West Seattle, Washington
Six West Seattle Crime Watch items ahead:
SEX OFFENDER RELEASED: Thanks to the reader who let us know that convicted sex offender Duane Atwood, 40, was released from prison this past week. We last covered his case in 2015, when he went to prison after pleading guilty in an indecent-exposure incident on Beach Drive and for failing to register as a sex offender after moving back to the area, as a 2000 “burglary with sexual motivation” case required him to do. According to the King County sex-offender registry website – which has published his photo (shown at right) and other information – Atwood reported to authorities that he is living in Tukwila.
FROM THE POLICE-REPORT FILES
SPD posts a small percentage of report narratives, with several days’ delay, so we check the files periodically for local cases; these three from last weekend are the newest ones available:
HIT-AND-RUN: The afternoon of Sunday, September 3rd, police were called to the 10600 block of Marine View Drive for what was reported to be a hit-and-run injuring a pedestrian. The “pedestrian” turned out to be a resident who said it started when he noticed someone had parked a white Lexus SUV blocking his driveway while visiting a yard sale next door. The man’s wife went over to try to find the driver. A “verbal altercation” with “harsh/abusive language” ensued, as well as actions including horn-honking and mutual video recording. The yard-sale visitor, according to the report narrative, eventually “entered her vehicle and backed up abruptly,” hitting the man, knocking him down, then reportedly getting out and “laugh(ing) at him” before getting back in her vehicle and driving away. Multiple people at the scene provided police with the license plate number, which led them to a woman in her mid-50s living elsewhere in West Seattle. The victim also had a photo of the driver. When found at her home, the police report says, she acknowledged backing up, but thought the man was “faking” having been hit/hurt. She was arrested and booked into jail. The victim was checked out by Seattle Fire.
2 WEEKS, 2 BREAK-INS: In the 7700 block of 18th SW on Labor Day, a resident reported that his detached garage had been broken into overnight – just a week after his house had been burglarized. The garage was ransacked, with several power tools missing. Police found fingerprint evidence from the top of a trash can that the resident said had been moved during the burglary.
ROBBERY AFTER COLLISION: Last Saturday night (September 2nd) near Delridge and Brandon, a driver and bicyclist collided. Police then got multiple reports of a fight. Their report says the driver pulled over after hitting the bicyclist, who rode across Delridge, eastbound, in front of the driver, who was headed southbound. The driver pulled over, and two men ran over, with one punching through his car window, before they pulled him out of the car and started beating him up. They also went through his pockets before a woman ran up and got the to stop. The victim told police that he was missing his cell phone and a pack of cigarettes. Police found their suspect nearby – smoking the same brand of cigarette, claiming he had found the pack on the ground, and in possession of a phone matching the description of the one that was stolen. He was arrested for investigation of robbery and booked into jail.
TWO READER REPORTS
From the inbox:
CAR EMBLEMS STOLEN: From Alex:
I parked my car at Seacrest Park on Friday to take the water taxi and had the Volkswagen emblems stolen off my wheels while I was away. It would have happened between 6:45 AM to 7:00 PM. Not an expensive fix but still very annoying. I am curious if this has happened to anyone else.
It’s been reported to police.
CAR PROWL ATTEMPT: Brian shared this video and the report:
Last (Monday) night at 11:56 pm, a person attempted a car prowl on 40th Ave SW between Hinds and Manning. Fortunately, the doors were locked and nothing was taken. It was interesting to note what he was wearing: shorts, white baseball cap, and jacket with two reflective white logos on the back near each shoulder. I was surprised the thief was working this early in the evening. He worked quickly and barely triggered the motion activation on the cameras. The attached video was captured with an ARLO wireless security camera. In the future, I plan to connect the ARLO system to an App called IFTTT which can then be programmed to trigger a phone call and alert a sleeping user. A reminder to keep your doors locked!
Tonight at Southwest Athletic Complex, the West Seattle High School girls’ soccer team had their first home match of the season, vs. Marysville Getchell HS. Final score, 1-1, which means the Wildcats are 0-2-0 on the season after tying Eastside Catholic 2-2 on Thursday.
You’ll recall that WSHS has a new head coach, Todd Veenhuizen, announced back in June. The team’s next match is Tuesday afternoon vs. crosstown rivals Chief Sealth International High School (0-1), 4 pm at Walt Hundley Playfield in High Point (34th/Myrtle).
Reminder that tomorrow (Sunday, September 10th), the West Seattle Farmers’ Market is more than a farmers’ market – it’s also your chance to give feedback on the future park on 40th SW between SW Alaska and SW Edmunds. As first noted here last month, the city is having an “open house” at/during the market (10 am-2 pm). Until a few weeks ago, the “landbanked” park site served as temporary quarters for Fire Station 32, but now that the new station is open and firefighters have moved in, Seattle Parks is moving toward designing and developing the park site as what it’s meant to be. So look for their booth/table at the market tomorrow. And if you haven’t already, answer the short survey on the project page. Five years have passed since the city bought the two-thirds-of-an-acre site for $1.4 million.
P.S. If you’re not a regular Farmers’ Market visitor, note that the address on the city flyer above is incorrect – that’s the market’s old address – it’s on California between Oregon and Alaska.
We promised to let you know when the Seattle Fire Department set the date for an open house at brand-new Station 32. It was still being worked out when we toured the new station last month – but now the date’s finalized – set your calendar for 11 am-1 pm on Saturday, November 4th. SFD’s official announcement won’t be until the date is a little closer, but they confirmed the date after a reader texted us (thanks!) to say they had heard about it while stopping by the station. The new $18 million station is at the same spot (37th/38th/Alaska) as the old one, but much larger, and now home to the area’s battalion chief as well as Engine 32, Ladder 11, and Medic 32.
From West Seattle’s VFW Post 2713, we’ve received word of this year’s student essay competition – with cash prizes, including a chance to win scholarship money, if the entrant’s in high school. Here’s the announcement:
All students in private, public, or home school are eligible to compete. First, second, and third place prizes will be awarded for each grade, while first-place winners will advance to state and possibly national levels with greater prizes. The competitions are:
Youth Essay – Grades 3rd, 4th, 5th
Topic “What does a Veteran mean to me?”
Prizes: 1st $100, 2nd $75, 3rd $40, 4th-10th $15, 11th-15th $5
(Entry form here)
Patriots Pen – Grades 6th, 7th, 8th
Topic “America’s Gift to My Generation”
Prizes: 1st $125, 2nd $100, 3rd $75, 4th-6th $25, 7th-10th $15
(Entry info here)
Voice of Democracy – Grades 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Topic “American History: Our Hope for the Future”
Prizes: 1st $150, 2nd $100, 3rd $75, 4th-6th place $25, 7th-10th place $15
Note: Each state winner is eligible for a $30,000 scholarship.
(Entry info here)
Deadline for entries is November 1st.
Haven’t had lunch yet? Let the barbecue crew at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) cook for you! While out on errands, we just discovered they’ve extended benefit-barbecue season to raise money today for hurricane relief. Hot dogs and hamburgers – and what you pay will be matched! California/Fauntleroy – look for the tent outside the store, until about 3:45 this afternoon (hey – early dinner!).
Just before going back to school this past week, as a first-grader at Genesee Hill Elementary, 6-year-old Colton Fukano concluded his latest season of riding as a BMX (bicycle motocross) champ. Proud mom Shawnda Fukano shared the photo and update:
Colton Fukano wrapped up the Washington State BMX season Labor Day weekend at the State Championship Finals in Richland as the #1 rider in the 6-year-old intermediate class. Riders earn points for the their top four finishes during the season plus how they place at the finals.
Colton went into the finals with five 1st-place finishes as a 5-year-old, but since his birthday was right before the finals ,he raced in the 6-year-old category at the finals. His 3rd-place finish at the finals kept him at the top of the points. Colton rides for the Sonic BMX team, coached by Jamie Stenson and sponsored by Sprocketts Recycled Bicycles in Magnolia. Here is the video of Colton’s last race:
Despite having just turned 6, Colton has been racing for almost two years.
(Steller’s Jay, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
Good morning! Here’s what’s happening on your Saturday:
SOUTH DELRIDGE LITTER CLEANUP: Join your neighbor Bridgette, who is hosting a litter cleanup 9 am-11 am today. You don’t have to be there for the full two-hour cleanup – “any time you can volunteer would be appreciated! We will meet at the corner of 20th Ave SW & SW Thistle. We will provide supplies – grabbers, gloves, buckets, trash bags, etc. You simply need to show up! Hope to see you there!”
MOBILE BLOOD DRIVE: The van is in The Junction today, 9 am-3 pm. Walk-up donors welcome, but not 11 am-noon, when the drive will be taking a break. More info in our calendar listing. (42nd SW/SW Alaska)
GRIEFSHARE RECOVERY SUPPORT GROUP: 1st of 13 Saturday meetings at Grace Church – join at any time. 10 am-noon. Info in our calendar listing. (10323 28th SW)
THUNDER ROAD GUITARS CLOSED, TO CELEBRATE PORTLAND GRAND OPENING: In The Junction, Thunder Road Guitars (WSB sponsor) is closed today so proprietor Frank Gross and staff can be at the grand opening of the new TRG in Portland. (4736 California SW)
FAMILY STORY TIME: 11 am at West Seattle (Admiral) Library. Free. (2306 42nd SW)
BABY JAM MUSIC AND DANCE: Movement for the little ones, 11:30 am at High Point Library. Free. (35th SW/SW Raymond)
POP-UP MERCADO – SUMMER’S END: Noon-5 pm, come support local artists and artisans! Colectiva Noroeste presents this event with art, apparel, handmade gifts, food, jewelry, and music, plus the food truck El Chapulin Oaxaqueño, at Highland Park Improvement Club. (1116 SW Holden)
SECOND-TO-LAST DAY FOR COLMAN POOL: One last post-season weekend before outdoor saltwater Colman Pool closes until next year – noon-7 pm today (and tomorrow). Here’s the schedule. (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)
HIGH-SCHOOL SOCCER: West Seattle High School girls’ home opener, 6 pm at Southwest Athletic Complex, vs. Marysville Getchell HS. (2801 SW Thistle)
ATOMIC RUST, ELI, POLARISER: “Old-school punk and rock ‘n’ roll” at Parliament Tavern, 9 pm. $5 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
HARRISON B, ROBOT JURASSIC, BARE MINIMUM: Performing at The Skylark, 9 pm. $8 cover. 21+. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
FOR EVERYTHING ELSE … check our complete calendar!