In other items: City council approves Futurewise settlement; city OKs annexation of land church owns; Mayor Fletcher plans to retire in December; and Rep. to host meetings about Social Security.
A 19-year-old Seattle man was sentenced yesterday to nearly three years in prison in connection with a road-rage shooting on Interstate 90 near Issaquah last summer.
Jason Men did not pull the trigger in the June 2004 shooting, which left one man with a gunshot wound to the leg, but he had a juvenile robbery conviction and was not allowed to possess a gun, King County prosecutors said. Men’s fingerprints turned up on an unused gun in the shooter’s car, and he pleaded guilty in January to first-degree illegal possession of a gun.
Vann Veth, a 21-year-old Seattle man, was sentenced last month to one year in prison for second-degree illegal possession of a gun and for attempted criminal assistance. According to prosecutors, Veth was the other passenger in the shooter’s car and tried to hide the gun used in the shooting.
According to charging papers, Chan Young, a 29-year-old Seattle man, fired 10 shots at an adjacent car on I-90 after a dispute with the driver. Men and Veth were riding in Young’s car.
Young pleaded guilty in January to charges of assault, illegal gun possession and drug possession. He is to be sentenced March 18 and faces about 30 years in prison.
City council approves Futurewise settlementThe Bellevue City Council has approved a settlement with Futurewise, an anti-sprawl group that accused Bellevue of violating state growth-management rules by allowing fewer than four homes per acre in residential neighborhoods.
Futurewise had challenged Bellevue’s growth plan with the Central Puget Sound Growth Management Hearings Board.
City leaders have now agreed to find space for 516 new housing units, the same number of units that would be created if Bellevue rezoned its low-density areas to a minimum of four units per acre. The new housing will be single- and multi-family, with densities of four to 15 homes per acre. The planning will be complete by 2012.
City OKs annexation of land church ownsThe Redmond City Council has approved the annexation of 10 acres owned by Washington Cathedral.
The church has requested that the city annex the land, located at 12300 Woodinville-Redmond Road N.E., because it wanted to be eligible for city services, said Rob Odle, Redmond’s planning policy manager. The property includes three homes, a small ice-cream shop and the church. The annexation process began in July and was approved by the King County Boundary Review Board in January.
Mayor Fletcher plans to retire in DecemberMayor Fuzzy Fletcher announced this week that he will retire in December after serving an eight-year stint as mayor. Fletcher, 50, said he wants to spend more time with his family.
Fletcher served for two and half years as a councilman before becoming mayor. During his tenure in city government, he oversaw Snoqualmie through a surge of growth and development, which transformed the town into an upscale bedroom community with the addition of Snoqualmie Ridge, one of the Eastside’s three urban villages.
Rep. to host meetings about Social SecurityU.S. Rep. Jay Inslee will host two town-hall meetings today to hear opinions about proposals to change Social Security through private accounts.
The first meeting is from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Kirkland City Council chambers, 123 Fifth Ave., Kirkland. The second meeting will be from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Merrill Gardens, 14905 Bothell-Everett Highway, Mill Creek.
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