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Wednesday, January 28, 2015 -- 4:57 pm
Police arrest suspect for possession of child pornography
Redmond Reporter - Redmond Police Investigations, Pro-Act and patrol units served a search warrant and took custody of a 21-year-old male at approximately 9 a.m. Wednesday in the 15800 block of Northeast 111th Street in Redmond, according to a Redmond Police Department press release. Read more...
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 -- 4:57 pm
Man arrested for fourth-degree domestic-violence assault
Redmond Reporter - Redmond police responded to the report of unknown trouble in the 10100 block of 186th Court Northeast at approximately 9:44 a.m. on Tuesday. Read more...
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 -- 2:47 pm
Redmond Police Arrest Suspect for Possession of Child Pornography
Redmond Neighborhood Blog -  21-year-old male in custody       Redmond, Wash. - Redmond Police Investigations, Pro-Act and Patrol Units served a search warrant and took custody of a 21-year-old male at approximately 9 a.m. today in the 15800 block of NE 111th St. in Redmond.  The suspect was arrested on the charges of Dealing in Depictions of Minor Engaged in Sexual Explicit Conduct (RCW 9.68A.050) and Possession of Depictions of Minors Engaged in Sexually Explicit Conduct (RCW 968A.070). Detectives obtained computer evidence from the residence. Forensic analysis of the equipment is in progress. The suspect confessed to distribution of child pornography at the time the warrant was served. The residence is less than a block away from Rockwell Elementary School. The suspect will be transported to King County Jail today.### Follow Redmond Blog on Facebook: www.facebook.com/redmondblogger Read more...
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 -- 12:55 pm
Officers investigate fraud reports | Police blotter for Jan. 26-27
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015 -- 10:59 am
Community bands together to support Redmond Ridge eatery owner after accident
Redmond Reporter - Members of the Redmond Ridge community are reaching out to support Himitsu Teriyaki owner Sue Lee and her family in the form of cash donations and encouragement following an accident at their eatery last week. Read more...
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 -- 6:31 pm
Living in a Micro-Apartment Is 'Like Living in a Closet'
The Stranger - ... execution of it isn't so much." The 23-year-old moved to Seattle from Maryland last spring to work at a start-up in Redmond. That "went downhill," so he's moved on to freelancing, mostly for another start-up in town that - his words - "rents out ... Read more...
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 -- 5:02 pm
DeLay's case-setting hearing continued to Feb. 24, Comer remains in custody in Chicago | Sex trafficking update
Redmond Reporter - On Tuesday, the case-setting hearing for David DeLay was continued to Feb. 24. Read more...
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 -- 4:15 pm
LWSD boundary changes approved
Redmond Neighborhood Blog - Changes to rebalance growing enrollment Redmond, Wash. - Lake Washington School District is facing an immediate need to house its growing enrollment. That enrollment has increased close to 2,000 students over the last three years to 26,708. A process to change neighborhood school boundaries began in September. It concluded last night as the district's Board of Directors voted unanimously to accept a set of recommendations for boundary changes.The changes enable the district to most efficiently use current school buildings to house the growing enrollment."We have this issue because we have more and more students coming to our schools," noted Jackie Pendergrass, president of the district's Board of Directors. "They deserve to have a place to be educated."  Read More >>The LWSD boundary committee completed a comprehensive study and analysis process that included multiple opportunities for parent input. They presented their recommendation to Superintendent Traci Pierce. Dr. Pierce presented her final recommendation to the district's Board of Directors at the Monday, January 26, Board Meeting. The board unanimously voted to accept the recommendation as presented.  "We appreciate the attention and engagement of our parents throughout the process," noted Dr. Pierce. "Changing attendance boundaries is a difficult process from everyone's perspective. However, we have a responsibility to ensure that we have classrooms for students. We are committed to helping to transition families and students who will be attending new schools in the 2015-16 school year."  The final boundary changes are posted on the district boundary web page. A total of 801 current students are expected to change schools, all currently in elementary schools. Boundary changes approved by the board will go into effect next fall.The district is also reviewing its facilities needs in the long term. A Long-Term Facilities Planning Task Force has already begun work to develop strategies and recommendations to house students in 2018-19 and beyond.###About Lake Washington: Lake Washington School District  is a high-performing public school district serving Kirkland, Redmond, and Sammamish, Washington. It is the sixth largest district in the state of Washington, with over 26,000 students in 51 schools. Follow Redmond Blog on Facebook: www.facebook.com/redmondblogger Read more...
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 -- 10:34 am
OPINION: Board's decision on reboundary is disappointing
Redmond Neighborhood Blog - OPINION, By Ritu/Reetu Gupta, Parent and Taxpayer I am very disappointed by the decision made by the board yesterday to move forward with the recommendation of re-boundary. Board meeting felt like a pre-scripted play where outcome was already determined and meeting was just a formality. Ironically board and district were patting on their backs for how wonderful job district has done while room was packed with unsatisfied parents and tax payers complaining about the process, lack of communication, and irresponsible recommendations by the district.  A decision to put more students in overcrowded EMS while you have close to over 200 available capacity in Rose Hill and Finn Hill Middle School is most reckless decision I have seen. It's like giving one extra push to someone who is already slipping (EMS), instead of giving them a helping hand and rescue them.  Read More >> Board and district said all parents' input has been read, analyzed and considered. How could that be when EMS parents didn't even get to raise their opinions? Evergreen data was published on Jan 21st - way after closure of public comments. Majority of EMS community wasn't even aware that their middle school is impacted.  And you wonder why bond didn't pass over and over! District needs to step back and look at how they engage community in achieving their goals and vision. Here are few things that district needs to look at for EMS:1.    Dr. Pierce said that in a bigger school there are opportunities to offer more offerings for elective. So how big Evergreen has to be to achieve that? With 882 students today, can you ensure that a 7th grader gets at least 1 elective from her list of 5? Can we have a conversation on how EMS electives will be improved now onwards and how teachers are not forced into just teaching elective when they don't have time to or any interest? It's no more than babysitting at that point.2.    On being asked, Mr. Miller stated numerous options for getting traffic under control on 208th Ave and Union Hill. So why it hasn't been done so far? What is district waiting for? 3.    As Ms. Bliesner said - make a choice school with Rose Hill/Finn Hill available capacity and give parents a choice to transport their kids to other part of the city if they want to. That happens today with choice schools so leverage that option before stuffing kids in Evergreen. Can district present a holistic plan for EMS? What extra resources will be provided to the school to function it like a civil school? Just putting portables on an open ground cannot serve our kids. 1.    How does district plan to bus 1141 students when you can't bus 882 students today? 2.    How can we ensure sports programs are available to kids without wasting 4 hours of their time and getting only 10 min of play time?3.    How will you ensure my daughter and other kids aren't den Read more...
Monday, January 26, 2015 -- 7:09 pm
Officers investigate thefts, fraud, vandalism | Police blotter for Jan. 21-25
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Monday, January 26, 2015 -- 6:54 pm
Avoid IRS Telephone Scams This Tax Season
Redmond Neighborhood Blog -  With recent reports of tax scams in the 2015 tax filing season, Redmond Police Department reminds citizens to avoid being victimized over the telephone by Internal Revenue Service (IRS) impersonators.The IRS reports a surge in phone scams in recent months. Agent impersonators are known to call citizens and demand payment, sometimes threatening police arrest, deportation and license revocation. Scam artists often alter caller ID numbers to make it appear like the IRS is calling and use fake names and badge numbers. The criminals rely on such threats to scare citizens into providing their financial information. Those whose first language is not English and the elderly community are among the most commonly targeted groups. The IRS will never initiate first contact with taxpayers over the phone; notification is typically made via mail. A new video was recently released by the IRS with tips to avoid being scammed.The IRS will never:Call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money, here's what you should do:If you know you owe taxes or think you might owe, call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040. The IRS workers can help you with a payment issue.If you know you don't owe taxes or have no reason to believe that you do, report the incident to the TIGTA at 1-800-366-4484 or at tigta.gov.If you've been targeted by this scam, also contact the Federal Trade Commission and use their "FTC Complaint Assistant" at FTC.gov. Please add "Telephone Scam" to the comments of your complaint. Follow Redmond Blog on Facebook: www.facebook.com/redmondblogger Read more...
Monday, January 26, 2015 -- 5:03 pm
Bartell Drugs supports American Heart Month during February with special offer for cholesterol screening
Redmond Reporter - Bartell Drugs is spotlighting American Heart Month as the family-owned drugstore chain celebrates its 125th anniversary. High cholesterol is one of the major controllable risk factors for coronary heart disease, and locally-owned Bartell Drugs offers heart-healthy screenings at all 63 locations in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties. Read more...
Monday, January 26, 2015 -- 3:07 pm
Redmond Ridge residents can soon tune into Radio Duvall
Redmond Reporter - Radio Duvall, KRDI, at 103.1FM will soon be streaming online with a local and eclectic music variety, independent shows and news and public affairs programs. With a newly attained studio in December, the software engineers went to work on setting up the stream configurations. Read more...
Monday, January 26, 2015 -- 3:07 pm
Aussie acrobat troupe Circus Oz is coming to The Moore
Redmond Reporter - On the heels (and toes, arms and backs) of their hugely successful international tour across North America, Circus Oz is returning to the Pacific Northwest Feb. 5-8 at the Moore Theatre in Seattle. Read more...
Monday, January 26, 2015 -- 3:07 pm
NerdWallet analysis ranks Redmond No. 1 for millennial job seekers
Redmond Reporter - In a NerdWallet analysis, Redmond is the No. 1-ranked city in Washington that appeals most to millennial job seekers. Read more...
Monday, January 26, 2015 -- 11:31 am
OPINION: Superintendent Traci Pierce's controversial boundary recommendation, By Julianne Bogaty
Redmond Neighborhood Blog - OPINION:  The larger Redmond school community will voice concerns at tonight's meeting of the Lake Washington School District board, which is scheduled to vote on Superintendent Traci Pierce's controversial reboundary recommendation. In the aftermath of three failed ballot measures to expand school capacity, the proposal would send more students from other areas to already-overcrowded Evergreen Middle School in unincorporated Redmond (adding more portables there, for a total of 13). Community members are asking the district to first utilize empty permanent classrooms at nearby schools such as the newly modernized Rose Hill Middle School, which is closer to Redmond Elementary than Evergreen and recently expanded to a spacious building capacity of 921. The new Tesla STEM school could also house a special program such as Quest (for highly capable students). The superintendent's proposal calls for Evergreen Middle School's original building capacity of 672 to jump to 1,120 students--55 percent over capacity. The fiscally irresponsible plan would also spend $2.5 million of remaining capital funds to add four portables and restroom portables to the nine portables already on site at Evergreen, while shrinking teacher-planning space to squeeze in even more kids. Meanwhile Redmond Middle School, a school with a larger original capacity of 841 within City of Redmond limits, would be a smaller 32 percent over its original capacity (not the true "rebalancing" the district claims). Since the district is only permitted to add one more portable at Redmond Middle School, other area schools with excess space such as Rose Hill Middle School and Tesla STEM should first be utilized before sending Evergreen 55 percent over capacity. Evergreen's current, significant issues with traffic safety, overcrowded buses, sewer and water will be even more compounded with such a high enrollment. Crowds are also an issue for hallways, cafeteria, lockers, sports and electives, as there is simply not enough space to contain all students.When:TONIGHT, Monday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m. (start of board meeting, which includes 30-minute public-comment period on the reboundary topic) Where:Board Room, LWSD Resource Center(near the Marriott at Redmond Town Center)16250 NE 74th StreetRedmond, WA 98052 Follow Redmond Blog on Facebook: www.facebook.com/redmondblogger Read more...
Monday, January 26, 2015 -- 10:59 am
Karasek pleads not guilty to shooting and killing father
Redmond Reporter - According to the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, 22-year-old Mark Karasek has pleaded not guilty Monday morning to shooting and killing his father Zdenek Karasek on Jan. 9 at their home in unincorporated King County near Redmond. Read more...
Monday, January 26, 2015 -- 10:38 am
Seattle Times: School districts scramble as enrollment in area jumps
Redmond Neighborhood Blog - The Seattle Times has a good article on overcrowding at Lake Washington, Issaquah and Seattle school districts in their Sunday edition HERE Follow Redmond Blog on Facebook: www.facebook.com/redmondblogger Read more...
Sunday, January 25, 2015 -- 9:07 pm
Attention LWSD community!
Redmond Neighborhood Blog - The Lake Washington School District published the wrong time for Monday's school board meeting in its parent newsletter "Connections," issued Friday. The correct information is below: Monday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m.Board Room, LWSD Resource Center(near the Marriott at Redmond Town Center)16250 NE 74th StreetRedmond, WA 98052 Follow Redmond Blog on Facebook: www.facebook.com/redmondblogger Read more...
Sunday, January 25, 2015 -- 8:16 pm
Bill would strengthen law to avoid seclusion or restraint of special-ed students in schools
Seattle Times - ... Schools has since started paying for his transportation to and tuition for a private special-education school in Redmond, where his behavior has improved and his anxiety levels have calmed. Seattle Public Schools, contacted Friday, declined to ... Read more...




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