Other items: Fields more visible after practice burning; "Citizen's Academy" to teach police duties; and others.

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Three people were seriously injured yesterday in a head-on car crash on Coal Creek Parkway Southeast.

The crash happened about 11 a.m. in the 9600 block, just south of Newcastle. Four people were taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, three of them with serious injuries, said Sgt. John Urquhart, spokesman for the King County Sheriff’s Office.

Police used tools to free a person from one of the cars. The two cars, with heavy damage to their front ends, came to rest facing each other.

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Police did not release the names of the victims or the extent of their injuries.


Fields more visible after practice burning

Woodinville’s sports fields near Northeast 175th Street are more visible since local fire departments burned down buildings on the property last weekend to practice firefighting.

The practice burns were done by the Woodinville Fire and Life Safety District and Redmond and Kirkland fire departments.

They used vacant buildings to practice search and rescue, extinguishing techniques, ventilation and ground tactics, said fire district Battalion Chief Bob Whipple, who coordinated and planned the exercise.

The buildings were slated to be demolished anyway — to make way for intersection improvements and lane expansions. Part of the land also will be used for the Woodinville Community Center’s parking lot and fields.


“Citizen’s Academy” to teach police duties

Kenmore, Woodinville, Shoreline and the King County Sheriff’s Office have scheduled a weekly “Citizen’s Academy” on Tuesday nights from March 22 to May 24 to help civilians better understand local police work and law-enforcement resources available to them.

The 10-week academy will run from 6 to 9 p.m. at the King County Sheriff’s Precinct 2, 18118 73rd Ave. N.E. in Kenmore. Citizens who complete the course will be offered a chance to ride with an officer on the night patrol. For more information, call Kenmore police Officer Mark Childers at 206-296-5020.


Open house to discuss Highway 522 project

An open house on proposed improvements to Highway 522 from 73rd Avenue Northeast to Kenmore’s eastern city limit is set for 5 to 7 p.m. next Thursday at the Northshore Utility District headquarters, 6830 N.E. 185th St. in Kenmore.

The project includes widening the road, improving signals, installing curbs, gutters and sidewalks, and replacing a bridge across Swamp Creek west of 80th Avenue Northeast.

For more information, contact Kenmore city engineer Rob English at 425-398-8900.


Dinner to raise funds for tsunami victims

PlanetGuru Foundation is organizing a “Great Show of Unity” dinner for March 13 in Bellevue to raise money for SouthAsia’s tsunami victims.

The event will be at 6:15 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel at 300 112th Ave. S.E.

Indu Sundaresan will read from her latest novel and Dr. Sumathy Pathy of Bellevue, who went to Sri Lanka last month to provide medical care, will present a slide show. Folk songs and dances will performed by the Nepal Seattle Society.

For more information, call Debadutta Dash at 425-748-5158.

Seattle Times Eastside bureau