The City Council last night heard two hours of public testimony about proposed new restrictions for temporary homeless encampments in the city.

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The City Council last night heard two hours of public testimony about proposed new restrictions for temporary homeless encampments in the city.

Council members did not vote on a draft ordinance before them; instead they plan to consider the issue at another meeting later this month.

Residents, church members and homeless advocates spoke about the proposal, which would outline how roving camps, like Tent City 4 now in Kirkland, would be permitted within city limits.

The proposal has changed several times since it was introduced in May. The revised version discussed last night is less stringent than earlier drafts.


Electrical explosion causes evacuation

A Bellevue office building was evacuated yesterday after an electrical panel in the basement exploded and injured an electrician.

No one else was hurt in the explosion and fire, which the electrician put out before it could spread, said Bellevue fire spokesman Bruce Kroon.

The electrician suffered minor burns and a cut to his arm.

The panel exploded about 10 a.m. in the Park Heights building, 1800 112th Ave. N.E. The employees were evacuated for about 45 minutes.

The explosion and fire caused at least $10,000 in damage. The cause is still under investigation.


Care worker’s conviction restored

A state appeals court yesterday reinstated the conviction of a care worker who had been accused of assaulting a multiple-sclerosis patient in 2001.

Abel Nakandakari-Arana was convicted of fourth-degree assault for hitting a patient in the Kirkland care facility where he worked. The King County Superior Court overturned the conviction because it said he was not allowed to respond adequately to evidence against him.

The appeals court, in a decision filed yesterday, said the disputed evidence against the suspect did not affect the outcome of his trial.


Missing man’s body found in river

The body of a Redmond man who vanished May 28 while swimming in the Snoqualmie River was found Monday, downstream from where he had disappeared.

Samuel Lozano Barrazo, 22, had been carried away by a swift current while he swam with friends off a sandbar north of Carnation, King County sheriff’s officials said.

Barrazo’s body was found by his family members, who were conducting a private search.

King County Search and Rescue suspended the initial search after about 24 hours of searching with divers, a helicopter and rafts.


Series features events for “Summer Nights”

The 2005 Summer Nights in the Park concerts will kick off tomorrow at Pine Lake Park, 228th Avenue Southeast and Southeast 24th Street, with a performance by Emerald City Throwdown, a Seattle cover band that plays everything from disco music to reggae and swing.

The event runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Food vendors will be on-site starting at 5 p.m.

This year’s Summer Nights series features eight concerts and two Shakespeare performances. The program also boasts a “Kids First” series at noon, with events geared toward both adults and children, such as an interactive reptile display and a juggling duo. Admission to all events is free.

For more information about the series, contact Lynne Handlos, recreation coordinator, at 425-829-0877 or go to