November 13, 2012
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.