Northwest NEWS

November 8, 1999

Local News


Eastside's rooftop burglar nabbed

   Monti J. Carlstad, 27, an ex-con suspected in some 90 rooftop burglaries on the Eastside during the last year, was arrested last week at a motel in Tukwila. The burglaries of mostly strip mall stores included over 50 in Bellevue, several in Kirkland, and at least two in Woodinville. Carlstad has had nine felony convictions in Snohomish County since 1991. He served eight months in prison in 1992 for two home burglaries and another nine months in 1996-97 for stealing a car. Police say he accessed many of the Eastside businesses in the same way. Police from several jurisdictions are currently compiling evidence against Carlstad, while he sits in King County jail on $100,000 bail. When they arrested him, police found tools similar to those in his possession when he was caught in North Bend. The torn strap of his backpack matched material left on a Bel-Red Rd. businesses' fence in mid-June, when a rooftop burglar narrowly escaped the jaws of a police dog by vaulting over the fence.

Save on 1999 tab fees?

   Anyone wanting to save money on MVET fees due in November or December have two choices: park your car until after Jan. 1, or take a chance on a $75-$150 ticket. After that, you will pay the $30 MVET fee, regardless of tab expiration date. The state has announced that license tab renewal notices for January 2000 will be sent out later than usual, due to necessary programming changes resulting from I-695. People wanting to pay their January tab fees early will be charged 1999 prices, since I-695 does not take affect until Jan. 1, and no refunds on the price difference will be issued, the state announced last week. I-695 does not provide for refunds. Contrary to popular hope, no one will pay just $30 for tabs. Some fees charged are not covered by I-695, including: $3 filing fee for renewals; $15 local fee for residents of King and Snohomish Counties; $30 fee on personalized, college, and stadium plates.

Guide to U-Cut Christmas trees

   A free "Choose & Cut Guide" to 103 U-Cut Christmas tree plantations in Oregon and Washington has been prepared by the Pacific Northwest Christmas Tree Association. The 1999 guide lists 52 Oregon U-Cut tree farms and 51 U-Cut tree farms in Washington. The guides will be available free of charge at Chambers of Commerce offices, county extension offices, American Automobile Association offices, participating YMCAs, and Coldwell Banker offices. Some U-Cut tree farms begin operation prior to the Thanksgiving weekend, while the majority open the first weekend after Thanksgiving. Information provided in the Christmas tree "Choose & Cut Guide" includes directions to all U-Cut tree farms, operating hours, types of trees for sale, farm phone numbers, and special attractions.

Crisis line for rape, sexual assault

   Victims of sexual assault and rape can call a 24-hour crisis line for information, support, and medical and legal assistance. King County Sexual Assault Resource Center (KCSARC) has transferred all crisis line services from former Seattle Rape Relief (SRR), which dissolved in July. KSARC's crisis line is 1-800-825-7273.

Volunteers needed to deliver Thanksgiving goodies

   Elder Friends needs people to help deliver Thanksgiving meals and spend an hour visiting with one senior citizen on Thanksgiving Day from 9:30 a.m.-noon. To volunteer, call Elder Friends at (206) 224-3793.