West Seattle Blog... » Seaview http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Wed, 26 Nov 2014 05:31:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 West Seattle Crime Watch: One bike stolen, one left in its place http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-crime-watch-one-bike-stolen-one-left-in-its-place/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-crime-watch-one-bike-stolen-one-left-in-its-place/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:36:37 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=279655 Mark is looking for both his stolen bike and the owner of a bike that turned up where his had been: “The curious thing was that whoever took my bike (adult size) left an almost brand-new child’s-size bike. I assume they felt mine was an upgrade.” It happened on Sunday afternoon in Seaview, 47th/Findlay (map). Here’s the bike left behind:

It’s a “small Giant,” he adds. His stolen bike is “a dark gray Diamondback Trace with Planet Bike fenders and a black rear rack.” Seen it? And/or have any idea who the left-behind bike belongs to?

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West Seattle Crime Watch update: Tire-slashing rampage overnight; reward fund set up to find out who did it http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-crime-watch-tire-slashing-rampage-overnight/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-crime-watch-tire-slashing-rampage-overnight/#comments Sat, 05 Jul 2014 19:18:21 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=278419

12:18 PM: We don’t have an official count – and probably won’t be able to get one before Monday – but multiple people have reported multiple tire-slashings along 48th SW in the Seaview area overnight. Heading over just now for a look, we found the vehicle above – a neighbor, figuring out what to do about his own tire-slashed vehicle, said the SUV’s owner was off making arrangements; Doug had sent a photo earlier of that same SUV before the vandalized tires were removed, and said he saw four others plus a police officer talking to someone. This was near 48th/Juneau; a commenter reported being hit near 48th/Findlay. Even if some have already reported it, the more individual reports in the system, the better, so if it happened to you, please do file a report – you can even do it online.

3:01 PM UPDATE: We’ve heard estimates of more than 30 cars vandalized in this incident. Some neighbors are starting up a fund with a reward for information leading to the person(s) who did it. Several neighbors also have responded to our request for additional photos – this one just in, with the tipster noting, “Our poor neighbor’s car – all 4 tires”:

Chris sent several pictures, including his own Mustang and, below right, a vehicle you can’t help but notice any time you drive that stretch of 48th, which is a minor arterial:

4:17 PM UPDATE: And more:

Here’s the e-mail set up for reward-fund contributions and tips on who did it:

paybackforpunks@gmail.com

The neighbor who set it up says, “Anonymity will be respected. If we get a link to or screenshots of someone tweeting about the deed, I think that will be sufficient evidence. I’m hoping the punks posted some bragging-rights pics of their handiwork.” Note that police have taken reports, so you can contact them too.

ADDED: There’s now a GoFundMe account for reward-fund donations – find it here.

P.S. A reminder from police – if you live ANYWHERE in this area and have a security/surveillance camera, please check it if you haven’t already – it might have recorded a clue, if not an actual crime, but some cameras don’t store images for long.

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Stolen car in Seaview; prowler patrol http://westseattleblog.com/2012/02/west-seattle-crime-watch-stolen-car-in-seaview-prowler-patrol/ http://westseattleblog.com/2012/02/west-seattle-crime-watch-stolen-car-in-seaview-prowler-patrol/#comments Thu, 09 Feb 2012 21:55:25 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=100417 Two reader reports to share this afternoon. First, from Kevin:

I’m writing to let you know that my 1996 Honda Accord was stolen off the street from in front of my house last night between midnight and 7 AM. I live in the 6000 block of 46th AVE SW between SW Graham and SW Raymond streets. It’s a four door Accord LX model. Maroon/Burgandy color. WA license plate 865 TZD. If you see it or have any information, please call the Seattle Police Dept.

(SPD suggests 911 if you see a stolen car.) Meantime, Jenni – who is a Block Watch captain in Highland Park – says they’re not taking car prowlers lightly in her neighborhood. This happened early Wednesday:

I went to check why my dog was barking& noted white male late 40s with graying facial hair trying to break into my neighbors SUV. I asked what he was doing and he fled via silver/gray 2 door sedan possibly ford no plate number obtained. I called 911 and some of our block watch went out on foot to patrol the surrounding streets. So, just another note about neighborhood block watch and calling police immediately.

She hasn’t heard whether an arrest was made, but notes that police arrived within five minutes of the 911 call. Meantime, Highland Park and other south West Seattle neighborhoods might be interested in this White Center event tonight: In case you missed the notice in our morning preview or on White Center Now, gang-activity trends, Metro Transit safety, and other topics are all on the agenda for the first in a series of Public Safety Forums presented by the North Highline Unincorporated Area Council, all welcome, 7 pm tonight at North Highline Fire District headquarters (1243 SW 112th – here’s a map).

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Neighborhood power! Two West Seattle block parties tonight http://westseattleblog.com/2011/08/neighborhood-power-two-west-seattle-block-parties-tonight/ http://westseattleblog.com/2011/08/neighborhood-power-two-west-seattle-block-parties-tonight/#comments Mon, 15 Aug 2011 03:11:32 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=82996

You don’t have to wait for Night Out to have a block party … tonight, we got word of two in West Seattle. First note in announced the 2nd annual Seaview Swine-Que - last year’s edition was in September (just as well they didn’t wait this year, at this rate we may have fall snow). Can’t have a Swine-Que without the swine:

Joel Hagman provided the music.

Thanks to Shelly for the tip again this year; she says they procured a Beer Junction sponsorship once again too.

Not long after her note came in, we got word from Patrick in North Admiral that HIS neighborhood had its second annual block party under way:

Neighbors in the Walnut/College area hit the street to celebrate. Like Seaview, they had a bouncy house:

No pig here; the North Admiral party was potluck. P.S. Next organized “block party” type event on the West Seattle calendar is just six days away – Picnic at the Southwest Precinct next Saturday (August 20), 1-4 pm on SW Webster between Delridge and the south Home Depot entrance!

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Pellet-gun attack http://westseattleblog.com/2011/08/west-seattle-crime-watch-pellet-gun-attack/ http://westseattleblog.com/2011/08/west-seattle-crime-watch-pellet-gun-attack/#comments Sat, 13 Aug 2011 07:22:13 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=82852 Just out of the inbox from Nick, who says this happened less than two hours ago, about 10:30 pm:

Hey, just wanted to let people know that I was jogging Friday night in Seaview on 48th Ave SW between SW Findlay St & SW Brandon St [map] when I got hit about 20 times by some punks with what I’m pretty sure were fully automatic pellet guns. Luckily I was wearing long shorts and a baggy sweatshirt so I only got hit 3 times on my body, but they left some decent-sized marks, including a raised welt on my wrist. Didn’t get the plates at the time as I didn’t think of it until about 15 seconds after they were gone, but it was an average-sized sedan with either a black or dark colored paint job. Multiple people inside, they were heading north. I believe this is similar to a story I read on here not too long ago if I’m not mistaken. I reported it when I got home. Let’s get these cowards off our streets, people. They can really hurt you if you were to get hit in the eye or something.

Nick may be referring to this Crime Watch roundup, which included a report of pellets/BBs fired at a West Seattle home.

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Update: Flipped car in Seaview, driver taken to hospital http://westseattleblog.com/2011/06/flipped-car-in-seaview/ http://westseattleblog.com/2011/06/flipped-car-in-seaview/#comments Sat, 25 Jun 2011 06:55:12 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=77608

(Photos and video by Christopher Boffoli for WSB)
11:55 PM: We’re on our way to the 6400 block of 48th SW (map), where fire crews have just arrived at the scene of a “heavy rescue” call and are reporting a car has flipped.

12:09 AM: One person was pulled out of the car, a woman described on the scanner as alert and conscious.

12:19 AM: Tow truck just arrived at the scene, so 48th should be clear before too long. The driver was taken by Medic 32 to Harborview Medical Center. The Saturn sedan she was driving had flipped right in front of the bus stop on the west side of 48th, just at the top of the hill down toward Lowman Beach. A lieutenant at the scene tells WSB’s Christopher Boffoli that the driver’s injuries are not life-threatening. Police also say they suspect alcohol might have been involved.

12:44 AM: 48th SW has reopened to traffic.

2:07 AM: Added Christopher’s video of the car being turned right-side-up by the tow crew.

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Speed bumps on 48th SW in Seaview: Meeting next Thursday http://westseattleblog.com/2011/05/speed-bumps-on-48th-sw-in-seaview-meeting-next-thursday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2011/05/speed-bumps-on-48th-sw-in-seaview-meeting-next-thursday/#comments Fri, 13 May 2011 20:21:30 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=72997

It’s a straightaway from Seaview toward Genesee – and many neighbors say drivers tend to treat that section of 48th SW like a drag strip. They asked the city for help, and now four sets of speed bumps between Brandon and Graham (map) are closer to reality. SDOT says they are slated for installation in September, provided they work out the details with the neighborhood. Next step, a community meeting at 7 pm Thursday (May 19th) at Seaview Methodist Church (thanks to Barb for sharing the official flyer distributed to neighbors – see it, with a photo of the proposed bumps, here).

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West Seattle Crime Watch: 2 burglaries; message for burglars http://westseattleblog.com/2010/09/west-seattle-crime-watch-2-burglaries-message-for-burglars/ http://westseattleblog.com/2010/09/west-seattle-crime-watch-2-burglaries-message-for-burglars/#comments Wed, 29 Sep 2010 05:13:23 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=51041 Two burglary reports tonight from the WSB inbox – first one, from a newlywed couple describing it as a “heartbreaking way to start our lives together,” with a message to the burglar(s) – read on:

From Dave, the newlywed:

Just wanted to let WSB readers know that our home in the 8600 block of 31st Ave SW [map] was burgled Monday between 8:30 am and 4 pm. As a newly married couple, this is a heartbreaking way to start our lives together. Taken was the usual – electronics, jewelry, a little cash and a whole lot of trust in mankind. Someday we will be able to replace the items that were stolen with the exception of a family ring that holds its only real value in sentimentality. The incident has been reported to the SPD. Officers on the scene were fairly convinced the burglars were adults and there were at least two of them, based on what was taken and how they entered the home.

To the burglars, I would like to thank them for not ransacking the house. Surprisingly you left the place rather neat. But you should know that some good fingerprints were lifted. The officers left rather happy. So I guess you were a little sloppy after all. I hope you don’t have a criminal past because that flat-screen TV isn’t likely going with you to Walla Walla. Realistically, we know that our stuff is gone and that we’ll never see any of it again – but it was just stuff. And we know that you will likely never be caught and you’ll thoughtlessly invade someone else – which is sad. You should know that what you really stole was our sense of privacy, tranquility and freedom. Three things that we value greatly, that can’t be replaced easily.

And from Tim, reporting a burglary in Seaview a week ago:

We live on the corner of Raymond & 47th Ave SW [map]. We had our house burglarized Wednesday, September 22nd. Not sure when it happened; my wife found our basement door ajar when she got home around 7 pm. I was out of town at the time. Some of the stolen items are a laptop, camera, watches, some jewelry, etc. A police report was filed Wednesday night. We have homeowner’s insurance and hope they come through for us.

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1st Annual Seaview Swine-Que: One last ‘summer’ block party http://westseattleblog.com/2010/09/1st-annual-seaview-swine-que-one-last-summer-block-party/ http://westseattleblog.com/2010/09/1st-annual-seaview-swine-que-one-last-summer-block-party/#comments Sun, 19 Sep 2010 05:57:44 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=49928

Suddenly this pig-roasting thing is quite the West Seattle trend. First Fresh Bistro did it – then last Sunday, Endolyne Joe’s (WSB sponsor) – and tonight, neighbors around 47th/Brandon threw a party they called the 1st Annual Seaview Swine-Que – mostly before the big rain started in again. We got the tip from Shelly, seen here holding little Gabi:

Shelly had explained via e-mail, “Several local families came together to plan this fun event and The Beer Junction was gracious enough to sponsor it,” going on to say the event was a “testament to good ol’ fashioned neighborhood spirit in West Seattle.” Reminded us a bit of the last time we went around checking on neighborhood spirit, it was Night Out block party night on August 4th, so we got a group portrait here too:

By the way, even if you feel like summer is most decidedly over (hey, but it’s WARM rain), it isn’t officially done until Wednesday, the autumnal equinox. (And if it looks like there will be something resembling a sunset that night, you can go watch it with NASA Solar System Ambassador Alice Enevoldsen of Alice’s Astro Info at Solstice Parkinfo here.)

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Case of the stolen trapeze boots http://westseattleblog.com/2010/09/west-seattle-crime-watch-case-of-the-stolen-trapeze-boots/ http://westseattleblog.com/2010/09/west-seattle-crime-watch-case-of-the-stolen-trapeze-boots/#comments Thu, 16 Sep 2010 18:24:26 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=49727

(Photo copyright Mark Gardiner)
Upside down on the left, that’s Cathy. She’s hoping you can help her find the custom-made trapeze boots – and other gear – stolen out of her car in Seaview. Her friend John shares this photo of the boots – with the unmistakable red stars:

Cathy says it happened Monday night along 44th between Findlay and Juneau (map). The thief/thieves stole a black lululemon bag with “all my trapeze clothes in it as well as 2 pairs of custom-made leather boots that go with my new act. … They have no heel or toe as they are specially made for trapeze and fit my foot exactly.” Any info, call police – she’s reported the theft.

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Searching for a hit-run driver http://westseattleblog.com/2010/07/west-seattle-crime-watch-searching-for-a-hit-run-driver/ http://westseattleblog.com/2010/07/west-seattle-crime-watch-searching-for-a-hit-run-driver/#comments Wed, 28 Jul 2010 22:51:04 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=44386 Eric in Seaview says somebody crashed into his sidewalk planter last night – strewing concrete chunks everywhere – then drove off. Read on for his story, with a photo:

I live on 49th SW between Brandon & Findlay (map). Last night, sometime after 7 PM, I was mowing my backyard and heard a loud car crash. I ran to the front of the house in time to see a white minivan backing up and then driving away after driving up on the sidewalk and crashing head-on into my sidewalk planter.

You can see from the photo that heavy pieces of cement were thrown up to 8 ft. I looked at the driver (middle aged white male), who drove away heading south, with me standing in the middle of the street writing down their license plate number (839 S–). He was looking right at me in the side view mirror. I chased him on foot for a block but could not keep up. I have filed a police report. It¹s hard to believe someone would drive off after crashing their car and doing property damage, while being fully aware that they¹d been caught red-handed. Unless of course they were drunk or drug impaired. I’m guessing this is one of our nice West Seattleites. The white minivan no doubt has front-end damage.

(Eric did get the full plate number, but we do not publish complete identifying information without someone having been charged with a crime – what matters most is for police to have it, for their investigation. Call the non-emergency number, 206-625-5011, if you have info.)

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Bicycles mysteriously materialize in West Seattle yard http://westseattleblog.com/2010/07/bicycles-mysteriously-materialize-in-west-seattle-yard/ http://westseattleblog.com/2010/07/bicycles-mysteriously-materialize-in-west-seattle-yard/#comments Fri, 02 Jul 2010 16:31:41 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=41910

Recognize either of these bikes, a maroon Nishiki and orange Gary Fisher? If so, get in touch with Seattle Police – they’d planned to pick the bikes up, after a phone call from the WSB’er who says the bikes turned up in her yard near 46th and Brandon (map). And they’re not the first bikes to materialize in the area – in mid-June, she says, a black mountain bike was left by a street sign nearby, and remained there for a week. “I can’t imagine why someone would go to the trouble to steal a bike and then just leave it,” she says (although we suspect it’s similar to those who steal cars and “just leave” them). Again, police were picking these up, but we hear from time to time about stolen/lost bikes, so thought it would be worth publishing the photo – call the non-emergency number at 206/625-5011 if one’s yours.

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First the Admiral chickens – now, see the Seaview … frog? toad? http://westseattleblog.com/2010/06/first-the-admiral-chickens-now-see-the-seaview-frog-toad/ http://westseattleblog.com/2010/06/first-the-admiral-chickens-now-see-the-seaview-frog-toad/#comments Thu, 03 Jun 2010 05:39:38 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=39209

(The chickens are reported to be back home, by the way.) Meantime, if you happen to see THIS critter hopping along the West Seattle shore sometime soon, here’s the story behind it: Maria says it showed up in her Seaview backyard, and isn’t sure whether it’s a frog or toad (we vote for the latter). The silver coin alongside it is a quarter, for comparison. She reports, “We lured the frog into a large paper bag and released it by Lowman Beach! He was a big fella, that is for sure! I’d say at least 6 inches square!!”

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Followups: California/Dawson flag basket; Highland Park reservoir http://westseattleblog.com/2010/05/followups-californiadawson-flag-basket-highland-park-reservoir/ http://westseattleblog.com/2010/05/followups-californiadawson-flag-basket-highland-park-reservoir/#comments Thu, 27 May 2010 23:41:05 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=38738

Couple followups. First – hours after our story last night about the long-trashed crosswalk-flag basket at California/Dawson south of The Junction, the couple who reported it, Kim and Efram – who said SDOT hadn’t answered repeated complaints – wrote to say, “This morning we woke up to…..FLAGS AT THE CROSSWALK!! SDOT must’ve come in the night and furtively put new flags in, like elves or something!” We went over to check and got the above photo at noontime (several flags were on the west side; the one in the foreground, east side, had just been carried across). They’re the orange flags that we’ve seen in private baskets, though, not the yellow ones SDOT had originally distributed … hmm.

Meantime, while looking up a link for the Highland Park Action Committee meeting report published this morning, we revisited this video from last fall’s underground tour of the West Seattle Reservoir-covering project:

At the time, Seattle Public Utilities told us the reservoir would be filled “next (this) summer.” Checked with SPU’s Andy Ryan today – and he says it’s actually being filled right now; they’re about two-thirds of the way done with filling the 30-million-gallon covered reservoir. It takes up half the space the old open one did – SPU said they didn’t need that much capacity.

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Wire theft, metal thieves, & Burglary #3 http://westseattleblog.com/2010/05/west-seattle-crime-watch-wire-theft-metal-thieves-burglary-3/ http://westseattleblog.com/2010/05/west-seattle-crime-watch-wire-theft-metal-thieves-burglary-3/#comments Thu, 27 May 2010 06:15:30 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=38676 Three alerts to share in this West Seattle Crime Watch roundup tonight. First, Lee reports that his neighborhood e-mail group has word of grounding-wire theft on utility poles in an alley near 39th/Stevens (map). This isn’t just costly to utilities, but also a serious risk to worker safety, so they were expected to get fast repairs, but neighbors say they were told West Seattle has seen a lot of this lately. Second, metal thieves in action again in Seaview; from 44th/Raymond (map), Alison reports the neighborhood e-mail group has shared word of a “dirty, dark blue, older-model Toyota sedan” traveling an alley with someone walking alongside throwing items including bicycles and scrap metal into the trunk. The neighbor who spotted them called 911 and gave chase, but finally called it off at a dispatcher’s advice when high speed and wet streets made it unsafe – not before providing police with the plate and description, though. They’re suggesting area residents check their backyard to see if anything’s missing. Finally, from Greta in Gatewood:

I live on Sw. Rose St. between 35th & 37th [map]. We had a flyer left on our front porch today alerting us to a 3rd burglary on our block. I haven’t talked to our neighbors yet, so I’m not sure the details. Thought I’d share this with others in the neigborhood.

Southwest Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator Benjamin Kinlow has explained at various public forums that these flyers are left if repeat burglaries happen in neighborhoods without a Block Watch – if you want to set one up, check out the info here, and be sure to join up with the West Seattle Blockwatch Captains Network.

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