West Seattle Blog... » Gatewood http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:11:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 West Seattle Crime Watch followup: Gatewood burglary suspect charged http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-crime-watch-followup-gatewood-burglary-suspect-charged/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-crime-watch-followup-gatewood-burglary-suspect-charged/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 05:53:11 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=279719 Following up on the Gatewood burglary spree first reported here Wednesday – the suspect is now charged with three counts of residential burglary. And we’ve learned that a warrant was already out for his arrest before police found him after the burglaries Saturday afternoon, because he’d missed a sentencing hearing a day earlier. Plus, he has an extensive record dating back more than half his life, to age 14.

The suspect is Jason Edward Wyman, who turned 33 the day before his arrest. The police report lists a Westwood address for him. He is charged with burglarizing three homes in Gatewood; in two cases, the police report says, he was interrupted by people who were home at the time and had left doors unlocked or open; in a third, he stole from a guest house. At least one victim has surveillance video showing him with items stolen from her home.

“The defendant’s brazen behavior is alarming,” prosecutors wrote in the charging documents, noting that while burglary is not a violent crime, entering occupied residences can quickly escalate to violence. They go on to describe him as a “flight risk” with “17 warrants since 2000, based on 15 bookings at King County Jail.”

Last Friday, Wyman was supposed to appear for sentencing in a theft case dating back to last August – and failed to show up, leading to issuance of a $10,000 warrant for his arrest. His criminal history spans three states and includes at least one conviction for escape. He had struck a plea bargain in the case, which involved a day last August in which he was caught on video stealing a TV and two computers from the Renton Wal-Mart; according to court documents, and was going to be recommended for a residential DOSA sentence – that’s the program involving mandatory drug treatment.

Now, if Wyman is convicted of three counts of residential burglary, he faces up to 7 years in prison. According to the King County Jail Register, his current bail is set at $50,000. We’ll keep the case on our watch list.

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Helicopter over Fauntleroy/Gatewood: Tour company http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/helicopter-over-fauntleroygatewood-tour-company/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/helicopter-over-fauntleroygatewood-tour-company/#comments Sat, 14 Jun 2014 21:55:50 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=276529 In case you also noticed the small yellow helicopter circling/hovering over Gatewood/Upper Fauntleroy (almost directly over WSB HQ for a while, so we grabbed a bit of video), thanks to Shannon for noting in a Twitter discussion that it was a tour-company helicopter. (Photo added, shared by Rey via Facebook)

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Update: Crash in Gatewood at 37th/Thistle; no injuries reported http://westseattleblog.com/2014/04/west-seattle-traffic-alert-crash-in-gatewood-at-37ththistle/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/04/west-seattle-traffic-alert-crash-in-gatewood-at-37ththistle/#comments Sun, 13 Apr 2014 23:49:32 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=270445

(WSB photo by Patrick Sand)
4:49 PM: No serious injuries reported in a collision involving two cars at 37th and Thistle in Gatewood (map), with one car on its side, but westbound Thistle is blocked until a tow crew arrives.

5:05 PM: Added a photo. Our crew doublechecked at the scene and police confirmed, no one required medical attention at the scene. The road should be clear shortly. P.S. Thanks to the people who called and e-mailed to let us know about this.

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Shot fired in Gatewood fight http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/west-seattle-crime-watch-shot-fired-in-gatewood-fight/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/west-seattle-crime-watch-shot-fired-in-gatewood-fight/#comments Mon, 10 Mar 2014 02:08:52 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=267154 Seattle Police say somebody fired a gun during a street fight overnight in Gatewood. 911 calls reported up to 100 teenagers fighting near 36th and Othello (map) around midnight; just as officers were getting there, other calls reported a possible shot fired. Police say they saw about 30 teens as they arrived, all of whom fled. They also found a shell casing on the street and what the SPD Blotter report describes as “two intoxicated adult male victims,” one of whom told them that several male suspects wearing black clothing and black ski masks got out of a black car and tried to fight him, with one pulling out a gun and firing it into the air. No injuries, no arrests.

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See how ‘Ask This Old House’ helped West Seattle homeowners http://westseattleblog.com/2014/01/see-how-ask-this-old-house-helped-west-seattle-homeowners/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/01/see-how-ask-this-old-house-helped-west-seattle-homeowners/#comments Mon, 20 Jan 2014 22:51:57 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=262360 Gatewood residents Patrick and Chelsea King got some high-profile help last June when Tom Silva and Ask This Old House” pitched in on their crown-molding project. We mentioned it here; they promised to let us know when the episode went online – and they just sent word it’s now available for viewing – the first 11 minutes of this clip. If you’d rather see it on TV, the online schedule says this episode will run again this Friday and Saturday on KBTC Channel 12 and Monday and Wednesday of next week on KCTS Channel 9.

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Gatewood power outage – but not a surprise this time http://westseattleblog.com/2013/12/gatewood-power-outage-but-not-a-surprise-this-time/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/12/gatewood-power-outage-but-not-a-surprise-this-time/#comments Thu, 12 Dec 2013 05:12:00 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=258869 If you have noticed while driving California SW south of Morgan Junction that a section of Gatewood is in the dark – it’s planned, according to a note we received from Lee, who says a notice was distributed saying the power would be out starting around 8 pm, for up to 11 hours. It’s not on the city’s outage map, so we don’t know how wide the area is, but this is part of the zone still served by some of Seattle City Light’s oldest equipment, which is scheduled for replacement.

10:19 PM: Power is back on!

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West Seattle holidays: First bazaar @ Peace Lutheran Church http://westseattleblog.com/2013/12/west-seattle-holidays-first-bazaar-peace-lutheran-church/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/12/west-seattle-holidays-first-bazaar-peace-lutheran-church/#comments Sat, 07 Dec 2013 20:07:17 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=258413

A silent auction of Christmas Barbies is one of the most unusual things you’ll find at the first annual Peace Lutheran Church holiday bazaar, under way right now at the church in Gatewood. Handmade items too (including knit scarves to keep you warm!) – and if you are short on decorations for your tree, the ornaments on this one are all up for sale!

Lunch is being served, too, until 1 pm. Peace Lutheran is at 39th/Thistle.

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Brief power outage at Gatewood Elementary, but it’s over http://westseattleblog.com/2013/12/brief-power-outage-at-gatewood-elementary-but-its-over/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/12/brief-power-outage-at-gatewood-elementary-but-its-over/#comments Thu, 05 Dec 2013 17:58:21 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=258179 Just in case you have ties to Gatewood Elementary and heard something about a power outage – we went there to check as soon as people started texting us (206-293-6302, any time) about it. We confirmed at the school that while power WAS out for a few minutes, it’s back on now. Checking with Seattle City Light to see if they have information on what happened.

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Update: Cookies & cider for Philippines typhoon relief http://westseattleblog.com/2013/11/you-can-help-cookies-cider-for-philippines-typhoon-relief/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/11/you-can-help-cookies-cider-for-philippines-typhoon-relief/#comments Sat, 16 Nov 2013 19:52:55 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=256256

From Alex in Gatewood, whose 8-year-old daughter, she explains, “wanted to do something to help the people in the Philippines”:

If you’re in West Seattle this afternoon (Sat Nov 16th, 1-3ish) please stop by the corner of California & Portland (up the hill, south of Morgan Junction). Enjoy fresh-baked, homemade cookies & warm spiced cider. Donations will go to the Red Cross for Philippines relief.

Our ongoing list of West Seattle ways to help with typhoon relief (including a concert/service tomorrow) is here.

ADDED 2:42 PM: Still time to go get cookies and cider. Photos shared by Alex:

3:51 PM UPDATE: Over, and successful! Alex’s update:

We raised $272.31 for Philippine relief efforts. This amount will be matched by me, and the full amount donated to the Red Cross ($544.62). Thank you to everyone who supported us today!

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Debris in Gatewood neighborhood: Any plane missing a window? http://westseattleblog.com/2013/11/debris-in-gatewood-neighborhood-any-plane-missing-a-window/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/11/debris-in-gatewood-neighborhood-any-plane-missing-a-window/#comments Tue, 12 Nov 2013 21:19:54 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=255832

1:19 PM: That photo shared by Pam in Gatewood shows what she and her neighbors believe are aircraft parts – “metal frame, clear plex of a window” – that fell in their neighborhood within the past hour and a half. Some hit a roof, some turned up in a yard. They’re wondering if anyone else found something similar, and they’re contacting aviation authorities. An eastbound approach to Boeing Field does go over part of Gatewood, and Pam says they heard a plane just before this happened. No injuries reported.

2:27 PM: Per comments, the National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.

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Request from police: Got video recorded within a square mile around Gatewood Elementary? http://westseattleblog.com/2013/10/request-from-police-got-video-recorded-within-a-square-mile-around-gatewood-elementary/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/10/request-from-police-got-video-recorded-within-a-square-mile-around-gatewood-elementary/#comments Fri, 25 Oct 2013 01:12:52 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=253836 So far, there is no evidence of an actual abduction related to the reported sighting near Gatewood Elementary today (here’s our earlier coverage; [added] here’s an SPD Blotter update) BUT police have a request for you tonight, in hopes it will help them figure out what DID happen, if anything:

Southwest Precinct Sgt. Joe Bauer, asks that, if your home or business is within a square mile or so of the school (which fronts on both Myrtle and Frontenac just west of California; map) and you have a video-camera system – or happened to be rolling video in the area for any other reason – please check it, particularly for the time period between about 12:30 pm and 1 pm today. If you see anything at all that might be of interest to police related to this investigation, please e-mail Sgt. Bauer at joseph.bauer@seattle.gov.

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Update: Police search in West Seattle after child reports seeing possible abduction http://westseattleblog.com/2013/10/police-search-in-west-seattle/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/10/police-search-in-west-seattle/#comments Thu, 24 Oct 2013 19:55:38 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=253793 (SCROLL DOWN for newest information)

12:55 PM: We need to say for starters that this is ***NOT yet verified*** BUT we don’t want to wait any longer before putting something out in case it is.

This is all according to scanner information. SPD has just tweeted something we will add in a moment.

Police got a call that a man was seen “duct taping” and putting a child in a pickup truck near Gatewood Elementary School. The truck was described as silver, no canopy. The man was described as wearing a black robe and blue jeans.

Every officer in the area is on the lookout, while the school is doing a head count to make sure no one was missing.

We have a crew on the way to the school to see if this has been verified. If we hear anything more about the description of the POSSIBLE truck, we will let you know.

12:58 PM UPDATE: All SPD has tweeted is “Officers investigating possible student abduction in West Seattle. Still working to confirm. More details to come.”

Our crew is now in the Gatewood Elementary area, but there’s no additional information available there so far.

A bit of added description information: The possible suspect is a white male, in his 30s/40s. The possible victim was described as wearing a pink top, 6 to 12 years old, long black hair.

The description being broadcast citywide says the report comes from a 6-year-old who reported seeing this happen at a “nearby house.” That house is reported to be on the Frontenac side (north side) of the school. That street is currently closed off.

Police are continuing to put out information via Twitter, all details we have published already. Still no word of anyone being CONFIRMED missing.

1:17 PM: Police have reiterated via Twitter that there is no verification of anyone missing yet but say they “do not believe a child was taken from a school.” Commenter Steph, who is a Gatewood parent, says she has spoken with the school office and they said ALL students there are accounted for.

1:38 PM: We’re monitoring all info channels, but there is nothing new.

1:59 PM: If you saw police with a silver truck on 48th SW a short time ago – it was checked out but determined NOT to be related. Meantime, Seattle Public Schools public affairs says that while Gatewood’s doors are locked as a precaution, they are not technically in lockdown or shelter-in-place status, and are still working out dismissal details, though expecting it to be at the regular time.

2:21 PM: Police are still keeping an eye out for any potential vehicles but otherwise standing down a bit. No word of an actual missing child anywhere, but nor has the sighting been explained. If anything new emerges, we’ll add it here.

2:26 PM: There’s been conflicting info about Gatewood’s status between what parents were told and what the district told us. We just got a call from the school directly, and here’s the CURRENT information: The school is not currently sheltering-in-place. Dismissal and after-school activities will be normal.

5:52 PM – A REQUEST FROM POLICE: Southwest Precinct Sgt. Joe Bauer asked us to publish this request: If your home or business is within a square mile or so of Gatewood Elementary (which fronts on both Myrtle and Frontenac just west of California) and you have a video-camera system – or happened to be rolling video in the area for any other reason – please check it, particularly for the time period between about 12:30 pm and 1 pm today. If you see anything at all that might be of interest to police related to this investigation, please e-mail him at joseph.bauer@seattle.gov. (We are also mentioning this in comments and will post it separately.)

7:46 PM: SPD Blotter has just summarized what police have learned so far, but the bottom line remains: “At this point, officers have not found any evidence that a crime occurred.”

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The Gatewood Bed & Breakfast: New West Seattle Blog sponsor http://westseattleblog.com/2013/10/the-gatewood-bed-breakfast-new-west-seattle-blog-sponsor/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/10/the-gatewood-bed-breakfast-new-west-seattle-blog-sponsor/#comments Wed, 16 Oct 2013 23:09:09 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=252963 Today we welcome a new WSB sponsor, The Gatewood Bed and Breakfast. Here’s what its proprietors want you to know about this beautiful century-old West Seattle home, now open as guest lodging:

(The Gatewood‘s main room, with proprietors Margaret and Mary)
In 1910, British-born Francis Harper built The Gatewood for his wife Pontine and six children. The home holds more than 100 years of stories and history of the families who have lived here and after whom our guestrooms are named: the Harpers, Clarks, Frosts, and Odekirks.

Although only a short drive to downtown or the airport, the home is tucked away in a peaceful greenbelt with beautiful grounds and picturesque views. It is also a very walkable distance to Lincoln Park. To Margaret, Lincoln Park is an integral part of the experience of The Gatewood.

The Hayes family purchased the house in 1987 to raise their children and provide a place for her large, extended family to gather and bond. With the intent to restore the property with consideration of its era, they feel very fortunate to be the latest keepers of this wonderful place in West Seattle. The Hayes’s, as well as lots of aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents, created many fond memories at this extraordinary place. At Thanksgiving it became a tradition for everyone to take a leisurely walk together down to Lincoln Park and back to walk off the large meal … and avoid the dishes.

Margaret Hayes (current owner) and her daughter Mary are also in contact with the four previous owners’ families in order to capture their stories and extend the welcome back to their family home. The response has been remarkable. Some have even stayed at the house since its conversion to a B&B and expressed their deep appreciation for the loving care taken in the restoration.

In the desire to share this gem of a house, Margaret converted the residence into a Bed & Breakfast. We are confident that the environment will provide a restful, calming experience for everyone who visits. West Seattle is a unique place – the residents here genuinely care about their neighbors, local businesses, and the community as a whole. We feel we can be that home-away-from-home for those who are visiting West Seattle and extend that community and connection to them. Whether it’s the interaction with the hosts, the grounds, or the home itself, we provide guests an intimate experience. We are proud to be here in West Seattle and value greatly the support provided by the community.

We do provide recommendations to West Seattle restaurants and services for our guests. We also have partnered with several local Seattle artists to display their works throughout the house.

The Gatewood Bed and Breakfast is at 7446 Gatewood Road SW; you can see photos and book a reservation online at gatewoodwestseattle.com. Or, call 206-938-3482.

We thank The Gatewood Bed & Breakfast for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.

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Reader report: Girl says man in van followed her in Gatewood http://westseattleblog.com/2013/10/reader-report-girl-says-man-in-van-followed-her-in-gatewood/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/10/reader-report-girl-says-man-in-van-followed-her-in-gatewood/#comments Sat, 12 Oct 2013 04:56:55 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=252552 Reader report: A 12-year-old girl told her parents – who in turn told police – that she was followed around 8 pm tonight in Gatewood, near 39th/Webster (map), by a van described as “light-colored, beat-up,” driven by a man described as “middle-aged, with dark brown hair.” She reported the van followed her for a few blocks as she walked home from a friend’s house and at one point flashed its lights at her; she started running when she noticed it, and hid on the side of her house because nobody was home yet. Her father then arrived and saw the van as the girl ran to the parent’s car; the van took off at that point. The family just wanted to share the alert; we’re checking to see if police have anything to add.

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Also today: Gatewood playdate, with new principal http://westseattleblog.com/2013/08/also-today-gatewood-playdate-with-new-principal/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/08/also-today-gatewood-playdate-with-new-principal/#comments Sun, 18 Aug 2013 18:40:36 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=161417 One more Sunday afternoon event called to our attention that didn’t make it into our calendar:

The second playdate to welcome new and returning families will be held on the Gatewood playground (today) 1-3 pm. This is a great opportunity to reconnect with friends and make new ones. As an added bonus, our new principal, Connie Aleman, will be there until about 1:45 pm to meet the Gatewood community.

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