In other items: Hospital construction closes one entrance; police schedule series of classes for citizens; Heritage Art Contest invites submissions; and city seeking artist for new welcome sign.

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Police yesterday released a sketch and a more-precise description of a man suspected of robbing another man at a drive-up ATM in Kirkland last week.

On March 14, the suspect sprayed the man in the face with pepper spray and grabbed his money in the 11600 block of 97th Lane Northeast, police said.

The suspect may have committed a similar robbery in Redmond earlier that night.

The suspect is described as black, 23 to 26 years old, 5 foot 11, with a medium build and short black hair. He was wearing a blue bandanna over the bottom half of his face.


Hospital construction closes one entrance

Evergreen Hospital Medical Center in Kirkland has closed the entrance and parking lot that face 120th Avenue Northeast while the hospital expands its emergency department and builds a new inpatient facility.

Visitors should use 124th Avenue Northeast to access 130th Lane from the east, where drivers can access the hospital campus and parking garage. Evergreen’s main entrance off 130th Lane will remain open during construction. All hospital departments, including the emergency department, will remain open.

Construction is expected to be completed in early 2007.

The new emergency department will include 32 acute-care rooms, including four trauma rooms. It will also have a 10-bed “quick care” unit for less-urgent needs and several triage areas for faster patient assessments. The new inpatient facility will have six floors and as many as 192 beds.


Police schedule series of classes for citizens

The next session of the Redmond Citizens Police Academy starts next month, and the Police Department is looking for applicants.

The academy is a series of free classes on topics such as crime prevention, criminal investigations and hostage negotiation, designed to show residents how their Police Department works.

The classes run for nine weeks on Wednesday nights from 6:30 to 9:15 p.m., beginning April 13. The academy will also meet twice on Saturdays, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Applications are available at the Police Department or online at Call 425-556-2545 for more information.


Heritage Art Contest invites submissions

Redmond artists are invited to enter their artwork in the first-ever Redmond Heritage Art Contest.

The contest is being coordinated by the Redmond Historical Society, Redmond Arts Commission and Eastside Association of Fine Arts. Artists may submit paintings, drawings, photos or hanging textiles for the judging.

Prizes include $300, $200 and $100 cash awards. The entry fee is $8, and the deadline to enter is May 23. Contact or call 425-869-9806 for details and an entry form.


City seeking artist for new welcome sign

The Sammamish Art Commission and Sammamish City Council are inviting artists to apply to create a new city welcome sign to be placed near the city limits or on a major street leading into the city.

The sign should be highly visible and easily readable by drivers and pedestrians. It should also require little or no maintenance, have an option for night illumination, withstand the elements and be resistant to vandalism.

For more information, call Sevda Baran at 425-0307 or go to

Seattle Times Eastside bureau