By Megan Sheppard
On the WSBeat, for West Seattle Blog
As always, the WSBeat summaries are from reports on cases handled recently by Southwest Precinct officers, incidents of note that (usually) have not already appeared here in breaking-news coverage or West Seattle Crime Watch reports, but that might at least answer the question “what WERE all those police doing on my block (whenever)?”:
*A 40-year-old south Seattle man was drunk, disorderly, and yelling at dogs behind a fence in the 3700 block of SW Grayson on around noon on July 20th. It turns out he was wanted on a felony warrant from the California Department of Corrections. He was booked into King County Jail.
More warrants, a concern-sparking customer, and more, ahead:
*On Monday the 16th, an officer on routine patrol near the Alaska Junction recognized a man wanted on a $5,000 felony warrant. She placed him under arrest without incident and booked him into the King County Jail. A week later, on Monday the 23rd, officers near Avalon and SW Yancy recognized a man wanted on a $2,500 warrant for weapons violations. He, too, got a ride downtown.
*On Friday afternoon the 20th, employees of a local eatery called 911 with concerns about an intoxicated 52-year-old customer. Upon arrival she had parked her car illegally front of the restaurant and had sat on her front bumper for close to an hour before coming inside and trying to order food. Officers found that she had trouble walking, slurred speech and slow reaction time. They also found an open bottle of wine next to the front seat. (She also reeked of alcohol.) She denied that she had been driving and declined a ride home, saying she would walk. Officers decided to bide their time as she walked off down the street. After about three minutes she reappeared, headed for the driver’s door with her keys in hand. Officers impounded the car. The woman has a “significant history” of DUI, only a probationary license, and her car is supposed to have an interlock device.
*On the 19th near SW 105th and 39th SW, an officer heard yelling coming from a car idling at the side of the road. Inside he found an apologetic 27-year-old man and a female passenger in a compromising position. The woman was out of control, unable to identify herself, and seemed to be high. The man’s driver’s license was suspended and he was wanted on a $20,000 DUI warrant. His car was also missing its interlock device to prevent him from driving while intoxicated. (The man explained that he had borrowed his wife’s car for the evening.) The passenger was sent to Harborview for an involuntary commitment. The driver was taken to King County Jail.
*A 43-year-old West Seattle resident was taken into custody on Thursday the 19th after he sold $200 worth of narcotics to an undercover officer in an arranged meeting near a local community center. (The center was open at the time and more than 50 children were playing nearby.) He faces investigation of drug possession and delivery charges.
*Early on the 19th, a 26-year-old waved down a passing car at 35th and Morgan. When the driver stopped, the man offered to sell him and his passenger several types of narcotics. They agreed on a transaction: $100 of crack cocaine. Too bad the customers were undercover officers. The seller was transported to King County Jail for investigation of drug charges –even though the crack he provided to them turned out to be fake.
*After her son was booked into jail for various charges, an Alaska Junction-area mother asked a relative to clean out the son’s belongings as she doesn’t want him returning. Inside the garage, in the son’s backpack, were a loaded 45-caliber pistol, two clips and 54 rounds.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Remember, the CRISIS LINE is a resource for those in crisis, including thoughts or acts of self-harm: 206.461.3222 … WSBeat roundups are archived here. We also publish crime reports when we get tips or otherwise hear about noteworthy incidents – they don’t all turn up on the scanner, so please don’t be shy about letting us know when you see/hear something happening = calling or texting 206-293-6302 is the best way.