- Earl Johnson was a hero who helped police arrest a man suspected of being the Beacon Hill Groper, but since then, his life hasn’t been very easy. — The P-I
- The 15th Annual Seattle Celebration of Neighbors, or Neighbor Appreciation Day, is this Saturday, February 6, and two Beacon Hill community centers are participating. Jefferson Community Center and Van Asselt Community Center will serve cookies and juice “and friendship” from noon until 2:00 pm.
- An application has been filed with the city to change an 1,134 square foot portion of a church at 6115 Beacon Avenue South to a child care center for 20-25 children.
- And last but not least, this lovely succulent plant was photographed on Beacon Hill recently:
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- Columbia City hearts Mid Beacon Hill — Columbia City Blog
- Grown Folks Coffee has “the best spinach salad… in Seattle, and it costs only $4.95” — Seattle P-I
- The Times buried their “‘Beacon Hill Groper’ released” story deeply within their “Local Digest” while headlining a Totem Lake story on that digest page instead; this is one of the reasons I prefer the P-I — Seattle Times
- In a Rainier Valley high school football battle for the ages, Franklin beat Rainier Beach 22-21 on a last second touchdown pass, ensuring that both teams (along with, ahem, my alma mater Nathan Hale) will play a mini-tiebreaker next week for Metro playoff berths. — Seattle P-I
The man suspected of being the “Beacon Hill Groper” is being freed on probation, after the victim best able to identify her attacker chose not to testify.
Darin L. Bolar, 42, was sentenced to five months in King County Jail for first degree theft and misdemeanor assault against a man who reportedly witnessed Bolar groping a woman on Rainier Avenue earlier this year. However, the woman refused to testify, and without such testimony, police are unable to link Bolar to any of the 25 sexual assaults that occurred in the Beacon Hill and Rainier Valley areas, beginning in 2006. None of the other victims were able to identify Bolar.
Bolar, a registered Level 1 sex offender, was given credit for the time already served and will be freed on two years’ probation, under condition that he completes a sexual deviancy evaluation and treatment program and stays out of trouble.
The “Beacon Hill Groper” cases involved the assault of 25 ethnically Asian girls and women, typically walking down the street or waiting at bus stops. The attacks became bolder and more aggressive over time, and caused substantial fear among Southeast Seattle residents.