West Seattle Blog... » White Center http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Sat, 25 Oct 2014 20:15:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Crime Watch followup: Christopher A. Brown pleads guilty in Roxbury rape/beating attack http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/crime-watch-followup-christopher-a-brown-pleads-guilty-in-roxbury-rapebeating-attack/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/crime-watch-followup-christopher-a-brown-pleads-guilty-in-roxbury-rapebeating-attack/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:28:29 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289752 Just discovered this in the court files:

The man charged in last March’s rape and beating of a 58-year-old woman near 22nd/Roxbury has pleaded guilty. The attack drew regional-media attention as deputies went door to door searching for clues to solve the exceptionally violent attack. 25-year-old Christopher Anthony Brown was found via a DNA match, arrested in Oklahoma in June, charged with rape and assault, and extradited. Investigators said Brown had been visiting this area when he attacked the victim as she waited for a bus – asking her for a cigarette, then offering her money for sex, and when she declined, dragging her into nearby shrubbery, choking her until she was nearly unconscious, beating her, raping her, robbing her, and threatening to kill her and her family if she reported it.

According to documents in the online files, prosecutors will recommend a sentence that would put Brown in prison for 171 months – just over 14 years. Brown pleaded guilty last week to one count each of rape, assault, and robbery. King County Superior Court Judge Julie Spector is scheduled to sentence him on November 14th.

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Update: Heard the helicopter? White Center search http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/hearing-a-helicopter-were-checking/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/hearing-a-helicopter-were-checking/#comments Sat, 18 Oct 2014 07:08:46 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289053 12:08 AM: Multiple helicopter reports from Arbor Heights to Highland Park. Nothing on the scanner/911 log so far, which might just mean it’s a King County Sheriff’s Office case. If you’re seeing police on the ground, let us know so we can figure out what’s going on!

12:11 AM: And Guardian One just tweeted that indeed, it was a case in the county:

Per scanner, they are now headed over to SODO to check out something else.

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Happening now: United Way of King County’s ‘Day of Caring’ brings volunteers to West Seattle and White Center http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/happening-now-united-way-of-king-countys-day-of-caring/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/happening-now-united-way-of-king-countys-day-of-caring/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:13:55 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=286256

The historic, now-community-owned Fauntleroy Schoolhouse is one of more than 500 sites around King County getting free TLC today during the United Way of King County “Day of Caring” event. Companies from around the region have sent more than 11,000 workers to volunteer – like the people from Car Toys who were busy around the schoolhouse’s grounds, including Fauntleroy Children’s Center.

We got there just in time to say hi to UWKC’s CEO Jon Fine, who chose it as his first stop on a tour of several volunteer projects.

Another local site getting Day of Caring help, the White Center Food Bank:

“Day of Caring” volunteers there (including Sally and Lynda in our photo) are from Bentall Kennedy. WCFB is just four weeks away from its big annual fundraising Harvest Dinner/Auction, by the way (October 18th at SSC’s Brockey Center), and you can still get tickets by going here.

ADDED 5:55 PM: The Kenney (WSB sponsor) shares the photo of “Day of Caring” volunteers from Microsoft:

40 Microsoft employees in all worked on landscaping around The Kenney’s campus, donating more than 175 hours of work in all.

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Update: Crash blamed for power outage south of West Seattle; SPD says they had tried to pull over car after ‘narcotics sale’ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/another-west-seattle-power-outage/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/another-west-seattle-power-outage/#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2014 03:54:28 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=282463 (UPDATED THURSDAY MORNING with crash update from SPD, which investigated)

(Added photo, by Nate: Top center, sideways power pole caught in wires)
ORIGINAL REPORT, 8:54 PM: Getting outage reports from some of the areas hit early this morning. Checking with City Light. We’ve heard from Shorewood so far – if you’re elsewhere and without power, please let us know, since the utility’s official mapping tends to lag.

9:07 PM: Checking out a report that this might be related to a crash on 116th SW in White Center.

(Added photo, by Andrew Kliphardt)
9:31 PM: We’re at the crash scene now, on 116th SW in White Center, near 10th.

(WSB photo by Patrick Sand)
King County Sheriff’s deputies have several blocks of 116th shut down. While City Light’s map isn’t updating, its customer hotline is apparently saying 4,200 customers are out of power – about the same as this morning’s outage (which was caused by a “failed insulator”). If you have to drive through this area, note that lights are out on part of the 16th SW/Ambaum arterial – 16th/107th is on but then power is out again south of there – treat any nonfunctioning signal as a four-way stop.

9:52 PM: City Light’s map now shows the full outage – we’re adding a screengrab above. At the crash scene, we learned that two people were hurt and taken to Harborview. With a pole and wires taken out, it was too dangerous to get close.

(Photo courtesy Tim Clemans)
10:06 PM: City Light says via Twitter that crews are routing power around the crash scene and that “most should be back on within the hour.”

10:10 PM: … or sooner; one text just came in from someone who has it back, and commenters are reporting they do too.

11:15 PM: Still about 1,200 out of power, mostly in White Center, according to the SCL map.

11:29 PM: Seattle Police are involved in the investigation; we don’t have official information yet on why. The Traffic Collision Investigation Squad is on scene. Commenters say the crashed car flipped in the back yard of a home – Andrew Kliphardt sent this photo:

2:11 AM: Still 1200+ without power.

(Added photo, by Andrew Kliphardt)
9:24 AM: The rest of the area got its power back overnight. Meantime, KCSO confirmed that Seattle Police investigated the crash. Here’s what SPD spokesperson Drew Fowler tells WSB:

SPD narcotics and ACT officers were conducting an operation just south of Seattle when they attempted to stop a vehicle involved in a narcotics sale. The vehicle refused to stop and left at a high rate of speed. Consistent with policy, our officers terminated and did not pursue. However, the suspect vehicle continued at a high rate of speed and collided with a power pole causing the loss of power to numerous homes in the White Center/Burien area. SPD’s TCIS investigated the incident and the two suspects were taken to HMC with non-life threatening injuries.

ACT = Anti-Crime Team; TCIS = Traffic Collision Investigation Squad.

9:57 AM: We also asked SCL about the coinciding patterns between the outage caused by this crash and the one about 20 hours earlier. Spokesperson Scott Thomsen: “Unfortunately, the power lines attached to that pole are the same feeder line that was affected by the insulator failure the day before.”

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Power outage from south Arbor Heights into White Center & beyond: Equipment failure http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/power-out-from-south-arbor-heights-into-white-center-and-beyond/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/power-out-from-south-arbor-heights-into-white-center-and-beyond/#comments Wed, 13 Aug 2014 07:40:09 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=282363

(Screengrab from Seattle City Light map)
12:40 AM: First reports of a power outage came from 25th/107th area, shortly after major rain started to fall – and now the Seattle City Light outage map shows more than 4,200 homes/businesses are out of power, from the south end of West Seattle south and southeastward. So far, no cause listed – just that SCL is “investigating” – but the start came around the time a downpour began, and at least one tipster reports big lightning accompanied it.

1:26 AM: City Light says it’s restored power to about a third of the homes/businesses affected, but that still leaves about 2,600 without electricity.

1:57 AM: Down to fewer than 1,000.

6 AM: Still almost 600 customers out, in the South Park area per the SCL map.

3:09 PM UPDATE: Everybody was back as of earlier today. City Light’s Scott Thomsen tells WSB a “failed insulator” caused it.

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Fireworks tonight as White Center Jubilee Days festival begins http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/fireworks-tonight-as-white-center-jubilee-days-festival-begins/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/fireworks-tonight-as-white-center-jubilee-days-festival-begins/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 19:28:50 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=279566 At dusk tonight, you might hear fireworks in the distance – if you’re not at White Center Jubilee Days watching them in person. The fireworks are part of the festival’s opening night; the WCJD carnival opens at 3 this afternoon in Steve Cox Memorial Park (1321 SW 102nd), which is where the fireworks will be set off once night falls. You can find out more about the festival, which includes a parade Saturday afternoon and street fair Saturday/Sunday, at jubileedays.org.

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Traffic-alert update: Downed tree cleared from eastbound Roxbury http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/traffic-alert-tree-down-on-eastbound-roxbury-at-10th/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/traffic-alert-tree-down-on-eastbound-roxbury-at-10th/#comments Fri, 27 Jun 2014 19:46:52 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=277676

12:46 PM: Thanks to Krista for first word that a tree is down across eastbound Roxbury at 10th SW. As you can see in the photo she shared, King County Sheriff’s Office is on the scene. Avoid the area.

1:40 PM UPDATE: Metro has just texted that Routes 60 and 128 are rerouted off eastbound Roxbury in the area, between 8th and 14th SW.

3:15 PM UPDATE: Still not cleared; KCSO still diverting traffic.

6:10 PM UPDATE: We went back to check again; it’s been cleared off the road, pushed up onto the sidewalk, and traffic is back to normal.

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Ready to roll? New junior roller derby about to launch http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/ready-to-roll-new-junior-roller-derby-about-to-launch/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/ready-to-roll-new-junior-roller-derby-about-to-launch/#comments Fri, 27 Jun 2014 16:04:26 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=277653 Cross-posted from our partner site White Center Now, since the new league hopes to draw from all over this area:

Pamela McCarty shares the news that Southside Revolution Junior Roller Derby is launching soon, and interested skaters 8-17 are welcome to come to an Info Night at Southgate Roller Rink next Monday (June 30th), 7 pm. Southside Revolution definitely plans a girls’ team, and will also have a coed team if enough boys are interested.

Southgate will be the practice site for the new league. If you just can’t make it Monday night but have an interested skater in the family, there will be another Info Night on July 14th and an August summer camp. Questions? E-mail info@southsiderevolution.com – and you’re invited to check out this Facebook group.

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West Seattle (and vicinity) food notes: Room 22; Full Tilt; Top Pot Doughnuts followup http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/west-seattle-and-vicinity-food-notes-room-22-full-tilt-top-pot-followup/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/west-seattle-and-vicinity-food-notes-room-22-full-tilt-top-pot-followup/#comments Thu, 26 Jun 2014 21:30:09 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=277590

ROOM 22: Last August, Pizzeria 22 proprietor Cary Kemp announced an expansion next door, to add dining-room and event space. The expansion, dubbed Room 22, opens Saturday, he tells WSB:

Room 22 will provide an additional 50 seats to our restaurant, as well as one of West Seattle’s largest private dining rooms for up to 50 guests. We will now be able to offer reservations for parties of 6 or more any time and will no longer have the space and wait issues that we have experienced in the past.

Saturday is also Pizzeria 22′s third anniversary.

SPEAKING OF ANNIVERSARIES: In case you missed the Full Tilt Ice Cream update on our partner site White Center Now last weekend, the company founded in White Center by Justin Cline and Ann Magyar celebrated its sixth anniversary last Friday. We stopped in that night for a quick check-in, and found Justin, Ann, and son Moss on hand:

Two major updates as Full Tilt continues to grow – they’ll soon launch an ice-cream truck (as compared to the cart/s they’ve had in recent years, including the one at last weekend’s Morgan Junction Community Festival) that’s expected to spend lots of time on Alki, and the number of grocery stores selling Full Tilt pints is about to double. They’re in 60+ stores now and about to add ~60 more, going into Western Washington QFCs.

SPEAKING OF ICE CREAM: It’ll be part of Top Pot Doughnuts‘ first West Seattle location. Back on Tuesday, we broke the news that Top Pot is moving into the vacant-since-built east side of 2758 Alki Avenue SW. Since then, we’ve had a chance to talk with Top Pot co-founder Mark Klebeck, and he had a few more details to share. First, the “fall” opening is vague because as always, it’s a matter of how the city permit process goes, and they don’t expect it’ll be any sooner than the first day of fall (September 21st). Second, the hours will likely be along the lines of 6 am-9 pm, with adjustment based on how business goes. Third, one special feature – Snoqualmie Ice Cream makes a special “doughnut-inspired” ice cream for a few Top Pot locations, and this one will feature it. Why West Seattle? we asked. Klebeck said every time they’ve opened a new spot somewhere, they’d hear from upset West Seattleites saying “why not here?” They were looking for the right location and finally decided this was it.

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Followup: Man arrested, charged in Roxbury/24th attack, rape http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/followup-man-arrested-charged-in-roxbury-attack-rape/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/followup-man-arrested-charged-in-roxbury-attack-rape/#comments Wed, 04 Jun 2014 22:35:34 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=275548 FIRST REPORT, 3:35 PM: The King County Sheriff’s Office believes it’s finally solved the vicious attack and rape of a 58-year-old woman in the 24th/Roxbury area three months ago – a case that drew regional attention. The attack happened early March 7th, as first reported here; investigators circulated a sketch, a photo of the victim’s purse, and went door to door. Now, DNA evidence has made a match, according to this announcement:

Police in Oklahoma arrested a 25 year old male for the March rape of a female in the White Center area.

The case was solved when the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab developed a DNA profile from evidence collected at the scene which matched the male. He had apparently been visiting King County from Oklahoma when the crime was committed.

The King County Prosecutor’s Office filed charges of Rape in the 1st degree and Assault in the 1st degree. An arrest warrant was issued and law enforcement in Oklahoma arrested him yesterday.

The suspect will have to go through the extradition process before being returned to King County.

We’re working to find out more.

5 PM UPDATE: The charging documents we just obtained from the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office identify the suspect as 25-year-old Christopher Anthony Brown. They say his record in Oklahoma goes back seven years and includes convictions for burglary and assault/battery on a justice/social-services system worker.

According to the charging papers, the woman had left Roxbury Lanes around 11:30 pm and was walking to catch a bus to her home in South King County. In the 2200 block of SW Roxbury, her attacker approached her and asked for a cigarette. She gave him one and lit it for him, then started to walk away. He then asked if she would have sex with him for $40. She declined, and that’s when, the documents say, he grabbed her around the neck, choked her until she was almost unconscious, and dragged her into a “dark, secluded, semi-fenced corner” area, where he punched, kicked, and hit her along with raping her. He took her purse and said that he knew who she was and where she lived and would kill her and her family if she told anyone what had happened. He ran away; she managed to start walking back toward Roxbury Lanes and encountered a woman who called 911 for her.

She was taken to the hospital for treatment of her injuries and for a sexual-assault examination that gathered the evidence that eventually led authorities to Brown via a DNA match in mid-May. Investigators discovered that although he didn’t seem to have any ties to this area, he was here from late January through mid-April, staying with people who live in the 10000 block of 25th SW, about two blocks from the scene of the attack. He also was on record as pawning several items at Cash America in White Center. The charging papers say the suspect sketch created from the description the victim provided resembled photos of Brown.

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New local restaurant: Opening day for Greenbridge Café http://westseattleblog.com/2014/04/new-local-restaurant-opening-day-for-greenbridge-cafe/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/04/new-local-restaurant-opening-day-for-greenbridge-cafe/#comments Mon, 28 Apr 2014 18:56:16 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=271716 Just a block south of the West Seattle/White Center line, a brand-new restaurant opened today: Greenbridge Café. Its owner, Chef Blanca Rodriguez, e-mailed to let us – and you! – know about it. It’s been taking shape at the corner of 8th SW and SW 99th in recent months and is now open for breakfast and lunch (fresh-made sandwiches, salads, and soups), 8 am-4 pm. See the menu here. Chef Rodriguez also owns Pimientra Bistro and Bar in Federal Way.

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Update: If you (were) hearing the helicopter http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/if-youre-hearing-the-helicopter/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/if-youre-hearing-the-helicopter/#comments Fri, 28 Mar 2014 06:38:36 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=268928 helicopterwatch.png11:38 PM: Happened to hear this on the scanner – Guardian One was in the vicinity and volunteered to help check out a call police were en route to, a possible prowler sighting/possible shots heard in the 30th/Roxbury vicinity. Now we’re hearing that sheriff’s deputies told police the shots were in White Center county territory to the south, involving someone firing a gun after an incident involving a car. No report of injury. The helicopter isn’t seeing any evidence of a prowler so might not be around for long.

ADDED 12:10 AM: A texter on the county side of the line says deputies are still out looking for evidence of the reported gunfire, in the 28th/104th vicinity.

ADDED 12:31 AM: Our texting tipster adds that deputies did find shell casings in that area. But still no indication of any shooting victim or damage. The deputies arrived on the scene quickly, he says, because they were in the area for canvassing related to the ongoing search for the Roxbury rapist.

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West Seattle biznote: PB&J Textiles moving to White Center http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/west-seattle-biznote-pbj-textiles-moving-to-white-center/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/west-seattle-biznote-pbj-textiles-moving-to-white-center/#comments Tue, 25 Mar 2014 19:30:24 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=268700

After almost two years in North Delridge, during which they added promotional merchandise to their original embroidery/sewing business, PB&J Textiles is moving to a new, much-larger location – the former South End Florist storefront at 10728 16th SW in White Center. Co-proprietor Paul Binder tells WSB, “We are excited about our new location as we will double-plus our space. This will allow for more product offerings, better retail space, and easy parking!” They’ve expanded their offerings yet again in preparation for the move and now offer paper printing, banners, promotional products, embroidery, and screen printing, as well as copiers if you need to make quick photocopies. They’re planning to move Friday, April 4th, through Sunday, April 6th, reopening in the new space on Monday, April 7th, and will be tracking the move via Tumblr.

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Shooting followup: White Center suspect held on $1 million bail; victim and friends were headed ‘to Alki’ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/shooting-followup-white-center-suspect-held-on-1-million-bail-victim-and-friends-were-headed-to-alki/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/shooting-followup-white-center-suspect-held-on-1-million-bail-victim-and-friends-were-headed-to-alki/#comments Mon, 24 Mar 2014 18:17:52 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=268607 Bail is set at $1 million for the 18-year-old SeaTac man arrested Friday in connection with the Wednesday night shooting that killed 17-year-old Ruben Castillo of Burien. Probable-cause documents made available today, following his Saturday bail hearing, reveal more details about the incident:

It happened at 9:51 pm last Wednesday. The victim was in the back seat of a Honda Accord with friends. They stopped at the Roxbury Texaco station to fuel up. The driver noticed “a group of males” at a bus stop east of the gas station. “The males were looking at him and he commented to his friends in the car, including (the victim).” The report does not say what was “commented,” but goes on to say, the driver got back into the car and drove out, northbound on 15th and then east on Roxbury, “with intent to go to Alki.”

As the car passed the suspect at the bus stop, the suspect, the report says, “pulled a 9mm pistol from his back pocket, loaded a magazine, and fired three rounds at the vehicle as it drove away eastbound. One round passed through the tail light and trunk and through the seat back of the passenger-side back seat, and into (the victim’s) back.” Mr. Castillo realized he had been shot, and “began to scream”; his friend drove to the North Highline Fire District station, a mile or so away, “where medical aid was rendered” until the victim was rushed to Harborview Medical Center, where, the report says, he died in surgery. The report says the suspect admitted he “had the gun and fired the shot” that proved deadly; it also mentions the burglary case we noted in our story on the arrest, and a $25,000 warrant related to it, and the attached police report notes his tattoos, one of which is a well-known regional gang name.

The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office has until Wednesday to file charges.

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Crime Watch: Suspect arrested in White Center shooting death http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/crime-watch-suspect-arrested-in-white-center-shooting-death/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/crime-watch-suspect-arrested-in-white-center-shooting-death/#comments Sat, 22 Mar 2014 05:49:39 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=268404 As reported on partner site White Center Now, a suspect is in custody in connection with the Wednesday night shooting death of a 17-year-old Burien boy at 15th/Roxbury. We’ll continue updating the story there as we find out more, but did want to let you know here too, since the incident stirred some discussion.

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