Issaquah man faces child molestation charge

June 14, 2011

King County prosecutors said a 38-year-old Issaquah man molested a 15-year-old boy he met on craigslist.

Eric N. Victorson faces a third-degree child molestation charge, after prosecutors said he responded to a “hook up” ad on the popular classifieds site and then met the boy in Redmond. The defendant is a convicted sex offender; he was charged with third-degree child molestation in 1998, court documents state.

Police arrested Victorson in Redmond for driving under the influence at about 2:30 a.m. June 2. The officer stopped Victorson’s Infiniti sedan for a traffic violation and noticed the boy in the passenger seat.

Prosecutors said Victorson appeared intoxicated, although he denied drinking alcohol. He then agreed to participate in field sobriety tests. Police arrested him for driving under the influence after he blew a 0.082 on a portable breath test device. The legal limit for driving is 0.08.

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Issaquah man faces child molestation charge

June 13, 2011

NEW — 1 p.m. June 13, 2011

King County prosecutors said a 38-year-old Issaquah man molested a 15-year-old boy he met on craigslist.

Eric N. Victorson faces a third-degree child molestation charge, after prosecutors said he responded to a “hook up” ad on the popular classifieds site and then met the boy in Redmond. The defendant is a convicted sex offender; he was charged with third-degree child molestation in 1998, court documents state.

Police arrested Victorson in Redmond for driving under the influence at about 2:30 a.m. June 2. The officer stopped Victorson’s Infiniti sedan for a traffic violation and noticed the boy in the passenger seat.

Prosecutors said Victorson appeared intoxicated, although he denied drinking alcohol. He then agreed to participate in field sobriety tests. Police arrested him for driving under the influence after he blew a 0.082 on a portable breath test device. The legal limit for driving is 0.08.

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Police nab man and 149 pounds of pot

December 21, 2010

Police arrested a man near Issaquah last week, as investigators said he attempted to transport 149 pounds of marijuana to Chicago.

Eastside Narcotics Task Force officers arrested the 38-year-old Golden Valley, Minn., man on eastbound Interstate 90 between Preston and North Bend, Bellevue Police Department spokeswoman Officer Carla Iafrate said.

Investigators estimated the street value of the marijuana at about $500,000.

“This was a great case by a dedicated unit who made this arrest and seizure,” task force Capt. Steve Lynch said in a statement. “These types of drug trafficking cases are often tied to larger criminal enterprises.”

Investigators nabbed the man after receiving a detailed tip. Before the arrest, task force members staked out a hotel in Issaquah for two days.

Then, the task force obtained a search warrant. The arrest occurred during a traffic stop. The narcotics K-9 team from the Washington State Patrol assisted in the arrest.

Police said the man carried about $15,000 in cash at the time of the arrest.

The narcotics unit includes officers from the Bellevue, Kirkland, Mercer Island and Redmond police departments, plus the King County Sheriff’s Office and the state patrol.

“Anything we can do to make a dent in their profits and keep the product from getting to the street is well worth it,” Lynch said in the release.

Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

Issaquah police join DUI crackdown Friday

December 14, 2010

NEW — 1 p.m. Dec. 14, 2010

Issaquah police and other law enforcement officers plan to step up traffic safety patrols Friday and Saturday during the Night of 1,000 Stars.

The stars symbolize the badges worn by on-duty law enforcement officers. The upcoming patrol marks the 20th year of the Night of 1,000 Stars emphasis patrol.

The effort is set up to remove impaired drivers from local roads. Officers also plan to be on the lookout for people speeding, driving aggressively, not wearing a seatbelt, using mobile phones illegally or violating other traffic laws.

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Temple leader faces charges in Issaquah molestation incident

December 7, 2010

Police said the leader of the Bellevue Vedic temple molested a 12-year-old Issaquah girl after he used his position as a spiritual leader to become close to the girl.

Investigators said Vinay Keshavan Bharadwaj, 35, faces three counts of second-degree child molestation. The spiritual leader met the girl at the temple. In November 2008, Bharadwaj started calling her on the phone every night and speaking to her near bedtime, court documents state. Investigators said Bharadwaj started kissing and fondling the girl at about the same time. He asked her not to tell her parents about the incidents.

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City ordinance cuts number of false alarm calls

April 20, 2010

Percentage of false alarms remains high

Issaquah Police officers race to dozens of alarm calls each month — only to discover homeowners or new employees who inadvertently tripped their alarms and triggered almost all of the alerts.

Police and city officials took action last year with a city ordinance to reduce the number of false alarms. The number of false alarm calls dropped by 63 percent between January 2008 — 18 months before officials approved the ordinance — and January 2010.

Officers received 71 false alarm calls in January 2009, compared to 36 in January 2010. The police department said the measure saved 20 hours in officer time during January.

The number for February dropped from 40 to 28, and the calls fell from 84 to 47 in March during the same timeframe. The city released the data April 14.

Police consider a false alarm to occur if officers respond to a call triggered by a security alarm and — after officers investigate the scene — find no evidence of a criminal offense or attempted criminal activity. Read more

Frigid fanatics take the Polar Plunge

February 23, 2010

Or, how I learned to stop worrying and love near-hypothermia

Does jumping into brutally cold water sound like fun to you? On a hot summer day, it may sound like a good idea, but what about in the dead of winter? If this painfully cold combination sounds appealing, you may consider taking a polar bear plunge.

Yes, polar bear plunges are what you may expect: events where masses of people run and dive into frigid water when the weather is at its coldest. So, do you need to be completely out of your mind to participate? Not necessarily.

Polar bear plunges are held all across the country, and they are usually held as fundraising efforts. In Washington, there is a Polar Plunge series that benefits Special Olympics Washington.

The 2010 series stops at six cities, and it kicked off New Year’s Day in Lake Sammamish at Redmond’s Idylwood Park. After the kickoff, the Polar Plunge series also made stops at Alki Beach in Seattle and Columbia Park in Kennewick.

The series also stopped at Sarg Hubbard Park in Yakima Feb. 13, Walla Walla Point Park in Wenatchee Feb. 20 and Medical Lake Waterfront Park in Medical Lake Feb. 26. Visit Special Olympics Washington’s Web site for more information on upcoming plunges.

It seemed covering the series’ kickoff would make for a chillingly good article. However, since the event was in Redmond, the story needed an Issaquah connection, which meant finding Issaquah residents who were taking the plunge. This turned out to be quite difficult during the holiday season, and I was forced to resort to my plan B: take the plunge myself.

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Cry wolf, and it could cost you

June 23, 2009

Officials consider false alarm ordinance

Home and business owners who cry wolf could face fines under a false alarm ordinance being considered by city officials. The proposed legislation would require alarm users to pay to register the devices as part of the effort to cut the number of false alarms. Read more