Police are taking a wait-and-see approach to reports of a large reptile living in Cozy Cove and Fairweather Bay on Lake Washington. The reptile, which experts...

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Medina

Police await sightings of mystery creature

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Police are taking a wait-and-see approach to reports of a large reptile living in Cozy Cove and Fairweather Bay on Lake Washington.

The reptile, which experts think might be a caiman or an alligator, based on observers’ descriptions, was last seen Wednesday night, said Medina police Officer Shannon Gibson. Police won’t call in a search for the animal unless it’s seen again and police can confirm it actually exists, Gibson said.

If the reptile is seen again, police would call in state wildlife officers to find the animal, and state officials could hire a private contractor to search for it, Gibson said.


Bellevue

Forum to discuss same-sex marriage

A community forum on marriage for same-sex couples will be held today at 7 p.m. at the Bradford Center, Section A-C, 700 108th Ave. N.E. in Bellevue.

The discussion, sponsored by several gay- and lesbian-rights groups, will focus on what marriage equality means for lesbian and gay couples in Washington. Issues covered will include last year’s King County Superior Court ruling regarding rights of gay and lesbian couples and legal cases of couples seeking marriage licenses in Washington.

For more information, see www.lambdalegal.org online.


Kirkland

Public may comment on road expansion

The environmental assessment is complete for a project to widen Interstate 405 in Kirkland and improve interchanges, and the public is invited to discuss the findings and comment on the project.

The state Department of Transportation has scheduled a public hearing from 4 to 7 p.m. March 15 at Kirkland’s maintenance center, 915 Eighth St.

The project stretches along I-405 from Highway 522 to Highway 520, and it features interchange and arterial improvements at Northeast 116th Street. It is one of three projects in the works along I-405 that is being funded through the state’s 5-cent gas-tax increase.

To see the project and review the environmental assessment, visit www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/I-405 online. The state will accept public comment through March 25. For more information, contact Christina Martinez at 425-456-8526.


Bellevue

Police seek 2 men who took man’s wallet

Bellevue police are asking the public for help finding two men who took a wallet that a man left on the checkout counter of a gas station. It’s a crime to keep found items rather than trying to return them to their owners, police said.

A 23-year-old Bellevue man forgot his wallet after making a purchase at the Shell station at Northeast Eighth Street and 120th Avenue Northeast on Jan. 14. A surveillance camera recorded two men taking the wallet while they paid for a six-pack of beer, said Bellevue police spokesman Michael Chiu.

The first man was described as in his mid-30s to early 40s, about 5-foot-7, 200 pounds with short dark hair and a big belly. He wore a tan work jacket, tan pants, a flannel shirt and a light-colored ball cap.

The second man was described as in his mid-30s to early 40s, about 5-foot-8, 180 pounds, with a shaved or bald head and a full mustache. He wore a black jacket with a Nike logo on the left chest and rear collar area, black or navy pants and white athletic shoes.

Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-274-6313.


Snoqualmie Valley

Volunteers needed for restoration project

King County is looking for volunteers to help with a March 12 salmon-habitat restoration along the Snoqualmie River.

Trees and shrubs will be planted on the river bank at Chinook Bend Natural Area.

To sign up, call 206-296-2990. The county also needs volunteers for a similar project April 2 at Tolt MacDonald Park in Carnation.

Seattle Times Eastside bureau