Editorial — Council does the right thing on speed hump decision

August 6, 2015

NEW — 2:30 p.m. Aug. 6, 2015

Haochen Xu was just 4 years old.

He loved to read, had no trouble making friends and possessed a penchant for learning.

Haochen died June 27 at Harborview Medical Center, the day after a driver struck him as he and his mother tried to cross Newport Way Northwest in Issaquah.

Investigators say the driver was not speeding, but that is little consolation for a community that says the posted 40 mph speed limit along the road is way too high.

Changes are likely coming to the road, with Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler recommending a speed limit decrease. But this is after the worst case scenario became reality. Read more

Letter to the editor

April 30, 2015

Dear Newcastle voters,

Thank you. It has been an honor and a privilege to represent you for two terms on the Newcastle City Council. I will not be seeking re-election in the upcoming election.

I first ran for office because the city budget was out of control, and a majority on the council had lost touch with the people they represented. In the past eight years, we have made the necessary changes to the budget in a way that allows us to live within our means. We also have a city manager and staff that make customer service a priority and recognize everyone at City Hall is there to serve the community.

New perspectives and varied experiences on a council can make government better. I hope an open seat will encourage more people to run for office. My public service will continue as a trustee at Harborview Medical Center and on the UW Medicine/Valley Medical Center board. Read more

Motorcyclist dies in crash near Newcastle golf course

August 10, 2012

The motorcycle involved in Friday’s accident along Newcastle Golf Club Road rests near a guardrail. By Christina Corrales-Toy

NEW — 2:27 p.m. Aug. 10, 2012

A motorcyclist died after colliding with a guardrail on Newcastle Golf Club Road on Friday morning, according to King County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Sgt. Cindi West.

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Teen injured in golf cart rollover accident

July 14, 2011

NEW — 11:30 a.m. July 14, 2011

A teenager rolled a golf cart down an eight-foot embankment at The Golf Club at Newcastle at about 6:20 a.m. July 14.

The 17-year-old golf course employee became trapped under the cart, and firefighters and other golf course employees lifted the cart off of the teen, said Lt. Troy Donlin, Bellevue Fire Department spokesman.

The teen was injured and transported to Harborview Medical Center in stable condition. Donlin did not have information about the extent of the teen’s injuries.

David Valdyka, director of marketing at Oki Golf, said he did not have enough details to comment on the size or weight of the cart that pinned the teen.

Woman crashes car into house

July 1, 2011

A 38-year-old Newcastle woman crashed her 1999 Lexus sedan into the back of a house in the 7400 block of 117th Avenue Southeast just before 1:35 p.m. June 23.

The woman turned left into a private driveway and then accelerated, smashing through a fence, racing down an embankment and crashing into the house, King County Sheriff’s Office spokesman John Urquhart said.

The crash did not break through the wall of the house, but it still caused significant damage, he said.

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Woman crashes car into house

June 24, 2011

UPDATED — 2:30 p.m. June 24, 2011

A 38-year-old Newcastle woman crashed her 1999 Lexus sedan into the back of a house in the 7400 block of 117th Avenue Southeast just before 1:35 p.m. June 23.

The woman turned left into a private driveway and then accelerated, smashing through a fence, racing down an embankment and crashing into the house, King County Sheriff’s Office spokesman John Urquhart said.

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Newcastle woman sentenced for Preston crash

February 4, 2011

The driver responsible for a devastating crash near Preston in December 2009 has been sentenced to six months in a work-release facility on a vehicular assault charge stemming from the incident.

Meanwhile, the other driver in the Interstate 90 crash continues a long recovery from life-threatening injuries.

Washington State Patrol The remains of a Honda Civic rest alongside Interstate 90 after a December 2009 crash. The driver suffered life-threatening injuries.

Police said the intoxicated driver, 54-year-old Newcastle resident Janet Bumgardner, had a cocktail of drugs — oxycodone, morphine, a prescription sleeping aid and over-the-counter allergy medication — in her system at the time of the crash. Washington State Patrol investigators also discovered red wine in a travel mug inside her silver Acura.

King County Superior Court Judge Richard Eadie handed down the sentence Jan. 7. Bumgardner, who pleaded guilty to vehicular assault in late November, has a long history of drunken driving convictions, plus convictions for disorderly conduct, malicious mischief and telephone harassment, court documents state.

The state Department of Corrections said she is scheduled to serve the sentence at the Helen B. Ratcliff Work Release house in Seattle. Bumgardner must also pay $2,612 in court costs and fees. The sentence prohibits her from contacting the other driver for 10 years and requires her to be under community custody for a year after the work-release term ends.

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