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Closing out 2013 with Redmond Reporter's most-read stories | Editor's Notebook

Redmond residents, from left, Ramona and Tommy Peterson, Samantha Welton and Stephanie Peterson raise their ice cream in cheers to celebrate the comeback of Theno’s Dairy on Aug. 16 at the Sammamish Valley Festival.  - Samantha Pak, Redmond Reporter
Redmond residents, from left, Ramona and Tommy Peterson, Samantha Welton and Stephanie Peterson raise their ice cream in cheers to celebrate the comeback of Theno’s Dairy on Aug. 16 at the Sammamish Valley Festival.
— image credit: Samantha Pak, Redmond Reporter

From the return of Theno’s Dairy ice cream to the Redmond Ridge wildlife crossing, tons of readers scoured our website and perused our stories over the past year.

Over the last two months, we not only attracted local readers but people from across the nation with our stories about the “Merry Christmas” signs and Redmond High School junior Jenni Martinez traveling to Washington, D.C. and confronting House Speaker John Boehner on the Fair Immigration Reform Movement.

Some stories were fun to cover and others were tough to relay to our readers.

Here’s our top 10 rundown, according to Google Analytics:

1. Theno’s Dairy ice cream to return at Sammamish Valley Festival — Aug. 6:

After closing in May of 2012 after 70 years in business, Patrick Lee and his nonprofit Bonafide American Mission (BAM) offered Theno’s ice cream out of a rental refrigerated truck at the Sammamish Valley Festival.

2. Hat trick for Three Lions: Two new pub locations to open — Feb. 22 :

The family run business announced the opening of two new locations on Redmond Ridge and in Bothell.

3. Bear Creek Village Safeway cleared after bomb threat, store reopened — Aug. 12:

A 19-year-old Redmond female entered the Bear Creek Village Safeway carrying at least one knife and a backpack and wearing a mask and a hooded sweatshirt over her face. The suspect was arrested, transported to an area hospital and police looked into possible mental issues.

4. Blondie, X rip it up at Marymoor Park — Sept. 19:

Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder joined X on stage and Blondie’s Debbie Harry and crew jammed through their hits during the AEG Live event.

5. Redmond massage therapist found dead in Bellevue condominium — June 19:

Nataliya Vabishchevich, 35, was found dead in the entry way of her condominium in the 12700 block of Northeast 10th Place and Bellevue Police said the death was a result of foul play.

Aleksandr Polak, charged in the stabbing death of his ex-wife, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment.

6. Body of missing Redmond man found in Lake Sammamish — April 30 :

The King County Sheriff Marine/Dive/Rescue Unit found the body of 29-year-old Redmond resident Sathish Periasamy in Lake Sammamish near Idylwood Beach Park in Redmond.

According to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office, the cause of death was drowning and the manner was suicide.

7. Bellevue man dies in traffic collision on Union Hill Road  — Oct. 3:

Redmond Police reported a two-car fatality traffic collision in the 19000 block of Union Hill Road.

A passenger vehicle driven by 22-year-old Bellevue resident Pablo Contreras-Garcia was traveling eastbound on Union Hill Road when the vehicle collided with a construction heavy equipment front loader causing significant damage to the vehicle. Contreras-Garcia died at Harborview Medical Center, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.

8. Man found dead in mini-van near Redmond Ridge — March 19:

A 60-year-old man who was found dead in a mini-van near Redmond Ridge was identified as Irvin Giesler, according to Sgt. Cindi West, King County Sheriff’s Office public information officer.

9. Wildlife crossing on Redmond Ridge nearing completion — Sept. 19:

The 40-foot-wide crossing is an elevated bridge stretching 120 feet across Northeast Novelty Hill Road between Redmond Ridge Drive Northeast and 234th Place Northeast. There will also be 1,000 feet of fence on each side of the road — stretching 500 feet in each direction from the bridge — to lead the animals toward the bridge in order to cross the road. The vegetation that will be planted along the bridge will help create a barrier between the animals and vehicles as well as a seamless, natural transition from one side of the road to the other.

10. Former Microsoft senior program manager charged with rape — Aug. 6:

A 36-year-old former Microsoft senior program manager was charged with second-degree rape on July 31. The alleged crime took place at about 11 p.m. on July 22 in defendant Vineet Kumar Srivastava’s office in Building 27.

An omnibus hearing has been set for Jan. 31, 2014 for Srivastava, who was arraigned on Aug. 14 and entered a not-guilty plea to the charges.

 

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