Police identify Seattle officer in drug case as Issaquah resident

January 10, 2012

Officials said a Seattle police officer arrested in a drug investigation early Jan. 5 died at a Seattle hospital hours later from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Seattle police said Richard F. Nelson, 50, of Issaquah, was suspected of using crack cocaine, possibly drugs stolen from case evidence. Nelson died at Harborview Medical Center late the afternoon of Jan. 5.

Police booked Nelson into the King County Jail just after 4 a.m. that day and released on him on personal recognizance about 30 minutes later — a normal procedure for first-time drug offenders in King County.

At about 11 a.m., as Seattle Police Chief John Diaz prepared to address journalists about the case, Eastside Fire & Rescue crews responded to a report of a man with a gunshot wound near a North Bend-area trailhead.

Crews responded to the John Wayne Pioneer Trail and rushed the man to Seattle for treatment.

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Police identify Seattle officer dead amid drug case as Issaquah resident

January 5, 2012

NEW — 6 p.m. Jan. 5, 2012

Officials said a Seattle police officer arrested in a drug investigation early Thursday morning died at a Seattle hospital hours later after sustaining a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Seattle police said the officer, a 50-year-old Issaquah man, had been suspected of using crack cocaine — possibly drugs stolen from case evidence. The man died at Harborview Medical Center late Thursday afternoon.

Police booked the officer into the King County Jail just after 4 a.m. and released on him on personal recognizance about 30 minutes later — a normal procedure for first-time drug offenders in King County.

Then, at about 11 a.m., as Seattle Police Chief John Diaz prepared to address journalists about the drug case, Eastside Fire & Rescue crews responded to a report of a man suffering from a gunshot wound near a North Bend-area trailhead.

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Occupy Seattle protester in pepper spray incident served on Issaquah School Board

December 13, 2011

Occupy Seattle protester Dorli Rainey, 84, turned into the unlikely face of Occupy protests nationwide after police used pepper spray against demonstrators last month.

Dorli Rainey

The incident came as the latest chapter in a long record of civic engagement for Rainey, a former Issaquah School Board member.

Seattle police officers used pepper spray against Rainey and other protesters Nov. 15 as the group blocked a downtown Seattle street and ignored orders to disperse. In the moments after the incident, a photographer captured Rainey as pepper spray and a material meant to dilute the irritant dripped from her face.

“I’m not a dangerous person,” she said days after the incident. “I did not ask for this fame. I really did not ask for this.”

The photo — by seattlepi.com photographer Joshua Trujillo — soon started to go viral, as bloggers and media outlets reposted the image. Then came calls from journalists around the globe. Rainey appeared on “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” the day after the incident.

“My whole life has turned upside down,” she said. “My phone rings constantly. My inbox keeps telling me to clean it out.”

Detective Mark Jamieson, Seattle Police Department spokesman, said officers use pepper spray after warning demonstrators and exhausting other options to disperse the crowd.

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Occupy Seattle protester in miscarriage case is Issaquah graduate

December 13, 2011

Jennifer Fox, a protester at Occupy Seattle and a 2011 Issaquah High School graduate, skyrocketed to national attention in recent days after she said she miscarried following a confrontation between police and protesters, even as police and the media questioned the claim.

Fox, 19, attributed the miscarriage to kicks and pepper spray from police. The teenager is seen in a video screaming after police used pepper spray against Occupy Seattle protesters at Westlake Park on Nov. 15.

Fox initially told The Stranger, a Seattle alternative newspaper, she suffered a miscarriage after the confrontation, but she has not provided medical documentation to the media during subsequent interviews.

The viral video and Fox’s reported miscarriage attracted national attention, including from The Washington Post and Forbes.

State urges boaters to wear life jackets during holiday weekend

September 3, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 3, 2011

Sunshine and temperatures in the 80s for Issaquah mean Labor Day weekend offers a chance for boaters to set sail before summer concludes.

Officials expect a busy holiday weekend on Washington waterways, so the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission Boating Program reminds all boaters, especially personal water craft users, to wear a life jacket.

So far in 2011, 13 boating fatalities occurred in Washington. Only one boater involved in the accidents had been wearing a life jacket.

Under state law, boaters using personal watercraft, such as Jet Skis, must wear a life jacket.

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Law chiefs encourage people to report suspicious packages

September 3, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 3, 2011

Local law enforcement leaders called on residents to report suspicious packages to police as the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks approaches.

King County Sheriff Sue Rahr, Seattle Police Chief John Diaz and Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste acted after a recent article in USA Today said such calls overwhelm law enforcement agencies. The officials fear the information could discourage people from reporting suspicious packages to the authorities.

“We are not overwhelmed, and we still want those calls,” Diaz said in a statement. “Our mantra remains ‘If you see something, say something.’”

The local officials reminded residents to call 911 if they see a suspicious package — and not to touch the possible threat.

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Girl, 12, pleads not guilty in cyberbullying case

May 17, 2011

On the same day Issaquah Middle School students received a lesson in online security, a 12-year-old Issaquah girl pleaded not guilty to cyberstalking and first-degree computer trespassing charges.

Prosecutors said she and a friend posted lewd messages and photographs on a classmate’s Facebook page. The incident generated national attention and raised questions about bullying in the social media age.

The other girl charged in the case is 11. Because of her age, she is scheduled for a hearing May 24 to determine whether she understands the impact of the case. State law presumes children ages 8 to 11 lack the capacity to commit a crime.

The case-setting hearing for the 12-year-old girl is June 1.

Investigators said the girls accessed a classmate’s Facebook page, scrawled the phrase “I’m a slut” across a photo of the fellow sixth-grader and used the site’s instant messaging service to proposition boys for sexual acts.

The girl targeted in the case, Leslie Cote, is 12. The defendants and Leslie attend Issaquah Middle School together. Leslie sat in the courtroom during the arraignment May 10.

Under state law, the defendants face up to 30 days in juvenile detention, but community service is a more likely sentence.

The Issaquah Press usually does not name defendants age 12 or younger.

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Man takes to Web to retrieve stolen guns, belongings

February 22, 2011

Zack Judson hoped to settle in the Seattle area after escaping the hustle and bustle of Southern California.

Instead, a criminal or criminals in Issaquah stole the U-Haul truck carrying his possessions — including numerous handguns and rifles, plus ammunition.

In the days after the heist, Judson launched a website — www.communitycrimefighting.com — and started broadcasting updates about the case on Facebook and Twitter. Now, the Santa Monica transplant is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the people responsible.

“I have little confidence that I’ll get any of my stuff back,” he said late last week. “I have high confidence that, with the help of this Seattle area community, we might be able to catch the people who did it and prevent them from committing another crime.”

Issaquah Police Department Detective Sgt. Kevin Nash praised Judson for sharing details in order to help solve the case.

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Police recover U-Haul truck stolen in Issaquah, but guns remain missing

February 16, 2011

NEW — 3:15 p.m. Feb. 16, 2011

Late Tuesday night, Seattle police officers recovered a U-Haul truck stolen from Issaquah on Sunday.

The household belongings inside the truck — including rifles, handguns and ammunition — remain missing. Issaquah police continue to investigate the case.

Seattle officers located the truck in the 9200 block of Eighth Avenue South after a citizen heard about the missing truck on the radio and called police. The caller recognized the Viking ship emblazoned on the side of the truck.

Issaquah police said the truck disappeared between 1:30-8:50 p.m. Sunday. In addition to the firearms and ammunition, the contents included 1,200 Australian silver coins dated from 2000 and 2008.

People with information about the case should call the Issaquah Police Department at 837-3200.

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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