Off The Press — Green River killer gets off easy with prison move

September 16, 2015

NEW — 5:41 p.m. Sept. 16, 2015

Before coming to The Issaquah Press, I spent more than two years covering the case of Green River killer Gary Ridgway, who claimed his victim count was more than 70 young women and teen girls. (Officials in the case told me it was likely more than 90 and could be more than 100.)

I was the courts reporter for the South County Journal (and later the King County Journal), and I was on the case from the night of Ridgway’s arrest to months after he was sentenced to prison.

Kathleen Merrill Press managing editor

Kathleen Merrill
Press managing editor

The women and girls that Ridgway killed and dumped like trash kept me awake many nights, sometimes in tears, throughout those two years. I wrote hundreds of stories, interviewed as many people as I could, including many family members and friends of the victims, and I read and studied tens of thousands of pages of court documents. Read more

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Off The Press — Work with law officers, not against them

August 26, 2015

Let me ask you good readers a question — when did it become acceptable to aggressively ignore authority, especially officers of the law?

David Hayes Press reporter

David Hayes
Press reporter

There have been quite a few truly unfortunate incidents in the media in the past couple of years involving the police, with their actions leading to the death of a civilian. While nobody else but those involved were at the incidents, certain common facts emerge from each, leading me to conclude many of those killed would still be alive today if they hadn’t first resisted arrest.

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HOAs call public session on fatal accident

August 5, 2015

NEW — 6 p.m. Aug. 5, 2015

The meeting was intended to be sort of a community-building exercise, Mary Lynch, of the Summerhill Homeowners Association, said.

Still, the main topic of conversation was safety along Newport Way Northwest and the fatal accident that took place there last month.

In addition to Summerhill, several HOAs along Newport Way Northwest co-sponsored a public meeting held July 30 at the King County Library Service Center.

The crowd of about 25 people was decidedly smaller than the one that showed up for a city public meeting regarding pedestrian safety held a few days earlier. Read more

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Editorial — New law protects dogs in hot cars

August 5, 2015

NEW — 12:02 p.m. Aug. 5, 2015

People who love animals are celebrating a new state law that protects pets left in hot cars. The law went into effect July 24.

It is now a class 2 civil infraction to leave an unattended animal in a motor vehicle or enclosed space where it might be harmed by heat or cold, or lack of water or fresh air.

The fine is $125, and a person could also be convicted of animal cruelty.

The law gives police and animal control officers the authority to free an animal “under any means reasonable” to protect the health and safety of an animal they believe is suffering or is likely to suffer harm, and it clears them of liability for damage to property resulting from any actions they take.

The bill also expands the state’s ban on animal fighting from dogs and roosters to all animals. And it makes it a crime for an adult to cause a minor to commit animal cruelty or make animals fight. Read more

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To the Editor — June 11, 2015

June 10, 2015


Tim Flood for City Council

I’ve had the opportunity over the last few weeks to talk to Tim Flood about issues in the city and his candidacy for Issaquah City Council. I am interested in the way Tim desires to represent the citizens of Issaquah. He wants to bring balance to development and transportation improvements to protect citizens from further traffic congestion.

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To the Editor — May 13, 2015

May 12, 2015

Student sleep

Help make school start times later

Issaquah has joined the national Start School Later movement, where health care professionals, sleep scientists, educators, economists, legislators, parents and students are united in their concern that early school start times for teenagers are a major factor contributing to the widespread sleep deprivation facing teens, and that this constitutes a significant public health concern.

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Editorial — Vote yes to upgrade emergency radio system

April 21, 2015

The current system of emergency radio communication for King County’s police, fire and emergency services is nearly 20 years old and unfit for the size of our area. It’s time for an upgrade, and Proposition 1 provides the funds needed.

Vote yes on Proposition 1 because there is universal agreement, even by opponents of Proposition 1, that the need for a better, newer regional emergency radio network is real.

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Cougar Mountain homeowner shoots intruder

May 3, 2013

NEW — 5:30 p.m., May 3, 2013

A 56 year-old Issaquah man shot an intruder breaking into his home on May 3.
In the 18500 block of Northwest Montreux Drive, the as-yet unidentified homeowner heard someone ringing his doorbell just before 1 p.m. After failing to recognize the mid-20s man that was outside his door, the homeowner ignored the summons. A few moments later, the suspect threw an object through a glass front door and entered the house.
The homeowner responded to the sound and the two men struggled. The homeowner fired two shots from his handgun, striking the suspect once in the shoulder.
A delivery truck driver saw the scuffle, heard the shot and made the initial 911 call at about 1:05 p.m.
The suspect was transported to Harborview Medical Center. The police have yet to charge him.

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Robbery suspect found in Alaska

March 22, 2013

NEW — 8:15 a.m. March 22, 2013

Eleven days after fleeing the scene from a thwarted robbery attempt at an Issaquah Arco station, a female suspect was arrested in Kenai, Alaska.

Task force members of the U.S. Marshal’s Service captured the positively identified female on March 21, according to a release from the Issaquah Police Department.

The woman fled Washington state and efforts to locate and capture her were turned over to the marshals. An arrest warrant was issued by King County Superior Court on March 15.

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