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City worker’s job isn’t just a walk in the park

Jeff Watling compares his leadership style as the Kent city parks, recreation and community services director to that of a basketball coach.

Council OKs bond sale by narrowest of margins

In a controversial 4-3 vote Tuesday night, the Kent City Council approved the sale of $24 million in limited tax general obligation bonds to help fund five capital improvement projects.

Box cutter threat leads to man’s arrest | Kent Reporter Police Blotter

A man armed with a box-cutter knife reportedly threatened another man on a Metro bus at about 3:40 p.m. Aug. 6 in the 19600 block of 68th Avenue South.

Police Blotter: Brothers’ fight leads to assault charges

Police arrested a man for investigation of fourth-degree assault after he allegedly grabbed his brother around the neck and threw him to the floor at 11:43 p.m. July 29 at a home in the 24600 block of 116th Avenue Southeast.

Kent city worker Paquette leaves soon for National Guard assignment in Iraq

When friends of John Paquette hear he’s going to Iraq with the National Guard’s 81st Brigade, they have one primary question for him. “They ask if I’m scared or not,” said Paquette during an interview Monday at his West Hill home. Paquette, 24, on leave as a city of Kent vegetation maintenance worker, just returned to town this week after a month of training at the Yakima Training Center.

Police Blotter: Hooker says she chose Kent over Miami

Kent Police arrested a 23-year-old woman for investigation of prostitution loitering at about 1 p.m. Aug. 1 near South 240th Street and Pacific Highway South.

Blotter: Man cited over hostile phone messages

A woman told police that a man she had met through work left hostile and vulgar voicemail messages for her after she told him she had no romantic interest in him because she already had a boyfriend.

Boat launch fee starts soon at Lake Meridian

Starting in the fall or early next year, it will cost $5 to use the boat launch at Lake Meridian Park.

Kent Events Center directors ready to roll

With the Kent Events Center slated to open in about five months, Josh Holmes and Beth Sylves have taken on the challenge to help make the new arena a hit.

Dogs may bark, but the reader moves on for Kent city worker

During his work as Kent city water-meter reader, Mark Maughan crosses the paths of pit bulls, Labradors and Doberman pinchers. But only one dog has ever bitten him. “The worst one, and it bit me twice, was a Chihuahua,” Maughan said Tuesday, sitting in at the Centennial Building in downtown Kent. “It bit me in the shoe and again in the back of my shoe on the way out. I think it had little-dog syndrome.”

City looking at cost-saving measures for ’09 budget

City of Kent officials may leave open as many as 100 jobs over the rest of the year, in an effort to reduce spending due to rising costs and declining tax revenue.

Blotter: Eggs and toilet paper make for depressing evening

Four young men reportedly stuck forks in the lawn and threw toilet paper and eggs at a house in the 28000 block of 122nd Place Southeast. The incident took place at about 1:30 a.m. July 22.

Street racing? No more for Kent

Kent Police are cracking down on illegal street racing in the city’s industrial valley.

Recreation is Kent city worker’s full-time job

There is something for everyone in the city of Kent’s recreation program because of Tammy Heldt.

Regional task force to put the brakes on car theft

Police agencies throughout South King County expect to be catching a lot more car thieves soon.

Arrest follows threatening display of gun | Kent Police Blotter

A passenger in a Jeep Cherokee reportedly pointed a handgun at a man after a fight at about 3 p.m. July 17 at a gas station in the 1500 block of West Meeker Street.

Kent teen gets 7 years in shooting death of friend

The lives of two families were forever changed because of the shooting death of 16-year-old Kyle Weis by his friend Clayton MacDonald on the morning of Nov. 5, 2007 at a Kent condominium.

Kent: Man stabbed in botched robbery, drives self to hospital

A man drove himself to the hospital July 8 after he sustained a stab wound to the chest when two men reportedly attempted to rob him at about 1 a.m. at a Kent store parking lot in the 25600 block of 104th Avenue Southeast.

Nursery manager Harrell keeps Kent in the green

When Jennifer Harrell plants a tree, birds pay attention.

Kent, county tackle levee-repair work

The Green River Valley needs the river to run through it, not over it.