May 23, 2012
NEW — 6 p.m. May 23, 2012
Jurors deliberated only 19 minutes Wednesday before determining Issaquah police officers faced a life-threatening scenario and properly used lethal force to stop a rifle-toting man on the Clark Elementary School campus last year.
May 23, 2012
NEW — 8 a.m. May 23, 2012
Police involved in a shootout at Clark Elementary School feared the gunman could escape from the campus and shoot bystanders in surrounding neighborhoods, and resorted to lethal force to eliminate the threat, officers involved in the shooting testified at a court hearing Tuesday.
Police fatally shot Ronald W. Ficker, 51, in late September after the rural Maple Valley man abandoned a rental car at a downtown intersection and, carrying rifles and ammunition, set off in the direction of school campuses and, along the way, brandished firearms to passers-by. Moments later, at about 11:30 a.m. Sept. 24, Ficker shot at bystanders and police officers on the Clark Elementary campus.
The tense moments after Ficker reached the school grounds formed the basis for the Tuesday testimony at a King County-led inquest into the actions of officers involved in the shootout — Laura Asbell, Brian Horn, Christian Muñoz and Jesse Petersen.
May 22, 2012
King County authorities started to examine the actions of Issaquah police officers involved in a deadly September 2011 shootout at Clark Elementary School as a prosecutor-led inquest opened May 21.
The officers shot and killed Ronald W. Ficker, 51, after the rural Maple Valley man abandoned a rental car at a downtown Issaquah intersection and, brandishing rifles and carrying ammunition, set off in the direction of school campuses.
May 22, 2012
NEW — 8 a.m. May 22, 2012
Just after 11 on a September morning, as Ronald W. Ficker meandered on a fateful trek from a downtown Issaquah intersection to Clark Elementary School, Leslie Olerich stared down the barrel of Ficker’s rifle.
“He looked right at us, looked down the barrel and he smiled,” Olerich said Monday at a court hearing about the Sept. 24 incident.
Issaquah police fatally shot Ficker, 51, after the rural Maple Valley man abandoned a rental car at a downtown intersection and, carrying rifles and ammunition, set off in the direction of school campuses and, along the way, brandished firearms to passers-by.
Olerich testified Monday at a King County-led inquest into the actions of police officers involved in the shootout — Laura Asbell, Brian Horn, Christian Muñoz and Jesse Petersen.
May 15, 2012
Inquest into police shootout starts May 21
The rough outlines resemble doodles more than a far-fetched blueprint, and the instructions on the page defy explanation.
In hand-scrawled notes about a manmade island scattered among the sketches, the creator urges, “Start building Atlantis.”
The creator later stuffed the notes, sketches and more than $23,000 in Swiss francs into a safe deposit box at the Bank of America branch in Issaquah.
The stack of documents contained instructions for the reader.
“If I get hurt, must take this to police.”
The sentence outlined the future. The man behind the notes, Ronald W. Ficker, 51, died in a police shootout on the Clark Elementary School campus Sept. 24.
May 8, 2012
Park bond should include new museum
Voters last passed a park bond six years ago.
The city will soon launch a public opinion survey to gauge residents’ interest in what the bond might include. The survey should reach residents by late spring or early summer.
April 17, 2012
Issaquah voters could decide as early as November on a multimillion dollar package to fund expansions and upgrades to city parks.
The proposed park bond could generate dollars to add amenities to existing parks, create additional parkland and purchase undeveloped land for conservation. The package could infuse funds into the parks system as lean municipal budgets limit the number of projects the city can undertake.
The municipal Parks & Recreation Department is in the initial stage to prepare for such a bond package, although the timeline is not yet firm. The decision to put a bond measure on the ballot is left to the City Council.
The city is considering offers from firms to conduct a public opinion survey to gauge residents’ interest in parks amenities. The survey should reach residents by late spring or early summer.
February 15, 2012
NEW — 6 p.m. Feb. 15, 2012
Presidents Day means closures and schedule changes Monday.
King County Metro Transit operates on a weekday and no University of Washington schedule for the holiday.
Sound Transit buses operate on a regular weekday schedule for Presidents Day. Sound Transit customers can also sign up to receive Rider Alerts via e-mail or text message for specific services and bus routes.
Metro Transit also offers Transit Alerts to update riders about inclement conditions, road construction and other service changes.
The city, county and state close government offices in observance of the holiday. In addition, the Issaquah Community Center and Julius Boehm Pool close for the day.
State liquor stores also remain open for the holiday.
February 14, 2012
The Issaquah High School boys swim team had current coaches, former coaches and swimmers searching the program’s records last weekend.
That’s because the Eagles just might have established a first for the program. On Feb. 11, Issaquah finished in first place at the Sea-King District 4A Swimming and Diving Championships at the University of Washington. The Eagles, sparked by two first-place relays, compiled 233 points to top KingCo Conference rival Newport by 2.5 points.
January 24, 2012
Issaquah High School boys swimming coach Laura Halter probably had the best idea about getting away from Old Man Winter. Halter and her family spent last weekend playing golf in Phoenix.
With the high school and the Julius Boehm Pool both shut down last week, Issaquah swimmers, like other winter sport athletes, were unable to get practice time.
“I can’t wait to get the team back in the pool and get things organized,” said Halter, who is preparing the Eagles for the Jan. 27 KingCo Conference Invitational at the University of Washington. The meet starts at 4 p.m. and is made up of swimmers from KingCo 4A, 3A and 2A schools.
Issaquah enters the meet with the state’s fastest 4A times in the 200-yard medley relay (1:41.14) and 400 freestyle relay (3:21.28). The Eagles are also second in the state in the 200 freestyle relay (1:33.34).
Halter said the rankings are nice but might not be a true indication.