Police chief honors citizens for taking a bite out of crime

September 3, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 3, 2015

At the Aug. 18 Newcastle City Council meeting, Newcastle Police Chief Melinda Irvine honored two people who helped police take a bite out of crime.

King County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Bruce Nielsen and observant resident Jeff Garlock each received special certificates for their contributions to the community.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Longtime King County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Bruce Nielsen (middle) is flanked by Mayor Steve Buri and Police Chief Melinda Irvine after the duo honored him for his service to Newcastle over the years.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Longtime King County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Bruce Nielsen (middle) is flanked by Mayor Steve Buri and Police Chief Melinda Irvine after the duo honored him for his service to Newcastle over the years.

Nielsen retired from the King County Sheriff’s Office after a 34-year career earlier this year. He dedicated about 30 of those years to the Newcastle area, both before and after it became an incorporated city, Irvine said. Read more

Police blotter

July 2, 2015

It could’ve been worse

An unknown suspect rummaged through both a Porsche and a Ford Mustang parked in the 7000 block of 123rd Avenue Southeast May 29. The thief left both cars, but stole about $2 in change from the Mustang’s center console.

Back in black

A woman delivered to Newcastle City Hall on May 29 a black bicycle she found stuck in her fence in the 1300 block of May Creek Park Drive. Read more

January police blotter

February 6, 2015

Olivia Pope approved

About $500 worth of goods, including six bottles of red and white wine, was stolen from a storage locker in the 6800 block of 132nd Place Southeast between Dec. 22 and Jan. 5.

Dump and run

An unknown suspect dropped a bunch of assorted mail by a home in the 8400 block of 116th Avenue Southeast between Jan. 1 and 2. In all, there were 37 pieces of mail, all belonging to different Newcastle residents.

It happened again at the corner of Newcastle Way and 112th Avenue Southeast between Jan. 1 and 2. The homeowner collected the mail and gave it to City Hall. Read more

Police nab two suspects in home burglaries

April 5, 2012

The Newcastle Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies located two suspects after a home burglary was reported Feb. 29 on Forest Drive in Bellevue, just outside of Newcastle city limits.

The house was occupied during the incident, Police Chief Melinda Irvine said in a statement.

Two male suspects fled into the heavily wooded area toward Newcastle-Golf Club Road. Due to the proximity of the incident to Newcastle, police are looking into possible connections to burglaries in the city.

Newcastle officers, King County Sheriff’s Office deputies and detectives, and K-9 units from Kirkland and Federal Way assisted Bellevue police.

The suspects were hiding under a foot of leaves in a ravine and were located by the K-9 units.

“We will continue a thorough investigation of the burglaries that have occurred in the city to determine if these men are responsible, and work to locate any stolen property,” Irvine said.

The suspects may be responsible for several burglaries in Newcastle over the past few months.

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Newcastle residents provide tips to lead police to burglary suspects

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.

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