April blotter

April 30, 2015

Presidential detail

Police responded to a report of a suspicious person at the Newcastle Chase Bank, 6911 Coal Creek Parkway S.E., March 26. The Bellevue man, who appeared to be a transient with mental issues, police said, went into the bank and asked for coffee before going on a rant about how the bank had “raped” him in the past. Later, when police approached him at a Newcastle bus stop, he said he used to be the Bellevue Fire chief and that he knew former President George H.W. Bush.

Newcastle Police encountered the man again April 2, after a Metro bus driver called about an agitated passenger. The man claimed police gave him drugs, and added that he owned the FBI and worked for the CIA. Based on his statements and some made to the bus driver, police requested an ambulance for involuntary commitment. Read more

Newcastle Police arrest mail, package thief

January 2, 2015

Newcastle Police arrested a woman Dec. 18 for stealing packages off of a front porch in the 15500 block of Southeast 79th Street.

The department suspects she is associated with other package and mail thefts in the area, Police Chief Melinda Irvine said in a news release.

Police can identify owners of the mail, but not items removed from packages, so residents who had had packages stolen, but have not reported it, should go to www.reporttosheriff.org or call 206-296-3311 to claim property.

Officers encourage residents to keep a close eye on their doorsteps when shipping and/or receiving packages. If possible, ship boxes through an authorized mail service location, and plan to be home when your packages are scheduled for delivery. Read more

Police blotter

August 19, 2011

NEW — 6:25 p.m., Aug. 19, 2011

Car prowl

A woman reported her right front passenger window was damaged and Camel Pak backpack was stolen from her vehicle at the Cougar Mountain Country Park trailhead parking lot on Aug. 2. About $250 worth of damage was done to the car, and about $150 worth of items were taken. The belongings included a backpack containing several articles of identification and a bankcard.

Vandalism at Liberty

Between the hours of 2:30 p.m. Aug. 4 and 6 a.m. Aug 5, the stadium manager for Liberty High School reported about $500 worth of damage to one of the school’s field goal posts. Vandalism is the presumed cause of the damage.

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Would-be home burglars narrowly escape police in foot pursuit

July 1, 2011

Two would-be home burglars narrowly escaped Newcastle Police officers in a foot pursuit in the 8100 block of 126th Place Southeast just before noon June 2.

The suspects — a white man and a black man — broke into an occupied home from the backyard, but fled without stealing anything when they realized somebody was home, King County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. John Urquhart said.

A neighbor spotted the men entering the yard and called police. Newcastle Police Chief Melinda Irvine said the men took off running from the home before realizing officers were responding to the area.

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Neighborhoods plan for National Night Out

July 1, 2011

Newcastle neighborhoods have started planning for National Night Out. The Aug. 2 event is a nationwide drug- and crime-prevention event from 7-10 p.m. that evening.

The Hazelwood Community Association will hold a community picnic at Donegal Park, 7319 125th Ave. S.E., from 5:30-7:30 p.m. All are welcome attend. A grill will be available for use, but attendees must bring their own food.

Newcastle Police Officer Ryan Olmsted is organizing this year’s event. Call him at City Hall at 649-4444, ext. 120, or email him at ryan.olmsted@kingcounty.gov if you are interested in setting up a gathering in your neighborhood.

Woman crashes car into house

June 24, 2011

UPDATED — 2:30 p.m. June 24, 2011

A 38-year-old Newcastle woman crashed her 1999 Lexus sedan into the back of a house in the 7400 block of 117th Avenue Southeast just before 1:35 p.m. June 23.

The woman turned left into a private driveway and then accelerated, smashing through a fence, racing down an embankment and crashing into the house, King County Sheriff’s Office spokesman John Urquhart said.

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Police on the hunt for home burglars

June 2, 2011

NEW — 6:35 p.m. June 2, 2011

Newcastle Police are searching for two men who burglarized a house near Southeast 81st Court and 126th Place Southeast just before noon June 2. A neighbor called 911 after seeing two men enter the back yard of the house, Police Chief Melinda Irvine said.

After entering through the back door, the men discovered somebody was home and fled on foot. There was no confrontation between the men and the homeowner, Irvine said.

Police chased the men on foot as the men scaled back fences through the neighborhood, but police were unable to apprehend the suspects. A police helicopter also responded to the area.

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Man shot at Castle Creek Apartments

May 6, 2011

A man was shot in the leg at about 2 a.m. April 23 after asking a group of people making noise in the parking lot to be quiet, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.

The man initially called to the group from his balcony at Castle Creek Apartments, 7000 132nd Place S.E., City Manager Rob Wyman wrote in an email to the City Council. An argument and a fight followed, leading to one member of the group to pull out a gun and fire several shots, hitting the resident once.

The resident — who is in his 40s — suffered only minor injuries and was transported to Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue.

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Newcastle cops hit the ground running for cancer research

May 6, 2011

UPDATED — 5 p.m. May 6, 2011

Newcastle cops don’t sit around eating doughnuts, and Police Chief Melinda Irvine and officer Steve Kajihiro can attest to that.

This spring, Irvine and Kajihiro teamed up with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training to get in peak physical condition while raising money for cancer research.

Irvine — who completed two ironman triathlons and a half-ironman triathlon in the last three years — is mentoring athletes aspiring to compete in half-ironman triathlons this year. She is aiming to raise $4,000 this year to add to the more than $10,000 she raised training for the half-ironman triathlon.

Contributed Newcastle Police Chief Melinda Irvine runs in the Baker Lake 50K run in Baker Lake in October 2010.

As of Newcastle News’ deadline May 3, Irvine had raised $1,500.

Kajihiro — who competed in the Seattle Half Marathon in November 2010 and the Honolulu Marathon in December 2010 — is training to compete in the San Diego Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon and the Seattle Rock ‘N’ Roll Half Marathon, both in June.

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Newcastle hit by recent string of burglaries

April 29, 2011

UPDATED — 10:35 a.m. May 2, 2011

Newcastle was hit by two strings of burglaries during the last two weeks, Police Chief Melinda Irvine wrote in an electronic alert to residents April 26. Irvine released descriptions April 29 of two vehicles of interest in the crimes.

The first string of burglaries occurred in the Lake Washington Crest neighborhood. Burglars forced their ways into three homes in the 8000 block of 119th Avenue Southeast, entering through back doors. The burglaries occurred during the day April 19.

What appears to be a second burglar or group of burglars broke into three garages across the city at night between April 20 and 25, stealing items from cars parked inside, Irvine said.

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