Budget season opens with the mayor’s final budget

October 15, 2013

Mayor Ava Frisinger presented her final budget proposal, which includes $98.3 million in budgeted expenditures, to the City Council Oct. 7.

It includes adding a new human services manager and a police officer, increasing funding for “sustainable” efforts and $55,000 for a feasibility study into a campus to consolidate the locations of city services.

“I’m extremely proud to reflect on the last 16 years,” Frisinger told the council as she presented her budget to them. “Today, we’re planning for what’s next: a commitment to environmental protection, a strong economic base and a strong quality of life for our citizens.”

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Get served by Issaquah police at Red Robin this Saturday

October 9, 2013

NEW — 10:30 a.m. Oct. 9, 2013

Issaquah police officers will wait tables from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4-8 p.m. Saturday at the annual Tip-A-Cop event at Red Robin restaurant.

One hundred percent of tips will be donated to Special Olympics Washington.

Issaquah Police Chief Paul Ayers will be one of those serving customers.

“Special Olympics are an organization law enforcement supports in many different ways,” he wrote in an email. “We are given an opportunity to interact with the public in a positive manner and also assist a very good cause in their fundraising effort.”

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Evergreen Ford donates cars to city, police

September 17, 2013

Evergreen Ford owner Dan Rowe recently contributed two all-electric Ford Focus cars and a Ford Escape for use in the cities of Issaquah and Sammamish, and for the Issaquah Police Department.

“We’re incredibly appreciative that Evergreen Ford has expanded this donation to the city of Issaquah,” said Warren Kagarise, communications coordinator with the city.

Contributed The Issaquah police department school resource officer’s Ford Escape contributed by Evergreen Ford includes the purple-and-gold ‘I’ for the Issaquah Eagles on the side.

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The Issaquah police department school resource officer’s Ford Escape contributed by Evergreen Ford includes the purple-and-gold ‘I’ for the Issaquah Eagles on the side.

The Focus has decorations like a city of Issaquah stamp and salmon, and residents will see it around town, according to Kagarise.

“We haven’t decided on a use for it yet,” he said. Even so, he called it a “great way to be visible in our community.”

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Police nab sex offender, former coach

September 9, 2013

NEW — 2:36 p.m. Sept. 9, 2013

Issaquah Police arrested convicted sex offender and former basketball coach Tony Giles after he frightened a teenage girl.

The 56-year-old Giles, a Level 3 sex offender, of Renton, was taken into custody for communications with a minor for immoral purposes, after he made lewd comments to a 16-year old girl.

According to charging documents, Giles approached multiple people Aug. 28 in the 700 block of Northwest Gilman Boulevard. Three different people reported he was driving around taking pictures of women and making derogatory remarks.

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Police nab sex offender who approached 16-year-old girl

September 5, 2013

NEW — 4:10 p.m. Sept. 5, 2013

Issaquah Police said they have arrested a convicted sex offender after he frightened a teenage girl Sept. 5.

The 56-year-old man, a Level 3 sex offender, was taken into custody for communications with a minor for immoral purposes, after he made lewd comments to a 16-year old girl, police said in a news release.

The girl ran and alerted her parents, who recorded the man’s license plate information and provided a description of the suspect to the police. That information assisted the police in the investigation and allowed detectives to confirm his identity.

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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.

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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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