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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Goo in Tibbetts Creek is deicer, not hazardous

June 3, 2015

As he lives near Tibbetts Creek and frequently walks along the shore, Issaquah resident Steve Engelbrekt said it was hard for him not to notice the black tinge that appeared in the creek at about 2 p.m. May 25.

The blackness appeared around state Route 900 and Newport Way Northwest, Engelbrekt said.

“I’ve never seen anything like that before,” he added, saying he really didn’t get much of an answer when he called the city about the problem.

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Truck punches hole in I-90/Front Street overpass girder

March 17, 2015

A Recology CleanScapes truck hit the side of the eastbound Interstate 90 overpass over Front Street North on March 13.

The company hauls trash in parts of Issaquah.

The lift that slides a trash bin off the truck was in the up position, and it tore a large hole in the bridge girders. Crumbled concrete was strewn about and a large hole was gouged in the pavement from the overhead force that stopped the truck.

That force was so great that it bent the cab of the truck all the way forward and it slammed into the pavement.

By Kathleen R. Merrill A hydraulic crane pulls the lift of a Recology CleanScapes truck out of the overpass. The truck’s hydraulic lift was buried in the hole. The driver escaped unharmed, even though the cab of his truck bent down and slammed into the pavement from the force of the crash.

By Kathleen R. Merrill
A hydraulic crane pulls the lift of a Recology CleanScapes truck out of the overpass. The truck’s hydraulic lift was buried in the hole. The driver escaped unharmed, even though the cab of his truck bent down and slammed into the pavement from the force of the crash.

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