West Seattle Blog... » West Seattle police http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Tue, 26 May 2015 04:19:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 West Seattle Crime Watch: Police search after Alki robbery report http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-crime-watch-police-search-after-alki-robbery-report/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-crime-watch-police-search-after-alki-robbery-report/#comments Sat, 16 May 2015 07:54:54 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=310514 12:54 AM: Police are searching right now for a man who is reported to have held someone up at gunpoint in the Alki area. We don’t have many details, but it happened about half an hour ago, according to information broadcast over police frequencies, and the robber was reported to have last been seen in the Whale Tail Park area; police also are searching near Schmitz Park. The only description mentioned so far is “light complexion black man, early to mid-20s, 6 feet tall, thin build, striped shirt.” No information about the victim(s) and whether they were hurt – no medic calls in the Alki area, though.

12:13 PM: The only additional information we have about this so far is that it was reported in the 1100 block of Alki SW, according to an SPD auto-tweet. Unless it appears on SPD Blotter or unless we happen to find a sergeant in the field who can tell us more, we won’t be able to get additional details until Monday.

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Convicted rapist jailed for harassment, attempted officer-biting http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-crime-watch-police-arrest-man-for-harassment-attempted-officer-biting/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-crime-watch-police-arrest-man-for-harassment-attempted-officer-biting/#comments Fri, 15 May 2015 19:15:46 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=310430 ORIGINAL REPORT, 12:15 PM: New on SPD Blotter: A 52-year-old man arrested in North Delridge “after he menacingly harassed two women on the street, and tried to bite an officer as she took him into custody.” It all started in the 4000 block of 26th and ended in the 2600 block of SW Yancy, police say. Here’s the full story.

ADDED 12:24 PM: Picking up where the SPDB story left off – we’ve just looked up the suspect on the jail register. He remains behind bars; while his initial bail from last night’s booking shows on the register at $2,000, an online court docket shows that an increase to $50,000 was granted at his bail hearing this morning.

ADDED 12:40 PM: We’ve just learned more about the suspect and are identifying him as he is a registered sex offender – because of a rape conviction – Randy Gene Stark. In 2010, he made regional news for attempted child luring. He’s registered with a downtown address. (Photo from King County sex offender lookup website)

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

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

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

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West Seattle Crime Watch: 1 arrested after Westwood stabbing http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-crime-watch-1-arrested-after-westwood-stabbing/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-crime-watch-1-arrested-after-westwood-stabbing/#comments Sun, 10 May 2015 17:58:28 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=309842 What was on the 911 log as an “aid response” – usually a minor-injury incident – early this morning turns out to have been a stabbing in the Westwood Village area, report Seattle Police:

Seattle Police and King County Deputies arrested a man Sunday who fled following a 4 AM stabbing … An employee of a restaurant in the 2500 block of SW Barton St. was attacked and stabbed twice, once in the chest and once in the head, before the 23-year-old suspect fled on foot.

A Seattle K-9 officer tracked the suspect toward an area in unincorporated King County and called King County Deputies for assistance. Deputy Cueva found the suspect at 25 Ave. SW and SW 100th St. where he was taken into custody without incident.

The employee suffered non-life threatening injuries and was treated and released at the scene. Officers located a four-inch folding blade knife at the scene. Officers have booked the suspect into King County Jail for investigation of Assault.

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UPDATE: Why Guardian One helicopter was searching here http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/why-the-guardian-one-helicopter-is-over-west-seattle/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/why-the-guardian-one-helicopter-is-over-west-seattle/#comments Thu, 07 May 2015 16:57:03 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=309472 helicopterwatch.png9:57 AM: Police and helicopter are searching east of California/Andover. We don’t know yet what the crime was but the person they were seeking was described as a white man in his 30s, black hair, blue jeans. More to come.

10 AM: Police report one person in custody near 35th/Andover. Whatever the incident was, it started at California/Hinds.

10:21 AM: We caught up with police there to find out how this started. They describe the man as being in crisis (added: “throwing things into the street, kicking cars and generally screaming obscenities” was an initial report) and say his behavior was what led to a police call; they didn’t call for Guardian One but the helicopter happened to be nearby and offered to come help them track the man down. (The pilot who recently spoke to the West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network – WSB coverage here – did say they monitor many frequencies when up, and sometimes self-assign this way.) The man is being taken to the hospital by private ambulance for a mental-health evaluation.

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West Seattle Crime Watch: 3 incidents, including early-morning response http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-crime-watch-3-incidents-including-early-morning-response/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-crime-watch-3-incidents-including-early-morning-response/#comments Thu, 07 May 2015 16:38:57 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=309453 Three West Seattle Crime Watch notes this morning:

BIG POLICE RESPONSE EARLY THIS MORNING: Several people asked about a big police response westbound on Admiral just after 6:30 am. According to Tweets by Beat (the feed you’ll find on the WSB Crime Watch page), it was a response to a report of an “in progress (or) just occurred) burglary” in the 2600 block of 50th SW. We have a message out to SPD to find out if the burglary was verified and, if so, if anyone was arrested. (Added 10:12 am, SPD spokesperson Det. Drew Fowler tells us a man found two intruders inside his home; they fled toward Schmitz Park, search with K-9 ensued but no arrests so far – description: Hispanic males, late teens, one in a black T-shirt and gray sweatpants, other in a black coat, gray sweatpants, with a black backpack.)

FOLLOWUP ON ITTO’S TABLES/CHAIRS: At the end of reporter Randall Hauk‘s story about the future Junction restaurant Itto’s, you might remember the postscript about the theft of tables and chairs from outside the space at California/Genesee. Randall tells us Itto’s proprietor Khalid Agour subsequently spotted the stolen stuff online and with the help of police, they were recovered and a suspect was arrested; the restaurateur wanted to express big thanks to the Southwest Precinct Anti-Crime Team.

CAR PROWL: It’s been a quiet week so far for reader reports but here’s one from last weekend:

My 2013 VW Passat was broken into, at 17th and Henderson, between the hours of 12 am – 8 am, Saturday May 2nd. They broke into the car, made a mess, left a cigarette butt, and a nugget of weed, took nothing but my car registration and my work ID / Key card. They left the change I had in the car, as well as all my kid stuff in the trunk. It seems like the burglars spent time hanging out in my car, but got away with personal information.

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Helicopter over Fauntleroy: Investigating possible burglary http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/helicopter-over-fauntleroy-investigating-possible-burglary/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/helicopter-over-fauntleroy-investigating-possible-burglary/#comments Fri, 01 May 2015 04:51:53 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=308808 If you’re noticing Guardian One over Fauntleroy southwest of Morgan Junction – while it’s in the same area of the fire, it’s not because of the fire. It’s a possible burglary. We had just returned from following up at the fire scene when we heard the call about a possible burglar at a house in the 6700 block of Fauntleroy (where the road just reopened, barely a block from the homes that burned), and the helicopter is helping in the search.

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VIDEO: Guardian One helicopter pilot/Tactical Flight Officer @ West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/video-guardian-one-helicopter-pilottactical-flight-officer-west-seattle-block-watch-captains-network/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/video-guardian-one-helicopter-pilottactical-flight-officer-west-seattle-block-watch-captains-network/#comments Thu, 30 Apr 2015 03:27:46 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=308557

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

The King County Sheriff’s Office helicopter Guardian One isn’t always just up over somebody’s neighborhood in the middle of the night.

This week alone, members of its crew made two appearances on the ground in our area. One happened today at White Center Heights Elementary (the photo above is from its landing), and we’ll have that story on our partner site White Center Now later tonight.

First – last night’s presentation and Q & A at the West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network meeting at the Southwest Precinct, featuring one of the county’s pilots, Deputy Hersh Hoaglan:

That’s our video of his presentation, in which he explained everything from who’s in the helicopter to what really happened that recent night the county’s loudest helicopter was heard making repeated passes over the area. Highlights ahead:

Deputy Hoaglan, wearing his olive-green flight jumpsuit, exhibited a dry wit: “So you hear the helicopter over your house … and you wonder if an axe murderer is out there. 99.999% of the time, that’s not the case. Actually, I’ve never been to an axe-murderer call.”

The helicopter goes to all kinds of calls, he explained. The unit has 1 sergeant and 4 deputies. To become a pilot, you have to go through TFO training – tactical flight officer. So deputies in the unit are cross-trained as both pilots and TFO’s (that’s the deputy in the chopper that does the work with the cameras, talks to the radio dispatchers, etc.). KCSO Air Support is also one of two hoist-equipped non-military units and that takes them around a wide area for up to 25 missions a year – they have 10 hoist operators/rescue specialists assigned to the unit as an ancillary duty.

Two aircraft are known as Guardian One when they’re up; one is a 1973 Jet Ranger that used to be a Grand Canyon tourist helicopter. The main search-and-rescue helicopter, Guardian Two, is a 1970 single-engine Bell UH-1H (Huey) – military surplus. “There’s nothing like being up against a mountain face in the middle of the night in a single-engine helicopter,” Deputy Hoaglan quipped. A second helicopter of that type is out of service right now and slated to get rebuilt this year, with the help of some grant money – new engine, new blades, and it will then be the main search-and-rescue helicopter.

During Q/A, he clarified a Guardian Two situation we covered here on April 5th because the noise woke/kept so many people up – the night they rescued a fallen hiker from Seattle in the Olympic Mountains. Hoaglan said they actually made three trips out to the Olympics – first with Guardian Two, but they had trouble finding the victim, came back, changed helicopters to Guardian One, found the hiker, then flew back here again, got the Huey (because of its hoist capabilities) and went back for the third time and rescued the climber. When they’re in the Huey, they’ll be louder over eastern West Seattle as they have to drop down lower to stay out of the way of Sea-Tac traffic.

Back to the basics:

KCSO is the only full-time law-enforcement helicopter unit in the region. The nearest one otherwise is in the Bay Area; Snohomish County “has crews available for callouts.”

The unit also trains to be able to drop officers onto vessels – state ferries, for example – if they need to. They can use an AirTep (looks like an upside-down umbrella).

Who pays for the air unit? King County pays maintenance and fuel and salaries, but the rest comes from grants.

What do they do? From the slide deck Deputy Hoaglan narrated:
*Support for patrol
*Handle patrol calls
*Visible presence
*LoJack/ProNet [tracking devices]

*Airborne Marksmen (they have not had to shoot from the air, he said, but they have trained to pick up a SWAT officer and deploy from area if need be)
*Fast Rope Insertion
*Hasty Tactical Team
*Pre-mission recons

If the President comes to town, he elaborated, they “fly the Secret Service around.”

Community events
*Contract city presentations [the cities that contract with KCSO for policing]
*Air Shows
*School presentations [like the one made today at WCH Elementary]

More about what they do: The helicopter has two cameras – a live feed to the officers on the ground is coming soon, possibly by midsummer, so the police will be able to “see what we see” from their laptops.

What constitutes a “typical” police call in which Guardian One gets involved? Say they’re up in Seattle – say, “Kent calls, we go down there and fly left turns until the situation is resolved – could be two minutes, could be an hour” – a full tank of fuel in the main helicopter lasts for up to three hours, the backup lasts two to two and a half hours.

The helicopter is based at Renton, not Boeing Field, though they fuel up at BFI, so if you see them land there, that’s why.

Sorry, no ridealongs, said Dep. Hoaglan in response to a question.

How fast can the helicopter go? Max speed with its new camera is 120 knots – almost 130 mph.

What do you do inbetween calls? Hoaglan’s on the day shift right now and “we do a lot of sitting behind a desk unless there’s a call.” At night, “it’s the opposite” – some admin work at the start and then they fly patrol, at least 4 hours a night – if nothing specific, they’ll fly “a quick racetrack” (pattern) around the county. They monitor the law-enforcement channels, “listen(ing) to a lot of radios at once … and if something comes up, we’ll just go. … If we wait until dispatch calls for us,” they’re behind.

What’s the maximum number of people they can carry? Depending on which helicopter, 4 to 6 people, but the more people, the less gas; the Huey can have “8 SWAT guys and all their gear in the back and 2 pilots up front.”

How do they know house numbers from the air? Map overlay.

What’s FLIR? Forward-Looking Infrared, which detects heat, Dep. Hoaglan explained. “In most cases we have it set for ‘white as hot,’ so the hotter something is, the whiter it will be.” At this point, he showed an Oct. 26, 2013 clip of a pursuit that started in Burien. (If you watch the video, you’ll see a spot of technical difficulty during the attempt to get audio to work.) Here’s the video he showed:

He also explained why police cars might look “hotter” on the FLIR – because an officer’s been driving around for hours, compared to the civilian cars on the street.

Another insider note: The helicopter seldom uses the light, as it’s a tipoff to the suspect on the ground that s/he’s been seen.

Hate the noise? The new camera allows them to fly higher, which means a bit less noise.

Want to know more about King County Air Support? Here’s an info-laden webpage. And you can watch dozens of videos via its YouTube channel (when they post video from an incident we cover, we add it to the story when it’s available, as was the case with this one last weekend).

A few other notes from the WSBWCN meeting:

MORE ABOUT THE HIGHLAND PARK ARREST: Sgt. Joe Bauer from the Anti-Crime Team mentioned the “pawn-shop hunch” arrest from last week, saying the suspect was arrested for burglary and car theft, and was found with meth as well as equipment often used by car thieves. As police usually say, Sgt. Bauer noted that this arrest could solve other cases.

NEW PRECINCT COMMANDER: Capt. Pierre Davis spoke to the group for the first time since the Block Watch Captains were among the first to hear a month ago that he was returning as precinct commander – a role he had filled temporarily a year earlier, before he was appointed to lead the East Precinct. He had high praise for the WSBCWCN, saying they’ve “got it down to a science.” For neighbors in West Seattle, “you guys are the world’s best tattletales.” He exhorted people to “bombard 911″ with information so resources can best be assigned. He said police are involved in a “whole lot of operations right now” that he couldn’t talk about and is hopeful that will cut the recent spike in several areas. “If you see something, say something,” was his request.

Speaking of which, a tip:

HOW TO GET THROUGH TO A LIVE PERSON ON THE NON-EMERGENCY NUMBER: Sometimes people get stuck in the automated tree – so if that happens to you – after you call 206-625-5011, press 2, and then 8, advised Community Police Team Officer Erin Nicholson.

The Block Watch Captains Network usually meets on fourth Tuesdays, 6:30 pm, at the precinct. Between meetings, keep up with the happenings via wsblockwatchnet.wordpress.com.

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Car prowls; possible gunfire http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-crime-watch-car-prowls-possible-gunfire/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-crime-watch-car-prowls-possible-gunfire/#comments Wed, 29 Apr 2015 23:40:22 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=308642 Reader reports in West Seattle Crime Watch today:

CAR PROWL: From Mike:

Just wanted to inform you that sometime last night someone smashed the windows on my car and another one on the block. They were parked on Admiral, in the 5900 block (by Alki). Anyway, the thieves only stole a black Atama backpack. I’m guessing that they ditched it once they realized all that was in it was papers. Anyhow, if anyone sees it (long shot, I know), I’d appreciate a heads up.

ANOTHER CAR PROWL: This one surfaced in comments on Tuesday’s roundup – an early-morning break-in in which the thief/thieves “took a Vintage analog keyboard called an ARP Odyssey 2800 and a large blue suitcase.”

(added 5:13 pm) AND ANOTHER CAR PROWL: Just in from Shimi in Gatewood:

Just wanted to let you know my van got broken into last night and equipment was stolen from it as well as extension cords from right outside my house on 38th Ave SW (the Myrtle st. dead end).I have filed a report with the SPD.If anyone sees randomly a Honda EU6500i up for sale please alert me as this was the main thing stolen.

GUNFIRE? Scattered reports early this morning from people who thought they heard gunfire – we received one text from 23rd/Brandon at 1:40 am, two from North Admiral around 6 am. We checked around both times, and then went through the SPD Tweets by Beat log again this afternoon, but no confirmations of gunfire – which just means, no shell casings and/or property damage found (and definitely no victims – they would turn up on the SFD 911 log). Sometimes many hours elapse, though, so if anyone does find shell casings or damage (bullet holes in cars, fences, etc.), please do notify police.

P.S. As we told texters, if you think you hear gunfire, DO call 911 – the more reports they get, the more they are able to try to zero in on where it (gunfire or not) happened.

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VIDEO: Suspect arrested after South Delridge/White Center search with police, deputies, helicopter http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/police-sheriffs-helicopter-search-in-white-centersouth-delridge/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/police-sheriffs-helicopter-search-in-white-centersouth-delridge/#comments Sun, 26 Apr 2015 07:56:18 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=308312

(Aerial/infrared video of last 7 minutes of the search, ending with arrest)

12:56 AM: Thanks for the texts – a search that’s under way seems to be spanning both Seattle Police and King County Sheriff’s Office jurisdictions, with locations including the 26th/Roxbury vicinity. Working to find out what/who they’re looking for.

1:05 AM: Per scanner, deputies have taken a suspect into custody; at some point this included pursuit of a vehicle that the suspect ditched.

1:23 AM: Guardian One has explained via Twitter what it was about:

3:51 AM: Just added atop the story, Guardian One’s video of the last 7 minutes of the search, as they spotted the suspect hiding in the 9600 block of 24th SW and talked the ground officers (including a K-9 team) in.

P.S. Guardian One’s pilot is the guest at next Tuesday’s meeting of the West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network – bring your questions – 6:30 pm at the SPD Southwest Precinct (Delridge/Webster).

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Police search in Highland Park http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-crime-watch-police-search-in-highland-park-2/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-crime-watch-police-search-in-highland-park-2/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 09:14:04 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=308111 2:14 AM: Police, including a K-9 team, are searching right now in the Highland Park Elementary vicinity (and beyond). We don’t know what preceded the search but they’re looking for someone who has an arrest warrant on record.

2:49 AM: Sounds like it started with circumstances including a car, a report of a fight, and two people fleeing, including the car’s owner.

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Highland Park burglary suspect arrested after officer’s White Center pawn-shop hunch http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-crime-watch-highland-park-burglary-suspect-arrested-after-officers-white-center-pawn-shop-hunch/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-crime-watch-highland-park-burglary-suspect-arrested-after-officers-white-center-pawn-shop-hunch/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 23:07:09 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=308068 Also just in via SPD Blotter – a Highland Park burglary suspect caught by police in White Center while trying to sell what he allegedly stole. The story spanned multiple locations which we’ve just clarified with SPD’s Det. Drew Fowler, so we’re summarizing with added information, as well as quoting:

Police say the burglary happened in the 9400 block of 7th SW (map) around 7 pm last night – a resident saw a man go into his garage, steal an air compressor, and take it to a getaway car nearby. A plainclothes officer in the area went to Pawn Pros at 16th/102nd in White Center (map) and found a vehicle matching the description given to SPD. The officer checked the license plate and discovered it was a stolen car. A female passenger was inside, but the burglary suspect was nowhere in sight. Picking up the SPDB account:

Unbeknownst to officers at the time, the victim’s sister had the same suspicion and went to the same pawnshop. Inside the pawnshop the victim’s sister recognized the suspect and the air compressor. She took a cellphone picture of the man holding the air compressor, which prompted him to leave the store.

Officers saw the suspect exit the pawnshop still carrying the compressor which he loaded into the stolen car. Patrol officers attempted to stop the suspect, but he began driving recklessly, speeding through neighborhoods and stop signs alike.

This happened in White Center and Highland Park – finally, officers terminated the vehicle pursuit for safety concerns, and found the stolen car, empty, in the 11000 block of 18th SW in White Center. The burglary suspect and his female passenger were caught nearby. Police found drugs in his possession “as well as property taken in a recent car prowl,” they reported (that’s been returned to its owner). The 27-year-old suspect is jailed for “investigation of attempt to elude, auto theft, trafficking in stolen property, drug possession, and burglary.”

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What the big police response at Lincoln Park is about http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/what-the-big-police-response-at-lincoln-park-is-about/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/what-the-big-police-response-at-lincoln-park-is-about/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 23:45:47 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307965

Thanks for the tips about a sizable police response at/near the north parking lot at Lincoln Park. Here’s what police tell us happened: Making a traffic stop, they noticed a gun in the car, and called for backup. It turned out to be a realistic-looking Airsoft-type gun. They also told us they are still investigating other possible issues regarding the vehicle/driver, so the scene hasn’t cleared quite yet.

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FOLLOWUP: Seattle Police neighborhood plans, now made public http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/followup-seattle-police-neighborhood-plans-now-made-public/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/followup-seattle-police-neighborhood-plans-now-made-public/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 02:36:24 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307887 Over the past year or so, Seattle Police have been working with neighborhood groups to create specific local policing plans – and now, they’ve made the citywide plans public. Here are the six for West Seattle (with more to come):

Highland Park
North Delridge
Roxhill/Arbor Heights

(Former Southwest Precinct commander, now Assistant Chief, Steve Wilske, was a leader in initiating these, as cited by SPD Chief Kathleen O’Toole in promoting him.)

Read more about the concept – and see the city’s other plans, if you’re interested – by going to this SPD webpage.

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Stolen car found, 3 teens arrested http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-crime-watch-stolen-car-found-3-teens-arrested/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-crime-watch-stolen-car-found-3-teens-arrested/#comments Sun, 19 Apr 2015 04:46:59 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307553 A commenter mentioned this earlier – and now details are on SPD Blotter:

Officers responded to calls of street racing in West Seattle Saturday and arrested three teens for auto theft.

A witness called police at 7:45 Saturday morning and reported street racing followed by suspicious behavior around a car in the 5400 block of 34 Ave. SW. Officers quickly arrived and saw three teen boys run from a car in the area. An officer checked the car and found the steering column, instrument panel, and other parts of the car either damaged or removed. Other officers flooded the area and located the teenagers a few blocks away. While talking to and searching the boys, an officer found a shaved key, used for stealing cars, on one of the teens.

A fourth teen, who stayed at the original scene in another car, allowed officers to search his vehicle. Officers found several car parts from the damaged vehicle inside the trunk of the teen’s car.

The owner of the damaged car called police and confirmed that his car had just been stolen.

Officers arrested and booked the three teens who ran into the King County Youth Service Center, while the fourth teen who stayed behind was released to his parents.

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