West Seattle Blog... » Gatewood http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Mon, 30 Nov 2015 09:32:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Comcast outage: Readers report trouble in Gatewood http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/comcast-outage-readers-report-trouble-in-gatewood/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/comcast-outage-readers-report-trouble-in-gatewood/#comments Sat, 28 Nov 2015 16:51:12 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=330460 Multiple reports this morning of Comcast being out in Gatewood. They’re reporting the company hopes to have service back by 11 am.

Side note: Checking the city’s Office of Cable Communications page, we note it’s still taking comments on the proposed Comcast renewal through Monday.

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CRIME WATCH FOLLOWUP: What happened between Gatewood burglary report and arrival http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/crime-watch-followup-what-happened-between-gatewood-burglary-report-and-arrival/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/crime-watch-followup-what-happened-between-gatewood-burglary-report-and-arrival/#comments Tue, 13 Oct 2015 00:10:40 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=325791 As promised, we’ve followed up today on Sunday morning’s burglary in the 8200 block of California SW, with a nearby resident seeing it happen and calling it in, but police not arriving until after the burglar was gone.

The 911 call was made at 11 am, as we reported on Sunday – the witness has record of that on a cell phone screen. The first officer to arrive at the house was shortly after quarter past – we happened to see it firsthand, because we are based a few blocks south and happened to be heading out on an errand at the time.

Here’s what SPD told us happened in the meantime.

*The dispatch went out at 11:03. An officer was headed to the house by 11:09.

*Before arrival, police got word the burglar(s) had left (11:14, the witness said), and so instead of proceeding immediately to the house, they tried to find the vehicle, using the description and plate (Washington AWB5824 – here’s a photo from the witness):

As the witness told us, they spotted a car they believed to be the vehicle, and they tried to pull it over – but the driver didn’t stop, and proceeded “in an unsafe manner,” as SPD put it, so officers were told to terminate the pursuit, which is SPD policy if it’s believed to be a threat to public safety. From the SPD pursuit policy, which you can read in full here:

…3. Officers Will Not Pursue Without Justification

The circumstances justifying the decision to pursue an eluding vehicle must be articulable at the time the officer initiates the pursuit.

Officers will not pursue solely for any one of the following:

- Traffic violations / Civil Infractions
- Misdemeanors
- Gross misdemeanors
- Property crimes
- The act of eluding alone

4. Officers Will Cease Pursuit When the Risk of the Pursuit Outweighs the Danger to the Public if the Suspect is not Captured

Following up on one other point from our original story – the SPD spokesperson with whom we spoke hadn’t seen anything about the mention of “shift change” and did not think that was related. The case is open, SPD verifies, and detectives have “good information” to follow up on.

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UPDATE: Police respond to person in crisis in Gatewood http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/police-response-in-gatewood/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/police-response-in-gatewood/#comments Sun, 11 Oct 2015 22:20:34 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=325652

(Police blocking road near scene)

3:20 PM: Thanks for all the tips. Avoid California SW in Gatewood between Portland and Ida – there’s a big police response. Initial scanner traffic indicated police were trying to make contact with a possibly armed man in a house in the 7700 block of California.

Officers just knocked on the door and went inside.

3:39 PM: Our crew says police came back out without anyone, but there’s someone in a squad car. That doesn’t necessarily mean an arrest; we are waiting to talk to the sergeant on scene to find out more.

3:49 PM: Police tell us the person they have in custody is the person they were called about because of concern he was going to harm himself. They did not find anyone else in the house; no one is injured. They expect to be at the scene a while longer, and the road is still partly blocked. (Whenever we mention crisis situations like this, we also always mention the local 24-hour Crisis Clinic hotline – 206-461-3222.)

5:02 PM: Just got a chance to go back and check the area. The road is open again.

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Possible church burglary/theft; Roxhill Park robbery report; Fauntleroy assault http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/west-seattle-crime-watch-possible-church-burglarytheft/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/west-seattle-crime-watch-possible-church-burglarytheft/#comments Sat, 12 Sep 2015 06:13:49 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=322617 Incidents we’ve been tracking tonight:

11:13 PM: Police are responding to the Westside Unitarian Universalists Congregation church in Gatewood (7141 California SW) right now after a report of a possible burglary/theft. The Guardian One helicopter is in the area and offered to help search for a possible suspect, so you might hear it shortly. No description at this point beyond “unknown race male” in a hoodie.

11:20 PM: The helicopter’s in the area now.

11:29 PM: And it’s moved on, while police continue investigating on the ground.


11:50 PM: **Separate incident** but while we have this Crime Watch report open, we’re adding it. Police are investigating a report of someone being robbed at Roxhill Park. No aerial search in this case – the trail was quite cold, as the victim did not report it until getting home about half an hour later. (We have no further info on this one but more often than not, street robberies have a reporting lag because the robber[s] take the victim’s phone.)


12:44 AM: **Separate incident** Police rushed to Fauntleroy after multiple calls about someone screaming for help. After trying to figure out where exactly it happened, they found a victim in the 8600 block of 46th SW, a 21-year-old woman who is reported to have been assaulted. SFD is en route to evaluate her injuries. Police are trying to sort out what happened.

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Also happening today: Need your vehicle washed? http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/also-happening-today-need-your-vehicle-washed/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/also-happening-today-need-your-vehicle-washed/#comments Sat, 15 Aug 2015 18:50:07 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=320010 The sun’s out and two vehicle-wash fundraisers happening right now in West Seattle, both by donation:

WEST SEATTLE HIGH SCHOOL CHEERLEADERS: Until 3 pm, WSHS cheerleaders are washing vehicles at Les Schwab, Fauntleroy/Alaska (map).

TRINITY WEST SEATTLE YOUTH: Also until 3 pm, a fundraising vehicle wash is under way to send Trinity and Skate Church youth to camp. It’s at the church, 7551 35th SW (map).

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Can you help solve this mystery? http://westseattleblog.com/2015/07/west-seattle-crime-watch-can-you-help-solve-this-mystery/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/07/west-seattle-crime-watch-can-you-help-solve-this-mystery/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 04:40:01 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=318392 Jeff lives in north Gatewood and has found car-prowl loot discarded near his house before. He’s been able to reunite items with their owners before … but this time he’s not having luck and asking if you know whose things these are:

I found some things hidden behind a bush off of the alley behind my house that I believe are unwanted items from a car prowl. The items include some clothing, a drawing book, and a CD case that must have 20 or 30 CDs in it.

The book and the clothing probably aren’t worth much but the CDs would have some value. Judging from the drawing book I am guessing that it is all from a young person. There is a name in the drawing book … I could not find a person by that name in West Seattle but then a young person might not show up. There are also some dates from March and then the 4th of July so the items are probably from a recent event. I would like to return the items to the owner if they want them.

We advised him to notify police, but in the meantime, if the owner comes forward, he’d still be able to return the items.

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West Seattle 4th of July fire watch: Gatewood tree burns http://westseattleblog.com/2015/07/west-seattle-4th-of-july-fire-watch-gatewood-tree-burns/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/07/west-seattle-4th-of-july-fire-watch-gatewood-tree-burns/#comments Sat, 04 Jul 2015 23:28:44 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=315578

Since midnight, the Seattle Fire Department 911 log shows two “brush fire” calls in West Seattle (out of a total of six citywide today). Above, the aftermath of one of them, shared by Dennis, who wrote, “Someone with fireworks didn’t like our tree. 12:35 last night. Be careful, folks, it is REAL DRY out there … this is what can happen.” He’s in the 3600 block of SW Othello in Gatewood; the other “brush fire” call so far, about 12 hours later, was in the 8100 block of 14th SW in Highland Park.

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Westside Unitarian Universalist Congregation celebrates retiring minister Rev. Peg Boyle Morgan http://westseattleblog.com/2015/06/westside-unitarian-universalist-congregation-celebrates-retiring-minister-rev-peg-boyle-morgan/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/06/westside-unitarian-universalist-congregation-celebrates-retiring-minister-rev-peg-boyle-morgan/#comments Sun, 21 Jun 2015 02:21:21 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=314272

The biggest party on Gatewood Hill tonight is at the Westside Unitarian Universalist Congregation church at California/Othello – in honor of Rev. Peg Boyle Morgan (above), who’s retiring after 13 years. The party includes a lasagna dinner …

… and marimba music:

Rev. Morgan’s tenure with WSUU included its purchase of, renovation of, and move five years ago into the Gatewood church building, a home of its own after two decades of meeting in rented space. WSUU will welcome an interim minister, Rev. Beatrice Hitchcock, in August; she’s coming from the same role with a congregation in Anchorage, Alaska. But first, Rev. Morgan will preside at tomorrow’s 10:30 am service, at which she’ll be formally installed as WSUU’s Minister Emerita and will share her “best hopes for Westside’s future.”

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Have you seen this stolen red pickup? http://westseattleblog.com/2015/06/west-seattle-crime-watch-have-you-seen-this-stolen-red-pickup/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/06/west-seattle-crime-watch-have-you-seen-this-stolen-red-pickup/#comments Fri, 12 Jun 2015 21:23:33 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=313368

From Johnny and Kalynn on SW Austin in Gatewood:

We woke up this morning and our truck had been stolen. It’s a Red 1994 Ford F150 XLT. The license place is C89822C. Only the back license plate is on. The front has no plate. If anyone has seen it, we would really like to get it back.

If you see it – as SPD advises, call 911.

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PHOTOS: West Seattle military helicopter flyby, on the way to Snohomish County event http://westseattleblog.com/2015/06/west-seattle-military-helicopter-fly-by/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/06/west-seattle-military-helicopter-fly-by/#comments Tue, 09 Jun 2015 19:03:38 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=312939

12:03 PM: Don’t know yet what it was about, but a group of military helicopters flew northbound over the west-facing West Seattle shore a short time ago. Anybody get a photo/video? We ran out the front door with the phone (resulting in this video, but they’re somewhat tiny-looking in the distance). One observer said via Twitter that it looked like four Chinooks and a Blackhawk.

12:24 PM: Thanks to James Bratsanos and to Joe for sending photos so far. The two above are from James – first the wide view of all five, then a closer look at two of the Chinooks and the (Blackhawk?).

12:28 PM: More info in comments – including Jim Clark spotting what might be the answer to the question of what this was about.

12:33 PM: Further verification of what Jim found – a program on that Facebook page says Special Forces from JBLM were to fly by/in (Paine Field in Snohomish County), with “Chinooks x 4.”

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Gatewood burglary; major-crime trends http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-crime-watch-gatewood-burglary-major-crime-trends/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-crime-watch-gatewood-burglary-major-crime-trends/#comments Thu, 14 May 2015 04:49:40 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=310260 2 West Seattle Crime Watch notes – an incident this evening plus an SPD stats/trends update:

GATEWOOD BURGLARY: A neighbor texted us (206-293-6302 any time) about that big police response near 41st/Elmgrove in Gatewood [map] around 6 pm. When we went over to check, police told us they were checking out a burglar alarm but hadn’t yet found evidence of a break-in; no one was home. Later, though, it was confirmed as a burglary, according to neighbors and to SPD’s automated Tweets by Beat. That was the first confirmed West Seattle burglary, per TBB, since one reported at noon yesterday in the 8400 block of 12th SW.

STATS/TRENDS: Today’s edition of the every-two-weeks SeaStat SPD-wide briefing includes a page of year-to-year and week-to-week stats for the Southwest Precinct, which includes West Seattle and South Park – scroll through this slide deck to the very last page. Year-to-year – January 1st through May 9th this year, compared to the same period last year – every category except aggravated domestic-violence assault is up. (Though there’s no breakdown per precinct sectors, we know that the breakdown in one category – no 2014 homicides in West Seattle and none so far this year; the one 2015 homicide listed for the SW Precinct was in SP.) In the week-by-week stats for the past month, all categories are trending downward (or holding at zero) except for larceny, which was up from 12 in the third week to 13 in the fourth week.

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Gatewood hit-and-run http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-crime-watch-gatewood-hit-and-run/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-crime-watch-gatewood-hit-and-run/#comments Sun, 03 May 2015 05:19:54 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=309023 One note tonight, from a Gatewood resident who’s wondering if the same hit-run driver had any other victims:

Unfortunately, our neighbor’s car got hit quite badly about 7:40 pm this evening by someone driving out of control down Rose near 39th. It was a gray SUV. We have of course called the police and our neighbor found the car at 44th and Portland without the driver. The reason I am writing is we heard a loud boom about 5 minutes prior to the hit and run. Please share with the police if your car was stolen or if your car was also hit in the Gatewood area.

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West Seattle schools: Science Palooza at Gatewood Elementary http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-schools-science-palooza-at-gatewood-elementary/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-schools-science-palooza-at-gatewood-elementary/#comments Sun, 12 Apr 2015 20:39:47 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=306885 Right before Seattle Public Schools got out for spring break (which lasts all of next week), Gatewood Elementary students got to show off their projects for the 4th annual Science Palooza. Here are some highlights from Thursday night’s event, shared by Nicole Sipila, who chaired the science fair:

We had 69 kids with 48 projects. The kids really stepped up the projects this year and everybody was really impressed.

Simone & Delaney exploring sound with their project, The Pitch of Pipes:

‚Äč… More than just your average volcano replica, Kailey, Hailey, and Hudson made a model of Mt. St. Helens and showed how much of the mountain was lost and the effects of the lahar:

… We also had some exciting guests. UW Material Advantage was on hand to demonstrate material science applications at a graduate school level. Most popular were the semi-conductors.

… Also, Gatewood’s choir, conducted by Mr. Hall, performed the National Anthem to kick start the evening and then came back later to perform two more songs.

It was an amazing night of science learning & sharing, along with a great community building event. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped put this wonderful evening together.

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West Seattle Crime Watch update: 2 vehicles stolen from 1 house in 3 days, found in same place http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/west-seattle-crime-watch-2-vehicles-stolen-from-1-house-in-3-days/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/west-seattle-crime-watch-2-vehicles-stolen-from-1-house-in-3-days/#comments Mon, 23 Mar 2015 04:18:39 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=304778 9:18 PM: Auto thieves have hit one family in Gatewood twice in the past three days. The vehicles taken from their driveway/carport are a taupe 2006 Volvo XC70, license plate AMR4548, stolen Friday morning, and a silver 2006 Nissan Frontier 4-door pickup, license plate B31289L, gone since early today. The vehicles’ owners say there was nothing about the first theft that facilitated the second – no key left in either car, for example. If you see either vehicle, please call 911.

9 AM MONDAY: The vehicles’ owner says they both were found in an apartment-building parking lot in the 6500 block of 35th SW, less than a mile away from where they were stolen: “Someone in the apartments called to report the Volvo as a suspicious vehicle. When we arrived, we saw the truck parked in another stall. The Volvo was driven more than 150 miles and contained a lot of drug and DNA evidence. Unfortunately, there were no clean prints. The truck had more of the same drug evidence, it wasn’t driven more than 20+ miles.”

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Myrtle Reservoir retrofitting going out to bid, likely to start in fall http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/myrtle-reservoir-retrofitting-going-out-to-bid-likely-to-start-in-fall/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/myrtle-reservoir-retrofitting-going-out-to-bid-likely-to-start-in-fall/#comments Mon, 23 Mar 2015 03:23:18 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=304757

(West side of Myrtle Reservoir site, where work is likely to be staged)
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Nine months after Seattle Public Utilities discussed the earthquake-resistance retrofit needed for West Seattle Reservoir in Highland Park, we know what’s in store for our area’s other underground water facility, Myrtle Reservoir.

Myrtle was covered in 2008, West Seattle in 2010. Then in 2012, their designer, MWH, told the city about “possible seismic deficiencies” in their work – not potentially catastrophic, but not something that could be ignored, either. Analysis and testing ensued, and in June of last year, we reported on the retrofit/strengthening plan for WS Reservoir, interviewing reps from SPU and its consultants.

At the time, they didn’t know exactly what would need to be done to Myrtle Reservoir, a relatively small reservoir (5 million gallons) at the city’s highest point on the east side of the Gatewood neighborhood. Now they do.

We contacted SPU after spotting a bid-solicitation notice this past week for the work that’s ahead at Myrtle and at Maple Leaf in North Seattle, and have since spoken with project manager Stephanie Murphy, to find out what will be done and what Myrtle neighbors and users of the nearby park will see.

It’s not as extensive as the work that had to be done at the much-larger West Seattle Reservoir in Highland Park, but from above ground, it’ll be more noticeable, since there’s no other work ongoing at Myrtle, unlike the other reservoir, where park-building has been continuing.

SPU has stressed that even with the design flaw, the reservoirs were/are not in danger of failing during an earthquake – but, as Murphy said in the case of West Seattle, could have been at risk of “extensive leakage.” (Our report from last June contained a fair amount of technical detail, if you’re interested.)

Murphy explained that they’ll be adding more steel and concrete to reinforce one row of the underground columns in Myrtle, compared to two rows of reinforcement in the Highland Park reservoir plus extra concrete in its columns. The price tag for the Myrtle work is $700,000, less than a tenth of what SPU said last year that the West Seattle Reservoir work would cost (they were “collaborating” with the designer about covering that cost, given that it wouldn’t have been necessary if the design hadn’t been flawed).

What will neighbors and park users see when the work is under way?

You might not notice much from the surface aside from staging; Murphy said the work will be mostly on the west side, accessing from Willow to the north, going around the treatment building, and staging on the flat grassy area west of the reservoir. She says they won’t have to dig it up – the existing stairwell into the reservoir is what they’ll use for all types of access throughout the project, whether it’s dropping in materials or pouring the concrete. The construction trailer will be relatively small, Murphy expects, because the job will be managed from the Maple Leaf site.


Myrtle is packaged for bidding with Maple Leaf (which is projected to cost more than $5 million) because SPU expects the same contractor to do both jobs, one “cell” at a time – the Maple Leaf reservoir has two cells, Myrtle one, so after getting going on the first cell at Maple Leaf, the contractor would embark on the Myrtle work, and then return to Maple Leaf. So the Myrtle timeline is likely mid-October through January, according to Murphy, assuming Maple Leaf starts in June. The reservoir will be out of service for a few weeks before the work and a few weeks after, since they’ll have to drain and rinse it, but that doesn’t mean a change in water service – they’ll route the supply from somewhere else.

Bids are due April 1st, so we’ll find out sometime next month who will be handling the work.

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