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Burger King robbery is a real whopper

Burger King robbery is a real whopper

Federal Way police responded to a robbery at 6:57 a.m. Oct. 1 at Burger King, 34819 Pacific Highway S.

The male suspect allegedly entered the establishment with a black and silver semi-automatic hand gun, police spokeswoman Stacy Flores said. When the manager told the man he was in an area restricted to employee use only, the suspect allegedly revealed the weapon, Flores said. He demanded money from the registers and the safe, then directed the restaurant’s employees into a walk-in cooler and left the establishment on foot, she said. The employees escaped without incident and called 911. Nobody was physically hurt during the robbery, Flores said. The police are not sure how much money the suspect fled with, she said. The Criminal Investigation Section is investigating the case. The police are following several leads, but are asking for the public’s assistance. The suspect is described as a 5-foot-7-inch to 5-foot-9-inch adult black male in his 20s wearing a puffy black jacket with the letter “R” on the back and black pants.

Lakehaven raises rates

Lakehaven Utility District customers will witness the rise of their water and sewer bills over the next four years, according to an Oct. 10 Lakehaven press release titled “Lakehaven adopts new water and sewer rates.”

The Lakehaven Utility District Board of Commissioners unanimously voted for the price hike in September after having hired Financial Consulting Solutions Group to evaluate its cost of service allocations and revenue requirements. The price increases were needed to ensure capital reserves, fund ongoing maintenance and secure future capital improvement projects. The average single-family residential Federal Way household, which uses approximately 225 gallons of water per day, will see its water bill increase from $12.80 in 2007 to $13.67 in 2008. This is about a .068 percent increase. Prices will continue to increase in the subsequent three years. Commercial and irrigation customers will also experience the increase.

Sewer rates will not increase as much as water rates. The average sewer rates for a single-family residential Federal Way household will increase from $24.87 per month in 2007 to $26.49 per month in 2008. This is a .065 percent increase. Prices will continue to rise in the three subsequent years. Multi-family and non-residential establishments will see the increase as well.

In 2006, the Board of Commissioners raised water prices by 3 percent. Sewer rates have not been raised since 2000.

Roads and Transit stance

The City of Federal Way will discuss the Roads and Transit plan ballot measure at its regularly scheduled City Council meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, at City Hall, 33325 8th Ave. S.

Spokespersons from Sound Transit and the Regional Transportation Investment District will inform the audience of the three projects that will directly affect Federal Way residents if the ballot measure is passed on Nov. 6. The council will take public comments from those in attendance before considering taking a formal position on the measure.

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