Editorial — Rape kit testing gets much needed funding

September 22, 2015

Every day, a woman, man or child is raped. And every day, people go free for such crimes.

It’s hard enough for people to come forward after a sexual assault. We don’t know how many don’t out of fear of retaliation or because they decide they don’t want the stigma attached to such victims.

But for those who do come forward, imagine how they feel when evidence of the crime is tossed into a system full of backlogs, where it can degrade, get lost or not get tested at all.

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Police blotter

September 9, 2015

NEW — 5:17 p.m. Sept. 9, 2015


  • A wallet was reported stolen at 8:55 a.m. Aug. 28 in the 700 block of Front Street South.
  • A cell phone was reported stolen at 10:17 a.m. Aug. 28 in the 1700 block of Northwest Gilman Boulevard.
  • A book of checks was reported stolen at 12:55 p.m. Aug. 28 in the 400 block of Northwest Gilman Boulevard.
  • A pocketbook, cash and cell phone, with a total value of $550, were reported stolen at 1:32 p.m. Aug. 28 in the 1400 block of Highlands Drive Northeast.
  • At 3:09 p.m. Aug. 29, $500 in cash was reported stolen in the 1700 block of Northwest Gilman Boulevard.
  • A 1995 Honda Accord, valued at $1,000, was reported stolen at 8:07 a.m. Aug. 30 in the 200 block of Wildwood Boulevard Southwest.
  • The theft of a ring, pocketbook and cell phone was reported at 3:34 p.m. Sept. 2 in the 1800 block of 12th Avenue Northwest. The total loss was valued at $28,245.

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New noise protections kick in for unincorporated King County

August 27, 2015

NEW — 5:27 p.m. Aug. 27, 2015

New and improved noise guidelines for residents living in unincorporated King County are in effect.

Twelve separate county noise code chapters were consolidated into one, so residents can find the regulations easily, according to a news release. The new regulations shift the enforcement focus for neighborhood noise from solely technical decibel limits to public disturbance provisions.

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Local man dies in motorcycle accident

July 17, 2015

NEW — 5 p.m. July 17, 2015

A 65-year-old Issaquah man died in a single motorcycle accident in the 156th block of Issaquah-Hobart Road July 16.

The man’s identification has not been released yet, pending final notification of family by the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Deputies responded at 8:20 p.m. to a report of the accident, according to Sgt. Stan Seo, King County Sheriff’s Office spokesman. Upon arrival, deputies found the man still alive next to his 2006 Harley-Davidson. However, even though they administered CPR, the man died at the scene.

The accident is under investigation by accident detectives, Seo said.


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City offers a new tool for neighborhood safety

May 27, 2015

The city is offering a new way to learn about community safety in your neighborhood.

Thanks to a partnership between the Issaquah Police Department and www.crimereports.com, citizens can now find data on an easy-to-use map. You can view maps and activity customized by address or neighborhood.

Sign up to receive free email alerts based on neighborhood, incident type and other factors. Crimereports.com is also available as a free app for your iOS and Android devices.

Data is updated automatically once per day, and CrimeReports.com displays the most recent 30 days of data online.

Regional data is also available. Nearby agencies, including the King County Sheriff’s Office and the Renton Police Department, also use www.crimereports.com to report activity.

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Sheriff’s office to host 911 Citizen’s Academy

March 15, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. March 15, 2015

Local residents can learn about the internal workings of the 911 emergency dispatch center when the next 911 Citizen’s Academy is held March 28.

The academy will educate citizens about the role 911 communications specialists play in the public safety system and prepare them should they ever need to dial 911.

The all-day informative class includes everything from the history of 911 to how citizens can help 911 help them. A tour of the KCSO 911 Center is included, and optional “plug-in” time will be offered to academy attendees on follow-up dates for those interested.

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Investigation into threatening letter left at Pacific Cascade Middle School winding down

February 17, 2015

The King County Sheriff’s Office has or is about to put into the inactive file the investigation into who left a letter threatening violence at Pacific Cascade Middle School.

Principal Dana Bailey made that announcement in an update on the investigation placed into a recent school newsletter.

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Pacific Cascade students return with no leads on author of threating letter

January 6, 2015

The investigation into the author or authors of a threatening letter that closed Pacific Cascade Middle School for three days in December was continuing even as the school reopened Jan. 5.

By Greg Farrar Karin Weihe (left), Issaquah Police School Resource Officer, stands outside Pacific Cascade Middle School as parents leave after the morning meeting with school staff and law enforcement Jan. 5.

By Greg Farrar
Karin Weihe (left), Issaquah Police School Resource Officer, stands outside Pacific Cascade Middle School as parents leave after the morning meeting with school staff and law enforcement Jan. 5.

For students returning to the Issaquah district school after winter break, the day at Pacific Cascade started an hour later than usual to accommodate a meeting for parents that attracted between 250 and 300 people to the school gym.

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Help police find burglar near Sammamish

October 17, 2014

NEW — 2:45 p.m. Oct. 17, 2014

The King County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public to be on the lookout for a prowler in an unincorporated area near Sammamish.

Shayne C. Kennedy

Shayne C. Kennedy

There is probable cause to arrest Shayne C. Kennedy for possession of stolen property, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office. Kennedy is described as a white male, 41 years old, 6 feet tall and approximately 190 pounds. He has long reddish blond hair, often pulled back in a ponytail.

Police specifically mentioned the Duthie Hill Park area and the 30000 block of Southeast Issaquah-Fall City Road as areas he has roamed.

Police said he is a transient and has committed most of his crimes and other suspected crimes between the hours of 8:30 and 11:30 p.m. He was last seen wearing a bulky water-resistant outfit and a backpack. His M.O. is to take items from unlocked garages or outbuildings.

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Seattle task force seeks ‘Rent Money Bandit’

October 7, 2014

Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man believed to have robbed banks in Issaquah, Newcastle and Bellevue.

The Seattle Safe Streets Task Force is calling him the “Rent Money Bandit” because each of the incidents occurred during the first few days of the month, according to a news release from the FBI.

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