A 15-year-old Kirkland boy has been reunited with his iPod after a trio of Seattle teens pummeled him on a downtown Bellevue sidewalk, snatched...

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A 15-year-old Kirkland boy has been reunited with his iPod after a trio of Seattle teens pummeled him on a downtown Bellevue sidewalk, snatched the music device and an undisclosed amount of cash, and fled.

The boy said he had been at Bellevue Square on Tuesday hanging out with three other males he had met earlier that evening, said Bellevue police Officer Michael Chiu.

Around 10:50 p.m., the group was walking to a bus stop near the intersection of Main Street and Bellevue Way when the trio, all from Seattle, began punching the boy, Chiu said. One fled on foot with the cash while the other two boarded a passing Metro bus.

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The boy then ran into Main Street to flag down a passing police officer, who was able to arrest two of the teens just up the street after they were kicked off the bus for not paying the fare, Chiu said. One is being held at King County Jail and the other at King County Youth Center for investigation of second-degree robbery.

The third teen remains at large, though police know his identity, he said. Police discovered the iPod in bushes near the bus stop.

The Kirkland boy declined treatment.


Tent city to relocate to church site in May

Tent City 4 residents overwhelmingly voted this week to accept an invitation to move to Lake Washington United Methodist Church in Kirkland in mid-May.

Residents of the roving Eastside homeless encampment had been hoping to move to a church in Bellevue, but they said they had not yet received an invitation.

Tent City 4 is currently located at Kirkland Congregational United Church of Christ, 106 Fifth Ave., across from City Hall. The tent city plans to stay there until mid-May, when it will move to Lake Washington’s site at 7525 132nd Ave. N.E.

Last week, Lake Washington began the process of filing for a temporary-use permit to allow the encampment on its grounds.


Mayor to seek 2nd City Council term

Kirkland Mayor Mary-Alyce Burleigh announced yesterday that she will seek re-election to a second term on the City Council.

Burleigh, who was elected to the council in 2001, is serving her first term as mayor, a post to which the council elected her in January. Burleigh’s position is one of five of the City Council’s seven seats up for election in November.

Burleigh serves on several local committees, including the Legislative Committee, the City/School District Coordinating Committee, and the Solid Waste/Houghton Transfer Station Task Force. She also heads Kirkland’s Centennial Committee.


Fires near high school considered suspicious

Bellevue police and fire officials are investigating a cluster of small fires discovered in garbage cans, mailboxes and elsewhere near Robinswood High School. They suspect arson.

A passer-by at 4:52 p.m. Wednesday reported a fire in a plastic tarp covering playground equipment at the school, in the 14800 block of Southeast 22nd Street. Fire crews arrived to find several other small fires in trash cans around the school’s perimeter.

At 5:19 p.m., neighbors west of the school reported a wooden fence burning and several mailboxes with charred mail. The fires caused less than $500 total damage, with minimal structure damage.

Investigators don’t know how the fires started, said Bellevue Lt. Bruce Kroon. Anyone with information is asked to call the Fire Department at 425-452-6892 or the Police Department at 425-452-6917.

Seattle Times Eastside bureau