Northwest NEWS

March 1, 1999

Local News

Briefs

Fedorov sentenced to 17 1/2 years

   WOODINVILLE--Eighteen-year-old Roman Fedorov, convicted of eight counts of first-degree robbery and one count of auto theft, was sentenced to 17 1/2 years in prison by a King County Superior Court judge last week. Federov and his partner, Vitaly Kalchik, 18, stole a car in West Seattle in 1997 and went on a crime spree, robbing and threatening clerks at hotels, gas stations, and convenience stores in a 90-minute rampage which ended when the owner of a 7-Eleven in Woodinville fatally shot Kalchik.

Man gets 12 years for fatal hit-and-run

   KENMORE--John Paul Gatchet, 49, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for the 1998 hit-and-run accident that resulted in the death of Sandra Melendrez, 49, of Lynnwood. Gatchet had pled guilty last month to vehicular homicide, hit-and-run, possession of stolen property, and car theft, and had an extensive criminal record. The prison term he received is at the top of the sentencing range. Gatchet was driving a stolen pickup Oct. 26 when he ran a red light on Highway 522 in Kenmore hitting Melendrez's car and killing her.

Sheriff's deputy dies in motorcycle accident

   BOTHELL--A memorial service for King County Sheriff's Deputy Mark Brown, 38, of Bothell will be held Wednesday, March 3 at 1 p.m. at Overlake Christian Church, 9900 Willows Rd. NE in Redmond. The public is invited.
   Deputy Brown died Saturday morning in Harborview Hospital following an on-duty motorcycle crash. He was responding to a hold-up alarm at a credit union in Shoreline, which turned out to be false. Deputy Brown had been a King County Sheriff's deputy since 1988.
   Survivors include his wife, Laurie; children, Hannah, 9, and Alex, 5; and his brother, Mike, also a sheriff's deputy. A Deputy Mark Brown Memorial Fund to help the wife and children of Officer Brown has been established at Washington Mutual Bank. Donations may be made to any branch.

Reminder

   A public meeting on the Cross-Cascades Pipeline proposal will be held March 4 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Mt. Si Senior Center, 411 Main St., North Bend. Comments may be sent to State Parks and Recreation Commission, P.O. Box 42650, Olympia, WA 98506-2650; or via e-mail to patb@parks.wa.gov.

Snohomish lawmaker receives award

   State Sen. Jeanine Long, R-Mill Creek, was honored with four other legislators recently for her work to improve child care in Washington. "Study after study has shown that if we intervene early with families facing problems like abuse, neglect, alcoholism, drug use, and mental illness, that we can get much more positive results than if we wait until the problems come before the courts," said Long. "Too often, efforts by public authorities are too late to prevent the destructive cycle of these problems."

Lambert to head national justice task force

   Rep. Kathy Lambert, R-Redmond, has been appointed public-sector chairwoman of the Task Force on Criminal Justice by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). The task force is made up of 30 state lawmakers and business representatives from across the country. As task force chair, Lambert will direct a discussion on criminal justice issues and the development of model legislation.

Kenmore Park to close for a week

   King County has announced it will close Kenmore Park, 6910 NE 170th St., March 8-12 for surface replacements. Existing sand surfaces in the play areas will be replaced with wood fiber which is easier to maintain and still ensures that the areas will maintain appropriate fall protection.

Correction

   Regrettably, there were errors in last week's obituary notice for Bob Howell. Mr. Howell is survived by his daughters Deborah Hall and her husband, J.D., and Jennifer Achurra and her husband, Pat. He is also survived by a granddaughter, Jonna Wasill, and her husband, Darrell.