Steve Hunter

Shannon D. Hill

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.

Shannon D. Hill

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.

Officer Tim Lontz on Tuesday unveils a memorial at Kent City Hall’s Courtyard Plaza in honor of late lawmen Marshal Harry Miller

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.

Officer Tim Lontz on Tuesday unveils a memorial at Kent City Hall’s Courtyard Plaza in honor of late lawmen Marshal Harry Miller
Jeff Lewis

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.

Jeff Lewis
Father Michael J. Ryan presides over the sevices Thursday for Kent City Councilman Bob O’Brien at Holy Spirit Church in Kent. The event brought residents from across the region who had known O’Brien

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.

Father Michael J. Ryan presides over the sevices Thursday for Kent City Councilman Bob O’Brien at Holy Spirit Church in Kent. The event brought residents from across the region who had known O’Brien
Cesi Velez

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.

Cesi Velez

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.

Kent Fire Department’s Hazmat Team

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.

Kent Fire Department’s Hazmat Team
Ian  Henry

Thunderbirds will fly south this summer

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

Ian  Henry
Students and parents leave Panther Lake Elementary School Wednesday. The school and the community around it could be part of the City of Kent in the near future

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.

Students and parents leave Panther Lake Elementary School Wednesday. The school and the community around it could be part of the City of Kent in the near future

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.

Construction at the Kent Events Center came to a halt Friday

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.

Construction at the Kent Events Center came to a halt Friday

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.

David Jones with Fox Electric works on  Town Square Plaza Park’s main circuit board

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.

David Jones with Fox Electric works on  Town Square Plaza Park’s main circuit board
Don Chadwick

‘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.

Don Chadwick
Kent code enforcement officer Brian Swanberg investigates a residential property in Kent Tuesday that had junk in the yard and vacant

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.

Kent code enforcement officer Brian Swanberg investigates a residential property in Kent Tuesday that had junk in the yard and vacant
Kent Police officer Jeff Williams sits in the department’s unmarked Dodge Charger patrol car

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.

Kent Police officer Jeff Williams sits in the department’s unmarked Dodge Charger patrol car
Left to right: Mark Burns

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.

Left to right: Mark Burns
John Fiskum

Outdoors just part of the job for this city worker

John Fiskum could post a “Gone Fishing” sign on his office door at the city of Kent Senior Activity Center and still be on the job.

John Fiskum