alcohol Section

Next ‘Youth in Recovery’ Night is Sunday, March 24

Next ‘Youth in Recovery’ Night is Sunday, March 24

Science and Management of Addictions (SAMA) will be holding its monthly ‘Youth In Recovery’ night on Sunday, March 24 starting at 4:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the Burien Library. SAMA... [Read more]

Family Releases Information About Murdered Grandparents, Suspect

Family Releases Information About Murdered Grandparents, Suspect

On Wednesday afternoon, the King County Sheriff’s Office released the following statement from the family of Bob and Norma Taylor – the couple that was murdered in Renton last weekend (read our... [Read more]

Want to own your own Liquor Store? State opens up public auction for 167 stores

Want to own your own Liquor Store? State opens up public auction for 167 stores

The Washington Liquor Control Board opened an online public auction Thursday of its state-run liquor stores, The Associated Press reports, beginning the process of privatizing the industry the state has... [Read more]

Burien Little Theatre Gets Liquor License; Enjoy Beer & Wine At A Play

Burien Little Theatre Gets Liquor License; Enjoy Beer & Wine At A Play

Our friends at Burien Little Theatre are happy to announce that “BLT is 30 years old, and finally we can drink liquor!“ That’s because BLT was granted a valid liquor license, after working... [Read more]

Edgar Martinez Will Be Pitching His New Mezcal At The Mark Thursday Night

Edgar Martinez Will Be Pitching His New Mezcal At The Mark Thursday Night

Legendary former Seattle Mariner Edgar (“Eddddgaaarrrr…”) Martinez will be in Burien Thursday night (Sept. 16), pitching his new artisan mezcal liquor at The Mark Restaurant and Bar,... [Read more]

“X-52” DUI Patrols Start This Weekend In Area

“X-52” DUI Patrols Start This Weekend In Area

Beginning this Friday (Dec. 18th) and continuing through New Year’s Eve, law enforcement in King County will join other local police to conduct “X-52” patrols around the area, including... [Read more]

Burien City Manager Mike Martin Granted Deferred Prosecution In DUI Charge

Burien City Manager Mike Martin Granted Deferred Prosecution In DUI Charge

by Ralph Nichols Burien City Manager Mike Martin on Tuesday (June 23rd) was granted a deferred prosecution (download court doc as a PDF here) on a DUI charge (driving under the influence) by King County... [Read more]

Citizens Mount Protest Against City Manager Mike Martin

Citizens Mount Protest Against City Manager Mike Martin

Story and Photos by Michael Brunk

Wednesday afternoon (May 20th), Tai Oh of Burien (right, below) and Terry Torbet of Kent (left) stood on SW 148th near First Avenue South holding a large banner protesting City Manager Mike Martin’s recent DUI incident, as seen in these pictures by Michael Brunk:

BREAKING: Mike Martin Enters “Not Guilty” Plea To DUI

BREAKING: Mike Martin Enters “Not Guilty” Plea To DUI

by Ralph Nichols

Burien City Manager Mike Martin entered a plea of “Not Guilty” on Friday (May 15th) to a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol stemming from a minor traffic accident on April 19th. Martin appeared before King County District Court Judge Eileen Kato, who scheduled a pretrial hearing for June 23rd.

Martin, 55, refused to perform field sobriety tests or take a Breathalyzer test when he was arrested following the one-car accident in Burien. As a result, his driver’s license was suspended, as required by state law, when formal DUI charges were filed on May 6th.

On Monday (May 11th), the Burien City Council approved an amended contract for Martin on a 5-1 vote, which imposes strict “alcohol-related conditions” with which he must “comply fully” to retain his position as city manager.

In agreeing to the addition of alcohol-related conditions to his contract, Martin denied committing “any wrongful or criminal act,” but acknowledged “that the facts and circumstances of his arrest may constitute ‘cause’ to terminate his employment under the Original Agreement.”

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OPINION: What Mike Martin Should Have Said About His DUI

OPINION: What Mike Martin Should Have Said About His DUI

An Editorial by Jim Branson

Imagine how quickly and simply this fiasco might have been solved if Mike Martin had said the following…

City Keeps Mike Martin On, Requires Amended Contract

City Keeps Mike Martin On, Requires Amended Contract

by Ralph Nichols

The Burien City Council imposed on Monday (May 11th) strict “alcohol-related conditions” with which City Manager Mike Martin must “comply fully” if he is to retain that position. Martin is scheduled to be arraigned in King County District Court Friday on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol.

The conditions are included in an amendment to Martin’s contract (download and view PDF here), which was approved without discussion with a 6-1 vote by city lawmakers. Councilwoman Lucy Krakowiak, who publicly called for Martin’s ouster following his arrest for allegedly driving under the influence, cast the dissenting vote. She also cast the lone vote against Martin when the council hired him as city manager in January 2007.

Here’s a portion of the amended contract…

City Manager Mike Martin Formally Charged With DUI

City Manager Mike Martin Formally Charged With DUI

According to The Seattle P-I, Burien City Manager Mike Martin was formally charged with drunk driving Wednesday (May 6th), based on his arrest on Sunday, April 19th.

As we reported then, Martin, 55, allegedly crashed his car into a ceramic planter in the 12600 block of 14th Ave South.

Apparently Martin was found outside his car, “leaning forward and swaying side to side,” according to King County Sheriff’s records. His breath allegedly smelled strongly of alcohol, his eyes were bloodshot, his speech slurred and he admitted to drinking a couple glasses of wine and two beers…

Remodeled Bison Creek Pizza & Pub Opens Sat. Oct. 11th

Remodeled Bison Creek Pizza & Pub Opens Sat. Oct. 11th

Burien’s historic Bison Creek Pizza has been remodeled, and will re-open this Saturday as Bison Creek Pizza & Pub! The grand re-opening starts at Noon and goes until 2am. One reason we’re... [Read more]

Walk Like MADD On June 28th

Walk Like MADD On June 28th

Like to walk for a good cause? Here’s one coming up this Saturday, June 28th: Walk Like MADD, supported by MADD Pacific Northwest (aka Mother’s Against Drunk Driving), will hold its first... [Read more]

Rollover Accident On Ambaum Traps Driver

Rollover Accident On Ambaum Traps Driver

BURIEN – The driver of a truck lost control, crashed and was trapped until being freed near the intersection of Ambaum Blvd. and 117th around 1 am this morning. The truck lost control on Ambaum,... [Read more]