Candidates file for public office, August primary

June 5, 2014

Local voters will have to choose candidates in an August primary.

King County candidate filing week ended May 16 with more than two applicants in a race for the local Congressional representative.

U.S. Rep. Adam Smith (D-9th) seeks re-election against three challengers, one of which should be very familiar to Newcastle voters.

Former Newcastle resident Mark Greene, who last year unsuccessfully ran for Newcastle City Council, is one of the candidates who hope to unseat Smith. Greene now lives in Federal Way. Democrat Don Rivers and Republican Doug Basler also filed for the 9th Congressional seat. Read more

Newcastle man enters Alford plea for immoral communication with minor

August 11, 2011

NEW — 5:45 p.m. Aug. 11, 2011

Newcastle resident Gil Furman entered an Alford plea* in King County Superior Court Aug. 9 to two counts of communication with a minor for immoral purposes.

The maximum sentence Furman could face for each count is 364 days in jail and a $5,000 fine.

One count of third-degree child molestation will be dismissed at Furman’s sentencing before Judge Mariane C. Spearman at 1 p.m. Sept. 16 in King County Superior Court.

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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.