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Wind storm shuts down parts of Woodinville and Duvall

  • Written by Julie Boselly, Publisher

Many businesses and residents were without power last Saturday night and into Sunday evening (press time) after a high-wind rain storm passed through the area Saturday. Gusts over 50 m.p.h. were reported on the SR520 bridge, according to Washington State Department of Transportation. The bridge was closed for safety.

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Master pumpkin sculptor

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Pumpkin

Professional pumpkin sculptor Russ Leno visited Goose Ridge Winery’s Woodinville tasting room on Oct. 19 and spent the day transforming a 525-pound pumpkin into a sculpture with geese, grapes and wine. The Bothell High School football team helped move the giant pumpkin into position on the tasting room’s patio, where Goose Ridge guests could watch Leno as he carved the pumpkin. Molbak’s Garden + Home also had Leno carve an 800-pound gourd sculpted into the shape of a witch on a broomstick. Molbaks’ pumpkin will be on display for as long as it stays fresh.

City Council talks budget and property taxes

  • Written by Briana Gerdeman

If you want a say in how much property tax you’ll pay next year, you might want to attend the next City Council meeting on Nov. 4. That’s when the Council will continue a public hearing started last week about the 2015-2016 biennial budget.

The Council will have to pass several ordinances and resolutions related to the budget: one about employee positions and salaries, one levying 2015 property taxes, one adopting the 2015/2016 budget, one modifying the 2013/2014 budget and one establishing fees for 2015.

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Woodinville bicyclist reports harassment by police

  • Written by Briana Gerdeman

The King County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a Woodinville man’s claims that police harassed him by handcuffing him when he was pulled over for riding his bike without a helmet. The bicyclist, Michael Hayes, described the experience as “degrading,” “unjust” and “humiliating.”

Michael Hayes said he was riding his bike home from work on Friday, Oct. 17 around 10:30 p.m. He was in the bike lane on 175th Street when an officer from the King County Sheriff’s Office flashed his lights and motioned for him to pull over. The officer asked why Hayes wasn’t wearing a helmet and asked for Hayes’ ID, Hayes recalled. Hayes responded that he wasn’t aware of a helmet law and gave the officer his ID.

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Burglaries and larcenies up in Woodinville

  • Written by Briana Gerdeman

When it comes to crime in Woodinville, there’s good news and bad news.

“So here’s our good news: our violent crime is down in the city,” Woodinville Police Chief Sydney Jackson told the City Council last week in a report on crime this year. “Rape, robbery, homicide, aggravated assault.”

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