This year has been marked with big news in Bothell and Kenmore, from the Main Street fire and continued redevelopment of both downtowns, to a new city manager in Bothell. Here are the top ten most read news stories of 2016 on www.bothell-reporter.com.
1. Capps Club, Jan. 13; The restaurant on State Route 522 gave local residents plenty to talk about in 2016, and the announcement of plans to renovate the old Mia Roma building into a live music and comedy venue drew a crowd months before Capps Club opened on May 13. But on June 7, the restaurant announced it would close for several months to better train staff and retool the menu. Two weeks later, though, the club reopened with a greater focus on music with shows scheduled through the end of the year.
2. Attempted kidnapping, Oct. 28; A man approached a woman on Oct. 27 at the bus stop at the corner of 102nd Avenue NE and Main Street in Bothell and threatened to hurt the woman if she didn’t come with him. The woman screamed and freed herself.
3. Businesses leave downtown Bothell, June 29; Dawn’s Candy and Cake, Mad Cow Yard, Happy Lake 1 Teriyaki Wok and Papa John’s were forced to move out of a condemned building in downtown Bothell. The businesses moved to Kirkland, Lynnwood and Lake Forest Park, while the Teriyaki business owners had yet to decide on a new location as of June 29.
4. Zulu’s Board Game Cafe, March 4; Designed to resemble a pub in from Lord of the Rings, Zulu’s opened in April and immediately began to draw regular players. Despite being directly across the street from the Main Street Fire and suffering two small fires on the deck, Zulu’s was open the next day.
5. Lego House arrest, Dec. 12; A known drug dealer was arrested at the “Lego house” on Sept. 16 and charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of heroin and bail jumping. The house appeared to be a home business selling Lwgos.
6. Clowns in Kenmore, Oct. 4; Part of a nationwide trend, clowns arrived in Kenmore on Oct. 3. A person dressed in a red and white clown suit headed down 83rd Avenue NE in Kenmore toward Bothell High School, where Bothell residents reported the clown and drew a response from Bothell police. Law enforcement investigated the claims, but didn’t see any threats to residents.
7. Kenmore restaurant closed by health inspector, Oct. 12; King County Public Health closed Ikiiki Sushi on Oct. 4 for a number of reasons related to temperature of food, poor sanitation and sewage backup. The business was reopened on Oct. 10 after an inspector confirmed issues had been resolved.
8. Bothell man dies on 405, June 6; A 49-year-old Bothell man, later identified as Chris Ryden, was killed in a wreck during Monday morning traffic. Ryden was a dedicated volunteer with Inglemoor High athletics.
9. Main Street Fire, July 22; A massive fire destroyed two large buildings in downtown Bothell and damaging other businesses along Main Street. The fire drew around 90 firefighters and 30 vehicles from nine departments, displacing the businesses in the Bothell Mall and Mercantile buildings. The Main Street Fire was easily the largest story in Bothell in 2016 by state-wide media response alone, and the cleanup efforts spawned countless stories throughout the remainder of the summer.
10. Search for missing mother, July 15; King County Sheriff’s deputies searched the back yard of a home in Kenmore for the body of Jamie Haggard, a Kenmore woman and mother of two. Deputies brought in a back hoe to assist in the search, but were unsuccessful in locating remains. Haggard was reported on June 17.