West Seattle, Washington
Four West Seattle Crime Watch notes tonight:
BURGLARY ATTEMPT: From the scanner – police rushed to a residence near 26th/Nevada about half an hour ago after a report that someone tried to break in while at least one resident was at home. They found and detained a suspect within minutes.
NOT SHOTS: Also via radio communications – earlier in the evening in North Delridge, 911 got multiple calls about possible gunfire heard near Delridge/Brandon and some other areas not too far from there. Officers who responded were told by people out walking that “kids” were seen setting off fireworks, so, absent a victim or other gunfire evidence, that’s what they believe people heard.
TIRE THEFT: Tony e-mailed tonight to report, “Someone is stealing right now in the Fauntleroy/Gatewood neighborhood – just went out to get something from my car and my spare tire is gone and that’s the second time it happened!”
TRUCK THEFT FOLLOWUP: More information and visuals tonight on the theft of a ’97 red Ford F250 and white trailer, reported here Thursday. Truck owner Kyle says this screengrab includes “the vehicle that dropped the car thief off at our house and then followed him once the car was stolen.”
It appears to be a dark color (green or dark blue) Ford Explorer with tan lower trim. They drove from our house at 36th down SW Charlestown … and took a right on 34th which is a very weird path to take (instead of getting on 35th, main road to highway and South Seattle)….if anyone has video on 34th or the intersection of Fauntleroy and 35th, it would be very helpful.
This video shows the stolen truck being driven off, with the other vehicle following:
The truck’s plates are C95175L; the trailer’s plate is 1261YF.
That’s Gabriel Ieremia on the mound for the Chief Sealth International High School Seahawks, who hosted the West Seattle High School Wildcats for the first annual “Best of the West” game this afternoon, and got the win, 5-2. Ieremia is also one of the Sealth seniors who were honored today with their names on the fence, since this was the last home game on the regular season schedule, along with Max Sugar Rubin-Stencil, Albert Roque, Tobias Woodward, and Richard Swanson (#1, below, with WSHS catcher Kai Osaka):
Pitching four innings for the Wildcats was Anthony Coats, who led for the game in strikeouts with 6:
The bleaches were so full, some spectators were left standing outside the fence – we dubbed it the skybox:
Chief Sealth head coach Ernest Policarpio tells us the two teams will meet again in the first round of Metro League playoffs one week from tomorrow, 10 am Saturday, April 28th, again at SWAC, and shared this photo of his victorious team:
Meantime, the last regular-season home game for head coach Bryan Tupper‘s Wildcats is Monday at 4 pm at Hiawatha against Bishop Blanchet.
Lots happening tomorrow, as you know if you’ve browsed the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, including one of the year’s biggest family events, Healthy Kids Day at the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor). This free event packs tons of fun into three hours, 10 am-1 pm on Saturday, and it’s open to everyone, regardless of whether you’re a Y member. Activities include healthy cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts, fun games, free cycle helmet with fittings (for the first 100 kids), and program demonstration to motivate and teach families how to develop and maintain healthy routines at home throughout the summer months. Performances too! Here’s the schedule:
10:15 Halau Hula ‘o Lono
11:30 Y Staff Dance Team
12:00 Y Karate Demo
12:30 Zumba Dance-a-Long
The Y is at 36th SW/SW Snoqualmie (map) in the West Seattle Triangle. And if you decide to become a member during HKD – no joining fee.
Three updates from King County Superior Court files:
KIERRA WARD: The defendant in last October’s Admiral stabbing was in court again this morning for a trial-readiness hearing, postponed from last week. The result: Ward’s trial date has been continued to May 23rd, with another readiness hearing on May 11th, because the defense has just received an expert report and requested time to review it. Ward remains in jail in lieu of $400,000 bail.
SALVADOR SAHAGUN: A month and a half after theft charges were filed against Salvador Sahagun for allegedly not paying millions in sales taxes due from his Tacos Guaymas restaurants, he was arraigned today. Documents from the hearing say he pleaded not guilty. He remains out of custody on personal recognizance.
NICHOLAS WATSON: Three weeks after his return to jail, this suspected burglar/car thief was released last week, according to the county jail register. We reported March 20th that he was booked on a warrant after ceasing to show up for the alternative-custody program CCAP into which he had been released. Checking back on his case, we learned that he was released April 9th, to be given another chance in that program, the “enhanced” version which according to this page includes substance-abuse treatment. Court documents show Watson told authorities he will be living in Everett.
You might have noticed the work under way – including a brighter new coat of paint – at the 95-year-old Craftsman house at 5440 California SW. That will soon be the new home of Canna West Seattle (WSB sponsor), currently located across the street at 5435 California SW. The “new” location is actually the one for which proprietor Maryam Mirnateghi originally received what was West Seattle’s first recreational-cannabis license, as we reported in February 2016. Permits took longer than planned, so she opened across the street instead, and now, more than a year later, is almost ready to move into 5440. We stopped by Canna this afternoon to ask Mirnateghi about the timeline; pending inspections and final approval from the Liquor and Cannabis Board, she hopes to be open at 5440 in mid-May.
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
The biggest West Seattle project currently on the drawing board has cleared Design Review.
It’s the two-building, 300+-unit, mixed-use project at 4722 Fauntleroy Way SW and 4721 38th SW, and the Southwest Design Review Board gave its final approval last night, after a presentation that drew no public comment. Here are the design “packets”:
All five members of the newly filled-out board were present; that meant some extra questions since the three new appointees – John Cheng, Matt Hutchins, Scott Rosenstock, all West Seattle residents – weren’t on the board when this project was first presented in the Early Design Guidance phase last July. (The two holdover members are Don Caffrey of Beacon Hill, now chairing the board, and Crystal Loya of West Seattle.) Also at the table, the assigned city planner for the project, Carly Guillory.
If you notice police activity just southwest of the 1st Avenue South Bridge, in the area between West Seattle and South Park, here’s what it’s about, according to scanner traffic: Police are looking for a suspect who is reported to have run away after crashing a vehicle near Highland Park Way SW/2nd SW. (added) A K-9 team has joined the search in the brushy areas alongside the highway.
MORGAN JUNCTION PARK EXPANSION: Seattle Parks‘ Karimah Edwards and Kelly Goold were on hand to brief MoCA.
It’s been four years since the property (formerly site of two businesses) was purchased, Edwards noted. GGLO will be designing the expansion and had architect Tim Slazinik in attendance.
The first public meeting is set for the day of the Morgan Junction Community Festival on June 16th. They’ll get design ideas there, said Goold, and build some schematic designs to bring back to the community – a process similar to what’s been done for the new West Seattle Junction park on 40th SW. The project has a budget of $1.3 million and “we want to make sure the design is cohesive,” Edwards said. A street or alley vacation is likely to be requested for SW Eddy, which cuts between the current park and the expansion site, Goold said. Planning will happen this year, Edwards said, with meetings 45-60 days apart, and “hopefully we can get to design” next year, with construction in 2020.
Will the budget include “fixing the alley”? asked one attendee. Answer: No, the money is for park development – the alley is SDOT responsibility. What about the contamination believed to be on site? Goold said that will be “dealt with from a different funding source” – site demolition has to be completed (removal of concrete slab, soil investigation) first. Will there be a restroom? Not for a park of this “neighborhood” size, said Goold. They cost about half a million dollars, for one. Any questions/comments? Contact Edwards at email@example.com
HOUSING-AFFORDABILITY PROPOSAL: The group was briefed on a “permanent affordable housing” initiative that could require a Special Review District. inspired by the impending HALA Mandatory Housing Affordability upzoning.
Happy Friday! Highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
420 ART & CRYSTAL RENDEZVOUS: 2-7 pm at Nepenthe: “It’s an art show, is an open house, it’s a good time with great folks! Live DJ, food, drinks, FREE massage!” (9447 35th SW)
BASEBALL: 4 pm at Southwest Athletic Complex, Chief Sealth International High School hosts West Seattle High School, as the regular season nears its end. It’s the last home game for CSIHS, so the Seahawks will honor their seniors. (2801 SW Thistle)
PARTY AT ORIGINS: 4-7 pm, “live music, munchies, and fun” at Origins Cannabis (WSB sponsor), with half off “select items.” (4800 40th SW)
WILDLIFE PRESENTATION & PADDLING FILM FESTIVAL: 6 pm, watchable-wildlife presentation by Greg and Kara Whittaker precedes the Paddling Film Festival – details in our calendar listing. At the American Legion hall in The Triangle. (3618 SW Alaska)
ANTI-RACIST FILM & DISCUSSION: 6:30 pm at Westside Unitarian Universalist Congregation, the film “I Am Not Your Negro” and a discussion/Q&A, as detailed in our calendar listing. No admission charge. (7141 California SW)
‘THE PORTABLE DOROTHY PARKER’: Unique production begins its three-night run at historic Kenyon Hall, 7:30 pm:
Kenyon Hall, West Seattle’s beloved performance palace, has been transformed into a 1940s New York City hotel room occupied by the famous wit and writer Dorothy Parker. For three nights only — Friday, April 20th to Sunday, April 22nd at 7:30 pm — Margot Avery [below] brings her remarkable portrayal of this American Original to West Seattle for the Pacific Northwest premiere of the award-winning The Portable Dorothy Parker.
As usual, the root beer floats with Husky Deli ice cream will be flowing and available for only $1.00 and the scintillating Lou Magor will be Master of Ceremonies.
The Portable Dorothy Parker has delighted audiences and accumulated accolades across the United States and the United Kingdom. Margot Avery’s performance has been called “a sensitive and nuanced biographical portrait of Parker,” “beyond enjoyable and so informative,” and “a pleasure to breathe in.” Playwright Annie Lux and director Lee Costello are also here in town. The show is the labor of love that these three women have created and have been traveling with across the country as well to last year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland and to London for two special performances at The Phoenix Artist Club in that city’s famous West End theatre district.
Tickets can be reserved by calling (206) 937-3513 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Cash and checks only accepted at the door.
More in our calendar listing. (7904 35th SW)
‘TWELFTH NIGHT’: Second and final weekend begins for Twelfth Night Productions‘ presentation of a music-enhanced version of Shakespeare’s classic, 7:30 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. Ticket info’s in our calendar listing. (4408 Delridge Way SW)
BOYS CLUB: Ween tribute band at Parliament Tavern, 9 pm, $5 cover, 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
In the photo above, at right, is Ben Delacour (with his twin sister Alia). He is in the fight of his life and his longtime friend Michael Browder, proprietor of the gym Project 968 (WSB sponsor), invites you to join in a benefit workout next month. He explains:
Ben Delacour and I met in the ’90s as classmates in middle school. He is a wonderful friend, and he needs our help.
Ben was recently diagnosed with colon cancer. He and his family have had their lives turned upside down but Ben is strong and he is a fighter.
I want to invite all of you – even if you’re not in the West Seattle community – to join me for a weekend boot camp and show our strength for Ben. The boot camp workouts will be free of charge on May 19th at 8 am, 9 am and 10 am. I ask that you please make a donation to the Delacour Family’s GoFundMe in lieu of paying for the boot camp. We ask a suggested donation of $20, but any amount is helpful and greatly appreciated! I believe we as a community can come together to raise the remaining $4000 Ben and his family need. Please take the time to read their story below:
As written by Alia:
On June 15th, 2016, my twin brother Ben had a sudden onset of pain in his side and difficulty breathing. My mom took him to the ER. At first, they thought it could be a kidney stone…but right there, in the ER, we saw that his scans showed he had multiple cancerous growths- Stage 4 metastatic cancer. The cancer started in his colon and spread to his liver and both lungs. We were totally blindsided! Colon cancer has typically been thought of as afflicting only old men, but the occurrence in young people has skyrocketed and it’s unknown why. It still feels absolutely unbelievable that Ben has cancer. He’s always been healthy and there was no clear indication that he was not. He rode his bicycle everywhere and walked dogs for hours on end.
Ben is currently under the care of doctors and nurses and receiving treatment at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) and the University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC). On March 2nd, 2018, Ben underwent a liver resection procedure at UWMC performed by a renowned surgeon. We had been told numerous times that he would “never be operable” but then he did! The cancer is not going to be removed from the lungs or colon until a later time. We have been told that it is unlikely that we will find a lung surgeon in this area that will be willing to do the procedure he will need, so travel costs are expected to be significant.
We are asking for donations to help make the next steps of treatment possible. I’m a 1st grade teacher in Seattle (Alki Elementary) and my mom just retired from the BNSF railway. Ben is unemployed. Gifted funds will really help the Delacour family in a multitude of ways.
If you have questions about the benefit workout, you can contact Michael at email@example.com; his gym is at 4617 37th SW in the West Seattle Triangle.
7:01 AM: Good morning! No incidents reported in/from West Seattle so far this morning, and no transit alerts.
WEEKEND REMINDER: As noted here last night, WSDOT is warning you about ramp and lane closures all weekend on NB I-5.
(Click here for full-size PDF version)
WSDOT wants to make sure you know about the big I-5 work this weekend, shown on the map above. This alert is specifically for people in our area:
Our “Revive I-5” project begins at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 20, with major lane and ramp closures on northbound I-5 between the West Seattle Bridge and Olive Way. The work will go all weekend until 5 a.m. Monday, April 23.
The big thing to note is that travelers on northbound I-5 that are headed toward West Seattle will not be able to use the off-ramp to the West Seattle Bridge/Spokane Street/Columbian Way. They will have to follow the signed detour via Edgar Martinez Drive and 1st Avenue South.
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They should consider using alternate routes such as such as state routes 99, 509, 518 and 599. However, those headed from West Seattle will be able to get onto northbound I-5, but should expect long delays and consider using SR 99 as an alternate route through the city.
The info is all on the WSDOT website, too.
(May 2013 aerial of Dragonfly Garden/Pavilion, by Long Bach Nguyen)
We’ve been spotlighting some Earth Day-related events (with more to come!) and here’s a heads-up for Sunday: You’re invited to join Friends of Dragonfly Park and Gardens for a potluck brunch in the park on Sunday, 11 am-2 pm. Laura Bruco says, “Kids and dogs (on leashes) are welcome. Bring a dish of some sort, a camping chair or blanket, and hopefully your sunglasses. We’ll give an update on the mission of our group this year, and folks who want to can pitch in with some basic weeding in the park.” It’s on 28th SW in North Delridge, between Yancy and Adams (map); here’s some backstory about the park and the group in this item from last October.
Just a friendly fast reminder that West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day is Saturday, May 12th, and after two weeks of registration, we have one more week for you to sign up – the deadline is next Thursday night (April 26th). Whatever size your sale is – wherever you’re having it – whatever you’re selling, here’s where to go to register. We are up to 170 sales so far for what will be the 14th annual WSCGSD (11th one that we have coordinated here at WSB); registration closes early so we can get the map and list ready for everyone to see a week in advance!
8:17 PM: Thanks to Carolyn Newman for the photo of the Norwegian Sun, maneuvering before sailing away tonight for a two-and-a-half week cruise to Florida (after a stop in Victoria), first cruise ship to visit Seattle this year. We previewed the upcoming season on Wednesday. Next scheduled ship: Ruby Princess, April 28th (one week from Saturday).
9:19 PM: As a commenter and texter point out, and as MarineTraffic.com confirms, the ship is back in the middle of Elliott Bay. Don’t know why, but we’re trying to find out.
9:31 PM: And now it’s headed back out of the bay, up to 11 knots per MT.
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
Though the details of a city “head tax” proposal haven’t been finalized yet, city councilmembers are trying to make the case for it, and that’s why two of them talked with West Seattle Chamber of Commerce members this morning.
West Seattle-residing Councilmembers Lorena González and Lisa Herbold co-chaired the task force that came up with the idea,
About 50 people were at the Disabled American Veterans hall in Delridge to hear them out and ask questions. And there were multiple mentions of the letter that Mayor Jenny Durkan has sent to the council, urging some caution:
The chamber offered the councilmembers a chance to speak beforetaking questions. Herbold opened by thanking attendees:
Six notes this afternoon:
POLICE IN JEFFERSON SQUARE AREA: This isn’t a crime situation but we’re mentioning it since some are asking – they’re dealing with a person in crisis in an apartment.
STOLEN PICKUP: From Kalene:
Our ’97 red Ford F-250 with black axle dump trailer attached (filled with pavers) was stolen at 5:35 am (driving away caught on camera). We live in West Seattle, Belvidere area. We filed a police report.
If you see it, call 911.
CAR BREAK-IN #1: Via e-mail:
Our family member’s car was broken into (Tuesday) night (in the 6500 block of) 37th Ave SW sometime between 7:00-9:00 pm. There were 10 boxes of family heirlooms, books, etc taken as our Aunt is in the middle of moving. Anyone see any plastic containers dumped anywhere? Surprised and disappointed as this happened so early in the evening on a pretty busy street.
CAR BREAK-IN #2: From Molly:
I wanted to report to the West Seattle Blog that our car was broken into Saturday morning at 2:00 AM. The car was parked outside our house in the alley between 40th and 41st and Alaska and Oregon. The person wore a hood and was not deterred by our motion detector light or camera. The person went through our car and left it in shambles, and left the light on so the battery died.
CAR BREAK-IN ATTEMPT: This car prowler was caught on video a month ago by Jon in Upper Morgan:
He brought it up during last night’s quarterly Morgan Community Association meeting and shared the video with us afterward. Nothing taken – though several neighbors did note items stolen from their cars that same night – but he also notes that his car is a 1996 Subaru Legacy Outback and we’ve reported this week on several thefts involving cars like that.
GUN/DRUG SUSPECT CHARGED, OUT ON BAIL: Following up on last week’s report of two 25-year-olds arrested after a police sting operation to buy stolen wheels – the male suspect has been charged, and is out on bail; the female suspect is out of jail and has not been charged. The former is Benny P. Saeteurn, a Highland Park resident, who posted bond and was released yesterday after six days in jail. His bail was raised to $30,000 when he was charged with one count of first-degree unlawful firearm possession and one count of felony drug possession. Charging documents say Saeteurn told police he was there and armed because he was acting as protection for the woman during her meetup with what she thought was a buyer for stolen wheels she claimed to have received from a third party. Prosecutors say he should not have had a gun because he has a felony record, for burglary and attempted robbery.
12:00 PM: Thanks for the tips about the Seattle Police motorcade that headed westbound over the West Seattle Bridge a little while ago. They’re now at Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor) and we are told that they’re escorting Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who just yesterday was on the East Coast meeting with President Trump.
1:21 PM: Our photographer went back over to await the departure and to find out the reason for the visit.
Salty’s proprietor Gerry Kingen told WSB that apparently the local
embassy consulate was asked for dining recommendations and his establishment emerged!
1:51 PM: Prime Minister Abe has moved on.
(Update: Photos added.) His jet, by the way, is a 747 – here’s Twitter video posted after it landed.
Judy thought you might want to know, if you are heading to Alki any time soon, that the sign above was up for a while this morning after Seattle Parks sprayed herbicides in the 2800 block:
This morning the parks department sprayed roundup and another chemical on the new landscaping by the obelisk. Picture attached. The worker pulled up the signs after 30 minutes for the inexplicable reason that people panic if they forget and leave them too long. Talked to Brad, the parks employee, listed on the sign. He said he was spot hitting the weeds that popped up. Noticed on the sign afterwards that he also sprayed the sidewalk.
The city has said it is working to use less herbicides and pesticides.
Though physically headquartered in The Junction, Thunder Road Guitars (4736 California SW; WSB sponsor) has a lively online presence, including Instagram photos like the one above that guitar lovers go wild for. TRG asked us to let you know that the Junction store will be closed Saturday “as we will be attending the Tacoma Guitar Festival at the Tacoma Dome all weekend with a large amount of our inventory,” explains proprietor Frank Gross. Back to regular days/hours next week.
P.S. TRG is again signed up to be part of May 12th’s West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day, which includes business sales as well as individual, group, block, nonprofit, etc. sales! One more week to register if you’re planning to be part of it.
(Thinking summer yet? Photo by Jim Edwards @ Colman Pool, where pump work is under way to prepare for May 26th season start)
Highlights of what’s happening for the rest of your Thursday:
ART FOR PRESCHOOLERS: 11:30 am at Delridge Library, for 2- to 5-year-olds and their parents/caregivers. (5423 Delridge Way SW)
WEST SEATTLE NEIGHBORHOOD GREENWAY: 4:15-5:45 pm at West Seattle (Admiral) Library, it’s the second and final drop-in session where you can find out about the greenway project and some of its newly revealed components, including the extension into North Admiral. Also be sure to respond to this survey, which has specifics on features and routing. (2306 42nd SW)
EC HUGHES PLAY AREA RENOVATION: What’s important to you when the play area at EC Hughes Playground gets overhauled soon? Be at the first Seattle Parks meeting, 5-6:30 pm at Southwest Teen Life Center. Bring the kid(s)! And be sure to complete this survey, too. (2801 SW Thistle)
DESIGN REVIEW FOR 2-BUILDING PROJECT: 6:30 pm at the Senior Center/Sisson Building, the two-building project at 4722 Fauntleroy Way SW and 4721 38th SW gets its second look from the Southwest Design Review Board. See the design packets in our preview. The meeting will include a public-comment period. (4217 SW Oregon)
ENVIRONMENTAL SLAM: Students from five schools – three in West Seattle – will be making presentations during this event at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center; mixer at 6:30 pm, presentations at 7. Details here. (4408 Delridge Way SW)
NO TIMEBANK MEETING: The West Seattle Timebank wants to remind members that it’s NOT having a general meeting tonight after all.
LIVE IN-STORE CONCERT: 7 pm at Easy Street Records, see Sir Coyler & His Asthmatic Band / Second Hand Suits perform! All ages, free. (California/Alaska)
SOUTH SOUND TUG AND BARGE: 8 pm at Parliament Tavern, no cover, 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
AND SO MUCH MORE! Go browse our complete calendar.
It’s a special spot in West Seattle, unlike any place in the entire city … Schmitz Preserve Park, a 53-acre forested oasis with old-growth trees, streams, and more. So special that it draws visitors from many miles around … including this high-school group from Scriber Lake High School in Edmonds:
Their visit to the park on Tuesday with teacher Chris Brown included work to assess the value of a tree – from a variety of viewpoints. And studying their value leads to appreciation for preserving them. Brown has a special link to this forest – he’s a member of the Schmitz Family, whose donated land created the park more than a century ago. And so another Schmitz Family member dropped by the park to say hi while Brown’s students were doing their work in the woods:
Standing in front of Brown are, from left, Vicki Schmitz Block, Jack Block, and Bruce Stotler – the Schmitz Park neighbor who made news recently for selling his home to the city, far below market price, so it will become part of the park when he’s gone. Its enduring importance was exemplified by the students’ project; Brown explained that the students spent 10 weeks “combining environmental science with art, PE, and (other disciplines).” After we talked with them briefly, they continued northbound on the main park trail to Alki:
If you’ve never visited Schmitz Preserve Park – its main entrances are on the east side of Alki Community Center and from Admiral Way east of the historic bridge. (Here’s a map.)
7:01 AM: Good morning! No incidents or transit advisories for West Seattle and vicinity so far.
7:07 AM: Crash on the eastbound bridge at the Admiral entrance, blocking the bus lane according to a texter.
7:52 AM: That crash is not yet clear, per SDOT.
8:05 AM: And now it is.