UPDATE: Crash at 21st and Myrtle, driver in custody

November 26, 2015 at 9:23 pm | In West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 1 Comment

9:23 PM: You might have heard the sirens a little while ago – a big initial response for a crash at 21st SW and SW Myrtle. It was first called out as a “heavy rescue,” but it’s been scaled back. We don’t have details on the circumstances but are off to check.

9:54 PM: It was a one-car crash at the curve by Sanislo Elementary. The car went into the shrubs on the slope west of the corner, north of the stairs. The driver got himself out, police told us at the scene, and is unhurt, but is in custody, while they investigate the possibility of DUI.

UPDATE: Van flips on westbound bridge’s Delridge offramp

November 16, 2015 at 3:35 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts, WS breaking news | 12 Comments

(Photo courtesy Chris Monsos)

3:35 PM: Big Seattle Fire and Police response headed right now for a crash reported on the Delridge offramp from the westbound West Seattle Bridge. It was originally reported as a potential “heavy rescue” situation but is being scaled back. We’re on the way to see what we can find out.

3:46 PM: Overturned van, according to Jen in comments and Chris via the photo we’ve just added. No word yet on injuries. SDOT says the ramp is blocked right now so the van can be towed.

4:21 PM: Even before the van was to be towed, Chris said, traffic was getting around. We’ve added a photo sent by our crew.

4:32 PM: Metro says this has rerouted buses on Routes 50, 120, 125. If you’re headed that way, use stops south of Genesee TFN.

4:52 PM: SDOT says the ramp is now clear. (And, two minutes later, Metro says its buses on Delridge are back to normal routes.)

Driver to hospital after crashing into tree at 18th/Delridge

November 14, 2015 at 3:12 pm | In Delridge, West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 1 Comment

Thanks to the texter who sent that photo from Delridge/18th. We subsequently headed over to check out the scene and found the northbound lane is blocked. One person was being put into Medic 32, and police told us he’s being taken to Harborview.

(Added: Photo e-mailed by Amelia)
Avoid the area for a while.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Man stabbed in south Highland Park

November 13, 2015 at 10:52 pm | In Crime, West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 8 Comments

10:52 PM FRIDAY: Police are in the 8100 block of 16th SW right now investigating a stabbing. The victim is a man believed to be 35-40 years old, stabbed once in a back, being rushed to Harborview Medical Center right now. Not much other information available so far but the incident also might be linked to a report of a woman one block away, in the 8100 block of 15th SW, saying she was “maced.”

SATURDAY NIGHT NOTE: The incident is classified on the police-report map as an armed robbery at a residence. No narrative details are available, and at this point won’t be before Monday.

MONDAY AFTERNOON: Here’s our followup.

Bicycle rider hurt in crash at 20th and Henderson

November 11, 2015 at 1:21 pm | In West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 5 Comments

Thanks to the readers who have texted about an incident blocking the intersection at 20th and Henderson. It was listed as a medic response on the Seattle Fire 911 log; SFD tells us it’s a crash involving a bicycle rider. We’re headed to the scene to try to find out more.

UPDATE: 2-car crash at California and Findlay

November 7, 2015 at 10:33 am | In West Seattle news, WS breaking news | No Comments

10:33 AM: Northbound California is blocked at Findlay because of a crash involving two cars, one of which (as shown in our top photo) went up onto the NE curb and hit stopped just short of a hydrant, right next to the RapidRide stop. Police are directing traffic around the scene, alternating use of the southbound lane. So far, it doesn’t appear that anyone will have to go to the hospital.

10:55 AM: Added two more photos. The one above this line is courtesy of Robert; the one below is ours, showing the other car that was involved.

11:51 AM: Just a note – we haven’t been able to go back and see if the street is clear yet. If you go through the area and can verify, please comment – thanks!

12:27 PM: Thanks to William for sending word that the road is now open both ways.

UPDATE: 1 hospitalized after 2-car crash at 35th SW and SW Brandon

October 31, 2015 at 8:39 pm | In West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 7 Comments

(WSB photos)

8:39 PM: Thanks to Erin for the tip. Northbound 35th is blocked at Brandon because of a crash involving at least 2 vehicles. One is up on the sidewalk south of Brandon, another vehicle blocking Brandon.

Avoid the area. It’s just started raining heavily after an extended break.

8:50 PM: Now only the outside NB lane is blocked. Police tell us the woman driving the car that went up on the sidewalk was taken to the hospital; one tow truck is here already and they’re hoping the second will arrive soon.

9:18 PM: Photos added after we returned to HQ.

UPDATE: Driver hits parked vehicle, flips car on Fauntleroy Way

October 26, 2015 at 11:32 pm | In West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 13 Comments

11:32 PM: Thanks to the reader who just texted that photo and word of the rollover crash at Fauntleroy Way and SW Findlay, saying the driver hit the parked vehicle and flipped their own. The Seattle Fire response closed fairly quickly, so as far as we know, no serious injuries.

7:27 AM: The driver is under investigation for DUI.

UPDATE: Rescue callout for crash in west Admiral; no one hurt

October 25, 2015 at 5:11 pm | In West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 29 Comments

5:11 PM: Seattle Fire has just sent an “automobile rescue” callout to a crash in the 2700 block of 53rd SW, near Schmitz Park\.

5:13 PM: First units on scene say no one’s hurt and everyone’s out of the car, so the response is being scaled back.

5:42 PM: Just checked out the crash scene. As you can see in the photo we added, the car just missed hitting a utility pole – but did hit a car in a driveway on the downhill curve at 53rd SW and Admiral Way.

UPDATES: 1 hurt in 2-car crash at 42nd and Findlay; 3-car crash at 35th and Thistle; collision at Delridge and Henderson

October 24, 2015 at 1:52 pm | In West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 47 Comments

(UPDATING to add third West Seattle collision reported in less than an hour)

FIRST CRASH, 1:52 PM: Big Seattle Fire response on the way to 42nd and Findlay for an “automobile rescue” call.

1:55 PM: The response is being scaled back because, according to emergency-radio traffic, everyone’s made it out of their vehicles.

2:06 PM: Adding a photo. One person’s going to the hospital via private ambulance; injuries are not serious. The reason this originally was called out as a “rescue,” police tell us, is that the airbags deployed on one car and they were concerned about possible major injuries and getting the person out quickly and safely. This is the second crash at the intersection in three days; the previous one happened Thursday morning and was mentioned at the time in our morning-traffic coverage.

SECOND CRASH, 2:17 PM: Another crash – this time reported to involve 3 vehicles, at 35th SW and SW Thistle. SFD is arriving and SPD is on the way; we’d suggest avoiding the neighborhood for a while.

2:23 PM: Our crew reports this is actually south of Thistle on 35th, between Thistle and Cloverdale, and the northbound side is blocked by not just the vehicles but also the emergency response.

THIRD CRASH, 2:41 PM: Delridge and Henderson, just reported, partly blocking the intersection, injuries reported. On the way to check.

3:01 PM UPDATE: No major injuries here, either. Delridge traffic is getting through, albeit slowly; if you’re headed east on Henderson, you’ll have to divert for now.

3:29 PM: Let us know if you see any of these still blocking – we were able to check Thistle/Cloverdale/35th on the way back from Delridge/Henderson, and it was all off to the side.

UPDATE: Search off Alki Point suspended; no one missing from ferry M/V Puyallup

October 21, 2015 at 5:44 pm | In Seen at sea, West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 4 Comments

5:44 PM: Thanks for the texts. The state ferry M/V Puyallup has been involved in what Washington State Ferries describes as a “search/rescue” situation off Alki Point. The U.S. Coast Guard says someone might have gone overboard and it’s helping search. The Puyallup’s one of the biggest ferries in the system and serves the Seattle-Bainbridge run.

6:05 PM: The Puyallup is continuing to sail slowly off Alki, changing directions periodically – it’s currently heading westward again, according to VesselWatch. Our crew sees the USCG helicopter circling, too.

6:31 PM: The Puyallup finally went on to Bainbridge Island. One person on board tweets that what/who they were looking for might just have been “a seal.”

10:10 PM: The USCG says the search was officially suspended before 8 pm after Puyallup’s captain confirmed no one was missing.

Motorcycle rider hurt in crash on Fauntleroy Way

September 8, 2015 at 10:06 pm | In West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 20 Comments

Avoid Fauntleroy Way north of Lincoln Park right now – a crash left a motorcycle rider hurt at Fauntleroy Way and SW Othello, and he’s being taken to the hospital by private ambulance. Police are trying to sort out the circumstances – whether the rider lost control and hit a parked car, or whether it might have been a hit-run situation, as one witness mentioned a white pickup truck leaving the scene. His injuries are not life-threatening.

UPDATE: Garage fire out in east Admiral, no one hurt

September 4, 2015 at 5:03 pm | In West Seattle fires, West Seattle news, WS breaking news | Comments Off

5:03 PM: Seattle Fire crews are at the scene of what’s described as a “garage fire” in the 2700 block of 38th SW (map). SFD says it’s a detached garage, and that the fire’s under control. More to come.

5:26 PM UPDATE: Our crew says the fire’s out and most of the firefighters are leaving. It was in the back of a detached garage; no vehicle was in the garage at the time, we’re told, and no one was hurt. The cause is under investigation.

ADDED SATURDAY: SFD says this fire was accidental, caused by smoking materials.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Westbound Roxbury blocked at 22nd after crash

September 3, 2015 at 9:36 pm | In West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 10 Comments

9:36 PM: Police have WB Roxbury blocked just east of 22nd after a crash. We’re at the scene now gathering information.

9:41 PM: Police tell us two cars collided, and a woman riding in one of them was taken to the hospital. Her injuries were not life-threatening, so the Traffic Collision Investigation Squad won’t be called out. They’re waiting for tow trucks, but expecting that’ll be at least half an hour.

UPDATE: SW Barton reopening after substance found on Metro bus turned out NOT to be a ‘hazardous material’

September 2, 2015 at 4:42 pm | In West Seattle news, Westwood, WS breaking news | 11 Comments

(WSB photo. Note: This is NOT the bus on which the substance was found – that’s a few buses down)

4:42 PM: Eastbound Barton is closed right now at 30th SW because of a Seattle Fire response at the bus stop across from Westwood Village. According to the scanner, a “white powder” of some kind was found on a bus, which subsequently was evacuated, and they’re treating it as a possible hazmat situation until otherwise determined. We’ve just arrived at the scene to find out more.

4:48 PM UPDATE: This appears to be happening aboard a C-Line bus – not the one in our photo, a short ways east on Barton, which is now blocked both ways.

4:55 PM UPDATE: We’ve confirmed with SFD at the scene that no one has needed medical treatment. The suspicious substance was called in by the bus driver. Barton remains blocked off between 30th and 26th. (And yes, that is a TV helicopter that just arrived over the scene.)

5:09 PM UPDATE: Crews are suiting up in hazmat gear.

5:25 PM UPDATE: They subsequently went into the bus. We’re waiting to hear/see what happens next. Again, Barton is blocked BOTH WAYS.

5:33 PM: The verdict: Cleaning supplies (photo added above).

Barton will reopen shortly.

UPDATE: 2 people rescued from on-its-side vehicle in Seaview

September 2, 2015 at 9:41 am | In Seaview, West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 36 Comments

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)

9:41 AM: Big Seattle Fire/Police response en route right now to 49th SW and SW Graham (map) in Seaview, where a two-car crash is reported, one said to be “on its side” per the dispatch. More to come.

9:44 AM: First SFD crew at the scene confirms one vehicle, an SUV, is on its side and two people are inside – they’re checking on injuries as well as how to get them out. The response is being upgraded to “heavy rescue,” which means even more SFD vehicles headed that way.

9:52 AM: They’re getting the two people out now. Some of the responding units are being canceled.

9:58 AM: Our crew at the scene confirms both people are out of the vehicle that went into a tree on the SE corner of 49th/Graham; the other vehicle is a silver Volvo still out in the intersection.

Lots of SFD units still in the area so stay clear – 49th is residential but 48th, one block east, is a minor arterial through the area.

10:04 AM: Per our crew, the two people who were cut out of that vehicle – you’ll note that its roof is now missing, as shown in our top photo – will be taken to a hospital for evaluation, by private ambulance.

10:32 AM: The flipped Hyundai was headed eastbound on Graham, the Volvo northbound on 49th, when they collided, police tell us, as they continue investigating. The Volvo’s driver was unhurt.

UPDATE: Water-rescue call off 1200 block Alki, 4 kayakers brought in safely

August 31, 2015 at 4:57 pm | In West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 7 Comments

4:57 PM: SFD and SPD are en route to the 1200 block of Alki for a report of paddlers in trouble. More to come.

(Photo by David Hutchinson)
5:06 PM: Scanner indicates 4 people picked up, kayaks being retrieved. An SFD boat is bringing them to shore for evaluation.

(Photo by Lynn Hall)
Some of the emergency vehicles are being dismissed but stay away from 1200 block Alki for a while.

(WSB photo)
5:15 PM: We confirmed, four people, two kayaks. SFD medic units are standing by at Don Armeni just in case.

5:26 PM: Talked to the medics. No one needs to be taken to the hospital.

(Photo by Steven Director)
The kayaks were being brought to shore.

Toddler taken to hospital after falling from 3rd-floor window

August 26, 2015 at 1:38 pm | In West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 5 Comments

(Texted reader photo of emergency crews at today’s incident)

For the second time in less than a week, a child has been hurt in a fall from a third-floor window in West Seattle. A 22-month-old boy has just been rushed to Harborview Medical Center after an incident near 44th SW and SW Genesee. He was described as conscious, alert, and not believed to have life-threatening injuries. Six days ago, two boys ages 1 and 2 fell from a third-floor window near 34th and Holly. They were in the ICU at Harborview at last report (we are checking for an update on their conditions); a neighbor shared information in this WSB comment about a donation drive for the family.

SAFETY INFORMATION: The group Safe Kids Worldwide says, “Unintentional falls are the number-one cause of non-fatal injury for children,” and offers safety advice here.

UPDATE: Flipped-car crash on Highland Park Way

August 23, 2015 at 2:56 am | In Highland Park, West Seattle news, WS breaking news | Comments Off

(WSB photo by Tracy Record)

2:56 AM: If you’re hearing the sirens in southeast West Seattle – Seattle Fire and Police are headed to a crash involving an overturned vehicle on the Highland Park Way hill. No word yet on injuries.

3:06 AM: The SFD response has been canceled, generally an indication of no serious injuries.

3:55 AM: The crash was midway on the hill, south/west-bound side. Trying to determine that, we were stopped for a short time as the tow truck brought the vehicle upright and temporarily blocked all lanes (that’s over now). We weren’t able to talk with police to get information but will follow up when we can.

UPDATE: Man shot inside Junction apartment building; victim’s brother arrested

August 23, 2015 at 12:05 am | In Crime, West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 3 Comments

(UPDATED 11:16 AM with new information from police)

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)

12:05 AM: Police and fire are rushing to the 4800 block of California SW for a report of a man with a gunshot wound in an apartment building. More to come.

12:14 AM UPDATE: From the scanner, the victim is a man around 35 years old, with a gunshot wound to the upper torso. An SFD medic unit is taking him to Harborview Medical Center. No suspect in custody yet.

12:24 AM UPDATE: Our crew now at the scene reports police have someone in handcuffs – that doesn’t always mean an arrest, though, so we’ll be working to verify at the scene. Scanner traffic indicates police believe it’s the person they were looking for.

12:32 AM UPDATE: Police say they’re not looking for any other suspects; they also confirm the suspect and victim are believed to be known to each other. This is the second shooting in West Seattle in five nights, after the Tuesday night incident that began with a robbery in Admiral and ended with the victim shot in the leg while in a car in North Delridge.

ADDED 11:16 AM: New information from police – they say this is a case of domestic violence, as the 19-year-old man in custody is the shooting victim’s brother. They also say they recovered a loaded handgun and shell casing when searching the apartment. No information about the victim’s condition, though.

UPDATE: Two children hospitalized in intensive care after falling from window

August 20, 2015 at 6:54 pm | In High Point, West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 20 Comments

(UPDATED FRIDAY AFTERNOON with children’s condition – scroll down)
6:54 PM: Major medical response under way right now at 34th and Morgan – two children are injured and being rushed to Harborview. Scanner traffic indicates a fall from a window.

7 PM: We’ve arrived at the scene. This is actually closer to 34th and Holly and apparently happened in an alley behind a cluster of townhouses on the west side of 34th.

7:04 PM: Via Twitter, SFD confirms a 1-year-old boy and 2 year-old boy fell about 30 feet from a window and are both in serious condition.

7:10 PM: SFD medic units have now rushed both children to Harborview and the remaining SFD units are clearing from the scene.

9:19 PM: We’re not likely to get any further information tonight but will follow up tomorrow.

2:11 PM FRIDAY: We’ve just heard back from Harborview Medical Center, with whom we inquired this morning in hopes of getting an update on the boys. An HMC spokesperson tells WSB they are both in intensive care, both still listed in serious condition.

CRASH UPDATES: Flipped vehicle at 5th & Roxbury; 2 collisions on eastbound bridge; 3-car crash at Olson & Cambridge; SB 99 trouble

August 14, 2015 at 1:00 pm | In West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 23 Comments

(ADDED: Four more crashes since the downpour began – scroll down)

FIRST REPORT, 5TH/ROXBURY CRASH, 1 PM: Big Seattle Fire and Police response is on the way to 5th and Roxbury, for what’s reported as a rollover crash. Passersby are reported to have gotten everyone out of the vehicle. More to come.

1:17 PM: As shown in our photo above, this is on the north side of Roxbury just east of 5th. No serious injuries. Too soon to say what caused it, but a thunderstorm was moving through the area when it happened – and it’s still raining heavily. (2:27 pm – The vehicle has been towed.)

1:48 PM, BRIDGE CRASH: The downpour continues, as do the thunder and lightning. Now there’s a spinout crash on the eastbound bridge, near the Delridge onramp. One lane is reported to be blocked. No one hurt. (2:09 pm - police are blocking the Delridge onramp while working to clear this. 2:26 pm – The ramp has reopened.)

1:54 PM, OLSON/CAMBRIDGE CRASH: Now, police that were at the 5th and Roxbury crash are reporting a multiple-vehicle crash to the east, in the Olson & Cambridge vicinity. At least one person is reported to be hurt. (2:09 pm – three vehicles involved here; they’re calling for tows; 2:26 pm – they’re asking for an SDOT crew to inspect the roadway to see if it’s safe for travel.)

3:02 PM, EASTBOUND BRIDGE AGAIN: Now a two-vehicle collision involving a Metro bus is reported on the eastbound bridge near the Delridge onramp. (3:25 pm – this is “taking up 2 1/2 lanes,” per police radio transmissions, and there’s possible jersey-barrier damage that will need repairs.)

3:52 PM, SOUTHBOUND 99: Trouble on SB 99, per SDOT:

UPDATE: Driver taken to hospital after flipping stolen car northeast of Morgan Junction

August 12, 2015 at 8:04 pm | In West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 20 Comments

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)
8:04 PM: Big Seattle Fire/Police “heavy rescue” response at Fauntleroy/Juneau – at least one vehicle has crashed; per scanner, everyone is out, and the crash has taken down a streetlight post. More to come.

8:18 PM UPDATE: Just arriving at the crash scene; the overturned car is on northbound Fauntleroy just north of Juneau. Southbound traffic is still getting through, with an officer directing in the street.

8:23 PM UPDATE: Photos added. As it shows, the car flipped just off Fauntleroy, which is about to be reopened in the northbound direction too. We’re told the 25-year-old woman driving the car was taken to Harborview Medical Center.

8:34 PM UPDATE: City Light is on scene, evaluating the downed-pole situation. It’s not clear yet how long the crash scene will remain closed – depends on decisions involving repairs and investigation.

9:49 PM UPDATE: As of a few minutes ago, a tow truck was at the scene and the car had been turned back upright. The plate on the car in our photo was described over police radio as a stolen plate – we’re trying to confirm whether the car itself (which apparently was not the car associated with that plate) was stolen.

3:45 PM THURSDAY: SPD confirms the car was stolen and that the driver is under investigation for DUI. We also have an update on her age: 32.

UPDATE: Firefighters, neighbors stop Arroyos brush fire before it reaches homes

August 10, 2015 at 1:25 pm | In West Seattle fires, West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 31 Comments

(SCROLL DOWN for newest update – fire determined to have been accidental)

1:25 PM: Big Seattle Fire response to a possible house fire in the 10900 block of 39th SW (map). It was first called in as a brush fire. More to come.

(Photo from Steph)
1:32 PM UPDATE: Firefighters on the scene are calling for more engines.

(Photo from Alison)
1:44 PM UPDATE: SFD confirms it’s a brush fire at this point but that three homes are threatened and they’re working hard to keep the flames from getting to those houses. Our crew is almost there.

1:50 PM UPDATE: We’ve just arrived at the scene. The fire has just been reported to be under control.

1:57 PM UPDATE: The fire is estimated at up to 2 acres. Now just hotspots, according to SFD. Avoid Marine View Drive in this area – fire vehicles are concentrated at 39th/109th, which is where MV Drive takes a turn. Adding photos, ours and those tweeted/sent to us (thank you!).

(Photo by Hal Tangen)
2:07 PM UPDATE: We’ve confirmed the fire did not reach any of the homes. No word of any injuries, nor of how the fire started, but SFD’s public-information officer is reported to be en route, so we’ll get an update soon, in addition to what we’re finding out from firefighters/incident commander.

2:15 PM UPDATE: The fire’s now been declared “tapped,” still with some hotspots.

2:36 PM UPDATE: We’ve just talked with SFD public-information officer Kyle Moore. He says the fire got within 75 yards of at least one house before it was stopped. The cause remains under investigation, and crews will be in the area working on hotspots for quite a while, so stay away from the south end of Marine View Drive.

3:05 PM UPDATE: If you’re seeing/hearing a helicopter – Guardian One is helping SFD locate remaining hotspots.

4:15 PM: SFD says the cause “is accidental – improperly disposed-of staining rags in direct sunlight” – someone was staining furniture and left the rags out in the open – this isn’t the first fire we’ve covered where that kind of combustion happened. Spokesperson Moore also reaffirms that no one was hurt, and that while they had Seattle Public Utilities standing by in case they needed a water boost, it wasn’t necessary – the system worked exactly as it was needed to.

UPDATE: Rescue response in 3700 block Beach Drive; no emergency after all

August 6, 2015 at 2:29 pm | In West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 3 Comments

(ADDED: WSB photos by Patrick Sand)

2:29 PM: A major Seattle Fire response is on the way to the 3700 block of Beach Drive [map] for a rescue response – a report of an overturned kayak, 300 yards offshore. Units are being sent by land and sea. More to come.

2:37 PM: A fireboat is reported to be making contact with a kayaker and trying to determine if anyone is actually in need of help.

2:42 PM: The Coast Guard subsequently reported that another kayaker might have helped someone in trouble, but right now it’s being concluded there is no (longer an) emergency. Some of the responding units are being dismissed.

2:47 PM: Our crew is there now and has been told the same thing on shore – one paddler assisted another and everyone is OK now.

West Seattle Crime Watch: 10 vehicles vandalized, man jailed

August 5, 2015 at 1:37 am | In Crime, West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 18 Comments

1:37 AM: Several people have asked about a police response in the California/Raymond vicinity. Here’s what we know so far: Police are investigating vandalism that damaged multiple cars. They were dispatched after what one texter described to us (similar to what was mentioned in the dispatching) as “yelling and smashing sounds.” They found multiple vehicles with damage including broken side mirrors, and were questioning one suspect at last report. We will follow up later this morning.

9:14 AM: We went down after it got light this morning to see if any of this damage was visible; above, two photos. We also are obtaining the report narrative from SPD and will add details when we have that.

9:54 AM: We now have that report, which notes at least 10 damaged vehicles, along California SW and in an apartment-building parking lot. The suspect is 31-year-old Yonas Berhane, who was arrested and cited – which means charged, in the Municipal Court system, which is why we are identifying him – with property destruction and harassment. As one commenter reports, the initial call to police said the vandalism was accompanied by yelling and screaming with threats to “murder people.” Police found Berhane walking northbound on California north of Raymond and say he appeared intoxicated. Someone told officers they had asked Berhane if he was OK and that he responded by threatening to shoot them and used both hands to “mimic … shooting guns, all the while shouting ‘blap blap blap’ (as in gunfire).” The King County Jail register shows he is still in custody, with initial bail at $2,000.

2:36 PM: Berhane is currently scheduled for a court appearance at the jail tomorrow morning. His record dating back to age 17 includes mostly misdemeanors, including theft and assault, but also a 2009 case that combined felony charges in multiple cases in South King County, including the theft of a car from a hotel parking lot near Sea-Tac; the car’s owners, according to the charging documents, had been staying at the hotel because their house burned down. He struck a plea bargain and was sentenced to two months.

UPDATE: ‘Smoking materials’ blamed for house fire at 44th/Graham

July 20, 2015 at 1:29 am | In West Seattle fires, West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 9 Comments

(Thanks to Steve for the photo)

1:29 AM: Seattle Fire units are arriving at what the first arrivals are describing as a “small exterior fire” at a house in the 4400 block of SW Graham.

1:38 AM UPDATE: The fire has since been described as coming from the house’s crawl space. Two people were inside, described as a man and woman in their 50s, and escaped without injury, according to emergency-radio discussion; Red Cross is being called to help them. Some SFD units are being dismissed.

1:49 AM: The fire’s been pronounced “tapped” and the cause is under investigation.

2:06 AM: SFD is cancelling the call for the Red Cross, which means either the residents don’t need help or that they’ll be able to reoccupy their house.

10:13 AM: We checked with SFD spokesperson Kyle Moore regarding the cause and the damage. He says investigators determined the fire was caused by “improperly discarded smoking materials (that) ignited a wooden planter of the front porch. The fire spread to exterior siding and crawlspace. The damage estimate is $50,000. There were no injuries.”

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