Northwest NEWS

January 3, 2000

Local News

Police Beat

Woodinville

   Dec. 15: A 37-year-old Redmond woman is suspected of forging prescriptions, using the name of a Woodinville woman. The suspect was hired to clean the victim's house on Dec. 9. The suspect allegedly used the victim's name in making calls to two dentists, on Dec. 9 and Dec. 10, complaining of a terrible toothache and asking both for an immediate appointment. When told by both dentists' offices that they couldn't fit her in for several days, she asked for a prescription for the pain-killer Vicodin. The victim was alerted when her dentist called her to ask her how she was coping with her pain. She got a call from the other dentist on Dec. 14, to tell her they would have to postpone the appointment (that she hadn't made). One of the pharmacists at Kingsgate Bartell Drugs told Woodinville police officer Christy Marsalisi they had not asked the suspect for ID because she paid cash. The suspect allegedly netted 30 total Vicodin from both prescriptions. At press time, no arrest had been made.

   Dec. 20: The 33-year-old manager of a Woodinville exercise equipment supplier was assaulted by a 21-year-old employee when he told the suspect not to talk to customers during deliveries. The suspect, a practicing kick-boxer, became angry, punched the victim on the left cheek, and kicked him in the chest. He backed off when the manager pulled out a box knife, and was restrained by two co-workers until police arrived. The manager said the suspect had previously given customers false information, and as a helper, he was supposed to leave the talking to the lead delivery person. The victim said he will assist with prosecution.