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.
January 28, 2014
Issaquah police arrested a 36-year-old Issaquah man Jan. 6 on suspicion of assaulting his 6-week-old son. King County Superior Court has since charged him with second-degree assault of a child, a class B felony.
James Sells and his wife originally brought their son into Swedish/Issaquah with a skull fracture. The infant was later transported to Seattle Children’s due to the seriousness of the child’s injuries. Doctors treated the baby for skull fractures and possible brain trauma, and determined the cause was abuse, according to a news release from Issaquah police.
January 13, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 13, 2014
The results are in from the recent Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over DUI enforcement campaign conducted from Nov. 27 through Jan. 1.
In King County, 656 motorists were stopped and arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and law enforcement officers arrested 2,723 drivers statewide for DUI.
Last year during the same time period, officers on routine and extra patrols arrested 795 people in King County for DUI.
December 10, 2013
Santa’s got your back this holiday season with the aid of his little helpers at the Issaquah Police Department.
Issaquah police officers are increasing patrols in the business district to prevent thefts during the year’s busiest shopping days. They are also reminding shoppers to not leave their cars and valuables susceptible to prowlers.
If officers spot a high-risk vehicle — such as one with valuables visible to passers-by — they’ll place a gift tag on the windshield to warn the owner that the car could become a prowler’s next target. Those tags will let shoppers know that they’re on the naughty list, and offer information about shopping safely in the future.
October 22, 2013
The Issaquah Police Department, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration, is hosting a take-back event of old, expired and leftover medication from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 26 at City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way.
In addition, Issaquah residents can drop off their unused or expired medications anytime from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (excluding holidays) at the police department, at the same address.
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.”