Police contract cheaper than expected for 2011

June 3, 2011

The city’s police contract with the King County Sheriff’s Office came in under budget for the year.

In late 2010, the sheriff’s office estimated that the contract for 2011 would cost the city about $1.46 million. The final contract cost came in $37,000 under budget.

There will be no changes to the level of service for the year.

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Man robs KeyBank March 18

April 1, 2011

Suspect

A man robbed KeyBank, 6917 Coal Creek Parkway S.E., just before 12:30 p.m. March 18.

The man walked in the store and delivered a hand-written note to the teller explaining that he was robbing the bank, King County Sheriff’s Office spokesman 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.

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City welcomes new officer

April 1, 2011

Newcastle recently welcomed a new officer to its police force.

Kimberly Roy began working for Newcastle Police at the end of February, replacing officer Gavin Anderson, who transferred to the Maple Valley precinct, but still works in the area on occasion.

Kimberly Roy, the subject of a show-and-tell with members of a preschool class, is the newest addition to Newcastle Police. Contributed

Roy, a Covington native, joined the King County Sheriff’s Office in 2008, working in unincorporated Renton and Kent, and later in Burien and Skyway. She said she enjoys the friendly Newcastle community.

“I love representing this close-knit community that is much like where I grew up,” Roy said. “It’s been a very warm welcome. I’m still surprised when I drive by citizens and they wave.”

While she’s off-duty, Roy said she enjoys spending time with her dogs: a Dachshund, a Boston terrier and a French bulldog. The bulldog had been abused prior to the adoption, and Roy said she and her husband have enjoyed helping the dog overcome its residual timidity.

Police Chief Melinda Irvine said Roy has been doing great work in Newcastle, and said she has already begun receiving phone calls from citizens with positive comments.

New photos released of Newcastle bank robber

March 29, 2011

NEW — 11 a.m. March 29, 2011

KeyBank robber at Safeway, photo one

The man who robbed the Newcastle KeyBank was caught on camera when he fled across the parking lot to Safeway.

The King County Sheriff’s Office released new photos March 29 of the man who robbed KeyBank, 6917 Coal Creek Parkway S.E., 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 through the south entrance. He took off his jacket, cap and glasses in the store and left through the north entrance.

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.

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Key Bank robbed March 18

March 21, 2011

UPDATED — 11 a.m. March 22, 2011

Newcastle bank robber, March 18, 2011

Police are searching for this man, who robbed Key Bank in Newcastle, 6917 Coal Creek Parkway S.E., just before 12:30 p.m. March 18.

A man robbed Key Bank, 6917 Coal Creek Parkway S.E., just before 12:30 p.m. March 18.

The man walked in the store and delivered a hand-written note to the teller explaining that he was robbing the bank, King County Sheriff’s Office spokesman 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 and about 6 feet tall and thin. He wore a black cap, black jacket, light-blue jeans and black-rimmed glasses. He left the store on foot, and headed northwest toward Safeway after leaving the bank.

Police searched the area but did not find the man, Urquhart said.

If you recognize this man, call the King County Sheriff’s Office at 206-296-3311 at any time of day, or call 911.

Issaquah School District dips into funds to keep Liberty’s resource officer

February 4, 2011

Issaquah School District leaders dipped into a budget reserve to keep the resource officer at Liberty High School, after cuts to the King County Sheriff’s Office eliminated the program.

King County Council members eliminated the resource officers assigned to Liberty and other schools in unincorporated areas in order to patch a $60 million budget hole late last year. The district kicked in $40,000 from a budget reserve in order to keep Deputy Dave Montalvo at the school through the end of the school year.

The austere county budget for 2011 also called for the police storefront in a rural area near Issaquah to close, but the facility remains open.

The county operates a storefront in the Four Creeks Unincorporated Area. The area encompasses 14,000 residents in Maple Hills, May Valley, Mirrormont and other communities between Issaquah and Renton.

The county continues to offer other services at storefronts in the county, but the sheriff’s office no longer assigns deputies to the facilities. Sgt. John Urquhart, sheriff’s office spokesman, said some deputies continue to use storefronts for computer access and restrooms.

The county could reduce additional services at storefronts. The budget funds the community service representatives responsible for manning the facilities through February.

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Man tries to pick up three Maywood students

February 3, 2011

NEW — 5:50 p.m. Feb. 3, 2011

Three Maywood Middle School students reported that an unknown man offered them a ride home when they were walking back from school at about 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

None of the students knew the man, who was driving a turquoise Taurus along Southeast 144th Street in Renton.

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Residents can now file police reports, track crime online

January 7, 2011

Newcastle residents and others served by the King County Sheriff’s Office have two new Internet-based resources at their disposal when it comes to reporting minor crimes and tracking crime in the region.

The King County Sheriff’s Office website now offers a new feature known as Report to Sheriff, which allows residents to notify police of incidents by typing reports on their computers rather than by waiting on hold on the phone.

Through Report to Sheriff, residents can file and print reports for general property theft, mail theft, identity theft, bicycle theft, car prowls, vandalism and suspicious circumstances. They can also anonymously report narcotics activity or file traffic complaints.

To report an incident, there must not be a suspect nor evidence left by a suspect. It also mustn’t have occurred on a state freeway or Metro or Sound Transit bus.

If the crime is in progress or it is an emergency, dial 911, the site reminds.

For more information about what crimes can be reported online, visit the Report to Sheriff website or call the King County Sheriff’s Office nonemergency line at 206-296-3311.

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Parks upkeep to be funded next year

December 2, 2010

The City Council amended the 2011 preliminary budget to include $62,000 for parks maintenance, as the budget had previously called for maintenance of the city neighborhood parks to be discontinued.

The amendment was one in a string of more than a dozen approved by the council.

The council also approved a 1 percent property tax hike, although it also voted to reduce storm water fees by about $36 per household. Through the combination, those with homes worth less than about $1.5 million will see a reduction in taxes.

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Police, parents search for missing Maywood student

October 26, 2010

NEW — 10:20 a.m. Oct. 26, 2010

The parents and friends of a missing Maywood Middle School student have asked community members to help bring her home.

Her parents believe Riley Bunch, 12, ran away from her Renton Highlands home Monday. In a postings on Facebook, the family said Riley did not get on her school bus or attend school. The school notified them Riley did not attend.

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