Select baseball team hosts tryouts

July 28, 2010

NEW — 2:05 p.m. July 28, 2010

Select baseball club the Bellevue Warriors, founded in Newcastle and consisting of many local players, is hosting a tryout from 6-8 p.m. tonight at Rijo Athletics, 22620 state Route 9 S.E., Woodinville.

The club originally started last year with just a 12-and-under team, but it expanded to include a 13-and-under team.

Bring a completed registration form to the tryout. Get a registration form by e-mailing the team’s coaches at

Another tryout will be held from 9-11 a.m. Aug. 14 at Rijo Athletics. Visit the Bellevue Warrior’s website here.

Police blotter for July 27

July 27, 2010

NEW — 4:45 p.m. July 27, 2010

Resident passes the fool test

A woman reported that she got a suspicious phone call at her home, in the 7300 block of 125th Place Southeast, from a Renton-based phone number shortly after 11:30 a.m. July 15. The caller — a woman with a thick, East Indian accent who sounded like she was in her 20s — said she was from the reporting woman’s phone company, and she said she needed the reporting woman’s address, birthday and mother’s maiden name to send her “a gift.” The reporting woman hung up the phone without giving any information.

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Parks Commission gives green light to dog park

July 22, 2010

NEW — 7 p.m. July 22, 2010

The Parks Commission decided to move forward with building a dog park in the city.

The decision was made by consensus at the commission’s July 15 meeting.

Next, members of the Parks Commission will examine dog parks in surrounding communities and begin discussing possible locations for Newcastle’s park.

Police blotter for July 21

July 21, 2010

NEW — 12:30 p.m. July 21, 2010

Car prowls

While conducting an area check at the Red Town Trailhead, 7436 Lakemont Blvd. S.E., at 3:50 p.m. July 1, a police officer noticed a 2007 Lexus IS300 with a window smashed. While documenting the scene, the owner returned. The thief had taken owner’s purse, which contained her $800 wallet, two credit cards and her driver’s license. She had left her purse, worth $300, on the front seat.

A man reported that his 1995 Honda Accord had been broken into at Newport Crossing Apartments, 7311 Coal Creek Parkway S.E., between 10 p.m. July 2 and 6 a.m. July 6. The car was locked, but the thief entered through the driver’s side front door and stole a Panasonic stereo worth $300. The thief did not cause any damage to the car.

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YMCA organizing teen concert

July 20, 2010

NEW — 8 p.m. July 20, 2010

The YMCA is organizing a teen concert for 6:30 p.m. Aug. 11 in Lake Boren Park. The performing bands have not yet been selected.

Concerts on the Green continue at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday with a performance by the blues and jazz band Author Unknown. Porter Jensen Jewelers will sponsor the performance, and the band will bring its own sound equipment.

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City Council: No new county taxes to fund public safety, courts

July 15, 2010

NEW — 8 p.m. July 15, 2010

The City Council approved a resolution at its July 6 meeting to opposing possible tax increases by King County to fund public safety programs and the court system.

Although no county measures have been sent to the ballot yet, members of the County Council have discussed possible tax increases that could appear on the Nov. 2 ballot to fund these programs.

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Eye surgeon charged in murder for hire plot to face trial next January

July 15, 2010

NEW — 3:30 p.m. July 15, 2010

Newcastle eye surgeon Michael Mockovak — who pleaded not guilty to two counts of criminal solicitation to commit first-degree murder — will go to trial Jan. 10, 2011.

King County prosecutors said in charging papers that Mockovak, a surgeon for Clearly Lasik in Renton, sought to have his business partner, Joseph King, and former Clearly Lasik President Brad Klock killed.

After his arrest, Mockovak paid his $2 million bail. Although he remains out of prison while he awaits trial, he is prohibited from contacting King, Klock and their families.

The state Department of Health also suspended Mockovak’s medical license.

Police Blotter for July 14

July 14, 2010

Car prowls

A woman reported that the back window of her 2008 Honda CRV was smashed at the Red Town Trailhead, 17100 Lakemont Blvd. S.E., between 11:15 a.m. and 2 p.m. July 3. The prowler caused $306 in damage to the back window and rummaged through the contents of the vehicle. Nothing was missing.

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Police Blotter for July 2

July 2, 2010

Jerks in a grey sedan

A witness reported that four suspicious men in a gray sedan had arrived at a neighbor’s house, in the 14400 block of Southeast 77th Court, just before 11 a.m. June 22. Newcastle Police officers responded and found that the front door had been kicked or shouldered in. Upon notifying the home’s residents, it was found that the thieves had stolen a gold coin set worth $2,000, 20 pieces of jewelry worth $6,000 and a gold ring worth $400.

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City celebrates Downtown Transit Improvements completion

July 1, 2010

From left, State Rep. Marcie Maxwell, Deputy Mayor Steve Buri, Sound Transit Board Chair Aaron Reardon and council members Sonny Putter, Lisa Jensen, Carol Simpson and Rich Crispo smile as Buri and Reardon cut the ribbon for the Downtown Transit Improvement project June 16. By Tim Pfarr

The Downtown Transit Improvements project, formerly known as the Transit Center project, is complete, and a crowd of about 30 people was on hand for the project’s official ribbon-cutting ceremony June 16.

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