West Seattle, Washington
In West Seattle Crime Watch tonight – reader reports plus incidents from the SPD files.
CHECK YOUR CREDIT CARD ACCOUNTS … if you have used cards at gas stations lately. This is from Kathy:
Got a call from Discover Card yesterday to tell me they had detected fraudulent activity on my card. Turns out that the last place I used the card was on Thursday at the Safeway Gas Station on Admiral Way (first pump on the left.) Looking back at the charges, even though I filled the tank, I was only charged $1 by Safeway! Then, yesterday morning a charge was made to my card for a “donation” to an entity I’ve never heard of. Discover is not charging me anything, and is sending me a new card, but I do want to put out a warning to potential victims. I spoke to Safeway, and they said they’d bring it to the attention of their manager, who won’t be in until Monday!
If you have gotten gas at the Safeway pumps in the last few days, I would suggest checking charges on whatever card you used to make sure you haven’t been ripped off.
It’s a good idea to check your credit and debit card accounts online between statements, as this could happen almost anywhere.
EGG VANDALISM: Bri’Anna e-mailed to report: “Our pickup was egged overnight [Wednesday/Thursday] while parked on the 4100 block of 25th Ave SW. Unfortunately, it froze to the vehicle. SPD did not take a report, but we thought we would give our neighbors a heads up. (Sooo many egg/chicken/fowl puns, and my mind is blank! I’m THAT frustrated with this.)”
From the police-report files, which we check daily to look for the newest reports published with details (narratives), five burglaries/attempted burglaries that were all reported in West Seattle last Monday (January 9th):
8100 BLOCK 9TH SW: A resident was away from home between 1 pm and 2:45 pm and discovered someone had forced open the back door, ransacking several rooms.
8800 BLOCK 9TH SW: In the same time frame, with the same method of entry, on the same street, another burglary happened about half a mile south. The family at this house got notification from its alarm company. The burglar(s) had ransacked rooms and left drawers open; a jewelry box and camcorder were missing.
3900 BLOCK 39TH SW: This also happened Monday afternoon. The resident was looking at a security camera while away from home after getting an alert around 1:20 pm, triggered by a motion center. The resident saw a “black male suspect” in black ski mask, gray sweatshirt, and black pants, walking “under the elevated back porch,” the report says, then looking into a back window before walking away. The resident believed a rear window screen had been removed, but it didn’t appear the residence had been broken into. Around the same time, a nearby resident called police to report two men – one of whom matched the prowler’s description – looking at houses from alleyways near 39th SW and SW Andover.
4900 BLOCK SW DAWSON: Residents told police that sometime between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm, someone broke into the house and ransacked two rooms. Jewelry and a laptop were missing. The first hint they had that something was awry was that their dog didn’t greet them upon their return – they found the dog in one of the bedrooms, door closed, and they never put the dog there.
7300 BLOCK 44TH SW: Just before noon, police were called to investigate a construction trailer in this block. They were told that it had been burglarized, with a padlock cut to get in, and six power tools were missing.
It takes a while for report details (beyond location/time) to show up on the SPD website, so reader reports are helpful, so we can help get the word out faster – once you’ve called SPD, if it’s breaking, text/voice 206-293-6302, or e-mail info to email@example.com – thanks!
This isn’t a request for much – $10 each from 400 people will make it happen.
Ola Salon in Luna Park “is in the midst of a campaign to send one of our stylists to Cambodia to have a direct impact on changing the life of formerly sex-trafficked youth. Over the next 2 months, we need to raise $4000 to make this happen,” says Ola proprietor Rachel Karlin. They’re working with the organization Justice and Soul. Stylist Julia Durfee has been accepted into the J&S program to provide training to people at risk of trafficking and is planning to go to Cambodia in April. If you are interested in helping, you can do it through this GoFundMe page.
Thanks again for sharing photos your fellow West Seattleites might enjoy! First we have two more of the moon showing off – above, from Kersti Muul, as it approached the Olympic Mountains’ iconic peaks The Brothers early today; below, two from Marc, first, moonrise beauty from earlier this week:
And a little whimsy:
Just waiting patiently for its person, but from a certain angle, it looked like that dog was about to drive away, Marc says.
(Photo to share? If breaking news – text to 206-293-6302 if you can; if not breaking, firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you!)
Even if you don’t live in a house, you might be interested in tomorrow’s SouthWest Stories presentation with King County archivist Greg Lange (whose video invitation is above) – “Welcome Home: Searching for the Secret Lives of Houses.” Maybe there’s a house or other building that you walk, ride, or drive by, and often wonder about. Some information is available online, but not all, so Lange will explain where to look and what you might find. Just be at Southwest Library (35th SW/SW Henderson) at 2 pm Sunday – it’s free, seating is first-come, first-served, in the upstairs meeting room. The Southwest Seattle Historical Society and Seattle Public Library are co-sponsors of the series.
P.S. Details aren’t final yet but your WSB co-publishers have been invited to be next month’s “SouthWest Stories” guests (February 19th), since this is WSB’s 10th-anniversary year – stand by for more on that.
Just in from Richard Miller, president of the West Seattle Crime Prevention Council – the plan for its meeting next Tuesday (7 pm, January 17th):
As always, Southwest Precinct police will be there with updates on local crime trends and the chance for you to ask about/bring up neighborhood concerns. And a special guest has just been confirmed: SPD Officer Edward Anderson, a Firearms and Tactics instructor who “will lead an interactive active-shooter-mitigation presentation.” This will be the shorter version of the presentation, about an hour including 15 minutes for questions, shorter than the full version, but worth your time to come hear from an expert. All are welcome at the meeting, which is in the community room at the precinct (2300 SW Webster), right off the parking lot.
Here’s what’s up today/tonight, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
GIVE IF YOU CAN: 9 am-3 pm (closed 11 am-noon for break), a mobile blood drive in The Junction is your next chance to give the gift of life – much-needed right now, according to our regional blood bank. Details in our calendar listing. (4754 42nd SW)
COMMUNITY SCHOOL OF WEST SEATTLE OPEN HOUSE: Adult-only drop-in event “where you can see the space, talk to teachers, and learn about Community School’s approach to learning.” 10 am-2 pm. (9450 22nd SW)
SEATTLE MADE POP-UP: 10 am-3 pm at Sound & Fog, it’s a pop-up shop with local makers – body care, fragrances, jewelry, sweets, underwear. (4735 40th SW)
‘WE HAVE A DREAM’: Community workshop focused on “Strengthening Community and the Futures of Our Youth Through Storytelling,” presented by the Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association and United Way-King County, 1-4 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. All welcome; details in our calendar listing. (4408 Delridge Way SW)
JUNIOR ROLLER DERBY TRIPLEHEADER: At Southgate Roller Rink in White Center, doors open 5:15 pm for Southside Revolution Junior Roller Derby‘s second-annual Harry Potter-themed bout, a tripleheader with a costume contest at halftime! Details in our calendar listing. (9646 17th SW)
DIFFERENT DRUMMER: At Kenyon Hall, 7:30 pm, you’ll see this “multi-genre chamber ensemble comprised of violin, double bass, and percussive tap dancing.” Ticket and other info in our calendar listing. (7904 35th SW)
JUDI JENSEN BAND: Live music at 9 pm, no cover, at Poggie Tavern. 21+. (4717 California SW)
3 BANDS @ PARLIAMENT: At Parliament Tavern, it’s live music tonight with Sir Coyler & His Asthmatic Band, The DT’s, Second Hand Suits, starting at 9 pm. $5 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
3 BANDS @ SKYLARK: The Skylark has a live-music triple bill too with Juliet Tango, Obol, Fain, 9 pm. $7 cover. 21+. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
EVEN MORE for today, tonight, beyond … just check our complete calendar.