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Schools chief to retire

Kent School District Superintendent Barbara Grohe last week announced her upcoming retirement, which will be effective June 2009.

  • Jun 2, 2008
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Randall Connor

Man enters plea Friday in Kent murder charge

Randall Edward Connor pleaded not guilty to a first-degree murder charge at an arraignment Friday in King County Superior Court at the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent.

  • Jun 2, 2008
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Randall Connor
It took about 20 Renton firefighters

Black bear caught in Renton Highlands

Marcie Palmer has seen plenty of wildlife in her Kennydale neighborhood. She’s seen coyotes, deer, possums and raccoons. Last summer a cougar was spotted in lower Kennydale. But April 23 was the first Kennydale bear sighting for the City Council member and many of her neighbors.

  • Jun 2, 2008
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It took about 20 Renton firefighters

Toddler dies following multi-car wreck on SR167

A multi-vehicle accident Monday on State Route 167 resulted in the death of a toddler and injuries to four other people.

King County Animal Shelter Manager Al Dams talks about cat kennels while giving a media tour of the shelter in October after a report criticized conditions in the shelter.

County Council OKs dollars for shelters

The King County Council on Monday approved $965,000 in additional funding this year for immediate upgrades to the county animal shelters in Kent and Bellevue.

  • Jun 2, 2008
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King County Animal Shelter Manager Al Dams talks about cat kennels while giving a media tour of the shelter in October after a report criticized conditions in the shelter.

PULLIAM

Pulliam, took a job as the city’s vegetation-management supervisor. He held that job for 22 years before retiring in 2003.

  • Jun 2, 2008
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STRACHAN

use of marijuana by individuals. If we want to have a debate about regulating or otherwise changing our legal focus on marijuana, let’s have that debate. We ask only that we make laws that are supported and enforced. The “Green Reaper” case is about neighborhoods and public safety, not individual use. Let’s keep our focus on the big picture, rather than getting distracted by potentially worthwhile but unrelated debate about personal use of marijuana.

  • Jun 2, 2008
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Lake development hits another roadblock

Developer Bill Floten ran into another city roadblock on his proposal to build 27 homes on the banks of Lake Meridian because of six lots he wants to build on wetlands.

CASHMAN

days is my goal. Don’t know if I’ll make it before mom begins to notice, but even she says I should try to follow my dreams.

  • Jun 2, 2008
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Geoff  Simpson

Lawmaker arrested

State Rep. Geoff Simpson was arrested April 27 by King County Sheriff deputies and booked into the county jail in Seattle on suspicion of fourth-degree assault.

  • Jun 2, 2008
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Geoff  Simpson
Police officers Lt. Bob Hope

New Kent police station aimed at reducing crime

Kent Police expect a new substation on Pacific Highway South to help reduce robberies, prostitution, drug deals and other crimes on the West Hill.

Police officers Lt. Bob Hope

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Shannon D. Hill

Police seek man in April 8 Kent motel attack

Kent Police have identified the man who allegedly stabbed a female desk clerk during an attempted robbery April 8 at the Days Inn motel, 1711 W. Meeker St.

Shannon D. Hill

Man in luring case ruled incompetent

A King County Superior Court judge ruled April 21 that Rodel V. Bautista, of Kent, is incompetent to stand trial on charges of luring a minor, in connection with a Feb. 25 incident that involved a 15-year-old Kent girl.

Drivers take note: HOT lanes now open on SR 167

After months of watching the signs, electrical equipment and striping being installed along nine miles of SR 167 between Renton and Auburn, people who drive alone can pay for a variable, electronic toll to travel in the high occupancy toll lane.

  • Jun 2, 2008
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Music teacher Darren Motamedy

For one Kent schools teacher, this tune is sweet

Between the busy nights performing as a professional jazz musician and the jam-packed days teaching elementary-school band students, Darren Motamedy said the latter has become the more challenging career.

  • Jun 2, 2008
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Music teacher Darren Motamedy
Kentridge High School alum Mike Geisen

Kentridge alumnus makes the grade

Mike Geisen, 35, said he doesn’t remember all the academic details he learned as a Kentridge High School student, but he does remember the teachers there who inspired in him a passion for learning.

  • Jun 2, 2008
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Kentridge High School alum Mike Geisen

Council mulls aquatics-center proposal, YMCA interest

Kent City officials want a specific time line from the YMCA of Greater Seattle about a potential partnership between the two entities to build a new aquatics center for Kent. The request comes as the City Council mulls over whether to ask voters to approve a tax measure for a new facility. Such a measure, if approved, could go on an Aug. 19 election ballot.

Officer Tim Lontz on Tuesday unveils a memorial at Kent City Hall’s Courtyard Plaza in honor of late lawmen Marshal Harry Miller

Never too late: City pays respects to Kent lawman

Kent Town Marshal Harry Miller received a telephone call on April 10, 1908 that five armed men who had robbed a man in Orilla (now SeaTac) were headed toward the city.

Officer Tim Lontz on Tuesday unveils a memorial at Kent City Hall’s Courtyard Plaza in honor of late lawmen Marshal Harry Miller

Kent men charged in May 3 armed robbery

Two Kent men arrested in connection with the May 3 armed robbery of the El Abuelo Convenience Store in Issaquah were charged Wednesday.

  • Jun 2, 2008
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