City Council combs over 2015 budget

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

Seattle task force seeks Rent Money Bandit

October 6, 2014

NEW — 5:30 p.m. Oct. 6, 2014

Contributed Police are seeking this man connected to a string of bank robberies in Issaquah, Bellevue and Newcastle.

Contributed
Police are seeking this man connected to a string of bank robberies in Issaquah, Bellevue and Newcastle.

Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man believed to have robbed banks in Issaquah, Newcastle and Bellevue. Read more

Liberty SRO honored as best in the state

October 3, 2014

By Greg Farrar Deputy Dave Montalvo, Liberty resource officer, is greeted warmly by a visiting graduate near the grandstand student section as he patrols a Sept. 12 football game.

By Greg Farrar
Deputy Dave Montalvo, Liberty resource officer, is greeted warmly by a visiting graduate near the grandstand student section as he patrols a Sept. 12 football game.

Deputy Dave Montalvo has had his fair share of assignments in a 27-year career with the King County Sheriff’s Office. Read more

Chamber to host King County sheriff

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.

County deputy found asleep in patrol car is fired

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

Newcastle at 20

June 5, 2014

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Our hero, our friend

May 15, 2014

NEW — 12:15 p.m. May 15, 2014

By Autumn Koepp Mayor John Dulcich stands with hundreds of mourners as they watch a procession of more than 450 police vehicles drive through Newcastle in honor of fallen Deputy Richard Herzog in 2002.

By Autumn Koepp
Mayor John Dulcich stands with hundreds of mourners as they watch a procession of more than 450 police vehicles drive through Newcastle in honor of fallen Deputy Richard Herzog in 2002.

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

Mayor, County Council recognize National Police Week

May 12, 2014

NEW — 4:25 p.m. May 12, 2014

Rich Herzog

Rich Herzog

The Metropolitan King County Council and Newcastle Mayor Steve Buri today joined municipalities across the country in recognition of National Police Week, which occurs May 12–18.

National Police Week recognizes the men and women who have fallen in the line of duty, a sacrifice the city of Newcastle understands firsthand.

King County Sheriff’s Deputy Richard Herzog gave his life in service to the community while protecting the citizens of Newcastle during the apprehension of a suspect in 2002.  Herzog had worked in Newcastle for several years and knew many of the residents and businesses. Read more

Bellevue P.D. concludes investigation into New Year’s Eve incident

May 1, 2014

The Bellevue Police Department has completed its investigation into a King County Sheriff’s deputy who was arrested in Newcastle last New Year’s Eve.

Police arrested the deputy in Newcastle Dec. 31, after a citizen called to report an officer was passed out behind the wheel in a parked patrol car. The deputy was placed under arrest for physical control of a motor vehicle, the legal equivalent of a DUI when no driving is observed.

The officer was not a member of the Newcastle Police Department, according to an email from Newcastle Police Chief Melinda Irvine, and wasn’t working overtime in the city.

A certified drug recognition expert conducted the three-month investigation and showed the deputy was impaired by prescription medications, according to a release from Bellevue Police spokeswoman Carla Iafrate.

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Bellevue PD concludes investigation into New Year’s Eve incident

April 9, 2014

NEW — 1:45 p.m. April 9, 2014

The Bellevue Police Department completed its investigation into a King County Sheriff’s deputy who was arrested in Newcastle last New Year’s Eve.

Police arrested the deputy in Newcastle Dec. 31, after a citizen called to report the officer was passed out behind the wheel in his parked patrol car. The deputy was placed under arrest for physical control of a motor vehicle, the legal equivalent of a DUI when no driving was observed.

The officer was not a member of the Newcastle Police Department, according to an email from Newcastle Police Chief Melinda Irvine, and wasn’t working overtime in the city.

A certified drug recognition expert conducted the three-month investigation and showed the deputy was impaired by prescription medications, according to a release from Bellevue Police spokeswoman Carla Iafrate. Read more

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