A countywide police task force arrested 82 people over the weekend in its first "Party Patrol" of the summer.

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A countywide police task force arrested 82 people over the weekend in its first “Party Patrol” of the summer.

The patrols are designed to crack down on underage drinking by some high-school students celebrating after graduation ceremonies.

The busiest party spot was in the Woodinville area, in the 17300 block of 124th Avenue Northeast, where police arrested 54 minors for alcohol possession, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.

In Lake Forest Park, a father was arrested for hosting a party with teenagers and alcohol, sheriff’s officials said.

The task force, which will continue its patrols over the next few weeks, is made up of officers from the sheriff’s office and several cities’ police forces.


Alcohol, tax, fee on council agenda

The Kirkland City Council has several items up for discussion during tonight’s meeting, including the alcohol policy for city parks, a utility-tax increase and an increase in the fee developers may pay in lieu of providing parking.

The council meets at 7:30 at City Hall, 123 Fifth Ave. It will discuss whether to allow event coordinators to apply for permits to serve alcohol during public events in city parks. Private parties may apply for alcohol permits for events like weddings or family reunions. The change would allow alcohol to be served in controlled areas, like beer gardens, during public events and festivities.

The council also is considering approving a 1 percent utility-tax increase that would allow the Police Department to hire an additional lieutenant. Some of the tax money would also be used to eventually hire five or six officers for a new proactive police unit focusing on specific areas or problems in the city.

The council also will consider increasing the fee developers must pay if they choose not to build the required number of parking stalls for a new building. Currently, developers must pay $6,000 per parking stall not built. Under the proposal, that fee would increase to $20,000 per stall.


Animals evacuated during fire at shelter

Twenty dogs and cats were evacuated at the Humane Society in Bellevue yesterday after a commercial dryer caught fire and smoke spread through part of the building.

No people or animals were hurt in the fire, which started about 2 p.m. in the 13200 block of Southeast Eastgate Way, Bellevue fire officials said. Six employees were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.

The animals were not in immediate danger, because the fire was contained in one room, fire officials said. The fire caused about $10,000 in damage. It is under investigation.

Seattle Times Eastside bureau