Former Des Moines City Councilmember Jeanette Burrage was found ‘Not Guilty’ Thursday of charges of assaulting a special needs student who was riding on a Highline School District bus she was driving in 2015.
The verdict was handed down by a six-person jury at SeaTac Municipal Court on Thursday morning, May 26.
As we previously reported, initial charges of assault came after King County Sheriff’s detectives investigated the March 2015 incident, then recommended fourth degree assault charges be filed against her.
Burrage also served as a state legislator and King County Superior Court judge. She resigned from the Des Moines City Council in April, 2015.
At the time, the Sheriff’s office said it jointly investigated the case with the school district after school district employees that viewed the bus surveillance video from the afternoon routes on March 10 reported it to SeaTac Police on March 18. Police and school security officers initially responded to a disturbance on the bus but deputies said at the time there was no indication that an assault occurred. Following the incident, the student was taken home by school district security, said a Sheriff’s department spokesman.
An internal review of the bus surveillance video by district officials showed Burrage slapping the child, who was standing on a seat at the time, said deputies. District officials immediately contacted SeaTac Police, who turned the matter over to the Sheriff’s office Special Assault Unit, given their special experience with juvenile interviews. That unit worked with SeaTac Police to conclude the case.
Here’s surveillance video of the incident which was released at the time; note that a “much higher resolution” version of this footage was presented in the courtroom:
“Jeanette was innocent, and justice was served,” said her lawyer, Joseph A. Breidenbach of Burien.
Breidenbach added that the jury reviewed a “much higher resolution” video of the incident in the courtroom than had been previously distributed.
Bridenbach also told The Waterland Blog that the jury had a “very short” deliberation of around 35 minutes total, and they announced their verdict around 9:15 a.m. Thursday morning.
“It was extremely stressful, and I’m really hoping that somebody investigates the Highline School District transportation department,” Burrage told The Waterland Blog. “There’s a severe shortage of drivers, which needs to be investigated.”
Burrage had been driving buses for Highline Transportation since 2012, but was placed on administrative leave by the school district.
Burrage told The Waterland Blog that she’ll likely next seek an arbitration about whether she should’ve been fired.
“I have great faith in our justice system,” Burrage told The Waterland Blog.
Relieved yet still very emotional, Burrage added:
“I was so emotionally distraught that I didn’t want to go to council meetings, where I’d hear from angry residents, hear nasty remarks, read emails, receive negative phone calls – all of which really hurt me.
That’s why I resigned – I thought I was tough but I guess I wasn’t.”
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Wanolitto says it is less than two weeks until Opening Day – Saturday, June 4 – for the Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market!
Coming off another very successful season, the Market will be bringing you many exciting new vendors, entertainers and food.
The word “Waterfront” will be prominent again at The Des Moines Marina, where you will be able to enjoy your favorite market vendors and sample many prepared foods. Opening day will also feature our Food Truck-In, with 12 trucks including your favorites and some new ones. Look for them in the horseshoe drive in front of the marina office.
Rikki Marohl, market manager, said “the market again will have many of your favorite artisans and crafters as well as some surprises.” Also returning will be the market’s own wines, including new this year our Waterfront Red, a fabulous blend of 5 different varietals, with all the proceeds going toward the market’s Endowment Fund. Look for our wine booth where tasting once again is encouraged.
Don’t forget to bring your old musical instruments to donate to the Highline Music4Life program. The program refurbishes the instruments and gives them to the Highline School students who wouldn’t be able to afford them. The local Rotary Club of Des Moines & Normandy Park recently made a $13,000 donation to this wonderful program thru its annual Blues & Blues Festival, it will be held again this year on August 27th. You can drop your instruments off at the wine tasting booth
The King Conservation District Healthy Eating Initiative, a Farm Fresh Foods program that provides qualifying Senior Citizens age 55 and older and people with disabilities of all ages $10 every market day to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables from our local farmers. Just bring your pictured ID to our information booth to receive your tokens to use as cash. Another grant this year is to educate and feed low income families with healthy foods. It is called the Fresh Bucks Eating Initiative where you can double your EBT dollars up to $10/market day. Qualified participants can sign up at the market information booth.
The market and King Conservation District, along with partner Senior Services, are proud to once again offer the HYDE Shuttle providing local transportation to seniors 55 and older and the disabled of all ages living in Des Moines, Normandy Park, Burien and Sea-Tac. Download the flyer here (PDF file).
Back again this year is Clutter to Cash where you can turn your valuables into cash. You know all that odd ball stuff you have been moving from one side of your garage to the other and trip over every time you try to get into your car. There are three days this year; June 23, July 23 and August 13.There are only 25 booth spaces so we are encouraging people to sign up early. The space fee is $20 and you must provide your own tables, chairs, etc. You can sign up at the information booth or download the application from our web site.
And don’t forget the start of our Sunset Markets beginning Wednesday July 6th and running every Wednesday thru August 31st. It will run from 4-8pm with many new vendors and food trucks where people can shop and eat and then walk to the beach park for the free music series.
Here is the special event schedule for this season:
- June 4 Opening Day, Food Truck-In
- June 25 Clutter to Cash
- July 6 Sunset Market Starts
- July 23 Clutter to Cash
- August 6 Health & Fitness Day
- August 13 Clutter to Cash
- August 20 Pancake Breakfast
- September 10 Back to School/Safety Day, Food Truck-In
- September 24 Last Day
To keep up with all the special events, featuring what’s fresh and entertainment at the market, please log onto the website and sign up for our e-newsletter that comes out once a week. You can also keep up on the activities by visiting the markets Facebook page.
See you 10am on OPENING DAY – Saturday June 4!
‘Art on Poverty Bay’ will dedicate new temporary Sculptures on Saturday, June 4, starting at 11 a.m. at the Des Moines Marina Promenade.
Six new sculptures will be added to the Art on Poverty Bay Sculpture Garden in the Marina District, on S. 216th Street and in Redondo on Saturday, June 4, 2016.
“Please join the City of Des Moines Arts Commission as we celebrate art with these fine artists in Des Moines.”
For more details about the Des Moines Arts Commission’s full summer schedule of events go to www.desmoinesartscommission.com.
It’s that time of year again – the Shorewood ‘Streets of Garage Sales’ is coming Saturday, June 4, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.!
The Streets of Garage Sales is a beloved annual event that takes place in the Burien neighborhood, Shorewood on the Sound.
Every year over 50 homes participate, having garage sales on the same day, all in a small walkable neighborhood. The entry points to the neighborhood will be lit up with large signs and balloons, as well as maps available in boxes.
For those more tech inclined we also have an online map that is live up the minute with sale locations (see below).
“More people are joining in every day, we usually have over 50 sales!”
Join us in Shorewood and support this 20+ year tradition! There is a reason the sale has keep strong for so long – great sellers and customers!
Here’s a Facebook event page:
And here’s an interactive map:
Beginning on Thursday, May 26, 2016, the public will have an opportunity to discuss issues and items of concern with available City Council and City Staff, the city announced Wednesday.
These informal meetings will be held prior to each Thursday night Council meeting in Council Chambers (21630 11th Avenue S.), and will begin at 6:15 p.m.
You can find a full list of dates at www.desmoineswa.gov.
For more information, please contact the City Clerk at 206-870-6519 or [email protected].
Here’s episode #52 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, and the Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation:
Weekly News Recap for May 20-22, 2016: 17-year old boy shot in Burien; online ‘date’ ends up in shooting & carjacking; Des Moines Police arrest 13-year old; county issues moratorium on new pot stores; Jack Mayne Commentary on pot; Puget Sound Weather Geek forecast; ‘The Final Take’ & more…
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WLB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for both this SATURDAY, May 21, and SUNDAY, May 22 – is a beautiful, brand new 5-bedroom home!
This is the home you’ve dreamed of, and is beautifully designed with high-end, new construction.
This five bedroom home includes a bonus room and real 3-car garage.
Chef’s delight kitchen has slab quartz counters, tile back splash, stainless appliances and over-sized, walk-in pantry.
Includes an additional main floor second master bedroom or guest suite.
Upstairs is a master bedroom suite complete with a large walk-in closet and 5-piece master bathroom.
Extra spacious bonus room.
Large lot, great parking.
Great location – minutes to downtown!
Here are some pics (click images to see larger versions):
Here are the details:
WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Open House.
WHEN: Both SATURDAY, May 21, from Noon – 3 p.m. & SUNDAY, May 22 from Noon – 3 p.m.
WHERE: 10213 8th Ave SW, Seattle 98148-1403 (MAP)
- List Price: $599,950
- MLS Number: 928310
- Bedrooms: 5
- Bathrooms: 3.5
- Year Built: 2016
- Approximate House SqFt: 3,000
- Lot Square Footage: 7,620
- Bath Off Master
- Dble Pane/Strm Windw
- Dining Room
- Vaulted Ceilings
- Walk-in Closet
The home you’ve dreamed of!
Beautifully designed, high-end new construction.
Five bedroom home with bonus room and real 3-car garage.
Chef’s delight kitchen has slab quartz counters, tile back splash, stainless appliances and over-sized, walk-in pantry.
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Extra spacious bonus room. Large lot, great parking.
Great location! Minutes to downtown.
Click here to see the full, detailed listing.
On Wednesday, May 18 the Des Moines Dollars for Scholars organization held their annual scholarship presentation at the Des Moines Yacht Club.
Active since 2001 this locally operated organization pulls together scholarship funds to support education among area students. To date they have awarded 164 scholarships totaling more than $160,000.
This year’s scholarships and winners were:
Des Moines Yacht Club First Mates
Des Moines Rotary Scholarships
BJ and Anna Bjorneby Scholarship
Ronald Millheisler Scholarship
Steven J. Underwood Memorial Scholarship
Southwest Seattle BPW Scholarship
Geraldine Sorensen Scholarship
Des Moines Dollars for Scholars
Anh Tuyet Vo
Photographer Michael Brunk was at the event and shot the following photos:
Retired Flight Test Engineer John McEvoy’s History of Aviation series #14 – on the Boeing Museum of Flight’s Full Size Space Shuttle Trainer – will be held this Thursday night, May 19, from 7 – 9 p.m.
The event will be held at the Des Moines Activity Center, located at 2045 S. 216th Street.
This artifact was used to train all 355 astronauts who flew aboard the Space Shuttle and has a fascinating story to tell of 30 years of human spaceflight history.
Presented by Tony Gondola, a certified NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador who runs the Challenger Learning Center at the Museum of Flight in Seattle where he is responsible for Space Shuttle FFT staff training.
WHEN: Thursday, May 19, 2016, 7-9 p.m.
WHERE: Des Moines Activity Center, 2045 S. 216th Street; 206-878-1642
COST: $2 donation
Des Moines United Methodist Church will be holding a huge Rummage Sale this weekend – Friday & Saturday, May 20 and 21.
The sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days, and will take place at the church’s Fellowship Hall, located at 22225 9th Ave S., Des Moines, WA 98198 (map below).
There will be tools, toys, holiday décor, housewares, furniture, outdoor and sporting goods, clothing and collectibles and more – something for everyone!
Come by and support the Youth ministry at Des Moines United Methodist Church.
Any items to donate call Terry at 206-409-1378 for pickup!
More info at desmoinesumc.org
On Tuesday, May 17, Des Moines Farmers Market Organizers Wayne Corey and Rikki Marohl were awarded “Ambassadors of the Year” at ‘Destination 2020,’ the Seattle Southside RTA Tourism Symposium held at the new Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in Des Moines.
Wayne serves as President of the Board for the Market, and Rikki is the Manager of the market, which opens Saturday, June 4.
“Wow, that was a surprise last night,” Wayne told The Waterland Blog (he was truly surprised by the award…). Rikki was traveling and was unable to attend.
Congrats to these two for a well-deserved honor!
Here’s more on Seattle Southside:
Destination 2020 is Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority’s strategic plan to raise awareness and increase economic impact through tourism. Join us as we share last year’s measurable outcomes and set us our sights on 2020. Bill Geist, as the keynote speaker, will offer unique insights on advancing our destination together through community leadership and connectivity. There will be fabulous networking, delicious appetizers, a no-host bar and big prizes!
Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority (RTA), is the official destination marketing organization for South Seattle. The organization is responsible for competitively marketing the area as an ideal travel destination for leisure and business travelers who wish to explore Western Washington and an idyllic place for meeting and event planners to hold their events. The Seattle Southside RTA is funded by a self-assessed hotel fund and supported by lodging tax from the cities of SeaTac, Tukwila and Des Moines.
Seattle Southside RTA represents 60 hotels and nearly 8,000 hotel rooms, more than 100 full-service restaurants and more than 5 million square feet of shopping. These attributes combine to make this region the perfect home base for leisure travelers, business travelers, and meeting and event attendees to experience Seattle and the Pacific Northwest.
The Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market’s 2016 Opening Day is Saturday, June 4, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m, with the popular ‘Food Truck-In’ featuring over 10 Trucks.
The Saturday market will run from June thru September this year in the north parking lot of the Des Moines Marina (map below).
Once again, during the months of July and August, the Market and the Arts Commission join to bring you Sunset Markets every Wednesday from 4 – 8 p.m. Patrons can shop, have dinner at the food trucks and then walk a short distance into the Beach Park for the Arts Commission’s Free Music in the Park series.
The Market and King Conservation District is also bringing back by popular demand our Healthy Eating Initiative for qualified seniors in our area. Last season the program issued over $10,000 worth of vouchers. Once individuals sign up they will receive a $10 voucher for purchase of fruits and vegetables. Also included in the program is free door to door pickup service provided every other week by the Hyde Shuttle from Senior Services of King County. Just call 206-727-6262 for pick up.
New this year at the market is another healthy eating initiative; this one is for low income families called Fresh Bucks. Come to the market, swipe your EBT card and it will double your dollars (up to $10) per person. Both these programs are good on Saturday and Wednesday markets.
The Clutter to Cash sale is back again for three days this season. June 25, July 23 and August 13th. People can rent a booth space to sell their clutter (bring your own tables) on Saturday during the Farmers Market.
Coming soon to the market will be its own cell phone App with all the latest updates posted daily.
A 13-year old boy was arrested Monday (May 16) for crimes related to the May 6 homicide of a 41-year old man (read our previous coverage here) – but not the homicide itself.
Police say that the boy is a Des Moines resident, as well as a student at Pacific Middle School.
“We believe he is linked to the burglary in Des Moines where the murder weapon was stolen,” Sgt. Doug Jenkins told The Waterland Blog. “We also believe his is linked to the stolen vehicle that was used as the get-away car after the homicide occurred. He was present when the homicide occurred as well.”
The 13-year old boy is connected with the 14-year old and 15-year old boys who were previously arrested.
After speaking with detectives, the 13-year old was booked at the King County Youth Center for Investigation of Burglary in the First Degree, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle and Theft of a Firearm.
Late last week, Highline College’s Board of Trustees and President Jack Bermingham were awarded the 2016 Equity Award from the Washington State Association of College Trustees.
This award recognizes their commitment to achieving equity in the development, administration and delivery of educational programs and services.
“Highline College’s commitment to diversity and equity is reflected in the Board of Trustees’ Cultural Diversity Policy, the college’s mission statement, and the college’s institutional-effectiveness metrics,” reads an announcement. “Led by President Dr. Jack Bermingham, the college’s daily commitment to equity, inclusion, and social justice manifests itself in services, innovations, and programming that meet diverse needs. The college community celebrates diversity and promotes equity through events like Unity in Diversity Week, LGBTQIA Month, and the Faculty and Staff of Color and Allies reception.”
In a letter supporting the nomination, Ruth Windhover, Ph.D., a tenured Highline faculty member and president of the Highline College Education Association, said:
“Highline College serves a very diverse community with a wide range of income, varying educational backgrounds, and over 80 languages spoken. The college has a very strong record of promoting educational equity for our community and the administrative leadership and the Board of Trustees have ensured that it is a part of the institutional culture.
Faculty see the college’s focus on equity manifested in curriculum, student supports, programming, services, and administration. At present, many of these aspects of our equity work are such an integral part of Highline’s operations that [we] forget that they are a product of collaborative approach between college leadership and employees to meet the needs of our community.”
This statewide award follows recent national recognition of Highline’s board and president when they won the 2016 Award of Excellence given by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). In April, the AACC recognized the exemplary collaboration and working relationship of the college’s five-member board and President Bermingham. More about that award can be found here: highline.edu/aacc-award-2016.
UPDATE: This post was updated with corrected location information on May 17, 2016:
The Des Moines Police Department is reporting that an online “date” went bad early Monday morning (May 16), resulting in a shooting and carjacking near S. 244th Street and 25th Ave S. near Highline College (map below).
Police say they were called around 1 a.m. Monday morning, and learned that a male shooting victim had apparently arranged to meet a woman at the intersection. The victim asked for help from his cousin, an Uber driver, and the two arrived with a friend.
DMPD Sgt. Doug Jenkins told The Waterland Blog that when they arrived, a man jumped out of some nearby bushes, shouted “give me everything you’ve got,” then shot the victim in the chest after being told that he didn’t have anything.
The suspect then stole the car belonging to the Uber-driving cousin.
The woman also fled, either on foot or in the stolen vehicle.
The male shooting victim was taken with life-threatening injuries to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he underwent surgery around 4:30 a.m.
He is expected to survive.
Police are still looking for the suspects.
The stolen car is a 2013 four-door Chevrolet Malibu with temporary plates.
Police described the shooting suspect as possibly a black male in his late teens. The woman with him was described only as in her early 20s.
If you have any information on this incident, please call the Des Moines Police at (206) 878-3301.
Here’s episode #51 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, and the Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation:
Weekly News Recap for May 13-15, 2016: Man with knife shot by police in White Center; teens arrested for fatal shooting of 41-year old Des Moines man; new Burien/Normandy Park Fire Station opens; Jack Mayne on increasing Sea-Tac Airport noise; ‘The Final Take’ & more…
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On Friday, May 13, Highline Public Schools Superintendent Susan Enfield sent out a notice to parents about the recent shooting of a Des Moines man by two boys who attend Pacific Middle School.
The boys – age 14 and 15 – were arrested for the shooting death of a 41-year old man in Des Moines on Friday, May 6 (read our previous coverage here).
In the letter, Enfield says that the district wants “to assure you that your student’s safety is our top priority every day.” She then lists four ways the district is attempting to deal with recent security concerns in Des Moines.
Here’s Enfield’s full letter:
We want to inform you about a development that is impacting our community. Criminal charges have been filed against two boys who attend Pacific Middle School in connection with the shooting death of a man at a Des Moines apartment complex last Friday.
This is unsettling news, but we want to assure you that your student’s safety is our top priority every day. Here is what our school district is doing in response to this situation:
- There is extra security and police presence at Pacific and Midway Elementary.
- Pacific and district administrators and staff are working closely with our School Resource Officer, a Des Moines police officer assigned to Mount Rainier and Pacific. He is stationed in our schools during the school day and is our direct line to local police.
- We are paying close attention to students who may be at risk of gang involvement or criminal behavior. With the help of community partners, we are intervening with students to keep them on track for success.
- Pacific administrators have and will continue to remove from school any student who poses a safety threat to our students.
We also want to work together with you to keep all students safe. We strongly encourage you to talk with your children and remind them that if they hear or see anything that concerns them, they should tell any adult at school. We will listen and protect their confidentiality.
This and other recent incidents of gun violence in our community are unsettling to us all.
I have personally reached out to Des Moines Police Chief George Delgado and King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg, and will be meeting with them to talk about how we can join with our community to address these tragic circumstances.
Please know that we will continue to do everything in our power to keep our students safe at school.
Susan Enfield, Ed.D.