Police yesterday arrested an Everett man who skipped out on a court hearing on charges that he made two fake 911 calls to Bellevue police...

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Police yesterday arrested an Everett man who skipped out on a court hearing on charges that he made two fake 911 calls to Bellevue police last year.

Douglas Anthony Clark, 20, was scheduled to appear in Bellevue District Court earlier this year on two counts of false reporting, a misdemeanor. He was wanted on a $50,000 arrest warrant for failing to appear in court.

City prosecutors say he made two phone calls in July 2004 to report crimes that never happened.

A large number of police officers were sent in response to the calls, Bellevue police spokesman Michael Chiu said.

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Woman is unfit for trial, judge rules

A 47-year-old Kirkland woman charged with fatally shooting her boyfriend in the back of the head in October 2003 is unfit to stand trial, a judge ruled last week.

Lai Ching “Julia” Siu was sent to Western State Hospital for 90 days or until she becomes competent to stand trial, according to the order from King County Superior Court Judge Bruce Hilyer. Her trial was delayed until July 7.

According to charging documents, Siu shot Raymond Ubis on Oct. 14, 2003, as he sat on the stairs inside her home in the 12700 block of 111th Place Northeast. Siu and Ubis had dated for at least three months.

Mercer Island

Community center holds family event

Mercer Island’s Stroum Jewish Community Center expects more than 1,500 people to its second annual Baby and Family Event. Admission is free to the event, for expectant parents and families with young children, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

Featured speakers will include specialists from the University of Washington and area hospitals who will discuss child development, injury prevention and nutrition. The event also will feature live entertainment for children, including Charles the Clown, puppet shows, arts and crafts, and music, as well as vendor booths with products, services and community resources.

For more information, visit www.sjcc.org or call 206-232-7115, Ext. 304.

Mercer Island

City manager reports unexpected surplus

Lower-than-expected spending, an accounting change mandated by the federal government and excess reserves have left Mercer Island’s budget with nearly $3 million in unanticipated funds, according to City Manager Rich Conrad.

City leaders opted to put most of the money toward some of the city’s unfunded obligations, including $800,000 toward firefighters’ pensions and $1.1 million for long-term care. An additional $150,000 will go to move power lines underground near the new community center, $200,000 will go to widen segments of East Mercer Way, and $200,000 will go to the parks system.

The city will spend $50,000 to make improvements at one of its buildings that houses three child-care facilities.

The city also will put about $170,000 into its bond-redemption fund.


Meeting seeks input on development fees

The city of Redmond is holding a public meeting on plans to update its development-review user fees. Builders and other interested parties are invited to the meeting from 10 a.m. to noon April 14 in the city’s Technology Center Conference Room, 15810 N.E. 85th St.

Development-review user fees are paid by applicants for development permits. The rates were last updated in 1997 and have been adjusted annually for inflation, but they have not been amended to reflect recent changes in the development-review process. The city is soliciting input from parties that pay or have an interest in the user fees. A new fee structure would go into effect next year.

For questions or more information, please contact Malisa Files in the city’s Finance Department at 425-556-2166, or mfiles@redmond.gov.

Seattle Times Eastside bureau