City hit with rash of car break-ins

August 25, 2015

NEW — 4 p.m. Aug. 25, 2015

The city of Newcastle experienced an influx in car break-ins this past week, according to an Aug. 25 e-alert from Newcastle Police Chief Melinda Irvine.

The thefts occurred at night at various apartment and condominium complexes. The thief entered the vehicles by prying doors or breaking windows.

Almost all of the items stolen from vehicles had been left in plain sight, Irvine said.

“Remember, your duffle bag of dirty gym clothes looks like a bag with potential valuables to someone with criminal intent,” she said. Read more

July police blotter

August 6, 2015

NEW — 8 p.m. Aug. 6, 2015

Tip jar crook

A Newcastle man stole a donation bin from the Newcastle McDonald’s, 13049 Newcastle Way, on June 29. Earlier that morning, the same man stole the donation bin from a Maple Valley McDonald’s. He wasn’t done, though. The same man reportedly stole the tip jar at the Newcastle Starbucks, 6977 Coal Creek Parkway S.E., on June 30.

Up in smoke

An anonymous caller reported three suspicious males smoking something in a car near the intersection of Southeast 79th Drive and 144th Avenue Southeast June 30. The three men denied doing drugs and told police they were smoking cigarettes. Read more

Run with the fuzz

April 30, 2015

Contributed Newcastle Police Department officers Steve Kajihiro (second from left), Scott Yamamoto (fourth from left) and Chief Melinda Irvine (second from right) join their friends, including Sweet Decadence owner Sandra Wixon (far right), for a pre-race photo at the Seahawks’ 12K/5K run at The Landing in Renton on April 17.

Newcastle Police Department officers Steve Kajihiro (second from left), Scott Yamamoto (fourth from left) and Chief Melinda Irvine (second from right) join their friends, including Sweet Decadence owner Sandra Wixon (far right), for a pre-race photo at the Seahawks’ 12K/5K run at The Landing in Renton on April 17.

Newcastle Police seeking copper wire thieves

February 6, 2015

The Newcastle Police Department is looking for witnesses, after a copper wire theft caused city streetlights to go out.

Between Friday, Jan. 23, and Saturday, Jan. 24, suspects stole a large amount of copper wire along Coal Creek Parkway. Thieves entered the electrical panels in the sidewalk and cement barrier to gain access.

The areas hit were at Southeast 81st and Coal Creek Parkway, and multiple locations between Southeast May Creek Park Drive and May Valley Road.

If you saw any activity, such as a truck or people working in the area in the past week that were not using marked Newcastle vehicles, contact Detective Christy Marsalisi at 649-4444 and refer to case 15-026666. You can also submit an anonymous tip at Read more

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

Newcastle plans National Night Out events

July 31, 2014

Newcastle will join cities across the country to celebrate National Night Out Aug. 5.

The event aims to heighten crime prevention awareness, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and send a message to criminals about neighborhoods organized against criminal activity.

National Night Out is celebrated with neighborhood block parties, often visited by local law enforcement.

The Donegal Park neighborhood event begins at 5:30 p.m. at Donegal Park, 7319 125th Ave. S.E. Neighbors are encouraged to bring folding chairs and food for grilling on the park’s barbeque, said event coordinator Lorinda Ecklund. Read more

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 Police catch car prowler

July 2, 2014

A 23-year-old Renton man will be charged in connection with eight car break-ins and one shed break-in that occurred in Newcastle from May 30 through June 2, according to a news release from Newcastle Police Chief Melinda Irvine.

Detective Christy Marsalisi caught the man when an observant employee saw him checking vehicles in a business parking lot, Irvine said.

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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

Newcastle City Council roundup — May 6

May 7, 2014

NEW — 4:05 p.m. May 7, 2014

The Newcastle City Council held its first meeting of the month May 6. Here is the Cliffs Notes version of what happened at City Hall. View the full meeting agenda online here.

Marijuana moratorium coming?

The Newcastle City Council directed city staff to prepare an ordinance placing a moratorium on marijuana-related business in the city. It represents one of the body’s first significant actions on the subject since the drug’s legalization.

Councilman Gordon Bisset made the motion, which passed 4-3. Read more

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