Vandals use hot tar on elementary school | Police blotter
By KEVIN ENDEJAN
Issaquah Reporter Assistant editor
July 27, 2012 · Updated 12:56 PM
The following information was compiled from City of Sammamish police reports:
A school employee called police July 16 to report vandalism at Samantha Smith Elementary School.
Someone broke numerous beer and wine bottles in the playground area, then placed hot tar on the seams of the sidewalk leading to the school. They also wrote obscenities in tar directed at the police as well as drug related statements.
It is unknown where the tar was obtained or how the persons carried it to the location without it hardening. It was also undetermined as to how much it would cost to have the tar removed.
A man called police July 18 to report that someone let the air out of his RV tires, parked in the upper lot of an apartment complex in the 22600 block of Northeast Inglewood Hill Road.
The caller believed it was done by a neighbor who is a frequent “harasser” of building tenants. He estimated repair costs at $1,000.
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Three juveniles were detained by Sammamish police July 16 after causing mischief near Northeast Eighth Street and 233rd Avenue Northeast.
Police spotted the boys moving cones around in the road, before learning that they had shattered the window of a nearby construction vehicle. Police left a business card on the vehicle in case the company would like to press charges.
Police responded to a trespassing call in the 3400 block of East Lake Sammamish Shore Lane Northeast on July 13 after a man allegedly crossed onto his property and threatened to cut up his new trampoline. Someone vandalized the caller’s first trampoline.
When police advised the neighbor he would be trespassed from the caller’s property, he became verbally abusive towards police. He was warned that if he continued he would be arrested. The man returned to his home without incident.
A Sammamish woman called police July 12 to report that her mailbox had been blown up.
The woman, who resides in the 1600 block of 236th Avenue Northeast, said she saw a red racing “muscly” car with two white racing stripes after the explosion. She felt they might have been admiring their work.
The mailbox was completely blown off its stand.
A Sammamish family called police after someone broke into their home July 10, stealing more than $17,000 in items.
Burglars appear to have entered the house through the dog door on the north side of the house in the 1500 block of 209th Avenue Northeast. Several jewelry boxes, computer items and instruments, including a guitar, were taken.
Two 18-year-old males from Kirkland were detained by Sammamish police in the early morning of July 19 at Pine Lake Park after neighbors called with a noise complaint. The men, who were there with three 15-year-old females, were found possessing a 1.75 liter bottle of vodka. Clothes were also found strewn nearby, indicating that the group was likely skinny dipping. Upon running one of the men’s names, police found that he had a felony warrant for not showing up at a court date. He was booked into jail.
The father of a 1-year-old called Sammamish police on July 12 to report that the two gold bracelets he puts on his daughter’s wrists were missing when she returned home from daycare.
The man said the bracelets are wrapped very tight around the girl’s wrists and he did not think they would fall off on their own. They were valued at $1,000.
Police pulled over two men July 10 for having a rear brake light out. When the officer reached into the car for the license and registration, the officer detected a strong odor of marijuana.
The driver initially denied having any drugs, but eventually confessed, handing over a plastic bag. The passenger then gave up another bag. The estimated weight of the drugs was 3 grams. Both men were let go and the marijuana was taken for disposal.
The driver was sighted for the brake light violation.
On the early morning of July 13, a Sammamish police officer parked in the entrance to Pine Lake Park witnessed a man aggressively skid his vehicle from southbound 228th Avenue Southeast onto Southeast 24th Street.
While attempting to catch up to the driver, the officer estimated the man accelerated to more than 100 mph. The officer finally caught the 39-year-old Sammamish man near 244th Avenue Southeast only to detect a strong odor of intoxicants inside the vehicle.
He was booked into the Issaquah jail for having a suspended driver's license and blowing a .148.
Contact Issaquah Reporter Assistant editor Kevin Endejan at email@example.com or 425-391-0363, ext. 5054.