In other items: Alliance to help assess water needs; man pleads not guilty in theft of medicine; race car destroyed when barn burns; and openings available in preschool classes.

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A 23-year-old Maple Valley man has been arrested on suspicion of charging into an Issaquah home armed with a handgun Friday before one of the residents disarmed him and sent him fleeing, police said.

The suspect entered the home through an unlocked door around 6 p.m. Friday in the 500 block of Newport Way Northwest, police said. After he threatened a woman with the gun, a man living in the home grabbed the gun and the two wrestled, police said. The resident was able to grab the gun and hit the Maple Valley man in the head with it, so he left the home and drove away, police said. Police stopped his car and arrested him. The attacker knew the residents, police said.

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Alliance to help assess water needs

King County Executive Ron Sims is scheduled to announce today a planning partnership between the county and Cascade Water Alliance.

The two entities will work together through 2007 on a broad-based plan to address the county’s water needs. Under the partnership, the impact of issues such as population, economic growth, climate change and global warming on the county’s water supply will be studied. Cascade Water Alliance, which has eight members including the city of Bellevue, is helping to head the effort, but all governments in the county are invited to take part in the planning.


Man pleads not guilty in theft of medicine

A 42-year-old Ocean Shores man pleaded not guilty yesterday to stealing $900 worth of cold medicine from a Bellevue drugstore and assaulting employees with a syringe.

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

King County Superior Court prosecutors say Kadlec took the cold medicine from a Bartell Drugs in downtown Bellevue on Jan. 25, then brandished the needle and threatened to give a security guard and the store manager AIDS.

Kadlec was arrested that evening in the parking lot of the Muckleshoot Casino in Auburn, where he had been gambling with money gained from selling the cold pills, police said.


Race car destroyed when barn burns

A barn caught fire early yesterday morning southeast of Carnation and destroyed a vintage Mustang race car inside, fire officials said.

The fire started just after midnight in the 3000 block of Lake Langlois Road Northeast. Flames spread to the roof of the barn. An electrical problem probably caused the fire, though fire officials still were investigating yesterday.


Openings available in preschool classes

Openings are now available in the Northshore School District’s preschool and pre-kindergarten programs for the 2005-06 school year.

The programs are offered at Cottage Lake Elementary in Woodinville and Frank Love Elementary in Bothell. There are morning and afternoon sessions.

Certified teachers work with up to 12 students per session for three hours per day on reading and instruction geared to each child’s age and development.

For the preschool program, held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, a child must be 3 years old by Aug. 31. Tuition is $160 per month. For the pre-kindergarten program — Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays — children must be 4 years old by Aug. 31. Tuition is $270 per month. Reduced tuition is available for qualifying families.

Children must be immunized and toilet-trained. Families must provide transportation.

For more information, call Cottage Lake Elementary at 425-489-6396 or Frank Love Elementary at 425-489-6464.

Seattle Times Eastside bureau