In other items: Thomas Tank Engine tickets on sale for July; 18-year-old wounded; Social Security rally set at Reichert's office; city seeking artist for "Welcome" sign; and psychologist to speak on raising teenagers.

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Two Bellevue boys, ages 15 and 12, pleaded not guilty yesterday to several criminal charges in connection with a string of small fires in the Robinswood neighborhood.

The 15-year-old was charged last week in King County Superior Court with three counts of second-degree arson and three counts of attempted second-degree arson.

The 12-year-old was charged with two counts of second-degree arson and two counts of attempted second-degree arson.

Both were charged with two counts of third-degree malicious mischief, a misdemeanor.

According to charging documents, police linked the boys to six fires that occurred in their neighborhood from April 13 to 18. The fires caused thousands of dollars worth of damage to trash bins, buildings and other property.

The boys were released to their parents while the charges are pending.


Thomas Tank Engine tickets on sale for July

Tickets are on sale for a Day Out With Thomas, the annual visit of Thomas the Tank Engine to the Northwest Railway Museum. The storybook character’s appearances sell out each year.

Thomas and his friends, including Sir Topham Hatt, will be at the train museum, 38625 S.E. King St., July 8-10 and 15-17.

The tour with Thomas includes storytelling, photo opportunities, videos, arts-and-crafts activities, climbing on trains, displays and a 25-minute train ride with Thomas the Tank Engine to the top of Snoqualmie Falls.

Tickets are $16 per person for ages 2 and up.

For more information or to order tickets, go to or call Ticketweb toll free at 866-468-7630 or the Northwest Railway Museum at 425-888-2206.


18-year-old wounded; police left wondering

An 18-year-old man walked for more than a block yesterday with gunshot wounds to his arm and face, dripping blood along the way, but police don’t know what happened.

The man was in serious condition a few hours later at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, said Bellevue police spokesman Michael Chiu.

Police received several calls about the injured man and showed up about noon near the man’s apartment in the 500 block of 156th Avenue Southeast. As the man’s injuries were treated, officers followed the trail of blood back to his residence in the Lake Hills Terrace Apartments, Chiu said.

They did not find enough evidence to figure out how the man was shot, Chiu said. Police are looking for anyone with information about what happened at the apartment complex between 11:30 a.m. and noon.

Anyone with information can call police at 425-452-6917 or 911.

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Social Security rally set at Reichert’s office

A rally against Social Security privatization will be held at 10:30 a.m. today outside the local office of U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Auburn, 2737 78th Ave. S.E., Mercer Island.

The event, hosted by two activist groups, was scheduled to coincide with the U.S. Senate Finance Committee hearings on Social Security beginning today.

After the public rally, representatives from Washington Citizen Action and Americans United Coalition will meet with members of Reichert’s staff. The representatives, along with some of Reichert’s constituents, will urge the congressman to oppose the personal-accounts program that President Bush has proposed for Social Security.


City seeking artist for “Welcome” sign

Artists interested in creating a new “Welcome” sign for the city are invited to submit a letter of interest, a résumé and samples of their work by May 31 for consideration.

The sign project, with an estimated budget of $4,700, is seeking applicants who must be Northwest residents trained in their specialties and actively pursuing professional art.

The sign will be placed on or near the city limits or a major arterial leading into the city. The artist-designed sign should be highly visible and easily readable from a passing vehicle or by pedestrians. The sign should also be low-maintenance, able to withstand the elements and resistant to vandalism. It should be visible from the street and able to be illuminated at night.

Applications may be delivered to City Clerk Melonie Anderson, 486 228th Ave. N.E., Sammamish, WA 98074.

For more information, go to or call Sevda Baran, Sammamish Commons project manager, at 425-246-0307.


Psychologist to speak on raising teenagers

Laura Kastner, a Seattle psychologist, will lecture on raising teens to adulthood at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Meydenbauer Center, 11100 N.E. Sixth St.

Kastner co-wrote the book “The Launching Years” about how to help teens become independent. She will cover the 10 skills adolescents need to be successful.

The program is part of the ParentMap Pathways Lecture Series. For more details, go to or call 206-232-1940. Tickets are $12.

Seattle Times Eastside bureau