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A2 WEDNESDAY~ NOVEMBER 4, 2009 THE ISSAQUAH PRESS Honor veterans at VFW ceremony on Nov. ll At 11 a.m. Nov. 11, the VFW Albert Larson Post No. 3436 will hold its annual Veterans Day Service at Veterans Memorial Field, at the monument between City Hall and the Issaquah Valley Senior Center. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved indoors to the Eagle Room at City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way. A short service will honor all of the veterans who have served the United States and kept it safe for all to live in freedom. During the service, the VFW will present 11 new U.S. flags to the city of Issaquah to fly on all city flagpoles and remind residents of the sacri- rices made by those who serve in the armed services. At the conclusion of the service, the Issaquah High School Junior Naval ROTC Honor Guard will fire a 21-gnn salute. Donate to coats, shoes drive Kiwanis Club of Issaquah volun- teers will collect coats and shoes during the annual community drive. Items in children and adult sizes will be collected at seven locations around Issaquah, to ben- efit the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank. Bring new or used coats and shoes to the following businesses during November: The Issaquah Press, 45 Front St. S. pUS Bank, 1295 N.W. Gilman Blvd. Watts Properties, 195 Front St. S. ,Foot Zone, 755 N.W. Gilman Blvd. ,KeyBank, 405 N.W. Gilman Blvd. REI, 735 N.W. Gilman Blvd. *Starbucks, 1460 N.W. Gilman Blvd. By Warren Kaga~se Issaquah Press reporter A former Medina police officer and Issaquah resident was the charges against her "go caters and asked for the charges away, court documents state. He to be dismissed. then gave her his business card In the meantime, Ramirez and with the number for his mobile the woman continued to phone jotted on the back. exchange text messages and charged with official misconduct Ramirez told the woman he phone calls. He said he wanted after authorities said he forced a would like to see her again, and to see her again, though she did woman he had ticketed to have the pair exchanged text messages not think another meeting sex with him. and a phone call the next day. would be a good idea, court Ismael Ramirez, 30, was He later sent e-mails to documents state. Between Nov. charged with official misconduct Kirkland city prosecutors asking 24, 2008, and Feb. 22, the pair and second-degree extortion Oct. for the case to be dismissed due exchanged 10 phone calls and 38 28. Ramirez will be arraigned Nov. to a lack of evidence and the text messages, authorities said. 12 in King County Superior Court. Medina Police Department evi- Charges against the woman The charges stem from a dence custodian to say the sus- were dropped Feb. 9 after prose- November 2008 incident, inpected marijuana did not need to caters discovered the e-mails which authorities said Ramirez be tested, court documents state, from Ramirez. The officer said asked a woman on a date and Ramirez and the woman met he did not send the evidence to took her to his Issaquah Dec. 5 at Joker Pub & Grill, 5614 the Washington State Patrol Highlands residence several days E. Lake Sammamish Parkway Crime Laboratory, because there after he cited her during a state S.E. and then went to his high- was not enough of the suspected lands residence, court docu- marijuana to test. ments state. The officer had told Issaquah police obtained the her he would provide her with a suspected marijuana as part of letter to take to court as part of the investigation. Investigators her defense. She expected to said the substance tested positive Route 520 traffic stop. Medina Police Chief Jeff Chen said Ramirez resigned from the force Oct. 17. Ram'lrez could not be reached for comment. The woman said Ramirez stopped her Nov. 23, 2008. He handcuffed her and put her in the back of his patrol car. He then searched her vehicle and discovered a small bag of what he suspected was marijuana. When he completed the search, he returned to his patrol car. Inside the vehicle, the woman attempted to convince Ramirez not to cite her, court documents state. When she realized the offi- cer was interested in her, she flirted with Ramirez, and he reciprocated. "There was sexual banter between the two of them," court documents state. "He told her she was 'an incredibly sexy woman.'" RamireZ cited her for driving with a suspended license and possession of a small amount of marijuana, and then released her. He told her he could make receive the letter the night she met Ramirez, but did not, the documents continue. She told investigators how Ramirez had sex with her despite her objec- tion, court documents state. The woman told investigators she did not want to have sex with Ramirez, but "acquiesced because she thought she had a lot to lose," the documents said. On Dec. 9, 2008, when the woman appeared in Kirkland Municipal Court, she spoke with the prosecutor, who knew nothing about Ramirez asking for the charges to be dismissed. The prosecutor told her to get a lawyer, according to court documents. The women then called Ramirez and said he "did not fol- low through with his end of the bargain," court documents state. He assured her the charges would be dismissed. A week later, Ramirez contacted prose- as marijuana. The incident came to the atten- tion of authorities in March dur- ing another sexual assault inves- tigation. The woman told police her boyfriend had assaulted her. A King County Sheriff's Office detective overheard the boyfriend say on the phone how the victim "didn't report the cop for raping her," according to the search warrant for Ramirez's mobile phone records. When the detective asked the woman about the earlier inci- dent, she recounted the traffic stop and the date with Ramirez. The detective then handed the case off to the Issaquah Police Department, because the woman said the incident occurred in the highlands. Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment at www. issaquahpress, com. Weather causes phone problems at district schools Due to stormy weather, tele- phone lines were out at Challenger and Briarwood elementary schools and Liberty High School Oct. 26 and Oct. 27. But the prob- lems were fixed by Oct. 28. Challenger's telephone lines went out at about 8 a.m. Oct. 26, and Liberty's and Briarwood's sometime before that, said Lissy Mandel, a spokeswoman for the district. Maywood Middle School's phone lines were also out of serv- ice from 8:45-11:05 a.m. Oct. 27. Simple tips for elegant holiday hosting Don't let the stress of hosting a holiday party overwhelm you -- it's easier than you think to plan an elegant celebration sure to impress friends, family and coworkers. Try the following tips to host a fabulous party this holiday season with minimal time, money and effort: Choose delighoeul, easy-to-prepare dishes Every party organizer knows how difficult it is to be involved in the party when the food preparation becomes the main focus. Instead of slaving over the stove with full course meals or complicated recipes, try serving a variety of simple yet sophisticated pre-made appetizers and desserts. Shop locally at grocery and specialty stores, or call a caterer for bite-sized appetizers and desserts to help elevate any entertaining occasion with ease and convenience. They are simple to serve so you can focus on other "wow" details. Imagine guests arriving at your holiday party with the smell of Petite Quiche wafting throughout the house, or satisfying their taste buds with favorite appetizers like cheese souffld, seafood crab cakes or dell spirals - all while you are enjoying the company of your guests rather than being buried in the kitchen preparing to serve them. Personal touches make guests feel welcome Personalize the party for your guests. Adding small personal touches to the party takes some prep time, but it is an easy way to make guests feel warm and welcome in your home. Make mental notes about little personal details for each of your guests, and sprinkle these throughout the evening. For example, greet a friend with, "I'm so glad you're here, I lit those cinnamon candles you love." Also, create one or two signature drinks of the evening and personalize them with a special name, such as "Tracey's Taste of Tuscany" or "Party's Peppermint Twist." With custom cocktails, you'll be creating a fun environment for guests and can even consider skipping the mess, hassle and expense of a full bar. Courte~ of ARAcontent Plan a holiday event for the history books! ISSAQUAH HISTORY MUSEUMS Host your party at the Depot Museum 50 Rainier Boulevard N Issaquah, WA 425-392-3500 www.issaquahhistory.org Holily ei -t- show 5th - 7th 10am-7pm ] 10am-7pm ] 10am-5pm) FREE ADMISSION We welcome Visa & Mastercard Join us in a festive 1800's barn filled with thousands of handcrafted Thanksgiving, Christmas & year-round decor made by over 80 of the Northwest finest crafters and artisans. Plus home and garden decor personal accessories, gourmet foods and country treasures for you gift giving fun. i 4- ax year-raxld v siCe e.co'ttr/e.reo- 'ianOloga c0m Searching the perfect gift? make your holiday party HOT! Thanks for your votesl Voted Best of ~umquah Voted Best of City Search Voted But of Western Washington 2009 Look no further Issaquah's favorite gift and home decor destination since 1983! 1520 NW Gilman Bird Issaquah (425) 392-5151 By Warren Kagarise chose which stores to close based Issaquah Press reporter on the proximity to other Blockbuster locations. The chain Make it a Blockbuster night -- hopes to steer Issaquah customers but hurry: The Issaquah outpost of to a Klahanie store. Hargrove said the movie-rental giant will close in customers would be offered incen- early January. A Blockbuster spokesman said the Northwest Gilman Boulevard store would close by Jan. 10. A banner outside the outlet announced the impending closure. Blockbuster executives announced a plan in September tives, such as discounted movie rentals, to encourage them to make the switch. The spokesman touted offerings such as Blockbuster on Demand, which allow users to download flicks to computers or certain home theater systems. under which the chain could close "We are taking efforts to let them as many as 960 stores by the end of know how they can continue to 2010. Randy Hargrove, a enjoy entertainment from spokesman at Blockbuster corpo- Blockbuster," Hargrove said. rate headquarters in Dallas, said the company would close the Issaquah store as part of the strategy. We re closing a handful of our 7,100 stores," Hargrove said. Though Hargrove could not pro- vide specific figures for the Issaquah store, he said Blockbuster locations typically employ about seven workers. Hargrove said Blockbuster would work with interested employees to place them elsewhere in the chain. Hargrove said the company Blockbuster has struggled as other services, such as Netflix and Redbox, sprouted and siphoned business. Customers also became accustomed to competing services, such as DVDs delivered through the mail and movies streamed over broadband connections. Hargrove said the company looked forward to a strong fourth quarter, when summer block- busters "Star Trek" and "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" are released on DVD. Issaquah salon owner faces jail for jecting phony Issaquah resident Xin "Faith" He is guilty of injecting customers with counterfeit cosmetic products at her Bellevue salon, a federal judge ruled Oct. 30. He was found guilty in U.S. District Court in Seattle of a single searched in April. But the Food and Drug Administration has not approved Chinese-made products similar to Botox and Restylane. He, a licensed esthetician and mani- curist, was not authorized to pre- scribe or administer Botox and cohmt of misbranding of a drug and Restylane. But authorities said she twb counts of receipt and delivery of injected clients as early as 2004. an adulterated device. Authorities said He, 46, illegally injected cus- tomers with phony Botox, a pre- scription wrinkle remover, and pre- scription cosmetic filler Restylane. He could face up to the three years behind bars and a $10,000 fine when she is sentenced Dec. 18. Authorities arrested the salon In July 2006, state health officials sent a cease-and-desist order to He asking her to stop performing med- ical procedures, but she continued to administer the treatments. Last April, He injected a Bothell woman with counterfeit Restylane, authorities said. Authorities said He injected the woman with a sub- proprietor Aug. 24. Officials said stance she identified as Restylane He had injected patients with the into the customer's cheeks, fore- counterfeit cosmetics since head and chin. November 2004. After the injection, the woman Agents discovered vials labeled suffered inflammation and scar- with Chinese characters when He's ring, and turned to a cosmetic sur- Bellevue salon, Natural Beauty, wasgeon for treatment. Senior center seeks new leader Issaquah Valley Senior Center leaders will pick a new executive director in the next several weeks. The most recent executive direc- tor, Jan Koriath, stepped down Oct. 29 to take a position at a Nevada retirement center. Carmen Llewellyn, vice presi- dent of the 11-member senior cen- ter board, said the center received more than a dozen applications for the director post. Llewellyn said board members would begin inter- viewing qualified candidates with- in the next few weeks. She described the ideal candidate as someone with good people skills and, hopefully, experience working with seniors. Board members have not deter- mined when the next director will be hired. In the meantime, the center's two office employees will oversee day-to-day operations. The center, in downtown Issaquah near City Hall, has about 700 paid members, Llewellyn said. Offerings from the center include fitness activities; health, nutrition and financial planningworkshops; and outreach to homebound seniors. Llewellyn lamented the departure of Koriath, who will serve as a recre- ation director at a Nevada retirement center in Spanish Springs, northeast ofReno. Koriath served as director of the Issaquah center for three years., "We wanted her to stay forever, Llewellyn said. The Issaquah Press goes around the world... to Italy! Staci Herriman reads The Issaquah Press high above the Tyrrhenian Sea on the island of Capri. THE ISSAQUAH PRESS Great reading wherever you go! Subscriptions only $30 year - 392-6434