In other items: New Habitat homes to be handed over; and forum will review youth-survey results.

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Federal prosecutors have charged a 33-year-old Seattle man with gun violations in connection with the theft of a Mercer Island police car and a police shooting earlier this year.

Christopher Urga was charged April 25 in U.S. District Court with two counts of being a felon in possession of a gun. According to charging documents, Urga and another man, Reinhard Wysgoll, were driving a stolen sport-utility vehicle Feb. 1 with two pistols inside.

They were pulled over by a Mercer Island police officer. They overpowered him and stole his patrol car, with a shotgun inside, the documents say.

Urga and Wysgoll were stopped by another Mercer Island officer a few minutes later, and the two men got out of the patrol car. When they ignored orders to stop, the other officer shot Wysgoll twice. He was not seriously injured, police said.

Urga has several felony convictions, including assault and car theft. In addition to the federal charge, he is charged in King County Superior Court with car theft, escape, attempting to elude police and felony theft. He has pleaded not guilty.

Wysgoll is charged in King County Superior Court with car theft and escape. He also has pleaded not guilty.


New Habitat homes to be handed over

Habitat for Humanity of East King County will hand house keys to two new Snoqualmie Ridge homeowners during a dedication celebration May 14.

The new homes are in the organization’s Koinonia Ridge development on Snoqualmie Ridge. The celebration is set for 3 p.m. at 36912 Gravenstein Court.

When completed, the Koinonia Ridge community will have 50 homes, the largest Habitat for Humanity development in the Pacific Northwest.

The two newest homes were built with at least 500 hours of “sweat equity” from the new homeowners: Mike Crandall and Lisa Curtis, who grew up in the Snoqualmie Valley, and Aberhet Gurmu, who grew up in Eritrea and is a single mother of four.


Forum will review youth-survey results

A community forum is set for Monday at Tolt Middle School to discuss the local results of a recent study on attitudes and behavior of thousands of students across the state.

The 7 p.m. community forum will feature Kevin Haggerty, a local parent and researcher from the University of Washington’s Social Development Research Group. He will explain the results of the 2004 Healthy Youth Survey and help identify ways for students to make healthy choices.

The state conducts the Healthy Youth Survey occasionally among students in grades 6, 8, 10 and 12.

Tolt Middle School is at 3740 Tolt Avenue in Carnation.