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VMC commission resumes regular meeting times

The Valley Medical Center Board of Commissioners will continue meeting at 3:30 p.m., after voting May 5 to rescind a decision to meet at 6 p.m. that effectively could have resulted in the resignation of one of its newest members.

  • Jun 2, 2008
  • BY Wire Service
Nikki Devoni stands May 10 in the recreation room where an airplane struck. John Clark and his dad Jack

Airplane crashes into home; pilot killed

Shortly before 5 p.m. last Friday, a small plane crashed into a house between Covington and Maple Valley. The pilot was killed.

  • Jun 2, 2008
  • BY Wire Service
Nikki Devoni stands May 10 in the recreation room where an airplane struck. John Clark and his dad Jack

Police Blotter

Theft

  • Jun 2, 2008
  • BY Wire Service

County Council calls for tanker rebid

The Metropolitan King County Council this week joined local elected leaders across Washington state to oppose the award of a major Air Force contract for aerial refueling tankers to the European-based Airbus consortium.

  • Jun 2, 2008
  • BY Wire Service
Cesi Velez

Cesi Velez: Keeping it safe in Kent

It’s easy to spot Cesi Velez, whether she commutes by car or train between Puyallup and the Kent Police Station.

Cesi Velez

Highline C.C. board approves new president, effective immediately

The Highline Community College Board of Trustees May 8 chose a familiar face to lead the Des Moines-based school — interim President Jack Bermingham.

  • Jun 2, 2008
  • BY Wire Service

Armed robbery results in loss of media player, phone

Two men reportedly robbed a man of a media player and a cell phone as the man was cleaning out his vehicle at about 12:30 p.m. May 5 at a Kent car wash in the 24000 block of 102nd Avenue Southeast.

Schools briefly

Local earns honor

  • Jun 2, 2008
  • BY Wire Service
Poker Players Alliance Grassroots Director Drew Lesofski

Poker players say legal deck stacked against them

Some call it luck. Players call it skill. Neither on May 15 could change the fact that it’s illegal to play the game of poker for money online in the state of Washington.

  • Jun 2, 2008
  • BY Wire Service
Poker Players Alliance Grassroots Director Drew Lesofski

King County Council backs affordable worker housing

The Metropolitan King County Council last week provided the immediate extension of credit to projects that preserve living-wage and low-income housing throughout the county. By doubling the authority of the county’s Credit Enhancement Program, at no cost to taxpayers, the Council provides immediate backing for the purchase and preservation of the Wonderland Estates mobile home park near Renton, the Springwood Apartments in Kent, the Lora Lake Apartments in Burien, and other potential projects.

  • Jun 2, 2008
  • BY Wire Service
Kent Fire Department’s Hazmat Team

Local emergency workers ready for catastrophe

Kent and Renton firefighters spent nearly two hours at a large-scale decontamination drill May 15 to help prepare for a potential hazardous materials spill or the release of a poisonous gas by a terrorist group that could injure or kill residents.

Kent Fire Department’s Hazmat Team
Ian  Henry

Thunderbirds will fly south this summer

The Seattle Thunderbirds will start flying the coop for Kent this week.

Ian  Henry

Sumner resident makes plea in pharmacy robberies

Arsenio Lopez, 22, of Sumner pleaded guilty this past week at the U.S. District Court in Tacoma to two counts of pharmacy robbery for robbing pharmacies in Puyallup and Bonney Lake during 2008.

  • Jun 2, 2008
  • BY Wire Service
Students and parents leave Panther Lake Elementary School Wednesday. The school and the community around it could be part of the City of Kent in the near future

Panther Lake is topic of Kent Council vote

The Kent City Council approved a resolution Tuesday night directing city staff to move ahead with preliminary plans for the potential annexation of nearly 24,000 residents in the unincorporated Panther Lake area northeast of the city.

Students and parents leave Panther Lake Elementary School Wednesday. The school and the community around it could be part of the City of Kent in the near future

Kent City Council seeking nominees for vacant seat

Kent city residents are invited to apply by May 30 for a vacant seat on the City Council.

Construction at the Kent Events Center came to a halt Friday

Labor dispute halts work on Kent Events Center

Construction stopped Friday on the Kent Events Center, due to a dispute between Roofers Union Local 54 and the roofing subcontractor over the hiring of apprentices.

Construction at the Kent Events Center came to a halt Friday

Blotter: Brawl ends with arrest

A fight between two Kent women had to be broken up by two other women May 13 at an apartment in the 22100 block of 35th Place South.

  • Jun 2, 2008
  • BY Wire Service

Be careful with outdoor digging

PSE Urges Gardeners, Landscapers and Builders to Avoid Potential Incidents with Utility Lines

  • Jun 2, 2008
  • BY Wire Service

Domestic charges filed against local legislator

Authorities will pursue prosecuting state Rep. Geoff Simpson, who was arrested on April 27 on charges of fourth-degree assault and interfering with reporting of domestic violence. The charges stem from an incident involving his former wife.

  • Jun 2, 2008
  • BY Wire Service
Laquita Crumwell sorts incoming ballots from the May 20 election at the King County Elections Building Friday morning. Joe McCleve is behind her. King County Elections moved into a new building on Renton’s Southwest Grady Way in December

King County unveils new elections facility in Renton

A King County Sheriff’s deputy sits just beyond the turnstiles, which are beeping because someone didn’t have a key card. Behind the deputy is a chain-link cage, guarded by a fingerprint scanner. Fifty-nine security cameras are recording in the building’s eight security zones. All visitors are wearing badges. Most doors automatically shut in 30 seconds.

  • Jun 2, 2008
  • BY Wire Service
Laquita Crumwell sorts incoming ballots from the May 20 election at the King County Elections Building Friday morning. Joe McCleve is behind her. King County Elections moved into a new building on Renton’s Southwest Grady Way in December