West Seattle Blog... » West Seattle police http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:30:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Found in West Seattle: Recognize these binders? Or this bicycle? http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/found-in-west-seattle-recognize-these-binders-or-this-bicycle/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/found-in-west-seattle-recognize-these-binders-or-this-bicycle/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:14:07 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289538 Two “found” reports:

WHOSE SPORTS-CARD BINDERS ARE THESE? Southwest Precinct Det. Brian Ballew shares the photo – he is hoping to find either the owner of those binders (and what’s in them) or at least someone who knows whose they might be. He confirms they’re the same ones mentioned at last week’s Admiral Neighborhood Association meeting. If you have any info (or if they’re yours!), please contact Det. Ballew directly at 206-233-7836.

Second, a reader report:

BICYCLE FOUND: As with stolen cars, we spotlight found/stolen bicycles when we get word of them. The photo is from Julie, who says someone left a red, men’s Excitor 21-speed road-type bike in her yard. She’s reported it to police but if you know whose it is, speak up so it can be returned sooner rather than later.

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Update: Seattle Police find missing 10-year-old, safe http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/missing-child-seattle-police-ask-your-help-finding-10-year-old/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/missing-child-seattle-police-ask-your-help-finding-10-year-old/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:31:38 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289426 2:53 PM UPDATE: The 10-year-old boy reported missing after not arriving at his school this morning has been found safe, and police say thanks to everyone who helped be on the lookout for him.


12:31 PM: Just in from Seattle Police via Twitter:

We’re following up to see if there’s any more information to share.

12:53 PM: We’re hearing a TV helicopter is being dispatched just to see if any police activity is visible from the air. So if you hear a chopper here shortly, that’s what it’s about.

1:03 PM: We went to Holy Rosary to see what more we could find out; the principal told our crew Merca actually never came to school today. We’re trying to sort out with police where this actually stands.

1:21 PM: SPD spokesperson Det. Drew Fowler tells WSB they reconfirmed that Merca *is* missing – but not FROM school, as he did not come to school today.

2:05 PM: Police are continuing to look around the area and are following up on tips; please do call if you think you see him. We are told he apparently lives in the Pigeon Point area.

2:38 PM: The name police have circulated is actually the child’s surname, according to HRS parents. Whatever the details, he’s still out there somewhere at last report, so wherever you go this afternoon, keep an eye out.

2:52 PM: Good news! Just heard on the scanner, he has been found – in or near the Admiral District – safe and sound.

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Followup: Woman injured in Junction bus incident expected to survive http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/followup-woman-hit-by-bus-in-junction-expected-to-survive/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/followup-woman-hit-by-bus-in-junction-expected-to-survive/#comments Mon, 13 Oct 2014 16:19:13 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=288591

Continuing our coverage (which started an hour and a half ago in the WSB morning traffic report) of the 7:24 am Junction incident in which a Metro Route 50 bus hit and injured a woman: She is seriously hurt, according to Seattle Fire, but expected to survive, according to Seattle Police. SPD spokesperson Det. Patrick Michaud tells WSB that witnesses report the bus pulled up to the stop on eastbound Alaska just west of California, allowed people on and off, and then as they were pulling away, the woman – who had been “asleep on the sidewalk” – stood up, “stumbled into traffic right in front of the bus,” and was hit.

SPD’s Traffic Collision Investigation Squad is expected to be on the scene until 10 am or so; we’ll be checking so that we can update when the bus stop is open again. As noted in our traffic coverage, until then, the outbound stop on Alaska east of 44th is recommended.

9:38 AM UPDATE: Alaska is now open again in both directions. (The traffic cam at that intersection is among those featured on the WSB Traffic page.)

9:49 AM UPDATE: Metro has just sent out its “routes back to normal” alert.

3:48 PM UPDATE: The driver is 62 years old and has been with Metro for more than 13 years, according to spokesperson Jeff Switzer, responding to an inquiry we sent this morning. He adds, “The operator was relieved of duty pending post-accident testing. Based on preliminary information about this unfortunate incident, we expect the driver will likely be back to work in coming days.”

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Police report from gunfire arrest http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-crime-watch-police-report-from-gunfire-arrest/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-crime-watch-police-report-from-gunfire-arrest/#comments Fri, 10 Oct 2014 22:29:16 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=288385

(WSB photo by Christopher Boffoli, taken after suspect was in custody)
Right about this time yesterday, an intense police search including Seattle Police SWAT and the Guardian One helicopter was under way after gunfire was reported over the west side of Fairmount Ravine (WSB coverage here). Five schools sheltered in place as a precaution. Finally, police reported an arrest. After checking nearby homes and cars, they determined no one had been shot. Today, in hopes of finding out more about what happened and why, we obtained the official report – with addresses/names redacted – from SPD, and have just transcribed the bulk of the narrative:

From the report written by SPD Officer Stuckey:

… A male called 911 to report a shooting outside of his home [on Belvidere].

The male, later identified as (redacted), reported that someone was trying to get him. (He) told the calltaker that he only had one clip left for his handgun. (He) was very agitated and screaming into the telephone. He refused to answer further questions from the calltaker. While en route to the scene, dispatch advised that the calltaker heard more gunshots. A female got on the line with dispatch and confirmed that (the man) was shooting at someone that she could not see. The female, later identified as (redacted), told the calltaker that (the man) was bleeding from the head but she did not believe that he was shot.

I arrived on scene along with Sgt. Britt. I did not hear any further shots, but I could hear yelling from the area in front of the home. More units arrived and we secured the area down the driveway from (2100 block) Belvidere Ave SW and waited for SWAT. SWAT arrived and slowly cleared the scene, looking for suspects along the way.

SWAT checked all three houses and the surrounding hillside, and they were able to locate (the man) and (someone else) near a truck parked in the curve of the driveway. SWAT officers secured (them) and escorted them down to where I was stationed at hte command post.

(The man) was crying and yelling. He had several scratches to his forehead and was bleeding from the wounds. I asked (him) what happened, and he started yelling and crying again. I was able to calm him down enough for him to explain to me that he saw three men dressed all in black with masks over their faces, and they told him they were there to kill him. (He0 alternated between calm and agitated while speaking with me. I smelled the strong odor of alcohol coming from (him). He told me that he had drank a few shots of rum over lunch earlier today. It should also be noted that while searching (him) for weapons, officers found 12.9 grams of marijuana and a pipe for smoking marijuana on (his) person.

(He) was still very agitated, but he was able to sit still for medical personnel from Seattle Fire Engine #29 to treat his wounds. Medical personnel stated that (he) had several scratches to his forehead. They cleaned the scratches for (him) and stopped the bleeding.

(He) was still very agitated and was crying and yelling. He told me that someone had damaged his vehicle three nights prior and he was afraid that whomever damaged his vehicle would come back and hurt him. He started breaking down and was unable to tell me anything further about the shooting.

Once SWAT had cleared the scene of potential threats, I responded to the shooting scene with Officer Mazzioti and (the other person … who) was able to walk us through the scene and advise of what she was able to see during the incident.

(She) told me that she was visiting (the man) at his home. She is a longtime friend … (She) stated that when she was ready to leave, (he) decided to walk her down the very long access road to where her vehicle was parked. (He) had a .45 caliber handgun and two clips on his belt, and he insisted that (she) carry his shotgun. (She) stated that she did not want to carry the shotgun but (he) insisted.

(She) stated that about halfway to her vehicle, she and (he) heard a noise that sounded like footsteps further up the road around the curve. The noise came from an area that (she) could not see. (He) told her to stay put and he moved up to the curve in the road where the noise came from. (She) stated that she did not hear any further footsteps at that time. When (redacted) arrived at the curve, he started yelling and shooting downhill. (Redacted) ducked down behind another vehicle parked alongside the road and hid. She did not see anyone but (the man).

(She) stated that she was not sure how many shots (he) fired, but that it was less than twenty. She risked a look at (redacted) and he wobbled on his feet and fell to the ground as if he had passed out. She called police at that time and reported the shots to the calltaker. (He) appeared to wake up and started yelling downhill again. (She) made it over to where (he) was stationed and checked on him. She stated that he had blood coming from a small abrasion but did not appear to be shot.

(She) stated that while she was on the phone with the call taker (he) returned to (redacted)’s original hiding place behind the vehicle. He continued to cry and yell from behind the vehicle. (She) stated that at one point (he) was on the ground on his hands and knees behind the vehicle. She stated that about that time, SWAT arrived and secured the scene.

I spoke with Sgt. Hancock and several other SWAT officers at the scene and they pointed out several bullet holes in vehicles parked downhill from where (he) had stationed himself while shooting. It should be noted that the vehicles and long road up to (redacted)’s home overlook several neighboring homes, and those homes were in the line of fire. Sgt. Hancock also pointed out a small pick-like tool on the ground where (redacted) was hiding that was consistent with several scratch marks over the original abrasion to (his) forehead. (He) stated that the men he saw had held him down and scratched up his face prior to police arriving on scene, but that was not consistent with (redacted)’s statements.

Sgt. Britt and I then responded to the house and we were able to speak with his father (redacted) showed us where (redacted) kept his weapons. Sgt. Britt confiscated a rifle, shotgun, and a handgun. It should be noted that the (redacted) had a hundred-round-capacity magazine. All of the confiscated weapons were transferred to the custody of Officer Mckenzie, who placed them into evidence. …

The report also says bullet holes were found in three cars, with damage estimated at up to $8,000.

The 30-year-old suspect was taken to Harborview Medical Center for a mental evaluation. Beyond that, we don’t know his status; hospital information is subject to medical-privacy laws. The King County Jail Register does not appear to show anyone held in connection with this kind of investigation. It would be too soon for prosecutors to file charges, but we’ll be checking on that next week.

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Update: Man arrested after ‘numerous’ shots fired in Fairmount Ravine area; no shooting victims found http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/assault-with-weapons-call-in-fairmount-ravine-area/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/assault-with-weapons-call-in-fairmount-ravine-area/#comments Thu, 09 Oct 2014 21:53:26 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=288264 (TOPLINES: Gunfire reported, no one shot, one man taken into custody)

(Added: WSB photo by Christopher Boffoli; we’ve obscured face of man who was being treated)
2:53 PM: Police and fire are rushing to the 2100 block of Arch Place SW (map) – a dead-end road near Fairmount Ravine – on an “assault with weapons” call. Scanner report indicated shots were heard, but no report yet on victim(s). More to come.

3 PM: Via Twitter, SPD has confirmed that they have no report yet on whether there’s a victim – although emergency-radio discussion indicates there may be someone “down.” Police/fire are not certain yet whether it’s safe to go in – please note that, if you are anywhere in the area.

(WSB photo by Patrick Sand: Where fire crews are waiting, a few blocks away for safety)
3:07 PM: Scanner indicates police do not believe it’s safe to get close to the area. In comments, it’s reported that West Seattle High School and Lafayette Elementary are in shelter-in-place mode; let us know if you hear of any others. (added a moment later) Via Twitter, Seattle Public Schools says Madison, Schmitz Park, Alki also sheltering in place.

3:19 PM: Again, there is still no word of whether anyone is hurt. Police are still not sure of the status of the person who was reported to be shooting, so that’s why the abundance of caution. We have a crew in the area near where emergency responders are staged in case they’re needed – adding a photo, but take note, that’s a couple blocks south of the actual scene, since everyone is being kept back for safety. You might hear/see a law-enforcement helicopter there shortly. The suspect they are trying to find is described only as a white man in his 30s, blue shirt.

3:27 PM: The Guardian One helicopter has joined the search.

3:41 PM: Again, this is happening in a greenbelt area around a dead-end street in north Admiral, over Fairmount Ravine. That’s where police are concentrated. There is a report now via scanner they might have heard more shots. Still no confirmation whether anyone anywhere has been hurt.

3:55 PM: One person is in custody. We had heard via scanner that police had found a man – who we believe lives in the area – that they were looking for.

(WSB photos from here down are by Christopher Boffoli)
4:05 PM: Police have declared the scene “secure.” Our crews at the scene got word there might be one patient related to this – how they were injured, we don’t know yet.

4:14 PM: Schools are no longer sheltering in place. Police are still checking homes in the area to look for anyone possibly hurt.

4:28 PM: Police are reopening northbound Fairmount. They also are still checking the area (including some parked cars) to make sure there isn’t anyone hurt anywhere. An SPD media-relations detective is expected at the scene shortly for a briefing, and we will of course add whatever more we learn then.

4:57 PM: That hasn’t happened yet. Guardian One came back for a while but has been cleared again. Meantime, we’re adding some photos from the ravine part of the investigation.

5:17 PM: SPD spokesperson Det. Drew Fowler has just finished his media briefing – we have it on video and will upload when photographer’s back at HQ. (Added: here it is)

The toplines: Police first got a report of multiple shots fired, but couldn’t figure out where callers’ stories and locations differed. Eventually, with Guardian One’s help, they found one male suspect in the ravine. They have not found anyone who was a shooting victim. The suspect had some cuts and was treated by firefighters; now SPD is taking him to a hospital for a mental evaluation. They say he had a shotgun and handgun. They don’t know how many shots he fired but described them as “numerous”; some bullets hit cars.

ADDED 9:54 PM: SPD Blotter has a summary of the incident; no additional information except that the man arrested is described as 30 years old. We’re adding a few more photos and a short video clip from this afternoon’s investigation/search:

WSB’s Christopher Boffoli hiked into Fairmount Ravine, closed to vehicles while the investigation continued, and reached the scene where police and fire had gathered, with the suspect being treated (in the medic unit) for cuts:

Back uphill, WSB’s Patrick Sand noted police on bicycles – an initiative of SW Precinct commander Capt. Steve Wilske (who was in the ravine) – helpful tools given that some of today’s searching involved hillside paths:

We mentioned Guardian One several times; this is what it looks like:

A Fairmount Ravine resident shared some imagery from his surveillance camera, as SWAT officers staged – though police say this was never a standoff, since the suspect’s status and whereabouts weren’t known, these reinforcements were called out:

We will continue to follow this. Since tomorrow is Friday, charges would not be likely before Monday.

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New SPD Chief’s first City Council update on Monday; notes of interest include wireless-mesh system & unsolved murders http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/new-spd-chiefs-first-city-council-update-on-monday-notes-of-interest-include-wireless-mesh-system-unsolved-murders/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/new-spd-chiefs-first-city-council-update-on-monday-notes-of-interest-include-wireless-mesh-system-unsolved-murders/#comments Mon, 06 Oct 2014 05:43:37 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=287939 Tomorrow morning, Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole reports to the City Council on her first three months leading SPD. The agenda includes this written report, with multiple points of special interest here. For one, she briefly mentions a potential change in the future of the surveillance camera/wireless mesh system first reported here in January 2013 – a system that has been put on hold pending SPD development of policies for its use, as mandated by the City Council a year and a half ago. Now, it seems SPD might be seeking to hand it off:

In accordance with City Ordinance 124142 the department has not utilized the Port Wireless Mesh system. We are exploring the prospect of transferring the management and administration of the Wireless Mesh system to the City IT Department.

Our last update on the system’s status was in March, when Mayor Ed Murray told WSB he didn’t expect them to be used for a long time – if ever.

Many other aspects of SPD operations are mentioned in the report, but this one caught our eye – the subject of unsolved murders. West Seattle has at least four in the past few years – Stephen Jeffries, Jr. (January 2014), Greggette Guy (March 2012), Kaari Higgins (January 2011), and Jeremy Peck (December 2010) come to mind, for starters. The report does not mention specific cases but says this:

The Criminal Investigations Bureau Chief and Violent Crimes Captain have conducted a thorough review of all unsolved homicides twice during 2014. While I cannot discuss specifics of those open investigations in this report, I can tell you that the cases that remain unsolved have either problems with the integrity of evidence or a lack of cooperation from witnesses. I hope that we can develop greater trust and communication with our community so that individuals with information about these cases or other unsolved crimes will come forward.

Chief O’Toole’s briefing is scheduled for 10 am during Monday morning’s City Council “briefing” meeting. Immediately afterward, she and other SPD leaders will update the council on bias crimes/incidents in the city; the accompanying report says five were in the Southwest Precinct, out of 60 citywide, in the first half of this year.

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Teens attacked, robbed in Admiral http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-crime-watch-teens-attacked-robbed-in-admiral/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-crime-watch-teens-attacked-robbed-in-admiral/#comments Sat, 04 Oct 2014 14:22:02 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=287798 Police are investigating a strong-arm robbery in Admiral early today, and we just received details via this reader report from Edward:

Three local West Seattle teens were assaulted and robbed by another group of older youths near Hiawatha park & the Safeway in Admiral area a little after midnight (early Saturday am) Oct 4th.

The boys, who all grew up here and attended Lafayette, Washington Middle School & currently attend Garfield (two) & Sealth (one), had met to hang out and get some snacks at Safeway when they were stalked by a gang of four sketchier looking males, one wearing a beanie with long curly hair.

The first blow was a sucker punch from behind that split the victims lip open, and he yelled “They punched me!” to warn the other two boys. But two of the attackers tackled and slammed the second victim to the ground, bloodying his nose and causing a large swollen contusion on the forehead from the impact.

The criminals then stole his red down vest with a K2 Snowboard logo on the chest, his new Galaxy S5 smartphone (worth over $700), and his wallet that contained an Orca bus pass, Debit Card, Garfield School ID, and a few various gift cards along with $5 cash. The third victim eluded his pursuer and ran across to the PCC, which was closed.

After regrouping, the boys contacted their parents and then the Seattle Police. SPD Officer Steiger is handling the case: Incident #14-331689. Please contact him if you have any further information regarding this violent assault & theft.

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Police investigate report of dog killing Gatewood chickens http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/police-investigate-report-of-dog-killing-gatewood-chickens/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/police-investigate-report-of-dog-killing-gatewood-chickens/#comments Fri, 03 Oct 2014 23:03:06 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=287706 4:03 PM: If you’re noticing police/animal control in northeast Gatewood, they’re looking for a dog reported to have killed chickens in a yard near 36th/Warsaw. SPD media relations tweeted about the call; we went over to check. Dog description: Samoyed, white, fluffy, about 55 pounds, still being sought at last report.

4:12 PM: A possibly-related lost-dog report has come in from the area; we’ve advised the owner to contact police/animal control.

4:48 PM: Both the owner and police say the dog has been found.

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New speed cameras on Roxbury: ‘Real’ tickets start Thursday http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/new-speed-cameras-on-roxbury-real-tickets-start-thursday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/new-speed-cameras-on-roxbury-real-tickets-start-thursday/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 18:31:09 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=287225

(WSB file photo – camera near Roxhill Elementary)
The new speed-enforcement cameras on SW Roxbury – in the Roxhill Elementary and Holy Family school zones – will start issuing “real” tickets this Thursday, October 2nd, as planned. We just checked with Seattle Police to verify that, and they confirm that the “warning period,” which started on September 3rd, ends Wednesday. If you received a “warning” ticket this month, we’d be interested to hear from you (please comment or e-mail us); we asked for information on how many “warnings” have been issued and are told we’ll have to request that via the public-disclosure process, so it might take a while. According to an SPD-provided info-sheet, West Seattle’s first speed-cam zone, Fauntleroy Way near Gatewood Elementary, was responsible for 5,500 $189 citations last school year. The city expects to add more cameras next year, but hasn’t announced the locations yet.

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West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network, report #1: More fingerprinting kits, and other crime-fighting/-preventing plans http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-block-watch-captains-network-report-1-more-fingerprinting-kits-on-the-way-and-other-crime-fighting-preventing-plans/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-block-watch-captains-network-report-1-more-fingerprinting-kits-on-the-way-and-other-crime-fighting-preventing-plans/#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 01:41:36 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=286797 In discussions following West Seattle Crime Watch coverage here, some have wondered why police officers don’t appear to seek fingerprint evidence at every scene. Last night, at the West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network meeting, Southwest Precinct commander Capt. Steve Wilske said one challenge is that they didn’t have access to working kits – so he’s fixing that. In our first of two reports on last night’s meeting, here are the new local stats and prevention plans he mentioned as the meeting began:

First – the “neighborhood policing” plan that’s been mentioned by new SPD Chief Kathleen O’Toole and Mayor Murray.

SPD hasn’t released full precinct-by-precinct stats yet, just citywide numbers through August, but Capt. Wilske revealed two key numbers.

Auto theft is up 10 percent in this area (compared to 44 percent citywide); burglary is down 30 percent here (down 6 percent citywide). Both are major areas of emphasis in neighborhood-policing plans, said the captain. And he mentioned new – relatively – tools to fight and prevent crime:

*A “chronic offender database” – since a “very small number of offenders are responsible” for a very large number of the crimes. He says officers in the field will have access to that database, with information about chronic offenders who live in and/or “caper in” West Seattle. “That’s actually pretty much done,” said Capt. Wilske.

*New fingerprinting kits. The ones available to SW Precinct officers have “degraded” over the time, so the precinct is going to get updated kits and materials, “so that when we do respond to a burglary, auto theft, recover a stolen vehicle, we have the ability to get prints,” and increased chances of finding suspects and convicting criminals. (Added, 7:44 pm – We’re at another meeting featuring Capt. Wilske, and he’s elaborated that they’ll be buying a fingerprinting kit for EVERY officer in the precinct.)

*New engraving tools for citizens to borrow. Capt. Wilske says they’re hoping to encourage you to engrave your driver’s license number on key valuables – because if you get something stolen, that increases the chance of making a match when it’s found: “So when somebody’s driving down the street with seven TVs in their car, if your driver license number is engraved in it the officer can put that into the system” and make a match. “I probably won’t ever be able to eliminate burglaries … but if you get your stuff stolen, I want a way to get it back.” He’ll put out the word when they’re available. An introductory demonstration might be possible at next month’s WSBWCN meeting. (Side note: Social Security numbers are no longer recommended as identifying information for engraving, but there’s little risk in having your driver’s-license number out there.)

Crime Prevention Coordinator Mark Solomon, also at the meeting, added that he has a template for an “inventory list” you can make – and, he reminded, when you take photos of your valuables, take the card out of the camera (lest it be stolen with all those pics).

Capt. Wilske added an update on staffing: Foot beats and bicycle officers will be visible in The Junction and local parks soon, as the Alki emphasis seasonally winds down and the extra officers are no longer needed there. Also, the precinct front desk now has a clerk scheduled 23 hours a day (with a sergeant watching for the 24th), Capt. Wilske confirmed – that’s part of Chief O’Toole’s department-wide directive.


Part 2 of our coverage from last night’s meeting will be in a second story; it’s just too complicated to tack onto this one. Three King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office deputy prosecutors explaining, basically, the intricacies of why repeat car thieves/burglars don’t just get locked up for life at some point – with a ton of context about everything from the filing of charges to the determination of sentences. It might help answer a lot of questions often asked when we cover arrests and sentencing hearings.

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West Seattle Crime Watch followup: High Point shooting suspect arrested http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-crime-watch-followup-high-point-shooting-suspect-arrested/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-crime-watch-followup-high-point-shooting-suspect-arrested/#comments Wed, 24 Sep 2014 23:01:18 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=286789

(Friday photo by WSB’s Christopher Boffoli)
We’ve just confirmed the arrest of a suspect in last Friday’s High Point shooting. As reported here shortly after it happened, an 18-year-old was shot in the leg during what was reported as a fight involving about 20 people near 30th SW and High Point Drive. Police found a gun and multiple shell casings near and under a car in the area. After hearing from multiple sources about a possible arrest, we just confirmed with SPD spokesperson Det. Drew Fowler that a 17-year-old boy was arrested in West Seattle today in connection with the incident, was being questioned by Gang Unit detectives, and is being booked into the Youth Services Center for investigation of assault and unlawful possession of a firearm.

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Update: Man shot in the leg in High Point, police search under way http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/police-investigating-shooting-in-high-point/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/police-investigating-shooting-in-high-point/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 22:44:13 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=286286

(First two photos by WSB’s Patrick Sand)
3:44 PM: Police and fire are responding to a report of a man shot in the leg near 30th SW and High Point Drive SW. Officers are with him and SFD medics are arriving. Updates to come.

3:57 PM: The victim is an 18-year-old man described as having a small-caliber-handgun wound through the back of his calf. He’s on the way to the hospital. No arrest reported yet. According to our crews on the scene, it’s actually in the southeast part of High Point, near the 30th/Sylvan area where Forest Lawn has its headquarters building.

4:12 PM: Via SPD Blotter, here’s what police are saying:

Officers began receiving calls just after 3:30 p.m. Friday of a fight involving up to 20 people in the 3000 block of High Point Way SW. Officers rushed to the scene and found an 18-year-old that had been shot in the leg. Witnesses pointed officers towards a group of people who had made their way through a cemetery and disappeared. … Officers continue to scour the area looking for the suspect in this case. The only description provided of the shooter is a black male, 5-foot-8, 150 pounds wearing a red shirt. Officers are asking anyone who spots the suspect to call 911 immediately.

According to radio communication, police believe they have found the (or a) gun in the area.

(This photo and next by WSB’s Christopher Boffoli)
5:21 PM UPDATE: Still no word of an arrest. The aforementioned gun can be seen in the photo above, under a car. Though only one victim has been confirmed at this point, multiple shots were fired, indicated by the markers:

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Meet your neighhhhh-bors @ SPD Mounted Patrol open house http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/meet-your-neighhhhh-bors-spd-mounted-patrol-open-house/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/meet-your-neighhhhh-bors-spd-mounted-patrol-open-house/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:16:14 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=286114

(WSB photo from Delridge Day, 8/6/14)
On the heels – or hooves – of the Seattle Police Mounted Patrol Unit appearance at last month’s Delridge Day, here’s your next chance to see the unit’s horses and humans: This Saturday, it’s the second annual open house at their West Seattle home base. We’re giving you an extra nudge because Sgt. Jim Scott says they really want to make sure you know about the chance to come visit them. The Mounted Patrol is based alongside Westcrest Park in Highland Park (9000 8th SW – directions here); the open house runs noon-5 pm and is hosted by the nonprofit Seattle Police Foundation, whose announcement mentions riding demonstrations at 1 and 4 pm, plus free hot dogs.

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Citywide crime’s up, neighborhood stats still in the works, as Seattle Police work on neighborhood ‘micropolicing’ plans http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/citywide-crimes-up-neighborhood-stats-still-in-the-works-as-seattle-police-work-on-neighborhood-micropolicing-plans/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/citywide-crimes-up-neighborhood-stats-still-in-the-works-as-seattle-police-work-on-neighborhood-micropolicing-plans/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 04:17:57 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=286052 When Mayor Murray previewed his public-safety budget last Friday, our coverage noted his mention of “more than 100 micropolicing plans” in progress. Tonight, Seattle Police mentioned those plans in the context of the newest crime statistics.

The precinct-by-precinct crime-stats breakouts for May, June, July, and August aren’t out yet, but the citywide numbers are, and SPD Blotter reports they show an overall increase, led by a 44 percent citywide jump in auto theft. The SPD Blotter update also says: “The Department is using the crime data as part of a new program it’s launched, called SeaStat, that’s aimed at quickly addressing crime hotspots based on analysis of crime data and community reports of incidents.” In addition to computer analysis, “SeaStat also takes community views into account through regular meetings where the department can hear directly from residents if its efforts are working. The community feedback, and analysis of crime data, will be used to adjust the precinct community policing plans now under development.”

In West Seattle, local precinct leadership has been consulting neighborhood groups while drafting those plans. Just two examples: The North Delridge Neighborhood Council is looking for feedback from its community on the latest revision of a proposed North Delridge plan, linked from the NDNC website; and if you are in the Alki/Beach Drive area, the Alki Community Council is looking for feedback on that area’s draft plan when it resumes monthly meetings tomorrow night (Thursday 9/18, 7 pm, Alki UCC parlor, 6112 SW Hinds).

Meantime, we’re awaiting the precinct-specific (West Seattle and South Park comprise the Southwest Precinct) crime-data updates and could hear tomorrow (per our Twitter exchange with SPD, below) when that’ll be available:

You can see the citywide updates on this page (which, at the bottom, links precinct-by-precinct data through April).

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Video & as-it-happened coverage: Mayor Murray’s public-safety-spending plan, and how he’d address homelessness http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/happening-now-mayor-murrays-public-safety-spending-plan/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/happening-now-mayor-murrays-public-safety-spending-plan/#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 19:08:37 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=285409

(Added – archived video of briefing)

-Mayor promises 50 more SPD officers will be on street by end of 2015
-100+ neighborhood “micropolicing” plans in the works
-Re: homeless encampment sweeps, he says policies haven’t changed since before he took office


As-it-happened notes after the jump:

12:08 PM: Click the “play” button to see live Seattle Channel video of Mayor Murray talking about his plan for public-safety and human-services budgeting next year. We’ll add key notes here as it goes, and when it’s over, we’ll replace the “live” window with archived video once it’s available later.

The mayor starts with a lengthy caveat that while city finances are better, they’re still not great.

For the public-safety budget (Chief Kathleen O’Toole is there with him, as is Councilmember Bruce Harrell, current chair of the Public Safety committee), he mentions points including:

*More officers on patrol: He elaborates by saying this will involve reassignment of personnel when necessary, but also says he’ll keep his pledge to increase force by 100 during his term – which means 50 more by the end of 2015
*More data-driven policing
*More civilian experts
*The federal court order will be complied with
*”Micropolicing” plans “to connect police to every neighborhood in the city … Getting officers out of their cars and walking the street” … “to be more visible on our streets and truly create a community-based problem-solving approach.” He says 100+ neighborhood plans are involved.

12:17 PM: He moves on to discuss human services via a stark stat about homelessness – 3,000 homeless children before “The Great Recession,” 27,000 now, statewide. He says the new city budget will “make no cuts” in city spending regarding homelessness. He also mentions that Seattle has 300 homeless veterans and a commitment to end that situation by next year, promising “rapid rehousing” as part of it.

12:30 PM: On to Q/A. Much discussion of SPD data, and mayor’s vow that they’ll “get it right,” especially because it’s clearly considered vital to the federally mandated police reform. The department’s newly hired chief operating officer was mentioned earlier as digging into the data situation. Then, in response to a question, he declares that, related to human services/spending, “We have a housing crisis that extends beyond homelessness.” He says the city does not have “the tools in place” to help people who want to stay in Seattle but can’t afford housing.

He then, responding to a question about homeless-encampment sweeps, says the city and nation “are in a massive homeless crisis.” He also says policies have not changed regarding encampments and sweeps since before he took office. But he says “the broad spectrum of what we should do” regarding housing will be examined. Overall, he says the city has a $60 million unmet need regarding human services.

12:40 PM: What about the police’s pilot body-cameras project? Murray says it’s really important to go with the pilot program first before going wider, especially to address concerns about privacy. They are not in use yet, Chief O’Toole clarifies – they’re still working on policies, “to strike that right balance between accountability, civil liberties …” But (later) she says she hopes they’ll be able to “get on with it” soon. Asked next when additional officers will be in service, she says they are in recruiting/training planning but trying to figure out how to accelerate.

12:50 PM: Q/A wanders off the topic, with one involving whether the $15/minimum wage will depress Seattle’s business climate; the mayor pointed to Weyerhaeuser moving its HQ to Seattle, bringing 900 jobs, and said the city will soon be announcing more businesses moving here and opening here. When the questioning moves back to SPD body cameras, the mayor says one consideration is all the video archives they’ll generate, how to deal with them, how to handle requests (including media) for archived video. Then, it wraps up at 12:52 pm. Again, we’re taking down the live-video window, replacing with a screengrab photo, and adding the archived video when it’s available later. If news releases and other docs become available, we’ll link here too.

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