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Kelvin Crenshaw, a ATF special agent, left, and King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg on Tuesday at Kent City Hall look over illegal guns seized in South King County during recent arrests. STEVE HUNTER, Kent Reporter
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Glenn Hamada watches as his fighters, Ray Henry, 20, right, and Vince Gumiran, 17, spar at the Phoenix Academy. The Kent East Hill Boxing Club is preparing to host its first fight card on Saturday night at the Kent-Meridian High School gym. CHARLES CORTES, Kent Reporter
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Federal agents and South King County police agencies arrested 33 people as well as seized 28 guns and nearly $1 million worth of drugs during a threemonth crackdown in Kent, Renton, Tukwila, Federal Way and other cities. The U.S. Department of Justice held a press con-
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Glenn Hamada laces up Ray Henry’s gloves to prepare him to spar. Hamada works with kids from all walks in his gym. “They come and go,” says Hamada. CHARLES CORTES, Kent Reporter
[ CLUB from page 1 ] “This is what it is, and most of these kids are good,” Hamada said while keeping close watch on his young boxers as they skip rope and punch bags at the Kent East Hill Boxing Club last week. “Lot of times we get real street kids, and I welcome them, too. They come and go.” Such was a kid from Ukraine. In a desire to learn and excel at the sport, the devoted teen routinely walked – rain or shine – a few miles from his family’s East Hill apartment to reach the gym that’s tucked inside the back of the Kent Phoenix Academy facility. The boy trained relentlessly, dropping 45 pounds to emerge a hardened 190-pound fighter. The “nice kid” had an upside, Hamada said. Then it all stopped. The boy’s family fortunes changed. The father lost his construction job. Money ran out. The family returned to the Ukraine. It’s a familiar plight for many kids under Hamada’s watch. Some of his young boxers drop out of school, others become victimized by a struggling, transient community. Recognizing this, Hamada, who boxed a little as a kid, has reached out to connect a few instructional punches with youth. It’s a newfound role, and one the 69-year-old former Marine welcomes. “The reason why we started this was to change the focus on our changing demographics of our community,” Hamada said. “When I moved to Kent (in 1982) there were few minority people living here. But if you look at it Kent-Meridian (High School), it’s about 70-percent minority.” Hamada’s group personifies a challenged,
Fight night Kent-Meridian hosts “Thrillin In East Hillin,” an amateur boxing card. from 5:30-9 p.m. Saturday in the school gymnasium, 10020 S.E. 256th St. The USA/PNW-sanctioned event has scheduled 12-15 rounds of boxing. All donations go directly to help the Kent East Hill Boxing Club and youth programming. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children.
ethnically mixed neighborhood looking to stay off the ropes. To help get kids off the street and involved into something constructive, Glenn and Leslie Hamada approached city and Kent School District leaders to establish a youth boxing program more than a year ago. The club took a few years in the making, from concept to fruition, but Leslie Hamada insisted on providing something positive, something healthy for kids. As a mentor of high-risk youth in public schools for 40 years, she was instrumental in making the club possible. Her husband is working to ensure its continuity. “It’s much more than a boxing club with our desire,” said Leslie Hamada, the executive director of the program. Through grants and generous donations, the
fledgling club stands today. The impact, the club’s success can be measured in smiles and good results. A corps of kids has stuck with the club since it took root. Some teens have become more accountable and willing to finish what they have started – in and out of the gym. “One thing I can say since we started this program … some kids have dropped a lot of weight. Bottom line, they are healthy,” Glenn Hamada said. “But if there’s one overlining thing we try to do, it is to encourage them to get their GED,” he said. “Some of these kids don’t graduate from high school.” Logan “Red” Haylor is working to finish school. He wants to join the Marines. To prepare for that day, he has put on the gloves. He comes to the gym to be with friends, learn a few jabs and take instruction from Hamada. Ray Henry, a 140-pound counterpunching prodigy, plans to go to college and pursue a career in the medical field. Boxing, as he sees it, is a means to get there, reminding him the values of persistence and hard work. “I always had an interest in boxing, and this was my opportunity and just accepted it,” Henry said. “(Coach Hamada) has taught me a lot of discipline, to focus a lot on life and keep motivated and disciplined.”
Logan “Red” Haylor, left, spars with Ray Henry at the Phoenix Academy. CHARLES CORTES, Kent Reporter
Skate America draws 13,172 fans to ShoWare; â€˜good numbers, â€˜ officials say BY STEVE HUNTER
CITY LAUNCHES ONLINE TOOL TO SPEED UP PERMIT PROCESS Obtaining a plumbing, mechanical or re-roof permit is simpler and faster since the city of Kent launched an online system that allows customers to apply and pay for the permits. The new system, which went live on Oct. 1, will decrease trips to City Hall, reduce waiting, cut down on printing costs and cut overall permit processing time. To learn more or to use the online permit application system, go to: www.KentWA.gov.
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Skate America turned out to be a hit at the ShoWare Center in Kent as 13,172 fans attended the threeday event. The opening competition of the 2012 International Skating Union Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series drew the thousands of fans to its five sessions last Friday through Sunday. â€œIt was a great week in Kent with good attendance and supportive crowds over the three days of competition,â€? Raith said David Raith, U.S. Figure Skating executive director, in an email. â€œShoWare Center provided us an intimate setting in a major market environment that worked well for our event and allowed an outstanding fan experience.â€? The Saturday evening session drew the largest crowd with 2,930 fans. Thatâ€™s under the ShoWare capacity of 3,940 for the event. But the overall numbers were larger than the 9,250 fans Skate America drew last year in Ontario, Calif., and the 12,800 fans in 2010 in Portland, Ore., according to estimated
attendance figures compiled by Ice Skating International. â€œThe numbers were great in comparison to the last three years of their events,â€? said Tim Higgins, ShoWare Center general manager. â€œWe were in the mix. They were pleased with the attendance.â€? Skate America drew 14,100 in 2009 in Lake Placid, N.Y., after a huge turnout of 39,000 in 2008 in Everett. But the numbers and overall experience by Skate America in Kent were strong enough to keep ShoWare Center on the map for the annual figure skating competition. â€œSkate America had a great experience and expressed a future interest in Kent,â€? Higgins said. A return of the event to ShoWare would be a few years down the road, however, as Skate America rotates competition through a variety of cities, Higgins said. â€œIt was a great event,â€? Higgins said. â€œWe had a lot of support from the city, the Kent Downtown Partnership and the Kent Chamber that contributed to the success of the event.â€? John Hinds, Kent Station general manager, said Skate America had
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a similar impact to restaurants at the mall as Disney on Ice or the Ringling Bros. circus events that come to town. â€œThereâ€™s no doubt the restaurants had a little bump but there was not an impact on the rest of the retailers,â€? Hinds said. Barb Smith, executive director of the Kent Downtown Partnership (KDP), said she didnâ€™t have any hard numbers as far as the financial impact on downtown businesses. â€œBut I was downtown in the afternoon (last) Friday and the downtown was busy,â€? she said. â€œThere was not a lot of parking and I saw people I didnâ€™t recognize walking around. I donâ€™t know if they opened up their wallets yet or not.â€? Smith said people gave positive
feedback about the city at an information booth at the ShoWare. â€œThe people at the show were very impressed with Kent and really enjoyed themselves,â€? Smith said. It did surprise Smith that Skate America didnâ€™t draw sellout crowds. â€œItâ€™s weird, I canâ€™t figure that out,â€? she said. â€œWith Skate America (as a title), I donâ€™t think people know what that is. If they knew it featured Olympic gold, silver and bronze medalists, they would be there.â€? The winners were American Ashley Wagner in ladies; Japanâ€™s Takahiko Kozuka in men; Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White in ice dancing; and reigning World silver medalists Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov, of Russia, in pairs.
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Department, the FBI and the Washington State Liquor Control Board. and drug deals are happening. The cases are being prosecuted by â€œThis was an effort that was focused the U.S. Attorneyâ€™s Office and the King on a hot spot in South Seattle and County Prosecutors Office. South King County,â€? said U.S. Atâ€œWe heard people were reluctant to torney Jenny A. Durkan at the press sell guns because there is so much heat conference. â€œWe have learned that on guns from law enforcement,â€? Duroften criminals take advantage of the kan said. â€œWe want that message out fact that jurisdictions dealing with today. They are right. We will continue only themselves cannot deal with the to focus on violent guns and crime and criminal activity traveling up and down get them off the street. We are here and the I-5 corridor. Our office partnered in every jurisdiction to make sure the with local (police) to make sure we are communities are returned to the people attacking criminals as a group.â€? who live there.â€? Charging documents against the Durkan said it was not a focus on people arrested for dealing drugs list gangs but a geographical area where restaurant and shopping center police know drugs and guns parking lots in Kent, Federal are sold from individual to Way, Tukwila and Burien as individual. spots where drug deals were â€œIt was small amounts of committed. drugs to a large delivery of â€œI want to emphasize that meth,â€? Durkan said. the people arrested were not King County Prosecutor Durkan from Kent,â€? Durkan said. â€œWe Dan Satterberg praised the are not here because Kent has work of the agents and police. a problem with Kent people. What we â€œThis is a poison in our community have seen is people from other areas - 28 guns used exclusively in criminal coming and having their criminal enterprises and nearly a million dollars activity throughout South Seattle and of drugs,â€? Satterberg said at the press South King County.â€? conference. â€œHad this remained in The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, our community we can only begin to Firearms & Explosives (ATF) and ICEâ€™s imagine how much misery this would Homeland Security Investigation led cause. These guns are used by criminals the investigation and took nearly 14 in crimes to kill, assault and rob to furpounds of methamphetamine off the ther gang and gun violence. The drugs street as well as cocaine, heroin and are out there to be sold from dealers to prescription narcotics. addicts and to people who dealers hope The three-month initiative is the become addicts.â€? second Hot Spot initiative in the Seattle area. Agents ran a similar focus on White Center in 2011. Durkan said guns and illegal drugs â€œThis initiative shows we will continue to focus on violent crime and gun need to be taken off the streets and away from criminals. crime throughout Western Washingâ€œDrug trafficking, and the violent ton,â€? Durkan said. crime it spawns, is not limited to our The police department and agencies involved included the Valley Gang Unit urban areas,â€? Durkan said. â€œWe must make our neighborhoods places for (including officers from Kent, Renton, people to thrive. â€˜Hot spotâ€™ initiatives the Port of Seattle, Tukwila, King such as this seek to identify and root County Metro and the state Departout the bad actors who are making our ment of Corrections) the Seattle Police
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hosted Oct. 13. But things have turned around slightly for Trusty. On Saturday she will retake most of the photos of the families from the Special Olympics event. â€œEveryone has been very gracious with wanting to reschedule,â€? said Stephanie Lisser, a Special Olympics coach and volunteer assistant to Trusty. About 80 percent of the families will return to have their pictures taken. After Ike Kelly, a friend of Trustyâ€™s husband, Kevin, saw her story on TV, he offered to take her shopping for a new laptop. It wasnâ€™t something Trusty felt easy about doing, but she took Kelly up on his offer and is really appreciative of his generosity. Calling him a â€œvery wonderful friend,â€? she said, â€œ(The laptop) was a very overwhelming gift to get.â€? Trusty is now hard at work rescheduling shoots and preparing to
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executive committee on Jan. 28. The final report is due Feb. 1. The early 2013 deadline looms because the state has awarded a grant of $7 million to the district to repair the Briscoe Levee. The Legislature approved the grant during the last session but the grant could go away if no repair plan is established by the end of June. The flood district will pay Gilbert $25,000, which includes $4,200 in travel expenses, Lund said. Gilbert will make a trip this fall to visit with Kent and King County officials and then return next year to present his report to the full King County Flood District Board of Supervisors, which is composed of the nine members of the King County Council. The flood district executive committee includes four members of the county council. Gilbert submitted the only proposal to the flood district to get the consultant contract. The flood district emphasized that anyone that had done work with Kent or King County could not submit a proposal because of a potential conflict of interest, which eliminated the many consultants that have worked on levee projects over the last several years. “The flood district is in the middle of this,” Lund said. “We’re trying to be impartial and make the best decision.”
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Fire damages Kent commercial building REPORTER STAFF
Fire damaged a Kent commercial building at about 10 p.m. Tuesday in the 5800 block of South 228th Street. The fire, which was first reported by the alarm company, activated the sprinkler system of the business which helped to contain the flames until Kent firefighters arrived, according to a Kent Fire Department media release. A fire investigator is trying to determine what started the fire. The fire does not appear to be intentionally set according to the
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investigator. Finding the source of the fire was difficult for firefighters due to the amount of smoke filling the two-story concrete tilt-up structure, as well as the sheer size of the building. Firefighters had to travel approximately 400 feet once inside to reach the fire. Once found, the fire was quickly extinguished. No one was in the building at the time of the fire. The company which occupies the structure molds plastics into useful products.
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● Q U O T E O F N O T E : “ We have massive amounts of homeless and homeless kids on our streets, and we can’t ignore them. They are in our community. They live here. They are not going to leave.” – Rev. Jimmie James, representing HOPE (Holistic Opportunities for Personal Empowerment) to find solutions for the problem.
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A woman reaches into her child’s bag for a crayon so she can jot down a number to call for help. On one side of the room, a man plays a ditty on his small guitar, humming the simple lyrics to himself. Another woman, wrapped in a blanket, weeps. A teen arrives late for the meeting, drops his large skateboard by his feet, tucks it under a table and joins the long line waiting patiently to be served a hot lunch. As the audience fills a smattering of seats, a man gets up, carefully takes the microphone from its stand and invites the people to start the community gathering in an old, familiar way — with a deep, heartfelt prayer. “Lord,” says the Rev. Jimmie James, pauses, begins again, “let’s house the homeless. … Let’s come together to house the homeless. … I cannot do this by myself … but together we can.” James calls himself “an apostle,” a man determined to do the Lord’s work by reaching out to help others, especially those marginalized, shunned or pushed aside. He tries to help the many – young and old – who belong to the valley’s growing number of homeless. The problem, hidden or not, exists on the streets of Kent, Auburn and other cities throughout King County. James, who began his ministry in the area 11 years ago and calls Kent home, is shaken by what he sees: 1,000 homeless people struggling to survive on Kent’s streets today. Veterans sleeping in Dumpsters … families living in cars … people desperate to escape the cold. There was an estimated 636,000 homeless in the nation at the end of last year, according to data from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Chronic longterm unemployment, more The Rev. Jimmie James foreclosures, and a record 47 million Americans on food stamps further compound the problem. There’s so much more that needs to be done, James says. While sympathetic city and county officials
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PSRC’s proposed projects make little sense As a professional driver who has driven the South 228th Street corridor and Central Avenue South for years, the selection of the recommended Puget Sound Regional Council funded projects for Kent is puzzling. First, the Union Pacific Railroad branch line that crosses South 228th Street is lightly used. Delay time for drivers there is minimal compared to delay time at SR 181 (68th Avenue South) just four blocks to the west. Whereas a vehicle could cross the Union Pacific tracks numerous times during a workweek without encountering a train, the vehicle is assured of encountering a delay at SR 181 because the traffic signal is timed to favor northsouth traffic. There is minuscule advantage, very low “bang for the buck,” to constructing an overpass over a branch line; no increase in train traffic or train speed will occur. Conversely, an overpass over SR 181 would allow unimpeded vehicle and pedestrian crossing of the highway, reduce pollution from idling trucks and eliminate many high speed collisions that occur there. Second, the amount dedicated to Central Avenue South Pavement Preservation is too little, too late. The pavement there is in a shambles. It needs to be completely replaced, and additional funding needs to be
Letters policy The Kent Reporter welcomes letters to the editor on any subject. Letters must include a name, address and daytime phone number for verification purposes. Letters may be edited for length. Letters should be no more than 250 words in length. Submissions may be printed both in the paper and electronically. Deadline for letters to be considered for publication is 2 p.m. Tuesday. directed there. Pedestrians and residents waiting at bus stops when it rains are frequently drenched by spray from passing vehicles hitting ruts. Lastly, PSRC has recommended $1.125 million for the Kent Regional Trails Connector. Although trails are important for recreation, the source for that amount of funding appears misplaced. Why is this a priority from a transportation improvement program, and not a recreation improvement program? How do trails assist in meeting the Congressional focus of “… growing and sustaining jobs … ?” In summary, please consider redirecting the funds for an overpass over a railroad branch line, increase funding for the Central Avenue South pavement and cancel funding for recreation projects with transportation funds.
– Donald Villeneuve
Support our parks, streets, vote yes on Prop 1 Proposition One is a reasonable, limited approach to a serious problem in our city. If voters approve, parks and streets will be repaired; if they oppose, there will be real impacts, including fewer fields to play on and streets with reduced lanes or speeds. Over the years, Kent has developed an excellent parks system. People of all ages use the parks and parks programs as a part of their daily lives. This reality greatly enhances our quality of life. Unfortunately, the loss of revenue during the recession has placed the system at risk. Opponents of the levy acknowledge the needs for street and park repairs but feel that the business community isn’t contributing its fair share to road maintenance. The City Council has now passed a new B&O tax to ensure that businesses will pay their fair share of the future maintenance needs of local roads. The only argument made by levy opponents is no longer valid. Higher property values and lower crime rates are positively related to having good parks and streets in our community. Please join me in voting yes on Proposition One.
– Judy Woods [ more LETTERS page 18 ]
Kent program to receive Chase Community Giving grant REPORTER STAFF
The Kent-based South King Early Intervention Program will receive a $25,000 grant as part of the Chase Community Giving Fall Celebration on Saturday at Pike Place Market in Seattle. The Kent program works to empower families within their communities and children within their families. The groupâ€™s goal is to help children, ages birth to 3 with developmental delays and disabilities, achieve their full potential while helping parents and caregivers develop confidence and competence they
Rotary Clubs distribute dictionaries to students More than 2,200 third-graders in the Kent School District have a dictionary, thanks to the Rotary Clubs of Kent and Covington. The clubs recently distributed dictionaries to 2,242 third-grade students, one of the service organizationâ€™s many community projects it completes each year. â€œThere are very few times in this fast-moving world when an action you take (handing a dictionary to an 8-year-oldchild) brings an immediate look of appreciation and defines what
need to support their child. Chase will award $100,000 in grants. The other recipients are Pigs Peace Sanctuary, of Stanwood, which helps abused and neglected animals; and Seattlebased Abused Deaf Womenâ€™s Advocacy Services. The celebration event runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will include free, fall-themed activities for families. The awards ceremony is at noon at the Chase tent, at the intersection of Pike Place and Pine Street in front of the Market. community service is all about,â€? said Dawn Colston, Community Service director for Kentâ€™s Noon Club. Third-grade students begin to learn word and dictionary skills. By owning their dictionary, children will have the resource in their home to develop the word skills required for future success in school. The Rotary International Clubs in Kent and Covington support many community projects annually. New members are welcome. The Kent Rotary Club meets at noon every Tuesday, at Down Home, 211 First Ave., Kent.
[ KLAAS from page 6 ] are doing what they can to address the homeless community, it simply isnâ€™t enough, James said. Some city leaders havenâ€™t grasped the reality of the situation, James insists. Todayâ€™s resources are limited, inadequate. When KentHOPE failed to land a day center/shelter in downtown, James took action. The homeless community is not being heard, he said, so the reverend organized a group for a stronger voice. â€œAt the City Council meeting, prior to that decision (not to turn a former city resource center into a shelter) about 100 people there in the chambers advocated for the shelter,â€? James said. KentHOPE â€“ a partnership of faith-based groups, including Seattleâ€™s Union Gospel Mission and other local community service agencies and concerned individuals â€“ looks to establish a homeless day center and eventually an overnight shelter in the area. KentHOPE vows to continue the pursuit. James supports KentHopeâ€™s efforts, but wants to do more, bringing immediate help for the homeless. His organization, also called HOPE (Holistic Opportunities for Personal Empowerment), has come together. It sponsored its first public forum at the Kent Commons last Saturday to examine the problem, listen to pleas of the homeless and find workable solutions. Leaders and advocates from area housing services, churches,
October 26, 2012  KENTHOPE WILL HOST ITS FIRST FUNDRAISING DINNER Nov. 3 at New Beginnings Christian Fellowship, 19300 108th Ave. SE, Kent. The dinner, which runs from 6 to 8:30 p.m., will provide an opportunity for the group to share its vision and plans for establishing a homeless center in Kent. Guest speaker is Shon Hopwood, a convicted bank robber who became a â€œjailhouse lawyerâ€? while serving time for his crimes. His memoir, â€œLaw Manâ€?, was published this summer. Hopwood is a Gates Public Service Law Scholar at the University of Washington and a firm believer that there is a com-
businesses, neighbors, schools and youth organizations formed a panel to listen to concerns and provide some help. The forum attracted Franklyn Smith, program manager for Sober Solutions, a transitional housing center in Auburn. He supports the call for more help and additional resources. â€œThe situation is serious. The solutions lies within the citizens, more so than the city government,â€? Smith said. â€œIt takes a village, all of us, to solve this.â€? Smith says the priority is to tap into funding sources and provide a â€œbroader line of assistance to embrace more individuals who are experiencing homelessness in South King County.â€? Smith calls James and others â€œfoot soldiers,â€? those willing to tackle the problem head on. James says his campaign is not
pelling case to be made for giving people a second chance. KentHOPE is a partnership of faithbased groups, Seattleâ€™s Union Gospel Mission, Valley Cities Counseling and Consultation, local community service agencies and concerned individuals. The goal of KentHOPE is to establish a homeless day center and eventually an overnight shelter in Kent. Cost is $15 per person. Groups can sponsor a table for $150. Reservation required in advance. To register, please contact Pat Gray at 206-817-2041 or go online to kenthope. wordpress.com. To learn more, visit www. kenthope.org
political, itâ€™s an urgent call for more help, especially as the cold nights set in. â€œNot everyone reads the newspaper, watches the news or visits the Cityâ€™s website,â€? James said. â€œSo we are starting to inform the community at large. This is the first step.â€? James says if people are informed about problems and solutions, the community as a whole will get involved. The next step is finding supportive housing now. And thatâ€™s just what Jamesâ€™ group vows to do. â€œWe need to get people off the street. They need a roof over their heads,â€? James said. â€œWe have massive amounts of homeless and homeless kids on our streets, and we canâ€™t ignore them,â€? he said. â€œThey are in our community. They live here. They are not going to leave.â€?
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Kent Police cited a woman for investigation of possession of marijuana after witnesses saw the woman reportedly hide drugs inside her bra while at an East Hill bar. Extra officers were on patrol as a safety presence outside of Jimmy Tâ€™s Bar and Grill, 23803 104th Ave. S.E., at about 12:45 a.m. Oct. 14 because of high occupancy inside the bar and a history of fights and disturbances at the site, according to the police report. Officers in the lot were told by bar security that people were in the bar openly using narcotics including â€œtaking lines off the table,â€? which the report noted refers to people snorting cocaine. Police advised security to ask the customers to leave and re-contact the officers if any problems developed. A short while later, many people left the bar. Witnesses pointed out one woman who they said stuck drugs inside her bra. When officers contacted the woman, she allegedly kept walking around and moving around and would not stand still. Officers then placed her in handcuffs. When officers asked about the woman about her drug use, she pulled out two plastic baggies from inside her bra that had green, leafy material inside. Officers later determined the material tested positive for 7.3 grams of marijuana. The woman told police she always saw people smoking weed at rap shows and rappers always smoke. She said she wanted to be
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Malicious mischief Officers arrested a man for investigation of seconddegree malicious mischief after he allegedly broke a vehicle windshield of a couple at about 12:40 a.m. Oct. 14 at an apartment parking lot in the 23200 block of 61st Avenue South. A man and his girlfriend drove into the parking lot and were forced to stop because of a group of people in the roadway, according to the police report. The couple saw two men and a woman and one of the men ran at the car, punched the windshield on the passengerâ€™s side and broke it. Police arrived and contacted a group of about eight people in the parking lot. A woman told the officers that her friend became angry because friends refused to let him drink any more alcohol, so he ran at the car and punched its windshield. The man admitted to officers he broke the windshield and offered to pay for it. But officers told him paying for the damage wouldnâ€™t take away the
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Assault Police arrested a woman for investigation of fourthdegree assault after she reportedly punched her live-in boyfriend in the face during a dispute Oct. 15 at a home in the 19400 block of 115th Place Southeast. The man told officers she started to punch him in the face so he kicked her in the body and tried to push back, according to the police report. The officers noted the man had scratches and red marks on his face and arms. Although the girlfriend initially left the scene, police found her nearby walking down the street. Officers did not notice any marks, bruises or scratches on the woman. The woman told police that her boyfriend wrapped his legs around her neck so she punched him in the face. Officers told the woman her explanation didnâ€™t match the injuries. The report did not indicate what the two were arguing about.
Suspicious subject Officers arrested a man for a state Department of Corrections warrant for escape from community custody after he was spotted carrying a bicycle without wheels while walking westbound at about 2:30 a.m. Oct. 16 in the 8000 block of South 266th Street. The officer noted he recognized the man from previous contacts, according to the police report.
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THE EAST HILL PARTNERSHIP â€“ in conjunction with the Kent Chamber of Commerce â€“ has organized an AdoptA-Street cleanup from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Nov. 3. The community is invited to participate in the project at 104th Avenue Southeast (the Benson) from 240th to 256th. For more information, contact John Schneider, chair, East Hill Partnership, at 253-520-2404 or www. edwardjones.com.
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We Make Good Health Affordable THE LATE DR. O.L. MONTGOMERY of Kent was among six Washington residents recently inducted into the Washington State 4-H Hall of Fame for their leadership, commitment and impact on 4-H and the community. The group â€“ Montgomery, Bob Brusewitz (Lake Stevens), Linda Conway (Monroe), Stan and Nancy Depner (Monroe) and Floy Ziegler (Burien) â€“ was honored at the
2012 4-H Forum in Seattle on Oct. 19. Montgomery led the Lucky Shamrocks 4-H Club and was a member of the King County Fair Board in the 1940s, later serving as its chairman for many years. He also served on the Kent School Board from 1953-1972. He also worked as an assistant state veterinarian and was later appointed state veterinarian by Gov. Albert Rossellini.
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The Big Day of Serving recently made a big splash in Enumclaw. On a rainy weekend, a Christianbased event brought youth groups from throughout the state in the Kent region to Enumclaw to provide service to the community. A youth group from East Hill Friends Church joined in Big Day working at the former J.J. Smith school in downtown Enumclaw. The Big Day was organized by Enumclaw resident Brook Hickle, along with a 10 other local women. The event began at 7 a.m. at the J.J. Smith gymnasium with teens and youth leaders gathering for prayer, a song and to hear the message of the day. Only nine communities throughout the United States, and just two in the western United States, participated in this yearâ€™s Big Day, founded by the organization Group Mission Trips. Groups of youth leaders and teens gathered from as far away as Moses Lake, Shelton and Bremerton. Angela Vaughn, a youth leader with East Hill Friends Church in Kent, said, â€œThe youth in our group suggested doing this. I am really proud of them.â€? Valerie Hawthorne, a youth member of East Friends, said the day was a special event for her and the other
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