Police have arrested a man they say rear-ended a State Patrol car on Interstate 405 in Bellevue this week and caused the car to burst into flames.

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Police have arrested a man they say rear-ended a State Patrol car on Interstate 405 in Bellevue this week and caused the car to burst into flames.

The 32-year-old trooper was seriously injured in the crash Tuesday but was released from the hospital later in the day and is expected to make a full recovery, according to the State Patrol. He has been with the State Patrol since 2000.

The suspect in the crash, a 55-year-old Seattle man, was booked into King County Jail on suspicion of vehicular assault. According to the State Patrol, he hit the parked patrol car while driving along the left shoulder.

The trooper’s Ford Crown Victoria caught fire, and I-405 was closed in both directions while firefighters put out the blaze.

An arrestee in the trooper’s car was treated for injuries and released from Overlake Hospital Medical Center.

Mercer Island

Washington teen dies in Minnesota

A 17-year-old Washington state boy died after apparently slipping on rocks and falling into a lake near International Falls, Minn.

Officials said George Hattemer of Mercer Island was found dead Tuesday off the water near Camp Kooch-i-ching’s Grassy Island on Rainy Lake.

Witnesses told investigators that on Monday evening Hattemer had left a cabin where staff and guests gathered for a fish fry and games to celebrate the end of a youth camp’s season.

Officials said the death appeared accidental. Autopsy results were pending.


Man accused in shooting arrested

A 35-year-old Seattle-area man suspected of shooting a man in Bothell last month was arrested in Kittitas County yesterday.

According to Bothell police and the State Patrol, the suspect got into a fight and shot a man July 30. He drove away on his motorcycle and was wanted on suspicion of attempted homicide, as well as on an outstanding arrest warrant in Kittitas County.

The man is a member of the Gypsy Jokers motorcycle gang, according to the State Patrol.


Seattle man drowns after fight on boat

A 31-year-old Seattle man drowned in the Sammamish River in Kenmore last weekend after getting into a fight with a friend, police said.

Anthony Martin fought with a 63-year-old Kenmore man on the older man’s boat about 9:30 p.m. Saturday, said John Urquhart, King County Sheriff’s Office spokesman. The older man, wearing a life jacket, jumped out to swim to shore near the 7000 block of Northeast 175th Street.

Martin jumped into the water to follow the man, but he was not wearing a life jacket and drowned, Urquhart said. His death was an accident, according to police.

North Bend

Festival at Mt. Si begins tomorrow

The Festival at Mt. Si, formerly called North Bend Alpine Days, runs from 6-9 p.m. tomorrow to Sunday in the Community Center Park, 400 S.E. Orchard Drive. Food, arts and crafts booths, a kids fun zone and entertainment, including local teen-band performances, will be featured. A pancake breakfast will be held at the Mt. Si Senior Center from 8-11 a.m. Saturday. There will also be a 5K and 10K run and 1.5-mile walk at 8:30 a.m. Saturday.

Other activities include bingo games, a cherry-pie-eating contest, belly dancers, a chili cook-off, a grand parade at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, a beer garden and a dog beauty contest. A fireworks show begins at 9:45 p.m. Saturday.

For a complete listing of activities and events go to www.festivalatmtsi.org or call 425-888-8535.


Shoe drive benefits local children

Redmond Town Center is asking shoppers to donate new pairs of school shoes, socks or laces for children ages 5-10 during its annual Shoes for Orphan Souls drive Aug. 15 through Sept. 30.

All of the shoes collected will go to help local children through the Assistance League of the Eastside’s Operation School Bell program. Shoes can be dropped off at Redmond Town Center, Information Central, 16495 N.E. 74th St., between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.


Officials name victim of car crash

A woman killed in a car accident this week near Issaquah has been identified as Joy Caldwell, 63, of Kent.

Caldwell died Tuesday of injuries suffered after she drove her Chevrolet Malibu from Highway 18 into the path of a pickup traveling on Issaquah Hobart Road, according to John Urquhart, King County Sheriff’s Office spokesman. Caldwell had stopped at a sign but then pulled into oncoming traffic, Urquhart said.

The driver of the pickup, a 33-year-old Maple Valley man, was unable to stop, and the pickup broadsided Caldwell’s car, Urquhart said.

Seattle Times Eastside bureau