King County Sheriff’s Office to hire 14 deputies

October 13, 2012

King County Councilwoman Kathy Lambert (center) joins Councilman Joe McDermott (from left), King County Executive Dow Constantine and Sheriff Steve Strachan for the hiring announcement Friday. Contributed

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 13, 2012

King County Sheriff Steve Strachan announced a plan Friday to hire 14 deputies in the months ahead by using dollars from the existing King County Sheriff’s Office budget.

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Candidates receive boost from Municipal League of King County

July 10, 2012

Issaquah candidates for the Legislature received top marks from the Municipal League of King County, as the nonpartisan organization ranked candidates a little more than a month before the Aug. 7 primary.

The league ranks candidates through a rigorous process during each election cycle. The ratings provide a tool for voters — plus fodder for candidates’ campaign mailers and websites.

Evaluators scrutinize candidate records, check references, review candidate questionnaires and interview the electoral hopefuls. The league rates candidates on a set of criteria: involvement, character, effectiveness and knowledge.

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Issaquah candidates receive boost in Municipal League rankings

July 2, 2012

NEW — 1 p.m. July 2, 2012

Issaquah candidates for the Legislature received top marks from the Municipal League of King County, as the nonpartisan organization ranked candidates a little more than a month before the Aug. 7 primary.

In the 5th Legislative District, state Senate candidate Mark Mullet and state House of Representatives candidate Chad Magendanz impressed Muni League evaluators.

Mullet, a Democrat and Issaquah City Council member, earned a very good rating from the group. The league ranked Mullet’s GOP opponent, Snoqualmie businessman Brad Toft, as good.

Magendanz, a Republican and Issaquah School Board member, received a coveted outstanding rating from the Muni League.

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Former spokesman John Urquhart enters race for King County sheriff

May 1, 2012

John Urquhart

John Urquhart, a familiar presence briefing journalists at crime scenes as the longtime former spokesman for the King County Sheriff’s Office, is running for the top job at the law enforcement agency.

Urquhart, 64, entered the race for the nonpartisan office April 24. The retired sergeant and Mercer Island resident outlined accountability and leadership as campaign themes.

Before serving as spokesman for the agency, Urquhart’s career included stints as a patrol officer, field training officer, a vice and narcotics detective and, in his most familiar role, as spokesman for sheriffs Dave Reichert and Sue Rahr.

Speculation about the race for sheriff started after Rahr resigned March 31 to accept the top job at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission.

The incumbent sheriff, appointee Steve Strachan, is expected to run for a full term. Candidates can enter the race until the May 18 filing deadline.

‘It was like being in a war zone’ amid shootout

September 27, 2011

Guardian One, the King County Sheriff's Office helicopter (above), takes off from the Issaquah Community Center lawn as law enforcement agencies respond to a gunman in downtown Issaquah. By Christina Lords

Investigation continues after police kill gunman at Issaquah school

Issaquah police stopped a gunman in a fusillade of gunfire Sept. 24, after he led officers on a circuitous chase through downtown Issaquah, prompting residents to scramble for cover inside homes, and athletes and spectators at a youth football game to duck beneath bleachers for protection.

Officers fatally shot the 51-year-old Maple Valley man on the Clark Elementary School campus, not far from a youth football game on nearby Issaquah High School fields.

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Minor earthquake shakes areas south of Issaquah

September 27, 2011

Seismologists recorded a magnitude-3.2 earthquake south of Issaquah last week, but the minor tremor did not cause any damage or injuries.

University of Washington seismologists said the minor earthquake occurred at 1:22 p.m. Sept. 22. Scientists pegged the earthquake’s epicenter near Lake Desire in rural King County, about eight miles southwest of downtown Issaquah.

King County Sheriff’s Office deputies did not respond to any calls related to earthquake-related problems or damage, spokesman Sgt. John Urquhart said.

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Gunman dies in shootout near Issaquah High School

September 24, 2011

Guardian One, the King County Sheriff's Office helicopter, takes off from the Issaquah Community Center lawn during the search for a gunman. By Christina Lords

UPDATED — 8:45 a.m. Sept. 26, 2011

Issaquah police shot and killed a gunman Saturday after police said the man opened fire near downtown Issaquah schools as children and spectators gathered for sporting events.

The man parked a car on Front Street South at Newport Way Southwest and then headed on foot, carrying two rifles — including a bolt-action hunting rifle — to the area near Clark Elementary and Issaquah High schools at about 11:15 a.m. on a muggy fall day.

Police said the man menacingly pointed firearms at passers-by as he headed about a half-mile to Clark Elementary School.

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Minor earthquake shakes communities south of Issaquah

September 22, 2011

NEW — 4:15 p.m. Sept. 22, 2011

Seismologists recorded a magnitude-3.2 earthquake south of Issaquah early Thursday afternoon.

University of Washington seismologists said the minor earthquake occurred at 1:22 p.m. Scientists pegged the earthquake’s epicenter near Lake Desire in rural King County, about eight miles southwest of downtown Issaquah.

King County Sheriff’s Office deputies did not respond to any calls related to earthquake damage, agency spokesman Sgt. John Urquhart said.

Seismologists at the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network, based at the UW, said the temblor occurred about 15 miles beneath the surface.

The seismic activity came a month after seismologists recorded a minor earthquake beneath Mirrormont on Tiger Mountain.

Such small earthquakes occur often, and do not indicate another, larger quake is imminent.

PSE calls on residents to report strange activity

August 9, 2011

Puget Sound Energy is calling on citizens to report suspicious activity near neighborhood power substations and report such activity to 911.

The request came after a woman suspected of stealing copper wire from a substation in Enumclaw sustained severe burns to her arms and face Aug. 1.

Authorities said the woman and another person cut through 8-foot-high barbed-wire-topped cyclone fence and entered a PSE substation. Inside, the substation has voltages as high as 115,000 volts.

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PSE calls on residents to report suspicious activity near substations

August 1, 2011

NEW — 8 p.m. Aug. 1, 2011

Puget Sound Energy called on citizens Monday to report suspicious activity near neighborhood power substations and report such activity to 911.

The request came after a woman suspected of stealing copper wire from a substation in Enumclaw sustained severe burns to her arms and face.

Authorities said the woman and another person cut through 8-foot-high barbed-wire-topped cyclone fence and entered a PSE substation. The substation has voltages as high as 115,000 volts.

PSE servicemen discovered the woman, and called for medical aid, as they responded to a power outage caused by the attempted theft.

“Thieves who enter substations to remove copper wiring and vandalize equipment risk serious injury or death from these high-voltage facilities,” Dave Foster, manager of corporate security for PSE, said in a statement. “In addition to putting themselves and the public in danger, the vandals can cause power outages and tens of thousands of dollars in repair costs, which ultimately impacts customer bills.”

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