July 1, 2014
What should concerned citizens do if they see a child or pet in a hot car?
Issaquah police would like concerned citizens to call them.
“They should call 911 if it’s a child and ask for the police,” Issaquah Police Cmdr. Stan Conrad said.
If someone sees a pet in a car, he or she should also call the police, but use the non-emergency line, 837-3200.
July 1, 2014
Two new patrol officers joined the Issaquah Police Department in the past month.
At a ceremony June 3, new-hire Michael Lucht was sworn in to the department. The four-and-a-half-year veteran of the Jamestown Police Department of North Dakota moved for the job in Issaquah.
“I just wanted to get some place a little warmer,” Lucht said. “I also like how this area is so close to the outdoors.”
June 17, 2014
Sure, marijuana is legal now, but not for everyone at all times.
The Issaquah City Council Services & Safety Committee took steps in giving the Issaquah Police Department tools to enforce restrictions to recreational marijuana use June 2. The drug still remains illegal in many circumstances.
“We’d be adopting the state law that says it’s illegal to consume marijuana in view of the general public,” City Associate Planner Jason Rogers said about possible council action.
The same state law regulates the age of consumption to 21 and older, as well as criminalizes driving under the influence of marijuana.
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.
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.
May 6, 2014
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.
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.
“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.”
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.