Letters to the editor

December 9, 2008

City should preserve trails system, buy more park land

By the time you read this, the Newcastle budget may be decided. But the issues remain, and 2009 is an election year for the City Council.

Continuing citizen involvement may help us avoid the Read more

Rotary clubs honor top students

December 9, 2008

The Renton and Issaquah Rotary clubs recently honored the following pupils as their students of the month.

Melissa Hughes, a senior at Hazen High School, was Read more

Feds bust identity theft ring

December 9, 2008

Ringleader used Newcastle p.o. box for fraud

A Renton man using a Newcastle address was the ringleader behind an identity theft ring that sold computers bought with credit cards stolen from gym locker rooms in Washington, Oregon, Colorado and Georgia, federal prosecutors said in charging documents. 

Gabriel Jang, 36, along with an Read more

Council approves city budget

December 9, 2008

The City Council has approved a $38.4 million budget operating and capital for 2009. Proponents said the budget was fiscally prudent; opponents said the budget

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Liberty grad Tim Lincecum wins Cy Young pitching award

December 9, 2008


Tim Lincecum holds his San Francisco Giants baseball card at a recent autograph session at DJ’s Sportscards shop in Renton. By Jim Feehan

Tim Lincecum holds his San Francisco Giants baseball card at a recent autograph session at DJ’s Sportscards shop in Renton. By Jim Feehan

Tim Lincecum, a 2003 Liberty High School graduate, was named the National League Cy Young award winner Nov. 11. 

In his first full major league season with the San Francisco Giants, Lincecum, 24, went 18-5 with an earned-run average of 2.62 and a major-league leading 265 strikeouts in 227 innings.

Lincecum handily won Read more

Maxwell edges Litzow in 41st District House race

December 9, 2008

Jarrett wins Senate race


The Obama tsunami swept over Newcastle, the eastern shores of Lake Washington and Read more

City prepares winter plan

December 9, 2008

Preparing for winter in the Northwest is a crapshoot at best. Some years, the winters are mild and uneventful, while others (such as two years ago) include

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Men sentenced for running brothel in city

December 9, 2008

Two men have been sentenced in federal court for their roles in operating roving brothels in Newcastle, Renton and Bellevue.

Yin Hoo Yap, 34, of Malaysia, was sentenced to 27 months in prison and three years of supervised release. Yap’s employee, Kou Chwung Liu, 53, of China, receive a one-year sentence and three years’ supervised release. 

Both pleaded guilty in July to conspiracy to transport individuals in furtherance of prostitution. Both men were in the U.S. illegally and will be deported after serving their sentences, prosecutors said. As part of a plea agreement, Yap forfeited more than $50,000 and a 2004 Lexus sport utility vehicle. 

Yap operated brothels in the Seattle area for the past three years. At any time, two or three Asian women worked at them. The women would travel from various cities across the U.S. to work at the brothels for 10 days, then move to brothels in other cities. 

Yap employed Liu to live at the brothel, greet customers and transport the prostitutes. More than Read more

Group advocates for more open spaces, park land

December 9, 2008

A group dedicated to preserving open space, parks and trails in Newcastle said the city should

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Radar gun citizen patrol draws mixed reviews

December 9, 2008

Cheryl Coupens found out firsthand the city does not have as many lead-footed motorists as she thought. 

Last month, she participated in a demonstration of the city’s Speed Watch program that trains residents to operate radar guns to detect speeding drivers in their neighborhood. 

“I clocked two out of 30 cars exceeding the speed limit,” said Coupens, who was monitoring traffic in the Highlands. 

Radar rangers
To participate in the Speed Watch program, e-mail the Newcastle Police Department at police@ci.newcastle.wa.us or call 649-4444, ext. 120, to schedule a time to use a radar gun, which may be used for up to three days.

One of the most frequent requests to police and the city’s Public Works Department is the need to address speeding along residential streets, said Newcastle Police Chief Melinda Irvine. Residents come to find that the culprits are usually their own neighbors, if they’re speeding at all, Irvine said.

The initial training takes 15 minutes. Two people are needed for a speed watch, one to clock speeds, read license plate numbers and describe vehicles, while the other person fills out forms.

Police locate the registered owner of the vehicle and send him or her a warning letter. Typically, letters are sent to those driving at least 5 miles per hour over the posted speed limit, Irvine said. 

Coupens said she doesn’t plan to participate in the program again anytime soon. 

“In hindsight, I don’t think it’s such a good idea,” she said. “It’s scary. It’s pitting neighbor against neighbor.”

The program has its critics. City Councilwoman Carol Simpson said the council did not vet the program.

“I felt it should have been a policy established by council before it was implemented,” she said.

But Irvine said the Speed Watch program allows people in the community to partner with police on the speeding issue. The program makes drivers aware of a neighborhood’s concern about speeding.

“This gives us the opportunity to cover more area,”’ she said.

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