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Former Snoqualmie resident jailed
Former Snoqualmie resident Brandt Haeg was arrested and
lodged in the King County Jail on Tuesday night, Dec. 28, following an
altercation in the lobby of the Snoqualmie Public Safety building. His
arrest marked the end of a bizarre day, which saw Haeg barge into the office
of Snoqualmie city attorney Pat Anderson and communicate threats to
several local citizens and public officials.
According to the attorney, Haeg apparently first visited the city
administration offices between 3 and 4 p.m. that Tuesday afternoon and asked
to see Mayor R. "Fuzzy" Fletcher. When he was advised the mayor was
not present, Haeg inquired as to the location of Anderson.
About 4 p.m. Haeg visited Anderson in his office overlooking
Railroad Avenue. In his report to Mayor Fletcher and Police Chief Don
Isley, Anderson wrote, "He came in calmly enough through my office door
from the outside. I was at the desk and the door between my office and the
reception area was open.
"He came in and introduced himself _ I would not even know who
he is to pass him on the street, it has been a while since he had any dealings
with the city. I got up and asked what I could do for him and then he
launched into a tirade. He was ranting and raving and waving his arms in my face."
Anderson said Haeg's comments were very disjointed. During
the course of his tirade the individual accused Anderson and Mayor
Fletcher of messing with him, accused the Snoqualmie Police of breaking into
his shed and said Anderson's brother, the "Kirkland police officer," was also
involved. Anderson noted he did not have a brother.
Haeg also implicated Valley Record editor Mark Morgan
and Issaquah City Administrator Leon Kos and then said he was going to sue
everyone, infect them with the AIDS virus and kill them. Morgan, who
assumed the editor's job in August, has no connection with Haeg.
Anderson added Haeg's last comment as he left the office was
something to the effect of, "You can't [mess] with me. I'm going to get
A Snoqualmie Public Safety police officer responded to
Anderson's phone call within five minutes, and then contacted the other parties
Haeg had named and advised them of the threats. By late afternoon the
police had issued a physical description of Haeg and were keeping an eye out
According to Sgt. Chuck Holton, Haeg went into the lobby of the
public safety building later Tuesday night and was arrested following a
confrontation with police officers. He was booked into the KCJ on a no bail
warrant on harassment charges.
Holton said the subject was "very incoherent we didn't want to
take any chances at all." He added Haeg was apparently living out of the
back of a pickup truck registered to a Maple Valley resident.
Surprisingly, the King County Jail released Haeg the following
Thursday night. He reportedly returned to Snoqualmie, retrieved his truck
and then departed. He has not been seen since.
While no one is absolutely sure why Haeg threatened several
people, Anderson feels it might be related to his unsuccessful 1997 lawsuit
against the city of Snoqualmie. Haeg sued the city following a failed attempt to
sell a home he'd built on Cedar Street. According to the city, the structure
did not meet code as it had a bathroom on the lower level, in the flood plain.
In his suit, Haeg maintained city officials had approved the design
in the first place, and their subsequent decision both prevented the sale
and "destroyed his reputation." The
suit was dismissed in July 1998.
"I didn't even handle the lawsuit," Anderson commented last
Thursday. "The insurance [company] did."