Police are investigating a burglary at Cottage Lake Elementary School that left about $30,000 damage to a building under construction.

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Police are investigating a burglary at Cottage Lake Elementary School that left about $30,000 damage to a building under construction.

A construction crew arrived at the school on Avondale Road Northeast yesterday morning to find broken windows, paint and cement mix dumped on stairwells, and evidence that a fire extinguisher had been used in the library, police said. The windows had been broken out of a flatbed pickup parked outside.

Cottage Lake, east of Woodinville in unincorporated King County, is the oldest elementary school in the Northshore School District. Built in the 1950s, it has seen two renovations and is now in the later stages of a major construction project. It is also one of several schools to participate in a $1.5 million state pilot program looking at “sustainable” construction strategies.

The goal of the sustainable-schools movement is to create a new generation of buildings that are healthy for people and the environment. In practical terms, that means special attention is paid to everything from air quality to water conservation, from heat sources to the use of daylight.

Interstate 90

Eastbound lanes to close in Bellevue

Drivers should expect lane closures along eastbound Interstate 90 tonight and tomorrow night near Eastgate in Bellevue as state crews prepare to build new transit ramps in the median.

Three lanes of eastbound I-90 will close tonight from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. between Bellevue Way Southeast and 150th Avenue Southeast. The onramp from southbound Interstate 405 to eastbound I-90 will close at 11 p.m. and reopen by 5 a.m.

Tomorrow night, two lanes of eastbound I-90 between I-405 and 150th Avenue Southeast will close from 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. For more information, visit www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/I90/EastgateAccess online.


Police identify officers involved in shooting

Bellevue police have released the names of the officers who fatally shot a 19-year-old Bellevue man Sunday night after he crashed a baby shower in the Crossroads neighborhood with his pit bull, armed with a knife and handgun.

Officers Brandt Mendenhall, 35, and Shelby Shearer, 36, both have served with Bellevue for about three years, said Officer Greg Grannis. Neither has been involved in previous officer-involved shootings. Both are on administrative leave.

Police responded to a 911 call Sunday night that an uninvited man was threatening party guests and hitting children. When officers arrived, they confronted the man in the home’s back yard and fired shots after he pointed a gun at them.

The man was identified as Reginald Coleman.

No one else was injured. Bellevue police said Coleman’s motive remains unknown, with no known connection between him and the house or the partygoers.


Sprinklers minimize toy-store fire damage

Bellevue fire officials are crediting the sprinkler system at a Bellevue Toys R Us store with minimizing damage from a loading-dock fire that started when employees left a halogen light unattended on cardboard boxes without a protective guard.

The manager of the store, at 103 110th Ave. N.E., called 911 at 11:17 a.m. Saturday to report the fire. Heat from the flames activated two sprinklers, which prevented it from spreading throughout the store.

The store was briefly evacuated, and the fire, which caused $5,000 in damage, has been classified as an accident.


Trees to be used for salmon habitat

King County plans to restore salmon habitat with trees removed for a state highway-widening project at the planned Brightwater sewage-treatment plant near Woodinville.

The Snohomish County Public Utility District is expected to begin removing the trees for the Highway 9 widening project this week.

King County will use about 50 of the downed trees as large, woody debris to enhance streams and wetlands in more than 40 acres of open-space habitat at the Brightwater site. Large trees with root wads provide shade and habitat for salmon. Branches will be chipped and used for mulch.

When Brightwater opens in 2010, it will serve portions of South Snohomish County and North King County.

Seattle Times Eastside bureau