Man with children in vehicle arrested under revised DUI law

August 28, 2012

The state patrol arrested a 32-year-old Issaquah man under the state’s revised driving under the influence law Aug. 19 — 18 days after the beefed-up law took effect.

The arrest marked the initial known use of revised rules for mandatory blood draws on felony DUI arrests in King County. The driver, Wiyual Rut, also faces enhanced penalties for having three children younger than 3 in the vehicle during the traffic stop.

Prosecutors later charged Rut with felony DUI, with notice of three child enhancements. The enhancement adds 12 months to the felony DUI sentence for each child.

Investigators said a Washington State Patrol trooper stopped a black Nissan Pathfinder on eastbound Interstate 90 for lane travel violations just before midnight.

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Issaquah burglary offers lesson in vigilance

August 14, 2012

The call from the Issaquah Police Department interrupted dinner at Pogacha for Fred and Mardi Nystrom, longtime residents in the Sycamore neighborhood south of downtown.

The officer on the line asked if the Nystroms expected any family members to leave their home through a bedroom window.

“I told him, ‘Not our family, man, we wouldn’t fit through that window,’” Fred Nystrom recalled Aug. 13.

They rushed home July 6 to discover their home had been burglarized. The thief shimmied into the home through a small bedroom window left open in the July heat, and stole jewelry, computers and family heirlooms.

“Most of what she stole from me were memories,” Fred Nystrom said.

Police later identified the suspect as Jackie Jean Johnston, 45, a SeaTac resident with a long rap sheet.

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Woman arrested for July burglary

August 7, 2012

Issaquah police arrested a SeaTac woman Aug. 1 in connection with a July burglary.

Police said the arrest came after a positive identification by residents and a weekslong investigation. The burglary occurred in early July in the Sycamore neighborhood south of downtown Issaquah.

Jackie Jean Johnston, 45, remained in custody at the King County Jail on $10,000 bail Aug. 6 on charges of burglary, possession of stolen property and trafficking in stolen property.

Officers discovered Johnston’s truck at the Issaquah Transit Center, 1050 17th Ave. N.W., Aug. 1 and alerted a detective.

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Prosecutors: Preston man masturbated at coffee stand

February 14, 2012

Prosecutors said a 31-year-old man attempted to break into a Northwest Gilman Boulevard coffee stand and then masturbated outside as terrified employees called police.

Preston resident Samuel K. McDonough faces a felony indecent exposure charge for the Feb. 2 incident. Police also arrested McDonough for indecent exposure in 2006, 2008 and last year.

Prosecutors said the latest incident occurred at about 8:30 a.m. at the BigFoot Java stand, 736 N.W. Gilman Blvd. The two female employees said McDonough purchased a drink and then asked to use the restroom inside the drive-thru coffee stand, court documents state.

The women refused to allow the man to enter. Then, he sat outside and started blowing kisses at the employees.

McDonough then sat outside the stand and started masturbating, court documents continue. Prosecutors said one employee noticed the man sitting on a chair outside and staring inside the stand during the incident.

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Issaquah residents escape car collision unharmed

February 14, 2012

Issaquah residents survived a wrong-way collision Feb. 12 on state Route 18 near the Cedar River.

Washington State Patrol investigators said a Honda Civic coupe headed westbound in the eastbound lanes from 244th Avenue Southeast to the Cedar River Bridge as a Chevrolet Impala and a Toyota Tacoma approached in the eastbound lanes. Troopers said the Honda struck the Chevrolet, rotating the vehicle into the Toyota. The incident occurred at 12:38 a.m.

Medics treated and released the driver of the Honda, a 24-year-old Kent man. Investigators said alcohol or drugs contributed to the crash. Police later booked the man into the King County Jail for driving while intoxicated. He remained in jail on $500 bond at noon Feb. 13.

The occupants in the Chevrolet, a 42-year-old North Bend man and a 41-year-old North Bend woman, did not sustain any injuries. The occupants in the Toyota, a 42-year-old Issaquah man and a 42-year-old Issaquah woman, also escaped unharmed.

Police said everyone involved in the crash was wearing seatbelts.

Issaquah residents escape unharmed after wrong-way collision

February 13, 2012

NEW — 12:45 p.m. Feb. 13, 2012

Issaquah residents survived a wrong-way collision early Sunday on state Route 18 near the Cedar River.

Washington State Patrol investigators said a Honda Civic coupe headed westbound in the eastbound lanes from 244th Avenue Southeast to the Cedar River Bridge as a Chevrolet Impala and a Toyota Tacoma approached in the eastbound lanes. Troopers said the Honda struck the Chevrolet, rotating the vehicle into the Toyota. The incident occurred at 12:38 a.m.

Medics treated and released the driver of the Honda, a 24-year-old Kent man. Investigators said alcohol or drugs contributed to the crash. Police later booked the man into the King County Jail for driving while intoxicated. He remained in jail on $500 bond at noon Monday.

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Prosecutors charge man for masturbating outside Issaquah coffee stand

February 10, 2012

NEW — 7:15 a.m. Feb. 10, 2012

Prosecutors said a 31-year-old man attempted to break into a Northwest Gilman Boulevard coffee stand and then masturbated outside as terrified employees called police.

Preston resident Samuel K. McDonough faces a felony indecent exposure charge for the Feb. 2 incident. Police also arrested McDonough for indecent exposure in 2006, 2008 and last year.

Prosecutors said the latest incident occurred at about 8:30 a.m. at the BigFoot Java stand, 736 N.W. Gilman Blvd. The two female employees said McDonough purchased a drink and then asked to use the restroom inside the drive-thru coffee stand, court documents state.

The women refused to allow the man to enter. Then, he sat outside and started blowing kisses at the employees.

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King County Council fears public health cuts as Legislature meets

November 22, 2011

King County leaders managed to preserve dollars for public health and other human services in the $5.2 billion budget for 2012.

Now, as state legislators prepare to gather for a special session Nov. 28, King County Council members said cuts from Olympia could force the county to cut services. Lawmakers need to slash spending to close a $2 billion budget gap.

“When they make those decisions, it rolls downhill to us,” Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, a budget team member and the Issaquah representative, said a day after the council adopted the 2012 budget.

Councilwoman Julia Patterson, a South King County representative and the budget team leader, said a difficult economy could magnify service cuts.

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Suspected heroin dealer faces homicide charge

August 16, 2011

Issaquah graduate died from drug overdose

King County prosecutors have filed a seldom-used drug homicide charge against a Seattle man accused of selling a fatal dose of heroin to a former Issaquah High School student.

Zachary Lyter

Prosecutors said Adam F. Pepka, 20, sold the heroin Zachary Lyter injected May 3. Investigators said Lyter later died from a heroin overdose. Lyter’s father discovered the former Issaquah High football player dead at the Bellevue home they shared the next day.

Investigators later determined his blood contained overdose levels of opiates. Police said Lyter admitted his drug problem to family members not long before he died. Officers discovered syringes and drug paraphernalia in his room during the investigation.

Pepka faces a charge for controlled substances homicide, a crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison and up to a $20,000 fine. Under state law, a controlled substances homicide is treated similar to manslaughter.

In order to convict Pepka, prosecutors must prove he sold the fatal dose of heroin to Lyter. Investigators said Pepka continued to sell heroin after learning about Lyter’s death from a 17-year-old girl.

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Suspected dealer faces homicide charge after overdose claims Issaquah graduate

August 11, 2011

NEW — 3:30 p.m. Aug. 11, 2011

King County prosecutors last week filed a seldom-used drug homicide charge against a Seattle man accused of selling a fatal dose of heroin to a former Issaquah High School student.

Prosecutors said Adam F. Pepka, 20, sold the heroin Zachary Lyter injected May 3. Investigators said Lyter later died from a heroin overdose. Lyter’s father discovered the former Issaquah High football player dead at the Bellevue home they shared the next day.

Investigators later determined his blood contained overdose levels of opiates. Police said Lyter admitted his drug problem to family members not long before he died. Officers discovered syringes and drug paraphernalia in his room during the investigation.

Pepka faces a charge for controlled substances homicide, a crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison and up to a $20,000 fine. Under state law, a controlled substances homicide is treated similar to manslaughter.

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