April 30, 2011
NEW — Noon April 30, 2011
The Liberty High School PTSA is offering a survey to gather feedback and input on what programs to sponsor during the 2011-2012 school year.
PTSA members and nonmembers are encouraged to participate. Click here to take the survey.
April 29, 2011
UPDATED — 10:35 a.m. May 2, 2011
Newcastle was hit by two strings of burglaries during the last two weeks, Police Chief Melinda Irvine wrote in an electronic alert to residents April 26. Irvine released descriptions April 29 of two vehicles of interest in the crimes.
The first string of burglaries occurred in the Lake Washington Crest neighborhood. Burglars forced their ways into three homes in the 8000 block of 119th Avenue Southeast, entering through back doors. The burglaries occurred during the day April 19.
What appears to be a second burglar or group of burglars broke into three garages across the city at night between April 20 and 25, stealing items from cars parked inside, Irvine said.
April 29, 2011
NEW — 6 a.m. April 29, 2011
Instead of throwing away unwanted medicines, recycle them April 30 as part of National Drug Take Back Day.
Officials will collect unwanted medicines between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at numerous sites in the area, including the Factoria Mall police substation, the Crossroads Mall police substation, the Issaquah Police Department and Mercer Island City Hall.
Click here for more information and a list of drop-off sites in the area.
April 28, 2011
NEW — 6 a.m. April 28, 2011
The Newport Library, 14250 S.E. Newport Way, Bellevue, will reopen with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9:30 a.m. April 30.
The library closed for renovations March 3.
The renovations — which cost $2.5 million — expanded the library by 790 square feet. A $172 million bond approved by voters in 2004 funded the project.
The visible changes to the library’s exterior include a new covered entryway with a cedar shake roof. Automated book drops were also installed.
Inside, a “reading porch” provides views of the surrounding wooded area and a cushioned seat for children. The meeting room was also enlarged, and it now has a sliding glass door with art designed by glass artists Stuart Keeler and Michael Machnic.
April 27, 2011
NEW — 6 a.m. April 27, 2011
Two drivers were taken to Overlake Hospital Medical Center after a five-car wreck at the intersection of Coal Creek Parkway and Newcastle Way just after 7 a.m. April 25.
A woman driving an Acura TSX northbound on Coal Creek Parkway caused a pileup when she struck an Acura MDX from behind. The MDX struck a stopped Honda Civic, which then struck a stopped Toyota Highlander.
However, after triggering the pileup, the TSX continued into the intersection, striking a Chevrolet Blazer traveling eastbound on Newcastle Way.
April 26, 2011
NEW — 4:30 p.m. April 26. 2011
A man was shot in the leg at about 2 a.m. April 23 at Castle Creek Apartments, 7000 132nd Place Southeast, after asking a group of people making noise in the parking lot to be quiet, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.
The man who was shot — who is in his 40s — suffered only minor injuries and was transported to Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue.
Two Newcastle Police officers were on duty at the time and heard the shots. One responded to the apartment complex, and the other followed a group of cars speeding away from the scene. The officer stopped the vehicles and — with the help of witnesses — arrested the alleged shooter, a Seattle man in his late 20s.
The gun used was a .40-caliber semiautomatic pistol.
April 26, 2011
NEW — 11:45 a.m. April 26, 2011
Two Newcastle residents were injured in a hit and run crash on State Route 520 just west of 84th Avenue Northeast in Bellevue just before 12:30 p.m. April 23.
Stephen Whistom, 53, and Nina Whistom, 56, were driving westbound on the highway in a 2007 Mercedes SL55 when a person driving a 1992 Acura Integra hit their car, according to the Washington State Patrol.
Both cars slammed in the jersey barrier, and the driver of the Acura fled the scene on foot. Stephen and Nina Whistrom were both taken to the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle where they were treated and released.
The Washington State Patrol is investigating the crash. The age and sex of the Acura driver is not known, and it is unknown if drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash.