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The Beat teen page debuts , See Page (;6 Bake's plans Friday variety show See Page B6 LOCALLY OWNED SINCE 1-900 75 CENTS WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 23 2009 * VOL. 110, l'i Police recover stolen mail after chase J.B. Wogan Issaquah Press reporter About a day after a high-speed police chase led to the recovery of a carload of missing mail, Sammamish Police Sgt. Robert Baxter had already fielded about 50 phone calls from people hoping theirs had been found. Most got bad news. "If we haven't contacted you, we don't have your mail," he said. Sammamish police were part of a high-speed chase Dec. 15 that began in Sammamish, wove through Issaquah and ended off the High Point exit of Interstate 90 in Preston. The arrest of two Snoqualmie Valley-area women and the ensuing investigation turned up a large amount of what police say is stolen mail from Sammamish, Issaquah, Redmond and Snoqualmie in the car. Baxter explained tliat police are taking the initiative in communi- cating with residents whose mail they have. "We're hoping that they can tell us ff there might be other things that they might be missing," he added. Police say they also found evi- dence linking the suspects to vehi- cle break-ins in Bellevue and auto thefts in North Bend and Sammamish. The Dec. 15 chase began at about 5 a.m., when a patrolling officer saw a gray Chrysler New Yorker driving near the intersec- tion of Issaquah-Beaver Lake Road Southeast and Duthie Hill Road and ran a database check on the license plate. King County dis- patchers said the license plate expired in 2008, yet the plate said 2010. Thinking the discrepancy might imply stolen license plate tabs, the officer followed the car to Issaquah near the Front Street exit and turned on his emergency lights to stop the car. The driver then turned onto 1-90 heading east- bound, getting off at the High Point exit and crashing the car in an embankment. The Sammamish officer man- aged to apprehend the driver on his own, but when the passenger took off on foot, officers from the Washington State Patrol and the King County Sheriff's Office came in to help. A police tracking dog See MAIL, Page A5 Developer: Par] Pointe could bre ground in 201 By Warren Kagarise Issaquah Press reporter The developer behind Park Pointe said ground could be bro- ken for the embattled Tiger Mountain residential project as early as a year after it emerges from Chapter 11 bankruptcy hear- ings. But city officials, accustomed to long delays related to Park Pointe, described the timeline as ambitious. Wellington Park Pointe LLC Vice President Ron Slater said the com- pany would be ready to break ground on the Tiger Mountain sub- division 12 to 18 months after emerging from Chapter 11. Slater spoke during a Dec. 8 hearing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Seattle. He described the chal- lenges Park Pointe has faced since the project was proposed in the mid-1990s -- everything from con- cerns about traffic to a zoning switch at the development site. The initial meeting between Slater and a trustee assigned to the case provided a glimpse of the project timeline. Slater said the project could be ready ground in 2011. Despite the develop] nario described by Slate cials said the process to break ground on Park eointe could stretch up to three years. "There are all of these steps before you turn a shovel of dirt," city Major Development Review Team Manager Keith Niven said. First, Wellington needs to com- plete the journey through bank- ruptcy. If the company still owns the Park Pointe parcel, a develop- ment agreement between the landowner and the city could take up to two years to draft. The per- mitting process could consume another year, and the time before city officials issued a grading per- mit to allow crews to clear trees and move earth could add another three months. "Optimally, you can do a devel- opment aeement in a year, but we haven t seen anyone do it in under two," Niven said. See PARK POINTE, Page A8 0o m-- mm9 oz Searchers scoured fields, fo]r, ests for missing bo]00 By Warren Kagarise Issaquah Press reporter Only memories and frayed newspaper clippings remain from the fruitless search for David Adams. Ask any longtime Issaquah resi- dent about the mystery, and talk turns to the May 1968 search for the missing 8-year-old boy. Many old-timers scoured fields and forests in the frenzied days after David vanished. The search drew people in the hundreds -- perhaps even 1,000 searchers -- to Issaquah, just a flyspeck on maps back then. Volunteers swarmed Tiger Mountain in the days after David disappeared, but the first searchers were bound together by faith, community and the desire to find the lost boy. The first teams included mem- bers of the local Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where LOST Part 2: Searcll A three-part series about the 1968 disappearance of David Adams. the Adamses worshipped. The call night. By the next morning, the King County Sheriff s Office arrived, and the case caught the attention of Seattle news organiza- tions. Searchers said the effort repre- sented the best qualities in humanity. But no trace of David was ever discovered. Don Cronk organized the volun- teer search effort. From head- quarters at the Adams house, he plotted a search grid and sent search teams into the thick forest. Cronk and other tireless searchers imagined David lost on the mountain, ?out there some- where, weaker and colder" as time passe& "We were just going for 24 hours a day," Cronk said. "I don't think I slept for a day or two." Eileen Erickson heard about the for help rippled through the con- gregation hours after David failed to return home. Searchers combed the mountain through the case the Sunday after David disap- peared. A call for volunteers came during a church service in Magnolia, the Seattle neighbor- hood where the Ericksons wor- shipped with the local Mormon congregation. Issaquah claimed about 4,000 residents then. Seattleites viewed the outer suburb, beyond Lake Washington and nestled in the Cascade foothills, as rugged and wild. "Enough people knew Issaquah well enough that we thought of Issaquah as the end of the world," Erickson said. Kevin Bryce was the last known person to see David. Bryce, then a 6-year-old neighbor, played with David in the hours before the May 3, 1968, disappearance. When David headed home for dinner, he walked with Bryce to a bridge across 15 Mile Creek, and then set off down a trail toward home. Bryce was confused hours later when he heard David had never returned. "It's so easy to get there," Bryce recalled. 'I don't know how he could have not made it home." 'The world was a lot safer place' David and Bryce parted ways at about 5 p.m. near a shortcut from modern-day 241st Place Southeast to the next street, where the Adamses had moved from Eastgate less than two weeks before. David planned .to take a shortcut worn by neighborhood children. Bryce, now 48, See LOST, Page A6 Help provide emergency aid :o those in need It's life's unexpected bumps that often cause people to seek emer- gency financial aid. They hate to ask, they are humbled, but they're at the end of their rope. Take the teacher whose wife was injured and unable to work. The couple and their two sons quickly ran through their savings, in spite of his steady income. Thanks to donors to Merry Christmas Issaquah, they were able to get assistance through Issaquah Church and Community Services, who made a payment to the city on the family's overdue water bill. Nurses aren't supposed to get sick, but this unemployed nurse did. Her unemployment benefits ran out, and she needed a little help to get her going again. Relief with a portion of her rent one month was all she needed. The compassion of an ICCS volunteer was a little extra she hadn't counted on. Ordinary people -- those are the ones ICCS helps most, says Marilyn 10 DATE: $26,962 2009 GOAl: $50,000 Taylor, president of the 501c3 non- profit. But none of the work provid- ed by volunteers would be possible without the generous donations to Merry Christmas Issaquah, she said. Since 1981, local people and busi- nesses have sent donations to Merry Christmas Issaquah. Since 1981, more than $600,000 has been donated. There is no such thing as too many donations, Taylor said. Last year, there was a record $57,000 donated, yet the need increased 50 percent. Assistance with rent, utili- ties, prescriptions and other needs was provided in smaller amounts to make the dollars stretch. Taylor doesn't expect the need to be any less in 2010, but hopes it won't be greater. You, too, can help. Send dona- tions to Merry Christmas Issaquah, c/o The Issaquah Press, P.O. Box 1328, Issaquah, WA 98027. Names of donors (but not amounts) will be published in the newspaper unless anonymity is requested. PHOTOS BY GREO FARRAR THE  DICKENS/DECA CAROLERS i , ' t Students in Issaquah High School DECA donated a program of Christmas caroling Dec. 17 to residents of Timber Ridge at Talus, by fundraising $300 from the student store and candy bar sales to hire the Dickens Carolers to perform. GAS GAUGE R1 IN GAIN YOU SHOULD KNOW INSIDE THE PRESS !!!tl[!l!!l[llll00 A&E ........ B6 Oasseds...C4-5 Community ...B1 Obituaries .... B3 Opinion ...... A4 Police & Fire .. C5 The Beat ..... C6 Sports ..... C1-3 City, county, state and federal offices and banks will close Friday, Dec. 25, in observance of Christmas. Post offices will close and mail will not be delivered. State driver's license offices also will be closed. Metro Transit will operate on a Sunday schedule. The week er Christmas, some Metro service will operate on a reduced weekday schedule, and some routes are canceled. Call 206-553-3000 or go to metro.kingcounty.gov. Last Week's Rainfall: (through Monday) 2.34 inches Total for 2009: 58.44 inches Total last year: (through Dec. 21) 54.89 inches B LOCAL PRICI * , $2.74 - Costco $2.75 - Arco 1403 N.W. Sammamish HIGHEST LOCAL PRICE * $2.85 - 76 To report gas prices d in our area, go to 6420 Issaquah-Fall City ,,_. wm.seaaspnees.cora.