Two men were arrested in Clyde Hill after police searching their van found a large amount of mail and other property reportedly stolen...

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Two men were arrested in Clyde Hill after police searching their van found a large amount of mail and other property reportedly stolen from residents in several Seattle-area cities, including Clyde Hill, Medina, Yarrow Point, Bellevue, Newcastle, Des Moines and SeaTac.

Police pulled the van over at 4 a.m. Thursday after they found a pile of mail in the middle of the street nearby, in the 2400 block of 84th Avenue Northeast.

Inside the van, officers found more mail as well as a stolen tape deck and other items, police said.

The men were booked into King County Jail on suspicion of mail theft, car prowling and drug possession.

Clyde Hill and Medina police are investigating and plan to notify any affected property owners.


Mercer Slough park needs volunteers

Volunteers are needed to help pick up litter today in the Mercer Slough Nature Park.

The East Lake Washington Audubon Society is organizing the combination trail-cleaning and bird-watching trip.

Interested volunteers should meet at 10 a.m. at the Winters House, 2102 Bellevue Way S.E.

Bring gloves, a trash bag and binoculars.


Swim-pool subsidy given tentative OK

Representatives from two Northshore-area city councils and leaders of the Northshore School District preliminarily agreed Thursday night that they’ll continue to subsidize the Northshore Ruiz-Costie Pool through 2006.

Bothell, Woodinville and the school district have contributed a combined $200,000 over the past two years to help the nonprofit group Northwest Center operate the swimming pool after King County announced two years prior that it no longer could afford to run all of its facilities. The funding agreement expires in December.

Staff from each city and the school district are crafting a resolution that likely will be voted on within a couple of weeks, said Carter Hawley, Kenmore’s assistant city manager.


Fair offers space, seeks classic cars

Booth space is available and classic cars are needed for the Eastside Heritage Center’s Strawberry Festival June 25-26.

The annual fair, a revival of Bellevue’s Strawberry Festival that ran from 1925-1941, celebrates the Eastside’s agricultural roots.

The original festival was designed to attract would-be homebuyers to the Bellevue area. Since the festival was revived in 1987, the Heritage Center has used the event to highlight local history.

Booth space, at a cost of $400, is limited. Crafts, arts, promotional and general merchandise vendors are welcome. Classic cars are needed for the annual Classic Car Show that’s part of the festival on June 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Vehicles and motorcycles from 1985 or earlier can participate, but vehicles must be 1976 or older to be judged in the various contest categories. A judged-vehicle entry cost $15; a nonjudged entry is $10.

For more information about the festival or to register your vehicle in the contest, visit

You also can register your car by calling 425-453-1655.