Steve Hunter

Police Blotter

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Police seek man in April 8 Kent motel attack

Kent Police have identified the man who allegedly stabbed a female desk clerk during an attempted robbery April 8 at the Days Inn motel, 1711 W. Meeker St.

Man in luring case ruled incompetent

A King County Superior Court judge ruled April 21 that Rodel V. Bautista, of Kent, is incompetent to stand trial on charges of luring a minor, in connection with a Feb. 25 incident that involved a 15-year-old Kent girl.

Council mulls aquatics-center proposal, YMCA interest

Kent City officials want a specific time line from the YMCA of Greater Seattle about a potential partnership between the two entities to build a new aquatics center for Kent. The request comes as the City Council mulls over whether to ask voters to approve a tax measure for a new facility. Such a measure, if approved, could go on an Aug. 19 election ballot.

Never too late: City pays respects to Kent lawman

Kent Town Marshal Harry Miller received a telephone call on April 10, 1908 that five armed men who had robbed a man in Orilla (now SeaTac) were headed toward the city.

City golf course to see partial closure for projects

The popular Riverbend Golf Course will be partially closed this fall, due to a project to repair flood-control levies along the Green River in Kent.

Service offers tribute to late councilman

When Bob O’Brien lost the 2001 race against Jim White for Kent mayor, he didn’t view it as a loss.

Cesi Velez: Keeping it safe in Kent

It’s easy to spot Cesi Velez, whether she commutes by car or train between Puyallup and the Kent Police Station.

Armed robbery results in loss of media player, phone

Two men reportedly robbed a man of a media player and a cell phone as the man was cleaning out his vehicle at about 12:30 p.m. May 5 at a Kent car wash in the 24000 block of 102nd Avenue Southeast.

Local emergency workers ready for catastrophe

Kent and Renton firefighters spent nearly two hours at a large-scale decontamination drill May 15 to help prepare for a potential hazardous materials spill or the release of a poisonous gas by a terrorist group that could injure or kill residents.

Thunderbirds will fly south this summer

The Seattle Thunderbirds will start flying the coop for Kent this week.

Panther Lake is topic of Kent Council vote

The Kent City Council approved a resolution Tuesday night directing city staff to move ahead with preliminary plans for the potential annexation of nearly 24,000 residents in the unincorporated Panther Lake area northeast of the city.

Kent City Council seeking nominees for vacant seat

Kent city residents are invited to apply by May 30 for a vacant seat on the City Council.

Labor dispute halts work on Kent Events Center

Construction stopped Friday on the Kent Events Center, due to a dispute between Roofers Union Local 54 and the roofing subcontractor over the hiring of apprentices.

Council: Not sink-or-swim time yet on pool

Kent city residents won’t be voting on a new aquatics center on this August’s primary ballot.

Farmers market, new park nearly ready to rumble

Residents soon will be able to use the new Town Square Plaza Park in downtown Kent, when the Kent Farmers Market opens June 7.

‘I’ve been through hell’: war vet shares stories

Don Chadwick figures he has added years to his life because he talks about his Korean War experiences, no matter how painful those memories might be.

Hearing complaints is just part of his job

When residents call the City of Kent to complain about junk vehicles, garbage on property or abandoned homes falling apart in their neighborhoods, Brian Swanberg goes to work against the public nuisances.

Motorists beware: A ticket if you don’t click it

The Kent Police will participate in a statewide nighttime “Click It or Ticket” seat belt enforcement patrol on the next two Saturday nights, May 24 and 31.

More parking to be had in downtown Kent

With construction halted on a half-built parking garage, city of Kent officials will add 11 new parking spots within the next few weeks along West Harrison Street to give shoppers and diners better access to downtown businesses.