Seattle task force seeks ‘Rent Money Bandit’

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.

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Seattle task force seeks Summertime Heat Robber

July 29, 2014

BankRobberyCrime 20140222 copy BankRobberyCrime 20140625 copy BankRobberyCrime 20140711 copyThe 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.

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Students post racist messages regarding Garfield players

March 11, 2014

TACOMA — Issaquah and Garfield high school administrators worked together to ensure a safe environment when the schools faced each other in the Class 4A boys semifinal basketball game March 7.

The extra effort came after racially charged messages appeared on social media following the schools’ matchup Feb. 21.

Garfield’s school resource officer reached out to the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association to inform it of the situation. The WIAA decided additional security for the game was not necessary. Issaquah planned to have more school administrators on site than usual to provide extra security.

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King County gun-buyback event collects 716 firearms

January 29, 2013

NEW — 10 a.m. Jan. 29, 2012

King County and partner agencies collected 716 firearms and distributed $68,000 in gift cards during a gun-buyback event Jan. 26.

The operation, held in downtown Seattle near Seattle Police Department headquarters, collected 348 pistols and 364 rifles — including three “street sweepers,” or shotguns with a high-capacity magazine capable of holding a dozen 12-gauge shotgun shells.

Though private buyers set up near the event site, officials said the public overwhelmingly chose to participate in the gun-buyback program. State law permits private gun sales between Washington residents without a background check, even though a background check is mandated for retail gun sales.

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King County, Seattle agencies launch gun-buyback program

January 15, 2013

King County and Seattle leaders launched a gun-buyback program Jan. 8 in a bid to curb gun violence.

The countywide initiative offers a monetary incentive for people to turn in firearms. The initial gun-buyback event is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 26 in the downtown Seattle parking lot underneath Interstate 5 between Cherry and James streets.

In exchange for dropping off a weapon, people receive a gift card valued at up to $100 for handguns, shotguns and rifles, and up to $200 for assault weapons.

King County, Seattle launch gun-buyback initiative

January 14, 2013

NEW — 10:30 a.m. Jan. 14, 2013

King County and Seattle leaders launched a gun-buyback program Jan. 8 in a bid to curb gun violence.

The countywide initiative offers a monetary incentive for people to turn in firearms. The initial gun-buyback event is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 26 in the downtown Seattle parking lot underneath Interstate 5 between Cherry and James streets.

In exchange for dropping off a weapon, people receive a gift card valued at up to $100 for handguns, shotguns and rifles, and up to $200 for assault weapons.

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John Urquhart takes office as King County sheriff

December 4, 2012

John Urquhart

John Urquhart assumed office as King County sheriff Nov. 28, months after retiring as the agency’s longtime spokesman.

Urquhart, a former sheriff’s office sergeant, defeated the incumbent sheriff, Steve Strachan, 56 percent to 43 percent, in the Nov. 5 election after a contentious campaign.

Strachan, a former Kent police chief, and Urquhart debated how to lead the sheriff’s office after a series of audits lambasted how the agency operates.

The sheriff oversees a budget of about $150 million and about 1,000 employees, and leads the largest local police organization in the state after the Seattle Police Department.

Urquhart won election to fill the remaining year in former Sheriff Sue Rahr’s unexpired term, and is due to face voters again next year.

Voters choose John Urquhart for King County sheriff

November 13, 2012

John Urquhart

John Urquhart is King County’s next top lawman.

Urquhart defeated the incumbent sheriff, Steve Strachan, 57 percent to 43 percent, after a contentious campaign.

Strachan, a former Kent police chief, and Urquhart, a former sheriff’s office sergeant and spokesman, locked horns about the agency’s future. The contest to lead the King County Sheriff’s Office hinged on a series of audits into how the agency operates.

The sheriff oversees a budget of about $150 million and about 1,000 employees, and leads the largest local police organization in the state after the Seattle Police Department.

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Meet candidates in contested congressional, legislative races

July 17, 2012

The only local races contested in the Aug. 7 primary election include a U.S. House of Representatives election and a state House of Representatives election.

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Friends: Rick Nelson was a good officer, death was a shock

January 10, 2012

People who were close to Rick Nelson say the information given out by the Seattle Police Department doesn’t match the loyal, dependable and intelligent man they know and loved.

Richard F. Nelson

Friends described Nelson, 50, of Issaquah, as a devoted husband to his wife Cathi and a loving father to his teenage daughters Kristine and Kelly.

“He was a hero to all of us. He would never think twice about dropping everything to help anyone at any time. He was that kind of a guy,” Michael Hatzakis, a close friend of Nelson’s for the past five years, said.

Nelson was a passionate police officer who spent 21 years with the department, most of them training a large number of officers in the South Seattle precinct.

“He dedicated his entire 21 years to making the Rainier Valley a better, cleaner place,” said another friend, Charles Merrin, who had known him for about five years.

“He was focused on keeping the kids in the neighborhood out of trouble,” he added. “He was very intense, had very strong opinions, was extremely loyal and extremely dedicated.”

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