Suspicious man arrested in China Creek

September 14, 2010

UPDATED — 10:11 a.m. Sept. 15, 2010

Police arrested a man in China Creek around 3:45 p.m. Sept. 13 after a resident called to report three suspicious people in the 8300 block of 147th Avenue Southeast.

Residents saw the group knock on a home’s front door, and then enter the back yard after there was no answer, Police Chief Melinda Irvine said.

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Apple Physical Therapy holds coat drive through Friday

September 14, 2010

NEW — 12 p.m. Sept. 14, 2010

Apple Physical Therapy, which has a location at 6985 Coal Creek Parkway in Newcastle, will hold a coat drive through Friday at each of its 22 locations. It will accept new and “gently used” coats, which it will donate to the Puyallup Valley and Thurston County Salvation Army chapters.

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Police Blotter for Sept. 13

September 13, 2010

NEW — 5 p.m. Sept. 13, 2010

Construction equipment theft

A man reported that a diesel air compressor utility trailer worth $15,000 and a jackhammer worth $3,000 were stolen from a construction site in the 12900 block of Southeast 89th Place between Aug. 26 and 28. The gate to the worksite has been pushed down. Part of the compressor trailer was later found in the 9200 block of state Route 900.

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We want your first day of school photos!

September 10, 2010

NEW — 4:30 p.m. Sept. 10, 2010

Newcastle News would love to run your first day of school photos in the newspaper or on its website. E-mail them to

Police Blotter for Sept. 3

September 10, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 10, 2010

Car theft

A man reported that his 1995 Acura Integra was stolen from Walker’s Run Condominiums, 7453 Newcastle Golf Club Road, between 11 p.m. Aug. 23 and 9:30 a.m. Aug. 24. There was no broken glass at the scene, nor any signs of forced entry. He estimated his vehicle was worth $2,500.

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Liberty to honor 1988 champion football team

September 9, 2010

NEW — 10 a.m. Sept. 9, 2010

Liberty High School will honor its 1988 3A state champion football team during halftime of the Patriots’ game against Issaquah High School this Friday.

The school will induct the team — as well as running back Aaron Armstrong, who has passed away — into the school’s hall of fame during the ceremony. However, Armstrong’s mother will travel from Maryland to attend the ceremony.

Tom Ingles, who coached the team, and George Vanni, the school’s athletic director in 1988, will also be recognized.

Volunteers needed for this weekend

September 8, 2010

NEW — 6 p.m. Sept. 8, 2010

Residents looking to help out in the community can do so this weekend.

Newcastle Days volunteer coordinator Grace Stiller is seeking volunteers to help with parking, lines at the bouncy toys, and setting up and taking down booths at the Newcastle Days celebration Saturday. The celebration is from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. in Lake Boren Park.

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Crazy for a good cause, UW grads take on Ironman

September 8, 2010

NEW — 12:45 p.m. Sept. 8, 2010

Best friends and University of Washington graduates Buddy Waddington and Kurtis Dane are putting their strength and persistence to the test with the hope of raising $10,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The crazy part?

They aspire to complete the Ford Ironman Arizona 2010 on Nov. 21, with no triathlon experience as of yet. An Ironman is the ultimate test of endurance, according to the team, with a 2.4 mile swim, 112-mile bike ride, and a 26.2-mile run, all in a row.

Waddington, of Newcastle, described the plan as a “self-appointed senior project,” in which they could use their marketing skills as business students to raise the money and the extra time they had as college students to train.

“Why don’t we do a crazy college thing and do it for a good cause?” he said.

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Liberty beats Skyline 39-34 in season opener

September 6, 2010

NEW — 9:33 a.m. Sept. 6, 2010

The Liberty High School Patriots showed they could still stand up against the most dominant of opponents Sept. 3.

As the home crowd stood, chanting “We are one! We are one!” they let out a deafening roar of jubilation as time expired.

The Patriots, ranked No. 2 in the state in Class 3A, beat Skyline High School, which is defending three consecutive 4A state championships, 39-34 in front of a packed house at Liberty.

“It was great,” Liberty coach Steve Valach said after the game. “Our fans are so much a part of it.”

Facing tough odds is not new to the Patriots — they overcame great adversity in the 2009 season to play in the state title game. This time, the team faced the Skyline game with the intensity and focus it learned to play with last year, Valach said. And they didn’t let a few bumps in the road get to them in the nonleague season opener.

“There was some magic tonight, for sure,” Valach said.

Maywood Middle School evacuated after power outage, smoke

September 3, 2010

NEW — 11:10 a.m. Sept. 3, 2010

Maywood Middle School students had an unexpected evacuation Friday morning.

At about 9 a.m., the school’s power went out. Shortly after, students and staff members reported smelling smoke and immediately evacuated the building, according to an e-mail Principal Jason Morse sent to parents.

King County Fire District 25 responded to the emergency call and found a faulty motor in the heating and cooling system had burned out because of the power outage. Firefighters evaluated the motor and allowed students and staff members to re-enter the building at about 10 a.m.

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