Council names interim manager Rob Wyman as new city manager

August 31, 2010

BREAKING NEWS — 8:12 p.m. Aug. 31, 2010

The City Council hired interim City Manager Rob Wyman as its permanent city manager Aug. 31 by a 6-1 vote with Councilman Sonny Putter dissenting. The decision came after a one-hour executive session discussing the final four candidates for the position with recruiter Greg Prothman.

Wyman’s salary will be $110,000 per year with benefits, and he will not be entitled to severance pay if he is fired from the job. However, he would be entitled to four months severance pay if he relocates to Newcastle, as he lives in Seattle. He also will not receive compensation for his commute, as former City Manager John Starbard had.

Wyman’s final contract will be approved at a council meeting in September.
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Police Blotter for Aug. 30

August 30, 2010

NEW — 10:10 a.m. Aug. 30, 2010

There goes the neighborhood

A man reported that his car and home, in the 7600 block of 113th Avenue Southeast, had been shot with paintballs at 1:45 a.m. Aug. 20.

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Second-annual Newcastle 5K Saturday

August 26, 2010

NEW — 4:20 p.m. Aug. 26, 2010

Nonprofit organization Newcastle Running Club will produce the second annual Newcastle 5K Run/Walk Saturday in Lake Boren Park. The race will start promptly at 9 a.m., and festivities will immediately follow.

Register online at or at Lake Boren Park from 7-8 a.m. Saturday. Online registration ends at noon tomorrow.

Online registration costs $25 per person or $20 per person for groups of four or more. Registration the day of the event costs $30 per person or $25 per person for groups of four or more.

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Police Blotter for Aug. 20

August 20, 2010

NEW — 3:10 p.m. Aug. 20, 2010

Wallet theft

A man reported that his wallet was stolen while he was playing basketball at Hazelwood Elementary School, 7100 116th Ave. S.E., between 4 and 10 p.m. July 28. The wallet contained the man’s driver’s license, military ID and debit card.

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Police Blotter for Aug. 18

August 18, 2010

NEW — 1:40 p.m. Aug. 18, 2010

Home burglary

A man reported that his house, in the 8000 block of Coal Creek Parkway Southeast, had been broken into between June 3 and Aug. 3. When he visited the house, the front and back doors had been forced in and a guitar amplifier, a stereo/record player, microwave and miscellaneous tools had been stolen.

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Incumbents lead in early election results

August 17, 2010

NEW — 8:35 p.m. Aug. 17, 2010

Incumbent candidates outpaced challengers in the initial election results released Tuesday night.

The primary set up a showdown for a 41st Legislative District in the state House of Representatives, a competitive congressional race and a chance to elect a judge to the King County District Court bench.

State Rep. Judy Clibborn, a Mercer Island Democrat seeking a fifth term, outpaced Stephen Strader, a Bellevue Republican, and independent Orion S. Webster.

Clibborn represents the 41st Legislative District — Talus and other Cougar Mountain communities, plus Mercer Island, Newcastle and parts of Bellevue, Renton and unincorporated King County.

The incumbent led Strader by about 55 percent to about 40 percent to set up the general election contest. Webster, like Strader, a political newcomer, trailed at 5 percent.

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Council not finished deliberating in city manager search

August 16, 2010

NEW — 5:30 p.m. Aug. 16, 2010

The City Council has not reached a decision as to whom it will hire as its next city manager.

Interviews took place this morning at The Golf Club at Newcastle, and the Council cancelled its public meeting scheduled for 2:30 p.m. today, which it could have used to announce its decision.

An executive session is tentatively scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Aug. 31 to continue deliberation. All four final candidates are still being considered, and recruiter Greg Prothman said he is not concerned that candidates may drop out of contention during the next two weeks.

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Newcastle police join summer DUI crackdown

August 15, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 15, 2010

Newcastle police and more than 100 other law enforcement agencies started a statewide crackdown on drunken driving last week, as part of the largest-ever summer DUI enforcement push.

The extra patrols — part of the Drive Hammered, Get Nailed campaign — continue through Sept. 6. The campaign started Aug. 12.

The state experiences the greatest number of alcohol- or drug-impaired driver-involved traffic deaths between July and September. In order to combat the problem, 178 agencies statewide signed on to the Drive Hammered, Get Nailed effort from the state Traffic Safety Commission.

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Local Massage Envy to donate proceeds to fight breast cancer

August 13, 2010

NEW — 2 p.m. Aug. 13, 2010

Massage Envy, which has a location at 6920 Coal Creek Parkway S.E., will host Massage for the Cure Sept. 14, donating $15 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure from each $49 one-hour massage that day.

The business will begin taking reservations Saturday for the Sept. 14 massages.

Massage for the Cure will take place at every Massage Envy location across the country.

Council could select city manager Monday

August 12, 2010

NEW — 6:40 p.m. Aug. 12, 2010

The Golf Club at Newcastle, 15500 Six Penny Lane, will host a public reception with its final four city manager candidates from 6-8 p.m. Sunday at the Wooly Toad Bar.

The City Council and an 11-member citizen panel will interview the four candidates privately Monday morning at The Golf Club, and the City Council will hold a special meeting at 2:30 p.m. in the Muirfield Room, at which time it may select the new city manager.

The City Council and the citizen panel will interview the candidates for an hour each in separate rooms, and Payroll & Accounting Specialist Maria Lindberg will give each a tour of the city and introduce him to the city staff.

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