January 31, 2000
Jan. 26: A 55-year-old Bothell High School special education teacher was arrested for felony drug possession and intent to deliver drugs. Following a citizen tip, detectives from the Eastside Narcotics Task Force smelled cannabis from outside the suspect's Bothell house, kicked open the front door, and were searching his home when he arrived from work. They found 18 mature plants and a sophisticated hydroponic growing system in a bedroom of the home. The suspect, a 28-year Northshore School District veteran and Bothell High teacher since 1982, was placed on paid administrative leave.
Jan. 29: Jana Bartell, the 52-year-old Duvall woman featured in the Jan. 3 issues of the Valley View and Woodinville Weekly for having 134 animals living in deplorable conditions, has been classified as an "animal hoarder" by King County Animal Control, according to that office's Vicki Schmitz. Neighbors have made numerous complaints to Animal Control for years, but nothing was done until last month, when they removed many of the animals and euthanized three dogs who were almost dead from neglect. Schmitz said her office would turn over their investigation results to the King County Prosecutor's office on Monday, after press time. Bartell could be charged with animal neglect and cruelty, punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.