Alleged squatter of Kirkland mansion charged with criminal trespassing
By PEYTON WHITELY
Kirkland Reporter Reporter
September 8, 2011 · 5:41 PM
A woman who was arrested at a luxury waterfront home in Kirkland's West-of-Market neighborhood in the summer of 2010 has been charged with criminal trespassing.
The charge was brought Aug. 23 in Kirkland Municipal Court against Jill E. Lane, 31.
The woman is accused of illegally occupying a house in the 400 block of Eighth Avenue West on June 10, 2010.
No explanation was given by the city prosecuting-attorney's office for the more-than-year-long gap between the incident and the filing, but the matter was widely publicized last summer.
According to the charges, police first went to the house, then valued at about $3.2 million, on June 6, 2010, and found people inside.When police contacted the occupants, they were told the people were there legally and that they had taken possession under the terms of a "living trust."
Police did further investigating and concluded the house was really owned by a bank, which had been paying costs associated with owning it, and which wanted the illegal occupants to leave.
The 7,680 square-foot house had been constructed by a builder who left it unfinished; it finally was completed and sold in September, 2010, for $2.8 million, according to property records.
Police eventually took possession of the house on June 15, 2010, and Lane was arrested. She then was interviewed and released, after being issued a warning letter forbidding her from returning to the property.
Lane, who listed her address as a post-office box in Bellevue and who could not be reached for comment, is to appear for an arraignment at 8:45 a.m. Sept. 13, where she would have an opportunity to enter a plea and further court action would be scheduled.Contact Kirkland Reporter Reporter Peyton Whitely at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-822-9166, ext. 5052.