School bus slides into ditch, sprained wrist is only reported injury

March 3, 2014

NEW — 11:15 a.m. March 3, 2014

An Issaquah School District bus slipped into a ditch the morning of March 3 at about 6:45 a.m.

There were 17 students on board, said Sgt. Tony Garza, of the Sammamish Police Department. He said firefighters on the scene thought one of the students might have had a sprained wrist, but that was the only reported injury.

That student’s father picked him up, while the rest of the students were put on a different bus.

Students are shepherded into a new bus after the one they were riding in slipped into a ditch. (Courtesy of Sammamish Police Department)

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Issaquah Police Department, other agencies continue DUI crackdown

August 28, 2012

Issaquah police officers continue to target drunken drivers as summer heads into the Labor Day weekend.

The agency is participating in the Drive Hammered, Get Nailed campaign through Sept. 3.

During the Drive Hammered, Get Nailed campaign last year, officers on routine and extra patrols arrested 452 motorists for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in King County, and statewide, law enforcement officers arrested 1,824 drivers for DUI.

Besides the Issaquah Police Department, the Drive Hammered, Get Nailed campaign includes the nearby Bellevue, Newcastle, North Bend, Sammamish, Snoqualmie and Renton police departments, in addition to the Washington State Patrol.

Sammamish motorcycle crash closes road, injures man

July 24, 2012

Police said a 42-year-old Sammamish man sustained serious injuries in a July 14 motorcycle accident along Southeast Duthie Hill Road.

Sammamish Police Administrative Sgt. Jessica Sullivan said the man fell from the motorcycle in the 27700 block of Southeast Duthie Hill Road near Trossachs Boulevard Southeast at about 9:30 p.m.

Police closed the road for several hours as officers and emergency medical technicians tended to the man.

Sullivan said police do not believe the crash involved other vehicles, but said alcohol may have been a factor in the incident.

Sullivan said the man was in serious condition at Harborview Medical Center and was expected to make a full recovery as of July 18.

Only minor injuries reported after SUV crashes into Starbucks

July 17, 2012

Starbucks customers experienced a jolt July 9 after a sport-utility vehicle crashed into a Sammamish Plateau store.

In the accident, a 49-year-old Sammamish man, an 18-year-old Sammamish woman and a 26-year-old Kent woman inside Starbucks suffered lacerations and other minor injuries after the Nissan Pathfinder crashed into the storefront at Pine Lake Village, 2902 228th Ave. S.E., at about 5 p.m.

The driver, a 52-year-old Issaquah woman, sustained a minor burn from the airbag deployment.

Medics transported the people inside the store to Swedish/Issaquah as a precaution.

Police did not cite the driver in the crash, because a mishap with a protective medical boot led to the crash.

Sammamish Police Administrative Sgt. Jessica Sullivan said the accident occurred as the driver attempted to park in a handicap spot outside the store. The protective boot slipped off the brake pedal and hit the accelerator.

“This was an accident in the truest sense of the word and we are relieved the injuries to those inside the store were not more serious,” Sullivan said in a statement.

Holiday season is far from merry for drunken drivers

November 15, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 15, 2011

Thanksgiving is the launch date for a statewide campaign to nab drunken drivers throughout the holiday season.

The effort starts Nov. 24 and runs through Jan. 2. The campaign means beefed-up DUI enforcement on Issaquah and King County roads, as the Issaquah Police Department and other law enforcement agencies join the crackdown.

Washington law enforcement officers advise all holiday partygoers to designate a sober driver, call a cab or choose not to drink alcohol.

Officers in King County on routine and extra patrols arrested 876 people for DUI during the same period last year.

In addition to Issaquah police and the Washington State Patrol, officers in nearby Bellevue, Newcastle, North Bend, Renton, Sammamish and Snoqualmie plan to participate in the extra DUI enforcement.

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Mock crash teaches real lessons

May 31, 2011

Nathan Lane, Issaquah police officer, as the first emergency responder on the scene, checks on a student reenactor in the position of a passenger thrown through the windshield of a car and killed during a mock DUI accident. By Erik Bugge

On May 12, a mock crash was held for 11th- and 12th-graders at Issaquah High School. Eastside Fire & Rescue, lead by Ryan Anderson, with medical personnel, law enforcement agencies and students performed a realistic portrayal of an alcohol-related car accident and the likely response of emergency crews. Parts of the mock crash were graphic in nature due to the realistic portrayal of the impact to the human body when involved in a car accident.

This two-part event was an educational activity showing the dangers of driving, or being a passenger in a vehicle, when poor choices are made. The goal is to educate students about making the best possible decisions to keep them safe and protect their future.

Students first witnessed the mock crash that had student actors Jeff Crocker, Audrey DeLuca, Becky Rex, Hadyn Coxen, Kim Bussing, Jamie Lutz, Anthony McChesney, Josh Batzel, Skyler Kersten, Seth Margolies, Kellyn Alberg and Rebecca Allen.

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Suspicious person prompts Sunny Hills lockdown

October 26, 2010

School administrators put Sunny Hills Elementary School under lockdown for about 25 minutes Oct. 22 after students reported a suspicious person on school grounds.

Students reported the person — with what they believed to be a weapon — in a school parking lot at about 11:30 a.m., Principal Sarah White wrote in a message e-mailed to community members. The school lifted the lockdown at about 11:55 a.m.

The school was placed into lockdown, and the afternoon kindergarten class was re-routed to Pine Lake Middle School as Sammamish police investigated.

Chief Nate Elledge said police found no evidence of anything dangerous. Police believe the suspicious person to be a construction worker holding a nail gun across the street from the school.

Sunny Hills Elementary locked down briefly

October 22, 2010

NEW — 12:40 p.m. Oct. 22, 2010

School administrators put Sunny Hills Elementary School under lockdown for about 25 minutes Friday after students saw a suspicious person on school grounds.

At about 11:30 a.m., the students reported the person — with what they believed to be a weapon — in a school parking lot, according to an e-mail to the community from Principal Sarah White.

The school was placed into lockdown, and the afternoon kindergarten class was re-routed to Pine Lake Middle School as Sammamish police came to investigate.

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Skyline High School student injured in crosswalk accident

October 21, 2010

NEW — 9:20 a.m. Oct. 21, 2010

A Skyline High School student received minor injuries after a driver struck the 17-year-old girl in a campus crosswalk Thursday morning.

Sammamish police and the school resource officer responded to the incident at about 7:10 a.m. Eastside Fire & Rescue medics transported the girl, a junior, to Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue for a follow-up examination.

Counseling support is available for students shaken by the incident.

Issaquah School District spokeswoman Sara Niegowski said the girl was struck at a crosswalk near the football stadium and staff parking lot.

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EFR directs donation toward new equipment purchases

June 29, 2010

Eastside Fire & Rescue is directing a donation of more than $4,700 to an organization primarily dedicated to buying equipment for their own firefighters.

“The work they’re doing helps us meet the mission we are tasked with,” said Jeff Griffin, EFR deputy chief of operations.

The donation is more than three-quarters of the money private ambulance service American Medical Response will donate to local charities the board chooses. This year’s donations included $1,500 to Ryan’s Solution, a nonprofit run by an EFR firefighter aimed at ending teenage abuse of prescription medicine, and $4,739 to Eastside Volunteer Fire & Rescue Association, a nonprofit support group for EFR firefighters.

The annual donation is part of EFR’s services agreement with AMR and can go to any nonprofit the board sees as worthy, provided they are a registered 501(c)3, according to EFR documents presented at the board of directors’ June 10 meeting. The volunteer association meets the requirement.

Brant Butte, AMR’s director of communications, said the company has not yet reviewed the board’s recommendation and will evaluate it when it hears from the board. In past years, the board has asked AMR to donate the money to area food banks.

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