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Tuesday, May 25, 2004 - Page updated at 12:00 A.M.

Eastside Digest
Teen arrested for carrying gun

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MERCER ISLAND — A 14-year-old boy was arrested and booked into the King County Juvenile Detention Center yesterday after he brought a revolver and a couple of bullets to school.

The eighth-grader at Islander Middle School will be held for 72 hours in order to undergo a psychological evaluation, said Mercer Island police Sgt. Lance Davenport.

Apparently, two students told a vice principal that the boy had a gun in his backpack, Davenport said. The vice principal and the school's resource officer confronted the boy and found an unloaded .38-caliber revolver and two bullets in his backpack, he said.

Police don't know who owns the gun and don't know whether the boy made threats against students or teachers or was planning to harm himself.

"That's something we're trying to iron out right now," Davenport said.

Woman's death in weekend car crash ruled an accident

KIRKLAND — Officials with the King County Medical Examiner's Office yesterday identified Beverly P. Newman as the 72-year-old Bellevue woman who died Saturday in a three-car accident on northbound Interstate 405.

Newman died from injuries to her chest, and her death was ruled an accident, a county investigator said.

Just after 11 p.m. Saturday, Newman apparently suffered a medical emergency as she drove north, just north of Northeast 85th Street in Kirkland, according to the State Patrol.

She swerved right, across two lanes of traffic and struck a barrier; a Jeep Cherokee, driven by an Edmonds man, then struck the driver's side of Newman's car. A second car then crashed into the Jeep.
The Jeep driver was treated and released from Evergreen Hospital Medical Center; the third driver and several passengers in the Jeep and second car were not hurt.

Duplex fire started by boy placing lit match under bed

BELLEVUE — A boy playing with matches sparked a fire early yesterday at the duplex he shares with his mother in the Surrey Downs neighborhood, said Bellevue fire Lt. Todd Dickerboom.

Just after 12:35 a.m., Bellevue firefighters responded to the blaze in the 100 block of 108th Avenue Southeast, Dickerboom said. It took 28 firefighters from Bellevue and Kirkland 17 minutes to get the fire under control; fire damage was confined to the 12-year-old's bedroom, but smoke and heat damaged the top floor of the unit, he said.

Investigators determined that the boy had placed a match he thought was extinguished underneath his bed; it smoldered for some time before "the family dog alerted the child to the fire," Dickerboom said.

Both the boy and his mother were able to get out of the house unharmed. The fire caused approximately $100,000 in damages, he said.

Information is from the Eastside bureau of The Seattle Times.

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