Issaquah may adopt new domestic violence law

June 4, 2013

Committing act in front of children would bring 30 days in jail

A new domestic violence law might soon come before the council.

During the goal-setting retreat last month, in which council members presented items to prioritize in the coming year, Councilman Josh Schaer brought attention to a 2006 law passed by the city of Federal Way. It calls for a mandatory 30-day sentence to convicted offenders of a domestic violence crime in the presence of a child.

Schaer said he wanted to investigate the possibility of passing such a law in Issaquah.

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Heroin is becoming ‘a problem’ in Issaquah

June 4, 2013

A growing number of possession, dealing and overdose cases in Issaquah point to a shifting trend in heroin usage.

A number of local entities, including police, school and emergency rescue officials, said the situation, which has extended to affect a wide area, has only slow and complicated solutions.

Police Chief Paul Ayers said in an interview that the presence of the hard narcotic has seen a marked increase in the city in the past year. Pointing to the number of arrests local police make that involve heroin possession and lengthy dealing investigations, he said heroin has taken the place of a larger methamphetamine presence that existed previously.

“I would call it a problem. It appears that the use of heroin has risen over the meth usage,” he said, adding that he did not want to speculate on specifics. “We don’t have real accurate information on it.”

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Issaquah plays role in novel ‘Visits to Issaquah’

June 4, 2013

Nathan Kositsky, the author of ‘Visits to Issaquah,’ plays the harmonica and guitar at his Snoqualmie home. Contributed

Nathan Kositsky, the author of ‘Visits to Issaquah,’ plays the harmonica and guitar at his Snoqualmie home. Contributed

It is often said that authors should write about what they know.

Snoqualmie author Nathan Kositsky takes that mantra seriously, injecting his own life experiences into his novels, including his most recent one, “Visits to Issaquah.”

“Why write about something that you don’t know anything about?” he said. “That’s being a phony, in my opinion, and there are enough phonies out there.”

It is no surprise then that the main character in the book is a psychiatrist, given that Kositsky studied psychology in college.

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Lassie comes to Issaquah

June 4, 2013

In 1943, MGM studios decided to make a low-budget technicolor “dog” film starring a canine named Lassie.

Though “Lassie, Come Home” was envisioned as a B-movie by MGM, it was a commercial hit, still going strong after 70 years, according to a press release from the city of Issaquah.

The free movie will be shown as part of the second Saturday film series at 7 p.m. June 8 at Issaquah City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way.

Palm reader arrested in $25,000 scam

May 28, 2013

A psychic/palm-reading scam that ran on Front Street has been exposed, according to court documents.

Paula Ann Adams, 36, of Issaquah, is accused of stealing in excess of $25,000 from a client of the Psychic Palm Reading Store. She’s been charged with one count of first-degree theft and five counts of second-degree theft, according to charging documents.

The victim said in audio interviews with investigating officer Detective Shelby Shearer that she “was going through a divorce with her husband which had created a very vulnerable time in her life.” In November 2012, she said sought spiritual guidance, had seen the store on her commute and began to visit the shop at 195 Front St. N.

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Homeowner shoots intruder

May 7, 2013

A 56-year-old Issaquah man shot an intruder breaking into his home May 3.

In the 18500 block of Northwest Montreux Drive, the as-yet unidentified homeowner heard someone ringing his doorbell just before 1 p.m. After failing to recognize the man who appeared to be in his mid-20s who was outside his door, the homeowner ignored it. A few moments later, the suspect threw an object through a glass front door and entered the home.

The homeowner responded to the sound and the two men struggled. The homeowner fired two shots from his handgun, striking the suspect once in the shoulder.

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King County executive to join local discussion of coal trains

May 7, 2013

Dow Constantine

Dow Constantine

King County Executive Dow Constantine will join a discussion of controversial coal trains, coal ports and their impact on the Pacific Northwest at the May 15 meeting of Democrats in the 5th Legislative District in Issaquah. The public is invited.

Constantine, who opposes the plan to ship coal from Montana and Wyoming through the Northwest to proposed ports at Cherry Point near Bellingham and Longview, will be joined by representatives of two leading opponents of the plan — Washington Conservation Voters and Power Past Coal, according to a press release from the 5th District Democrats.

The coal train meeting is the focus of the May 15 monthly meeting of the 5th District Democrats at Issaquah City Hall’s Eagle Room, 130 E. Sunset Way. Networking starts at 6:30 p.m.; the meeting starts at 7 p.m.

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Seattle man dies in crash near Issaquah

April 30, 2013

Rajat Kala, 29, of Seattle, was killed April 20 when his car, traveling west on Interstate 90, left the roadway and landed on its top, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The accident occurred at 8:37 a.m. near milepost 22, east of Issaquah, according to a press memo from the patrol. Kala’s car, a silver 2001 Toyota Celica, left the highway and landed at the intersection of Southeast Highpoint Way and Southeast 79th Street.

Kala, alone in the car, had been wearing a seatbelt, the patrol said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

Residents settle in to bag ban

April 23, 2013

After almost two months of the Issaquah bag ban, which bars large-scale retailers from distributing plastic shopping bags to customers, the reception has been generally positive.

The ban went into effect March 1 for retail stores larger than 10,000 square feet.

Prior to the implementation, the city’s Department of Sustainability launched an extensive education campaign for citizens and retailers. Resource Conservation Coordinator Micah Bonkowski was pleased to find that most of the affected stores were prepared for the law.

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Issaquah honored as a Tree City USA

April 23, 2013

Issaquah joined 81 other cities this year being recognized as a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation.

Issaquah has been recognized as a Tree City USA for 20 years.

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