Other items: College given vehicles before law changes and utility work to close lanes starting Jan. 3.

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$75,000 bail set in store robberies

Bail was set at $75,000 yesterday for a 30-year-old Bellevue man who is a suspect in the robberies of seven small businesses, mostly Baskin-Robbins ice cream shops, in Bellevue, Mercer Island and Newcastle in the past two weeks.

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The man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of second-degree robbery, according to court documents.

During the heists, the robber would make a small purchase, wait for the cashier to open the register and then demand money while implying he had a gun, police said.


College given vehicles before law changes

Lake Washington Technical College has been getting an influx of vehicles in recent weeks as people donate their cars before the law changes Jan. 1.

The law now allows donors to take a tax write-off for the fair market value of a donated car. The 2005 change in federal law will limit deductions to the actual proceeds a charitable organization receives from selling the donated vehicle.

The college has received five cars so far this month. Usually it gets about one a month, said Roger Kjos, development officer for the college.

The vehicles are used by students in auto-technician classes, Kjos said. The college prefers cars that are less than 10 years old, so that students can train on cars with newer technology, he said.

People who want to donate their vehicle can call Kjos at: 425-739-8219 or fill out the donation form online at: www.lwtc.ctc.edu/downloads/DonationForm.htm


Utility work to close lanes starting Jan. 3

Motorists should expect constant lane closures in the vicinity of Bellevue’s Kamber Road (Southeast 26th Street) and Richards Road beginning Jan. 3 as utility workers continue to install telecommunication lines in the area.

The work is part of a utility-relocation effort needed in advance of the city’s East Creek Culvert Replacement Project, which is scheduled to start next year.

The closures will remain until all services are transferred, but no later than March 31.