Suspicious activity reported in Newport Woods, East Donegal neighborhoods

January 24, 2012

NEW — 4:10 p.m. Jan. 25, 2012

Multiple neighbors saw two males today in the backyards of houses along 127th Avenue Southeast between Southeast 73rd Street and Southeast 74th Street near the Newport Woods and East Donegal neighborhoods, according to a release from Newcastle Police Chief Melinda Irvine.

When confronted, the males ran away through other yards, the release stated.

The Newcastle Police Department checked houses in the area and did not find any homes broken into near that location.

Residents in the neighborhood are encouraged to report break-ins or suspicious activity by calling the non-emergency dispatch number206-296-3311 or reporting it online at

Earth Day 2012 vendor, sponsor applications now available

January 24, 2012

NEW — 11:40 a.m. Jan. 25, 2012

While Newcastle’s annual Earth Day celebration isn’t until April, event chairwoman Grace Stiller said the application period for sponsors and for vendors to host booths during the event is now open.

The earlier businesses and non-profit organizations get their applications in, the more exposure they’ll receive on the Earth Day website and other promotional material, she said.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 21 at Lake Boren Park.

The fourth annual Newcastle Earth Day will feature informational mini seminars, a master gardener clinic, the opportunity to recycle appliances and cell phones, the Pacific Science Center’s Science in the Environment interactive display and geocatching.

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