Other items: Hearing to discuss reduction of King County Council; 2 plead not guilty in theft at Bellevue Square art gallery; and temporary permit granted to Tent City 4.

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A 29-year-old Bellevue man was in serious condition yesterday after he drove his Jeep into an electrical box, a fence and then a tree.

Dana Foerester lost control of his car about 1 a.m. at Northeast 40th Street and Bellevue-Redmond Road, police said. His vehicle left the road and came to rest near a tree, according to police.

Foerester had to be freed by firefighters and was then airlifted to Harborview Medical Center, where he was in intensive care yesterday with head injuries.

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Hearing to discuss reduction of council

The independent committee charged with redrawing the boundaries of Metropolitan King County Council districts will hold its first public hearing Wednesday at City Hall, 11511 Main Street.

Voters decided in November to reduce the size of the council from 13 members to nine.

The committee will mainly take testimony on how citizens define “communities of interest.” State law requires that districts correspond as nearly as practical with the boundaries of existing municipalities, election precincts, census tracts, natural boundaries and communities of related and mutual interest.

The deadline to adopt a new plan is Jan. 15. For more information, see www.metrokc.gov/council/districting.


2 plead not guilty in theft at art gallery

Two Tacoma men charged with stealing a $7,500 etching from a Bellevue Square art gallery have pleaded not guilty.

Timothy Glassy, 48, and Ray Steiger, 53, were charged last week with first-degree theft in King County Superior Court. Glassy pleaded not guilty yesterday, while Steiger made his plea on Tuesday.

A 17-year-old boy was charged in juvenile court with first-degree theft. He was scheduled to be arraigned yesterday, but his plea was not made available.

According to prosecutors, the two men and the boy stole an etching linked to the Dutch master Rembrandt.

Steiger and the boy walked into the Kenneth Behm Galleries Sept. 28, and a few minutes later the teen grabbed the etching and ran, court documents say.

Glassy was the getaway driver, according to the documents.


Temporary permit granted to Tent City 4

King County has granted a temporary-use permit to St. John Mary Vianney Catholic Church on Finn Hill near Kirkland, allowing it to host Tent City 4 for up to 60 days.

Tent City, a nomadic homeless camp, moved to the church Nov. 20. The permit allows the camp to remain at the church until Jan 19.

As part of the permit, the church and tent city must abide by several conditions, including limiting the number of residents and buffering surrounding properties from tent city with vegetation or a fence.

Tent City 4 must also abide by its own code of conduct, which prohibits alcohol, drugs and weapons and it must continue to check potential residents against court warrants and sex-offender lists.

Seattle Times Eastside bureau