Bellevue police are investigating an armed robbery that took place at a McDonald's restaurant in the 3300 block of 156th Avenue Southeast on Tuesday evening.

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Bellevue police are investigating an armed robbery that took place at a McDonald’s restaurant in the 3300 block of 156th Avenue Southeast on Tuesday evening. Bellevue police reported that the robber was chased along Interstate 90 but eventually escaped.

The incident began when a man pointed what appeared to be a handgun at a young man sitting in his car at the Eastgate eatery, demanded his wallet, and then fled in a car.

The young man followed the robber onto Interstate 90, said Bellevue police spokesman Michael Chiu, but lost track of the car.

The victim also called police, and police units from Redmond, Renton and Mercer Island, as well as the State Patrol, tried to find the robber.

Chiu described the financial loss as minimal. He said robberies of this type are uncommon in the Bellevue area.


Sound Transit seeks volunteers for panel

Sound Transit is seeking volunteers to fill vacancies on its Citizen Oversight Panel, an independent body that monitors the agency’s performance.

Volunteers must be willing to serve a minimum of four years on the panel, which currently meets twice a month during normal business hours.

Applicants must be registered voters who live within the region served by Sound Transit and have experience managing a business or construction project, with engineering, government processes, public facilities or public-policy development or review.

Applicants should send one-page letters of interest with résumés highlighting their experience to John W. Ladenburg, Chair, Sound Transit, 401 S. Jackson St., Seattle, WA 98104. The deadline is next Thursday. Sound Transit’s board will appoint new members in January.

Mercer Island

City to buy 900 trees for experimentation

Mercer Island will purchase 900 new trees with grant money from the King County Department of Natural Resources.

The $19,953 grant is part of an experiment designed to study techniques aimed at improving the survival of trees planted in areas without irrigation. The trees will be planted in areas the city is attempting to reclaim from blackberry growth.

The city has been planting trees in areas cleared of blackberry growth, but dry summers the past several years have killed some trees.

The city will be experimenting with mulches and gel irrigation supplements to aid in holding underground water for the young trees.

The trees will be planted in Luther Burbank, Island Crest and Pioneer parks and on the Mercerdale hillside.


Expedia grants go to 5 local nonprofits

Expedia, the Bellevue-based online travel service, recently awarded grants to five local nonprofits. Recipients of the $5,000 checks are:

• Childhaven, a care center for young children suffering from abuse or neglect.

• FareStart, a 16-week intensive restaurant-industry training program for homeless people.

• The Humane Society for Seattle/King County’s pet-food bank, which collects and distributes food for the pets of low-income senior citizens.

• Make-A-Wish Foundation of Alaska, Montana, Northern Idaho & Washington, which grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical problems.

• Pasado’s Safe Haven, an animal-rescue agency.

Seattle Times Eastside bureau