Steve Hunter

Blotter: Warehouse worker helps nab gas guzzler

The actions of an operator of a warehouse in the 7000 block of South 190th Street helped Kent Police arrest a man for investigation of third-degree theft in connection with the stealing of gas from trucks.

Down goes the floor The Kent Events Center reached a milestone Tuesday with the pouring of its concrete floor. The center is on target and on schedule to open in January. It will serve as the new home of the Seattle Thunderbirds. The T-Birds will move from their current home at KeyArena

Kent Events Center gets rink floor

The Kent Events Center reached a milestone Tuesday with the pouring of its concrete floor.

Down goes the floor The Kent Events Center reached a milestone Tuesday with the pouring of its concrete floor. The center is on target and on schedule to open in January. It will serve as the new home of the Seattle Thunderbirds. The T-Birds will move from their current home at KeyArena
Work has begun on the South 228th overpass

Kent budget: City staff look into future, give report on costs

City officials estimate that Kent will need to spend as much as $1.5 billion over the next 20 years on capital projects, with the lion's share of nearly $1.2 billion going for for utilities and transportation.

Work has begun on the South 228th overpass

Blotter: Warehouse employee helps nab gas guzzler

The actions of an operator of a warehouse in the 7000 block of South 190th Street helped Kent Police arrest a man for investigation of third-degree theft in connection with the stealing of gas from trucks.

Jeff Watling is the Kent parks

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.

Jeff Watling is the Kent parks
Brandon McLaughlin (left) and Jeremy Galstad of Barkley Dean Construction set a door jam for an electrical room outside of the main arena at the Kent Events Center July 16.

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.

Brandon McLaughlin (left) and Jeremy Galstad of Barkley Dean Construction set a door jam for an electrical room outside of the main arena at the Kent Events Center July 16.

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.

John Paquette

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.

John Paquette

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.

Elizabeth Kennedy and Todd Glenn

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.

Elizabeth Kennedy and Todd Glenn
Beth Sylves

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.

Beth Sylves
Mark Maughan

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.”

Mark Maughan

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.

Kent Police Officer Randy Brennan stands at the site where police arrested more than 100 people for illegal street racing in a private lot at 20300  59th Pl. S.

Street racing? No more for Kent

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

Kent Police Officer Randy Brennan stands at the site where police arrested more than 100 people for illegal street racing in a private lot at 20300  59th Pl. S.
Tammy Heldt

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.

Tammy Heldt
Kent Police Department had a press conference July 30 to announce formation of a regional car-theft task force. Kent Police Lt. Bob Holt

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.

Kent Police Department had a press conference July 30 to announce formation of a regional car-theft task force. Kent Police Lt. Bob Holt

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.