Attorneys fire volleys as funding application deadline looms for Issaquah Senior Center

August 23, 2015

NEW — 1:15 p.m. Aug. 23, 2015

An attorney representing people barred from the Issaquah Valley Senior Center has demanded a public apology for a letter sent out by the center board of directors.

If that is not done, attorney Inez Petersen said, she will file a libel suit against the board.

But an attorney representing the board says his clients were doing their duty in reporting alleged mistreatment or harassment of “vulnerable adults,” and that his clients are protected from libel laws while doing so.

In the meantime, the center board has until Aug. 25 to apply for its annual grant from the city for 2016 or possibly face losing $99,000 in funding, which represents a significant portion of its yearly budget.

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Amid controversy, mayor places conditions on future budget for senior center

August 4, 2015

NEW — 11 a.m. Aug. 4, 2015

Mayor Fred Butler says he will recommend continued city funding for the Issaquah Valley Senior Center, but only if the center board accepts various conditions on that funding for 2016.

In a letter to the center’s board of directors dated July 30, Butler wrote that “given the ongoing concerns that have developed with the Issaquah Senior Center” he would be placing “at a minimum” seven conditions on funding that could amount to $99,000 next year, the same amount given the center in 2015.

The city’s contribution represents a major percentage of the center’s budget.

Butler’s letter comes in the midst of ongoing controversy at the center, most especially back-and-forth accusations of misconduct on the part of various people. Read more

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Fatal accident brings out emotions at crowded City Council session

July 16, 2015

Tina Conforti said the evening prior to the accident, her next door neighbor, 4-year-old Haochen Xu was playing in the sprinkler in her backyard. After clearing it with his parents, she shared a peanut butter sandwich with him.

“A little angel lost his life,” Conforti told the Issaquah City Council at its regular meeting July 6.

She was just one of about 50 residents who attended the meeting to talk about the accident site — the crosswalk at Newport Way Northwest and Northwest Oakcrest Drive.

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Joshua Schaer’s open council seat attracts plenty of attention

July 16, 2015

For whatever reason, the Issaquah City Council Position 4 seat to be vacated at year’s end by Joshua Schaer has attracted its fair share of attention.

In the Aug. 4 primary, voters will choose from among four candidates hoping to replace Schaer. Ballots for the primary were mailed July 15.

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Child hit in crosswalk dies of injuries

July 1, 2015

NEW — 11 a.m. July 1, 2015

Accident was inevitable, neighbors say

Haochen Xu was just 4 ½ years old. The precocious Issaquah Kindercare student loved to read, and could add and subtract pairs of numbers up to 100.

He had a bright future, his parents said. But that future was cut short June 26 when a car struck him in a crosswalk at Newport Way Northwest and Northwest Oakcrest Drive.

The accident happened at about 11:30 a.m. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he died from his injuries the next day. The family said the funeral is tentatively set for July 11.

Contributed Haochen Xu, 4 1/2, is seen in a school photograph provided by his father Junwei Xu and his mother Xiaoli Tao.

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Haochen Xu, 4 1/2, is seen in a school photograph provided by his father Junwei Xu and his mother Xiaoli Tao.

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Young boy struck by car dies

June 29, 2015

NEW — 11:15 a.m. June 29, 2015

A 4-year-old boy struck by a car June 26 in a crosswalk at Newport Way Northwest and Northwest Oakcrest Drive died Saturday at Harborview Medical Center, according to Issaquah police.

The boy’s mother, who was crossing with him at the time, was not injured.

According to Issaquah Police Cmdr. Stan Conrad, there was no indication the driver of the vehicle was speeding.

“For some reason, the driver just failed to see them,” Conrad said.

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Issaquah Senior Center board member banned from facility

June 25, 2015

Second board member resigns in protest

City police served a member of the board of directors for the Issaquah Valley Senior Center with a no trespassing notice and a second board member resigned in protest.

Those banished from the center and others complain about a lack of transparency from those remaining on the board and from the office of Executive Director Courtney Jaren.

By Greg Farrar Issaquah Police Officer John Nieto, called April 28 to the Issaquah Valley Senior Center on a complaint, checks the ID of former Issaquah City Councilman David Kappler and reads a flier Kappler was handing out to senior center patrons.

By Greg Farrar
Issaquah Police Officer John Nieto, called April 28 to the Issaquah Valley Senior Center on a complaint, checks the ID of former Issaquah City Councilman David Kappler and reads a flier Kappler was handing out to senior center patrons.

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Two juveniles charged with Issaquah burglary

June 25, 2015

Issaquah Police have charged two 17-year-old males suspected of breaking into a home June 10.

A description from the homeowner led police to the suspects, who were arrested and charged with burglary June 18.

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Police blotter — June 25, 2015

June 25, 2015

Cussed at co-worker calls the cops

A dishwasher at a business in the 21900 block of Southeast 51st Street reported at 4:44 p.m. June 12 that a co-worker in the kitchen cussed at her, which she found very threatening. The responding officer explained she should consult with her boss about the incident.

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Two juveniles charged with Issaquah burglary

June 19, 2015

NEW — 5:41 p.m. June 19, 2015

Issaquah Police have charged two 17-year-old males suspected of breaking into a home June 10.

A description from the homeowner led police to the suspects, who were arrested and charged with burglary June 18.

The suspects entered the home in the 100 block of Sixth Avenue Southeast through an open door at about 4:30 a.m. June 10, according to police. The suspects fled when confronted by the homeowners.

As temperatures rise, police say some simple steps can help keep your home secure. For example, keep doors and windows locked when you’re sleeping or away from your home.

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