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Police looking for burglary victims

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Were you the victim of a burglary between January 2012 and July 2013? If you were and you live somewhere between Mill Creek, Wash., and Tigard, Ore., police may have property that was stolen from your burglary.

Detectives from the Sammamish Police Department and the King County Sheriff’s office are trying to find the owners of stolen property that was recovered last July after the arrest of a couple who admitted to committing dozens of burglaries between Tigard, Oregon and Mill Creek, Wash. Krystal Sweetman, 27, of Puyallup and Steven Tipton, 27, of Tacoma were arrested last July after an investigation that revealed the couple had committed over 80 residential burglaries between January 2012 and July 2013. The couple sold many of the stolen items at area coin shops netting over $346,000 in the 18-month crime spree.  Detectives also discovered that the pair had a storage unit that was packed with property taken from the burglaries. Many of the stolen items from the storage unit have not been claimed and detectives are hoping to reunite victims with their property.

In January, Sweetman pled guilty to multiple charges and was sentenced to 36 months in prison and 36 months in community custody.  Tipton is expected to plead later this month. 

Detectives have photographed the unclaimed property and have provided a link to photos for the public to view (http://s1113.photobucket.com/user/kcsophotos/library/13-160094  Password – SammamishPD [password IS case sensitive!]).

Detectives are asking anyone who was the victim of a burglary between January, 2012 and July, 2013 to look at the photos to see if any of the property belongs to you.

If you have questions, please call 804-885-KCSO (5276); do NOT call other police department numbers.  If you see property that you believe belongs to you, follow the instructions on the link.  You will be asked to provide the case number of your burglary and will need to provide some proof the item is yours.  If you have trouble accessing the site, please try at another time. It is expect ed the site will be inundated with viewers and access may be limited during the initial release of information



13 Northshore seniors are National Merit finalists

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has named 13 Northshore School District seniors as National Merit finalists. 

Finalists represent less than one-half of 1 percent of the 1.5 million students who took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship qualifying test nationwide. Students are:

Inglemoor High School

Julian Bacon

Mary E. Gwin

Mollie E. Hansen

Andrew Jones

Kristin Lie

Kyle Y. McCrohan

Elena A. Plenefisch

Apurva Raman

Erika Z. Sun

Alex S. Yang

Helen J. Zhang

Woodinville High School

Malavika Venkatesan

Finalists will be considered for more than 8,300 National Merit Scholarship Awards to be awarded this spring and often receive other offers because of their standing as National Merit Finalists.



Master Gardeners kick-off season with plant clinics at Molbak’s

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

• You know the spring gardening season is here when the Washington State University (WSU) Extension Master Gardeners start holding their plant clinics.  This is the fourth year the clinic will be onsite at Molbak’s.  The clinic has been so successful that they are adding an additional Saturday to their monthly schedule.  The free clinic will be at Molbak’s the first three Saturdays of each month, March through September, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The public is encouraged to bring their gardening questions and plant samples and get answers from trained, WSU Master Gardeners.  Visit http://mastergardener.wsu.edu/  for more information on the WSU Master Gardener program.  For more information on events at Molbak’s, visit http://www.molbaks.com/vents.html

• Tom Quigley, an ISA certified arborist and a certified tree risk assessor, will explain proper pruning principles and techniques at a free, 60-minute seminar at Molbak’s on Saturday, March 1, at 1 p.m.  Quigley owned and operated Olympic Nursery which specialized in selling and installing larger trees in Woodinville for more than 20 years.  Join Quigley at Molbak’s and learn to prune with confidence.

• Ed Hume is an icon in the garden seed industry and has been a gardening personality for 57 years.  His television show, ‘Gardening in America’, has been airing since 1965 and is the longest, continuously running garden show in America. Hume started Ed Hume Seeds in 1977. The Puyallup based company specializes in seeds that perform well in the cooler, maritime climate and shorter growing season of the Pacific Northwest.  Stop by the seed department and meet Hume on Saturday, March 1, 12:30  to 2 p.m.  He will be available to help you select seeds perfect for your garden.



Amateur radio license courses to begin March 11 and 31

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Amateur or "ham" radio technician and extra license courses will be offered by the Emergency Services Coordinating Agency (ESCA) starting in March. 

The entry-level technician course will begin on Monday, March 31, and run for seven consecutive Monday evenings. The extra license course will convene Tuesday evenings beginning on March 11 and run for seven weeks.  The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) exam for both courses is scheduled on Monday, May 19. The beginner level technician license is required for entry into the fascinating hobby of "ham" radio. It’s all about getting on the air and communicating with a region-wide network of ham radio operators for fun or community service.

For those already holding the technician and general licenses, the extra license is the senior-most license that offers access to more power output and frequencies required for world-wide communications.

Both courses are held at the Brier City Hall from 7 to 9 p.m. at 2901 228th Street, SW, Brier, WA  98036. 

There is no charge for the course with the exception of the technician or extra class book available through ESCA at a discounted price of $25. The Federal Communication Commission’s fee for technician and extra exam is $15. 

For more information and/or to register, contact Dan Good at (425) 776-3722 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



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