City hit with rash of car break-ins

August 25, 2015

NEW — 4 p.m. Aug. 25, 2015

The city of Newcastle experienced an influx in car break-ins this past week, according to an Aug. 25 e-alert from Newcastle Police Chief Melinda Irvine.

The thefts occurred at night at various apartment and condominium complexes. The thief entered the vehicles by prying doors or breaking windows.

Almost all of the items stolen from vehicles had been left in plain sight, Irvine said.

“Remember, your duffle bag of dirty gym clothes looks like a bag with potential valuables to someone with criminal intent,” she said. Read more

July police blotter

August 6, 2015

NEW — 8 p.m. Aug. 6, 2015

Tip jar crook

A Newcastle man stole a donation bin from the Newcastle McDonald’s, 13049 Newcastle Way, on June 29. Earlier that morning, the same man stole the donation bin from a Maple Valley McDonald’s. He wasn’t done, though. The same man reportedly stole the tip jar at the Newcastle Starbucks, 6977 Coal Creek Parkway S.E., on June 30.

Up in smoke

An anonymous caller reported three suspicious males smoking something in a car near the intersection of Southeast 79th Drive and 144th Avenue Southeast June 30. The three men denied doing drugs and told police they were smoking cigarettes. 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

Police blotter

June 4, 2015

Slow down

A resident complained to police about excessive speeding in the 13000 block of Southeast May Creek Park Drive on May 5. The resident said he reported it dozens of times but “officers do nothing.”

Shutterbug

An anonymous caller reported seeing a suspicious man taking pictures of a water tower near Southeast 75th Street and 136th Avenue Southeast May 7. 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

City crime was down in 2013

April 3, 2014

Newcastle crime was down in 2013, a welcome bit of news for a city that saw only increasing statistics in 2012.

In 2013, the city had 252 Part I crimes, compared to 323 in 2012. Part I crimes include criminal homicide, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft and arson.

Other than robbery, all of the other Part I crime categories dropped in 2013, Newcastle Police Chief Melinda Irvine said in a March 4 presentation to the City Council.

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Would-be home burglars narrowly escape police in foot pursuit

July 1, 2011

Two would-be home burglars narrowly escaped Newcastle Police officers in a foot pursuit in the 8100 block of 126th Place Southeast just before noon June 2.

The suspects — a white man and a black man — broke into an occupied home from the backyard, but fled without stealing anything when they realized somebody was home, King County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. John Urquhart said.

A neighbor spotted the men entering the yard and called police. Newcastle Police Chief Melinda Irvine said the men took off running from the home before realizing officers were responding to the area.

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Police on the hunt for home burglars

June 2, 2011

NEW — 6:35 p.m. June 2, 2011

Newcastle Police are searching for two men who burglarized a house near Southeast 81st Court and 126th Place Southeast just before noon June 2. A neighbor called 911 after seeing two men enter the back yard of the house, Police Chief Melinda Irvine said.

After entering through the back door, the men discovered somebody was home and fled on foot. There was no confrontation between the men and the homeowner, Irvine said.

Police chased the men on foot as the men scaled back fences through the neighborhood, but police were unable to apprehend the suspects. A police helicopter also responded to the area.

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Man shot at Castle Creek Apartments

May 6, 2011

A man was shot in the leg at about 2 a.m. April 23 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 initially called to the group from his balcony at Castle Creek Apartments, 7000 132nd Place S.E., City Manager Rob Wyman wrote in an email to the City Council. An argument and a fight followed, leading to one member of the group to pull out a gun and fire several shots, hitting the resident once.

The resident — who is in his 40s — suffered only minor injuries and was transported to Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue.

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Molestation suspect faces July trial

May 6, 2011

A Newcastle dentist charged with child molestation will face trial in King County Superior Court beginning July 25.

If Gil Furman, who was charged in January with one count of second-degree child molestation and two counts of third-degree child molestation, is convicted on all counts, he will face a sentence between about four and a half years and 10 years in prison, according to the King County Prosecutor’s Office.

Furman allegedly molested a teenage girl for two and a half years beginning when the girl was 13 and ending when she was 15, according to charging documents.

Furman — who is married with children — was 35 when the alleged molestation began.

Furman was arrested and arraigned Jan. 25, and he pleaded not guilty. He was given conditional release and a no-contact order with the girl and minors. The no-contact order was modified March 31 to allow him to be in the presence of a minor if the minor knows of the charges against him and an adult is present.

The girl reported the situation to a school adviser in November, according to charging documents.

The alleged molestation occurred weekly, and Furman allegedly pushed the girl to a wall and kissed and groped her, sometimes under her clothes but over her underwear.

She said that happened more than 50 times, usually with others nearby but out of sight.

 

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