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Vol. 100, No. 44
The inaugural members of Snoqualmie Police Department’s dedicated North Bend patrol hit the street following a March 12 meet and greet at North Bend Elementary. One of these Snoqualmie officers is in North Bend at all times. From left are Dmitri Vlados, James Sherwood, Jason Weiss, Todd Olson, Chase Goddard and Sean Absher.
Meet the new North Bend cops
Dramatic beginning for Snoqualmie Police’s expanded Valley role BY SETH TRUSCOTT Editor
For the new cops in North Bend, there’s no substitute for boots on the ground. So Snoqualmie Police Chief Steve McCulley had the six officers assigned to his department’s inaugural North Bend police patrol, plus extra officers from the home station, park their cars whenever possible and hit the streets and shops for some old-fashioned community policing. “We’re going business to business,” said McCulley, the 20-year North Bend resident and former Snoqualmie Police captain who took over as chief two years ago. When they meet someone, his officers start asking questions:
“How can we help you? What are your issues? What are your concerns?” North Bend’s new police are making those contacts and hearing those concerns, when they’re not responding to calls. While Snoqualmie was quiet in the first week of the contract, while North Bend got a flurry of requests for help, and one major, violent crime that sparked an ongoing investigation. On day two of the North Bend contract, which began at midnight Friday, March 7, a woman working late at a restaurant on Mount Si Boulevard, a few blocks from Interstate 90, was attacked, stabbed, tied up with duct tape and sexually assaulted. Police are making progress in the case, but the incident in North Bend rattled residents and employees, some of whom shared their concerns at a March 12 meet-and-greet session for the new force at North Bend Elementary. SEE POLICE, 4
A chimney fire in an art room at Mount Si High School caused an estimated $10,000 in damage to the ventilation system and part of the roof. The fire happened just after noon on Thursday, March 20, when an automatic fire alarm, and a 911 call from the school, informed Snoqualmie firefighters and police about smoke at the high school. It took firefighters six minutes to arrive. Once on the scene, they encountered heat and smoke in the art department’s kiln room, and a structure fire burning around the chimney. They quickly sprayed water and tore back the roof, making sure the fire was not spreading. Nineteen firefighters and three chiefs, from Snoqualmie, Fall City and Eastside Fire and Rescue departments, responded. No students, teachers or firefighters were hurt. The fire caused students to evacuate the school, but they were soon brought back into the gymnasium and later back to their classrooms. “These types of fires are fairly rare,” said Fire Chief Correira. “Fortunately, the alarm system and the quick response from the school and firefighters helped limit the amount of damage.”
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