Steve Hunter

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.

King County Superior Court Judge Richard McDermott announces a sentence for Clayton MacDonald Thursday at the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent. McDermott acknowledged the series of tragedies that had befallen MacDonald’s family

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.

King County Superior Court Judge Richard McDermott announces a sentence for Clayton MacDonald Thursday at the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent. McDermott acknowledged the series of tragedies that had befallen MacDonald’s family

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.

Jennifer Harrell poses in the window of a greenhouse at the city’s nursery

Nursery manager Harrell keeps Kent in the green

When Jennifer Harrell plants a tree, birds pay attention.

Jennifer Harrell poses in the window of a greenhouse at the city’s nursery
Work crews were out in force Tuesday doing repair work to the flood-control levee near the Riverbend Golf Course in Kent. A great deal more work needs to be done on levees throughout the Green River Valley

Kent, county tackle levee-repair work

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

Work crews were out in force Tuesday doing repair work to the flood-control levee near the Riverbend Golf Course in Kent. A great deal more work needs to be done on levees throughout the Green River Valley

Blotter: Man sustains knife wound to chest

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.

Edward E. Cobb

Charge filed in July 12 Kent shooting death

The King County Prosecutor’s Office filed a first-degree murder charge Friday against an 18-year-old Seattle man in connection with the shooting death of a Renton teenager July 12 at a Kent fast-food restaurant.

Edward E. Cobb

A bigger court for Kent?

City and King County officials continue to struggle with the lack of court space at the Aukeen District Court building they share on Central Avenue South.

Kent Events Center vote a squeaker; city council approves $5.9M budget increase

After a heated debate, the Kent City Council voted 4-3 on Tuesday night to approve a $5.9 million budget increase for the Kent Events Center.

Ellen Bond

Court clerk Ellen Bond keeps the job real, enjoys her work

No two court cases are the same to Ellen Bond. Despite the hundreds of cases Bond has heard in 14 years as a clerk for Kent Municipal Court, the excitement remains. “I like the court environment,” Bond said Tuesday, sitting in an empty jury room at the court on Central Avenue South. “You could do the same type of hearing and it’s never the same. It’s different every day. It’s exciting.”

Ellen Bond
Construction is expected to continue until late September on a new dam at Mill Creek Earthworks Park

Earthworks Park the subject of … earthwork

Kent residents will have to wait until fall for Mill Creek Canyon Earthworks Park to reopen. City officials closed the park to allow construction of a new flood-control dam at the park. The goal of the dam will be to control flooding of downtown streets during major storms.

Construction is expected to continue until late September on a new dam at Mill Creek Earthworks Park

Kent: Man holds gun to clerk’s head in store robbery

Two men, one of them armed with a handgun, reportedly robbed a clerk July 3 at a service station in the 1200 block of Central Avenue North.

Was gang violence behind deadly shooting in Kent?

Kent detectives were still investigating Wednesday whether gang activity was behind the July 12 shooting death of a 17-year-old Renton boy at a Kent fast-food restaurant in the 300 block of East Smith Street.

Rick Gilcrist competed in the road-cycling portion of the Mountains to Sound Relay June 29 for one of two Kent Police teams. Gilcrist

Kent cops tough out Mountains to Sound Relay

Kent Police officer Jeff Cobb discovered just how tough it can be to paddle a kayak in Lake Washington during a relay race.

Rick Gilcrist competed in the road-cycling portion of the Mountains to Sound Relay June 29 for one of two Kent Police teams. Gilcrist

Meet Jamie Danielson, the new, young face on Kent City Council

The Kent City Council decided to go young with the appointment of Jamie Danielson on Tuesday to the vacant Council position.