Other items: Harassment lawsuit at Bellevue police department; Historic locomotive heading to museum; and others.
Fire at apartment causes no injuries
Some residents of a large Kenmore apartment building were put out of their homes yesterday after a fire broke out in a third-floor unit and shot flames over two other outdoor balconies. No one was injured.
The fire started about 12:45 p.m. in the Riverbend apartments in the 17500 block of 80th Avenue Northeast. Several residents were evacuated.
Most of the damage was confined to the one apartment, but one or two apartments will have to remain empty because of the damage, said Terri Jones, spokeswoman for the Northshore Fire Department.
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Investigators hadn’t determined the cause of the fire yesterday and no damage estimate was released.
A building resident called the Fire Department after she heard glass shatter and saw flames coming out of the apartment next door.
Harassment lawsuit at police department
A Bellevue police officer has sued the Police Department, alleging sexual harassment by a superior.
Officer Heidi Moon, who joined the department in 1998, claims in King County Superior Court documents that she was sexually assaulted by a lieutenant after an evening of drinking with a group of officers. She alleges the lieutenant was never disciplined, and instead she suffered retaliation after she complained about the attack.
Moon contends that after a doctor ordered her to stay away from the lieutenant at work, her supervisors revealed her private medical information to co-workers, according to the lawsuit.
Moon claims she suffers from severe emotional distress, post-traumatic stress, anxiety and depression from working under the conditions.
The department has declined comment because it hadn’t received a copy of the lawsuit.
Historic locomotive heading to museum
An early 20th-century locomotive, used on logging railroads throughout the Northwest, has been partially restored and will be moved at 1 p.m. today to its new location at the Northwest Railway Museum, the largest railway museum in Washington.
The locomotive is at the corner of Snoqualmie Parkway and Railroad Avenue. For more information, visit the museum on the Web at www.trainmuseum.org or call 425-888-3030.
“Friends” president to lead fund raising
J. Howard Finck, president and executive director of Friends of Youth for 26 years, will become the director of the social service agency’s new fund-raising organization.
Finck, 61, will direct the planned giving office, develop an endowment fund and oversee the Friends of Youth social-enterprise operations on a part-time basis. Joan Campbell, vice president of operations, will serve as interim executive director.
The Redmond-based Friends of Youth has been providing services such as mental-health counseling, substance-abuse treatment, residential services and after-school development programs to youths and their families since 1951.