Bellevue police say a football rivalry between two local high schools likely was the motive behind the torching of Sammamish High School's totem pole Thursday night by an Interlake High student.

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Bellevue police say a football rivalry between two local high schools likely was the motive behind the torching of Sammamish High School’s totem pole Thursday night by an Interlake High student.


Bellevue police and firefighters responded between 10 and 11 p.m. to a report of vandalism at Sammamish, which is in Bellevue’s Crossroads neighborhood, said Officer Kyle Woodruff.


They put out small fires that charred the totem, and found anti-Sammamish slogans written on the nearby sidewalk in blue — the school color of Interlake, which played Sammamish in football Friday night.


Officers arrested a 17-year-old with blue paint on his hands and booked him on charges of malicious mischief, Woodruff said. The youth has been released to his parents.

Sammamish

Rain causes delay in opening of trail


It will take a few weeks longer than expected for King County to complete the East Lake Sammamish interim-use trail through Sammamish. The delay is a result of recent rains that have left the ground too soft for dump trucks and other equipment.


The trail now is expected to open by Jan. 30. It’s designed to have a crushed-rock surface and will vary in width from 8 to 10 feet. The county plans to pave it when it adopts a master plan in the coming months and obtains permits.


Some sections of the interim trail are complete, including in Issaquah from Gilman Boulevard to 212th Avenue Southeast and in Redmond from 187th Avenue Northeast to Northeast 70th Street.


Bellevue


Man pleads guilty to arson of his home


A man accused of setting fire to his home in the Newport Hills area has pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree arson.


The plea was entered Wednesday by Patrick Cauvin, 44, who faces 21 to 27 months in prison at his sentencing, scheduled for Thursday. A second count accusing him of burning a neighbor’s house at the time he set fire to his own was dismissed in King County Superior Court.


Cauvin was accused of pouring gasoline around his home in the 5000 block of 127th Place Southeast on Aug. 4 and then walking to a grocery store to call police. Cauvin said he set the fire to prevent the house from being taken over by his brother, a co-owner of the property.


Kenmore

Forums to discuss Saint Edward park


Two workshops are planned this month to present information and discuss proposals for the use of Saint Edward State Park in Kenmore.


The sessions are sponsored by Citizens for Saint Edward State Park, a group opposing privatization plans for the park, particularly proposals to operate a brewpub, restaurant and hotel on the site.


The workshops will be from 1-2:30 p.m. Nov. 12 and 7-8:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at the park gymnasium.


The citizens group said it is sponsoring the forums to allow the public to discuss alternative ideas and proposals for the future of the park, which is along Lake Washington in the south part of Kenmore. The state Parks Department is considering possible commercial uses of the park to generate additional funding.


Information about the group is available at its Web site, http://www.c4sep.org