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.
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
May 12, 2015
NEW — 3:15 p.m. May 12, 2015
The Metropolitan King County Council and Newcastle Mayor Steve Buri joined municipalities across the country in recognizing National Police Week.
National Police Week, May 10-16, recognizes the men and women of law enforcement who have fallen in the line of duty.
The city of Newcastle understands the weight of those sacrifices more than most, after King County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Richard Herzog lost his life protecting the citizens of Newcastle June 2, 2002.
“It is always an honor to recognize and remember those that have fallen in the line of duty,” King County Councilman Reagan Dunn said in a statement.
“I want to thank Mayor Buri, the City Council and all of the residents of Newcastle for continuing to honor the memory and sacrifice of Deputy Herzog.” Read more
April 30, 2015
A fire destroyed a Newcastle home in the 10900 block of Southeast 66th Street on April 13.
All five tenants in the two-story rental home at the time escaped without injuries thanks, largely, to working smoke detectors that alerted some of the sleeping occupants, according to a Bellevue Fire Department news release.
Bellevue firefighters responded to a 911 call at about 8:15 p.m. When the first crews arrived, the house was engulfed in flames that could be seen from Interstate 405 and Mercer Island. Callers also reported hearing multiple explosions.
Investigators determined the fire started in a barbecue located on a porch on the north side of the house, said Lt. Richard Burke, community liaison officer with the Bellevue Fire Department. Read more
November 7, 2014
The Newcastle City Council began reviewing City Manager Rob Wyman’s 2015 preliminary budget at its second October meeting.
The proposed budget places emphasis on public safety, setting the groundwork for an additional police officer in 2016, and outlines a robust capital investment program.
“I truly feel that the budget presented here provides a great value for the residents of Newcastle while reflecting the appropriate priorities, such as public safety,” Wyman wrote in the budget’s introduction.
The city could spend upward of $2.5 million on transportation projects if the budget is approved as is. In addition to the $550,000 the council commits annually to a pavement overlay program, residents could see projects such as pedestrian improvements to Southeast 73rd Place and the installation of flashing left-turn signals along Coal Creek Parkway in 2015. Read more
October 6, 2014
NEW — 5:30 p.m. Oct. 6, 2014
Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man believed to have robbed banks in Issaquah, Newcastle and Bellevue. Read more
October 3, 2014
Deputy Dave Montalvo has had his fair share of assignments in a 27-year career with the King County Sheriff’s Office. Read more
August 29, 2014
The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce will host King County Sheriff John Urquhart at its September luncheon.
Urquhart will give an update on all that’s happening at the King County Sheriff’s Office, and answer audience questions. The city of Newcastle contracts with the King County Sheriff’s Office for police services.
The luncheon starts at 11 a.m. Sept. 10 at Tapatio Mexican Grill, 6920 Coal Creek Parkway S.E. The cost is $20 for chamber members and $25 for nonmembers. RSVP for the luncheon at http://newcastle-chamber.org.
July 31, 2014
King County Sheriff John Urquhart has fired a deputy who was arrested in Newcastle on New Year’s Eve after being found asleep in his patrol car and showing signs of impairment.
The deputy was ultimately found to have prescription drugs in his system, according to a previous statement from the Bellevue Police Department, which was asked to handle the criminal investigation, while the King County Sheriff’s Office handled the administrative investigation.
Deputy Whitney Richtmyer, 47, was fired for violations involving criminal conduct and dishonest statements related to his actions on New Year’s Eve, and a subsequent investigation that found various paperwork in his car hadn’t been turned in over a four-year period, Urquhart said July 17. Read more
June 5, 2014
May 15, 2014
NEW — 12:15 p.m. May 15, 2014
May 15 is Peace Officers Memorial Day, part of National Police Week, which recognizes the men and women who have fallen in the line of duty. In honor of the day, we went through our archives and found this guest editorial penned by then-Newcastle Mayor John Dulcich in the July 12, 2002 Newcastle News issue. It is reprinted below in recognition of Deputy Rich Herzog’s sacrifice to the Newcastle community. Read more