West Seattle Blog... » Not WS but we’re mentioning it anyway http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:45:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Traffic-alert update: 99 reopens after protest-related closure http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/traffic-alert-downtown-protests-affecting-99-i-5/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/traffic-alert-downtown-protests-affecting-99-i-5/#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 23:37:42 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=298622 3:37 PM: If you are heading toward downtown any time in the next half-hour or so, either northbound or southbound, note that Highway 99 and I-5 are both being affected by protests right now. We’re still trying to get a clear picture of what’s going on by monitoring scanner and Twitter, but we do know for sure that Highway 99 northbound is closed at the Battery Street Tunnel, with traffic being diverted off at Western. More to come.

3:44 PM: Seattle Times (WSB partner) photojournalist Lindsey Wasson is among the journalists on scene:


KING 5 reports protesters on Mercer near I-5. Via scanner, police are concerned about protesters getting onto Aurora. Journalists who are tweeting in the area confirm there are two separate groups.

4 PM: This is truly a fast-changing situation, but again, right now, avoiding downtown, especially the South Lake Union vicinity, is fairly solid advice. And 99.



4:21 PM: Police are hoping to be able to reopen 99 soon but the situation remains in flux, especially in the South Lake Union area.

4:23 PM: Per scanner, 99 has just been reopened. The I-5 ramps that were affected by the protest are open again too. But some protesters are still in action on surface streets, police are saying, on Fairview and on Dexter.

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Update: Suspect arrested after Vashon search that led to King County SO sightings in Fauntleroy http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/vashon-search-leads-to-king-county-so-sightings-in-fauntleroy/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/vashon-search-leads-to-king-county-so-sightings-in-fauntleroy/#comments Sun, 04 Jan 2015 06:52:28 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=297077 fWe’ve been asked about King County Sheriff’s Office sightings at the Fauntleroy ferry dock tonight – not unusual for KCSO personnel to take the ferry, since theirs is the law-enforcement agency for Vashon Island, but the numbers are out of the ordinary. It’s related to a search that is still under way on the island, seeking a driver who rammed the patrol car of a deputy who subsequently opened fire, according to tweets from KCSO spokesperson Sgt. DB Gates.


No injuries known/reported at this point, and there’s no indication the suspect has left the island, but the search, which has included the Guardian One helicopter, continues.

8:55 AM UPDATE: Thanks to Michael and Maggie for noting in comments that KCSO reports the suspect is in custody. (added) Here’s the news release from Sgt. Gates:

Just before 6 PM on Saturday January 3rd, deputies responded to a residence for a domestic violence call between a mother and her adult son. Shortly after this first call we received several more from other citizens reporting different incidents with the same male as from the domestic violence case. These calls included a road rage incident, threats, and a vandalism.

At 6:45 PM a deputy located the suspect in the above incidents driving his pickup and there was a short pursuit . The suspect refused to stop and instead rammed the patrol car several times. In the 9800 block of SW Windmill Road the deputy fired several shots, but the suspect was not hit. The patrol car was disabled from the ramming and the suspect fled in his pickup.

Resident deputies that live on the island were called out to assist in the search for the suspect and patrol resources from the Burien and White Center areas also were sent to the island.

This morning around 4:30 the suspect was located by patrol deputies in the 24600 block of Dockton Road SW where he had broken into an unoccupied house. He attempted to run on foot, a Taser was deployed, and he was taken into custody.

There were no injuries to anyone and detectives are investigating the deputy-involved shooting as well as the other crimes committed by the suspect. The deputy who fired the shots has been placed on administrative leave per our policy.

The suspect will be booked into King County Jail for investigation of felony assault, attempting to elude, and burglary.

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Almost-West Seattle scene: Last sign of the Sears sign http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/almost-west-seattle-scene-last-sign-of-the-sears-sign/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/almost-west-seattle-scene-last-sign-of-the-sears-sign/#comments Wed, 31 Dec 2014 19:28:40 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=296788

11:28 AM: Thanks to Bill Schrier for spotting and sharing this while visiting SODO – the sign for the shuttered, historic Sears store is coming down. “Kind of a nostalgic end of a historic brand in SODO for the last day of 2014,” he observes. We noted the store’s closure announcement last February, primarily because it meant the Rotary Club of West Seattle would have to find someplace new for its annual Children’s Holiday Shopping Spree. (Ultimately, it moved to the Sears store at Southcenter.) As for the fate of the sign and the question of whether anyone’s leased the space yet – we don’t know but are trying to find out. (This might suggest the answer to the latter, at least, is “no.”)

ADDED 12:44 PM: According to the company that owns the building, no new tenant yet, as the Sears lease runs another year.

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Haggen acquiring some Safeway and Albertsons stores, but none in West Seattle http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/haggen-acquiring-some-safeway-and-albertsons-stores-but-none-in-west-seattle/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/haggen-acquiring-some-safeway-and-albertsons-stores-but-none-in-west-seattle/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:34:41 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=295869 You might recall that the Albertsons/Safeway deal was expected to result in some stores being shed. Today, the Haggen chain announced it would pick up more than 100 Albertsons and Safeway stores in the West, expanding its holdings from 18 stores to 164. We asked Haggen for the full list, to see if any are in West Seattle/White Center. Answer: No; the two closest stores that will become Haggen stores are south of West Seattle/White Center – the two Albertsons in Burien, 12725 1st Ave. S. and 15840 1st Ave. S.

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No indictment in Ferguson: Tonight’s aftermath in Seattle http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/no-indictment-in-ferguson-tonights-aftermath-in-seattle/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/no-indictment-in-ferguson-tonights-aftermath-in-seattle/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 02:58:35 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=293157 6:58 PM: Here’s what’s happening in Seattle right now, after the announcement in Ferguson, Missouri, tonight that a grand jury decided not to indict the police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown:


(Photo tweeted by reporter Paige Cornwell of The Seattle Times [WSB partner])
-A protest march is under way in the Westlake Center area downtown. Pine Street is closed between 4th and 5th and might also close to 6th.

-Mayor Ed Murray is planning to meet the media inside City Hall at 7:15 pm, with others listed in the advisory announcement as “Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole, Pamela Banks (Urban League), Pramila Jayapal (state senator-elect), Estela Ortega (El Centro de la Raza) and others.” UPDATE: The mayor’s office says it will be live-streamed here.

-King County Executive and West Seattleite Dow Constantine has sent a written statement:

“We all mourn the loss of a young man’s life. This is a moment to say what is in our hearts, with tolerance, respect, and restraint, as we were asked to do by Michael Brown’s family.

“The events in Ferguson have laid bare the ongoing racial divide that stretches across the breadth of these United States. Here in King County we have made equity and social justice a central tenet of our work — a value that each employee will consciously and daily pursue as we serve the public. Our task now must be to learn from this moment, and to redouble our efforts to create the long-term, systemic changes our nation needs to fulfill its destiny.”

-So far, we have not heard of any gatherings in West Seattle. We will update as the night goes on.

ADDED 7:18 PM: President Obama is speaking. One quote, tweeted:


7:26 PM: Mayor Murray waited until after the President’s speech to start his event.


The downtown protest march, meantime, has moved east to Capitol Hill.

7:43 PM: Another Times photo tweeted from the Hill:


And a note from the city:

The Seattle Emergency Operations Center and Joint Information Center closed at 8:45 p.m. The police department continues to provide support for free speech events city-wide.

10:32 PM: Things weren’t quite winding down. Protesters moved on to I-5:


10:37 PM: Police report some violence:


10:52 PM: The freeway has reopened. Protesters are reported to be headed back toward Capitol Hill.

11:51 PM: Still there.


You can of course find endless reporting out there on every scale of what has happened; if you’re looking for a direct link to the transcribed grand-jury proceedings in Missouri, here they are as posted by NYTimes.com.

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Update: Southworth ferry dock open again, after deadly car-into-water incident http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/ferry-alert-incident-closes-southworth-dock/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/ferry-alert-incident-closes-southworth-dock/#comments Sat, 04 Oct 2014 01:37:55 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=287732

(Refresh for newest image from WSF camera at Southworth dock)
6:37 PM: Happening in Southworth, but no doubt affecting Fauntleroy ferries: Washington State Ferries says the Southworth dock is closed right now because of “law enforcement activity.” Via Twitter, the Kitsap Sun reports this is a case of a vehicle gone into the water. (You might also see air activity related to this – at least one TV helicopter has headed that way.)

6:55 PM: No one has confirmed whether anyone was in the vehicle, which at least one witness says crashed through the barricade at the dock’s end.

7:20 PM: An update:


The vehicle is in 60 feet of water.

7:47 PM: WSP says the body of the vehicle’s driver, who was believed to be in it alone, has been recovered. SFD divers are reported to have assisted.

8:01 PM: WSF projects it will be a few hours before the dock reopens – which won’t happen, they say, until the vehicle is pulled from the water. In the meantime, ferries are running only between Fauntleroy and Vashon, and the Seattle-Bremerton run from Colman Dock downtown is recommended as a detour for those trying to get to Kitsap County.

9:40 PM: WSF says the Southworth dock likely will be closed until morning.

11:06 PM: The vehicle has been pulled from the water. Christine Clarridge from The Seattle Times (WSB partner) tweeted a photo and describes the vehicle as a silver Ford Escape.

11:25 PM: WSF says the dock is open again and service to Southworth restored.

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If you’re seeing the smoke across the bay: Fire in Fremont http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/if-youre-seeing-the-smoke-across-the-bay-fire-in-fremont/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/if-youre-seeing-the-smoke-across-the-bay-fire-in-fremont/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 20:19:20 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=287328

(Photo tweeted by Todd Bishop of GeekWire)
We’re getting some questions because the black column of smoke is visible from here, looking north/northeast. The SFD 911 log lists the address as 434 N. 35th (map) in Fremont. Two-alarm fire, according to SFD. For more information and photos, we refer you to our friends at KING5.com.

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THIS IS ONLY A DRILL: Boeing Field emergency drills all week, starting tomorrow http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/this-is-only-a-drill-boeing-field-emergency-drills-all-week-starting-tomorrow/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/this-is-only-a-drill-boeing-field-emergency-drills-all-week-starting-tomorrow/#comments Sun, 21 Sep 2014 22:33:22 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=286475 King County International Airport – better known to most as Boeing Field – will be the scene of two “mass-casualty-incident drills” each of the next five weekdays, and since you might notice all the emergency vehicles in the area, this is a heads-up. As the official announcement put it, “Because officials are trying to create a realistic response, the media is asked to help us notify the public that this is only a drill … and is a potential visual distraction.” Boeing Field isn’t that far from eastern West Seattle, and past drills have caught notice and brought questions here, so we’re sharing the alert too – click ahead for the details (quoted from the advisory sent to us and other media in the region):

The dates of the drills are Sept. 22, 23, 24, 25, and 26. There will be two drills each day. The sessions run from 9 a.m.-noon and 1:30-4:30 pm. …

These practice scenarios help prepare firefighters, police officers, and paramedics for an actual plane crash by creating a realistic environment with a large number of “patients.” While emergency responders deal with patients daily, MCI situations are relatively rare and have different medical protocols. Aircraft or bus crashes and hazardous materials leaks are examples of MCI situations.

The drill also helps the King County International Airport meet FAA requirements for its Airport Emergency Plan.

Over the course of the 10 sessions, approximately 700 personnel including first responders, communications specialists, “volunteer actors” and Airport personnel will participate in the drill. The exercise objectives include:

* Testing of the Mass Casualty Incident plan
* Ability of different agencies to work and communicate together during a large scale event
* Ability of rescuers to operate in and near an airplane
* Organization of “unified command”
* Use of the Incident Command System
* Meets the criteria required by FAA for KCIA’s Airport Emergency Plan

The scenario will involve a large aircraft at the south end of the KCIA. An aircraft body mockup will represent a commercial jet, and dozens of volunteer actors will have make-up to represent various injuries. Emergency vehicles will respond, stage, and arrive at the crash scene just as they would during a real emergency. …

The participating agencies: King County International Airport, King County Medic One, Tukwila Fire Department, Kent Fire Department RFA, Renton Fire Department, SeaTac Fire Department, Maple Valley Fire Department, Seattle Fire Department, King County Fire District 20, Valley Regional Fire Authority, Burien/Normandy Park FD, North Highline Fire Department, King County Sheriff’s Office, The Boeing Company, Valley Communications, South King Fire and Rescue.

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If you’re seeing the smoke over downtown: Capitol Hill fire http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/if-youre-seeing-the-smoke-downtown-capitol-hill-fire/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/if-youre-seeing-the-smoke-downtown-capitol-hill-fire/#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 19:03:27 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=285273

Lots of questions about black smoke visible downtown, looking across from here. 911 log shows an apartment-building fire on Capitol Hill, in the 300 block of Bellevue Ave. E. (map). Firefighters are there.

12:09 PM: *Not* a huge fire, despite all that smoke – it’s already described over the scanner as “knocked down,” and “confined to a deck on the roof.”

12:30 PM: Thanks to everyone who sent photos/asked questions – when something is so visible from here, even if it’s not happening *in* WS, we’ll always try to get information as fast as we can, and tips are almost always how we get first word. No injuries reported so far.

P.S. For any further updates, check back with our friends at CapitolHillSeattle.com.

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Update: Southworth house fire, smoke visible from West Seattle http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/fire-in-southworth-visible-from-west-seattle/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/fire-in-southworth-visible-from-west-seattle/#comments Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:37:32 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=282890

(WSB photo)
9:37 AM: If you have a west-facing view and noticed the smoke by the Southworth ferry dock, it’s a house fire, according to a tweet from the Kitsap Sun. We got a call about it (thank you!) and are photographing the smoke from Constellation Park.

10:29 AM: The Sun reports firefighters say it’s “knocked down.” No other details yet but it is indeed close to the dock, according to this photo tweeted by a passenger:

12:53 PM: Here’s the Kitsap Sun’s full story, plus a photo sent to us by Mark Dale:

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Remembering Robin Williams: His West Seattle Food Bank benefits; also – how to get help if you need it http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/remembering-robin-williams-his-west-seattle-food-bank-benefits-also-how-to-get-help-if-you-need-it/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/remembering-robin-williams-his-west-seattle-food-bank-benefits-also-how-to-get-help-if-you-need-it/#comments Tue, 12 Aug 2014 01:05:59 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=282246 You have likely heard by now that actor/comedian Robin Williams is gone too soon, at 63, found dead in his San Francisco Bay Area home this afternoon, believed to be a victim of suicide.

Two things we wanted to mention here:

(Photo courtesy WSFB, added Tuesday: Mr. Williams in 2004 with WSFB volunteers Aaron & Laurie and then-operations manager Gretchen)
First, Mr. Williams had at least one West Seattle connection – a history of generous gifts to the West Seattle Food Bank, most notably, more than $50,000 in proceeds from downtown performances in 2004, 2007, and 2008.

Second, we wanted to again share the local hotline number that offers help to anyone thinking about suicide (or experiencing other crisis situations), the Crisis Clinic – 206-461-3222. The CC website also recommends reading this.

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Wondering about big ‘cloud’ in the east? Wildfire near Leavenworth http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/wondering-about-that-big-cloud-to-the-east/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/wondering-about-that-big-cloud-to-the-east/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:06:23 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=279588 Two people have texted us to ask about a big cloud/smoke plume in the east.

Thanks to @scruffydiver for the photo. Northwest Cable News says it’s a wildfire near Leavenworth (here’s a map) that has closed Highway 2.

ADDED 6:25 PM: Here’s a somewhat-closer look from David Hutchinson:

Here’s a Facebook page with on-the-ground info in the fire zone (tweeted by Lauren – @nwtripfinder).

ADDED LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Ted Johnson shared this view from the EC Hughes Playground area:

The latest highway closures are here.

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PM commute FYI: Shooting at SODO station; Sound Transit, Metro effects http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/afternoon-commute-fyi-shooting-at-sodo-station/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/afternoon-commute-fyi-shooting-at-sodo-station/#comments Mon, 30 Jun 2014 23:50:46 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=277957 4:50 PM: With many West Seattleites commuting through SODO one way or another, this seems worth a mention: There’s been a shooting at/near the SODO transit station, 5th/Lander, and it involved a King County Sheriff’s Deputy. No other details yet, and we haven’t seen word from Metro or Sound Transit yet on how/if this is affecting routes, but just an FYI. Also, if you are in North Delridge and noticed the major response of northbound SPD units from the precinct (we were in the area and saw half a dozen head north, full lights/sirens), that apparently is what they were headed for, though the response downsized shortly afterward; one texter says this brought helicopters (TV, we believe) to the SODO area near 99, too.

5 PM UPDATE: Metro has sent a text alert saying that buses are routed off the SODO Busway and off S. Holgate in that area – “use busway stops north of S. Holgate or south of S. Lander.” Sound Transit also has tweeted that Central Link light rail service is interrupted.

5:30 PM UPDATE: Both KCSO and Seattle Fire say one person, described by SFD only as “male” and by KCSO as a “suspect,” was declared dead at the scene. Sound Transit has sent an updated rider alert – see it here; Metro now says its busway reroute starts at Royal Brougham.

5:45 PM UPDATE: Per our partners at The Seattle Times, the shooting started as a confrontation involving an unarmed fare-enforcement officer, who called for backup, and the deadly shot(s) came from an armed deputy who was among those responding.

9:29 PM UPDATE: Sound Transit says normal operation has resumed.

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Traffic note: Not West Seattle, but you might want to know http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/traffic-note-not-west-seattle-but-you-might-want-to-know/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/traffic-note-not-west-seattle-but-you-might-want-to-know/#comments Tue, 17 Jun 2014 02:49:17 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=276667 7:49 PM: Since this might not be a time of day when you usually check out regional news outlets, we’re mentioning this too: I-5 southbound is closed at the Ship Canal Bridge because of a law-enforcement investigation. Vehicles that were on the bridge at the time are being turned around and cleared off, and radio discussion indicates it’ll be closed for quite a while. So if you are headed this way from north of downtown, make your way to 99, or else way over to 405 and 90. The investigation involves an incident reported to have started as a vehicle fire on that bridge and turned into a state trooper shooting a man – details are still emerging.

8:01 PM: WSDOT has opened the southbound I-5 express lanes to help with the traffic backlog.

10:07 PM: State Patrol tweeted a few minutes ago that the closure isn’t ending any time soon:


11:48 PM: That turned out not to be the case. Just reopened:

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Not in West Seattle, but you should know: Multiple shooting victims at Seattle Pacific University, suspect in custody http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/not-in-west-seattle-but-you-should-know-multiple-shooting-at-seattle-pacific-university/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/not-in-west-seattle-but-you-should-know-multiple-shooting-at-seattle-pacific-university/#comments Thu, 05 Jun 2014 23:03:25 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=275648 4:03 PM: A situation in lower north Queen Anne/west of Fremont is affecting emergency resources citywide, so we want to mention it here just to make sure you know – especially in case that’s an area of town you were planning to head to or from any time soon – Multiple people have been shot at Seattle Pacific University. Reports so far have put the number of victims as high as 7 (at least one with life-threatening injuries), and conflicting reports of one or two shooters – with at least one suspect in custody. The only thing clear is that, as just described on emergency radio, it’s a “chaotic” scene and you will want to stay far from that area for hours to come. Our partners at The Seattle Times are covering it here (and every other regional source is on it too).

4:10 PM: From SPD: “The suspect is in custody. There are no outstanding suspects being sought.”

4:30 PM: And one more police update: “1 man, 1 woman with life-threatening injuries; 1 man, 1 woman in stable condition.”

5:10 PM: One of the victims has died. SPU has canceled classes this evening.

11:30 PM: Since discussion is still going on in comments here, we’ll add a few links before the night’s out:

*Seattle Times on Jon Meis, the student hailed as a hero for stopping the gunman
*SPD confirms 26-year-old suspect’s identity (via Twitter)

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