January 4, 1999
Dec. 22: Five juveniles were found at Leota Junior High where nine outdoor water faucets had been turned on in the icy weather. The group was found gathered around a natural gas metering box; anti-tamper seals had been broken off the box. A pair of pliers, which may have been used to turn the faucets on, was recovered from the group. Four of the subjects were students at Leota, and the fifth attended Wellington Elementary next door. Also, a wooden gate at the junior high was broken down.
Also that day, two unlocked vehicles were entered at a residence in the 16000 block of 124th Ct. NE. A resident there was alerted something was amiss when he heard his garage door open by itself. Two dollars in loose change and the garage door opener were taken.
Dec. 23: It was reported that an 18-year-old Woodinville man was terminated from Starbucks after an internal auditor bought $22 worth of goods there, then checked computer records but found that the clerk had failed to ring up the sale. He allegedly confessed.
Dec. 25: Someone broke a window out of a motor home parked at a storage lot in the 13500 block of 135th Ave. NE, then ripped down a light fixture and went through the vehicle, though nothing appeared to have been taken. Damage was estimated at $300.
Dec. 27: An 18-year-old Woodinville man was arrested and booked into King County Jail for second-degree assault after allegedly punching and then kicking a 19-year-old Lynnwood man at their job. The incident occurred at closing time at the Pennzoil oil change when the suspect allegedly said to the victim he was sorry it had to come down like this, then socked him in the face. A co-worker pulled the man back, but when let go, the man kicked the victim, who was taken to an area hospital where facial injuries were cared for.