Steve Hunter

City residents put their bids in for Council seat

A stay-at-home mom, an attorney and a middle school teacher are among the seven finalists for the vacant Kent City Council position.

Robert Stone laughs as a coworker gives him a hard time while performing an oil change on a city vehicle Wednesday.

Kent mechanic keeps city’s rides running smoothly

It’s easy for the city of Kent to find a good mechanic. Robert Stone works as one of four vehicle-repair staffers at the city maintenance shop on West James Street just east of Russell Road. He helps keep nearly 565 city cars and trucks running smoothly as part of the fleet division of the Public Works Department. Stone helps make sure residents as well as city officials benefit from his work.

Robert Stone laughs as a coworker gives him a hard time while performing an oil change on a city vehicle Wednesday.

Kent man charged in assault of female patient

King County prosecutors on Tuesday charged a 31-year-old Kent man with second-degree rape for allegedly raping and impregnating a physically and mentally disabled woman at a Kent assisted-living facility.

Todd Smith is the volunteer marketing director for King County Jaguars semipro football team. Smith came up with the idea to donate a portion of gate receipts from the Jaguar opener at French Field June 28 to help fund the Fourth of July fireworks show at Lake Meridian Park.

Thanks to many donations, the show will go on

Kent businesses and residents have more than doubled the amount of donations in the last two weeks to try to keep the community’s Fourth of July Splash fireworks show at Lake Meridian Park as big as before.

Todd Smith is the volunteer marketing director for King County Jaguars semipro football team. Smith came up with the idea to donate a portion of gate receipts from the Jaguar opener at French Field June 28 to help fund the Fourth of July fireworks show at Lake Meridian Park.

Blotter: Man arrested after threats to woman

Police arrested a man for investigation of harassment June 11 after a woman reported that he had made threatening comments to her as she waited with her children for a bus at 10:40 p.m. June 11 in the 1200 block of Central Avenue North. The man also claimed to have a gun in his vehicle, she said.

Elizabeth Kennedy

Dig into your pocket to launch your boat?

In a few months, the privilege of using the boat launch at Lake Meridian might cost a few dollars.

Elizabeth Kennedy

Kent opts out of plan for new regional jail

City of Kent staffers have decided to drop out of a group of South King County cities that want to build a new regional jail. City officials decided the current Kent jail could serve the city’s needs for the next several years without spending as much as $13 million on a new jail.

Video-program coordinator Seth Frankel does some filming Tuesday  at Kent’s  Earthworks Park. The city worker has a lot on his plate these days.

Video coordinator keeps his eye on Kent

Nobody watches the city of Kent as closely as Seth Frankel.

Video-program coordinator Seth Frankel does some filming Tuesday  at Kent’s  Earthworks Park. The city worker has a lot on his plate these days.

Blotter: Wife arrested for assault after trucking imbroglio

A heavy truck load and a forgotten delivery invoice reportedly led to a domestic dispute between a husband and wife truck-driving team at 6:17 a.m. June 9 near a Kent warehouse in the 22800 block of 54th Avenue South.

…And the field narrows for vacant Council spot

The Kent City Council picked seven finalists on Tuesday for its vacant Council position.

The parking garage at Fourth Avenue in Kent remains unfinished

Development of Kent parking garage remains stalled

The original developer is officially out of the unfinished parking garage in downtown Kent. But city officials said it remains uncertain when a new developer might be found to take over the project at Fourth Avenue and West Street that remains entangled in legal battles.

The parking garage at Fourth Avenue in Kent remains unfinished

Woman busted for stealing gas | Kent Police Blotter

Gas prices have at least one Kent resident resorting to desperate measures. That and more from a smattering of incident reports filed by the Kent Police Department.

Stewart Kendall

Kent Rotarians on a roll with newest park attraction

Rotarians here can’t stop raving about the floating, green granite ball that soon will be the featured attraction at the city’s new Town Square Plaza Park in downtown Kent.

Stewart Kendall
Tracee Parker

Kent’s Parker makes a safe haven for violence victims

Tracee Parker figured she would start a domestic violence safe center for children, not run it.

Tracee Parker
Auburn’s Valley Regional Fire Authority firefighters salute as the family of Kent firefighter Marty Hauer travels Tuesday under the South 304th Street bridge along Highway 18.

Kent firefighter mourned by hundreds of colleagues across state

In Marty Hauer’s final days before cancer took his life at the age of 41, the Kent firefighter made sure he did something for his 10-year-old son, Colton, that he had done so many other times over the previous years. “One of the last things he did was watch his son play baseball,” said Kent Fire Department Chaplain Pat Ellis. Ellis spoke to a crowd of more than 1,200 at a memorial service Tuesday for Hauer at Christian Faith Center in Federal Way. “I don’t know if he could have had it better than that.”

Auburn’s Valley Regional Fire Authority firefighters salute as the family of Kent firefighter Marty Hauer travels Tuesday under the South 304th Street bridge along Highway 18.

Sixteen apply for Kent City Council position ‘Pretty amazing’ leader says of interest

Sixteen residents have applied to the Kent City Council to fill the vacancy left by the April death of Councilman Bob O’Brien.

Woman reports pelting with onions; man arrested

A woman reported being pelted with onions following an argument with her husband May 26 at a home in the 24700 block of 117th Place Southeast. The vegetable attack came after the two became embroiled in an argument about a tree he was trimming.

Tina Casper and her son Timothy Casper build cork boats as an activity at last year’s Fourth of July Splash. This year’s splash could see a reduced fireworks display

Lake Meridian group seeks funds for fireworks display

Without as much bang for their buck this year at Kent’s annual Fourth of July Splash fireworks show at Lake Meridian Park, organizers are asking residents and businesses to donate money to help fund the display.

Tina Casper and her son Timothy Casper build cork boats as an activity at last year’s Fourth of July Splash. This year’s splash could see a reduced fireworks display

Hotel key cards lead to prostitution arrest | Kent Police Blotter

A list of incident reports from the Kent Police Department.