A countywide police task force called the "Party Patrol" arrested 109 people last weekend. Since the weekend patrols began June 3...
A countywide police task force called the “Party Patrol” arrested 109 people last weekend. Since the weekend patrols began June 3, approximately 330 people have been arrested.
The patrols are intended to crack down on underage drinking, especially by high-school students celebrating after graduation ceremonies.
At a party near Kenmore, a mother hosted more than 100 guests of her children, police said; several people were arrested on suspicion of underage drinking.
Young people threw a party in Maple Valley, and 10 were arrested on suspicion of underage drinking, police said.
The task force last weekend included officers from the King County Sheriff’s Office, the State Patrol and several cities’ police departments.
City Hall evacuated over suspicious bag
Clyde Hill City Hall was evacuated yesterday morning after a suspicious bag was discovered at the front door. A bomb squad later found that no explosive device was in the bag. No one was hurt.
The words “Never Underestimate” were written on the bag, which made it particularly suspicious, police said.
The bag was found at 8:15 a.m. in the 9600 block of Northeast 24th Street and nearby roads were closed for three hours while police investigated. The entrance to Clyde Hill Elementary School, behind City Hall, was closed, but the school was not locked down.
Injured boy, 15, pulled from river
A 15-year-old was rescued yesterday after he fell and hit his head on rocks while using a rope swing over the Snoqualmie River.
The boy was using the swing with about 15 friends when he fell an estimated 25 feet at about 3:20 p.m. yesterday, Eastside Fire and Rescue acting Battalion Chief Dane Stow said.
After hitting his head, the boy landed in the river, and his friends jumped in and kept his head above water until the rescue team arrived, Stow said. The boy didn’t regain consciousness and was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with serious head injuries, Stow said.
The accident happened on the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River near North Bend. The rope swing is popular this time of year, Stow said.
Vandals shatter windows at school
Vandals shattered four large windows at Redmond High School yesterday morning, police said. Officers arrived at the scene around 2:20 a.m., after receiving calls from neighbors about a commotion at the school, 17272 N.E. 104th St.
The broken windows were in the school library in the back of the school, said Redmond police spokeswoman Stacey Holland. The vandals caused about $3,500 in damage.
No one was in the school at the time. The library was closed yesterday while the windows were repaired. Today is the last day of school for students.
Tolt Bridge closing for inspection
The Tolt Bridge will close from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and tomorrow so King County’s Road Services Division can perform a routine inspection.
The bridge, which spans the Snoqualmie River, is located on Tolt Hill Road west of Carnation. It was built in 1922 and will be replaced next year.
Paving will close lanes of Highway 522
Motorists should expect lane closures along Highway 522 in Lake Forest Park and Kenmore for much of the summer as the state Department of Transportation completes a paving project.
Highway 522’s westbound transit lane is closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. this week, with the eastbound lane closed from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Next week, evening lane closures are expected to begin between Northeast 155th Street and 61st Avenue Northeast and continue through Sept. 15.
For more information, visit www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/SR522/155thTo61stPaving or call construction engineer Amir Ahmadi at 425-225-8700.
Connector road to open Thursday
A new half-mile stretch of road known as the Northeast 29th Place connection will open by 4 p.m. Thursday in Bellevue’s Overlake neighborhood to help ease congestion and keep traffic away from nearby neighborhoods.
The $16 million project, one of 45 joint projects between Bellevue and Redmond, also provides access for walkers and cyclists between 140th Avenue Northeast and 148th Avenue Northeast, connecting with the Highway 520 bike trail.
Seattle Times Eastside bureau