Diamond Awards Ceremony / Nov. 10, 2010

November 17, 2010

Red Cross urges preparedness after windstorm, earthquake

November 16, 2010

NEW — 12:20 p.m. Nov. 16, 2010

After a windstorm Monday night and a magnitude 4.2 earthquake Tuesday morning, the local Red Cross chapter reminds residents to take steps to prepare for severe weather and other emergencies.

“The windstorm and earthquake are good reminders that some basic preparation and common-sense safety tips will help ensure safety during disasters like these,” Susan Pelaez, director of preparedness and community engagement for the local Red Cross chapter, said in a statement. “We know that there is more rain forecasted for Wednesday so it is important to prepare now. This is also a good time to make sure that you have your disaster kit in place.”

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Liberty girls soccer falls to Bonney Lake in playoffs

November 11, 2010

NEW — 5:10 p.m. Nov. 11, 2010

The Liberty High School girls soccer team fell to the Bonney Lake Panthers 2-1 Nov. 9 in the first round of the state tournament, ending the Patriots thrilling season that included a KingCo 3A/2A championship.

Winning the KingCo championship gave the Patriots automatic entry into the state tournament and allowed them to bypass preliminary rounds, but it left the team without a game for nearly two weeks. Liberty head coach Malia Arrant said the long absence from play slowed the team at the beginning of the game.

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And the Diamond Award winners are …

November 10, 2010

UPDATED — 11:40 a.m. Nov. 11, 2011

This year’s Diamond Awards were presented to outstanding members of the community this afternoon at The Golf Club at Newcastle.

In the youth category, awards were presented to Jeff Hansen and John Stiller for their work with Newcastle Weed Warriors, and Neil Chakravarty for his Eagle Scout project, which involved replacing 62 trails sign plates across the city.

The community service award was presented to Parks Commission Vice Chair Koleen Morris, who took the leading role in organizing this year’s Newcastle Days celebration.

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Police Blotter for Nov. 9

November 9, 2010

NEW — 11:50 a.m. Nov. 9, 2010

Check forger

A woman reported that her mail had been stolen from her mailbox in the 8800 block of 114th Avenue Southeast between 8:45 a.m. Oct. 14 and 5:15 p.m. Oct. 15. The woman later found that a man forged a check stolen from her mailbox and attempted to cash it in for twice as much as it was originally written.

Home burglary

A woman reported that her house, in the 8400 block of 129th Place Southeast, had been broken into between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Oct. 15. She reported that a basement window had been smashed, causing $150 in damage. She reported a computer worth $1,200 and jewelry worth $300 stolen.

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Newcastle Library groundbreaking / Oct. 20, 2010

November 5, 2010

Everybody dig in!

November 5, 2010

KCLS holds Newcastle Library groundbreaking ceremony

The wait for the Newcastle Library is finally nearing a close.

Golden shovels full of dirt get the heave-ho Oct. 20 as members of the Newcastle City Council, state Legislative 41st District and King County Library System board of directors perform the ceremonial groundbreaking for the future Newcastle Library at Newcastle Way and 129th Avenue Southeast. See a video of the community celebration at www.newcastle-news.com/category/videos. By Greg Farrar

The King County Library System held a groundbreaking ceremony for the facility — which will be at the corner of 129th Avenue Southeast and Newcastle Way — under sunny skies the afternoon of Oct. 20.

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Tight city budget for 2011

November 5, 2010

City Manager Rob Wyman released the 2011 preliminary budget at the Oct. 19 City Council meeting. The budget called for widespread cuts, including ending maintenance in all city parks except Lake Boren and Donegal next year.

The budget also calls for the city to begin distributing passports, increase funds for community events and restore funds for affordable housing to about half of what the city historically contributed each year.

The council will hold final public hearings regarding the 2011 budget at its Nov. 16 meeting, and will approve the budget at its Dec. 7 meeting. The council has yet to make amendments to the budget; it will likely do so Nov. 16.

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Threat prompts about half of students to miss school

November 5, 2010

About half of Liberty High School students opted to stay home Oct. 27 — the day a threat had been made against the school.

About 550 students of the 1,166-member student body were absent. On a regular school day, between 5 percent and 10 percent of students are absent.

The unease stemmed from a written threat a school custodian found in a boys’ restroom June 23, after school had let out for the summer.

The writer threatened to bring a gun to school Oct. 27 “and shoot everybody,” police said in describing the pencil-written message.

District administrators worked with the King County Sheriff’s Office in the investigation, watching surveillance footage from the time of the incident and asking school staffers to match the handwriting.

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Man answers door armed with a handgun, curses at police

November 5, 2010

A Newcastle man in the 11800 block of Southeast 75th place threatened a police officer with a gun just before 10 p.m. Oct. 22, according to a police report. Police responded to the area after receiving reports that a woman was screaming for help.

Police located the woman on the man’s property, and the man came to the doorway with a handgun. The officer identified himself as police, but the man cursed at the officer, telling him to leave his property and that he did not care who he was, according to the report.

The officer backed away from the house, but tripped over a plant. He called to his partner that the man had a gun, and his partner called for backup. Bellevue Police officers and a police helicopter responded, Police Chief Melinda Irvine said.

The woman ran and hid as the officer tripped, but she later cooperated with police and approached with her hands up. The man refused to exit the house, but after interviewing the woman, police determined no crime had been committed, so the officers left.

The woman appeared to be intoxicated, according to the police report. Police sent her to Overlake Hospital, requesting a psychiatrist evaluation.

The woman’s brother said he believed she had been drinking alcohol, and he said they had been arguing because she had been drinking margaritas out of nice glasses.

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