West Seattle Blog... » White Center http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Tue, 27 Jan 2015 08:21:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Before you celebrate – a good deed! Help needed, New Year’s Eve http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/before-you-celebrate-do-a-good-deed-help-needed-new-years-eve/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/before-you-celebrate-do-a-good-deed-help-needed-new-years-eve/#comments Mon, 29 Dec 2014 23:46:18 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=296612 Get the last day of the year started off right:

Volunteers able to lift between 20 and 50 pounds are needed at 9:00 am Wednesday, December 31 to help the White Center Food Bank do inventory. The inventory will take place at 10829 8th Ave SW. Volunteers should dress for a warehouse and wear closed-toe shoes. Available? Contact Audrey Zemke at audrey@whitecenterfoodbank.org or 206-762-2848.

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Crime Watch: Another business burglary, this time at Zippy’s http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/crime-watch-another-business-burglary-this-time-at-zippys/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/crime-watch-another-business-burglary-this-time-at-zippys/#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 14:30:12 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=296080

Zippy’s Giant Burgers proprietor Blaine Cook was expecting today to be one last full day of business before an early closure Tuesday for the staff party, and then a long holiday break. Instead, Zippy’s will be opening a bit later than usual today because he has to buy a new cash register – to replace one stolen by burglar(s) who broke a door to get in. He told WSB he’s not sure what time it happened; a family member who comes in to clean around 4 am discovered the broken glass and missing register.

The cash register is the only thing taken, according to Cook (update – Zippy’s Facebook post says, a safe too) – the burglar(s) didn’t even take the champagne that was awaiting the staff party. No surveillance video – no camera – but that, he says, will have to change. Since Zippy’s is in the unincorporated area (9614 14th SW), the King County Sheriff’s Office is investigating; deputies were just leaving as we arrived. You’ll recall the Greenbridge area had a spate of business burglaries last month; Zippy’s is several blocks west of there.

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Ready to roll! First-ever bout Saturday for new local roller-derby league Southside Revolution http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/ready-to-roll-first-ever-bout-saturday-for-new-local-roller-derby-league-southside-revolution/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/ready-to-roll-first-ever-bout-saturday-for-new-local-roller-derby-league-southside-revolution/#comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 19:26:43 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=294819

(Photo courtesy Southside Revolution)
After months of recruiting and training – maybe you saw them at West Seattle Summer Fest! – the new co-ed junior roller-derby league Southside Revolution hosts its first bout this Saturday at Southgate Roller Rink in White Center. From the announcement:

Since the league was initially created in August, 2014, Southside Revolution has been recruiting and training for the last 4 months. The league consists of 2 teams: The Cadets are a team of girls and boys ages 8-12, playing positional-only roller derby. The Rebels is a team of girls ages 11-17, playing full-contact roller derby. Southside Revolution is a member of the Northwest division of the JRDA Junior Roller Derby Association.

For the December 13th bout, Southside Revolution’s positional and full-contact teams will take on NWO Junior Roller Derby teams from Chilliwack, BC. Doors open at 5:15. Bout 1 starts at 5:45 with Southside Revolution Cadets vs. NWO TNT. Bout 2 starts at about 7:10 with Southside Revolution Rebels vs. NWO Honey Badgers. Tickets are available at the door the day of the bout.

The rink is at 9646 17th SW, less than a block south of Roxbury.

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Seattle annexation for White Center? Council to consider it again http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/seattle-annexation-for-white-center-council-to-consider-it-again/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/seattle-annexation-for-white-center-council-to-consider-it-again/#comments Sat, 06 Dec 2014 00:19:10 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=294303 4:19 PM: Just spotted on the City Council’s Introduction/Referral Calendar – a proposal to ask White Center and the rest of unincorporated North Highline to vote on annexation to the City of Seattle. Documents accompanying the resolution say that it’s not likely the vote could be held before 2016, because of the Boundary Review Board process that would have to lead up to it. No date set yet for this to come before the council. The most recent attempt to annex the area was by Burien, rejected by voters in the potential annexation area two years ago. We’re seeking reaction and more information about the new Seattle proposal – more to come.

4:38 PM UPDATE: The resolution traces back to a discussion in the council’s Education/Governance Committee earlier this week, as detailed in this memo. It is time-sensitive – unless Seattle takes a step like this before the end of the year, the state tax credit that’s been in place several years as an annexation incentive will expire. That tax credit, offering $5 million a year for a decade, wouldn’t be enough to cover projected costs of bringing the annexation area into the city, so there’s talk of asking the Legislature for more – that was mentioned by Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon at a 34th District Democrats’ meeting earlier this fall. More to come …

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Followup: Greenbridge burglary suspect arrested; not known yet if connected to Dubsea break-ins http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/followup-white-center-business-burglary-suspect-arrested-not-known-yet-if-connected-to-dubsea-break-ins/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/followup-white-center-business-burglary-suspect-arrested-not-known-yet-if-connected-to-dubsea-break-ins/#comments Fri, 14 Nov 2014 21:13:35 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=292134 The King County Sheriff’s Office has just announced that it’s arrested “a juvenile male … for burglary and possession of stolen property” and that he “may be related to other burglaries since November 2nd.” As reported here earlier this week, the businesses and other facilities hit by those burglaries include Dubsea Coffee, broken into at least three times. After a two-day closure, Dubsea reopened this morning, with supporters crowding inside:

Again, the Sheriff’s Office is cautioning that it’s not sure yet whether this suspect was involved in the Dubsea break-ins; spokesperson DB Gates tells us he is being held in connection with the White Center Heights Elementary break-in. (One of that school’s teachers was who contacted us to urge community support for Dubsea, by the way.) Meantime, Dubsea staff (proprietor Sibelle Nguyen wasn’t there when we stopped by this morning) confirmed that a security system is being installed today.

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Crime Watch: Neighbors rally for burglar-besieged Dubsea Coffee http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/crime-watch-neighbors-rallying-for-burglar-besieged-dubsea-coffee/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/crime-watch-neighbors-rallying-for-burglar-besieged-dubsea-coffee/#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 23:45:50 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=291938

That’s the sign you’ll find today on the door of Dubsea Coffee in Greenbridge, on 8th SW just a block south of the city/county line. A teacher at nearby White Center Heights Elementary School messaged us to say the area’s been hit with a series of burglaries, and that Dubsea has been broken into three times in the past week and a half. We noted the first one on partner site White Center Now November 3rd, and now we’re checking with the King County Sheriff’s Office regarding the teacher’s report of other break-ins in the area.

The teacher wrote us because this, she says, is more than a matter of crime concern – she writes, “This coffee shop is the hub of the neighborhood and it is ALWAYS busy with people having meetings, enjoying coffee and sandwiches, children having playdates while frazzled moms drink their coffee, etc.” They are working on plans to show their support and want to encourage you to patronize the shop to help it recover. We’ll be following up.

ADDED 4:18 PM: KCSO spokesperson Sgt. DB Gates confirms a series of break-ins in the area:

We have had a swarm of commercial burglaries with a similar MO and all in the same general White Center area. They have occurred between November 2nd and the 7th.

Dubsea was one victim, with the nearby library/YMCA hit next, followed by the Dollar Tree, and then an elementary school burglarized on the 7th. The MO has been to break a window and steal cash. We have no suspect info other than believing in at least one of the burglaries there were two suspects. They have all happened in the late evening/early morning hours when no persons were present. The four cases have not been conclusively linked as being committed by the same suspects.

We encourage citizens to call when they see something out of the ordinary. It’s also a good time to remember to keep areas around homes and businesses well-lit as thieves love the cover of darkness, and to keep vegetation trimmed so that neighbors and passersby can see if something is amiss at a business (or home).

THURSDAY FOLLOWUP: In case we don’t get to write a separate story tonight – we messaged Dubsea and they will reopen tomorrow (Friday), 7 am-5 pm: “We will resume regular hours once things normalize. Tomorrow is also Dubsea’s 5th birthday. We truly look forward to spending it in the company of our guests.” They add thanks for “all the care, kind words, and support from our neighbors. We love this community. We are here to stay.”

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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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