Steve Hunter

Kent to send jail inmates to Chelan County next year, due to overcrowding at Kent City Jail

The city of Kent will start sending its overflow inmates next year to Chelan County because of overcrowding at the Kent city jail. The Kent City Council approved Nov. 16 an agreement between the city and Chelan County to house inmates from Kent at the Chelan County Regional Justice Center in Wenatchee.

Michael Tuckman

Kent Predators full of changes for 2011 Indoor Football League season

Change is the name of the game as the Kent Predators prepare for their second season in the professional Indoor Football League at the ShoWare Center. The Predators have a new general manager, coach, a bunch of new players and plan to reveal new uniforms when they open the 2011 season with a home game Feb. 25 against Sioux Falls, S.D.

Michael Tuckman
Hassan K. McPherson

Kent man pleads not guilty to Panther Lake apartment shooting

A 30-year-old Kent man pleaded not guilty Nov. 18 to two counts of first-degree assault after he allegedly fired more than 30 shots that injured two men Sept. 30 at a Panther Lake apartment complex on the East Hill. Hassan K. McPherson entered his plea at the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent. McPherson is in custody at the county jail in Kent in lieu of $1 million bail.

Hassan K. McPherson
Kent's Jobe Himself band members Terry Sanders

Kent band hopes for rise to fame

Nic Byrd speaks confidently about the chances his three-member Kent band Jobe Himself can make it professionally. In fact, Byrd believes the band just might be hitting the stage at the right time with what he describes as a "heavily blues-influenced grunge" sound. "Soundgarden and The Smashing Pumpkins are back together," said Byrd, 26, guitarist, lead singer and manager of the band. "Grunge is coming back in a big way. We might be what people want to hear."

Kent's Jobe Himself band members Terry Sanders
Collision technician Kevin Johnson works Nov. 4 on the van that will be donated to Food Lifeline at Precision Collision Auto Body.

Local businesses put wheels on their donation to Food Lifeline

The reward of work took a new twist for Kevin Johnson as he helped repair a 1999 Ford Windstar van last week inside a Kent body shop along Pacific Highway South. Johnson, a technician at Precision Collision Auto Body, joined fellow employees and other businesses to repair the van as a donation to Food Lifeline, a nonprofit group based in Shoreline that distributes to food banks across Western Washington.

Collision technician Kevin Johnson works Nov. 4 on the van that will be donated to Food Lifeline at Precision Collision Auto Body.
Lynn Pittier reenacts her field sobriety test Nov. 2 outside the Southcenter Red Robin in Tukwila

Senior woman at odds with Kent Police over her arrest; police say case handled correctly

Lynn Pittier wants other elderly drivers to know about her experience with Kent Police that she said left her "humiliated." Pittier, 65, of Burien, believes police went too far when they handcuffed her and arrested her Aug. 23 for investigation of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Police initially pulled her over along Pacific Highway South for using her high beams and driving too slowly.

Lynn Pittier reenacts her field sobriety test Nov. 2 outside the Southcenter Red Robin in Tukwila

Windstorm knocks out power to parts of Kent; most areas restored

An estimated 3,000 customers were without power in Kent after a windstorm blew through town Monday night. Many of those customers were still without power Tuesday morning but most had power restored by Tuesday afternoon.

Kent School Superintendent Edward Lee Vargas delivers his state of the school district address during the Nov. 3 Kent Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

Kent schools chief promotes district strategy plan

Kent Schools Superintendent Edward Lee Vargas emphasized at a Kent Chamber of Commerce luncheon the importance of the district's new strategic plan now under development. Vargas covered many topics during his State of the School District speech at the Nov. 3 event at the Meridian Valley Country Club in Kent. But the strategic plan for the next decade looms as a key project.

Kent School Superintendent Edward Lee Vargas delivers his state of the school district address during the Nov. 3 Kent Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

Deputy police chief up for Olympia job: That makes two top Kent cops looking elsewhere

Kent Deputy Police Chief Mike Painter is one of five finalists to be the new Olympia police chief. Olympia City Manager Steve Hall plans to make a job offer to one of the five men by the end of November, according to The Olympian newspaper.

Alexa Domenden

Kent dancer to perform in PNB’s ‘Nutcracker’

Alexa Domenden can't wait for her chance to get on stage in her role this holiday season as a Chinese dancer in the Pacific Northwest Ballet's "Nutcracker." The 14-year-old Kent girl takes the stage in Act 2 as one of four girls who dance with the Chinese Tiger. The "Nutcracker" runs Nov. 26 through Dec. 27 at McCaw Hall at Seattle Center.

Alexa Domenden
Kentridge students Taija Bjorgo-Robertson

Saying goodbye to Devin Topps: A story and a slide show about former Kentridge star athlete

Devin Topps leaned over to Alex Tyson, his best friend and Kentridge High School football teammate. So many people congratulated them after one of their victories that Topps wanted to put the moment in perspective. "Alex, we're all-stars," Topps said. Tyson told that story as he joined a church full of friends and family Thursday to turn a funeral service into an emotional celebration for their fallen all-star. They honored the 18-year-old with a tribute of music, poems and stories.

Kentridge students Taija Bjorgo-Robertson

Police, FBI sting locates eight children in sex-trafficking in Kent

Eight children ages 13-17 were taken into protective custody Nov. 5-7 in Kent as part of an FBI-organized nationwide sting to recover youngsters involved in the sex-trafficking trade. Kent Police joined with other local and federal law enforcement officers to target the adults and children involved in child sex trafficking and exploitation, according to a Kent Police media release.

Auburn resident Jim Funston

Six months after murder, Frankel’s neighbors have questions, worries about his unsolved case

Jim Funston tossed a few peanuts at a squirrel on a recent afternoon last week, as he stood in his driveway along a quiet Auburn residential street. One of Funston's cats peers at the squirrel from underneath the back of a pickup. "They get along; they never bother each other," Funston said. That also goes for the neighbors along D Street Northwest. "It's very quiet around here," said Mike Nelson, an eight-year resident of the neighborhood as he stands in his doorway. "People watch out for each other." But nobody saw or heard anything on a Friday evening nearly six months ago.

Auburn resident Jim Funston
Mickey and Minnie Mouse perform a Mardi Gras routine as part of Disney on Ice Nov. 10-14 at the ShoWare Center in Kent.

Disney characters skate into Kent; Tinker Bell talks about life on ice

When Heather Klosterman performs as Tinker Bell for Disney on Ice, she points to her wings and to the wings of the little girls dressed just like her in the audience. "It's always fun to see all of the girls dress up as Tinker Bell," Klosterman said during a phone interview Monday from a hotel in Everett, where she performs this weekend prior to a Nov. 10-14 stop at the ShoWare Center in Kent. "

Mickey and Minnie Mouse perform a Mardi Gras routine as part of Disney on Ice Nov. 10-14 at the ShoWare Center in Kent.
Kent Predators quarterback Charles McCullum tries to scramble past a player during a warmup drill March 4 at Kent Memorial Park.

Predators re-sign QB for Indoor Football League

Starting quarterback Charles McCullum plans to return next season to the Kent Predators of the professional Indoor Football League. McCullum is one of more than a dozen players who recently signed with Kent. The Predators open their IFL second season Feb. 25 at the ShoWare Center.

Kent Predators quarterback Charles McCullum tries to scramble past a player during a warmup drill March 4 at Kent Memorial Park.
Edward Cobb testifies Nov. 2 at his murder trial in Kent. A jury found Cobb guilty of murder Nov. 4 for shooting a teen in 2008 at a Kent fast-food restaurant.

Man found guilty of murder for shooting teen at Kent restaurant

A King County Superior Court jury in Kent found Edward Earl Cobb guilty Nov. 4 of first-degree murder for shooting a Renton teen in 2008 at a Kent fast-food restaurant.

Edward Cobb testifies Nov. 2 at his murder trial in Kent. A jury found Cobb guilty of murder Nov. 4 for shooting a teen in 2008 at a Kent fast-food restaurant.
The ShoWare Center is going to need to host more shows

Kent ShoWare Center: Losing money but gaining ground

Large catering dinners have started to bring a much-needed revenue boost to the ShoWare Center in Kent, but the city-owned arena continues to lose money during its second year of operation due to low attendance and a lack of events.

The ShoWare Center is going to need to host more shows
11/02/10 Notes and  memories are left behind at a roadside memorial for Devin Topps sits near where his life was cut short.  Topps died from a gunshot wound outside a house party in northeast Kent.

Kent Police try to determine who shot Devin Topps

Many questions still remain as the Kent Police try to figure out what led to an argument, fight and the shooting death early Sunday of Devin Topps, 18, a former Kentridge High School student-athlete. But police do not believe whoever shot Topps went after him specifically.

11/02/10 Notes and  memories are left behind at a roadside memorial for Devin Topps sits near where his life was cut short.  Topps died from a gunshot wound outside a house party in northeast Kent.
Edward Earl Cobb

Murder trial for Seattle man accused of shooting teen in Kent restaurant continues this week

The murder trial of a Seattle man accused of shooting a Renton teenager in 2008 at a Kent fast-food restaurant continues this week at the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent. King County prosecutors rested their case Oct. 26 against Edward Earl Cobb, 20. Cobb is charged with first-degree murder for shooting Chezaray Bacchus, 17, on July 12, 2008 at the Arby's restaurant along East Smith Street.

Edward Earl Cobb
Doug Hill points out some of the invasive plants Tuesday that grow on the hill of the South 277th Street overpass just above the Green River Road. Hill plans to become a Green Kent steward to oversee the area for the city.

Going green in Kent: Land Conservancy grant provides funds for public to be trained as stewards

It frustrates Doug Hill as he walks along the shoulder of the Green River Road in south Kent to see blackberries growing through the guardrail. That’s one of the reasons Hill wants to help out the city of Kent by joining its new volunteer Green Kent program that starts up in December. “There are not enough people to see all of these places much less take care of it,” said Hill as he uses a machete to slash away blackberry vines along a shoulder overseen by the city of Kent public works department under the South 277th Street overpass. Hill fits the type of person Kent park officials want to become Green Kent stewards. In that capacity, stewards will help restore more than 1,100 acres of public lands over the next 20 years. The program, developed in a city partnership with the Cascade Land Conservancy, kicks off with an orientation meeting Dec. 4 for anyone interested in becoming a steward.

Doug Hill points out some of the invasive plants Tuesday that grow on the hill of the South 277th Street overpass just above the Green River Road. Hill plans to become a Green Kent steward to oversee the area for the city.