December 22, 2011
NEW — 10:45 a.m. Dec. 22, 2011
After several months of work, the traffic signals located at Newcastle Way and 129th Ave. S.E. are now live, said Public Works Director Mark Rigos.
The mast arms of the traffic signals, which are located near the construction site for the Newcastle Library, went in about two months ago, while other work including ADA accessible ramps, electrical wiring, testing and underground construction began early this summer, Rigos said.
A police officer was stationed at the new signal Dec. 21 to ensure a smooth transition for motorists and pedestrians, he said.
Large orange construction signs indicating the new change are posted at all four approaches to the device.
December 21, 2011
NEW — 9:40 a.m. Dec. 21, 2011
The Newcastle Weed Warriors and Hazen High School’s Earth Corp Club will host a holiday gift-wrapping event 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 22 and 23 in the Newcastle Professional Building.
The gift-wrapping is available by donation and benefits both environmental groups that work in Newcastle to battle invasive weeds in parks, trails and open spaces.
Newcastle Dentistry and Peaceful Agreements, LLC, of the Newcastle Professional Building are opening the foyer of the professional building for the gift-wrapping event.
December 20, 2011
NEW — 3:05 p.m. Dec. 2011
Members of the public are encouraged to submit ideas to the city’s Parks Commission for a park-naming contest for a park near the Hazelwood Gardens area.
The commission will consider the entries and ultimately recommend a name for the park, located on the west side of Newcastle at S.E. 80th St. and 113th Ave. S.E., to the City Council. Entries are due to the commission by 5 p.m. Jan. 31.
The site is about .15 acres or 100 feet by 60 feet, has small native plantings and pine trees and includes picnic tables, benches and a gravel pathway.
December 20, 2011
NEW — 11:25 a.m. Dec. 20, 2011
King County experienced the fewest homicides — 59 — in a decade last year, as suicides declined after a spike in 2009.
The information comes from the King County Medical Examiner’s Office. In the agency’s annual report, officials analyze suspicious, sudden, unexpected and violent deaths in King County, plus trends in drug overdose deaths, homicides and traffic fatalities. The agency released the 2010 report Monday.
Overall, King County experienced fewer homicides, suicides, accidental deaths and deaths from natural causes last year than in 2009. (The report includes only deaths under medical examiner’s office jurisdiction.)
The deaths investigated by the medical examiner’s office also made 156 organ transplants possible last year.
December 19, 2011
NEW — 3:50 p.m. Dec. 19, 2011
Newcastle’s Boy Scout Troop 499 will begin circulating through local neighborhoods at 9 a.m. Jan. 7 to collect Christmas trees from homes for disposal.
The group will go through the neighborhoods several times until 2 p.m. for its annual fundraiser.
Homeowners may place their tree at the curb of their home for pickup. Donations for the scouts are accepted by placing a Ziplock bag and envelope addressed to Troop 499 at 8042 116th Ave. S.E., Newcastle, WA 98056 on the tree. Donations can also be mailed to that address.
December 15, 2011
NEW — 4:30 p.m. Dec. 15, 2011
Puget Sound Energy warned customers to beware a fraudulent email meant to mimic a bill-payment notification. The bogus email does not affect PSE customer accounts.
The email resembles the notice PSE sends to online-billing customers when a utility bill is ready to be viewed and paid. The message contains PSE’s logo and some legitimate links to the utility’s website.
The phony email has reached some PSE customers, plus people in other states. The email is part of a nationwide phishing scam.
December 15, 2011
NEW — 4:15 p.m. Dec. 15, 2011
King County officials warned residents about a possible email scam Thursday, after the county received calls from people about a bogus online property tax payment.
The callers reported receiving false confirmation of online property tax payments made through the King County e-commerce system. The county did not send the emails, and the county’s e-commerce system has not been compromised.
“It appears that someone copied our standard payment confirmation email and altered the header in the email so that it appears to be from King County,” county Chief Information Officer Bill Kehoe said in a statement. “These messages did not come from King County, and the recipients have not made any payments with us.”
December 13, 2011
NEW — 3:15 p.m. Dec. 13, 2011
Suspicious activity was reported in the area of SE 75th and SE 76th streets and 120 and 121 avenues SE on Dec. 12, according to a Newcastle Police Department news release.
Residents reported two males approached Newcastle homes saying they were CenturyLink employees or contractors making contact about pipe work being done in the area.
Officers were unable to locate the males.
The city attempted to confirm with CenturyLink if they had employees working in the area, but were unable to do so at this time.
There are no door-to-door sales permits issued by the city at this time.
December 12, 2011
NEW — 5:10 p.m. Dec. 12, 2011
Two Newcastle residents have been selected as winners of the Newcastle Weed Warriors’ holiday art contest.
Jane Bell was selected for first place with her hand drawn fawn and bird with a message wishing peace this holiday season, and photographer Ken Vensel was chosen for second place for a snow scene photo of the summit.
The contest could be in the form of any original artwork, including paintings, drawings, photography or a Photoshop composition. The contest was open to all winter holidays, including the new year.
December 9, 2011
UPDATED — 5:41 p.m. Dec. 9, 2011
Newcastle Police Officer Ryan Olmsted arrested two suspects at about 2 p.m. Dec. 8 in connection with recent burglaries reported in Bellevue, Newcastle, Renton and unincorporated King County, according to a release from Newcastle Police Chief Melinda Irvine.
Two other suspects fled the scene.
A King County deputy later located one of those two suspects and arrested him, while the fourth suspect remains at large, Irvine said.
Two Newcastle residents provided tips, including the suspects’ license plate number, to the Newcastle Police Department via its anonymous email and non-emergency phone lines that lead to the arrests, Irvine said.