Neighbors report suspicious activity in Olympus neighborhood

May 1, 2013

NEW — 10:40 a.m. May 1, 2013

Alert residents in the Olympus neighborhood spotted two males sitting in a suspicious truck going through garbage on April 29, according to a release from Newcastle Police Chief Melinda Irvine.

Residents approached the men, who said they were working for the city or homeowners association doing research on residents’ garbage usage. Neither the city, nor the homeowners association have hired anyone to do such a thing.

“That activity is illegal,” Irvine said in the statement. Read more

More than 100 attend annual town hall meeting

November 2, 2012

NEW — 10:40 a.m. Nov. 2, 2012

About 115 residents armed with electronic voting clickers responded to real-time poll questions at the annual town hall meeting held Oct. 29 at The Golf Club at Newcastle.

City Manager Rob Wyman presented information about the 2013 preliminary budget and future development in the city, while Newcastle Police Chief Melinda Irvine offered information on community safety, crime prevention and Newcastle police staffing levels.

With the electronic voting devices, residents had the opportunity to offer their feedback about the city’s performance. Read more

Bank robbery suspect arrested

July 3, 2012

The man suspected of robbing the Newcastle branch of KeyBank on June 14 was arrested June 22, according to a statement from Newcastle Police Chief Melinda Irvine.

Gorricho Desue is believed to be responsible for two other bank robberies in Mount Vernon and in Moses Lake.

The FBI Safe Streets Task Force worked immediately after the Newcastle robbery to identify the suspect, locate him and take him into custody.

“Our praise to the FBI for their great work,” Irvine said. “We appreciate their efforts.”

Gorricho Desue, pictured here, suspected of robbing the Newcastle branch of Key Bank was arrested June 22. He is suspected of robbing banks in Mount Vernon and Moses Lake.
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The suspect, wearing a bandage on the left side of his face during the incident, robbed the KeyBank, 6917 Coal Creek Parkway S.E., at about 10:30 a.m. June 14.

He was described as a 6-foot, 240-pound black male in his 30s.

He is believed to be the same suspect who robbed the Bank of America, 320 W. Kincaid St. in Mount Vernon, on June 12 due to similarities in appearance and method, FBI spokeswoman Ayn Dietrich said.

Dietrich said the details of how the Newcastle robbery took place cannot be released at this time, but the robber was not armed. She was not able to release how much money was taken from the bank, she said.

Residents who see suspicious activity can call 911 or the Newcastle Police Department’s nonemergency dispatch number, 206-296-3311, for an officer to respond.

Motorcyclist is suspected of Newcastle, Bellevue burglaries

July 3, 2012

A man riding a motorcycle is suspected of recent burglaries in Newcastle and Bellevue, Newcastle Police Chief Melinda Irvine said in a release June 1.

The motorcycle is described as a black-and-cream cruiser-style bike with a lot of chrome on it, according to the release. It reportedly does not have a loud exhaust.

The male driver was seen dressed all in dark clothing.

The driver, who was reportedly wearing a yellow helmet, is suspected of burglarizing a home at 2 p.m. June 1 in the Lake Washington Ridge neighborhood.

A similar burglary occurred at 11:45 a.m. May 29 in the 8600 block of 138th Place Southeast.

A neighbor’s security camera caught the image of a man on a motorcycle pulling into the driveway of the house just before the first burglary occurred. The man paused, got off the bike and walked toward the house that was burglarized.

Three hours later, a burglary occurred in the Eastgate area of Bellevue with the same motorcycle and suspect description. Residents who may have been contacted by the motorcyclist are asked to call Newcastle Police at 649-4444.

Police are asking residents to be aware of suspicious activity in Newcastle neighborhoods and call the nonemergency dispatch number, 206-296-3311, if anything seems out of place.

Police urge members of the public to call 911 if they see a crime in progress and to write down license plates of suspicious vehicles or take a photo if they can do so safely.

Suspect in Newcastle Key Bank robbery arrested

June 23, 2012

NEW — 4:25 p.m. June 23, 2012

The man suspected of robbing the Newcastle branch of Key Bank at about 10:30 a.m. June 14 was arrested June 22, according to statement from Newcastle Police Chief Melinda Irvine.

He is believed to be responsible for two other bank robberies in Mt. Vernon and in Moses Lake.

The FBI Safe Streets Task Force worked immediately following the Newcastle robbery to identify the suspect, locate him and take him into custody.

“Our praise to the FBI for their great work,” Irvine said. “We appreciate their efforts.”

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Motorcyclist suspected of recent Newcastle, Bellevue burglaries

June 1, 2012

A man riding a motorcycle is suspected of recent burglaries in Newcastle and Bellevue, Newcastle Police Chief Melinda Irvine said in a release June 1.

The motorcycle is described as a black and cream cruiser style bike with a lot of chrome on it, according to the release.  It reportedly does not have a loud exhaust.

The male driver was seen dressed all in dark clothing.

The driver, who was reportedly wearing a yellow helmet is suspected of burglarizing a home at 2 p.m. June 1 in the Lake Washington Ridge neighborhood.

A similar burglary occurred at 11:45 a.m. May 29 in the 8600 block of 138th Place S.E.

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Neighbor reports suspicious women in China Creek area to police

May 8, 2012

A Newcastle woman took this picture of two women suspected in a home burglary in the China Creek neighborhood around 12 p.m. May 8.

UPDATED — 3:30 p.m. May 9, 2012

An alert neighbor spotted a suspicious truck and two women she did not recognize at her neighbor’s house around 12 p.m. May 8 in the China Falls neighborhood, according to a release from Newcastle Police Chief Melinda Irvine.

The neighbor reported that she saw the women leave the house carrying items and called 911 and took photographs.

Residents are encouraged to call Newcastle Police at 649-4444 if they recognize them or had any contact with them this morning.

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Police nab two suspects in home burglaries

April 5, 2012

The Newcastle Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies located two suspects after a home burglary was reported Feb. 29 on Forest Drive in Bellevue, just outside of Newcastle city limits.

The house was occupied during the incident, Police Chief Melinda Irvine said in a statement.

Two male suspects fled into the heavily wooded area toward Newcastle-Golf Club Road. Due to the proximity of the incident to Newcastle, police are looking into possible connections to burglaries in the city.

Newcastle officers, King County Sheriff’s Office deputies and detectives, and K-9 units from Kirkland and Federal Way assisted Bellevue police.

The suspects were hiding under a foot of leaves in a ravine and were located by the K-9 units.

“We will continue a thorough investigation of the burglaries that have occurred in the city to determine if these men are responsible, and work to locate any stolen property,” Irvine said.

The suspects may be responsible for several burglaries in Newcastle over the past few months.

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Police seek home burglary, lighting theft information

March 2, 2012

Police are seeking information after a house was burglarized Feb. 15 in the 8200 block of 117th Avenue Southeast.

Prior to the burglary, two males came to the door of that house and said they were raising money for earthquake relief, according to Newcastle Police Chief Melinda Irvine. The men were driving a black four-door Lexus.

The first man is described as a skinny Asian male who is about 5 foot, 9 inches tall. The second man is described as an Asian male, 5 feet, 9 inches tall with a medium build and short hair. He was reportedly wearing a white shirt and tie.

Call Detective Christy Marsalisi or any other member of the Newcastle Police Department at 649-4444 if you have been contacted by these men or have any other information regarding the burglary. Residents can also email the department at police@ci.newcastle.wa.us or provide an anonymous tip through the anonymous tip page at www.ci.newcastle.wa.us/police/anonymous_tip.htm.

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Two suspects arrested after home burglary report

March 1, 2012

NEW — 10:55 a.m., March 1, 2012

The Newcastle Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies have located two suspects after a home burglary was reported Feb. 29 on Forest Drive in Bellevue, just outside of Newcastle city limits.

The house was reportedly occupied during the incident, said Police Chief Melinda Irvine in a statement.

Two male suspects fled into the heavily wooded area toward Newcastle-Golf Club Road.

Newcastle officers, King County Sheriff’s Office deputies and detectives assisted Bellevue along with K-9 units from Kirkland and Federal Way.

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