March 15.

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