Steve Hunter

Charges filed in armed domestic-violence case

The King County Prosecutor’s Office filed a second-degree assault charge Oct. 1 in King County Superior Court against a Kent man who allegedly made threats Sept. 27 to shoot his girlfriend at his West Hill home.

Police Blotter: Airborne blender sends girlfriend to jail

A verbal dispute turned physical when a girlfriend threw a blender at her boyfriend at about 6:15 p.m. Sept. 21 in the kitchen of a Kent home in the 27000 block of 125th Avenue Southeast.

In some respects

Kent couple devoted to each other, even in shadow of disease

Because of Merrill Vesper’s fight against kidney disease, the long hikes he and his wife first took together more than 20 years ago are out. But the city of Kent worker carefully researches hikes he still can take with Mary, his wife of 22 years.

In some respects

Grandma gets cited for prostitution | Kent Reporter Police Blotter

Prostitution Kent Police cited a grandmother and a married man for investigation of prostitution loitering after officers found the two sitting in a car at 2:32 a.m. Sept. 19 in a parking lot in the 25500 block of Pacific Highway South.

Kent Fire Department's Hazmat Team

Is new fire agency in Kent’s future?

City of Kent and King County Fire District 37 officials continue to give serious thought to forming a regional fire authority. A regional fire authority would be able to levy a property tax as well as a new fire benefit fee to help provide more stable funding and increase response times to medical and fire calls, officials from both entities say.

Kent Fire Department's Hazmat Team

Kent Council to mull water-rate hikes for ‘09 budget

Kent utility customers could see monthly jumps next year in water rates and storm drainage rates under a proposal outlined Tuesday at a City Council workshop.

The East Village Opera Company will perform 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Kentwood High Performing Arts Center in Covington as part of the city of Kent Spotlight Series.

A little bit opera, and a little rock’n’roll

Music fans can expect a new sound and a new experience at the East Village Opera Company concert 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Kentwood High School.

The East Village Opera Company will perform 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Kentwood High Performing Arts Center in Covington as part of the city of Kent Spotlight Series.

Blotter: Brothers’ squabble ends in zap with Taser

Disturbing the peace: Officers used a Taser gun on a man to help break up a reported fight between him and his adult brother during a party 9:20 p.m. Sept. 7 in the 22600 block of 41st Place South.

City fees could see increase

Commercial and housing developers in Kent could face a 15 percent increase in city permit fees next year, if a proposal outlined by Mayor Suzette Cooke and city staff garners Kent City Council approval. Cooke and her staff presented the proposal during a Sept. 16 City Council workshop.

Blotter: Man says he robbed gas station to fuel heroin habit

A 26-year-old Kent man admitted to Kent Police that he robbed a service station in late August to support a heroin habit.

City of Kent surveyor Terry Johnson calibrates his instrument while surveying off Clark Lake Park Sept. 3.

Kent’s city land surveyor is precise about his work

Terry Johnson often knows before most people about upcoming city construction projects in Kent because he’s part of the city’s land-surveying crew. As such, he’s often right in the center of it all, helping to map the sites out.

City of Kent surveyor Terry Johnson calibrates his instrument while surveying off Clark Lake Park Sept. 3.

Note to public: Kent Council wants input

After no residents showed up at a public hearing Tuesday night to tell the Kent City Council what they would like to see in the 2009 city budget, Councilwoman Jamie Danielson tried to spark some interest. "Please come to these," Danielson said before the Council adjourned. "We want to hear from you."

Blotter: Man arrested after dispute over baby

Police arrested a man for investigation of fourth-degree assault after he reportedly slapped a woman in the face during a dispute over their baby at 3:15 p.m. Sept. 2 at an apartment in the 700 block of Third Avenue South.

Pete Petersen

Kent golf course on par with layout changes

Construction workers are tearing up nine of the 18 holes at the popular Riverbend Golf Course in Kent. Holes No. 1 through 9 were closed Sept. 4 to be remodeled. The holes need to be changed because of the repair and expansion of two levees along the Green River by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The repaired levees are expected to help control flooding in the Kent Valley.

Pete Petersen
Matt Knox

No carp yet for Kent’s weed-infested lake

The carp are on hold for Lake Fenwick Park. Kent city officials are still planning to stock Lake Fenwick next May with as many as 300 grass carp in an effort to control Brazilian elodea, a fast-growing, noxious weed that is threatening to overtake the lake.

Matt Knox

Trial date set for Kent man in rape case

A Kent caregiver faces an Oct. 29 trial date on a second-degree rape charge in connection with an assault on a physically and mentally disabled woman under the care of a Kent assisted-living contractor.

Major pot bust made in Kent

Federal agents and local law enforcement officers raided five homes in Kent Wednesday as part of a crackdown throughout King County on indoor marijuana-growing operations.

Blotter: Fish thief lands in jail

A man in his 50s told officers that he just wanted a friend, after Kent Police arrested him for investigation of third-degree theft, after he reportedly kyped a pet fish at about 1:20 p.m. Aug. 27 from a pet store in the 24100 block of Pacific Highway South.

Brian Hanis

Kent Food Bank a winner in law-firm contest

The competitive food drive between two Kent law firms couldn’t have come at a better time for the downtown Kent Food Bank.

Brian Hanis
Seattle Thunderbirds Vice President Colin Campbell

Who will feed the masses at Kent Events Center?

Kent city officials have announced that Savor, a Philadelphia-based concessionaire for 35 stadiums and arenas across the nation, will handle the food and beverage services at the Kent Events Center. Savor is the food-service division of SMG, the operator of the events center.

Seattle Thunderbirds Vice President Colin Campbell