Renton man charged with rape; faces life in prison if convicted

A 41-year-old convicted sex offender living in Renton would face life in prison if he's convicted of any of three rape charges that have been filed against him, according to the King County Prosecutor's Office. Kenneth Demone Sims, who lives in an apartment complex in the 200 block of Lind Avenue Southwest not far from where the rapes occurred, would face life in prison under the state's "Two Strike" law for sex offenders.

$1 million bail set for suspect in three Renton rapes

By Reporter staffThe Renton Police Department has arrested a suspect – a registered Level 3 sex offender – believed to be responsible for three rapes… Continue reading

  • Jun 23, 2008

Renton student on WSU President’s List

Daniel Widner was named to the President’s List at Washington State University (WSU) for Spring Quarter.

  • Jun 21, 2008

$1 million bail set for Renton rape suspect

The Renton Police Department has arrested a suspect – a registered Level 3 sex offender – believed to be responsible for three rapes in the Renton area in the past seven months, according to spokeswoman Penny Bartley.

  • Jun 20, 2008

Benson Hill ‘Community Celebration’ to take place June 21

The City of Renton is hosting a Benson Hill Community Celebration on Saturday (June 21). The event is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cascade Elementary School ballfields, 16022 116th Ave. S.E., Renton.

  • Jun 20, 2008

American Legion breakfast June 21 | Renton Community Calendar

A listing of community events in Renton and surrounding areas.

  • Jun 20, 2008

Student artwork adorns new totem pole at Sierra Heights

Derek Strom knew his class was making a totem pole. But he didn’t know what the finished totem would look like. Neither did Kristen Brenneman, Strom’s second-grade teacher at Sierra Heights. Both were pleased with the results.

  • Jun 20, 2008

Renton seniors keep fit indoors with beanbag baseball

Teams from seven local retirement homes gathered in their uniforms in the cafeteria of Renton Senior Activity Center Monday for a rousing baseball tournament. But although they were playing indoors, there wasn’t any danger of broken windows. It was beanbag baseball, so instead of bats and balls, the seniors tossed beanbags at a plywood target painted with a picture of a catcher.

  • Jun 20, 2008

Renton’s Senior Services needs volunteer drivers

Senior Services’ Transportation Program, which provides an essential service to senior citizens by arranging transportation to medical appointments, needs more volunteer drivers.

  • Jun 20, 2008

King County names land-use review panel

The King County Council has approved the nine members of a committee that will review procedures and costs of building and land-use permit fees charged by the County. The Technical Advisory Committee was created in November 2007 to make the county’s land-use permitting rules more transparent and fair. The county’s land-use agency, the Department of Development and Environmental Services, is based in Renton.

  • Jun 20, 2008

Man watches house he built burn down in Renton Fire Dept. exercise

Grover Shegrud of Lynnwood couldn't stay away Thursday from a home he designed and built for his family in 1966. In December, the family held what likely was their last Christmas in the house. It was. On Thursday, the Renton Fire Department burned it to the ground.

King County leads fight against knotweed

Knotweed is a highly invasive plant that takes over riverside habitats. That’s why King County is working with landowners and agencies to weed it out. With help from state and federal funding, the cooperation and support of many landowners and public land managers the King County Noxious Weed Program is leading an effort to control this fast-spreading weed.

  • Jun 20, 2008

Harborview opens new inpatient building

Harborview Medical Center has opened its new inpatient building, named in honor of the late Norm Maleng, the King County prosecutor for almost 30 years.

  • Jun 20, 2008

City of Renton names new finance director

The City of Renton recently appointed Iwen Wang as the new Finance and Information Services department administrator.

  • Jun 20, 2008

92% of seniors pass the WASL

This year’s senior class is the first required to pass the reading and writing portions of the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) in order to graduate.

  • Jun 18, 2008

Renton volunteers assemble disaster kits for seniors

About 300 emergency preparedness kits were assembled last Thursday by about 140 volunteers at an event sponsored by the Highlands Community Association. The kits will go to senior citizens and the disabled in Renton so they have a better chance of surviving an disaster or other emergency. The original goal was to assemble about 200 kits.

  • Jun 18, 2008

Barbara O’Keefe

Barbara “Barb” O’Keefe, 85, of Renton, died May 24, 2008, in Renton. She was born April 16, 1923, in Burlington, Iowa.

  • Jun 18, 2008

Replacement begins Monday of washed-out culvert in Renton on northbound I-405 to Bellevue

Starting Monday, crews will begin installing the new culvert that will carry Thunder Hills Creek underneath Interstate 405 near Benson Road in Renton.Last December’s rain… Continue reading

  • Jun 17, 2008