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Brodie Lamb, 44, plead ‘Guilty’ to second-degree murder on Friday (Jan. 23), for the stabbing death of his mother Margaret Ryan – who worked for The White Center Blog as a Writer/Salesperson.

Lamb stabbed his mom 18 times in the neck after breaking down her door while intoxicated in Nov. 2012 (read our previous coverage here).

This was a tragic murder that shattered the entire White Center community, including Margaret’s former co-workers at this blog. Margaret was also very active in the community, and was well known.

Her son Brodie, diagnosed with schizophrenia as well as substance-abuse issues, was originally charged with first-degree murder in her death of his 69-year old mother. That charge was changed to second-degree murder on Friday, court records show.

Lamb will also be charged with a deadly weapon enhancement that will add two years to her jail term – which could range from 14-22 years. The defense apparently will ask for a sentence  of 14 years, while the state will likely seek 22 years, court records say.

Lamb will be sentenced on Feb. 20.

As we previously reported, Lamb attacked his mother at her White Center apartment around 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 13, 2012, after she refused to let him into the home they shared. He became enraged, kicked down the door, grabbed a large kitchen knife and stabbed her 18 times in the neck, killing her.

According to a statement of guilt written by his defense lawyer, Lamb claims he was off his prescribe psychotropic medications, as well as under the influence of alcohol when he committed the fatal crime against his own mother.

As we wrote when we learned of Margaret’s death:

Margaret had been a freelance Writer, Reporter and Sales Rep for us since the spring of 2011. She had originally reached out to us, inquiring whether we needed any help in White Center. I met her for coffee and off she went, doing human interest stories, selling Ads to local Mom and Pop businesses, and always pitching great ideas for the blogs. She even learned how to take photos with one of our cameras.

We all liked her, because she really loved White Center, its businesses, arts, people, politics and character. She was sassy, spunky, and she wasn’t afraid to speak her mind either. Many who knew Margaret will attest to her frankness, which we found refreshing in this day of oftentimes over-the-top, carefully-worded political correctness. If Margaret didn’t like something – or if she loved something – you would know!

A plaque commemorating Margaret is at the corner of 15th SW and SW Roxbury.

Everyone at South King Media sends their best to all those who knew Margaret, and hope we can all gain some closure about this tragedy.

Read some of Margaret’s stories she did for us here.

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The White Center Community Development Association will be hosting a business mixer on Wednesday, Jan. 28, from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at the King County Sheriff’s Storefront located at 9609 16th Ave SW.

The featured speaker will be Marty Lyons, who will be hosting a seminar on lean management training for business owners. Marty’s background includes construction, manufacturing, engineering, aerospace, distribution and operations. He has been involved with lean manufacturing for fifteen years, with 20 years running his own specialty construction company.

The training will cover the basics for understanding and recognizing waste in the workplace. Developing this basic understanding helps businesses eliminate waste from their processes, increase customer satisfaction and become more profitable.

For more info, email Sokha Danh at SOKHA@WCCDA.ORG.

WCB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for this Saturday, Jan. 24 – is a beautiful, modern designed home with city views!

Impressive, tasteful finishes include: stainless steel appliances, 8-foot glass front door, modern base trim, upgraded interior doors, skylight and soaring ceilings.

The main floor is very open with great room and open concept kitchen complete with eating bar and pantry.

The master bedroom has its own full bath and walk-in closet.

A second master bedroom has a full bath and walk-in closet.

All located on a large lot with generously-sized patio and plenty of parking. Must see!

Here are some pics (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

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WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Open House

WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 24, Noon – 4 p.m.

WHERE: 223 SW 102nd Street, Seattle, WA 98146

INFO:

  • List Price: $459,950
  • MLS Number: 729869
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3.5
  • Year Built: 2015
  • Approximate House SqFt: 2,600
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 7,563

Site Features:

  • 2nd Master BR
  • Bath Off Master
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Skylights
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Pantry
  • Walk-in Closet

Marketing remarks:

Modern Designed Home with City Views!

Impressive, tasteful finishes including: stainless steel appliances, 8 ft glass front door, modern base trim, upgraded interior doors, skylight and soaring ceilings.

Main floor is very open with great room and open concept kitchen complete with eating bar and pantry.

Master bedroom has its own full bath & walk-in closet.

Second master bedroom with full bath & walk-in closet.

All located on a large lot with generously-sized patio & plenty of parking. Must see!

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

Click here to view all of Berkshire Hathaway’s Open Houses.

4Culture will be holding a free workshop on how to get grants at the White Center Library on Wednesday, Feb. 4.

This is one of many upcoming workshops being held in the Puget Sound area.

“4Culture offers funding to individuals and organizations for Arts, Heritage and Preservation projects,” reads an announcement. “If you’d like to know more, attend one of our informal workshops. We’ll answer questions about our grant program and demystify the application process. They’re also free, open to the public, and require no RSVP. We hope to see you there!”

King County Workshops:

  • Lake Forest Park Library
    Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 12:15 – 1:15: PM
    17171 Bothell Way N.E. #A-134, Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
  • White Center Library
    Wednesday, February 4, 2015, 12:15 – 1:15 PM 1220 16th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98146
  • Enumclaw Library
    Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 12:15 – 1:15 PM 1700 1st Street, Enumclaw, WA 98022
  • Issaquah Library
    Wednesday, February 18, 2015,12:15 –1:15 PM 10 West Sunset Way, Issaquah, WA 98027

To see listings of all 4Culture grant opportunities, visit http://www.4culture.org/calendar/index.htm


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by Chris Scragga
Puget Sound Weather Geek

Good Weekend everyone!

Mother nature sure must hate weekends, because we’re going to get slammed with heavy rain and blustery winds this Saturday and Sunday.

Graphic I produced for KOMO 4.

A strong system will traverse into the region with access to a large source of warm subtropical moisture from Hawaii. This all spells out some substantial rainfall for the region. The mountains will see 2-4″ of rain and the lowlands (us) will see 1-2″.

We’ll first see some light rain drops falling Saturday morning but the heavier showers will make their appearance late in the day. The heavy rain will make a march from the south and all of western Washington should be in the wet by about 8PM Saturday evening.

The next element of this storm system will be the possibility of some high winds. As the parent weather system landfalls on Canada, another surface low may develop and impact Vancouver Island. This scenario would create moderate winds for most of western Washington late Saturday night. This won’t be a particularly damaging storm, but winds may gust to 40mph in some exposed locations.

UW MM5 Weather Graphic: The bunched up lines represent higher wind speeds.

By the time the Seahawks vs. Packers playoff game rolls around (Noon Sunday), the weather should be calmed down a little, but a few scattered showers with a couple gusts of wind may still be in the picture.

Enjoy your mostly indoor weekend, and Go Hawks!

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Two weeks from today – on Friday, Jan. 30 – the Empty Bowls fundraiser will be celebrating its 10 year anniversary!

Moshier potters have teamed up with Discover Burien and Burien Parks and Recreation to host Empty Bowls 2015. Empty Bowls events can be found around the country raising money to combat hunger in our communities. Potters have donated bowls to be filled with soup at this fun event…all are invited!

The cost is a $15 minimum donation for adults, $10 minimum donation for children, and all proceeds will benefit the Highline & White Center Food Banks!

Your donation will get you the opportunity to pick out a beautiful handmade bowl, as well as a simple but wonderful meal of soup, bread, drink and dessert donated by area businesses. Proceeds will go to the Highline Food Bank and White Center Food Bank.

To celebrate our 10 year anniversary we will have new elements this year: a raffle/auction of beautiful handmade serving bowls, gift baskets and more; wine sampling from 4-5pm, and wine for purchase from 4-8pm!

WHEN: Friday, January 30, 2015

  • LUNCH: 11:00AM-2:00PM
  • DINNER: 4:00-8:00PM

WHERE: Burien Community Center, 14700 6th Avenue SW

INFO: Call (206) 988-3700 or visit http://www.burienwa.gov/index.aspx?NID=840

WCB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for this Saturday, Jan. 17 (you won’t miss the big game!) – is an absolutely gorgeous 2002 Craftsman home with Lot A Normandy Park Beach Rights!

This home is one of JK Peterson’s Masterpieces and features a gourmet kitchen with granite countertops, spacious family room off kitchen with beautiful sandstone gas fireplace, and nice large dining room.

The master suite lives up to its name with a 5-pc. master bath, sitting area and lovely deck.

Outside you will see an immaculately manicured landscaped yard, and dont forget to check out the enormous 3 car garage.

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Here are the details:

WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Open House

WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 17, Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE: 1938 SW 170th Street, Burien, WA 98166

INFO:

  • List Price: $685,000
  • MLS Number: 709070
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2.75
  • Year Built: 2002
  • Approximate House SqFt: 2,990
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 10,400

Site Features:

  • Bath Off Master
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Jetted/Soaking Tub
  • Security System
  • Walk-in Closet
  • Fenced-Fully
  • Gas Available
  • High Speed Internet
  • Patio
  • RV Parking
  • Sprinkler System

Marketing remarks:

Absolutely gorgeous 2002 Craftsman home with Lot A Normandy Park Beach Rights.

This home is one of JK Peterson’s Masterpieces and features a gourmet kitchen with granite countertops, spacious family room off kitchen with beautiful sandstone gas fireplace, and nice large dining room.

The master suite lives up to its name with a 5-pc. master bath, sitting area and lovely deck.

Outside you will see an immaculately manicured landscaped yard, and dont forget to check out the enormous 3 car garage.

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

Click here to view all of Berkshire Hathaway’s Open Houses.

Join Highline Public Schools Superintendent Susan Enfield and School Board members for an open public dialog about the levy and bond measures on the February ballot and general district finances.

Attendees are encouraged to come with their questions and concerns.

“I especially want to invite those who opposed the November bond to participate so that we may hear and respond to your concerns,” said Dr. Enfield. “I strongly believe that we as adults must model for our children and young people what it means to be informed, engaged citizens and how to participate in the democratic process responsibly and respectfully.”

WHAT: Town Hall Meeting

WHEN: Thursday, January 22, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Highline High School library, 225 South 152nd Street, Burien

EDITOR’S NOTE: This report was updated on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015

by Jack Mayne

The Highline Citizens for Schools has filed a complaint with the Washington Public Disclosure Commission claiming the opponents to the narrowly-defeated bond issue failed to properly file as a political action committee, which it denies.

The bond issue last November fell less than 1 percent short of passage, or by a margin of only 215 votes, failing to reach the state required 60 percent approval.

Lois Schipper, president of the Highline Citizens for Schools, said in a telephone interview with The B-Town Blog on Monday (Jan. 12) that she had been informed by the Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) only last Friday (Jan. 9) that it had accepted her group’s challenge. It took several phone calls and follow-ups to get the complaint acknowledged by the commission, she said.

On Tuesday, by telephone, Philip Stutzman of the Public Disclosure Commission said the complaint is dated Oct. 7, but was not found until much later, leading to the acceptance of the complaint. Schipper said her committee first filed a complaint on Oct. 7 and followed up on Nov. 30 but did not get official word of its acceptance until last week, she said.

Stutzman said he could make no comment on the nature or specifics of the case while it is pending, nor could he comment on the timing of a decision.

The Highline Citizens for Schools (HCS) charges Sensible Spending on Schools (SSOS) with illegally operating a campaign to defeat Highline’s capital improvement bond on last November’s ballot, and never filing financial records with the state, as required by law.

‘Smear Campaign’
Schipper said that Stutzman, PDC director of compliance, said the SSOC is accused of “failing to register and report as a political action committee in its efforts to oppose a Highline School District bond measure.”

On Tuesday, Jan. 13, Stutzman said he had never talked directly with Steele but the information comes from the boilerplate letter sent accepting the complaint.

Sensible Spending on Schools denied the accusation. Its leader, Karen Steele, said the charge was “a smear campaign to try to discredit those who oppose Proposition 1 and a public relations attempt … to gain more notoriety in the media.”

Karen Steele of Sensible Spending on Schools (SSOS) said she has received a request from the PDC for more information on SSOS, “which we are complying with.”

“As originally directed by the PDC, we are registered with the Washington State Department of Revenue. All donations received are in a segregated account and every penny received or spent is detailed and accounted for.

Stutzman could not comment because the case is now ongoing before the commission.

“There has never been an attempt on the part of SSOS or anyone working to defeat the School Construction Bond, Prop 1 to deceive anyone. I am confident that once the facts are revealed, it will be obvious that Lois Schipper and her group are resorting to dirty politics to account for why the School Bond failed in Nov. She was mortified that there was any opposition at all and how dare the public disagree.”

Law requires disclosure
State law requires individuals and groups that engage in political campaign activities to report revenue and expenditures as public records, so voters know who is backing or opposing measures and candidates, Schipper said.

“SSOS is hiding information from voters and violating the principle of free and fair elections,” she said. “It is time for SSOS to come out of the shadows and let voters know who they are and what they stand for.”

If passed, the bond would have replaced deteriorating, out-of-date buildings with safe, modern schools; built two additional schools to relieve increasing overcrowding and make room for lower class sizes; and funded desperately-needed repairs and upgrades to schools across the district.

A new measure is now slated for another vote on the Feb. 10. It is a similar bond proposal, trimmed by $9 million, along with renewal of the district’s Educational Programs and Operations Levy, which pays for basic education needs not fully funded by the state.

Schipper said Highline Citizens for Schools has filed all required records with the PDC.

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Families, community members, and staff are encouraged to attend upcoming community meetings about Highline Public Schools’ proposed levy and bond measures on the Feb. 10 ballot.

Renewal of an Educational Programs and Operations Levy would pay for basics such as teachers, books, buses and other essentials not fully funded by the state.

The bond would replace the district’s two oldest schools, build new schools to accommodate growing enrollment and lower class sizes, and make critical repairs and technology upgrades district-wide.

For details on the meetings, visit http://highlineschools.org/communitymeetings

Meeting participants will:

  • Learn the facts about the proposed levy and bond measures.
  • Learn how the bond proposal was modified based on community input.
  • Have the opportunity to share concerns and have questions answered.

Community Meetings are schedule for:

  • Wednesday, January 14
    6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
    Highline High School cafeteria
    225 South 152nd Street, Burien
  • Thursday, January 15 (primary focus: Des Moines Elementary replacement project)
    6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
    Des Moines Elementary School cafeteria
    22001 9th Avenue, Des Moines
  • Tuesday, January 20 (primary focus: new middle school at Glacier site)
    6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
    Cedarhurst Elementary School
    611 South 132nd Street, Burien
  • Wednesday, January 21 (primary focus: new middle school at Manhattan site)
    5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
    North Hill Elementary School
    19835 8th Avenue South, Seattle

Community Town Hall
The community is also invited to a Community Town Hall. Participants will join Superintendent Susan Enfield and School Board members for an open public dialog about district finances and the bond and levy measures on the February ballot. Attendees are invited to come with their questions and concerns, so the district may respond.

  • Thursday, January 22
    6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
    Highline High School library
    225 South 152nd Street, Burien

Spanish interpreters will be available at all events.

To learn more, visit www.highlineschools.org/levy and www.highlineschools.org/bond.

WCB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for this Sunday, Jan. 11 – is a fabulous 3+ bedroom view home in Seahurst, priced at just $339,000!

This 3+ bedroom, 1.75 bath, 1750 sq. foot home is close to shopping, churches, schools, restaurants and easy freeway and transit center access.

With a view of Lake Burien, walking distance to Eagle Landing Park and Olde Burien, this location cant be beat.

Here are some pics (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

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WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Open House

WHEN: Sunday, Jan. 11, Noon – 2 p.m.

WHERE: 2011 SW 154th Street, Burien, WA 98166

INFO:

  • List Price: $339,000
  • MLS Number: 722802
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1.75
  • Year Built: 1951
  • Approximate House SqFt: 1,750
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 10,575

Site Features:

  • Cable TV
  • Deck
  • Fenced-Partially
  • RV Parking
  • Shop

Marketing remarks:

Fabulous Seahurst location!

3+ bedroom, 1.75 bath, 1750 sq. foot home, close to shopping, churches, schools, restaurants and easy freeway and transit center access!

With a view of Lake Burien, walking distance to Eagle Landing Park and Olde Burien, this location cant be beat!

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

Click here to view all of Berkshire Hathaway’s Open Houses.