Update: Kirkland Police Release Neighborhood Locations on Drug Houses

The Kirkland Police Department today released information on the Kirkland neighborhood locations where they served search warrants on three different houses suspected to be used in the illegal growing and distribution of marijuana. The homes were located in the Finn Hill, North Juanita and Kingsgate neighborhoods in the City of Kirkland. Two other locations were served warrants in the City of Seattle. Kirkland Police Detectives said that they removed more than 500 marijuana plants from the premises. The plants were documented as evidence and those not held will be delivered to a Spokane, Wash. facility where they will be incinerated.  


The investigation originated from observant residents living in the area of one of the houses. The residents reported suspicious activity to the Kirkland Police Department and the case grew to include a total of five locations in both Kirkland and Seattle. This is a great example of cooperation between the community and the police where residents observed suspicious activity in their neighborhoods and reported it to the police. The Kirkland Police Department would like to thank the Seattle Police Department, the Lynnwood Police Department, and the other assisting agencies for their help in this investigation.

Kirkland Police Serve Warrants on Area Drug Houses

Kirkland Police Serve Warrants on Area Drug Houses

 

The Kirkland Police Department served search warrants on five different locations today suspected to be used in the illegal growing and distribution of marijuana. Three of the locations were located in Kirkland and two others were located in Seattle.  Kirkland Police Detectives have been investigating the operation for some time gathering information and were successful in obtaining search warrants on the homes.  The homes were used to operate high-tech grow operations of marijuana plants in residential neighborhoods.  Subjects were located at some of the locations and charged with various felony crimes...

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Metropolitan Market's Peach-O-Rama Returns

Metropolitan Market's Peach-O-Rama Returns

Metropolitan Market’s Peach-O-Rama celebration is the unofficial indicator that peach season has arrived! The juicy, 20-year promotion, is teaming up with Chef Jason Wilson of Miller’s Guild, Coffee Flour, and the soon-to-open Lakeside and Civility & Unrest in Bellevue, to show shoppers how they can recreate peach dishes at home!

 

Chef Jason will bring his innovative approach and craft cooking to Metropolitan Market’s Kirkland location on Saturday July 30, 12-2 p.m. He’ll man the grill and show shoppers how to create a Grilled Summer Peach Salad with Ricotta and Prosciutto as well as Marinated Peaches, Buttermilk Quinoa Cakes & Basil Crème Fraiche, dishing samples as he goes...

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Local Investors Have Opportunity to Purchase Lake Washington School District Bonds

Lake Washington School District plans to sell tax-exempt bonds early next month. The sale will include approximately $165 million of funds to finance a portion of the bond projects approved by voters in April. The sale will also include refinancing of previously sold unlimited tax general obligation bonds at lower interest rates, a saving for taxpayers.

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Help Remove Invasive Plants on the Cross Kirkland Corridor

Volunteers work near Google Campus to remove invasive species.

Volunteers work near Google Campus to remove invasive species.

Volunteers are needed to help remove invasive plants along the CKC next week.


Monday, July 25
9 to 11 am
We'll work on the section south of NE 85th St
Parking available along 7th Ave

Saturday, July 30
8 to 11 am
We'll work on the section between 6th St. S. and Chainline Brewing
Parking available on 5th Pl S

  • Bring small pruning saws, heavy duty loppers, and water (I'll have a few extra tools)
  • Wear long pants, long sleeves, sturdy shoes, and gloves
  • We will be clearing around holly trees to prepare for stem injection by city staff in the fall. We will also pick up litter, and remove other invasive plants we find, such as scotch broom, butterfly bush, and Canada thistle.

KPD Fields Questions from Over 80 Concerned Neighbors

KPD Fields Questions from Over 80 Concerned Neighbors

On Tuesday night, Chief of Police Harris and half a dozen other officers fielded a Q&A on crime at City Hall in response to concerns raised by Norkirk and Market neighbors. The standing room only crowd learned that statistics show that crime rates regarding burglaries and car prowling are in line with previous years and have not spiked of late...

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LETTER | Vote "Yes" on EvergreenHealth's Prop. 1

LETTER | Vote "Yes" on EvergreenHealth's Prop. 1

Dear Editor,

Please don't overlook Proposition No. 1. It's the measure that if approved would increase the EvergreenHealth Board of Commissioners from five to seven members. EvergreenHealth is a public hospital and taxes the Redmond, Kirkland and Woodenville public. A seven-member Board will be more representative of their constituents. Two of the present commissioners have been on the Board for over 30 years. The Chairman will have had 41 years of service by the time his term ends. It's time for new blood. A revitalized Board with two new members will broaden the viewpoint of the community and be more likely to open their Community Advisor meetings to the public...

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LETTER | Accusations made against Rep. Moscoso

LETTER | Accusations made against Rep. Moscoso

There was a recent report in a local Snohomish blog which made some accusations about Rep Moscoso that need to be addressed before people vote.

The blog appeared to show evidence that he lied on his 2012 voter pamphlet statement by claiming he had a Master’s Degree in Archeology. He also insinuated that he had a degree in Archeology in his 2014 voter statement...

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People for Smarter Transit Campaign Official Voice Opposing Sound Transit’s $54 Billion November Ballot Measure

People for Smarter Transit Campaign Official Voice Opposing Sound Transit’s $54 Billion November Ballot Measure

People for Smarter Transit - No ST3, is the official campaign that is challenging Sound Transit’s ST3 ballot measure this November.  As the official campaign, they are required to submit a statement for the Voters’ Pamphlet in King, Snohomish and Pierce Counties.  The statement has to be signed by up to three people.  The Sound Transit Board will vote on who will actually be in the Voters’ Pamphlet if more than one person or group submits names.  “As far as we know, we are the only official “NoST3” campaign.  We are registered with the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission. We have a steering committee and a bank account to receive donations to the campaign.  We also have an official website,” (NoST3.org) stated Frank Dennis, the Campaign Chair...

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Time to invest in the Cancer Moonshot to save lives

Time to invest in the Cancer Moonshot to save lives

Eunice Hostetter is a cancer survivor and the Washington State Lead Ambassador for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. She lives in Kirkland.

This year, roughly 38,000 Washingtonians will hear the words, “you have cancer” and nearly 13,000 will die from it.  I was diagnosed with breast cancer 13 years ago, and thanks partly to early diagnosis and research innovations, I’m grateful be one of the 15.5 million cancer survivors in the U.S. today. Unfortunately, too many Washingtonians continue to lose their life to this disease...

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Kirkland Traffic Alert: FroYo Run

Commuters should expect traffic delays due to the FroYo Run to be held at Juanita Beach Park on Saturday, July 23. The beach parking lot and eastbound NE Juanita Drive from 93rd Avenue NE to 98th Avenue NE will be closed and detours in place from 6:30 a.m. until approximately 10:30 a.m. A course map is available at www.kirklandwa.gov/specialevents

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Reminder: Campaign Signs Must Comply With City Code

Reminder: Campaign Signs Must Comply With City Code

Campaign season is upon us. Candidates and their volunteers should be familiar with Kirkland's sign code.

Signs may be placed between the curb and the abutting private property, or where no curb exists, between the edge of the paved travel lane or paved shoulder and the abutting private property. They may not block a sidewalk or driveway...

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Water rescue at Yarrow Point

 

Kirkland, Mercer Island and King County teams pull two from water when sailboat capsizes

Kirkland Firefighters were first to arrive on the scene of a capsized sailboat about 400 yards off shore in Yarrow Bay Thursday evening at approximately 8 p.m. and found two victims in the water hanging onto the side of the craft. Rough waters and high winds prohibited firefighters from entering the water to perform a swimming rescue. Kirkland’s new rescue watercraft was deployed and, together with a nearby boater in a 16 foot Alumicraft, firefighters quickly reached the victims. Mercer Island Police arrived on the scene while the recovery was in process. The two patients were transported to the dock at the Woodmark Hotel where they were evaluated by Kirkland Firefighters and transferred to Evergreen Hospital Medical Center for hypothermia. Both patients were treated and released later that evening.

 

Mercer Island Police towed the capsized vessel to the shore at Houghton Beach Park and secured the vessel with the assistance of Kirkland Firefighters. King County Marine arrived on scene to assist in the procedure.

 

Incident Command, Lieutenant Joel Bodenman, said in an emailed report to Fire Chief Joseph Sanford that all crews performed their duties seamlessly and it was great to see the professionalism and efficiency of all personnel involved in the rescue. It was apparent that all the training and resources invested in Kirkland’s firefighters is making a difference and saving lives in our community.

Break-ins Q&A With Kirkland Police Dept.; July 19 at City Hall

Break-ins Q&A With Kirkland Police Dept.; July 19 at City Hall

The Kirkland City Manager’s Office is inviting you to a meeting with the Police Department on Tuesday, July 19 at City Hall in the Peter Kirk Room (south entrance to City Hall) from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (or until the last person leaves) to answer questions and hear concerns regarding break-ins in the Norkirk Neighborhood. We will have crime data maps for burglary, thefts and motor vehicle prowls – for both the Norkirk Neighborhood and the entire City (so people can compare Citywide data with your neighborhood – past and present)...

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Help Remove Invasive Holly on the Cross Kirkland Corridor (Trail), Saturday

 

Volunteers are gathering along the Cross Kirkland Corridor to remove invasive plants and you are invited to join the team!

Saturday, July 16

8 to 11 am

Meet behind Chainline Brewing at 503 6th St. S.

If you arrive after 8, look for us on the stretch of trail between 6th St. S. and the Google campus

  • Bring small pruning saws, heavy duty loppers, and water (I'll have a few extra tools)
  • Wear long pants, long sleeves, sturdy shoes, and gloves
  • We will be clearing around holly trees and limbing them to prepare for stem injection by city staff in the fall. We will also remove other invasive plants we find, such as scotch broom, butterfly bush, and Canada thistle.

This is a great way to get connected with your community!

Matthew Gordon Arrested by Kirkland Police and U.S. Marshalls in Sammamish

Kirkland Police Detectives and U.S. Marshalls arrested Matthew Gordon this afternoon on his multiple felony warrants of Domestic Violence Assault 1st Degree and 2nd Degree, Domestic Violence Felony Harassment, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.    Gordon was located around 11:30 this morning inside a vehicle parked on private property near 228th Ave SE and SE 4th St in Sammamish.  Gordon was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Kirkland Police Department.  Gordon will be held on $250,000 bail for the noted warrants with additional felony assault charges pending.  The Kirkland PoliceDepartment would like to thank agencies who assisted in locating and apprehending Matthew Gordon and our citizen’s cooperation and support with this investigation.

Views of Kirkland: Cow and Coyote

Sometimes we just need some levity. Today's chuckle is provided by an anonymous friend who sent us this snap of a cow butt sporting a sponsorship plaque reading "Sponsored by The Plaza on State". We know this is the work of some pranksters because the city is not so short on cash as to sell sponsorships to its various pieces of public art.

In a related note, there might be a flowerpot in downtown missing a sponsorship plaque. The Kirkland Downtown Association collects sponsorships from local businesses and individuals to help pay for the beautification of the central business district.