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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
September 30, 2014
Deputy Dave Montalvo has had his fair share of assignments in a 27-year career with the King County Sheriff’s Office.
He spent time on the SWAT team; he taught new recruits as a master police officer; he served on motorcycle patrol; and he also worked with a traffic enforcement unit.
But he has truly found his home in the south end of the Issaquah School District where, for the past 12 years, Montalvo has served as the school resource officer at Liberty High, Maywood Middle and surrounding elementary schools.
“This is by far, in my opinion, the best job that anybody can have, because you get to work with the kids and make a difference,” he said.
September 23, 2014
Pair needs to be extradited from Canada
Two men have been charged with beating a Boeing manager to death with shovels and then stealing his credit cards and car before fleeing to Canada.
Kevin David Patterson, 20, and Christopher Shade, 18, of Issaquah, are being held in British Columbia, Canada. King County prosecutors have charged them with first-degree murder, first-degree robbery and theft of a motor vehicle.
Bail has been set at $2 million for each man. Police said the killing was Sammamish’s first homicide.
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.
May 19, 2014
NEW — 11:35 a.m. May 19, 2014
Two men are dead and a woman critically inured after another woman drove her SUV through her house and nearly into Lake Sammamish May 16.
The woman, 68, seemed to be moving her vehicle, said Sgt. D.B. Gates, of the King County Sheriff’s Office. Her 3-year-old grandson was on her lap at the time, Gates said.
The car drove through her house in the 3400 block of East Lake Sammamish Shore Lane Southeast and out the other side, going across a deck.
In the process a 70-year-old man, the woman’s partner, was killed. The woman’s 40-year-old son-in-law was critically injured and later died at Harborview Medical Center. The woman’s 34-year-old daughter was also critically injured but remained alive as of May 19.
May 10, 2014
NEW — 2:17 p.m. May 10, 2014
King County Sheriff ordered an emergency closure on a stretch of Cedar River after a landslide May 10.
No injuries and only minor property damage were reported, according to a press release from the Sheriff’s Department. No homes have been evacuated.
Sergeant DB Gates said the landslide was 200 to 250-feet across.
The closure is from the State Route 169 to the Maxwell Road at the Maple Valley Highway and is effective until further notice.
January 14, 2014
Annexing the Klahanie area would lead to many costs and benefits for Issaquah residents according to the city-commissioned Nesbitt Planning and Management study, but questions remain.
October 1, 2013
A physical tribute to fallen deputies is one step closer to reality, after the Metropolitan King County Council received a Sept. 16 report containing a plan to establish a memorial inside the King County Courthouse.
The memorial would honor the 16 members of the King County Sheriff’s Office who have been killed in the line of duty since the department was established in 1852.
Among them is King County Sheriff’s Deputy Richard Herzog, who was killed in the line of duty while working in the city of Newcastle in 2002. Herzog had worked in Newcastle for several years and knew many of the residents and businesses.