Bothell caretaker charged with attempted murder

  • Written by Briana Gerdeman

The Bothell woman who allegedly assaulted a man she with two lamps and a cane told police, “I just want to go to jail,” according to court documents.

Anna Marie Ward, 52, was charged with first degree assault for attacking John Staeber, 92, on March 18. Ward lived with Staeber, who has reportedly Alzheimer’s disease and cancer, and worked as his caretaker, according to charging documents.

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Bicyclist killed in crash in Kenmore

  • Written by Briana Gerdeman

A Kenmore bicyclist died of a head injury after being hit by a driver in a pickup truck at the intersection of 61st Avenue NE and NE 190th Street.

On March 18, 19-year-old Caleb T. Shoop was riding his bike in a marked crosswalk when a 29-year-old man driving a pickup truck struck Shoop, according to Sgt. Cindi West, public information officer for the King County Sheriff’s Office. Another vehicle stopped and yielded to Shoop. There was no evidence of speed, alcohol or drugs from the truck driver.

Shoop was not wearing a helmet and suffered a serious head injury, West said. He died of a blunt force head injury at Harborview Medical Center on March 21, according to a representative from the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Shoop was a graduate of Inglemoor High School, hoped to become a firefighter and volunteered with Ski for All, a nonprofit that teaches people with disabilities how to ski and snowboard, according to an article in the Bothell/Kenmore Reporter.


  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Northshore area students with an interest in drama and performing are being invited to audition for the exciting BAYFEST Summer International Drama Intensive that will be in residence at the Northshore Performing Arts Center (NPAC) July 6-29. Young actors from around the US, Canada, United Kingdom and elsewhere will be there to gather for an incredibly fun and hardworking 3-1/2 weeks of training, rehearsals and cultural exchange, culminating in public performances at NPAC, Lynnwood, and in Seattle. BAYFEST will also host a free “Community Drama Workshop” day on July 29th for any young actors or adults who want to spend a few hours participating in fun drama and improvisation games and exercises led by BAYFEST’s professional staff of teachers.

Full information about the program, as well as application information can be found at: The application deadline is April 30, but we encourage anyone interested to apply as early as possible. Ability to pay is not a factor in BAYFEST’s acceptance decisions, and scholarship and financial aid is available. Please email for more information.

Woodinville Chamber Hosts 5th Annual “Salute Woodinville” Dinner & Auction

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Chateau Ste. Michelle was the setting for the Woodinville Chamber of Commerce annual dinner and auction on March 8th, as members and guests gathered to raise funds to support the Chamber and its new scholarship program.

The 150 guests in attendance enjoyed a wonderful dinner, paired with fabulous Chateau Ste. Michelle wines, and raised their paddles vigorously in pursuit of an impressive lineup of auction items. With auctioneer David Silverman and emcee Robin Akkerman leading the way, the event was as enjoyable as it was successful.

Midway through the live auction, guests were invited to raise their bid paddles to support the Chamber’s scholarship program, which is now in its second year. With spirited bidding, motivated by individuals offering to match the bids of their tablemates, a total of nearly $13,000 was generated. “The response to the scholarship funding has been incredible. It’s exciting to see the Chamber embrace an ongoing investment in the next generation of civic and business leaders,” said Larry Francois, Vice Chair of the Board.

Woodinville Chamber Board Chair Trisha West commented, “This event offers a wonderful opportunity to bring the business community together for an evening that goes beyond supporting the Chamber. The event showcases the collaborative nature of Chamber members and our partners as demonstrated through their generous investment in future business leaders through our new scholarship program. It is exciting to be part of an event that makes a difference in both today and tomorrow’s business environment.”

Columbia Winery Welcomes Spring with New Wines & Local Artist Exhibit

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Columbia Winery Exhibit Card

Curated by Bherd Studios Gallery, five contemporary artists will come together to ring in spring at Columbia Winery in Woodinville this April. As the ground in the vineyard begins to warm and the vines approach bud break, the winery’s gallery will fill with artwork celebrating the growing season. These five Northwest artists find inspiration in natural rhythms, colors and materials, and express it in a variety of media.

Beginning March 31st and ending June 30th, Columbia Winery’s newly refreshed tasting room will showcase these artworks during their daily tasting hours from 11 am to 6 pm. To usher in the spring season, guests are invited to sample new releases from Columbia Winery Winemaker Sean Hails while enjoying the works of the below local artists around the tasting room.