December 31, 2014
Annexations, retirements, plastic bags, development, a looming school closure, retail marijuana, bank robberies, the Concerts on the Green series, and business and occupation taxes made the list of the top 10 news stories of the year in Issaquah.
Here are those stories, in no particular order:
Klahanie-area annexation issue moves to Sammamish
Issaquah residents voted no, for the second time, on the city of Issaquah annexing the Klahanie area. The King County Growth Management Planning Council then unanimously approved the idea to move the Klahanie area from Issaquah’s Potential Annexation Area to Sammamish’s.
August 19, 2014
Issaquah police and the FBI said they see four banks being robbed in the past six months as more of a cycle than a crime wave.
So far this year, KeyBank on Northwest Gilman Boulevard has been robbed three times and Chase Bank, also on Northeast Gilman Boulevard, was robbed once. Police believe the same man, who they’ve dubbed the Summertime Heat Robber, might be behind the Feb. 22, June 25 and July 11 KeyBank robberies. So far, officials have not arrested any suspects.
“It’s an increase,” Cmdr. Stan Conrad said. “But there are times when robberies pick up and times when they are down. Now, they are just down.”
Chief Scott Behrbaum agreed.
“Historically, we’ve had bank robberies in our city,” he said. “Last year, we didn’t have that many, but we’ve had years where we’re close to twice the current number.”
July 29, 2014
The Seattle Safe Streets Task Force now believes the Summertime Heat Robber may be responsible for three robberies in Issaquah: at about 10:45 a.m. Feb. 22, at about 12:15 p.m. June 25 and at about 2 p.m. July 11.
All three robberies were of the KeyBank, 405 N.W. Gilman Blvd.
Further investigation led the task force to revise its consideration of a connection between the subject and the June 21 Des Moines robbery, while identifying two other robberies as possibly connected, according to a news release from the FBI.
The subject hit the same bank three times in the past six months but at different times in the middle of the day.
July 15, 2014
Issaquah Police and the FBI are investigating a July 11 bank robbery, and police are saying it could be the same man who robbed the same bank two weeks earlier.
The latest robbery occurred at KeyBank, 405 N.W. Gilman Blvd., at 1:56 p.m. July 11.
July 11, 2014
NEW — 4:58 p.m. July 11, 2014
Issaquah Police and the FBI are investigating a bank robbery that happened this afternoon, and police are saying it could be the same man who robbed the same bank two weeks ago.
The robbery occurred at KeyBank, 405 N.W. Gilman Blvd., at 1:56 p.m. July 11.
July 2, 2014
NEW — 2 p.m. July 2, 2014
Police are asking for residents’ help in locating a man who they suspect robbed two local banks, most recently in Issaquah.
February 22, 2014
NEW – 7:3o p.m. Feb. 22, 2014
A man robbed the Gilman Boulevard KeyBank the morning of Feb. 22.
At 10:43 a.m., a man entered KeyBank and demanded money from a bank employee, according to an Issaquah Police Department press release.