April 3, 2012
Questions about ground beef fly more often across the counter at Fischer Meats since the issue of “lean finely textured beef” — more recognizable by the headline-grabbing nickname “pink slime” — captured the media zeitgeist late last month.
“I’ve probably had a half a dozen people that have mentioned it and said, ‘We’ll never buy ground beef in the grocery store again because of that,” owner Chris Chiechi said April 2. “We have been selling a little more ground beef in the last month. I wouldn’t call it a huge impact.”
Fischer Meats does not use the additive.
The product is made from beef trimmings treated in ammonium hydroxide to eliminate pathogens. The additive is used in ground beef and beef-based products.
March 27, 2012
Police said a man robbed a KeyBank branch along a bustling Issaquah street March 24, and then escaped.
Police said the man showed a bank employee a gun and passed the employee a note demanding money at about 10:51 a.m.
Officers responded to the bank at 405 N.W. Gilman Blvd. moments later, but could not locate the suspect.
The employee described the man to police as a white man in his 30s, 6 feet, 2 inches tall, and weighing 200 pounds. Police said he wore a beige hooded coat, jeans and a dark-colored baseball cap, and carried a motorcycle helmet.
The suspect used dark clothing to conceal the lower portion of his face during the robbery. Police said he then fled eastbound from the bank.
The case remains under investigation by the Issaquah Police Department and the FBI.
What to know
Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect. Call 1-800-222-TIPS toll free.
The last bank robbery to occur in Issaquah unfolded at the same KeyBank branch.
In October, a thief robbed the bank and fled. FBI agents arrested the suspect, a former Snoqualmie resident connected to other thefts in the area, days after the robbery.
Investigators said the suspect, Christopher Isaac Titian, approached a bank employee, handed the employee a demand note and then fled.
March 24, 2012
NEW — 7 p.m. March 24, 2012
Police said a man robbed a KeyBank branch in Issaquah on Saturday morning, and then escaped.
Police said the man showed a bank employee a gun and passed the employee a note demanding money at about 11 a.m.
Officers responded to the bank in the 400 block of Northwest Gilman Boulevard moments later, but could not locate the man.
The employee described the man to police as a white man in his 30s, 6 feet, 2 inches tall and 200 pounds. Police said he wore a beige hooded coat, jeans and a dark colored baseball cap, and carried a motorcycle helmet.
The suspect used dark clothing to conceal the lower portion of his face.
The suspect fled eastbound from the bank.
The case is under investigation by the Issaquah Police Department and the FBI.
March 23, 2012
NEW — 2 p.m. March 23, 2012
The long process to establish a medical marijuana collective garden — and city rules for such operations — reached a milestone Friday, as planners approved a permit for GreenLink Collective to open along Northwest Gilman Boulevard.
The facility in a commercial building at 160 N.W. Gilman Blvd. is proposed as a place to process and deliver medical marijuana to qualified patients, offer classes and information, and sell supplies for people to produce and consume marijuana under a framework established by state law. GreenLink does not intend to grow marijuana in the space.
State law allows up to 10 qualifying patients to join together and form a collective garden of up to 45 plants, so long as the marijuana is not visible from public spaces.
March 20, 2012
The hustle and bustle at Lakeside Center for Autism is intentional.
Tucked in rooms outfitted in technology both tried-and-true and cutting-edge, children and therapists spend hours each day to overcome the obstacles put in place by autism. The commotion and laughter emanating from behind the closed doors come as signs of success.
Lakeside Center for Autism uses the popular Microsoft Kinect system and other tools to treat the complicated neural development disorder.
“It’s all about participation,” company CEO, president and founder Dan Stachelski said. “Technology can do that.”
March 13, 2012
The historic trolley car on display at the Issaquah Train Depot departed the station March 12, as the long-planned effort to restore and run the car in downtown Issaquah inched ahead.
The 87-year-old Lisbon No. 519 trolley car left for Ida Grove, Iowa, and the Gomaco Trolley Co. — a trolley car manufacturer and restorer. If the restoration plan unfolds as scheduled, the trolley should return to Issaquah in September.
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.
January 31, 2012
A sign in front of the Saffron Deli announces “Southeast Asian fusion” cuisine.
Inside the eatery, the hostess said her menu is straight from Laos. It includes some dishes with which you are probably familiar, such as beef or chicken pho, but also some possibly more adventurous choices, such as Hainan chicken or Gau Lau beef soup.
The two visitors in question here played it safe with a vegetable soup and chicken pho, but were impressed with the flavor of each, enough that trying some of the other offerings at some point in the future is definitely not out of the question.
January 24, 2012
In the initial test for a landmark medical marijuana ordinance enacted last month, a patient-run collective at the center of discussions about changes to city rules applied for licenses to operate.
The application from the nonprofit medical marijuana operation, GreenLink Collective, came after planners, officials and residents crafted a medical marijuana ordinance designed to balance public safety concerns and patients’ access to the drug.
GreenLink organizers applied to occupy units E, F and G in a commercial building at 160 N.W. Gilman Blvd. The organization does not intend to grow marijuana in the space. GreenLink founders Jake and Lydia George applied for the license on behalf of the organization Dec. 19, the day the ordinance took effect.
January 24, 2012
Crews installed a traffic signal to facilitate access to the almost-completed Issaquah Medical Building.
The complex, 1301 Fourth Ave. N.W., is along the Interstate 90 Undercrossing. The building is due to open to the public next month.
Pedestrians using the Pickering Trail can use a button to activate the signal for safer crossings.
The undercrossing is a north-south road linking Northwest Gilman Boulevard to East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast. Officials opened the connector to traffic in late 2010.