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Meet See Page B12 Liberty, issaquah finish in top 10 at state cross country meet * Sports, Page B6 WWW. IS SAQUAHPRE S S COM Swedish/issaquah welcomes first baby born at hospital , Communiff, Page B1 are r ome winter t e Page Bll C) o LOCALLY OWNED SINCE 1900 * 75 CENTS FBI arrests bank heist suspect By Warren Kagarise Issaquah Press reporter FBI agents arrested the sus- pect in the Oct. 28 robbery of a local KeyBank branch, a former Snoqualmie resident connected m other thefts in the area. Investigators arrested Christopher isaac Titian, 19, Nov. 2 at a motel in Everett, less than a week after the Issaquah robbery. Investigators located the sus- pect after a Snoqualmie pohce officer, Nigel Draveling, recog- nized the man from surveillance images captured at the bank. Police publicized the images in the hours after the incident. Issaquah police responded ro a robbery at KeyBank, 405 N.W. Gilman Blvd., just after 2 p.m. Oct. 28. Investigators said a man approached a bank employee, handed the employee a demand note and said, "Just read it and do what it says. Don't push the alarm " The employee handed the man cash, and the suspect then fled the bank, carrying the loot. Issaquah officers searched the area near the bank, but did not locate the man. Titian faces a first-degree robbery charge in King County Superior Court and is being held in lieu of $200,000 bond at the King County Jail. Investigators said Titian par- ticipated in a January burglary at Mount Si High School in ' Snoquahnie. The incident led to convictions for second-degree burglary and second-degree attempted trafficking. In another incident, Snoqualmie police arrested Titian in 2007 for third-degree theft. Warren Kagarhe: 392-6434, ext. 234. or wkagarise@isspress.com. SnoValleg Star Editor Dan Catchpole contributed to this report. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com. Quarry is considered for homes, businesses By Warren Kagarise Issaquah Press reporter The hillside quarry below the Issaquah Highlands, plus land adjacent to the highlands, could someday transform into busi- nesses and homes, if the city and landowner approve a long- term agreement to redevelop the site. The landowner and quarry operator, Lakeside Industries Inc., proposed a development agreement for the 80-acre site. The site a quarry, a hillside and land on the plateau adja- cent to the highlands is zoned for mineral resources. The agreement under consider- ation could change the zoning to urban village the same zoning for the highlands and Talus. "We envision redevelopment that follows the patterns we are seeing in the highlands," Lakeside Industries CEO Tim See QUARRY; Page A6 WEDNESDAY~ COMMEMORATING VETERANS DAY BY GREG FARRAR Roy Inui (left) and his wife of 63 years, Be~e, hold his Congressional Gold Medal in their Timber RJd~ at~lus home. Veteran receives Congressional Gold Medal, highest civilian honor in nation Issaquah Press reporter ecades after the governmen sent Japanese-American citizens to internment camps, Japanese-American World War II veterans received the Congressional Gold Medal -- the highest civilian honor in the United States. Congress recognized the World War II veterans Nov. 3, almost 70 years after the attack on Pearl internment centers. Harbor. The honorees included "As far as I was concerned, I was Issaquah resident Roy Inui, 89, a determined to serve in the Pacific," soldier in the Military. Intelligence Inui said. "Most of us Japanese- Service during the conflict. Americans were considered sus- Inui and wife Bette traveled pect and not loyal to the U.S. we cross-country to attend the high- might spy or help the Japanese profile medal ceremony at the U.S. military. [ thought that the best Capitol. way to prove my loyalty was to go In the months after the into service against my ancestors." December 1941 attack on Pearl In early 1942, officials ordered Harbor, officials declared Inui's parents and sister to report Japanese-American men as aliens from home in Seattle to the assem- ineligible for the draft and ordered bly center at the Puyallup Japanese-American citizens to Fairgrounds and then on to Minidoka War Relocation Center in Idaho. Inui, then a college student, did not get sent to a government-run internment center and joined the Army in 1944, as battles raged in the Pacific and Allied troops marched across Europe. "I felt that I had a job to do and i was going to do it and, hopefully, See MEDAL, Page A3 Veterans S(~ITIC(~ By David Hayes 3436 Veterans Day Service, now Reserve Officers Training Corps lssaquah Press reporter enters its fifth year. In a nod to the unit and a presentation by its color unpredictable weather, Waggoner, guard. The guest speaker is City Dave Waggoner is tireless in his himself a veteran of the Vietnam Councilman Fred Butler, who is efforts to ensure both today's mili- War, has scheduled the event also a veteran. tary members are honored and indoors again, this time at the A cornerstone of eachyear's cer- yesterday's heroes are not forgot- Issaquah Valley Senior Center. emony is the presentation of 10 ten. This year's 45-minute event will His cornerstone event, The feature a 21-gun salute by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. Issaquah High School Naval Junior See SI:RVICE, Page A2 NOVEMBER 9, 2011 9,, NO, 45 By Warren Kagarise Issaquah Press reporter Bob Brock is not a household name an-Issaquah, but projects the former Public Works Engineering director oversaw reshaped the landscape -- bridges across Issaquah Creek designed to ease flooding and through annexations and a home- building boom. Controversy also defined the area, as activists, leaders and residents debated the Southeast Bypass, a proposed road along Tiger Mountain designed to reduce downtown traffic headaches. Brock led 30 or so Public Works Engineering Department road projects meant to alleviate employees from a corner office in traffic congestion. City Hall Northwest. The space Brock, 64, retired as the top overlooks a recent city project, a engineering official in the city pedestrian connector across Nov. 4 after a lifetime spent in interstate 90 at state Route 900. public works roles in California, In addition to the landmarks, Wyoming and, for the past dozen Mayor Ava Frisinger said the years, in Issaquah. legacy Brock left at Public Works "I'm more of a behind-the- Engineering is "a department scenes kind of guy. It's never been that is well-integrated and works my forte to be up there in a suit well with the other departments, and tie and everything and being and one that has considerable in the foreground," he said in pre- strengths in being able to explain retirement interview. "I personal- in a really clear manner what the ly like to let my very capable staff recommendations are and why get the exposure, No. 1; and the they are." experience to share. It's them that makes me successful." Grace under pressure Since joining the city staff in In 1999, as city leaders searched May 1999, Brock supervised road and other infrastructure projects as the city added 19;000 residents See RETIRE, Page A6 Crash 'miracle' protects local motorist amid thtal collision By Warren Kagarise Issaquah Press reporter Traffic stopped on eastbound Interstate 90 late last month as emergency responders raced to a deadly accident and a miracle. Longtime Issaquah resident Lily Skelton, sister Priscilla Schenkel, a Renton resident, and friends Kate Cochran and Lisa Malmin, survived the fatal crash Oct. 17. as motorists in another mangled vehicle died at the scene. "It was a miracle," Skelton said days after escaping from a crum- pled car lodged between tractor- trailers. Cochran and Malmin traveled to Washington from Arizona for Schenkel's birthday. Leavenworth made for a perfect Snoqualmie Pass. Near Hyak, Skelton deactivated the cruise control and slowed amid the con- struction zone. "It was a beautiful day and everybody was driving calmly," Skelton said. Signs about the Snoqualmie Pass East construction project lined the roadside. Soon, traffic stopped and Skelton, a cautious driver, left about a car length between the Buick and a tractor- trailer up ahead. Behind the car, another tractor-trailer sat idle.. "We're commg down Hyak and they're like, 'Oh my gosh, this is so beautiful!' the lake, the mountains, the colors -- and then, kaboom," Skelton said. Washington State Patrol inves- tigators said a tractor-trailer and a Jeep Cherokee collided behind trip to glimpse autumn foliage ~ the Buick. The impact pushed the and mountain splendor after ~rlg behind the Buick into the car. days spent sightseeingin The sedan surged ahead into the Issaquah and Seattle. other tractor-trailer. In the backseat, Cochran and Malmin snapped photos as Skelton's Buick LeSabre crossed See MIRACLE, Page A7 Tractor-trailers smashed the Buick LeSabre carrying Lily Skeiton, her sister and friends Oct. 17 near Hyak. CONTRIBUTED Issaquah resident QUOTABLE SALMON COUNT RAIN GAIN INSIDE THE PRESS II ~~/~ .noothrohov7175on ll''''''r'h't'" A&E B12 Opinion A4 LastWeek's Rainfall: li li.,i i, I eggs, 2,800 trapped, 720 spawned and in the beginning.All of a sudden he just caught ............ (through Nov. 7) i i [ 1,014 allowed upstream Classifieds ... BIO Police blotter . B5 .40 inches , on ... It was a pleasure to see him go from fearing Community B1 Schools B9 Total for November: ~" ] Coho: 730,000 eggs, 2,500 trapped, I 626 spawned and 342 allowed upstream reading to really enjoying it" ......... - Betty Gering .40 inches ! I Sockeye: " Pink: Obituaries .... B3 Sports ...... B6-8 Total for 2011: 7 allowed upstream t allowed upstream ReadingBtgldy at Briarwood ElementarySehool, entering 50.89 inches L her 15th year of volunteering. (See story page B9.)