New select baseball team available to Newcastle boys

September 20, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 20, 2009

A new select baseball team is being formed in Western Washington for boys younger than 12. The team is known as Warriors 12U, and tryouts will be held at 9 a.m. Sept. 26 in Redmond’s Marymoor Park, field No. 4.

The team held a tryout Sept. 12 at Rijo Athletics in Woodinville, and the team offered positions to two of the 10 boys who tried out. Of the two boys who received offers, one agreed to play with the Warriors and the other has not decided.

The team also consists of four boys who helped found the team, bringing the total number of committed players to five. The team will take a total of 13 or 14 players.

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‘Serial car prowler’ charged

September 17, 2009

NEW — 2:49 p.m. Sept. 17, 2009

Raymond White, 33, the man who police say is a serial car prowler who struck Newcastle numerous times this summer, was charged Sept. 14 with first-degree theft.

White pleaded not guilty to the charge when he was arraigned Monday, according to King County Prosecutor’s Office spokesman Dan Donohoe. White will next be in court Sept. 28.

Newcastle Police Chief Melinda Irvine said she expects more charges to be brought against White in the future when more victims submit statements to authorities. Some fingerprint evidence is still being prepared, which may also yield more charges in the future, she said.

White is being held in the King County Jail System, and his bail for the theft charge was set at $10,000. However, the Department of Corrections issued a hold on White without bail, so he will remain in jail.

Newcastle Master Police Officer Jerry Gilley said White broke into at least a dozen cars, perhaps as many as 20. On one occasion, White stole $2,000 worth of property from a single vehicle, Gilley said.

Newcastle receives $30,400 grant from King Conservation District

September 16, 2009

NEW — 3:30 p.m. Sept. 16, 2009

The city of Newcastle has just received a $30,400 grant from the King Conservation District. The grant will fund a project, Newcastle Goes Green, incorporating the following programs:

  • Removal and monitoring of invasive knotweed along May Creek in conjunction with the Newcastle Weed Warriors
  • “Green Growing” classes for Newcastle residents with lawn and gardening tips to reduce water and herbicide/pesticide use
  • Outreach at local schools regarding environmental stewardship
  • Special-edition newsletter mailed to all households with information about the city’s storm water management efforts, along with practical household tips

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Street paving begins in Lake Washington Ridge

September 15, 2009

NEW — 3 p.m. Sept. 15, 2009

Workers Newcastle contracted from the company Western Asphalt began repaving streets in Lake Washington Ridge on Monday morning.

Southeast 75th Place will be paved from 119th Court Southeast to 122nd Place Southeast, as will 120th Place Southeast from Southeast 76th Street to Southeast 75th Place.

City Communications Manager Doug Alder said residents will have full access to their homes during the project, and work will only be conducted during the day.

City officials expect the paving to take at least three weeks. The project is part of the city’s pavement overlay program.

City hall stairs damaged in car crash

September 15, 2009

NEW — 9 a.m. Sept. 15, 2009

A set of wooden stairs leading to City Hall was damaged over the weekend when a visitor hit a support beam while driving a car.

The individual had hit the gas pedal instead of the brake. The stairs were repaired by 3 p.m. Monday.

Mariners stars to appear at DJ’s Sportscards

September 13, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 13, 2009

Seattle Mariners’ center fielder Franklin Gutierrez and former Mariner Julio Cruz will sign autographs at DJ’s Sportscards in Renton from 6-7:30 p.m. Monday.

Gutierrez has played in 129 games this season, batting an average of .285 with 15 home runs and 57 RBI. His will charge $15 for his autograph.

Cruz played for the Mariners from 1977 to 1983. In his career, he played in 1,156 games and had 916 hits. He will not charge for his autograph.

DJ’s Sportscards is at 1630 Duvall Ave. N.E.

Identity theft ring-leader pleads guilty, to be sentenced

September 12, 2009

UPDATED — 2:26 p.m. Sept. 15, 2009

Gabriel Jang, 36, of Renton, has changed his plea for his role in an identity theft ring that brought in more than $3 million during a seven-year period.

Jang, arrested Nov. 20, 2008, operated from a Newcastle post office box.

He faced 21 charges, including wire fraud and aggravated identity theft, and in January he pleaded not guilty to all of the charges.

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Help the homeless at China Creek garage sale Saturday

September 11, 2009

NEW — 1:15 p.m. Sept. 11, 2009

China Creek is hosting a communitywide garage sale from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sept. 12.

Residents can donate items to the sale at 14220 S.E. 79th Drive, across from China Creek Park.

All proceeds from the sale will be donated to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Center to feed the homeless.

Newcastle Days 2009

September 3, 2009

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