A 20-year-old Bellevue man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of arson after police said they saw him leaving the scene of a restaurant...

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20-year-old arrested in strip-mall fire

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A 20-year-old Bellevue man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of arson after police said they saw him leaving the scene of a restaurant fire.

Bellevue police Lt. Mark Jordan was driving past Romio’s Pizza & Pasta, in a strip mall in the 1200 block of 156th Avenue Northeast, at about 2:45 a.m. when he saw smoke, said Bellevue police spokesman Michael Chiu.

Jordan then saw flames shooting 15 feet in the air, and a car pulling away from the building, Chiu said.

Jordan stopped the driver and arrested him.

Another officer, David Ethredge, arrived and put the flames out with a fire extinguisher. Damage was limited to an exterior wall and was estimated at $2,000.

The suspect was released pending formal charges.


Redmond

Man stabbed in neck with 30-inch sword

A 31-year-old Redmond man was in serious condition at Harborview Medical Center yesterday after he was stabbed in the neck with a 30-inch sword.

Police arrested a 38-year-old Redmond man on suspicion of assaulting the younger man over an argument about living arrangements, said Redmond police spokeswoman Stacey Holland.

The two men argued at about 12:45 p.m. in a mobile home in the 11400 block of Avondale Road. After he was stabbed, the younger man stumbled to a nearby pay phone and called 911. When police arrived a few minutes later, they saw the older man leaving the scene on a bicycle, Holland said.

The younger man had surgery yesterday on a 1-inch cut to his neck, Holland said.


Bellevue

Attorney to run for Council seat

Vicki Orrico, a municipal attorney and a member of the Bellevue Planning Commission, has announced her candidacy for City Council Position 2 in November against incumbent Councilman Conrad Lee.

Orrico, 43, said her campaign will center on resolving traffic problems regionally, maintaining essential city services within the city’s budget, and balancing economic development with neighborhood preservation.

Orrico is holding a campaign kickoff March 23 at 7:30 a.m. at the Bellevue Doubletree Hotel, 300 112th Ave. S.E.


Issaquah

Village Theatre’s auction March 29

Village Theatre’s annual auction and gala, “A Grand Night for Singing,” will be held March 29.

The Issaquah theater’s largest fund-raiser of the year typically generates more than 10 percent of the group’s annual contributions. Proceeds support stage shows, development of original productions, education programs and subsidized ticket prices.

Village Theatre hopes to break last year’s record of $100,000 in net proceeds.

The evening includes food, silent and live auctions and a musical preview of the upcoming season. Auction items include vacation trips, sports memorabilia and a walk-on role in this summer’s production of “The Music Man.”

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Francis J. Gaudette Theatre, 303 Front St. N. Tickets are $75 through the theater box office, 425-392-2202.