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4 hrs ago | King County Journal

Enumclaw man, Travis Lear, sentenced to 25 years for child molestation

The 26-year-old Enumclaw resident molested an 11-year-old girl in the bathroom of the Enumclaw Library the afternoon of Jan. 30, 2013. Lear had twice been convicted of sex crimes prior to the incident at the library.

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Related Topix: Enumclaw, WA

Mon Sep 15, 2014

Seattle Times

Rare good news for state mental health system

Since the state Supreme Court's "psychiatric boarding" ruling last month, the news has been all bad for the state. The ruling requires Gov. Jay Inslee's administration to find at least 145 new beds, or else patients who need involuntary psychiatric care could be cut loose, without treatment, to the streets.

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Related Topix: Kirkland, WA, Ravenna (Seattle, WA), Greenwood (Seattle, WA), Madrona (Seattle, WA), Lake City (Seattle, WA), Opinion

Bellevue Reporter

Prosecutor, sheriff to speak before Newcastle City Council

King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg and King County Sheriff John Urquhart will speak to the Newcastle City Council on Tuesday, Sept. 16. Their comments on issues in policing and criminal prosecution will be before the council meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards.

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KUOW-FM Seattle

Public Health Clinic In White Center Saved

One of the public health clinics slated for closure got a reprieve today as King County Executive Dow Constantine announced a partnership that would keep the White Center Public Health Clenter at Greenbridge open through the 2016 fiscal year. Seattle has pledged $400,000 to keep the maternity support program at Greenbridge.

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The White Center Blog

County creates partnership to preserve critical health services in White Center

King County Executive Dow Constantine on Monday announced a partnership with the City of Seattle and Planned Parenthood to preserve critical health services for women, children, and families in White Center and surrounding areas. "Through innovative partnerships like this we can keep providing the important health services our clients need, despite cuts to the federal and state funding that supported those services," said Executive Constantine.

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Related Topix: White Center, WA, Eastlake (Seattle, WA), Ravenna (Seattle, WA), Madrona (Seattle, WA), Lake City (Seattle, WA)

Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber

Man arrested after firing gun in suspected drug house

A Vashon man was booked into jail last weekend and could face charges after shooting a gun in a suspected drug house. The man, a 38-year-old Vashon resident, entered a house on the 16000 block of 109th Avenue SW at about 7 p.m. Saturday.

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Related Topix: Drugs, Prison, Vashon, WA

KOMO News

Enumclaw child molester sentenced to 25 years to life in prison

A convicted sex offender from Enumclaw may spend the rest of his life in prison for sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl last year inside a local library. Travis M. Lear, 26, was found guilty last month of first degree child molestation, and was sentenced Monday in King County Court to 25 years to life in prison, according to prosecutors.

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Related Topix: Enumclaw, WA

Federal Way Mirror

Federal Way Council to vote on Public Health Center agreement with King County

The Federal Way City Council will vote tomorrow on whether to spend $221,000 toward the Federal Way Public Health Center's operating costs for 2015. Seattle-King County Public Health officials announced back in spring that four health clinics, Federal Way and Auburn centers included, could close come 2015 because of a lack of state and federal funding .

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Related Topix: Federal Way, WA, Eastlake (Seattle, WA), Auburn, WA

King County Journal

Public exposure to measles at Federal Way hotel, Sea-Tac Airport

Measles is a highly contagious and potentially severe disease that causes fever, rash, cough and red, watery eyes. Most people in this area have immunity to the measles through vaccination.

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Related Topix: Federal Way, WA, Vaccinations, Health, Health Care Provider

Snoqualmie Valley Record

2nd round of Metro bus cuts slated

King County Executive Dow Constantine sent the County Council earlier this month a proposal for a second round of service changes that would reduce 169,000 hours of bus service. The February reduction would eliminate 16 bus routes.

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Related Topix: North Bend, WA, Snoqualmie, WA, Issaquah, WA

Fox News

Possible measles exposure at Seattle airport: health officials

A Holiday Inn hotel is seen across from the light rail station at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in SeaTac, Washington October 30, 2013. Voters in the working-class Seattle suburb of SeaTac, which encompasses the region's main airport, will decide on November 5, 2013 whether to enact one of the country's highest minimum wages in a ballot measure supporters hope will serve as a model for similar efforts elsewhere.

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Related Topix: SeaTac, WA

HeraldNet

Attempt to take over Point Wells sewer service denied

The King County city of Shoreline can't take over sewer service in the unincorporated Point Wells area of Snohomish County, according to a regulatory decision reached last week. Thursday's 5-0 vote by Snohomish County's Boundary Review Board dealt a setback to Shoreline's hopes of one day annexing the prime waterfront real estate where a developer wants to build 3,100 high-rise condos.

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Related Topix: Shoreline, WA, Snohomish County, WA, Woodway, WA

Sun Sep 14, 2014

Seattle Times

Man shot at city building sues Seattle as negligent

A man who survived a gunshot to the chest last year at a Seattle parks building has filed a lawsuit against the city, claiming officials were negligent and failed to follow workplace policies when the alleged shooter exhibited obvious signs of mental illness and told at least one co-worker she had bought a gun. Carolyn "Zoom" Piksa , a Seattle Parks and Recreation employee, was charged after a March 8, 2013, incident with first-degree assault for allegedly shooting Bill Keller and second-degree assault for allegedly pointing her .357-caliber revolver at another parks employee, according to court records.

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Covington Reporter

King County Council meeting highlights | Sept. 15-19

King County Flood Control District Executive Committee - 9:00 a.m. ***Special meeting*** Si View Metropolitan Park District, 400 SE Orchard Drive, North Bend, WA 98045 A motion requesting that the executive utilize an existing task force convened to develop sustainable solutions to the psychiatric boarding crisis, to review and recommend short and long term sustainable solutions for prevention, early intervention and least restrictive alternatives for individuals in mental health and substance abuse crisis . A motion establishing a pilot project in the King County sheriff's office to evaluate the effectiveness and benefit of law enforcement vehicle and on-officer video camera and recording systems .

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Related Topix: North Bend, WA, Drug Addiction (Substance Abuse), Health, Maple Valley, WA, Valley, WA, Sammamish, WA

Seattle Times

Mentally ill charged with crimes lack timely access to hospital care

Suffering from paranoia and delusions, Ji Ying Kerr needed to be hospitalized for psychiatric treatment. Instead, the 74-year-old spent four months in jail, often isolated, in large part because no hospital beds were open.

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Sat Sep 13, 2014

Covington Reporter

Public exposure to measles at Sea-Tac Airport | King County Public Health

Local public health officials are investigating a confirmed case of measles infection in a traveler who was at Sea-Tac airport during the contagious period. The traveler was likely exposed to measles outside of the United States.

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Related Topix: Vaccinations, Health, Health Care Provider

Snoqualmie Valley Record

Out of the Past: Man convicted for trying to blow up wife; Valley residents finally get public TV

The following stories made the news in the SnoqualmieValley, 25 and 50 years ago. As found in the Valley Record archives: Darrell Raymond Cherry was convicted in King County Superior Court of trying to murder his ex-wife, Fritzi Davis of North Bend, with a homemade bomb.

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Related Topix: Valley, WA, North Bend, WA, Snoqualmie, WA

Bremerton Patriot

Washington's oldest winery continues to shine | Kitsap Week

Running the Northwest's largest winery is daunting. Simultaneously crafting some of our region's best wines is downright difficult.

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Related Topix: Wine, Drink, Woodinville, WA

Seattle Times

Sheriff says deputies can still use choke hold

Although he has halted training in a controversial neck restraint, King County Sheriff John Urquhart said Friday he believes the lateral vascular neck restraint is a valuable law-enforcement tool and will still allow its use under some circumstances. "I believe LVNR is a technique that can be used successfully to control a combative suspect, as do 35 other police agencies across Washington state," Urquhart wrote in an email.

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Related Topix: SeaTac, WA

Fri Sep 12, 2014

The Skanner

King County Sheriffs Abandon Chokehold After Community Expresses Outrage

A coalition representing organizations including Mothers for Police Accountability, the Seattle/Martin Luther King Jr. County NAACP and The United Black Christian Clergy, expressed concern about the King County Sheriff's Department's re-introduction of the choke hold at the Sept. 8 meeting of the King County Council.

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Related Topix: SeaTac, WA

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