Steve Hunter

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
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

A citizen’s call led police to a man reportedly trying to break into vehicles

A citizen’s call led police to a man reportedly trying to break into vehicles at about 9:45 a.m. April 13 at a store parking lot in the 24000 block of Pacific Highway South.

Bob O’Brien

O’Brien dies in cancer fight

Kent City Councilman Bob O’Brien, in his third year on the Council, died Wednesday after a long battle with cancer. He was 76.

Bob O’Brien
Julie Pulliam is the woman behind the city council. She’s the administrative assistant to the City Council and the economic development director.

This city worker enjoys stirring multiple pots

Few people know as much about the operations of Kent city government as Julie Pulliam.

Julie Pulliam is the woman behind the city council. She’s the administrative assistant to the City Council and the economic development director.
Conroy Steve Ghans

Firefighter gets international lesson in Kent

After a recent two-week training mission with the Kent Fire Department, Jamaican firefighter Conroy Steve Ghans returned to the Caribbean island armed with new information and techniques to fight fires and make rescues.

Conroy Steve Ghans

Local firefighters make trek to Mexico

Call it the running of the firefighters.

Teenage drinking topic of town hall meeting

Sharelle Claiborne started to drink alcohol at age 11 when she had a beer at a friend’s house.