In other items: Chimney fire causes $50,000 in damage; PACE hires director to aid in fund raising; and Issaquah School District starts open enrollments.

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A 42-year-old Ocean Shores man was charged yesterday with stealing $900 worth of cold medicine from a Bellevue drugstore and assaulting employees with a syringe.

Richard Kadlec Jr. was charged with first-degree robbery and third-degree assault. He remained in the King County Jail yesterday with bail set at $75,000.

According to King County Superior Court prosecutors, Kadlec took the cold medicine from a Bartell Drugs in downtown Bellevue on Jan. 25. When a security guard and the store manager confronted him outside, he threatened to give the men AIDS, then stabbed the manager’s arm with the syringe, charging papers say. Kadlec drove away, according to the charging papers, and police stopped pursuing him after crossing the Evergreen Point Floating Bridge into Seattle when he sped through a stop sign.

Kadlec was arrested that evening in the parking lot of the Muckleshoot Casino in Auburn, where he had been gambling, police said.


Chimney fire causes $50,000 in damage

A Bellevue father and son have been displaced by a fire that broke out Friday night behind their fireplace and caused $50,000 in damage.

No one was injured in the fire, which started just before midnight, in the 3000 block of 124th Avenue Northeast. The residents had a fire going in the fireplace, which started a fire in the chimney, fire officials said.

Investigators were not able to determine exactly how the blaze started.


PACE hires director to aid in fund raising

The Performing Arts Center Eastside (PACE) has hired Linda Johnson Bonomi, its first director of development, to help it raise $100 million over the next three years for construction and operations.

Bonomi is the former director of development at the Pacific Northwest Research Institute, a nonprofit research center in Seattle. Bonomi also served as executive director of the American Cancer Society before she moved back to Seattle in 2002.

PACE is scheduled to open in downtown Bellevue at 106th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 10th Street in 2008. The proposed 2,000-seat center would be built on land donated by Bellevue Square owner Kemper Freeman Jr.


School district starts open enrollments

The Issaquah School District will accept applications through this month from students who want to transfer between schools within the district or who want to transfer to Issaquah from another district.

Several elementary schools expect to have space available in certain grades next school year: Apollo, Briarwood, Maple Hills and Newcastle Elementary schools.

The rest of the schools in the district are closed, meaning the district expects those buildings to be at capacity next year. Families may apply for a closed school, but entrance cannot be assured.

Applications for transfers are available at schools. They also may be requested by calling Debbie Romano at 425-837-7010 or by downloading the transfer form from online. (Go to “In the Spotlight,” and select “February is Open Enrollment Month.”)

Completed forms should be mailed to Debbie Romano, Issaquah School District Administration, 565 N.W. Holly St., Issaquah, WA 98027.

Seattle Times Eastside bureau