Northwest NEWS

February 1, 1999

Local News


Dead woman identified as shop owner

   TOTEM LAKE--Police haven't yet determined what to call the death of a Bothell woman the evening of Jan. 28 at a Totem Lake business. The body of Clara Frost, 59, was found inside a burning building after the Redmond Fire Department responded to a fire at C. Frost Company in the 13500 block of NE 126th Place.

   Frost died of a gunshot wound to the head, and a gun was found nearby, according to a King County Sheriff's spokesman. "It was either homicide or suicide," said Deputy John Urquhart. He said further investigation and a report from the county Medical Examiner's office would help determine what happened.

   Clara Frost and her husband Carl Frost own the company which sold equipment to automobile repair shops. The fire was arson, Urquhart said.

Hearing set for new furniture plant

   MALTBY--The Puget Sound Air Pollution Control Agency will hold a public hearing on a new wood furniture manufacturing operation's analysis that their emissions won't adversely affect neighbors, as well as the agency's determination that the Maltby plant's impact on the environment will be non-significant.

   The agency has already proposed an order of approval for the Northlake Cabinet Corporation's new operation at 8330 212th St. SE in Maltby, but due to public concern, will hold a hearing Feb. 24.

   The facility includes a spray coating booth and woodworking operations with particulate emissions controlled by a baghouse, according to a notice of public hearing. The hearing will be held at the Maltby Community Center, 8711 206th St. SE, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Man pleads guilty to Kenmore hit-and-run death

   KENMORE--John Paul Gatchett last week pled guilty to charges of vehicular homicide and felony hit-and-run stemming from an accident that killed a woman in Kenmore. Gatchett, a 29-year-old transient with a lengthy criminal record, faces nine to twelve years in prison, according to a King County Prosecutor's spokesman.

   Driving a stolen truck on October 26, Gatchett was on Bothell Way when he ran a red light at 61st Ave. NE and struck Sandra Melendrez's Mazda RX-7 as she was turning onto the highway. She died from massive injuries. Gatchett kept going. The truck, stolen out of Bellevue, was found in Seattle, according to police.

   Gatchett was captured in mid-December. Detectives surrounded him at a Maple Valley parking lot, where he rammed a State Patrol officer's vehicle and fled on foot before officers arrested him at gunpoint. Gatchett will be sentenced Feb. 19, according to the prosecutor's spokesman.

City hires new public works director

   WOODINVILLE--Michael Monkin has accepted the position of Woodinville's new public works director, City Manager Pete Rose announced early last week. Monkin, who has been a public works director in two different south Snohomish County cities since 1989, currently works in the city of Snohomish. Previously, he headed up Mill Creek's public works department.

   "We like that he had been a successful public works director in a similar-sized city and had a record of turning around difficult situations and projects," said Rose. Monkin has a bachelor of science degree from the University of Washington and started his career in 1982 with the city of Kirkland.

   Woodinville has been without a true public works director since last February when Ron Cameron resigned. Deborah Knight has filled in as the interim since then. "Everybody is extremely pleased, including the council, with the work Deborah's done to keep things together," praised Rose. She will stay on as the public works assistant, she said.

   Monkin is tentatively scheduled to begin work the third week of February.

County, developers to sign Woodinview agreement

   WOODINVILLE--King County Executive Ron Sims was expected to sell a 22-acre county-owned lot in Woodinville to developers who will build more than 150 units of housing, some of it affordable, according to the county and city's vision for the site.

   Under a purchase and sale agreement to be signed this Tuesday, design guidelines, affordability levels, and neighborhood amenities will be guaranteed. Participants include the county, city, Downtown Action to Save Housing, Cam West Development, and Shelter Resources, Inc. They were chosen from three other development teams who submitted proposals for development.

   When completed is finished in 2001, the development, known as Woodinview, will include for sale, family rental, and senior housing. It will be built in the 14300 block of NE North Woodinville Way, on a site formerly considered for a prison and transfer station before the county surplussed it. The county has earmarked $750,000 for the project, and Woodinville will waive permit fees for the units considered affordable.