Northwest NEWS

May 31, 1999

Local News

Police beat


   May 19: Police stopped an eastbound car at 12:32 a.m. at 75th and NW Bothell Way. The 57-year-old driver from Woodinville had a warrant from Mount Vernon for driving with license suspended and his driving status was suspended for unpaid tickets. The man resisted arrest, and had to be forcibly restrained and hobbled at the ankles. Cocaine was discovered in the car.

   May 23: Two men flagged down a police car at 4:20 p.m. and told police that a man had just pointed a gun at them. As a vehicle drove by, they recognized the driver as the person with the gun. Police stopped the vehicle. The driver was a 27-year-old male who was in possession of .25-caliber semi-automatic pistol, which he said belonged to his girlfriend. When contacted by police, she said she had purchased the gun at a pawn shop, but could not find her proof of ownership. The gun was confiscated until proof of ownership could be proven. The driver of the car had an outstanding warrant for driving without a license. He was booked into King County Jail.

   Also that day, a park ranger had to escort a man out of a meeting at 4:20 p.m. in Saint Edward State Park after he had interrupted and refused to leave. A few minutes later, a citizen complained the same man was attempting to play ball with his 6-year-old daughter and refused to leave her alone. While waiting for the police, the ranger observed the man step over a "keep off" sign and climb the fire escape to the 3rd floor, where he entered the building. Ten minutes later, the man was seen climbing a ladder on the chapel roof and entering a 4th floor window. When arrested, the man said he was just checking the building and was going to start work at the park tomorrow. He was booked into King County Jail.