West Seattle traffic alert: Cars collide in Gatewood

July 21, 2014 at 6:11 pm | In West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 2 Comments

6:11 PM: It was a short-lived call on the 911 log and so we didn’t go to check out this crash at California/Portland – but Long B. Nguyen, better known for photos from the sky, was in the area and shared this photo. We don’t have any official word on injuries; the Seattle Fire call closed very quickly and did not include medic units, suggesting if any, they weren’t major.

6:25 PM: California SW is blocked both ways at the scene but tow trucks are there so it might not be long.

ONGOING COVERAGE: Protest in Morgan Junction as veteran, family evicted by deputies – then go back inside

July 18, 2014 at 9:26 am | In West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 128 Comments

(SCROLL DOWN FOR THE LATEST: Evicted couple back inside as of late afternoon)

9:26 AM: Numerous texts are coming in asking about what sounds like a protest somewhere in Morgan Junction. It’s an eviction protest at a Morgan/lower Gatewood home where local activists are hoping to stop sheriff’s deputies from forcing a disabled veteran, his wife, and children to leave. Public records indicate their house had been sold to a developer in April after being foreclosed on. The advocacy group had advised us and other news media of a 10 am protest and 10:30 am news conference today; apparently it has started early, and we’re on the way over. Updates to come.

9:56 AM: Our crew at the scene says deputies are there evicting the family from the house in the 6500 block of 41st SW. An ambulance is there, apparently to transport 63-year-old Byron Barton, but protesters are trying to stop the ambulance from moving – including by lying under it:

We’re adding Instagram video clips (the service limits to :15 but is the fastest way to get video out) as well as photos. The eviction action was postponed from last month, according to citywide-media reports including this one from KING.

10:05 AM: Our crew reports that sheriffs say everyone in the house is out.

Jean Barton made a brief statement that her husband does not want to go to the VA hospital but has nowhere else to go.

Seattle Police have arrived.

10:26 AM: So has City Councilmember Kshama Sawant.

The original announcement received yesterday had said she would participate in the 10:30 am briefing, which the group SAFE (Standing Against Foreclosure and Eviction) has said they still expect to hold.

11:05 AM: No briefing after all – Byron Barton was removed from the ambulance, and it has left, our crew at the scene reports. The family remains out of the house and there’s no word yet where they will go. A commenter asked if any help was needed; Jean Barton says Byron’s clothes are all in the house so that’s the kind of thing they need – she can be reached directly at 206-355-8300. She works, by the way, at Mary’s Place – an agency that helps homeless women. We’ve been looking into court files; the Bartons filed a lawsuit in May alleging various improprieties in the foreclosure process, which documents indicate has been ongoing since at least 2012. Trustee Quality Loan Service is listed as the firm that sold the house to Triangle Property Development LLC in April.

11:44 AM: Family and activists still there, our crew reports, and just gave a briefing, at which Councilmember Sawant spoke as well, but deputies and most of the police (and most of the rest of the media) are gone.

12:35 PM: Adding the briefing video as soon as it’s uploaded. We’ve been continuing to review court documents and other public records related to all this. The property’s owner as of the April foreclosure auction, Triangle Development, filed the “unlawful detainer” (eviction) suit against the Bartons in May, around the same time they filed the suit alleging the foreclosure was illegal. There is no development proposal for the site yet, by the way, but we note that county records show the house is on a double lot – 9,000 square feet and legally two lots, which likely means two homes could be built on it.

3:33 PM: We went by about an hour ago (en route to something else) and nobody was out on the street – two TV vehicles in evidence, though. One commenter says KIRO is reporting the family got back into the house. We asked KCSO spokesperson Sgt. DB Gates if they plan to go back. Not at the moment, she said, and offered more background, since KCSO is the enforcement agency for evictions anywhere in King County. According to Sgt. Gates, since an earlier incident in which a detective declined to serve the eviction papers, they have met with the Bartons multiple times and warned them that what happened today was going to happen – but the Bartons decided to stay anyway. Gates also says that the family is “not destitute,” and that they are getting “almost six figures” from the auction price, even though they did not initiate the auction, because the winning bid was so much more than what was owed on the house.

5:26 PM: We came back to the neighborhood to see what was going on and discovered that the Bartons are indeed back inside, in the basement, where Jean says Byron is chained to a bed:

That’s longtime friend Cheryl with them. Seattle Police are out on the street but won’t say what their plan is – they say a public-information officer is coming to speak to media (two TV crews are here doing live reports).

6 PM: SPD Captain Dave Proudfoot (South Precinct captain) is here to supervise – he says their first priority is checking Byron Barton’s health/medical status. Jean Barton says he’ll be OK at least until later tonight.

6:15 PM: New precinct liaison from the city attorney’s office Matthew York has been here since before we re-arrived. He is talking with a lawyer for the Bartons. Three of the SPD units that were here have left.

6:24 PM: It appears nothing more will happen here tonight, or so the police indicate. Meantime, the home’s new owner has commented on this story, saying she does not intend to tear down the house.

Update: Police investigate shooting at 16th/Henderson; victim says it was accidental

July 14, 2014 at 5:56 pm | In Crime, West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 59 Comments

(Added: WSB photos by Christopher Boffoli)
5:56 PM: The big emergency response – police and fire – is for a shooting at 16th and Henderson. 16th is being closed to traffic for now, between Barton and Henderson, because police are looking for shell casings in the street. One person is reported to have been shot in the foot, per scanner discussion, in which the suspect was described as a medium-complexion black man in his 20s, 150 pounds, 5-8, not a stranger to the victim, (added: dressed in black plus a white shirt/T-shirt), last seen walking northbound.

6:04 PM UPDATE: The victim is described as a 25-year-old man, shot in the right foot.

6:30 PM UPDATE: Per scanner – again, with the caveat that it’s still early in the investigation – the victim is reported to have confirmed what police say a witness told them, that this was self-inflicted/accidental.

6:47 PM: And now from SPD via Twitter – same thing we’d heard via scanner:

7:27 PM: 16th is open both ways.

West Seattle traffic alert: Crash at 35th/Juneau

July 11, 2014 at 7:49 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts, WS breaking news | 7 Comments

(WSB photo by Patrick Sand, substituted for original cameraphone photo)
At least one person is reported hurt in a multiple-vehicle crash that is blocking one lane each way on 35th at Juneau. Police are just arriving at the scene to help with traffic control. Traffic is getting by in the outside lane each way but that might change; a civilian is waving traffic around while police assess the scene. First fire personnel to arrive reported one person was unconscious. The two vehicles involved are side-by-side facing south.

9:22 PM UPDATE: Went back to check; crash scene is clear.

Update: Stolen car crashes at Walnut and Hinds, 1 teenager hurt

July 8, 2014 at 4:42 pm | In West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 42 Comments

4:42 PM: In South Admiral, the big fire/police response in the past 15 minutes or so was for an “automobile rescue” call at Walnut and Hinds (map). Turned out not to be as bad as reported, so many of the responding units have been canceled. Our crew is en route to find out more.

5:04 PM UPDATE: Added a photo. We’re told the car was stolen from a lot at/near the YMCA building in The Triangle; it hit a tree. Police say a juvenile from the car was injured and taken to a hospital; others were in the car and took off running.

5:47 PM UPDATE: Added a photo that includes the tree (thanks to Paul for sending).

7:37 PM UPDATE: The photo above this line was sent by Mark, whose tree was hit in the crash. He tells us, “This is the 3rd accident of this type (my other huge cedar got hit by some joyriding kid last year) at this location in 7 years. … The city needs to put in traffic circles here. If I had been home, they would have totaled my car, because that is exactly where I park every night.”

THURSDAY AFTERNOON NOTE: We’ve been trying for a couple days to get more information from police. So far, one important update from the information originally available at the scene – the person who was hurt, and trapped in the car, was a passenger, not the driver. We’re still following up on a few more points before writing an update.

Car, motorcycle collide in Arbor Heights

June 26, 2014 at 12:42 pm | In Arbor Heights, West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 6 Comments

One person was taken to the hospital by private ambulance after their motorcycle collided with a car in Arbor Heights. It happened at California/104th; the rider’s injuries are not life-threatening, but there was a major medical response, and that plus an unrelated medic response not far away led to many a siren in AH this past hour. Our crew was told at the scene that the woman and child who were in the car are not hurt.

Update: Play-area fire at Schmitz Park Elementary School, $50,000 damage

June 26, 2014 at 1:24 am | In West Seattle fires, West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 44 Comments

(SCROLL DOWN FOR ONGOING UPDATES: Damage estimate, daylight photos, district and PTA comments)

1:24 AM: Seattle Fire is on the way to a possible fire at 5000 SW Spokane, which is the address for Schmitz Park Elementary School. More as we get it.

1:30 AM: Response is being downsized; the fire is apparently on/in play equipment outside, no building/interior involvement. Mostly a bark fire, but “some melted play equipment,” SFD reports. Our crew is still en route.

1:54 AM: Our crew reports it’s some climbing-type equipment at the play area on the west side of the school but it’s significantly damaged. We’ll go back for a daylight look later. No official cause of the fire – the marshal’s on the way.

8:12 AM UPDATE: From Kyle Moore at SFD:

Seattle Fire Investigators have classified an overnight fire at a West Seattle playground as undetermined because there was no obvious source of ignition.

At 1:19 a.m. a call came into dispatchers at the Fire Alarm Center reporting a fire coming from the back of a school located in the 5000 block of SW Spokane Street. The first arriving engine company found flames coming from a playground area. Firefighters quickly knocked down the fire which was confined to the wood chips. The heat and flames also melted and damaged the metal and plastic playground equipment. The damage estimate is $50,000.

We will add daylight photos shortly.

9:13 AM: Just back from the school. Photos of the damage, above and below.

We are following up with Seattle Public Schools for starters. Schmitz Park is West Seattle’s most-populous elementary, with more than 600 students expected this fall. It’s scheduled to move into the new school to be built on the Genesee Hill Elementary site, likely in early 2016.

12:05 PM: District spokesperson Tom Redman tells WSB, “The play equipment was new and installed last summer and funded by the District. Our risk and loss prevention manager will inspect the equipment, after which we’ll determine our next steps.”

2:09 PM: We’ve also heard from the SPES PTA – starting with this detailed comment from outgoing president Jeff Rayner.

Update: Fire response at Jefferson Square Apartments; no fire

June 12, 2014 at 7:12 pm | In West Seattle fires, West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 6 Comments

ORIGINAL REPORT, 7:12 PM: Big response for a “fire in building” call at 41st and Edmunds – our crew was nearby and reports that it’s at the Jefferson Square Apartments on the south side of the shopping center. No smoke or flames visible from outside, according to our crew. Per scanner, they’re checking out one specific unit. Avoid Edmunds/42nd/41st. More to come.

7:33 PM UPDATE: No fire found. Units are leaving. Area should be clear soon.

ADDED FRIDAY MORNING: See the comment from Quinn, with an important bottom line.

West Seattle traffic alert: Crash east of Westwood Village

June 7, 2014 at 10:35 pm | In West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 3 Comments

10:35 PM: Thanks to those who’ve called to let us know that a car crash east of Westwood Village is affecting traffic. The 911 log says it’s at Barton and Barton Place (map) – we’re going to check it out, but in the meantime, avoid the area TFN.

10:55 PM: Our crew says two vehicles are involved, both with serious front-end damage, but police say no one was seriously hurt. They’re awaiting tow crews to get the scene cleared, but traffic is not moving on Barton either way in the meantime.

11:26 PM: Police are still awaiting a city crew to help clean up debris/fluid in the street.

Car goes sideways east of High Point, no injuries

June 7, 2014 at 12:54 am | In West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 9 Comments

12:54 AM: Sylvan Way is blocked east of High Point while police investigate a car-on-its-side crash. Just one vehicle, and nobody had to go to the hospital, police told us at the scene; it was originally dispatched as a “heavy rescue,” but that was pulled back quickly.

1:19 AM UPDATE: Westbound Sylvan Way is open again, according to scanner traffic.

West Seattle traffic alert: Crash at 36th and Avalon

June 5, 2014 at 6:16 pm | In West Seattle news, WS breaking news | Comments Off

The emergency response at 36th/Avalon is reported as a vehicle crash, but it’s a single-unit response so we don’t believe any serious injuries are involved. However, a tipster tells us that “one bridge-bound lane” is blocked, and shares the photo you see above (thank you!).

West Seattle traffic alert: Taxicab hits building

June 2, 2014 at 1:22 pm | In West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 5 Comments

At Glenn/Oregon on the west side of The Junction, a taxicab crashed into the corner of a building, in a collision that also involved a truck that wasn’t seriously damaged and has already left the scene (after talking with police), according to WSB’s Katie Meyer. Traffic is still getting by both ways. No injuries reported.

West Seattle traffic alert: 2 crashes, including second of the day at 35th/Juneau

May 29, 2014 at 6:52 pm | In West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 15 Comments

6:52 PM: Two crashes on major roads right now – 35th/Juneau, the second crash in that area today (the first one was in early afternoon), this time reported to be a vehicle having hit a pole, with northbound lanes blocked by the SFD response; Fauntleroy/Cloverdale, near the ferry dock. Add that to what we hear was a very slow evening commute (even after Vice President Biden’s low-key visit ended) southbound from downtown and beyond, and it’s apparently still tough going almost everywhere out there.

7:19 PM: At least two people were taken to the hospital, by private ambulances, from the 35th/Juneau crash. Adding a photo; the red car, at left, hit a utility pole – the silver car, at center, had even more front-end damage, primarily on the passenger side. The southbound lanes remained open, as this was indeed in the northbound lanes, but avoid the area until it’s cleared – we’ll be checking back. (No additional information on Fauntleroy/Cloverdale – the SFD call has closed.)

Bike rider hurt in Beach Drive hit-run

May 26, 2014 at 4:32 pm | In Crime, West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 6 Comments

Another hit-run crash has left a bicycle rider hurt – not seriously, this time. It happened in the 3700 block of Beach Drive SW; SFD checked out the rider, whose ankle was hurt, and was waiting with him for police to arrive; he told us he didn’t get a good look at the car, which continued northbound on Beach Drive.

SIDE NOTE: Last Thursday night’s hit-run at the east end of the low bridge remains unsolved; the vehicle description made public hours later remains the most information we have about it. A relative of the rider posted a comment today saying he did survive and that they’re grateful for those who helped him at the scene.

West Seattle Bridge traffic-alert update: Now, 2 more crashes

May 25, 2014 at 7:19 pm | In West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 7 Comments

7:19 PM: Avoid the high bridge right now, either direction – as shown on the 911 log, there are crashes both ways, westbound near Admiral, eastbound near Delridge. (Thanks to Anne for the tip!)

7:29 PM UPDATE: We just happened to be coming back from downtown when we got this report, so we’ve passed both scenes. On the eastbound side, the right lane is blocked just past the Delridge onramp; on the westbound side, the right lane is blocked right at Walking on Logs. Traffic is moving OK in both directions.

8:04 PM UPDATE: SFD has cleared both of those scenes – but now there’s a third crash, described as eastbound West Seattle Bridge to northbound I-5. It’s being described on the scanner as “a rollover that landed back on its wheels.” And before we could finish typing this, we’re hearing ANOTHER dispatch for a spinout on the westbound side by Walking On Logs. No injuries.

8:38 PM: Those calls have closed too.

Update: Police seek hit-run driver who left bicycle rider seriously hurt

May 22, 2014 at 9:42 pm | In West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 26 Comments

(WSB photos by Christopher Boffoli, replacing previous traffic-cam image)
9:42 PM: Police are investigating a collision at the east end of the low bridge, at 11th/Spokane, reported (as monitored via scanner) as car vs. pedestrian. The area is blocked off for investigation, and it sounds as if the Traffic Collision Investigation Squad will be called out.

10:19 PM UPDATE: WSB’s Christopher Boffoli reports the male victim was riding a bicycle and that police believe it was a hit-and-run. The east end of the low bridge remains blocked.

12:19 AM: The traffic camera at 11th/Spokane indicates investigators are still there. No word on the victim’s condition; we hope more information will be available from SPD and SFD later this morning.

1:54 AM: Police have just announced (monitored via scanner) that the roadway is open again.

11:33 AM: More info just published on SPD Blotter, including what to do if you have any information:

Police are searching for a motorist who struck a cyclist on Harbor Island on Thursday night and sped away.

Witnesses found the bloodied and seriously injured cyclist lying in the street at 11 Ave. S.W. and S.W. Spokane St around 8:20 PM and called 911.

Seattle Fire Department Medics responded and transported the victim to Harborview Medical Center with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

Traffic Collision Investigation detectives also responded to the scene and are investigating the case. Detectives believe the victim was struck while riding westbound along Spokane Street.

Detectives are asking anyone with information to please call them at (206) 684-8923 or 911.

ADDED: New information from SPD Friday night: “Detectives have reason to believe the suspect vehicle is light metallic blue and is missing the right side mirror. The vehicle should have damage to the front bumper as well as heavy damage to the windshield. The suspect’s vehicle had been traveling westbound at the time of the collision and likely continued over the lower bridge and into West Seattle. Detectives are asking anyone with information to please call TCIS Detective Andrew Norton at (206) 684-8934.”

Pickup down embankment in Gatewood, no one hurt

May 20, 2014 at 1:19 am | In West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 3 Comments

(Before being pulled up & out, the pickup was out of view, downslope & behind the trees)
1:19 AM: Bizarre hit-and-run crash in Gatewood; pickup truck down an embankment off the east (northbound) side of California by Fontanelle (map). A tree kept it from hitting a downslope house; its driver got out and ran. The pickup was not stolen, though, police told us at the scene. Pulling it up off the slope will be a bit of a challenge.

2:39 AM: Setting up to get the truck back up to California SW – and out, between a bus-stop sign and a power pole – took painstaking work, but the tow crew did it (with SFD Ladder 11 on site for a while, and then a Seattle City Light employee keeping watch to be sure the power pole made it through unscathed).

California was closed while this operation unfolded. What caused the pickup to veer off the road, we don’t know; the area had some signage left over from daytime utility work in the road, related to two newly built homes on the west side. A witness had told us the pickup hit a parked car before veering off the road, and we noticed it about a half-block uphill.

If you’ve only driven, never walked or bicycled, down that stretch, you likely don’t know just how steep the dropoff is, though height-wise, it’s only about two stories.

West Seattle traffic-alert update: 8th north of Roxbury open again after crash closure

May 18, 2014 at 2:08 pm | In West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 2 Comments

2:08 PM: A crash on 8th SW just north of Roxbury has blocked both sides of 8th. No serious injuries reported, but you’ll have to detour around it until it’s cleared. Through traffic on Roxbury is not affected by the crash, but the road is narrowed just east of the intersection while an SDOT truck is there for cleanup. Let us know if you go through and it’s clear – we’ll check back around 3.

3:45 PM: Went back over to check as promised – it’s open again.

Update: House-fire call in 4000 block SW Holgate

May 17, 2014 at 7:47 am | In West Seattle fires, West Seattle news, WS breaking news | Comments Off

(WSB photos by Christopher Boffoli)
7:47 AM: Big Seattle Fire response for a possible house fire in North Admiral, in the 4000 block of Holgate (map). More to come.

7:50 AM: Small fire – it’s already reported tapped, and some units are being sent back.

8:07 AM: The fire was indeed small and was on the back porch, Seattle Fire is telling us on scene. Their investigator is currently trying to figure out how it started. No injuries.

Update: Water-rescue response off Alki downscaled

May 11, 2014 at 8:17 pm | In West Seattle news, WS breaking news | Comments Off

8:17 PM: If you saw/heard all the Seattle Fire units heading for Alki – it was a “saltwater rescue” call in the 1200 block of Alki Avenue SW (map), but there’s good news; the response has been canceled except for one engine.

8:26 PM: Via Twitter, Vanessa reports it appears to have involved a kayaker, who seems to be safe onshore, while another kayaker is towing an empty kayak in.

Update: Pedestrian hit by driver at 35th and Barton

May 11, 2014 at 4:40 pm | In West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 22 Comments

(Just before Engine 37 left; police were east of it, at 7-11 driveway)
4:40 PM: A 28-year-old woman hit by a driver at 35th and Barton is about to be rushed to the hospital. According to scanner traffic, she was knocked to the ground and hit her head. Lots of police and fire there, so avoid the intersection for a while.

4:56 PM: The scene, at the southeast corner, has cleared quickly. No further details.

Update: Small fire at house in 5200 block of Delridge, no one hurt

May 8, 2014 at 1:53 pm | In West Seattle fires, West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 13 Comments

(Photos by WSB’s Patrick Sand)
1:53 PM: Seattle Fire has a house-fire-sized response headed for an address in the 5200 block of Delridge Way SW (map). Smoke can be seen from the house. More as we get it.

2:08 PM: SFD tweets that it was a “room fire” and it’s out now. Nobody hurt. Investigators will be working to figure out how it started.

2:14 PM: Our crew at the scene says Delridge is closed because of the fire vehicles, and they expect to be there another 45 minutes or so. The fire apparently started in/on a mattress, and nobody was home, according to the incident commander. (Added: Closure zone is roughly Findlay to Hudson.)

4:27 PM: Added a photo of the aforementioned mattress (what’s left of it). Thanks to everyone who’s provided updates on the road status – as of 4 pm, says Betsy, it’s open (we just drove through, too, to confirm) and the Red Cross is there to help.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Another hit-run, with 3 wrecked cars

May 7, 2014 at 11:38 pm | In West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 36 Comments

(WSB photos by Tracy Record unless otherwise credited)
11:38 PM: Just back from North Admiral, where another hit-run crash has left three cars with major damage, and police searching for suspects. It’s also closed California SW near SW Atlantic (map). The car at right apparently smashed into the parked vehicles at left – pushing them into and onto the sidewalk, with a tree taken out and underneath the minivan at left:

Then two people inside the car that wound up totaled in the middle of the street got out of it and ran. Debris was strewn everywhere – hood, bumper, lights, more (and a beer can) – and an SDOT crew was standing by for cleanup after the vehicles are towed.

A K-9 team was helping in the search (as you can see in our Instagram video clip).

A bystander told us a witness saw people get out of the car and run, and tried to chase them. Meantime, one nearby resident told us this stretch is often used for racing.

(Photo by unidentified texter)
12:21 AM: Via Twitter, Philip says the road is open again, though debris remains, and that the car that caused the crash has been towed.

(Photo courtesy Andrew, who says skid marks suggest a 3rd vehicle narrowly missed)
2 AM: We haven’t been able to find out yet if the suspected driver was ever found; will update whenever we do get that information. We did want to thank everyone who texted, phoned, e-mailed, messaged, and shared photos.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Police arrest 1 after Admiral burglary

May 6, 2014 at 5:32 pm | In Crime, West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 27 Comments

(Photo courtesy Rhonda Porter)
5:32 PM: A police search right now in the heart of the Admiral District is reported to be related to a burglary, according to scanner traffic. After texts about the search, we’ve sent a crew that way to find out more in person. We’ll add info as we get it.

5:45 PM: Radio discussion indicates police are looking for a specific potential suspect who lives in the area they’ve been searching.

(This photo and next one by WSB’s Patrick Sand)
5:58 PM: Police have detained the person they were looking for.

6:13 PM: A witness has been brought to identify the suspect; police tell us they’ll be looking for the stolen items next. The burglary was reported to have happened just a few blocks away.

6:43 PM: Southwest Precinct Lt. Alan Williams confirms the suspect was arrested and that the investigation is “ongoing.”

ADDED WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON: More details from the police report, which we obtained via SPD media relations. It started with a woman calling police at about 5 pm to say a strange man was in her house and had just left headed southbound on 45th SW. She said he was standing in the kitchen when she came home and told her he had been passing by and had seen “three teenagers in her house and chased them off,” according to the report. He also gave the woman his first name, age, address, phone number, and allowed her to take a picture of him with her cell phone. Looking at that photo, an officer apparently familiar with the suspect zeroed in on his address and matched a prior mugshot to the cell-phone photo. They found him at his residence and arrested him; he gave them permission to search for stolen property and didn’t find any.

Returning to her residence with police, the victim pointed out “long-handled garden tools that had been laid out very neatly for unknown reasons” and then inside, “numerous shopping bags that had been filled with random items from different ares of her house.” She also thought a rifle belonging to her roommate was missing. The roommate later told police two rifles and his wallet were missing.

The mystery of the three possible teenage suspects wasn’t solved, but the man was booked into jail for criminal trespass and an outstanding warrant for failing to appear in connection with earlier theft charges.

Update: Pickup goes sideways at West Seattle High School; no one hurt

April 28, 2014 at 12:15 pm | In West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 30 Comments

(Thanks to Jessi for tweeting that photo)
12:15 PM: A police and fire response is en route to West Seattle High School for a reported vehicle rollover. We will be there shortly for updates.

12:22 PM: No serious injuries reported. Everyone got out of the car OK.

12:35 PM: Make that, truck. The rolled – more like, on its side – vehicle is a white Ford Ranger pickup.

17-year-old at the wheel, one passenger, both are unhurt, we were told at the scene – nobody else hurt either, which, observers say, is just sheer luck since this happened at lunchtime on a sunny day and many students were out and about.

Update: Car flips in High Point, 1 person to hospital

April 21, 2014 at 4:06 am | In High Point, West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 8 Comments

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)
FIRST REPORT, 4:06 AM: Seattle Fire crews have just started arriving at Sylvan Way/SW Holly (map) after a “heavy rescue” dispatch. The first unit on the scene, Engine 11, reported via radio that there’s a rolled-over car at the scene. Three people were reported to have gotten out of the vehicle. More to come.

4:29 AM: Our crew at the scene says this is just east of Forest Lawn Cemetery (WSB sponsor), near Sylvan Ridge Townhomes. The vehicle was believed to have been westbound. One person has been taken to the hospital by private ambulance. A tow truck is already on scene so while Sylvan is blocked now, probably won’t be closed much longer.

4:50 AM: Just added photos. The car took out a streetlight pole; police were notifying SDOT.

1:25 PM: One bit of followup information – police tell us there were actually two people in the car, not three, both in their 20s. Though only one went to the hospital, both reported minor injuries.

Update: Man stabbed in South Delridge; two attackers sought

April 18, 2014 at 12:19 am | In Crime, West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 35 Comments

12:19 AM: Police and fire are rushing to the 9200 block of 20th SW (map), where a 35-year-old man is reported to have been stabbed in the abdomen. No other information about circumstances so far.

12:36 AM: Medic conversation over the radio indicates the man has multiple stab wounds to the upper abdomen and what were described as slash wounds to the arm(s) from defending himself, but has not lost consciousness.

7:15 AM: Police say via SPD Blotter that this happened during a home-invasion break-in, and they are looking for two people who knocked on the victim’s door, forced their way inside, tried to get him to go outside, and attacked him when he refused. His wounds are described as non-life-threatening. Here’s the full text of what Det. Jeff Kappel wrote on SPD Blotter:

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