West Seattle police – West Seattle Blog… http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:34:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Helicopter search for auto-theft suspects http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/west-seattle-crime-watch-helicopter-search-for-auto-theft-suspects/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/west-seattle-crime-watch-helicopter-search-for-auto-theft-suspects/#comments Wed, 18 Apr 2018 06:31:12 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=914209 11:31 PM: If you hear the Guardian One helicopter in southeast West Seattle, near Westcrest Park – it’s being called in to help with what scanner traffic indicates is a search for two people described as auto-theft suspects. There’s a ground search with K-9, too. The suspects are described so far as male, white, one in a camouflage jacket, ponytail and goatee, the other in a black shirt or jacket and “slightly unshaven.” If you have any information, call 911.

12:54 AM: Sounds as if police detained one person. We’ll be following up later this morning to see what else we can find out about how this started and shook out.

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35th/Holden crash, after police pullover attempt http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/35th-holden-crash-after-polices-pullover-attempt/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/35th-holden-crash-after-polices-pullover-attempt/#comments Tue, 17 Apr 2018 02:54:07 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=914111

Thanks to Bruce for the tip about that crash at 35th SW/SW Holden. Police tell us they were trying to pull over the driver of the white car, but the driver wouldn’t stop – until hitting the parked car. No injuries, according to police; they told us the pullover attempt was related to an investigation of someone reported to have shoplifted at Home Depot. They were still questioning a possible suspect at last report.

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WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Stolen tan Subaru Legacy (update: found); wallet/phone theft; tagging vandalism; more… http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/west-seattle-crime-watch-stolen-tan-subaru-legacy-wallet-phone-theft-tagging-vandalism-more/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/west-seattle-crime-watch-stolen-tan-subaru-legacy-wallet-phone-theft-tagging-vandalism-more/#comments Sun, 15 Apr 2018 20:16:16 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=914024 Five notes in West Seattle Crime Watch today:

STOLEN SUBARU: Just received from Ricardo:

Our 1999 Subaru Legacy wagon was stolen from our house this morning/last night. Just wanted to let the community know and to be on the lookout for it. It’s tan in color and has a moon/sunroof. License plate number ANJ2766. Nothing of any real worth in the car unless someone was really looking to lift a case of Trader Joe’s water and a 20-year-old dog blanket. Has been reported to SPD, incident #: 18-132219.

It happened near 36th SW/SW Henderson. (APRIL 19 UPDATE – Ricardo tells us it’s been found.)

WALLET/PHONE THEFT: Stacey says this happened in a flash at the Junction Shell minimart – her wallet and phone were snatched off the counter, and the cards were used “all over downtown” shortly thereafter. She’s hoping to get the surveillance video, and is also still awaiting the report number, so this is a warning for starters.

GRAFFITI VANDALISM: Yes, we know, this happens a lot, but the past few days have brought an extra-brazen wave south of Morgan Junction, Will noticed while walking in the area this morning. The tagging, mostly on the west side of California SW, included multiple commercial buildings as well as a townhouse building at California/Mills, where Will found people painting it over this morning. He says they told him they had called police, who came by to photograph it this morning.

(Photo added, courtesy of commenter KittyJorts)

(Getting graffiti photographed before painting it over is always a good idea, SPD has said repeatedly at community meetings we’ve covered.) The police incident # is 18-132170.

SUSPICIOUS VISIT POST-PACKAGE DELIVERY: A Puget Ridge resident in the 6500 block of 16th SW got a package delivered around 11:15 am today but wasn’t able to get to the porch immediately to pick it up. Around 11:30, they report, a car backed into the driveway with two people inside, and the passenger got out and started walking up the resident’s steps toward the package – until the resident opened the door, at which time the person “turned around and (weirdly casually) went back to the car. Ignored me when I asked if I could help with something, so I gathered my stuff and went inside. They casually drove off, south on 16th.” The car, the resident believes, was a dark gun-metal-colored Jeep Cherokee, mid-2000s. The person who came up the steps wore a black baseball cap obscuring his/her face, “chin-length braids with maybe a little brassy bleaching at the tips of some,” and loose all-black clothing.

CRIME PREVENTION COUNCIL ON TUESDAY: If you have neighborhood crime/safety concerns, your next chance to bring them directly to the attention of Southwest Precinct police – outside of 911 calls – is Tuesday (April 17th), 7 pm, at the precinct (2300 SW Webster). It’s the April meeting of the West Seattle Crime Prevention Council, and all are welcome. The scheduled guest is SPD Bias Crimes Unit Det. Elizabeth Wareing (rescheduled from an earlier date).

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CRIME WATCH: 2 arrested in Seattle Police undercover operation in White Center http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/crime-watch-2-arrested-in-seattle-police-undercover-operation-in-white-center/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/crime-watch-2-arrested-in-seattle-police-undercover-operation-in-white-center/#comments Fri, 13 Apr 2018 19:37:41 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=913868 12:37 PM: From SPD Blotter:

A man and a woman were arrested late Thursday afternoon after they attempted to sell stolen tires to undercover detectives in White Center. The suspects also showed up to the meet with a handgun and a large amount of heroin.

Major Crimes Task Force detectives were assisting a victim who had reported their 2001 Subaru Impresa stolen from Kirkland. The stolen car was recovered in West Seattle on Wednesday, but it had been stripped of its tires. The next day the victim located what looked like his stolen Subaru tires being sold on the site Offer Up. The victim was able to prove the tires and rims were his because he had the receipts and the DOT number stamps for the tires in question.

A detective, posing as an interested buyer, contacted the seller and arranged to meet at a location in White Center. The female seller showed up with a male passenger in her car. After verifying that the DOT numbers matched on the tires, patrol officers arrested both the female and male for trafficking in stolen property. A handgun was visible on the passenger side floorboard of the suspect’s car. The car the suspects arrived in was impounded pending a search warrant. The tires will be returned to the victim as soon as the search warrant is served.

The 25-year-old female admitted to being a heroin dealer and was in possession of 95 grams of heroin. The 25-year-old male suspect was a convicted felon, and prohibited from possessing a gun.

Both suspects were interviewed by detectives and later booked into the King County Jail for trafficking in stolen property, gun, and drug charges. Major Crimes detectives will continue to follow up on this case.

We’re checking into the suspects’ backgrounds and will also be watching for information from their bail hearing.

1:57 PM: The male suspect has felony convictions from 2011 and 2012, the first from a plea bargain in a robbery case, the second from a guilty plea in a residential burglary in Highland Park.

2:45 PM: The SPD Blotter item was updated after first publication with this additional information, as well as photos, one of which we’ve added above: “After the search warrant, detectives recovered an additional 148 grams of heroin from the center console of the suspect vehicle. The gun was a Glock .45 caliber that had been stolen from an auto theft in Pierce County.”

7:20 PM: Both had bail hearings this afternoon, according to the jail register, which shows his bail set at $15,000, hers at $10,000.

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UPDATE: ‘Assault with weapons’ response at High Point Community Center http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/assault-with-weapons-response-in-high-point/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/assault-with-weapons-response-in-high-point/#comments Fri, 13 Apr 2018 17:55:43 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=913858

10:55 AM: What was at first a medical response has changed to an “assault with weapons” response at 6920 34th SW, which is the address for High Point Community Center. We are on our way to find out more.

11:01 AM: Emergency vehicles have 34th SW blocked in front of the community center.

11:05 AM: SPD confirms that someone has died and they believe it’s suicide but are screening with the Homicide Unit.

11:22 AM: For those wondering about exactly what area is affected – since the same corner also includes Walt Hundley Playfield and Our Lady of Guadalupe – the playfield is open, and being used. There’s police tape around the south and east sides of the community center, as well as the street continuing to be blocked off in front. We will be going back to check a bit later.

12:23 PM: The road has reopened, and the Medical Examiner is there to remove the victim’s body. We talked again with SPD media relations and they say the victim, described only thus far as male, was found on the steps on the south side of the community center, and that they are proceeding with the belief that he died by suicide; officers found a gun nearby.

As always, when reporting on suicide, we want to remind you that help is available 24/7 for anyone contemplating self-harm – call the Crisis Clinic, 206-461-3222.

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Expired, no-longer-needed prescription medication in your home? Drug Take-Back Day 2018 is 3 weeks away http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/expired-no-longer-needed-prescription-medication-in-your-home-drug-take-back-day-2018-is-3-weeks-away/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/expired-no-longer-needed-prescription-medication-in-your-home-drug-take-back-day-2018-is-3-weeks-away/#comments Sat, 07 Apr 2018 18:08:09 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=913404 Don’t flush it, don’t toss it – if you have expired or unneeded prescription medication to get rid of, Drug Take-Back Day is only three weeks away. Southwest Precinct commander Capt. Pierre Davis sends the reminder that the national event is set for 10 am-2 pm on Saturday, April 28th, and the precinct is a drop-off spot as usual, 2300 SW Webster. P.S. If that day doesn’t work for you, note that the Junction QFC pharmacy is now a year-round dropoff spot. (Photo – start of 5th bag filled by dropoffs during last October’s Drug Take-Back Day at the SW Precinct)

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FYI from SPD: Level 3 sex offender moves into the area http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/fyi-from-spd-level-3-sex-offender-moves-into-the-area/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/fyi-from-spd-level-3-sex-offender-moves-into-the-area/#comments Wed, 04 Apr 2018 20:43:21 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=913148 Just received from Southwest Precinct crime-prevention coordinator Jennifer Danner, another one of the occasional notifications that a Level 3 sex offender has moved into the area:

In an effort to keep you informed, and in our constant attempts to reduce future victimization, we want to let you know about one level 3 sex offender that has recently moved into the Southwest Precinct area.

Jeremy Lelko, a 39-year-old White male, is a level 3 registered sex offender who has recently moved to the 5000 Block of California Ave SW. Mr. Lelko is no longer under Department of Corrections supervision.

Detective Spong from the Seattle Police Department’s Sex Offender Detail is responsible for verifying his addresses as long as he is living there.

To learn more about this offender and for additional safety tips please visit the website at www.waspc.org and search by his name. [Editor’s note: His photo and background information are on this page.]

If you have further questions about this offender, contact Michelle McRae of the Seattle Police Sex Offender Detail by phone at (206) 684-5581 or by e-mail at michelle.mcrae@seattle.gov.

To register to receive an email alert whenever a published offender registers within one mile of your desired addresses, go to (this) link.

Level 3 sex offenders pose the highest risk to re-offend. It is normal to feel upset, angry and worried about a registered sex offender living in your community. The Community Notification Act of 1990 requires sex offenders to register in the community where they live. The law also allows local law enforcement to make the public aware about Level 2 and Level 3 offenders. Since these offenders have completed their sentences, they are free to live where they wish. Experts believe sex offenders are less likely to re-offend if they live and work in an environment free of harassment. Any actions taken against the listed sex offenders could result in arrest and prosecution as it is against the law to use this information in any way to threaten, intimidate or harass registered sex offenders. The SPD Sex Offender Detectives will check on these offenders every 3 months to verify our information.

The single most effective means of protecting your child is communication with your child. They have to feel comfortable discussing sensitive matters with you. Teach your children that they should not be asked to touch anyone in the bathing suit areas of their body or allow anyone to touch them in those areas. Teach them types of situations to avoid. It is not good enough to tell a child to avoid strangers. Please remember that children are most often molested by someone they or their parents know.

Please feel free to call or email me with questions and/or to schedule a Block Watch meeting if your block is interested. My office phone at the precinct is (206) 256-6820.

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VIDEO: Seattle Police Traffic Enforcement Unit motorcycles in Lincoln Park http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/video-seattle-police-traffic-enforcement-unit-motorcycles-in-lincoln-park/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/video-seattle-police-traffic-enforcement-unit-motorcycles-in-lincoln-park/#comments Tue, 03 Apr 2018 18:02:23 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=913058

Thanks to Jeff Hogan for the video of Seattle Police motorcycle officers riding in Lincoln Park this morning. We checked with SPD media relations to see if there was a particular occasion or operation; just a training ride for the Traffic Enforcement Unit (which is based downtown), they tell us. Not the first time they’ve been seen in the park – WSB archives include these reader photos from 2012.

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UPDATE: Police investigation blocking southbound 35th SW at Webster http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/traffic-alert-police-investigation-blocking-southbound-35th-sw-at-webster/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/traffic-alert-police-investigation-blocking-southbound-35th-sw-at-webster/#comments Tue, 03 Apr 2018 00:15:09 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=913001

5:15 PM: Police at the scene aren’t saying much but the black car in the southbound lane of 35th SW just north of SW Webster is stolen, according to scanner traffic, and officers are searching for two men last seen running west from there. A K-9 team is now joining the search.

6:06 PM: No luck so far in finding the suspects. The car is no longer in the travel lane.

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FOLLOWUP: New technology to enable Alki noise enforcement? http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/followup-new-technology-to-enable-alki-noise-enforcement/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/followup-new-technology-to-enable-alki-noise-enforcement/#comments Mon, 02 Apr 2018 19:51:47 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=912979 (WSB photo, SPD mobile precinct on Alki one warm night last month)

The sun’s out, and the season of long warm nights is almost here. That invariably brings cruising and vehicle noise to Alki Beach. The city has noise rules, but they’re tough to enforce, Seattle Police say. For more than a year, multiple initiatives have sought to see if something can be done to change that. Local community groups including the Alki Community Council hosted presentations by and discussions with a representative of a group working on new technology, and in the meantime, City Councilmember Lisa Herbold circulated a survey with results that showed the level of concern about the noise problem. She also got an item into the newest city budget requesting a report on the noise-enforcement situation. She released that report in her newest weekly update. You can read it here. In addition to explaining the challenges of enforcing noise rules, the report explains, for the first time, the “new technology”:

In a recent meeting with a community member concerning vehicle noise on Alki, the \ individual shared an emerging technology that could impact the enforcement of vehicle noise. The option utilizes an approach similar to that of automated speed zone cameras. As described, it uses air pressure generated from changes in noise levels to detect excessive noise. Pads or readers on the roadway identify the source vehicle and that vehicle’s license plate is read similar to the existing red light traffic enforcement process.

Should it operate correctly and be validated and accepted, it could operationally function as the automated camera enforcement program does. It would issue the vehicle owner a citation. This concept is early in development, but presents an interesting and innovative approach to the issue of excessive vehicle noise. Such a solution would have to be vetted against both the process and the spirit of the surveillance ordinance, as well as community and city priorities.

So what’s next? Herbold’s update concludes, “My office is currently working with Council Central Staff on follow-up questions for additional detail, and with community on next steps and potential solutions.”

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WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Helicopter help with auto-theft arrest (video added); Admiral break-in; bicycle found http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/west-seattle-crime-watch-helicopter-help-with-auto-theft-arrest-admiral-break-in-bicycle-found/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/west-seattle-crime-watch-helicopter-help-with-auto-theft-arrest-admiral-break-in-bicycle-found/#comments Fri, 30 Mar 2018 19:04:24 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=912712 In West Seattle Crime Watch:

(WSB photo)

HELICOPTER HELP WITH AUTO-THEFT ARREST: Thanks for the tips about Guardian One over Arbor Heights a short time ago. We headed that way to investigate – hadn’t heard anything on the scanner – and subsequently learned that they were helping track down a stolen car. The helicopter crew tweeted that it was found with a suspect “passed out inside.” This happened near 34th and 100th (photo above). ADDED 2:54 PM: Helicopter video, just made public:


Our garage was broken into (Wednesday) afternoon around 3:20 pm. The padlock was cut off. We were home watching TV when they entered our back yard via the alley. They were preparing items to be picked up later as they stole the garage door opener. Hope they return soon so I don’t get tired of waiting for them. We are located on 41st Ave SW North of Admiral Way. Seattle Police were out and took fingerprints.

That’s not far from where a car was broken into a day later.

BICYCLE FOUND: Abandoned bicycles usually tend to have been stolen and dumped. Here’s one Karen just found on a dead-end West Seattle street:

Yours? Let us know.

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TIME TO STEAL: Police are looking for this watch-buying locker-theft suspect http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/time-to-steal-police-are-looking-for-this-watch-buying-locker-theft-suspect/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/time-to-steal-police-are-looking-for-this-watch-buying-locker-theft-suspect/#comments Fri, 30 Mar 2018 03:33:46 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=912663
In West Seattle Crime Watch tonight – Southwest Precinct police are hoping you can help identify the person in the photos. They sent the photos and this explanation:

This suspect stole several valuable items from a locker at the LA Fitness at 3900 SW Alaska St on 3/15/2018 between the approximate times of noon to 1:30 pm. He subsequently went to Menashe and Sons Jewelers and used the victim’s credit card to purchase a $6,000 Rolex watch, followed by several other unauthorized transactions in the Tukwila/Southcenter area.

Any information on his identity can be directed to the SW Precinct Detective Unit at 206-233-2623.

The case numbers are #18-93279 and #18-94804. You can see two more photos here and here.

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‘Problem solver’ explains local justice/court system to West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/problem-solver-explains-local-justice-court-system-to-west-seattle-block-watch-captains-network/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/problem-solver-explains-local-justice-court-system-to-west-seattle-block-watch-captains-network/#comments Thu, 29 Mar 2018 02:22:50 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=912476 From last night’s West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network meeting at the precinct:

(Precinct liaison Joe Everett, right, with precinct commander Capt. Pierre Davis seated at left)

PRECINCT LIAISON EXPLAINS THE JUSTICE SYSTEM: Joe Everett, the Southwest Precinct‘s liaison from the City Attorney’s Office, gave an overview, starting with an explanation of his role – the face of a “long-term, proactive partnership.” The program started in 1995 “as a thing that happened downtown,” then over time “moved out to the precincts.” Until late last year, South and Southwest Precincts were handled by one liaison lawyer; now, each precinct has its own. Reducing crime, developing a more efficient/effective response to public-safety problems, improving communications are all part of what he’s supposed to help with. Also: “Providing real-time, proactive legal advice for officers … protecting SPD resources by working closely with other City agencies to address neighborhood problems before they become criminal problems.” Overall, “I like to think of myself as a problem solver,” he summarized.

Explaining the court system:

He has the most experience with the Seattle Municipal Court; he was a prosecutor specializing in domestic violence. SMC is a “limited jurisdiction” court – handling violations of city ordinances, within the city; maximum penalty 1 year and $5,000 fine, misdemeanors/gross misdemeanors – examples of the latter include DUI, car prowling, theft, “simple assault.” Felonies are handled by King County Superior Court; misdemeanors outside the city are handled in King County District Court. That’s also where preliminary hearings – which must happen within 72 hours of arrest – are handled, regardless of where the eventual prosecution will be.

He explained which property crimes are non-felony and which are felonies. In some cases it depends on the value of what’s been stolen or damaged. Another difference is for example a defendant’s history – car prowling can be a felony if you have more than two previous convictions.

One of his slides presented the “anatomy of a criminal case” to help people understand who makes what decision – police investigate the crime, and forward the case to prosecutors. That’s who makes a charging decision, handling arraignment, pre-trial proceedings, and trial. Then a judge handles sentencing, prison/jail and/or probation and/or fines.

One attendee wanted to know how to look up information about suspects/defendants once they are making their way through the the system. Everett said he would be happy to help, provided there’s some information about the name, maybe a police incident #. (We noted that we do a lot of research, following up on suspects; you can get case numbers by looking up names in Washington Court Search – then Seattle Municipal Court makes documents available online for free, while King County Superior Court’s ECR Online system makes them available if you set up an account and prepurchase “pages.”)

So what about what some call the “revolving-door” justice system? Everett explained that the system is currently geared toward pre-trial release for suspects – either:

*On “personal recognizance”
*On bail or bond
*Conditions of release

That’s even if a judge finds there is “probable cause” to hold the person. “They can only hold someone if it’s been demonstrated that the person won’t appear for future hearings voluntarily, might commit a violent crime, or a few other factors. Even if someone “has 18 thefts on their record, if there’s no history of violence,” then they likely won’t be kept behind bars.

At least one person in attendance was incredulous at hearing that, citing at least one case on which we’ve reported in which a person was caught pretty much red-handed, and was a repeat offender, and yet was out of jail shortly thereafter. Yes, that’s how it often happens, Everett acknowledged. He later said there are usually “conditions” for release. The attendee scoffed at the concept of the accused person following rules.

Another attendee wondered about looking up judges’ records to review before elections. It’s all a matter of public record, Everett said.

He also explained stages along the way – decision points such as the investigation stage, the charging decision, trial decisions such as pretrial negotiations, defense investigations, discovery issues, and filing policies. “Certain prosecutors’ offices have their own guidelines about when they’ll file a case and when they won’t,” which can be frustrating for police and citizens, to say the least, Everett acknowledged.

He also talked about victims’ rights – which are listed under Revised Codes of Washington 7.69.030. So how do you know when there are hearings in the case? asked one attendee. You have to really stay on the prosecutor, Everett said.

Even once someone is out of jail, Everett added, that’s not necessarily the end of the case if there is probation (community custody) and, say, they violate its conditions.

Another question had to do with making decisions about prosecuting. The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and City Attorney’s Office have voluminous filing policies, Everett replied. And he mentioned “there’s a lot of tough decisions” such as the one widely reported recently regarding the county deciding not to file lower-priority misdemeanors (from outside the city) so it could focus on higher-priority cases.

A discussion of filing standards followed, with a bit of police perspective as well as prosecutorial perspective. Sometimes it has to do with what kind of evidence they have – Everett gave a hypothetical example of someone being arrested for assault, it’s obvious they did it, but they have no cooperative witnesses nor anyone else who would provide evidence toward a conviction, so they might just “cut it loose” rather than take it through the system knowing there won’t be a conviction.

So what can we do to assist, to stop criminals from wreaking havoc in neighborhoods? asked an attendee. Everett: “Put the word out to your neighbors, to be calling 911, to report stuff -” some crimes go unreported and that doesn’t help matters. Everett said what you’ve heard before and we’ve said before – SPD for example is very data-driven so at least reporting a crime “goes on the ledger as a car prowl, and if enough people do that, Capt. Davis knows he has to send (resources) to (a certain area) to deal with it. … Make sure you have information, so that if you talk with a police officer, you have” a case number that you might have been given on a card by an officer. And Everett reiterated that the “liaison” part of his job is to help people figure out who to call and when. (His contact info is on the right sidebar here.)

POLICE UPDATE: From Southwest Precinct commander Capt. Pierre Davis, Highland Park is a nexus of property crime right now. Getting information to police as fast as possible is important. “The more bad guys we put in jail right now, the quieter our summer seems to be.” Lt. Ron Smith affirmed that they’re working on repeat offenders, depending on warrants or probable cause. No other info on trends/stats.

Capt. Davis was asked about the state of the Community Police Team. Kevin McDaniel, who used to work in High Point, is now a detective. Officer Todd Wiebke is working with High Point as well as his other accountabilities as point person on homelessness-related issues. John O’Neil continues as western West Seattle CPT officer; vacant houses are one of his areas of specialization. Officer Manning is a new member of the team, mostly for eastern West Seattle.

EMERGENCY EXERCISE: WSBWCN co-leaders Deb Greer and Karen Berge are also leaders in the local preparedness community and so wanted to be sure everyone knows that April 28th, volunteers are welcome to join the West Seattle Emergency Communication Hubs‘ drill. Watch for more info soon!

The West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network meets fourth Tuesdays most months, 6:30 pm at the Southwest Precinct. Watch the WSBWCN website for updates between meetings.

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WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Transport trouble; Lincoln Park car break-in; stroller dumped http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/west-seattle-crime-watch-transport-trouble-lincoln-park-car-break-in-stroller-dumped/ Sat, 24 Mar 2018 23:28:35 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=912250 In West Seattle Crime Watch this afternoon:

TRANSPORT TROUBLE: This is developing right now – and all we have so far is from the scanner: A Southwest Precinct officer taking a suspect to jail downtown radioed that his car was on fire. Near the I-5 James Street exit, he pulled over, and the fire was quickly extinguished, but it was reported that the fire might have been caused by the suspect pulling out wires from an in-car camera. Right now the James Street exit is still blocked while this situation is being handled. (Update – 4:53 pm, it’s reopening.)

LINCOLN PARK CAR BREAK-IN: A texter sent this photo, reporting that their car was broken into in the park’s north lot between 2 and 3 pm:

We know there was a police search in the park not long after that, but have not been able yet to find out whether it was related.

STROLLER DUMPED: Very early this morning, a texter reported, two people were seen hurriedly loading something into a car at 37th and Sullivan in Upper Fauntleroy, and leaving this stroller behind:

The texter says no one has come back to the area asking about a stroller – if you know whose it is, let us know.

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Community conversation with SPD @ West Seattle Crime Prevention Council http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/community-conversation-with-spd-west-seattle-crime-prevention-council/ Thu, 22 Mar 2018 19:01:20 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=912057 By Linda Ball
Reporting for West Seattle Blog

Due to technical difficulties, the scheduled speaker for Tuesday night’s meeting of the West Seattle Crime Prevention Council wasn’t able to give his presentation on drug-abuse trends, but Captain Pierre Davis of the Southwest Precinct facilitated a lively conversation with 15 or so attendees.

Davis said police have been working closely with prosecutors to try to keep “prolific offenders” in jail and to get them the help they need if drug addiction is what drives their criminal activity.

He said SPD doesn’t always hear about things that have “gone down,” emphasizing that they do rely on community information. The role of social media and crime reporting brought more than a few laughs from the group.

It can’t be stated enough, Davis said, to call the police first if something looks wrong – don’t just post something online instead of reporting it to SPD, since police can’t and won’t see those posts. Call 911.

Property crime and shoplifting remain the biggest problem in this area right now, and that directly dovetails with the opioid-abuse epidemic. Attendees were reminded that the Southwest Precinct has had a full-time precinct-liaison city attorney since late last year. Joe Everett (who by the way is the guest speaker at next Tuesday’s West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network meeting) is there to help officers in real-time by answering their questions and working with them and the community to address neighborhood problems before they become criminal problems.

The question was raised about vacant homes and trespassing. Davis said they’ve been able to get squatters out of most of the empty homes, many of which are awaiting demolition. Someone asked whether a “safe injection site” was planned for southwest Seattle was brought up; no location(s) anywhere in the city have been proposed yet, but if there were one here, Davis said, that would “bring a new set of circumstances,” without elaborating. No one was very enthused about the prospect. SPD is aggressively pursuing drug distributors and users, but the challenge is that they move around regionally to avoid capture, he said.

Homelessness is a region-wide issue and Davis said there are individuals who don’t want to be in that situation, but, he added, there are also those who choose to avoid adhering to any rules and comprise the criminal element, usually to feed their drug habits. Fentanyl is here along with heroin and meth, but fortunately a new drug called “flakka” isn’t here. The epicenter of flakka, described as a dangerous synthetic drug produced in China, is South Florida. Called the $5 insanity drug, it causes violent, psychotic behavior in users.

There are some sophisticated actors in the Puget Sound area, not just street-level dealers. But Davis said the police are not going to “arrest ourselves out of this.” Some people need treatment. Another concern is drug deals going down on Metro buses. Several people reported that the back of the “C” line Rapid Ride bus, is “very active” in late night and early morning hours.

The West Seattle Crime Prevention Council meets on third Tuesdays, 7 pm at the precinct.

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