Bellevue school officials have set up a donation fund for the four young daughters of Cassandra Oliphant, who was slain Monday near Bellevue...

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Bellevue school officials have set up a donation fund for the four young daughters of Cassandra Oliphant, who was slain Monday near Bellevue Community College.

Oliphant, 33, was sexually assaulted and strangled on her way to an appointment near her home, police said. They arrested Ignacio Aguilar Rosas, 29, who recently moved to the area, on suspicion of second-degree murder after allegedly finding him lying atop Oliphant’s body. King County prosecutors said they expect to charge him with murder today.

Oliphant was pregnant, single and raising four daughters, ages 4 to 12, police and school officials said.

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Donations can be made at any Bank of America branch to the Friends of the Oliphant Family fund.

The money will go to Oliphant’s relatives who are expected to care for the girls, said Linda Porter, office manager at Spiritridge Elementary School, where two of the girls were students.


Chamber honors truck manufacturer

Truck maker Paccar was honored yesterday as the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce’s Business of Year.

Paccar, the world’s third-largest truck manufacturer, makes Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks in North America and DAF trucks in Europe. Based in Bellevue, it employs more than 20,000 people. Last year, sales totaled $11.4 billion. The chamber honored Paccar last year for its technological innovation.

This is the 16th year the Bellevue chamber has honored companies for commitment to quality, community and innovation. Judges chose finalists from 53 applications.

Other honorees were: Olympic Physical Therapy, small business; Sweeney Conrad, economic leadership; Nastech Pharmaceutical, innovative business; Village Theatre, tourism promotion; Rowley Properties, corporate citizen.


Festival office seeking poster art

Artists are invited to enter original work for a new, limited-edition print series sponsored by Issaquah Festivals, the office in the Chamber of Commerce that organizes Salmon Days.

The theme for the project is “Spirit of Issaquah … Celebrating Our Local Treasures.” Any medium adaptable for high-quality print reproduction is acceptable. Subject matter should reflect local scenery, natural surroundings, historic landmarks and celebrations.

The artist will receive a percentage of sales and will retain rights to the original artwork. Proceeds from the print sales will benefit the annual Salmon Days Festival.

For details, go to or call the Festivals office at 425-392-0661. Deadline for entries is 5 p.m. Wednesday.


Female sexuality is topic of conference

Overlake Hospital Medical Center will present a conference on women’s sexual health from 8:30 a.m. to noon June 4 at the Bellevue Club, 11200 S.E. Sixth St. in Bellevue.

Dr. Jennifer Berman, director of female urology and female sexual medicine at the Rodeo Drive Women’s Health Center in Beverly Hills, Calif., will discuss recent research about female sexuality. Berman co-hosts the Discovery Health Network’s “Berman & Berman” program with her sister, Laura Berman, a sex therapist.

The presentation will cover such topics as the female anatomy, how to recognize sexual problems, where to get help and new drugs and treatment options.

Berman and Overlake physicians will take questions from the audience. Cost is $45 per person and includes brunch. To register, call 425-688-5259 or go to

Berman also will sign copies of “Secrets of the Sexually Satisfied Woman: Ten Keys to Unlocking Ultimate Pleasure,” recently written with her sister.

Seattle Times Eastside bureau