City of Seattle awards $100,000 to wrongly accused caregiver Mary Park

The City of Seattle will pay West Seattle caregiver Mary Park $100,000 to settle a federal civil-rights claim against the Seattle Police Department and a detective who accused her of stealing $50,000 from an elderly woman.

The West Seattle Herald first reported the accusations in 2012 and also reported that charges were quickly dropped Oct. 18, 2012.

The original story stemmed from claims made by the daughter of the woman who ostensibly lost the $50,000.

Mary Park also settled a defamation suit against, Judy Townsend, the woman who accused her. The amount of the settlement was not revealed.

Park had been accused of stealing $50,000 in cash the elderly woman kept in her condo.

The case was rife with wrong charges, imagined misappropriation of funds and corroboration by the Seattle Police Department.

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On the Go Week of 11-9-15

Lincoln Park North Play Area Renovation-Public Meeting
Southwest Teen Life Center
2801 S.W. Thistle St.
Thurs., Nov. 19 join Seattle Parks and Recreation in-house landscape architect & project planner at the Southwest Teen Life Center’s Thanksgiving Dinner event which will feature an opportunity for input on this Lincoln Park project. Play Area Public Meeting: 5:30–6:30 p.m. Thanksgiving Community Dinner: 6:30 p.m. Take a short survey: For information on the Community Dinner: 206.684.7438 or

Learn About West Seattle Timebank & Meet Members
Senior Center of West Seattle
4217 S.W. Oregon St.
Parking lot off 42nd S.W.
Thurs., Nov. 19. Potluck 6:30–7 p.m., bring a dish to share. Meeting 7–8:30 p.m. Our guest speaker is Florian Becquereau, Director of  Earthship Seattle. Learn more about this new program:

How Should West Seattle Grow? Open House
Senior Center of West Seattle
4217 S.W. Oregon St.

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The north section of the seawall at Lowman Beach Park has shifted and is leaning out. Seattle Parks said that several options are being considered including removing the wall and restoring the site to natural beach area.

Lowman Beach seawall has shifted and may be removed

The north sea wall at Lowman Beach park is shifting. A section roughly 40 feet long is now leaning out and the soil behind it has subsided. The Seattle Parks Department's Karen O'Connor responded to a question about the problem and said.

"It has become undermined over time. We are monitoring the wall and investigating ways to stabilize it for the short-term. A permanent correction may include a project in which we would partner with Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) to remove the seawall and restore the site to natural beach area, perhaps with a daylighted "creek bed." We are currently looking into options.

We have some fencing in place and are requesting that the crew fence off the additional area to the north.
This area of the park will be fenced off and closed for the Christmas Ship celebration, however, the rest of the park will be open for the event."

Asked about the potential removal of the tennis court on the site O'Connor said, "We are still researching how we might move forward in the long-term. It is too early to answer a question about the tennis courts."

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