Northwest NEWS

December 7, 1998

Local News


Transient sought in connection with Kenmore fatality crash

   KENMORE--The Washington State Patrol is looking for a 29-year-old transient in connection with a hit-and-run fatality collision that occurred in Kenmore on Oct. 26. Detectives want to question John Paul Gatchet about the accident which killed Sandra Melendrez, a 49-year-old Lynnwood woman.
   A stolen Ford pickup ran a red light on Bothell Way (SR-522) at 61st Ave. NE in Kenmore, striking Melendrez' car. The truck was found in North Seattle. Fingerprints were taken from the vehicle, though Lt. Steve McCully would not reveal how police came to consider Gatchet a "person of interest."
   Gatchet is described as a white male, 6'2", 190 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. He is also wanted on two outstanding felony warrants for car theft in King and Snohomish counties. McCully said Gatchet is known to hang out in North King County. Anyone with information on Gatchet's whereabouts is asked to call (425) 649-4370.

WFLSD, two other departments to consolidate training divisions

   WOODINVILLE--Woodinville, Redmond, and Kirkland fire districts will consolidate their training divisions into a single unit beginning some time early next year, according to Woodinville Fire & Life Safety District officials.
   WFLSD Battalion Chief (Training Division) Mark Emery said the move will make for more efficient use of money and end duplicated efforts on the parts of the three neighboring departments. The six-person unit will be stationed at Kirkland's Rose Hill fire station.
   Instead of three health and safety officers, there will be one, as well as a special operations officer. Others will be responsible for records management, testing and evaluation, drill coordination, curriculum, and administrative functions.
   The consolidation will create the second-largest training division in King County, and the fourth-largest in the state behind Seattle, Spokane, and Tacoma. Emery said that the division may one day consolidate with a similar Bothell/Northshore fire department training merger.

Sheriff seeks man, 29, involved in 'brutal beating' of girl, 2

   CLEARVIEW--Snohomish County authorities are asking for the public's help in locating a 29-year-old Clearview-area man in connection with the "brutal beating" of his girlfriend's two-year-old daughter last month.
   Police allege that Todd Michael Watson repeatedly hit the child, causing 30 noted bruises--a majority of those around the girl's face and head--and perforating her eardrum. The child was hospitalized for the injuries and taken into protective custody.
   According to Sheriff's spokeswoman Jan Jorgenson, a warrant for second degree assault of a child has been issued for Watson's arrest. He is known to live in the Clearview area and in south Everett.
   Watson is described as a white male, five-foot, eleven-inches, 150 pounds, with shoulder-length brown hair. His face is scarred by acne, and he may be driving a red truck. Anyone with information on Watson's whereabouts is asked to call the Sheriff's tip line at (425) 388-3845.

Christmas tea

Christmas tea

   Charles and Betty Bendokas (pictured above) were at the Bothell Historical Society's Christmas Tea at the Park at Bothell Landing last Sunday.


   Pete Rose and his family have traveled to 31 states, not three, as reported in last week's Woodinville Weekly.
   Anna Altavas' name was not included in the article about the local dancers appearing in this year's production of "The Nutcracker."

Library Board has open seat

   Residents with a desire to serve public libraries are encouraged to apply for a vacancy on the Sno-Isle Regional Library Board of Trustees. Nomination forms must be completed and filed by Dec. 21. Call 425-388-3876.