Police join summer DUI crackdown

August 17, 2010

Issaquah police and more than 100 other law enforcement agencies started a statewide crackdown on drunken driving last week, as part of the largest-ever summer DUI enforcement push.

The extra patrols — part of the Drive Hammered, Get Nailed campaign — continue through Sept. 6. The campaign started Aug. 12.

The state experiences the greatest number of alcohol- or drug-impaired, driver-involved traffic deaths between July and September. In order to combat the problem, 178 agencies statewide signed on to the Drive Hammered, Get Nailed effort from the state Traffic Safety Commission.

Between 2000-09, 31 percent of impaired-driving deaths occurred in summer. Labor Day weekend averages more than seven deaths each year.

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Police nabbed more than 200 drivers during July DUI enforcement

August 16, 2010

NEW — 10:30 a.m. Aug. 16, 2010

Issaquah police officers — part of the King County Target Zero Team — helped arrest more than 200 drivers as the state seeks to reduce the number of deadly traffic accidents.

The team includes Washington State Patrol troopers, plus officers from the Bellevue, Renton, Redmond, Kent, Auburn, Federal Way, Kirkland and Seattle police departments.

Target Zero aims to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries in Washington by 2030.

The team kicked off the push the morning of July 1 and arrested the first drunken driver just moments after the ceremony concluded.

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‘All hell broke loose’ during state park shootings

July 20, 2010

Lake Sammamish State Park shootings leave two men dead

The King County Sheriff’s Office’s Guardian One helicopter lands the morning of July 18 at Lake Sammamish State Park during the investigation of the previous night’s shootings. By Greg Farrar

In the fading summer light, some picnickers and parkgoers thought the pops echoing through Lake Sammamish State Park on July 17 sounded like fireworks.

But seconds later, the crowd unwinding at the packed Issaquah park recognized the noise as something else: gunfire.

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Investigators see signs of gang ties in Lake Sammamish State Park shootings

July 18, 2010

UPDATED — 5:40 p.m. July 18, 2010

Though investigators continue to comb Lake Sammamish State Park for evidence from the deadly shootings at a picnic area Saturday night, early indicators point to bad blood between rival gangs as a possible cause.

The shooting inside the park at dusk left two men dead and another four men injured. The shootout erupted after a dispute between two men from rival groups picnicking at the park. The cause of the argument remained unknown Sunday, although alcohol could have been a factor in the incident.

“It could be as simple as a gang rivalry, but we don’t know that for a fact,” Sgt. John Urquhart, King County Sheriff’s Office spokesman, said Sunday afternoon.

The groups — including the shooting victims, friends, family members and children — arrived at the park Saturday and set up separate picnic sites about 200 feet apart, Urquhart said.

Both groups also included members with gang affiliations. Members of the groups came to the park heavily armed.

The rival groups included many members of Asian descent, though Urquhart said the fatalities included a white man. Police believe he could have been a shooter.

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Authorities charge man with forcing Issaquah runaway to work as prostitute

April 6, 2010

Prosecutors charged a Renton man with promoting commercial sexual abuse of a minor last week after authorities said he ordered a runaway 15-year-old Issaquah girl to work as a prostitute.

Seattle Police arrested Deandre Gant, 22, at his Renton residence March 23, after the girl told detectives he had ordered her to perform sex acts so “they” could earn money, court documents state.

Gant will be arraigned April 8 at the King County Courthouse in Seattle.

Investigators said relatives reported the girl had been missing from Issaquah on March 12. Relatives suspected she might be with Gant — who she called Dre — but when the girl’s stepfather contacted Gant, he refused to provide her stepfather with her mobile phone number, court documents state.

Investigators said the girl had been exploited as a prostitute in 2008, and suspected she might again be a victim. Read more

Bank robbery suspect arrested

February 16, 2010

Seattle Police arrested a man suspected in the Feb. 4 robbery of The Bank of Washington branch in Issaquah. Read more

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