A sammamish couple have denied felony charges that they picked up a 14-year-old runaway from downtown Kirkland, gave her marijuana, raped...

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A Sammamish couple have denied felony charges that they picked up a 14-year-old runaway from downtown Kirkland, gave her marijuana, raped her and videotaped the assault.

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Jason Bender, 38, and Deanna Bender, 23, pleaded not guilty in King County Superior Court last week to third-degree child rape, sexual exploitation of a minor and delivery of marijuana. They were arrested last week and remained in the King County Jail yesterday. According to prosecutors, the Benders picked up the girl in summer 2003 and invited her to stay in their home. After about a week, the couple gave the girl pot that seemed to be laced with a more powerful drug and had sex with her on camera while she was asleep, prosecutors alleged in charging documents.

Prosecutors’ documents allege that the girl discovered the videotape when she awoke, and police said they later found pictures of the girl on the couple’s computer.


Man, 53, injured when motorcycle struck car

A 53-year-old man from Milton, Pierce County, was critically injured Wednesday when a car pulled in front of his motorcycle on Northeast Bothell Way in Kenmore.

The motorcyclist, whose name was not released, hit the passenger side of the car driven by a 29-year-old Bothell woman as she tried to make a left turn onto 80th Avenue Northeast around 4:15 p.m., said King County sheriff’s Deputy Travis DeFries.

The woman was not hurt, but the Milton man was in critical condition yesterday at Harborview Medical Center.


Public invited to tour new emergency room

The public is invited to an open house tomorrow at the new Swedish Medical Center/Issaquah Campus Emergency Room and Specialty Center.

The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The center is at 2005 N.W. Sammamish Road, Building B, across from the main entrance to Lake Sammamish State Park.

The center will open to patients at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Guests can tour the $20 million facility, which includes a full-service medical-imaging center, a comprehensive lab, sleep center, primary-care clinic and offices for specialists.

Refreshments and children’s activities will be available. For more information, call 425-829-5827.


State reps to discuss transportation issues

State Reps. Ross Hunter, D-Medina, and Rodney Tom, R-Medina, will host a town-hall meeting on transportation tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Bellevue Community College, 3000 Landerholm Circle S.E., Room B-104.

Discussions will focus on current improvement projects and future needs that are not budgeted, including the Interstate 405 expansion, the Alaskan Way Viaduct and Highway 520 bridge replacements, car-pool lanes and buses, and a regional mass-transit plan.

Hunter and Tom represent the 48th Legislative District, which includes parts of Bellevue, Issaquah, Kirkland, Redmond and the Point communities on Lake Washington.

Seattle Times Eastside bureau