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 — — 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.

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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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Police probe link between Seattle, state park shootings

September 21, 2010

Police said the July shootout at Lake Sammamish State Park could be connected to a deadly Seattle shooting.

Though no firm evidence links the incidents, a Seattle Police Department spokesman said both shootings had possible gang ties.

Seattle police responded to a report of shots fired at 2:53 a.m. Sept. 17 at a South Seattle apartment building. Officers located a teenager with a gunshot wound to the face. Read more

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Police probe link between Seattle and state park shootings

September 18, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 18, 2010

The shooting of a man in Seattle early Friday morning has prompted police to search for a possible link between the incident and the deadly shootout at Lake Sammamish State Park in July.

Seattle police responded to a report of shots fired at 2:53 a.m. Friday at a South Seattle apartment building. Officers located a man in his late teens or early 20s with a gunshot wound to the face.

Police discovered the man inside his ground-floor apartment; he appears to have been shot through an open window by someone outside.

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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

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