Topic: Lake Forest Park
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September 11, 2013 at 11:03 AM
The former office manager of the Lake Forest Park Water District pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to wire fraud after she embezzled more than $350,000 from the water district, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
The water district serves about 900 customers in North King County, with an annual budget of about $600,000.
According to the federal indictment, Jackee Bormann-Zweekhorst used a variety of schemes between 2004 and 2011 to embezzle the money. She used the water-district credit card for personal expenses, including college tuition for her child, hot-tub parts and service, boating and automotive equipment, and fishing gear.
She also falsified time cards, billing the water district for more than $100,000 in wages for work she said was done by her three children.
In addition, she put in for about $70,000 in reimbursement for things she either did not buy, or bought for personal use.
The indictment also says she used the water district’s credit card in the excess of $90,000 to pay college tuition and buy hot tub parts, boating and automotive equipment. She also falsified reimbursement on her personal credit card for more than $70,000.
The expenses were approved by a three-member commission, and submitted to King County.
State auditors noticed a whited-out receipt during a routine review, kicking off a larger investigation.
Since then, the entire board of commissioners has been replaced, and one of the members is a designated treasurer.
Bormann-Zweekhorst will be sentenced Dec. 13. Wire fraud is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
January 20, 2013 at 11:39 AM
Police are investigating whether the same man is behind robberies and attempted robberies at Subway restaurants and coffee stands in Shoreline, Bothell and Lake Forest Park.
At about 2:25 p.m. Saturday a man walked up to the drive-through window at BigFoot Java coffee stand, 18115 Bothell Way NE, in Bothell and asked the cashier to hand over her money. She said no, and he ran off with no money, Bothell Police Sgt. Dan Christman said.
The suspect was wearing a hooded sweatshirt and had a bandana covering his nose and mouth. At the time, the cashier believed the robber was armed, Christman said, but police are still investigating whether or not he had a gun.
Earlier in the day, Subway restaurants in Shoreline and Lake Forest Park were also robbed. The masked suspect got away with money in both of those cases.
Police are investigating whether the cases are connected, said King County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Sgt. Cindi West.
December 17, 2012 at 7:12 AM
Are you ready for the wind today? One of the stronger windstorms of the season is blowing out there this morning, and it’s causing power outages in a number of places. The wind isn’t expected to ease until late this afternoon. The good news for skiers and the bad news for drivers is that snow is falling by the feet in the passes. Drive carefully.
Lake Forest Park teen killed in car crash: Eighteen-year-old Austin Scott was in a car going too fast for the icy conditions yesterday on I-90 east of Ellensburg. Four other young people were injured. So young.
Those Seahawk scores: More than 100 points in two games. Whoa! And that Russell Wilson is a keeper, yeah? Marshawn Lynch with 113 yards rushing, too.
Whee! Well, Wii, actually. And it’s no laughing matter that someone drove off with more than 7,000 Wii game consoles from a distribution facility in SeaTac over the weekend and the King County Sheriff’ Office detectives are asking you for help finding the trailers they were in. The thieves used forklifts at the site to load up the trailers and drive off with the game consoles. The trailers are 53 feet long, white and have the name “McKinney” on the side.
People come out of the woodwork when we write about guns. Times columnist Danny Westneat enters the fray in his Sunday column. There are so many things one could ask about gun control, so we’re going to query you on a narrow one. Vote in the poll.
Stories trending this morning on seattletimes.com:
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August 16, 2012 at 9:06 PM
All lanes of Highway 522 in Lake Forest Park have reopened, according to the state Department of Transportation.
A large tree fell across the highway late Wednesday night, blocking all lanes and pulling down several utility poles and their electrical, cable TV and phone lines. Power was knocked out for 7,500 customers in Lake Forest Park and Shoreline.
Highway 522 was closed for Thursday’s morning and evening commutes.
Highway 522 is a major Seattle commuter route around the north end of Lake Washington, carrying about 40,000 vehicles a day.
August 16, 2012 at 3:28 PM
The Associated Press
State transportation officials say Highway 522 at Lake Forest Park will remain closed for the evening commute as crews work to make utility repairs caused by a falling tree.
A large tree fell across the highway late Wednesday night, blocking all lanes and pulling down several utility poles and their electrical, cable TV and phone lines.
Seattle City Light spokesman Peter Clarke says power was knocked out for 7,500 customers in Lake Forest Park and Shoreline. Crews worked all day Thursday as the temperature climbed toward 90, clearing the tree and restoring service.
Highway 522 is a major Seattle commuter route around the north end of Lake Washington. DOT spokesman Bart Treece says it’s used by about 40,000 vehicles a day.
Editor’s note: Earlier, we posted an Associated Press story that indicated the route would be reopened in time for the evening commute. We apologize for any confusion.
August 16, 2012 at 10:26 AM
UPDATED: Seattle City Light spokesman Scott Thomsen said all but about 160 customers in Lake Forest Park and Northeast Shoreline should have power again any minute, but Highway 522 will remain closed until about 3:30 while crews continue to clear low-hanging power and phone lines knocked loose by a tree overnight.
At one point, 7,500 people were without power after 11 p.m. Wednesday, when the outage was first reported. Thomsen said the utility had hoped to be finished with its work so at least one lane of Bothell Way could be open before lunchtime. That was delayed by additional low-hanging lines. The new estimate is that all lanes will be closed until about 3:30 p.m.
February 27, 2012 at 4:14 PM
The manager of a North Seattle Kmart store held a 21-year-old would-be robber on the floor until police arrived Saturday night, even after being shot in the chest with a 9-mm handgun, according to the probable-cause statement outlining the police case against the suspect.
A King County District Court judge found probable cause Monday to hold Matthew Bateman, of Lake Forest Park, for investigation of assault and robbery. His bail was set at $500,000, jail records show.
The store, located at 13200 Aurora Ave. N., had just closed and employees were taking money from the cash registers to a safe in the back of the store when they were confronted by a masked gunman who demanded cash, according to the probable-cause statement.
The store manager scuffled with the suspect and was shot, but held on to the younger man and grabbed the gun during the struggle, the statement says.
A female employee was able to call 911 and leave the store.
Seattle police spokesman Mark Jamieson said Sunday that the suspect entered the Big Kmart store about 15 minutes before the 9 p.m. closing and found a place to hide in the store.
“One employee saw him come in just before closing, and you don’t always observe when they leave the store so the thought was that he remained in the store after closing,” Jamieson said.
The man left his hiding place and went to an office in the back of the store at about 9:07 p.m., where the manager, an assistant manager and clerk were finishing their shifts. The suspect pulled out a handgun and demanded money from the safe.
Bateman, who lives with his parents about four miles east of the Kmart store, is a student at Shoreline Community College, according to the probable-cause statement. He does not appear to have a criminal record.
The victim, a man in his 50s, was critically injured. Monday, he was listed in serious condition in Harborview’s intensive care unit.
January 15, 2012 at 12:06 PM
London Cooper, 5, and Sofia Olsen, 7, sled at Woodland Park Sunday in Seattle (Photo by Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times). View a photo gallery from Sunday’s snowstorm. Send us your snow photos. View photos of pets in the snow.
As snow fell Sunday in most parts of Western Washington, cars spun out and had to be abandoned, roads were closed, and King County buses revised their schedules to adjust to the dicey driving conditions.
At least an inch of snow fell across most of the area, with some places seeing much more than that.
Hardest hit so far appeared to be the Bothell area and Forks, where at least 7 inches of snow had accumulated, said Johnny Burg, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Seattle. ”It’s kind of just haphazard,” he said.
Numerous vehicle collisions were reported in a particularly “slick” stretch of Interstate 405, between 85th and 160th streets, said trooper Julie Startup, a spokeswoman for the State Patrol. No major injuries were reported.
Also, eastbound Interstate 90 had to be closed at 436th Avenue Southeast, or milepost 32, because of spinouts and collisions.
A westbound ramp connecting State Road 522 to southbound Interstate 405 was blocked by a disabled truck, and the northbound I-5 ramps to James and Madison Streets in downtown Seattle had to be closed because of multiple nearby collisions.
As of noon, King County Metro buses began operating on snow routes, and officials warned that service may be delayed because of tricky road conditions. Riders are advised to wait for buses at stops on flat portions of cleared roads or at major transfer points, such as park-and-ride lots and transit centers.
For more information, visit Metro’s Snow & Ice page.
Major mountain passes remained open, but traction tires were advised on Stevens Pass, and they were required for westbound traffic on Snoqualmie Pass. Tire chains were required for eastbound drivers on Snoqualmie Pass, except for the those with all-wheel drive or all-season tires, the Department of Transportation said.
Burg said the snow showers are rotating around what meteorologists call a vorticity maximum. “Off the coast, they’re heading toward Olympia, then they’re turning back up north toward Seattle,” Burg said.
“Places around the water probably see the least amount of snow, then as you go inland the accumulation tends to be more,” he said.
On-again, off-again flurries and heavier snowfall were reported from Lake Forest Park to Queen Anne Hill and Tacoma, and most places in between. Snow showers were expected to continue throughout the day, with up to three inches of additional accumulation predicted in most parts of the region.
The snow was expected to continue through midweek, then turn largely to rain.
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