Steve Hunter

Andre O. Johnson pleads not guilty to charges of animal cruelty during his arraignment Oct. 14 at the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent.

Kent man pleads not guilty in starving death of puppy

A 20-year-old Kent man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a charge of first-degree animal cruelty for reportedly starving a puppy to death last year in his abandoned apartment.

Andre O. Johnson pleads not guilty to charges of animal cruelty during his arraignment Oct. 14 at the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent.

Kent Predators hire new Indoor Football League coach after Billings team folds

The Kent Predators of the professional Indoor Football League have hired Heron O'Neal, the former Billings Outlaws coach, as their new coach for the 2011 season. O'Neal became available after the Billings team folded last week. O'Neal coached the Outlaws to the 2009 and 2010 Indoor Football League titles. In five years at Billings, O'Neal had a 67-17 record and won three league titles.

Seattle Mist players surround a Chicago Bliss player at a Lingerie Football League game Oct. 8 at the ShoWare Center in Kent.

Kent Police respond to fight among Lingerie Football League fans

Extra police officers were called to help break up a fight among several Lingerie Football League fans after one man reportedly yelled a racial slur at another man during the Oct. 8 game at the ShoWare Center in Kent. Kent Police officers on duty at the women's game between the Seattle Mist and the Chicago Bliss asked for additional units at about 10 p.m. Oct. 8 because of problems with "intoxicated subjects and fights," according to the police report. The game started at about 9 p.m.

Seattle Mist players surround a Chicago Bliss player at a Lingerie Football League game Oct. 8 at the ShoWare Center in Kent.
Kent Police officer Jennifer Prusa checks a database from her patrol car last month

Kent Police working to reduce city crime rate; emphasis patrols, grant dollars to help

Kent Police officer Jennifer Prusa pulled her patrol car behind a woman parked at the McDonald's restaurant parking lot across from Kent-Meridian High School, stepped out and approached the vehicle. "That lady's been sitting here, I'm going to have a chat with her," Prusa said.

Kent Police officer Jennifer Prusa checks a database from her patrol car last month
Candy Bouquet owner Staci Buss

Business expo at Kent ShoWare Center connects local businesses with customers

Bill Riordan found the Allied Waste Services and Kent Chamber of Commerce Business Expo Wednesday at the ShoWare Center a good way to promote the new Mick Kelly's Irish Pub and Restaurant in Kent.

Candy Bouquet owner Staci Buss

Kent man charged with starving puppy to death

King County prosecutors have charged a 20-year-old Kent man with first-degree animal cruelty for allegedly starving a puppy to death in his abandoned apartment.

J.W. Hart rides a bull in Sacramento. The Pro Bull Riders tour hits the ShoWare Center in Kent Oct. 9-10.

Pro Bull Riders tour Oct. 9-10 at ShoWare Center in Kent

Auburn resident Myron Duarte won't let his age get in the way of a few more bull rides. Duarte, 42, competes along with about 30 other riders in the Professional Bull Riders Kent Invitational Touring Pro Division Saturday and Sunday at the ShoWare Center.

J.W. Hart rides a bull in Sacramento. The Pro Bull Riders tour hits the ShoWare Center in Kent Oct. 9-10.
Jennifer Woodham

County officials: Brace for a wet winter, with increased possibility for flooding in Green River Valley

King County officials hammered home the message Tuesday that Green River Valley residents and business owners need to prepare for flooding with the Howard Hanson Dam not operating at full capacity and with forecasts for a La Nina winter.

Jennifer Woodham
Project Manager for Blueberry Cottages J.B. Ruth walks by the cluster of blueberry bushes Tuesday

Cottage-style developments in Kent: Moving away from ‘cookie cutter’

As J.B. Ruth walks away from a cluster of blueberry bushes and eyes the large cedar and Douglas Fir trees near the edge of 4 acres on Kent's East Hill, he visualizes how well he expects the city's first cottage housing development to work. "We know Kent needs a shot in the arm," said Ruth, project manager for Renton-based W.E. Ruth Real Estate Inc., about housing developments in the city. "Kent is not as good as it was. But this is a new way of thinking."

Project Manager for Blueberry Cottages J.B. Ruth walks by the cluster of blueberry bushes Tuesday
A schematic drawing of a cottage development.

Kent could see cottage developments as early as next year

The first cottage housing units in Kent could be popping up next year. Kent developer Bill Ruth of Renton-based W.E. Ruth Real Estate filed a preliminary plat application in August with the city to build 30 units at 11518 S.E. 240th St., just north of Southeast 240th Street.

A schematic drawing of a cottage development.
Attorney General Rob McKenna kicked off Domestic Violence awareness and prevention month on the steps of the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent Oct. 1.

Domestic violence rally in Kent includes acknowledgement of police officers

The work of Kent Police detective Jeremiah Johnson and Renton Police officer John Awai helped result in the arrest of a 34-year-old Renton man with a history of domestic violence. "We go after the worst of the worst," Johnson said of his work with Kent's Special Investigations Unit. "With this guy's history, he qualifies."

Attorney General Rob McKenna kicked off Domestic Violence awareness and prevention month on the steps of the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent Oct. 1.

Des Moines man struck by car, killed crossing Kent street ; Seattle driver arrested

The Washington State Patrol arrested a 29-year-old Seattle man for investigation of vehicular homicide in connection with the death of a Des Moines man who was struck while walking across the Kent-Des Moines Road at West Meeker Street at about 5:25 a.m. Sunday in Kent.

The Canadian band Cowboy Junkies plays Oct. 2 at the Kentwood High Performing Arts Center.

Cowboy Junkies to perform Oct. 2 at Kentwood

Michael Timmins has discovered that siblings who play in a band together, stay together. At least that's how it has worked for the Cowboy Junkies, which started in 1985 in Toronto. The Canadian band plays its mix of rock, folk, blues and country at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Kentwood High School Performing Arts Center in Covington.

The Canadian band Cowboy Junkies plays Oct. 2 at the Kentwood High Performing Arts Center.
A new electronic playground game called NEOS debuts Oct. 2 at the city of Kent's new playground at Wilson Playfields on the East Hill. Players must hit flashing lights on the board to score points.

New interactive electronic playground game expected to give Kent kids a workout

There is a new game in town. And it's soon expected to catch the attention of kids of all ages. NEOS, an interactive electronic playground game station where players move from one area to another to hit flashing lights on monitors before the lights disappear, debuts Oct. 2 at the Wilson Playfields, 13028 S.E. 251st St., on Kent's East Hill.

A new electronic playground game called NEOS debuts Oct. 2 at the city of Kent's new playground at Wilson Playfields on the East Hill. Players must hit flashing lights on the board to score points.
File photo of Police Chief Steve Strachan as he talks at a council workshop.

Kent Police Chief Strachan to leave city for King County undersheriff job

King County Sheriff Sue Rahr announced Tuesday that Kent Police Chief Steve Strachan will take a new job next year in the King County Sheriff's Office as an undersheriff.

File photo of Police Chief Steve Strachan as he talks at a council workshop.

Toddler dies after being struck by car in Kent; aunt critically injured trying to save her

A 22-month-old girl was struck and killed by a car Saturday night after she walked out on the Benson Road in Kent after leaving a relative's nearby house. The girl's 43-year-old aunt, who tried to save her, also was struck by a car and remained hospitalized Monday in critical condition.

Sanmogan Pillay

Lowe’s employees come to rescue of Kent man

Sanmogam Pillay smiled proudly as his wife, Rajmani, wheeled him outside their Kent home on the East Hill last week to see the new wheelchair ramp under construction by volunteers.

Sanmogan Pillay

Kent-Meridian student pleads not guilty to robbery charges

A 15-year-old Kent-Meridian High School student pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of first-degree robbery and third-degree theft in King County Juvenile Court in Seattle. Kent Police arrested the boy Sept. 17 for allegedly robbing four 14-year-old male students of their cell phones Sept. 11 at a restaurant parking lot across from the high school after a Saturday night football game.

Alan Undem

Undem pleads not guilty in Kent vehicular assault case

With Alan Undem's 17 arrests over the last eight years, court appearances have been commonplace for the 29-year-old Renton man. Undem appeared Tuesday in King County Superior Court in Kent to plead not guilty to a felony charge of vehicular assault in connection with a T-bone collision Sept. 8 on Kent's East Hill that has left his passenger, a Renton man, 27, hospitalized for two weeks in serious condition.

Alan Undem
Alex Dittmar

Downtown Kent gets into fall spirit with AutumnFest on Friday

Cheryl Wright hopes a new celebration called AutumnFest that features wine and beer-tasting, snacks, music and even a scarecrow-decorating contest will give people a reason to check out the Historic District of downtown Kent.

Alex Dittmar