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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.

‘…You say you hit a pergola?’

Last week, a semi-trailer truck clipped a corner of the historic downtown Pioneer Square pergola in Seattle. Luckily, the pergola wasn’t badly damaged and only needed some paint touchups. It was a far luckier outcome than what happened back in 2001 when a semi-truck driver from Greensburg, Pa., also clipped the pergola and caused the entire structure to collapse in ruin in the wee hours of the morning.

West Nile virus detected in King County bird, health officials report

A dead crow found in Kirkland Sept. 15 and tested last week was determined to be positive for West Nile virus. This is the first bird to test positive for West Nile virus in King County in 2008. This surveillance finding means residents of King County could potentially become infected this year, health officials say.

  • Sep 23, 2008

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.

Working for peace: Kent woman helping stabilize war-torn Afghanistan

Beverli J. DeWalt is the daughter of Kent residents Arnold and Sue DeWalt, and is an alumnus of Thomas Jefferson High School in Auburn. But right now, she’s about as far away from western Washington as she can be.

  • Sep 23, 2008

Thunderbirds lose season opener to Cougars

The Prince George Cougars defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 5-2 Friday night at the CN Centre in Prince George, British Columbia in the season opening game for both teams.

  • Sep 22, 2008

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Reber Ranch of Kent is having a cat-adoption event Sept. 20 called “Felines Need Friends, Too!” It runs noon to 4 p.m. at the store, 28606 132nd Ave. S.E., Kent. Visitors can meet some of the more than 300 cats available for adoption through King County Animal Care and Control animal shelter. Dogs may be available as well. For details, call 253-630-3330.

  • Sep 20, 2008

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.

Blasting off with Vance Brand: Astronaut inspires Kent students

Students at Neely-O’Brien Elementary School had an out-of-this-world experience Wednesday when NASA Astronaut Vance Brand visited to talk about his time in space.

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.

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Have an interest in parapsychology, the study of paranormal psycho-logical phenomena? Kent Commons will be the site of a parapsychology fair, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 27. Featured are guest speakers, door prizes, healing therapists, readers, arts and crafts, and more. Admission is free.

  • Sep 19, 2008

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."

Volunteers share love of literacy with Kent students

There's never a lack of activity at an elementary school, but the morning of Sept. 12, the first and second grade pod of Daniel Elementary was particularly buzzing.

Metro Transit makes changes to county routes

With ridership nearly 7 percent higher than this time last year, Metro Transit is adding two new bus routes and more service on 20 routes throughout King County, as it kicks off its September service change beginning Saturday, Sept. 20. This includes a new route and more service for the Kent area.

  • Sep 17, 2008

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Residents can help clear trails, pull weeds and plant plants from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 27 at Kent’s Turnkey Park, 23312 100th Ave. S.E.

  • Sep 17, 2008

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.

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.

Have your say: Hearings on Kent city plans Tuesday

The Kent City Council has scheduled public hearings for 7 p.m. Tuesday at Council chambers to take comment on the city’s 2009 budget issues and the 2009-2014 Capital Improvement Plan.

  • Sep 15, 2008

T-Birds topple Winter Hawks 4-2 in Kent

The Seattle Thunderbirds defeated the Portland Winter Hawks 4-2 Saturday night at Kent Valley Ice Centre in their last exhibition game of the preseason.

  • Sep 15, 2008