Posts Tagged ‘Black Diamond Police Department’

Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, March 25, 1998

By Cecilia Nguyen

Officer Jamey Meador was introduced during the March 19 council sessions as the newest member of the Black Diamond Police Department.

Meador is the city’s first full-time female officer. “The goal of our department is to represent the community,” said Rick Luther, police chief.

Officer Meador graduated from Western Washington University with a criminal justice degree and went on to graduate at the top 15% at the police academy. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, February 25, 2015

By Kathleen Kear

Towards the end of 2014 concerns ran high as to whether the Black Diamond Gym would stay opened or close, however, continued negotiations between the city and Black Diamond Community Center led to a resolution that has put a smile on everyone’s face once again. (more…)

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Originally published in the South County Journal, February 20, 1998

By Mike Archbold
Journal Reporter

Ted Strand, co-owner of Lake Sawyer Grocery, talks with Black Diamond police officer Kevin Esping about traffic along 216th Avenue Southeast. (Marcus R. Donner/Journal)

BLACK DIAMOND — There is a new presence around Lake Sawyer that has most residents cheering while at the same time watching their speedometers.

With the Jan. 1 annexation of the Lake Sawyer community to Black Diamond, the city’s police are now patrolling the area.

In January, police wrote 42 traffic tickets in the Lake Sawyer area, about the same number as they wrote in the rest of the city during the same time period.

“They have made their presence very well known,” said Ted Strand, one of the owners of the Lake Sawyer Grocery, the only store in the area. “You see them all the time. They will show up when I’m closing. In the morning, I open about 4:30 or 5, and there is an officer in the driveway keeping an eye on things.” (more…)

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Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, February 18, 1988

It’s a dark, rainy night. The fire call goes out to the volunteer force of the Black Diamond Fire Department to respond to a call on Pacific Street. Halfway down the street the young volunteers realize they’re on Pacific Place.

Humorous, not quite. But fairly accurate.

It was brought to the city council’s attention last Thursday that the roads of Black Diamond are confusing to the out-of-town driver and sometimes the fire department. (more…)

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Originally published in the South County Journal, February 12, 1997

By Mike Archbold
Journal Reporter

BLACK DIAMOND — The proposed annexation of Lake Sawyer to Black Diamond has no fatal financial flaw and may even provide a property tax cut for lake residents and a beginning budget surplus for the city, a study concludes.

Annexing the fourth largest lake in King County, more than 500 acres of mostly suburban residences and 1,450 more people, however, couldn’t be done without some consequences for both the city and people of Lake Sawyer. (more…)

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Originally published in the Maple Valley Reporter, January 22, 2010

State auditor still looking at attorney billing allegations

By Dennis Box

A new administration has taken over, but, the issues that have plagued Black Diamond during the past few months are far from over.

Leonard Smith, the former city administrator who was terminated Dec. 8, has filed a claim against the city seeking severance pay. Because the 62-year-old Smith was fired for cause, he was not given severance compensation. (more…)

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Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, January 17, 1990

The heavy runoff exposed gas and water lines (Photo by Doug Williams).

Black Diamond City Hall was flooded with calls Tuesday.

Road crews and volunteer firemen spent nine hours on Tuesday directing traffic at the corner of Highway 169 and Roberts Drive were a culvert backed up and sent water racing down Lawson Hill and across the highway.

The rush, about a foot deep, knocked down a road sign, and exposed a four-inch gas main and a four-inch water main. (more…)

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