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October 1, 2013

Automotive specialist shifts gears to saving lost souls

After 15 years of keeping cars and trucks on the road, Nate Bean, owner of Integrity Automotive Maintenance & Repair in Issaquah, discovered his true calling had little to do with changing spark plugs or servicing radiators.

The North Bend resident has joined forces with a local prison ministry that reaches out to men and women who may have lost their way. The stamps on his passport trace missions to three continents and more than seven countries in less than 36 months.

Bean’s curbside ministry dates back sharing portions from the gospel on the sidewalk outside Bellevue Square.

Contributed Nate Bean (left) sits down for a photo with orphans and children of incarcerated parents in India during his first Prisoners for Christ overseas ministry trip in November 2010.

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Nate Bean (left) sits down for a photo with orphans and children of incarcerated parents in India during his first Prisoners for Christ overseas ministry trip in November 2010.

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For the first time in decades, county has surplus jail beds

September 17, 2013

The average daily jail population of 1,765 in the King County Jail is well below history averages, according to the Aug. 14 edition of The Prosecutor’s Post, a regular email newsletter from King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg.

The year 2000 showed a population of 2,943 inmates on any given day.

The numbers owe their drop to factors including the construction of the South Correctional Entity facility by a group of South County cities and a decline in the number of people held in custody while awaiting trial.

In the past decade, criminal justice leaders in King County have built more alternatives to secure detention, so they can monitor people awaiting trial in the community instead of in jail. That correlates with a gradual decline in the crime rate during that time, which relieves some pressure on the county jail.

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Issaquah police nab NFL player for domestic violence

February 5, 2013

Prosecutors could charge Leroy Hill for domestic violence-related crimes, after Issaquah police arrested the Seattle Seahawks linebacker for assaulting and imprisoning a woman.

Leroy Hill

Leroy Hill

Officers responded to Hill’s Talus home along Cougar Ridge Drive Northwest at about 4 p.m. Jan. 29. Hill’s girlfriend, a 26-year-old Issaquah woman, said he had assaulted her numerous times since about 10:30 a.m. She told police he stood on her head and chest, struck her with a bottle of alcohol and punched her as many as 20 times.

She said Hill, 30, blocked the doorway, did not allow her to leave the home and took her cellphone, court documents state. The woman escaped from the residence when he went to the bathroom.

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Police arrest Seattle Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill for domestic violence

January 30, 2013

NEW — 10:15 a.m. Jan. 30, 2013

Issaquah police arrested Seattle Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill on Tuesday for domestic violence at Hill’s Talus home.

Officers responded after a 26-year-old Issaquah woman said her boyfriend, Hill, assaulted her several times and kept her inside his home against her will.

The woman told police Hill blocked the doorway, did not allow her to leave the home and took her cellphone. The woman escaped from the residence when Hill went to the bathroom.

Officers arrested Hill, 30, for domestic violence and assault related to the incident at about 4 p.m. Tuesday. The response to the home in the 60 block of Cougar Ridge Drive Northwest included police and Eastside Fire & Rescue units.

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Homeowners detain burglar until police arrive

January 22, 2013

Homeowners detained a burglar Jan. 20 until police arrived and arrested the woman.

Issaquah police responded to a burglary in progress in the 100 block of Northwest Alder Place at about 9:45 p.m.

The homeowners discovered the burglar, a 30-year-old Seattle woman, inside the home and called 911. The burglar attempted to flee, and a resident detained the kicking, struggling woman until officers arrived.

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Issaquah homeowners detain burglar until police arrive

January 21, 2013

NEW — 9:15 a.m. Jan. 21, 2013

Homeowners detained a burglar Sunday until police arrived and arrested the woman.

Issaquah police responded to a burglary in progress in the 100 block of Northwest Alder Place at about 9:45 p.m.

The homeowners discovered the burglar, a 30-year-old Seattle woman, inside the home and called 911. The burglar attempted to flee, and a resident detained the kicking, struggling woman until officers arrived.

Police discovered the woman held numerous items belonging to the homeowners and taken from inside the residence.

Officers booked the woman into the King County Jail on first-degree burglary charges.

Police arrest Issaquah man after high-speed chase

December 18, 2012

Deputies arrested a 27-year-old Issaquah man on Tiger Mountain just after noon Dec. 13, after the suspect led police on a high-speed chase and the King County Sheriff’s Office helicopter detected the man in a thick forest.

The incident started just before noon in the 19500 block of Maxwell Road Southeast, in unincorporated King County northeast of Maple Valley. Investigators said a deputy patrolling the neighborhood spotted a man attempting to break into a house.

The suspect noticed the officer, ran to a car and fled. The deputy stopped the vehicle moments later near Southeast 208th Street and Maxwell Road Southeast, about a half-mile northeast from the interchange of Southeast Renton-Maple Valley Road and state Route 18.

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Issaquah police arrest suspect in Lovers robbery

September 26, 2012

NEW — 8 a.m. Sept. 26, 2012

Days after a masked man robbed Lovers at gunpoint, Issaquah police arrested a 42-year-old Issaquah man in the case Tuesday.

Investigators tracked leads in the case to the area near the adult novelty store, to a nearby apartment. Police then searched the suspect’s vehicle, and discovered a handgun and cash inside the car.

The suspect is in custody at the King County Jail for first-degree armed robbery.

Officers responded to the store in the 5600 block of East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast at 11:28 a.m. Sept. 20. Police searched the area, but could not locate the thief.

Police said a masked man approached a store employee moments earlier, brandished a gun and demanded money.

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State policy change dings county jails, but not Issaquah facility

September 11, 2012

Officials said a recent change in state policy means fewer inmates in King County-run jails — and $9.4 million less for county jails next year due to fewer bookings from the state Department of Corrections.

King County officials said the drop contributes to a projected $13 million shortfall next year in revenues to support operations at the King County Jail in Seattle and the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent. The shortfall could lead officials to eliminate 40 or more positions in the proposed 2013 jail budget.

The state corrections agency contracts with the county to house thousands of felons released from prison who then violated their conditions of release. The so-called “DOC violators” go back to jail to await administrative hearings.

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State parole policy changes deliver $9.4 million hit to county jails

September 3, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 3, 2012

Recent changes in state policy mean fewer inmates in King County jails — and $9.4 million less for local jails year due to fewer bookings from the state Department of Corrections.

King County officials said the $9.4 million drop contributes to a projected $13 million shortfall next year in revenues to support operations at the King County Jail in Seattle and the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent. The shortfall could lead officials to eliminate 40 or more positions in the proposed 2013 jails budget.

The state corrections agency contracts with the county to house thousands of felons released from prison, and then violated their conditions of release. The so-called “DOC violators” go back to jail to await administrative hearings. Since 2008, King County booked, on average, 6,844 inmates per year, and held about 330 per day.

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