About $6,100 damage was done to a golf cart, landscaping and an office in a fire at a Redmond apartment complex yesterday...

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About $6,100 damage was done to a golf cart, landscaping and an office in a fire at a Redmond apartment complex yesterday, the Redmond Fire Department reported.

The fire was reported at 1:02 a.m. at the Old Redmond Place Apartments in the 7000 block of the Old Redmond Road.

Twenty-two firefighters from the Redmond and Kirkland departments responded and the fire was extinguished at 1:13 a.m., reported Lt. Thomas Langton, public-information officer.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation.


Daytime burglaries reported in area

Three daytime residential burglaries occurred in the Squak Mountain neighborhood Saturday, Issaquah police reported.

The crimes occurred between 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. in the 1200 block of Sunrise Place Southeast, the 500 block of Mountain Park Boulevard Southwest and the 800 block of Southwest Cedar Glade Drive.

The burglar or burglars broke a glass pane near a door handle to enter. Small items of value were stolen. Police have not identified any suspects as yet.


Free sessions tell how city operates

Wondering how city government operates? Four free sessions this month and next could provide some answers.

The sessions will provide information on where city revenue comes from, where it’s spent and how people can get involved in such matters as land use and capital-project planning. The presentations will include question-and-answer opportunities with city officials.

The presentations will be made through the 2005 Civics Academy under the title, “How the system works.” The sessions will be from 6:30-8 p.m. at Woodinville City Hall, 17301 133rd Ave. N.E.

The sessions are:

• Thursday: Government 101 — how the Woodinville city system works.

• Sept. 29: Budget basics — where city revenue comes from and where it is spent.

• Oct. 6: Citizen decision-making — how to be involved in land-use and capital-projects planning.

• Oct. 13: The pragmatic politician — from the perspectives of elected and appointed city officials.


Building to close street on Saturdays

Drivers in the Totem Lake area should expect Northeast 132nd Street to close Saturday nights from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. Sunday mornings.

The closures, along with Monday through Friday night closures of Northeast 132nd, are expected to last through mid- to late October as crews build a new freeway overpass and transit center.

For more information, visit www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/I405/TotemLake


Gas lamp honors utility’s ex-CEO

Officials from the city of Bellevue and Puget Sound Energy (PSE) were on hand yesterday to dedicate a natural-gas lamp in honor of John Ellis, former CEO of PSE and the Seattle Mariners.

The gas lamp was installed on Northeast Fourth Street in Downtown Park. Ellis was one of the original supporters for the construction of the park in the late 1980s.

PSE installs gas lamps to honor the recipients of the company’s annual Pioneer Award, which recognizes community involvement.


City seeks help with park plan

Kirkland’s parks department is developing a master plan for McAuliffe Park and encourages citizens to attend a workshop at 7 tonight to review design and development options for the park’s future.

The workshop is at the park, at 10824 N.E. 116th St. in Kirkland’s South Juanita neighborhood. For more information, contact project manager Michael Cogle at 425-587-3310 or mcogle@ci.kirkland.wa.us or visit www.ci.kirkland.wa.us/depart/parks/McAuliffe_Masterplan/mcauliffe_masterplan.htm


Blazes damage apartment, house

Two back-to-back fires in the Duvall area caused an estimated $45,000 damage to an apartment and house.

The first fire was reported shortly before midnight Monday in the 26500 block of Allen Court, reported Chief John Lambert of Duvall/King County Fire District 45.

That fire was in a second-floor apartment and firefighters were able to confine the blaze to a bedroom.

A few minutes later, a second fire was reported in the 26900 block of Northeast 152nd Street. The fire in the garage of a two-story house was quickly extinguished.

Damage in the apartment fire was estimated at $35,000. In the second fire, the house and a car in the garage sustained an estimated $10,000 in damage.

Two families were displaced by the fires and were temporarily relocated by the Red Cross.

Firefighters from the Woodinville, Monroe, Carnation and Redmond departments also helped in fighting the blazes.