Silver Alerts begin in Washington, first one is used in Issaquah

September 30, 2015

NEW — 3 p.m. Sept. 30, 2015

On Aug. 27, law enforcement agencies in Washington began using a new notification to alert the public of missing persons who fit the criteria for a Silver Alert.

On Sept. 10, the first Silver Alert was issued for Bryant Merrick after a report was taken by the Issaquah Police Department. The alert went out at 9:30 a.m., and was posted on state Department of Transportation digital billboards in three counties. Merrick was located by the Seattle Police Department the next morning and was safe.

A Silver Alert will be activated when a missing person 60 years of age or older, suffering from a form of dementia, is not able to return to safety without assistance.

When vehicle information is associated with the Silver Alert, the DOT highway signs and highway advisory radio messages will provide a brief description of the vehicle and license plate number. Read more

Newcastle man tumbles off Issaquah overpass while eluding police

August 7, 2014

NEW — 1 p.m. Aug. 7, 2014

By Greg Farrar A Washington State Patrol trooper looks over a yellow Ducati 749 motorcycle that flew off the eastbound I-90 overpass exit ramp to Highlands Drive, and landed down an embankment off the right shoulder of eastbound Interstate 90.

By Greg Farrar
A Washington State Patrol trooper looks over a yellow Ducati 749 motorcycle that flew off the eastbound I-90 overpass exit ramp to Highlands Drive, and landed down an embankment off the right shoulder of eastbound Interstate 90.

A motorcyclist who suffered severe injuries Aug. 6, after vaulting over the Interstate 90 Issaquah Highlands exit overpass into the east fork of Issaquah Creek below has been identified as 22-year-old Jeffrey Kimmel, of Newcastle. Read more

Washington State Patrol seeks 60 trooper cadets

April 20, 2012

NEW — 10:05 a.m. April 20, 2012

Washington State Patrol leaders need 60 trooper cadets — and fast.

The agency just received approval to run the 101st academy class in state patrol history. The class is scheduled to start in October, as the milestone 100th class concludes.

“We hear of agencies hiring five or six at a time, and we’re trying to find 60 top-notch people in just a couple of months,” said Capt. Jeff DeVere, commander of the state patrol’s Human Resources Division. “This is an extraordinary opportunity for anyone considering a career in law enforcement.”

But potential recruits need to act fast. The state patrol is testing candidates in late April and early May.

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DUI patrols will increase for holidays

December 1, 2011

Thanksgiving was the launch date for a statewide campaign to nab drunken drivers throughout the holiday season.

The effort will continue through Jan. 2. The campaign means beefed-up DUI enforcement on Newcastle and King County roads, as the Newcastle Police Department, Washington State Patrol and other law enforcement agencies join the crackdown.

Washington law enforcement officers advise all holiday partygoers to designate a sober driver, call a cab or choose not to drink alcohol.

Officers in King County on routine and extra patrols arrested 876 people for DUI during the same period last year.

In addition to Newcastle police, officers in nearby Issaquah, Bellevue, North Bend, Renton, Sammamish and Snoqualmie plan to participate in the extra DUI enforcement.

The anti-DUI effort is organized under the King County Target Zero Task Force, a regional effort to crack down on unsafe driving practices. Target Zero managers coordinate the extra patrols. In addition, the Washington Traffic Safety Commission provides support.

Target Zero’s goal is to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries statewide by 2030.

Holiday DUI patrols to begin on Thanksgiving Day

November 16, 2011

NEW — 2:15 p.m. Nov. 16, 2011

Thanksgiving is the launch date for a statewide campaign to nab drunken drivers throughout the holiday season.

The effort starts Nov. 24 and runs through Jan. 2. The campaign means beefed-up DUI enforcement on Newcastle and King County roads, as the Newcastle Police Department, Washington State Patrol and other law enforcement agencies join the crackdown.

Washington law enforcement officers advise all holiday partygoers to designate a sober driver, call a cab or choose not to drink alcohol.

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Black bear hit on Interstate 405

July 1, 2011

NEW — 10:35 a.m. July 1, 2011

A small black bear was hit sometime overnight between June 30 and July 1 on Interstate 405 near Newcastle, according to the Washington State Patrol.

A motorist called in around 2 a.m. to report an animal carcass on the freeway, said Julie Startup, a spokeswoman for the patrol.

Troopers responded and found the dead bear, which Startup said had been hit hard and was in pieces. They moved it off the freeway and notified wildlife officials, she said.

Two injured in State Route 520 crash

April 26, 2011

NEW — 11:45 a.m. April 26, 2011

Two Newcastle residents were injured in a hit and run crash on State Route 520 just west of 84th Avenue Northeast in Bellevue just before 12:30 p.m. April 23.

Stephen Whistom, 53, and Nina Whistom, 56, were driving westbound on the highway in a 2007 Mercedes SL55 when a person driving a 1992 Acura Integra hit their car, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Both cars slammed in the jersey barrier, and the driver of the Acura fled the scene on foot. Stephen and Nina Whistrom were both taken to the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle where they were treated and released.

The Washington State Patrol is investigating the crash. The age and sex of the Acura driver is not known, and it is unknown if drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash.

Police release suspect sketch in possible assault near Hazen

March 4, 2011

NEW — 3:15 p.m. March 4, 2011

Investigators released a sketch Friday of a man suspected in a possible sexual assault near Hazen High School.

Sketch of the man believed to have sexually assaulted a teen on Monday.

Washington State Patrol suspect sketch.

Washington State Patrol detectives seek information and witnesses after a teenage girl reported sexual assault late Monday afternoon.

Police said a man in a truck picked up the Issaquah girl at about 5:30 p.m. as she walked along state Route 900 at 148th Avenue Southeast, assaulted her and preceded to drive around the area. The girl told police he held her against her will and released her after about 30 minutes.

Investigators described the suspect as a Hispanic man between 19 and 25 years old, and about 5-feet 6-inches tall. Police said he had a strong accent, and wore jeans, a dark blue sweatshirt and a hat. Sideburns could be seen from beneath the hat.

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Teenager reports sexual assault near Issaquah

March 1, 2011

NEW — 5:30 p.m. March 1, 2011

Washington State Patrol investigators seek witnesses and information about a possible sexual assault on a teenager near Issaquah.

The teenage girl said she had been out walking at about 5:30 p.m. Monday, when a man picked her up along state Route 900 and then assaulted her.

Investigators said the man then drove the Issaquah teenager around the area, and held the girl against her will for 30 minutes before he released her.

The state patrol described the suspect as a Hispanic man with a strong accent, between 19 and 25 years old, and about 5-feet 6-inches tall. He was dressed in jeans, a dark blue sweatshirt and a hat. Investigators said he had sideburns visible from beneath the hat.

The vehicle was a dark blue, midsize pickup. Inside the truck bed was a blue metal toolbox with white writing.

People with information about the case should contact Detective Stacy Moate at 401-7746.

SR 900 crash injures Newcastle man

May 23, 2010

NEW — 12:40 p.m. May 23, 2010

A late-night crash left a Newcastle man with serious injuries Saturday after a speeding car hit his pickup from behind.

Washington State Patrol investigators said the accident occurred at about 11:30 p.m. on state Route 900 near 172nd Place Southeast, southwest of Issaquah. Troopers said a 25-year-old Issaquah woman driving a Ford Focus headed eastbound on SR 900 struck the Ford pickup driven by the 35-year-old Newcastle man.

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