The man accused of assaulting a woman jogging at Lincoln Park in West Seattle has been identified as Duane E. Starkenburg. Starkenburg pleaded not guilty on Wednesday and is being held on a $25,000 bail. Starkenburg’s defense is that when he grabbed the woman around the waist, it was accidental after he had tripped while jogging. Police are investigating whether or not Starkenburg is tied to another Lincoln Park attack on December 8th. If you are a victim of assault or attack, you are urged to call SPD as soon as possible.
A woman jogging in West Seattle’s Lincoln Park yesterday reported an assault during an afternoon run. A man, which has since been caught, grabbed the 27-year old around the legs and tried to tackle her. The woman broke free and reported the incident immediately. The perpetrator was found by police on Fauntleroy Way and was booked for assault. This is yet another incident in a slew of related attacks in Seattle parks, which happened in the fall of 2010. Although this newest attacker is not linked to these past incidents, the man has an assault charge from 2005 when he attacked a woman in Highland Park. Please carry a cell phone when jogging alone and report any incidences or suspicious persons immediately. See the blog about it here.
Seattle City Light has finished the inspection of the city’s light poles and metal plates, according to an article published yesterday in The Seattle Times. The inspection, which stemmed from a Thanksgiving Day electrocution, was estimated to be completed by March of this year. Apparently, crews were extremely fast when checking the (now) 37,000 poles and plates and found only 56 hazards, far less than expected. Poles considered hazardous were those emitting more than 50 volts. Problems were found in Queen Anne, West Seattle, Central District, and International District. Seattle City Light had hired two companies to help complete the job, and they will present their findings to the City Council in early February.
Seattle Public Schools recently revealed that 50 Washington state schools are on the list of “persistently” under achieving, as per results of math and reading test scores taken over the past three years. A West Seattle high school, Chief Sealth High, was on the list. Being on the list means the school is eligible for annual federal grants (for three years) ranging from $200,000 to $2 million. If schools want to receive the grants, they must overhaul by closing, replacing the principle and half of the staff, or “transforming” which includes a number of requirements. Seattle Public Schools will be applying for two grants, for Alternative School No.1 and Rainier Beach High. Chief Sealth High has already implanted a new improvement plan, so the school district will not be applying for a grant for this particular High School.
Crews have found 45 total light pole problems around the city, each of which were emitting a dangerously high 50+ volts. Crews have repaired poles if it could be done on the spot, and have de-engergized or turned off those that have not yet been repaired. The ongoing inspection, stemming from a Queen Anne dog’s death, will include examining 20,000 streetlights and 10,000 metal plates for electrical energy. Seattle City Light and two other companies will conduct the process and an estimated completion is March of this year. So far, the city has tallied upwards of $300,000 in related expenses. Problems throughout Seattle have been found in West Seattle and Capitol Hill as well. If you notice a suspicious pole or plate, please report it.
Rachel Marie, a vessel of King County Water Taxi servicing West Seattle, is now back in the action as of Monday, January 11th. Rachel was out of commission after a Sept. 26th accident when she hit the Washington Street Boat Landing on the Downtown waterfront and needed a variety of structural and electronic repairs. Rachel, who taxis between West Seattle and Downtown Seattle from Pier 50, underwent a number of sea trials to ensure the vessel is safe to operate once again. Water taxis run Monday-Friday, beginning at 6:30 a.m. For more information, please visit the official website. Happy riding!
Nearly 20,000 streetlights are being inspected after a number of recent problems popping up all around the city, and four new problems have been found in West Seattle as of Monday, January 3rd. Other problems have occurred in Capitol Hill and another in Queen Anne, which killed a family pet. The Queen Anne incident spurred the investigation, and West Seattle has seen problems before. Crews, who have been looking for anything emitting voltage over 30 volts, check the poles and metal plates around the lights. Dangerous voltage levels have been found at three poles in West Seattle and one in the international district. Although no one was hurt, this brings the number of related problems to 12. The inspection, performed by Seattle City Light Crews and employees from two other companies, Davey Resources Group and Power Resources Corp, expect the project ( nearly 20% complete) to be finished in March of this year.
The latest problems were found at
- 56th Ave S.W. and S.W. Bradford
- Fauntleroy Way S.W. and S.W. Edmunds
- Marine View Dr. S.W. and 42nd Ave. S.W.
- 12th Ave. S. and S. Jackson Street.