Neighborhood Bits | Man attacks librarian; No transportation package yet

Police say a man attacked a librarian at the Douglass-Truth Library last Monday. KOMO News has more:

SEATTLE — A Central District library employee was attacked by a ‘nice-looking young man’ who had rented out a conference room for a religious meeting and then refused to leave at closing time, according to the Seattle Police Department.

According to the police report for the incident, the man came into the Douglass-Truth Library and checked out a conference room for a religious meeting Monday.

When two library employees later went to tell him the library was closing, the man repeatedly refused to leave, according to the report. Instead, he walked toward one of the employees, who was standing in the doorway, and reportedly slammed the door on her, catching her between the door and the frame.

The employee later told officers she was shocked by the man’s unexpected violence because he did not appear intoxicated, was dressed well and appeared to be a “nice-looking young man.”

According to the report, the employees said they were going to call the police, and the man told them to go ahead.

Minutes later the man left the library. The employees later told officers he appeared to be smiling at them as he did so. A second man, who had been sitting in the conference room the entire time without doing or saying anything, left with him.

The employees said they would call 911 if they saw the man again.


When it comes to King County buses, it might be time for Plan B. In November, Exec Dow Constantine said King County would employ a “Plan B” if state leaders couldn’t pass a new transportation funding package. While the Olympians have promised to resume discussing the funding when regular sessions resume in January, no special session was called to nail down the needed multi-billion dollar package:

The Senate majority wants that slice of sales-tax revenue to be applied to transportation projects, estimating it could boost spending by $750 million over the next 12 years.

Democrats have said they want the money to remain in the general fund, noting the state will need billions of dollars in the coming years to meet a state Supreme Court mandate to increase funding for education.

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