Suspect in Newcastle Key Bank robbery arrested

June 23, 2012

NEW — 4:25 p.m. June 23, 2012

The man suspected of robbing the Newcastle branch of Key Bank at about 10:30 a.m. June 14 was arrested June 22, according to statement from Newcastle Police Chief Melinda Irvine.

He is believed to be responsible for two other bank robberies in Mt. Vernon and in Moses Lake.

The FBI Safe Streets Task Force worked immediately following the Newcastle robbery to identify the suspect, locate him and take him into custody.

“Our praise to the FBI for their great work,” Irvine said. “We appreciate their efforts.”

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Newcastle honors fallen officer with Police Day in the Park

June 22, 2012

UPDATED — 3:15 p.m. June 22, 2012

Ten years ago this week, King County Sheriff’s Deputy Richard Herzog was tragically killed in the line of duty while working in the city of Newcastle. Herzog had worked in Newcastle for several years and knew many of the residents and businesses.

“One thing we most often hear from people about the way they remember Rich is his great connection with the public,” said Newcastle Police Chief Melinda Irvine.  “Citizens knew Rich and enjoyed interacting with him.”

This year, the City of Newcastle and the King County Sheriff’s Office will honor Rich’s memory by honoring the way Rich interacted with the public he served at Police Day in the Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 23 at Lake Boren Park.

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Students honored with Newcastle Running Club scholarship

June 22, 2012

NEW — 11:15 a.m. June 22, 2012

Three high school seniors have each been awarded a $1,400 scholarship from the nonprofit Newcastle Running Club.

Awards were given to Liberty High School student Annie Trumbull, of Issaquah; Hazen High School student Priscilla Yu, of Renton; and Interlake High School student Jorge Moreno-Nunez, of Newcastle. All three students demonstrated a willingness to give back to their communities and all are college bound to further their education.

Winners were chosen based on equal parts of community involvement, grade point average, SAT or ACT test scores, financial need and an essay.

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Dentist’s license suspended for inappropriate conduct with patient, over prescribing drugs

June 20, 2012

NEW — 12:30 p.m. June 20, 2012

State health officials have immediately suspended the license of Newcastle dentist Gil Furman, according to a Washington State Department of Health release.

The Dental Quality Assurance Commission and the Department of Health say Furman cannot practice safely because of inappropriate conduct with a female patient and over prescribing controlled drugs.

Furman cannot practice in Washington until the charges are resolved.

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The Freak Tim Lincecum makes pitching debut at Safeco Field

June 20, 2012

Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants Cy Young award-winning pitcher and former Liberty High School star, makes his pitching debut at Safeco Field June 16. By Greg Farrar

With their season on the line in a loser-out playoff game in the KingCo tournament, the 2003 Liberty Patriots knew they something had to give. Read more

Service group seeks volunteers to ready Newcastle, Hazelwood elementary schools

June 19, 2012

NEW — 4 p.m. June 19, 2012

For the third year in a row, a local service group is building teams of volunteers who will give up a Sunday afternoon in August to help Newcastle elementary school teachers prepare their classrooms.

Volunteers are needed to organize, decorate, clean and build supplies like bulletin boards. Outside work is needed too with power washers and landscaping tasks.

The Jubilee Day of Service will be from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Aug. 12 followed by a barbecue at Lake Boren Park. Volunteers are needed to serve Hazelwood Elementary School and Newcastle Elementary School. Read more

Improvements coming to to Olympus stormwater pond

June 18, 2012

NEW — 2:15 p.m. June 18, 2012

A project to update the Olympus stormwater detention pond at S.E. 84th Way will retrofit the existing facility to the 2009 King County Surface Water Design Manual standards to improve the pond’s ability in providing runoff treatment and detention prior to discharge into Boren Creek.

The project is adjacent to Lake Boren Park.

The detention pond will be excavated and divided into two cells and two catch basins. A stormwater 24- inch diameter inlet pipe will be installed.

The existing outlet pipe will be also be improved. This project was awarded funding through the Washington State Department of Ecology’s competitive grant process.

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