State Route 520 bridge tolls could divert traffic

January 6, 2012

As the state Department of Transportation plans to start tolls on the state Route 520 bridge, motorists could experience additional traffic on Interstate 90 as commuters avoid the toll.

The state estimates tolls should cause thousands of motorists to use the Interstate 90 bridges or drive around Lake Washington instead.

Meanwhile, the state is encouraging motorists to set up a Good To Go! pass account.

Purchase a pass at or a $5 sticker pass at participating stores, including Safeway and QFC. Find a list of retail locations at goodtogo/retail.

The state extended call center hours and hired extra customer service staffers to prepare for the anticipated high volumes of customers registering and activating accounts. Customers can purchase the sticker passes at stores and activate them online.

“Tolling is helping Washington move forward with critical transportation investments and will finance ongoing and future work to replace the vulnerable SR 520 floating bridge and corridor,” state Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond said in a statement.

New photos released of Newcastle bank robber

May 6, 2011

The King County Sheriff’s Office released new photos March 29 of the man who robbed KeyBank, 6917 Coal Creek Parkway S.E., on March 18.

After robbing the bank, the man fled on foot across the parking lot to Safeway, 6911 Coal Creek Parkway S.E., where he entered the store through the south entrance. He took off his jacket, cap and glasses in the store and left through the north entrance.

The man who robbed the Newcastle KeyBank was caught on camera inside Safeway, 6911 Coal Creek Parkway S.E., just after the robbery. Contributed

Surveillance cameras at Safeway recorded the photos.

The man robbed KeyBank at about 12:20 p.m. that day. He walked inside and delivered a handwritten note to the teller explaining that he was robbing the bank, sheriff’s office spokesman Sgt. John Urquhart said. The teller did not see a weapon, but he gave the man money from the till and tripped the bank’s alarm.

The man was white, about 6 feet tall and thin. He wore a black cap, black jacket, light-colored blue jeans and black-rimmed glasses. Police searched the area but did not find the man, Urquhart said.

If you recognize this man, call the sheriff’s office at 206-296-3311 at any time of day, or call 911.


Newport Hills to host holiday bazaar Saturday

December 17, 2010

NEW — 4 p.m. Dec. 17, 2010

The nearby Bellevue neighborhood of Newport Hills will host its holiday bazaar from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Dec. 18 at the site of the former Cy’s Hallmark and Newport Hills shopping center, 5620 119th Ave. S.E.

The event will feature merchants selling baked goods, jewelry, crafts, ornaments and other items.

Numerous Newcastle businesses and organizations will attend or contribute to the bazaar, including the Newcastle Weed Warriors, Newcastle Fruit & Produce and the Coal Creek Safeway.

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