A 47-year-old North Bend man died after his car left Interstate 90 Tuesday afternoon and struck a tree, the State Patrol reported.

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A 47-year-old North Bend man died after his car left Interstate 90 Tuesday afternoon and struck a tree, the State Patrol reported.


The accident took place about 1 p.m. near Highway 18. The man’s 1990 Subaru Legacy was being driven eastbound when the car failed to negotiate a curve and went off the roadway to the left, striking the tree and coming to rest on the shoulder, the Patrol reported.


The driver was not wearing a seat belt, a Patrol report added.



Mercer Island

Court upholds man’s


2004 conviction


The conviction of a man in connection with an attempted kidnapping on Mercer Island in 2004 has been upheld by the state Court of Appeals.


The ruling was issued Monday on an appeal filed by Kristopher Larsen, 33, of Renton, who was sentenced to 12 years in prison in December for the April kidnapping of a 9-year-old Mercer Island girl and the attempted kidnapping two weeks earlier of a 64-year-old island resident who had been walking her dog.


Larsen contended a King County Superior Court judge erred in denying his motion to suppress his confession to the attempted kidnapping because he was not again advised of his Miranda rights.


The court concluded that Larsen was given multiple warnings of his legal rights by FBI agents and then was questioned by Mercer Island police. Larsen gave them information about the attempted kidnapping “without hesitation,” the appeals court related.


Larsen later pleaded guilty to all charges except the attempted kidnapping and moved to suppress his confession to that charge in Superior Court. A judge there ruled “there was no evidence the FBI agents engaged in trickery or deception and Larsen understood and knowingly waived his rights.”


Mercer Island


Natural-grass field


closing until March


Mercer Island’s only lighted natural-grass playing field in Island Crest Park is one of four turf-playfield locations that will be closed Thursday until March 1. Homestead Fields, South Mercer Playfields and lid areas A, B and C at I-90 Park also will be closed.


Maintenance crews are repairing damage caused by a combination of heavy fall use and wet conditions at Island Crest. The other fields are being closed to avoid damage during wet and freezing weather. The city will make time available at Mercer Island High School Stadium for reservations or drop-in use. For more information on the closures or stadium availability, contact Mercer Island Parks and Recreation at 206-236-3545 or go to www.miparks.net.


Seattle Times Eastside bureau