Police blotter

September 1, 2015


A suspect was arrested, charged with fourth-degree assault after a dispute with a co-worker at a construction site in the 1900 block of 228th Avenue Southeast. Police responded to the incident just prior to 8 a.m. Aug. 13.

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County investigates E. coli outbreaks linked to Sammamish and Issaquah farmers markets

September 1, 2015

NEW — 12:07 p.m. Sept. 1, 2015

While a county health official would not give an exact time frame, county health investigators are following six confirmed cases of human E. coli bacteria infection, including two cases linked to the Issaquah Farmers Market and two linked to the Sammamish Farmers Market.

The link between all the cases is alleged to be a Mexican food truck, Los Chilangos, which visited both the Issaquah and Sammamish farmers markets, said Hilary Karasz, a spokeswoman for Public Health — Seattle and King County.

“We have an active E. coli outbreak… we are investigating,” Karasz said.

Karasz would not discuss the age or gender of the people sickened.

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Washington State Patrol detectives seek witnesses to a felony hit-and-run collision

September 1, 2015

NEW — 10 a.m. Sept. 1, 2015

The Washington State Patrol is seeking witnesses to a hit-and-run, injury collision that occurred Aug. 27 on westbound Interstate 90/state Route 900 near Issaquah.

At approximately 9:35 p.m., the victims, who were traveling in the HOV lane on a motorcycle, were struck by, according to witnesses, a maroon, mid-1990’s passenger vehicle, possibly a Honda or Toyota. The suspect vehicle struck the motorcycle while passing on the left shoulder of the highway. The suspect vehicle should have damage to the right rear door and right rear quarter panel.

Washington State Patrol Two people were injured when a vehicle hit this motorcycle on Interstate 90. Police are looking for the driver, who left the scene.

Washington State Patrol
Two people were injured when a vehicle hit this motorcycle on Interstate 90. Police are looking for the driver, who left the scene.

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Walgreens hosts fundraiser for wildfire-fighting efforts

September 1, 2015

NEW — 6.m. Sept. 1, 2015

To help victims of the forest fires in the Pacific Northwest, and aid recovery efforts in the region, shoppers at Walgreens through Sept. 8 can make donations to the American Red Cross in increments of $1, $5 or $10.

Donations will go to the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from these disasters.

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Eastside Baby Corner hosts sixth annual Pants Party to help send local children back to school prepared

August 31, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 31, 2015

Eastside Baby Corner will hold its sixth annual Pants Party from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 12 at the organization’s Issaquah hub, 1510 N.W. Maple St.

The event, held each year as children return to school, is part collection drive, part family-fun carnival. Attendees are asked to bring in a donation of new or gently used children’s pants (size NB to 14). In return, they are invited to stay for entertainment, food, games, giveaways and more.

Pants are the focus of the event because they are one of the items children need most when they head back to school. They are also an item EBC has a difficult time keeping in stock. This year, EBC hopes to collect 4,500 pairs of pants at the Pants Party.

pants party postcard

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People reduced water use by 10 percent; officials ask for continued practice

August 30, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 30, 2015

Cascade Water Alliance commended its members and residents for contributing to the region’s collective reduction of its water use by 10 percent in the past two weeks, hitting the goal set by Everett, Seattle and Tacoma.

The regional water suppliers ask customers to continue their efforts to reduce water use to stretch water supplies until the rainy season. Updates on use will be issued every other week.

Cascade and its members — Bellevue, Kirkland, Issaquah, Redmond, Tukwila, and the Sammamish Plateau and Skyway water and sewer districts — get their drinking water from the Seattle water supply. Historic low river levels, combined with record-setting hot and dry weather have significantly increased the demand for water.

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Windy weather could cause power outages

August 29, 2015

NEW — 11:48 a.m. Aug. 29, 2015

An August windstorm is already causing scattered power outages across the area.

Puget Sound Energy offers up-to-date outage information, including restoration estimates, on its outage map here. Customers can also get the most up-to-date outage information, or report an outage, by downloading the myPSE app for smartphones here.

Do not call 911 if your power is out, unless your safety is at risk. Report the outage to PSE online, or by calling 1-888-225-5773.

During storms, customers should keep an emergency kit handy and stay away from downed power lines, according to advice posted on PSE’s website. Read more

Help raise money for disaster relief at spaghetti dinner Sept. 3

August 29, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 29, 2015

In light of the recent fires in Eastern Washington, Village Concepts’ retirement and assisted living communities throughout Washington state are coming together to show their support for the cause through their Village Concepts Cares program.

To raise money for the victims, Spiritwood at Pine Lake Assisted Living and Memory Care, 3607 228th Ave. S.E., will host a spaghetti dinner from 5-7 p.m. Sept. 3.

Donations are greatly appreciated and will be accepted in the form of checks or cash. All proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross.

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Lake Sammamish State Park to include new playground in 2016

August 28, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 28, 2015

Community contributions needed

A new all-inclusive destination playground will be built in Lake Sammamish State Park in 2016. Playground designers say it will be the best in the state.

In June, the Washington State Legislature approved $750,000 for the playground in its 2016-17 Capital Budget. However, the public is expected to raise the remainder of the $1 million cost.

“While we anticipate corporations and foundations to contribute, we are also counting on lots of children and families to participate in fundraising,” said Debbie Berto, coordinator of the campaign led by the Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park.

Contributed An artist’s rendering of the new all-inclusive playground at Lake Sammamish State Park, which will be built in 2016.

An artist’s rendering of the new all-inclusive playground at Lake Sammamish State Park, which will be built in 2016.

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Klahanie annexation area ZIP code will remain the same

August 27, 2015

NEW — 5:38 p.m. Aug. 27, 2015

Although Klahanie proper and several adjacent neighborhoods are about to leap from unincorporated King County into the city of Sammamish, residents there will make the transition without having to change their addresses.

Their homes will stay on the same foundations, the street names will remain the same, and even the ZIP code — 98029 — won’t change.

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