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City mulls property tax levy to pay for parks, streets BY STEVE HUNTER email@example.com
Kent voters could face a property tax levy measure in November to help pay for city park and street projects. The Kent City Council also is considering a possible business tax as part of a package to help pay to fix up deteriorating streets
and parks. “We know this is a difficult process but we’re only trying to preserve infrastructure we have so it does not deteriorate further,” said Council President Dennis Higgins during a phone interview. “We hope the community recognizes that and gets behind it.” No decisions have been made
yet by the council. But in order to get a property tax levy measure on the Nov. 6 ballot, the council must submit the measure to King County Elections by Aug. 7. “We may need to set a special meeting for Aug. 2 about whether to put it on the ballot in November,” Higgins said. The council did not have the
proposal on its agenda Tuesday and does not meet again until Aug. 7 unless it calls a special meeting. The council formed citizen committees earlier this year to come up with recommendations for parks and street funding and to help prioritize projects. Those recommendations went to an
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CHIROPRACTOR CHOSEN TO HELP OLYMPIC ATHLETES
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Details remain sketchy as Kent Police investigate a fight among numerous men Sunday near Meridian Middle School in Kent that left seven injured with nonlife threatening injuries. A Kent man who witnessed the fight contacted the Kent Reporter by email Tuesday and estimated as many as 60 men and a dozen or so cars showed up at the school parking lot. He said two groups showed up to fight and many of them were carrying bats and sticks. Police have not made any arrests, according to an email Monday from Sgt. Jarod Kasner. Officers are trying to figure out what started the fight at about 2:26 p.m. in the school [ more FIGHT page 3 ]
ad-hoc committee of council members Higgins, Dana Ralph and Elizabeth Albertson. That three-member committee recommended to the full council a six-year property tax levy lid lift of 37 cents per $1,000 assessed property value or about $111 per year on a $300,000 home.
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Cornucopia color Lisa Hicka, Princess Rider for the ’Colors of Hawai’i Kau Lio Pa’u Riders Hawaiian Equestrian Group’ of Lake Stevens, waves to the crowd as they march during the Cornucopia Parade on Sunday. The group won the festival’s Best of the Best parade category. The community came together to celebrate the 41st Kent Cornucopia Days. More story, photos, pages 17-18. CHARLES CORTES, Reporter Newspapers
Chiropractor Greg Blackburn is taking his first vacation in almost 19 years. Blackburn was selected by the U.S. Olympic Committee Sports Medicine Team to come to the Olympic training center in Chula Vista, Calif., to help get Olympic athletes ready to compete in the Olympics. The prestigious opportunity only comes to those who possess certification and Blackburn medicinal credentials, such as a post-doctoral certificate and a certification by the Council of Extremity Adjusting. “I was so excited when I heard I was selected, but I was torn because I wasn’t sure I could leave my patients and my life here in Kent,” Blackburn said. “But I [ more BLACKBURN page 5 ]
Frustrated striking factory workers rally Robert Bruner, a Davis Wire factory worker, addresses a crowd at a community strike rally Tuesday at the Kent plant. MARK KLAAS, Kent Reporter
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A lingering strike is taking its toll on 85 Davis Wire mill employees in Kent and their families who joined labor and religious leaders and elected officials to voice their dismay with the impasse at an emotional community rally Tuesday. Union workers went on strike May 21, claiming poor
working conditions and inadequate compensation. Recent negotiations have gone nowhere, union leaders said, and workers are prepared for a long fight. Earlier Tuesday, striking workers converged at the King County Courthouse in Seattle, where 60 employees officially filed individual lawsuits, alleging the company has created “sweatshop-like” conditions by working employees off the
clock and denying them rest and meal breaks in an unsafe environment. They also claim the company is failing to pay them statutorily required overtime wages. “What we are asking for is very modest in our contract,” said Robert Bruner, a 15-year Davis Wire employee who is among the original plaintiffs [ more RALLY page 5 ]
 July 20, 2012
Politicians put to the test in Speed Candidating BY ROCHELLE ADAMS For the Kent Reporter
Rep. Zack Hudginsâ€™ son Sebastian sat in his fatherâ€™s
lap, eating fish crackers while Hudgins talked politics with table after table of constituents.
The 11th Discrisis that the state trict representative is currently in, he fielded just as many said he does not questions about his think there are any 11-month-year-old easy answers. son as he did about â€œI think we the budget. continue doing what we have Hudgins, Dbeen: looking for Hudgins Tukwila, was one of efficiencies, lookseven state House ing for savings,â€? Hudgins and Senate candidates who attended the Kent Chamber said. â€œItâ€™s very difficult to raise taxes, so that means of Commerceâ€™s Speed Canlots of cuts. So, generally, didating event last week. you try to have a balanced Set up much like the approach going in, but the speed-dating process, candidates interacted with voters have told us they donâ€™t want to raise taxes. Kent voters within an So I think we continue to eight-minute time limit cut back the services we for each round. During provide and try to priorithe event, candidates rotize what we do provide. tated among tables where small groups of voters had I think thatâ€™s the political reality weâ€™re in.â€? the chance to hear each He said he does not of their platforms and ask believe an income tax will questions in an informal help solve the problem. setting. Fellow 11th District If re-elected, Hudgins plans to stay consistent with candidate Jim Flynn disagreed. the areas he has already been working to improve. Flynn said he is in favor of eliminating the sales tax â€œIâ€™d like to continue and implementing an infocusing on the things I come tax, which he thinks have been focusing on, would be a better source of bread-and-butter issues in revenue for the state. the 11th District â€“ good economy, jobs, that sort of â€œThatâ€™s all I want to acthing,â€? he said. complish,â€? he said. â€œI think thatâ€™s the basis for solving As for solving the budget
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our problems.â€? Andy Massagli, of Kent, who is running for a 47th District House seat, focused his ideas on improving the school system and how much money is wasted by the government. He said he is invested in improving the school system because his children who are still enrolled at various stages of education. â€œI think there are some problems with it,â€? Massagli said. â€œI think there are some good things with it. So what I want to do is I want to see efficiency, I want to see it funded first.â€? He also said a problem within the government is wastefulness and the inability to be efficient when it comes to spending. Instead of looking at small pieces of the problem, voters and decision makers should be looking at the entire picture, as well as the cause and effect of all options. â€œWe to start thinking, â€˜Whatâ€™s best for the state, whatâ€™s best for everything,â€™â€? Massagli said. â€œWe should want all functioning and well doing departments to do well.â€?
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Man faces court date for animal cruelty charge BY STEVE HUNTER
A Kent man charged with firstdegree animal cruelty is scheduled to return to court July 23 for a hearing. King County prosecutors
KENT FIRE DEPARTMENT RECEIVES FEDERAL GRANT TO HIRE 4 FIREFIGHTERS The Kent Fire Department Regional Fire Authority will receive a Department of Homeland Security two-year grant of $811,704 to hire four firefighters next year. Fire department officials recently received notice that the two-year grant application had been approved, according to a Kent Fire Department media release. The grant, titled Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER), will allow the department to hire, outfit, train and cover the wages of four new firefighters. Kent currently has nine firefighter positions that are unfilled as the fire department works to keep costs down. The grant will help reduce the shortage by almost half. The grant differs from a previous SAFER grant the department received several years ago in that there is no matching dollars or contribution necessary from the fire department. One hundred percent of this $811,704 grant is covered through Homeland Security.
charged Steven William Cole on May 14 for first-degree animal cruelty after he allegedly shot a neighborâ€™s dachshund in the leg with a pellet gun for reportedly â€œcrappingâ€? on his property. Cole pleaded not guilty May 24 in King County Superior Court at the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent. At his hearing, a trial date could be set or attorneys could ask for more time to prepare the case. Cole had a hearing June 26 continued to July 23.
If convicted, Cole could receive a sentence of up to one year. The incident occurred March 31 in the 29800 block of 159th Lane Southeast in unincorporated Kent, south of Covington. A neighbor of Coleâ€™s reported to the King County Sheriff â€™s Office that Cole shot her dog Zeus, a 7-year-old dachshund, as she and her children were planting a tree in their front yard, according to charging papers. A vet removed a pellet from the dogâ€™s leg and put the leg in a cast.
King County donates big to Kent Food Bank REPORTER STAFF
Fewer people in the community will go hungry, thanks to a donation to the Kent Food Bank from King County. The Countyâ€™s Facilities Management Division recently delivered cases of canned soup, meat and fruit to the food bank. The supplies had been stored at the Maleng Regional Justice Center in case inmates and staff had to shelter in place at the facility due to flooding on the Green River. Since permanent repairs have been made to the Howard Hanson Dam, the County determined that the
Volunteers help unload a truckload of food donated to the Kent Food Bank by King County. The supplies are stored at the Maleng Regional Justice Center. COURTESY PHOTO emergency food supplies were no longer needed. â€œWe are happy to help people in need through this contribu-
tion,â€? said Facilities Management Division Director Kathy Brown. â€œBy donating these canned goods to the Kent Food Bank,
Wanted suspect in East Hill shooting turns himself in BY STEVE HUNTER email@example.com
A Kent man wanted by Kent Police in connection with an East Hill shooting turned himself in Monday at the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent. King County prosecutors allege the man shot at an unarmed man multiple times in broad daylight at a Kent apartment complex in what appears to be an unprovoked attack.
Wendall Oliver Adams Jr., 26, showed up with family members at the county jail at the Regional Justice Center and told officers he had seen himself on Q13 Foxâ€™s Washington Most Wanted List, according to David Rose of Q13 and King County Sheriff â€™s Office spokeswoman Cindi West. Kent Police had been looking for Adams since he reportedly shot and injured a man July 8 during an altercation at the Sum-
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merwalk Apartments in the 22400 block of Benson Road. Paramedics transported the man to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Officers booked Adams on Monday into the county jail for investigation of first-degree assault, according to jail records. Bail was set at $500,000 for Adams, who has approximately nine felony convictions, according to charging papers. Adams is scheduled to be arraigned Monday, July 23 at the Regional Justice Center.
[ FIGHT from page 1 ] parking lot at 23400 120th Ave. S.E. â€œThere were a few witnesses as well as people involved that we have interviewed, however, there are some slight variations to their accounts,â€? Kasner said. â€œThey did seem to be all adult males. Some were residents (of Kent) and some were from nearby locations.â€? Kasner said the fight wasnâ€™t gang related or a random act of violence. He said shots were reported as being fired, but officers did not have any reports that the shots struck anyone. â€œI donâ€™t have any definitive answers at this point,â€? he said. Kasner said he did not know the extent of the injuries to the men other than the injuries were not life threatening. The Kent man who saw the fight said the well-dressed men were Middle Eastern and ages 30 to older than 60. He said it appeared obvious they had agreed to meet at the school parking lot to fight as vehicles arrived at around the same time. â€œBoth groups went at a full charge, colliding into a swarm of swinging bats,â€? he said. â€œI could see multiple people on the ground at this point, more than the seven reported. We did hear three sounds that could have been mistaken for gunfire, but it could also be cars hitting each other. People were still in their cars driving around like it was real life bumper cars. I saw with my own eyes people getting hit and falling to the ground. The whole thing took only a couple minutes.â€? When the men heard sirens, most started to flee. â€œThis part was just as crazy as the fight, as cars were hitting each other and car bumpers were breaking off, and a SUV left with the back hatch open and had so many people in it a head rest flew out of the car,â€? the witness said. â€œI saw people picking up fallen members and putting them in the cars before they left as well as others trying to carry wounded men off into the wooded area on the other side of the football field.â€? The witness said the neighborhood is generally quiet. He said he had never seen any fight similar to this. â€œI have been describing the fight as old-fashioned Roman warfare,â€? he said. â€œThis is one of the craziest things I have ever witnessed.â€?
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[ MEASURE from page 1 ] The levy would raise about $29 million over six years, $18.3 million for parks and $10.7 million for streets as 23 cents per $1,000 would go to parks each year and 14 cents per $1,000 to streets. The levy would expire after six years. The ballot measure would describe the park and street projects to be paid for and require a simple majority. But a property tax levy alone would not cover the long-term street maintenance needs, Higgins said. The committee also recommended that a new business tax be implemented to raise as much as $4 million to $6 million per year and that city administrators find $2 million per year in efficiencies in the city budget to go toward street maintenance. The options for a business tax could be a per employee tax similar to what the city of Renton does; a business and occupation tax or a business license fee. â€œI want to stress that I personally donâ€™t want to do anything to put Kent at a disadvantage with our peers,â€? Higgins said about a business tax. â€œBut weâ€™re working with the business community to find a way and figure out what the tax would look like.â€? Discussions have heated up lately because of the approaching ballot measure deadline. If the council doesnâ€™t refer a measure to voters in November, decisions about how to raise more revenue for streets and parks will become part of the 2013-14 budget discussions, Higgins said. Higgins said past budget cuts to street maintenance have left many streets in bad shape. â€œWe had a situation that in order to make ends meet we were skimping on
City officials hope to secure a funding mechanism to help pay for the cost of repairs to its wearing streets. REPORTER PHOTO street maintenance to about $9 million per year,â€? Higgins said. â€œWe need about $10 million (in maintenance) per year and weâ€™ve done under a $1 million per year. If we donâ€™t do anything, weâ€™ll need complete reconstruction and not just a paving job. â€œWeâ€™re not building Taj Mahal, weâ€™re keeping care of what weâ€™ve got. I would not be doing my duty if I did not help find a way to address this.â€? City Parks Director Jeff Watling said a system of 55 parks, many built in the 1970s, 80s and 90s, now needs repairs. â€œWhat came out very clear from conversations with the citizens group is we have a park system the community is very proud of and has been invested in over the last 30 to 40 years but like a lot park systems it is showing its age,â€? Wa-
tling said during a City Hall interview. Watling said the key now is to reinvest in current park structures rather than spending money on new projects. He said smaller repairs have been done over the years but now larger repairs are needed. â€œThink of it like a house,â€? Watling said. â€œYou go through living in your house and youâ€™ll replace the light bulbs and filter in the furnace and appliances but at some point in time youâ€™ve got to replace the roof. After repainting a couple of times, you might need to replace the siding. â€œWeâ€™re at that point in the age of our park system where these are pretty significant replacements we need to address that just comes with age.â€? One example is the deteriorated Lake Meridian Park swimming and fishing dock that King County built in the 1980s. The estimated cost of that repair is $1.5 million. A list of proposed parks repairs recommended by the citizens group also includes $1.8 million for Wilson Playfields to replace the synthetic turf, repair damaged fence posts and construct a new picnic shelter; $1.8 million for Lake Fenwick Park to replace the floating walkway and the eastern stairs, repave the middle parking lot and pave the boat launch; $932,000 for Kent Memorial Park to repair or replace the restroom, bleachers and parking lot. The list of park projects also includes a few new items, including $3.1 million for Russell Road Park to convert one field to multi-use synthetic turf and replace the restroom; and $2.8 million for two to four new multi-use fields at the Kent Phoenix Academy, a project to be done in partnership with the Kent School District, which owns the 2.5 acre site.
Kent road closure: South 208th To make way for Schneider Homesâ€™ Copper Ridge housing development, the city of Kent approved the contractorâ€™s request to close South 208th Street from 92nd Avenue South to 96th Avenue South beginning Friday, July 20. The street will be closed for the total reconstruction and widening of the roadway as required by King Countyâ€™s construction standards. â€œBesides an entrance to the development, the project also includes removal of most of the existing roadway, the construction of four retaining walls, a new water main, and alignment and widening of the roadway,â€? said Brennan Taylor, Kentâ€™s Development Engineering Manager. â€œThese improvements will also increase safety and sight distance for drivers.â€?
Signs will direct drivers to use the following detour routes: t8FTUCPVOEUSBÄ? D will be directed north on 96th Street to South 202nd Street, then west to 92nd Avenue South. t&BTUCPVOEUSBG fic will be directed south on 84th Avenue South to South 212th Street, then east on 212th Street to 96th Avenue South. Taylor says due to the steep slopes along the roadway, it is important to complete the street improvements in the summer. â€œWorking during the dry season provides a safer working environment for contractors and other individuals working on this project.â€? The roadway is expected to reopen Nov. 1. The Copper Ridge project consists of 39 townhomes originally applied for while in King County and approved by the city of Kent after annexation of the Chestnut Ridge area in 1994.
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in the suit. â€œItâ€™s terribly frustrating. They are still refusing to budge on anything. They still donâ€™t think theyâ€™ve done anything wrong. â€Ś â€œThey donâ€™t seem to care, as much as they should, for the workforce,â€? Bruner added. â€œThe economy, the way that it is right now, they know thereâ€™s no jobs out there. Their standard answer is, â€˜If you donâ€™t want it, thereâ€™s the door.â€™ â€? Harry Stang, outside labor counsel for Davis Wire, said the company is prepared to take on the workersâ€™ latest actions. â€œItâ€™s all propaganda. Itâ€™s false and I can assure you the charges of the lawsuit will be vigorously defended,â€? he said. Bruner, 48, claims the company has pushed for greater productivity at the expense of working conditions and job safety. He says the Kent facilityâ€™s machines are old and worn out, and employees are working long and exhaustive shifts. In his years working as a galvanizer, Bruner has been repeatedly burned on his forearms. Tired of lead dust and smoke exposure, he went into fabrics. While on the job, he has torn a pectoral muscle, thrown out his shoulder, busted two fingers and nearly lost his right eye. Bruner understands itâ€™s a difficult, hazardous job, but the company should be willing to make the factory safer, and put employees ahead of profits. â€œIt shouldnâ€™t have to be this way,â€? he said. â€œIâ€™m hoping something gets done.â€? Bruner and striking workers and
John Fisher, representing the ILWU Seattle Pensioners, attends the rally Tuesday with his 8-year-old pit bull, Lily. MARK KLAAS, Kent Reporter
their families are â€œgetting byâ€? with the help of a union emergency fund. State Sen. Karen Keiser, D-Kent, 33rd Legislative District, was among the dignitaries who spoke at the rally. She claims Davis Wire workers are â€œvictimizedâ€? by poor working conditions and inadequate health care. Dave Freiboth, executive secretary of the M.L. King County Labor Council and the son of a machinist, says striking workers are tired of the companyâ€™s antics. â€œWe have a lot of struggles in labor. Theyâ€™re out to get us. They want to destroy the middle class, destroy what we got in terms of our economic viability,â€? he said. â€œThey donâ€™t get away with this. They donâ€™t get to abuse you without answering for it.â€? The Teamstersâ€™ original complaint, which was filed in King County Superior Court on April 30, describes sweatshop-like conditions, in which employees were pressured to work 12-hour shifts without a break and eat lunch at their work stations while
operating dangerous machinery. Davis Wire is one of four manufacturers in the Heico Wire Group. Over the last few years, four workers have been killed in industrial accidents at Heico facilities across the country, Teamsters said. At the Kent facility, workers have suffered serious injuries, including wire punctures, broken bones and mangled fingers, according to Teamsters. Stang said the union has been obstructive with concerns about safety issues. â€œThereâ€™s been no cooperation in safety improvements,â€? he said. The 85 workers at the Kent facility have been without a contract since Dec. 1. Stang would not elaborate on the strikeâ€™s details, nor expand on talks. Both sides held talks July 10 and 13, but no new negotiations have been scheduled, Stang said. â€œWe donâ€™t negotiate through the media,â€? Stang said. â€œNegotiations will be done at the table. â€Ś Nothing has changed. They are more interested in propaganda than serious negotiations. â€œThe company is trying to keep the Kent (plant) competitive, but the union doesnâ€™t want to cooperate.â€? Davis Wire, which also operates plants in Irwindale, Calif., and Pueblo, Colo., is one of the largest wire manufacturers in the Western States. Products are used in a wide variety of fields, including agriculture, construction, transportation, communications and industrial applications. The foundations of its business are galvanized and reinforcement wire.
know that I will come back from California with new information to help my patients here.â€? Blackburn is a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician, which indicates proficiency in the assessment and treatment of the root causing of recurring pain in the spine and extremities. His practice, Rebound, is located at 11107 SE KentKangley Road. â€œI love what I do because I think it is such a blessing to be able to help people,â€? Blackburn said. This opportunity wonâ€™t be Blackburnâ€™s first time working with professional athletes. He has worked with professional athletes such as the Detroit Lions and the Detroit Tigers. â€œI get such an adrenaline rush when working with athletes,â€? he said. â€œThese people are great at what they do and I admire it.â€? The USOC also supports U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes on and off the field of play through programming such as direct athlete funding, health insurance, tuition grants, media and marketing opportunities, career services and performance-based monetary rewards. In addition, the Olympic Training
Center facilities provide athletes with performance services, including sports medicine, strength and conditioning, psychology, physiology, nutrition assistance and performance technology. â€œI am going to be a sponge when I get there,â€? Blackburn said. â€œThere are some of the best doctors in the United States there and I just want to crawl into their brain and get whatever I can get and bring that home to Kent.â€? Blackburn will adjust athletes participating in track and field, volleyball, archery, canoeing and motocross. In order to fully understand what muscle groups each athlete will use, Blackburn gets to try out each sport while at USOC. â€œI basically get to participate in every sport that I cover over there and thatâ€™s going to be so much fun,â€? he said. â€œI am mostly very interested to get to see the mechanics that are involved in each sport.â€? Blackburn will be in California from July 23 to Aug. 5. â€œTeam USA is what made me decide to take this chance,â€? Blackburn said. â€œIâ€™m proud of our country and people like these athletes in it and canâ€™t wait to lend a hand.â€?
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Public assistance program broken I am sure that we all can agree that the public assistance program in Washington State is broken. There are a number of people are abusing the system (if you have doubts, go to the grocery store and watch the person in line to pay with food stamps talking on their iPhone). Some states have made steps to curb this abuse and been challenged in court. Let’s make drug tests mandatory to receive assistance. If you aren’t doing anything wrong, what is the problem to providing a sample? I believe that the public that is providing the tax revenue from which this assistance comes has a right to an assurance it isn’t being wasted. For Washington, let's take it a step further. If you are receiving assistance and you get convicted for a criminal act, your assistance is cut off retroactive to the date the crime was com-
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While Washington needs more money to build new highways and repair existing roads, streets and interstates, one area in which our state excels is emergency response. In our state, if a vehicle is stalled in the middle of the road, there is a good chance that within minutes, a state trooper
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mitted. Many are going to argue that this could impact the children that may benefit from this assistance. Well, the person who is "responsible" for their care didn't consider the impact on them when they took the action, does that absolve them of any responsibility? I know that I for one am
Safe roads important to quality of life Any realtor will tell you people looking to buy a home want good schools and safe neighborhoods. They also look for decent roads for when they head to the mountains or the beach during holiday weekends. They want to know that if they are in an accident, someone will respond quickly to help them.
tired of carrying the burden for those that are unwilling to help themselves. I am certain there are many others that feel the same way. – Dana Woodley
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This has been grouchy week. I spent far too much time arguing with the city of Maple Valley because the staff refused to let one of my reporters into a hearing examiner proceeding that was supposed to be open to the public. I was not my normal Mr. Happy after I found that out. When city staff offered three different excuses, all wrong, about why the reporter was barred, my Mr. Happy meter crashed. There’s nothing like being open and transparent. Fortunately, I wrote a very grouchy column about it for The Maple Valley Reporter and it is all out of my system. I thought I should write this column about something much more important, something I have been pondering for some time. Has anyone else noticed women sometimes get their hair colored changed … a lot. It’s like magic. Why is it that women do all these things to their hair in these secret places and no one ever tells me what is going on? I remember one time I walked into a women’s haircut place near my office in Maple Valley. It had an indecipherable name on the window. The only reason I went in was to pay for Katy, my daughter’s … something, something, something. She wouldn’t tell me. Nothing like open and transparent. When I walked in a young woman at the counter looked at me like was from another solar system, until I pulled out my debit card. The numbers started spinning and I suddenly became dizzy. I know why the young woman thought I was an alien. Apparently some people assume I am hair challenged. Fine … I admit my hair flip is a little lighter these days, but I still have to mow
or incident response truck will be there to clear the roadway and protect drivers and passengers. If there is a collision on an interstate in Washington, you’ll see a sea of flashing red and blue lights from the State Patrol, aid cars and other emergency vehicles. That’s not the case in other states. For example, if you have a fender bender in neighboring Oregon, lots of luck.
The silence coming from the American media is deafening in regards to the investigation of Barclays Bank and others around the world. Apparently banks have been rigging interest rates for years and much damage has been done to the world’s financial sector and the public, but we are only now hearing about it – at least those of us who read the British press. One can’t help but wonder just how deep mismanagement of the financial sector runs? It is very sad that unless there is an angle involving violence, sex, race or civil rights, the media simply has no interest in informing the public.
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This actually happened recently. A family member was on her way to work on Interstate 5 in Portland. Just beyond where I-405 merges with I-5, a pickup truck hit her car from behind. Our family member and the pickup driver managed to move both vehicles to the shoulder of the interstate. I got to the accident a half hour later and a Portland police officer pulled up just behind me. Fortunately, neither driver appeared to be seriously injured. The [ more MY TURN page 7 ]
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www.kentreporter.com [ MY TURN from page 6 ] police officer examined both cars, asked if our car was drivable (it wasn’t), checked for leaking fluids, asked if I had called a tow truck, lit a flare and left the scene. No police report, no accident report, nothing. After more than two hours, another Portland police officer stopped, asked what had happened and if a tow truck had been called. When I said yes, he asked for an estimated time. I told him the dispatcher told me 45 minutes. He immediately called the towing service the police department uses and within 15 minutes our
[ BOX from page 6 ] my head every week. It’s not like I’m dead, at least I don’t think I am. Most people still talk like I am present in the room … except for Katy. When I drive by those salons and places with darkened windows and fancy names, I can’t help wondering what is really going on inside. The paranoid reporter comes out in me, but I am afraid to go in because I know some girl will give me that alien look from a Ray Bradbury book.
cars were off the interstate shoulder, and we were on the way to the emergency room to get checked out. The point is, citizens need and deserve a wellstaffed professional state patrol and emergency response system. Oregon’s state police force is about half the size of Washington’s, even though Oregon is a larger state. There is a noticeable difference in state trooper presence between the two states. In Washington, the State Patrol actively enforces speed limits, aggressive driving, construction zone safety, seat belt usage, and cellphone and texting violations. In our state, reckless
or intoxicated drivers are caught and punished. That’s because over the years, Washington governors and legislators have made highway safety a priority and kept our State Patrol strong. Since its modest beginnings with six motorcycle officers in 1921, the Washington State Patrol has become one of the premier law enforcement organizations in the nation with 1,600 investigators, support personnel, crime lab technicians and patrol officers. Each day, some 600 officers patrol our highways to help keep our roads and citizens safe. In contrast, budget cuts in Oregon have hurt that state’s police presence.
I now realize open and transparent does not apply to many things. Possibly Maple Valley and all the fancy things my daughter does that I pay for. It’s like some dark secret even God doesn’t know. They show up with fingernails from Picasso, hair that changes color or streaks or tints or something, and I always feel lost. I wonder if there is a public records request for women’s secrets. I bet it is better not to know or ask. I think it may be safer to deal with a city pretending to be open and transpar-
ent than to ask the wrong questions about a woman’s hair color, fingernails and the many things I will never comprehend. The passing years have proven one thing. I learned this in kindergarten while lying on a blanket fearing for my life. Girls are smarter than boys. Accept it and don’t ask dumb questions.
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Kent Police arrested a man for investigation of attempting to elude after he reportedly tried to speed away from an officer who spotted him racing another vehicle in the North Kent warehouse district. The incident started at about 3:18 a.m. July 8 when a 911 call reported about 30 vehicles racing in the 19000 block of 62nd Avenue South, an area known for illegal street racing, according to the police report. An officer in a marked Chevy Tahoe saw a Ford Mustang and a Ford F-150 pickup racing each other along 62nd Avenue South. He estimated the vehicles were going about 70 mph in a 35 mph zone. The officer activated his overhead emergency lights when the two vehicles approached the South 194th Street intersection. Drivers of both vehicles hit their brakes and skidded through the intersection. The pickup continued southbound on 62nd Avenue while the Mustang headed eastbound on 194th. The officer activated his siren to pursue the Mustang. The driver sped through the large Nabisco warehouse parking lot, 19062 62nd Ave. S., reaching speeds of about 70 mph before slamming on the brakes and coming to a stop at a 45-degree angle. The officer exited his vehicle with his gun drawn and ordered the driver
KENT NEIGHBORHOODS can register for this yearâ€™s National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 7. Apartment communities, businesses, and neighborhoods are encouraged to participate. Events can include potlucks, barbecues, dessert socials, or any other event that brings a community together. The goal is to heighten awareness to crime, strengthen neighborhood spirit, while sending a message to criminals that neighborhoods are fighting back. The Kent Police Department will visit events along with other city staff including Mayor Suzette Cooke, City Council members,
BLOTTER out of the Mustang. Two juvenile girls also were in the car. The driver told the officer he had been racing earlier that night. He said he became scared when he saw the patrol car and thought he could get away. He said it was a stupid move. Police booked the man into the city jail. The girls were released to the mother of one of the girls.
Possession of stolen property Officers arrested a woman for investigation of possession of stolen property after she allegedly tried to cash a stolen check for $300 at about 3:12 p.m. July 10 at a Bank of America at 12994 S.E. Kent Kangley Road. A bank clerk became suspicious when she noticed two types of ink and handwriting on the check, according to the police report. The clerk also discovered the signature on the check didnâ€™t match the signature the bank had on file for the manâ€™s name on the check. The woman claimed she had received the blank check from her aunt signed by a man she had done yard work for. The man denied giving the check or signing the check. He said he did know the woman as a
the Regional Fire Authority, Parks and Public Works staff. Representatives from Washington State government will join city staff members, and Target, a national sponsor of National Night Out, will also be represented. Local events run between 5-9 p.m. To register your National Night Out event, visit www. kentnno.com. You can request a banner, invitations, give-away prizes, T-shirts and balloons for your event, though supplies are limited. For more information, contact Sara Wood, Kent Police Department, at 253-8565851.
friend of his daughter. When officers searched the womanâ€™s purse they found needles reportedly with heroin residue on them. They also arrested her for investigation of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Liquor offense Police cited a 20-year-old man for investigation of minor in possession and disabled parking space violation after an officer saw the car illegally parked in a disabled parking space at about 2:29 p.m. July 7 at the Ridgeview Apartments, 1425 W. Smith St. The officer did not see a permit or plates for disabled parking on the Buick Regal, according to the police report. The driver told the officer he had just dropped a friend off at the apartments to go grab some clothes. The officer spotted a vodka bottle on the floor behind the driverâ€™s seat. The man denied the bottle belonged to him. He said his friend left it there.
Assault Officers cited a man at large for fourth-degree assault and harassment after he allegedly punched another man at about 4:48 p.m. July 9 at the Circle K gas station, 20727 108th Ave. S.E. A man told officers he was punched six to eight times in the face, head and
Des Moines Police arrest woman in stabbing attack REPORTER STAFF
Des Moines Police arrested a 19-year-old woman for investigation of first-degree assault after she reportedly stabbed and injured a 24-year-old woman. The woman stabbed the other woman three times during an altercation at about 1:16 a.m. Monday in the 21600 block of 28th Avenue South, according to a Des Moines Police media release.
shoulder by the man as he attempted to pump gas, according to the police report. The man said a Lexus drove up and a man jumped out of the passenger side. He said he recognized the man as an old friend but he had not seen him in years. The man reportedly punched him numerous times and then got back in the Lexus and left. Officers were unable to locate the man, who reportedly had a previous incident with Kent Police when he fired a gun into the air.
Burglary Police arrested a man for investigation of residential burglary after he reportedly kicked in the door of a house July 10 in the 900 block of West Meeker Street. A couple of city of Kent employees reported the incident after they saw the man kicking a door at a house, according to the police report. An officer went to the home and the resident said he heard a loud noise and when he went to his front door he saw a man standing inside the house. The intruder fled when he saw the man and did not take anything. Police had a description of the man and an officer spotted him a short time later and arrested him after witnesses confirmed he was the same man they had seen at the house. The man declined to talk to police. King County Sheriff â€™s Office deputies and the Des Moines Police responded to a report of a fight. When officers arrived, they found the victim. They also found the 19-year-old woman at the scene and took her into custody without incident. Paramedics transported the older woman to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Officers determined that the two women, who were in a former domestic relationship, met, argued and then fought. Detectives are investigating to determine what led to the altercation and stabbing.
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Kent author receives book endorsement
KENT OLD TIMERS REUNION IS AUG. 12 The annual Kent Old timers Reunion will run from 1-4 p.m. Sunday Aug. 12 at the Kent Senior Activity Center, 600 E. Smith St. The Kent Old Timers Reunion Committee that was formed 23 years ago has been making sure each year that people who lived in Kent and have given time and service to the community are recognized for their contributions. The honorees this year are: Andy Ameny; Gene and Jane (Buxton) Bridge; Lulu May (Staples) Gerber; Brooks and Mary (Morris) Loop; Sunny and Jeanette (Cyr) Sipe and Otto and Blanche (Skagen) Speck. The celebration includes introduction of honorees and a short acknowledgement of their accomplishments. The program to honor the old timers begins at 1:30 p.m.
lished in ‘Woman’s World,’” she said. “When eBooks became popular, I decided After spending 25 years to take that route and first running several differpublished ‘Your Worst ent hospital foundations Nightmare,’ an anthology around Renton, Kent resiof creepy short stories and dent Lynn Bohart decided mysteries. Then, in June, I to pursue a new career in published my first novel.” writing. She submitted her “I took a ghost completed novel to story writing Grub Street Reads, weekend class an independent when I lived in group that reviews Oregon a few years books against a ago and fell in pretty stringent love with writset of guidelines. ing,” Bohart said. Bohart They don’t endorse “A few years later, a book unless they the woman who feel it meets their taught the class decided qualifications, which into publish a book with the clude characterization, pace best stories from her ten and consistency. years in writing the class “I was absolutely thrilled and selected my story to be to get their endorsement,” in the anthology.” Bohart said. “It’s taken me After that, Bohart was a long time to get here. I’ve hooked. revised and rewritten the “I started a paranormal novel multiple times, each mystery novel and had time correcting structural a few short stories pubproblems, voice problems BY SARAH KEHOE
and pacing until I felt it really was ready.” Grub Street Reads encourages higher readership of indie authors by providing a quality standard for independently published novels. The Grub Street Reads Endorsement is given to those books that pass an evaluation process based on the fundamental qualities of good storytelling, including well-developed characters, strong pacing, a well-researched world and a powerful overall voice. “Mass Murder” is a paranormal mystery novel set in Bohart’s hometown of Sierra Madre, Calif. Detective Giorgio Salvatori is called in when a woman is found dead, hanging by her bra strap in the supply closet of the Catholic monastery. As a former New York detective, he’s seen the worst humanity has to offer, but he doesn’t have a good feeling about this case.
Soon, his suspicions are borne out when a second body is found buried in the garden, and days later, one of the monks is found floating face down in the duck pond. To complicate matters, the specter of a young boy who committed murder and then suicide back in the 1940s, appears to be sending a message. Bohart holds a master’s degree in theater and currently runs the Renton Community Foundation. She also did a short stint writing for Renton.Patch. com. She will teach a class titled, “Writing the Mystery Short Story” for Kent Parks and Recreation this fall, as well as through Green River Community College’s Continuing Education program. “Mass Murder” is available for sale as an eBook on Amazon.com for only $2.99. Interested readers can learn more about the
author by visiting the Grub Street Reads Endorsed Book library at www. grubstreetreads.com or by visiting the author’s website at www.bohartink.com. Bohart is currently working on her second mystery novel, “Grave Doubts”. Her anthology of creepy and mysterious short stories, “Your Worst Nightmare”, is also available on Amazon.com.
Homeowners, city make environmental improvement REPORTER STAFF
The Kenton Firs Neighborhood Association – in partnership with VetsCorps volunteers – recently logged hundreds of hours grubbing, cleaning, pruning and clearing a community greenbelt. More than 50 people – young and old – were part of the work group. Families, grandparents with grandchildren, relatives and friends also turned out to help. The Kenton Firs turned its annual spring cleanup into a partnership with the city of Kent Neighborhood grant program with the goal
to reclaim a common area from invasive plants and restore a natural habitat at the corner of 113th Avenue Southeast and Southeast 227th Place. Matching funds from Kenton Firs garnered a $5,000 neighborhood grant from CITY the city. Board member Marsha St. Louis conducted the environmental research and drew up the plan. Besides environmental stewardship, the project is designed to improve safety and security in the neighborhood. An additional work day is being scheduled to complete the project.
The Kenton Firs Neighborhood Association members held a community cleanup day. Nikki Davis, of VetsCorps, left, and Marsha St. Louis, of Kenton Firs, share a moment during the project. COURTESY PHOTO
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At The Ridge Theater cast presents Charlie Brown musical REPORTER STAFF
At The Ridge Theater presents the musical, â€œYouâ€™re A Good Man, Charlie Brownâ€?, this summer at the Kentridge High School Performing Arts Center, 12430 SE 208th St, Kent. Main stage performances are 7:30 p.m. July 25-28, Aug. 1-4, Aug 8-11; 2 p.m. July 28, Aug. 4, Aug. 11 and 4 p.m. July 26 and Aug. 5. The family friendly musical comedy is based on the Charles Schulz comic strip, â€œCharlie Brownâ€?. Under the direction of Jennifer Grajewski, the talented cast is comprised of current and graduated high school and college students, including Kentridge High School alumni and students from throughout the region. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children and seniors. At The Ridge Theater,
The cast of the musical, â€œYouâ€™re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,â€? gets ready to perform their roles at the Kentridge High School Performing Arts Center in July and August. COURTESY PHOTO
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