Off the Press

March 8, 2011

As a journalist, I’ve covered fatal accidents, murder plots and bizarre incidents involving women jumping naked through living room windows. These stories always catch me off guard, but a room of 11-year-olds recently caught me more off-guard than ever.

Tim Pfarr Press reporter

As part of Newcastle Elementary School’s literacy celebration the first week of March, I volunteered to read aloud to the school’s fifth-graders. After reading, I talked about my job and answered questions from the students.

“Do you do more interviews on the phone or in person?” one girl asked.

Very good question, I told her. Definitely on the phone.

“Have you ever interviewed Tim Lincecum?”

Not yet, but I’d love to, I said.

Then, the weird questions came.

“Who do you like more, the New York Knicks or the Orlando Magic? Who do you like more, the Orlando Magic or the Miami Heat? Do you like Duke University?”

What?!?

“Knicks? Magic? Yes?” I said.

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Issaquah grad takes wing for flyover

January 11, 2011

Navy Lt. John Nelson, a 1997 Issaquah High School graduate, pilots a Boeing EA-18G Growler in the dash-2 position (left) in a two-plane flyover of Qwest Field on Jan. 8 for the Seattle Seahawks playoff game against the New Orleans Saints. By Greg Farrar

Sure, the Seattle Seahawks received a boost from the 12th Man in the improbable playoff triumph against the New Orleans Saints last week, but the home team had some air support before the match-up, too.

Issaquah High School graduate Lt. John Nelson, a Navy pilot, participated in the Qwest Field flyover just before kickoff Jan. 8. Read more

Gold Star

January 4, 2011

U.S. Army honors Issaquah senior

Evan Peterson

Issaquah High School senior and wide receiver Evan Peterson was named U.S. Army Player of the Week following a triple-overtime loss to Eastlake on Oct. 15. Representatives from the Seattle Seahawks and U.S. Army visited his school to honor Evan for his 11 catches for 176 yards and four touchdowns. The Seahawks donated $250 to Issaquah High School’s Associated Student Body in Peterson’s name, gave him two Seahawks game tickets, and a personalized jersey and football.

Gold Star

December 14, 2010

Skyline student scores with Seahawks

Will Parker

Skyline High School junior Will Parker attended the Qwest/Seahawks Leadership Challenge Conference for varsity athletes in July, after Skyline athletic director Kevin Rohrich nominated him for the program.

At the conference, a panel of five judges selected him as a finalist, giving him scholarship money and a $250 grant Parker is donating to the Skyline boys basketball program. He also has the opportunity to intern with the Seahawks.

Parker volunteers with Issaquah’s Athletes for Kids, Feed the Hungry through the Issaquah Meals Program, and the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank.

Liberty High School Patriots blank Islanders

October 27, 2010

NEW — 2:45 p.m. Oct. 27, 2010

The Liberty High School girls soccer team won its home finale Tuesday by defeating Mercer Island 1-0 in a 3A/2A KingCo Conference contest. Cassidy Nangle, assisted by Kialiana Johnson, scored the game’s goal at the 48th minute.

Goalkeepers Jennifer Rucker and Macaire Ament recorded the shutout.

Liberty, 11-0-2 in league, concludes its regular season Oct. 28 at Interlake.

The Patriots, who have already clinched the league title, will host a first-round state tournament game Nov. 9 or Nov. 10.

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Meet the Seahawks cheer squad in Issaquah on Friday

September 2, 2010

NEW — 2 p.m. Sept. 2, 2010

Meet the Sea Gals — cheerleaders for the Seattle Seahawks — in Issaquah on Friday afternoon.

Members of the squad plan to meet fans at the downtown Issaquah Shell station, 15 E. Sunset Way, from 4-5 p.m.

The appearance is part of the Rockstar Seahawks Fantasy Camp promotion — a chance for 60 lucky fans to join a Seahawks camp and meet team personnel. Contestants must enter by Sept. 14.

Seahawks’ Leroy Hill agrees to domestic-violence treatment

August 24, 2010

The assault charge against Seattle Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill could be dropped in 18 months if he completes a yearlong domestic-violence treatment program and stays out of trouble.

Hill appeared in Issaquah Municipal Court last week and entered into a stipulated order of continuance. The agreement allows Hill to avoid a trial if he and the city prosecutor agree to conditions in the case.

Hill, 27, had pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charge; a trial could have started as early as this week. Issaquah police arrested Hill in April after his girlfriend said he attacked her at his Talus home. Read more

Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill agrees to domestic violence treatment to avoid trial

August 18, 2010

NEW — 8:30 p.m. Aug. 18, 2010

The assault charge against Seattle Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill could be dropped if he completes a yearlong domestic-violence treatment program and stays out of trouble for the next 18 months.

Hill appeared in Issaquah Municipal Court on Wednesday and entered into a stipulated order of continuance. The agreement allows Hill to avoid a trial if he and the city prosecutor agree to conditions in the case.

Hill, 27, had pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charge; a trial could have started as early as next week. Issaquah police arrested Hill in April after his girlfriend said he attacked her at his Talus home.

Under the conditions set by the court, Hill must complete treatment, possess no weapons and avoid breaking the law for the next 18 months.

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Prosecutor hopes for plea deal in assault case for Seahawk Leroy Hill

August 10, 2010

The city prosecutor and attorney for Seattle Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill continue to discuss a possible plea deal to resolve the domestic violence case before a late August trial.

Issaquah City Prosecutor Lynn Moberly intends to seek intensive domestic violence treatment for Hill. Police said he attacked his girlfriend at his Talus home April 10, after she confronted him about seeing other women.

Hill, 27, has pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor assault charge. The case had been set to go to trial in late July, but defense attorney Jon Fox requested the trial be postponed for a month.

“I’m hopeful we can resolve it without a trial,” Moberly said late last week. Read more

Police seek phone records in Leroy Hill assault investigation

August 3, 2010

Probe could lead to more charges

Issaquah police intend to search phone records to determine whether forbidden contact occurred between Seattle Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill and the girlfriend police said he assaulted in April.

Police requested a warrant July 27 to search the girlfriend’s mobile phone records to determine if she and Hill had broken a court-issued no-contact order, a misdemeanor.

Leroy Hill

Investigators intend to use the records to determine if witness tampering or intimidation took place. If detectives determine witness tampering took place, Hill could face a felony charge.

“Based on my experience, domestic violence victims and defendants can communicate with each other, even after the issuance of court orders,” Issaquah Detective Sgt. Bob Porter wrote in court documents.

The assault charge stems from a dispute between Hill, 27, and his girlfriend at the Talus home they shared.

The girlfriend confronted Hill about seeing other women, and asked to see his phone to determine whom he had been calling.

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