Northwest NEWS

September 27, 1999

Local News


Fire destroys car

   car fire

Photo by Todd Graves.

   There were no injuries in last Thursday afternoon's car fire in the 14000 block of Woodinville-Duvall Road. The driver escaped safely.

Bomb squad finds no bomb

   An abandoned briefcase at the Public Health Center at 10808 NE 145th turned out to be just that, after the King County Sheriff's Department Bomb Squad carefully opened the case last Monday afternoon, Sept. 20. No one called in a bomb scare, but officials decided to take no chances, given the world's current uncertain sociopolitical atmosphere.

Council to approve City Hall design

   The Woodinville City Council was expected to approve the completion of Lewis Architects' schematic design phase for City Hall construction at their Sept. 27 meeting. This phase represents over three months of interviewing City staff on their space and design needs, soliciting public input, and making several presentations to the City Council for feedback during every step of the phase. At the City Council's Sept. 20 meeting, City Finance Director proposed that the Council adopt a new City Hall Construction Fund. Katica cited the need to replace the original Civic Center fund, because that has now been used to buy the Sorenson property. He said the new construction fund will require $260,000 from councilmanic bonds, to supplement less than $5 million borrowed for City Hall.

Club brings fall colors to downtown

   Garden Club

Staff photo by Karen Diefendorf.

   Gladys Hall (left) and Maureen Jewitt were two of the volunteers from the Cottage Gardeners Garden Club of Woodinville who removed the spring and summer flowers from the 22 planter boxes along 175th and replaced them with 350 fall-blooming pansy plants and 650 daffodil bulbs for spring color. Other club members who worked last weekend were: Margie Hakala, Diane Bradley, Kathy Fleming, Margaret Cobb, Jaye Harrington, Linda Pyles, Lynda Tarvin, Jennifer Erwin, Carol Straughan, MacKenzie Straughan, Nannette McGrath, and Cooper McGrath. Contributions from Top Food & Drug, Molbak's, and McLendon Hardware made the new planting possible.

84-year-old Woodinville woman lost, later found

   An 84-year-old woman disappeared from her son's home in east Woodinville on Tuesday, Sept. 21, at 8 a.m. The King County Sheriff's Search and Rescue squad searched the area all evening and night on Sept. 21. She was found in a ditch not far from the home at 3:20 p.m. the next day. Cold, confused, and dehydrated, she was taken by ambulance to Evergreen Hospital. Ruth Anne Gingell had left the house, leaving a note that she was going to visit a friend, but never arrived. She doesn't drive and didn't take her purse or coat, which her son said was unusual. He also said her friend lives in Kenmore. Mrs. Gingell suffers some mental debilitation from a diabetic condition, her son said.

Sobbing con game master nabbed in Kansas

   The woman accused of duping a Redmond couple and many others out of hundreds of dollars with a sob story about getting to her sick daughter's aid in Texas was arrested by Crawford County (Kansas) Sheriff's deputies on Sept. 13. Shirley Sue Ulrich, 49, fled from prosecution after receiving a one-year sentence for second-degree theft in Skagit County. She faces at least 12 other felony charges from con jobs around the Puget Sound area, not to mention those in other western states. Ulrich has used at least 30 aliases and numerous Social Security numbers.

Garfield and Cub Scouts want you


America's favorite cool cat, Garfield, invites fathers and sons to join Cub Scouts. Cub Scouts is having a recruitment "round-up." Call Paul Bryant, NorthLakes District Executive, at 206-725-5200 for more information.

Vendors wanted for holiday show

   Vendors are wanted for the annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Show presented by the Woodinville Farmers' Market, Saturday, Oct. 16, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Only handmade, farm fresh, and home grown products are accepted for the show and market. Vendor space is available for $30 by calling 425-485-1042. The Market is located next to City Hall, 13205 NE 175th in downtown Woodinville. The Market and Holiday Show is free and open to the public.