Redmond and Bellevue police are searching for a man who allegedly exposed himself to a 12-year-old girl walking home from school Monday.

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Redmond and Bellevue police are searching for a man who allegedly exposed himself to a 12-year-old girl walking home from school Monday.

The girl was walking near Bennett Elementary School by the border of Redmond and Bellevue around 3:30 p.m. when she saw an older Plymouth or Dodge van with brownish wood panels drive by. The van turned around and stopped, and a man inside began talking to her. During their conversation, the girl said, the man exposed himself.

The man, described as white and in his 30s, with dark eyes, dark curly hair and a medium build, did not ask her to get in the van. Anyone with information related to the incident is asked to call 911.


Highway accident hospitalizes driver

A man was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center after the car he was driving apparently clipped a semi-truck on Highway 203 yesterday morning.

The accident happened at about 7:40 and closed both lanes of traffic on the highway, also known as the Carnation-Duvall Road, said Josie Williams, public-information officer with Eastside Fire and Rescue. The man was driving north when he may have side-swiped the truck heading south in the 11200 block of Carnation-Duvall Road, Williams said. The car hit a guardrail, and the truck, carrying a load of hay, ended up in a ditch.

The man sustained serious injuries and had to be extricated from the car before being airlifted from a nearby ballfield, she said.


Eglington to run for second term

Doug Eglington, president of the Lake Washington School Board, says he will run for re-election in the fall. He represents the north part of Sammamish and parts of unincorporated King County.

Eglington, 55, is serving his fourth term on the board. A father of two, he works as a senior policy analyst with the King County Office of Business Relations and Economic Development.

He co-founded the Sammamish Kiwanis Club and is a past president of the King County chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.


Teacher’s transfer prompts protest

About 100 people yesterday protested the transfer of a teacher at the International School, marching to Bellevue School District headquarters to deliver a petition.

Carol Schmidt was among the founding staff members of the International School, a high- achieving alternative school in the district. The district confirmed Schmidt is being transferred to Bellevue High School next year.

Ann Oxrieder, district spokeswoman, said a handful of teachers are involuntarily transferred every year. She would not discuss the reason for Schmidt’s transfer, saying it was a personnel issue.

Alumni from the school organized the protest. In a letter to the community, they argued that Schmidt’s transfer would inspire other teachers to leave and raised concerns about curriculum changes they say the district has made.


Councilman Barry looks for third term

Jack Barry announced yesterday he will seek a third term on the Sammamish City Council.

Barry was elected in 1999 as one of the original council members when Sammamish incorporated. Since being elected, Barry has served as a councilman, deputy mayor and mayor. He is chairman of the public-works committee and serves on the Eastside Transportation Partnership.

King County

Safety to be packaged in new languages

The King County Office of Emergency Management is reaching out to native Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese speakers by offering information on disaster preparedness in their languages.

The office has translated safety tips online that highlight practical tips on putting together an emergency-preparedness plan, disaster-supplies kit and a how-to guide for sheltering-in-place.

To access the information, go to

Seattle Times Eastside bureau