West Seattle Blog... » WS breaking news http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Mon, 26 Jan 2015 09:37:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Update: 2 hurt in Delridge/Oregon crash; road has reopened http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-traffic-alert-delridge-cradh/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-traffic-alert-delridge-cradh/#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 02:09:18 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=298846

6:09 PM: Northbound Delridge at Oregon, near Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, is blocked by a 2-vehicle crash. Avoid the area. More to come.

6:22 PM: Police confirm at the scene, no major injuries. Two people were being transported by private ambulance. No TCI callout, so it will not be a long closure.

6:39 PM: Added a photo taken from the footbridge by Youngstown, looking south over the northbound lanes. We’ll be checking back on the scene before the top of the hour.

6:44 PM: Police just announced via scanner that Delridge is open both ways again.

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Update: Admiral Way reopens after crash cleared http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-traffic-alert-crash-closes-westbound-admiral-way/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-traffic-alert-crash-closes-westbound-admiral-way/#comments Sat, 17 Jan 2015 06:52:51 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=298374 10:52 PM: A crash at Admiral Way/51st SW is blocking the westbound (downhill) lanes right now. One person is reported hurt, but injuries are not believed to be major.

11:27 PM UPDATE: Won’t be blocked much longer. Car’s already on a tow truck and scene will be clearing.

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Update: Two juvenile victims in two pedestrian/car collisions, Delridge/Orchard and 15th/Roxbury http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-traffic-alert-delridgeorchard-investigation/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-traffic-alert-delridgeorchard-investigation/#comments Fri, 16 Jan 2015 23:45:44 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=298329 3:45 PM: An incident reported to involve a pedestrian has a police/fire callout at Delridge/Orchard, and we’re told northbound lanes are blocked, with traffic backing up. More to come.

3:58 PM: Our crew at the scene reports the road is now fully open and police are clearing out. A private ambulance was leaving. That suggests the victim’s injuries were not major. We’re trying to find out more.

4:03 PM: Police tell us at the scene that the victim was a juvenile who suffered a broken leg. And they confirmed an earlier incident we had been checking on – 15th and Roxbury, less than an hour ago, in which a juvenile pedestrian also suffered a broken leg. Both scenes are now clear.

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What’s up for the rest of your West Seattle Friday: Movie, music, theater, basketball, more… http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/whats-up-for-the-rest-of-your-west-seattle-friday-movie-music-theater-basketball-more/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/whats-up-for-the-rest-of-your-west-seattle-friday-movie-music-theater-basketball-more/#comments Fri, 16 Jan 2015 19:38:16 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=298288

(September 2014 photo by John Westrock, recently added to WSB Flickr group)
Weekend’s almost here! While you await Sunday’s Big Game – and/or other weekend excitement – here’s what’s up for the rest of today, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

REMINDER – FOOD DRIVE! As noted here earlier this week, Straight Blast Gym (WSB sponsor) has a big month-long food drive under way – drop something off today/tonight/this weekend (or any time before January 31st) and help them get to their goal of a ton and a half! (5050 Delridge Way SW)

TEEN SPACE: DESIGN CHALLENGE! 3:30 pm at Southwest Branch Library – teens are invited to take the challenge and build a structure that won’t collapse under pressure. Or – just chill. Details here. (35th/Henderson)

HIGHLAND PARK MOVIE NIGHT: Doors open 6 pm at Highland Park Improvement Club, kids’ short 6:15 pm, main movie at 7 pm. Details on the HPIC website. Free – BYO chair or use one of theirs. (12th/Holden)

HIGH-SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Only West Seattle High School has home games tonight, with Bainbridge Island HS visiting: Full schedule here; girls’ varsity at 6:15 pm, boys’ varsity at 8 pm. (3000 California SW)

‘BUS STOP,’ NIGHT TWO: West Seattle High School Drama Club presents “Bus Stop,” student-directed by Kaya Hubbard, again tonight at 7:30 pm in the school theater. Details on the WSHS home page. (3000 California SW)

LOTS OF LIVE MUSIC! Listings for musicians performing tonight at Salty’s on Alki, C & P Coffee, Feedback Lounge (all WSB sponsors), Skylark, and Benbow tonight – find them all by going directly to our calendar.

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Update: SUV goes off road, behind building at Delridge/Andover, takes out CenturyLink service http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/heavy-rescue-call-in-3800-block-of-delridge-way/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/heavy-rescue-call-in-3800-block-of-delridge-way/#comments Tue, 13 Jan 2015 22:28:47 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=298016

2:28 PM: Big police and fire response headed for the north end of Delridge Way on a “heavy rescue” call. Per scanner, a car went over an embankment. No serious injuries reported so most units are being canceled.

(Added: This photo and next two, by Christopher Boffoli for WSB)
2:36 PM: The car involved is a Ford Explorer – it’s actually gone behind the brick business building on the northeast corner of Delridge/Andover.

2:46 PM UPDATE: The vehicle’s driver is going to the hospital via private ambulance. Our crew at the scene has spoken with the building’s owner Christopher Price, who owns the businesses (Allstate and HR Block) based there; he says so far the main damage includes a broken window. Traffic-wise, Delridge isn’t affected much – most of the effects are on Andover east of Delridge.

3:14 PM UPDATE: As discussed in comments, CenturyLink Internet service is out because the driver took out a box at the crash scene:

5:02 PM UPDATE: Thanks to Dan Jaramillo for the photo below, showing two tow trucks working to get the SUV out of the crash spot along that steep section of SW Andover:

Once that’s done, the road should be clear – we won’t be able to check back for a while, so please comment if you do see it back to normal condition.

9:21 PM: As commenters are noting, the CL service is still out.

12:36 AM: WSB’s Christopher Boffoli went back to the scene late tonight and found a crew still working on those repairs:

They had already poured a new footing for the most-uphill box, Christopher reports, but they acknowledged getting everything back will take days, not hours.

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West Seattle traffic alert: Crash closes Andover east of Delridge http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-traffic-alert-crash-closes-andover-east-of-delridge/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-traffic-alert-crash-closes-andover-east-of-delridge/#comments Mon, 12 Jan 2015 01:41:41 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=297825 5:41 PM: The hilly stretch of SW Andover east of Delridge is closed right now because of a crash – for a while only half the road was blocked, but fluid from the crash has apparently caused vehicles to slide on the other side, so police have closed the entire hill. No word yet on how long cleanup will take; no major injuries reported from the crash.

8:07 PM UPDATE: Just went by – the hill is clear and open.

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West Seattle traffic-alert update: Junction crash scene cleared http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-traffic-alert-crash-in-the-junction-2/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-traffic-alert-crash-in-the-junction-2/#comments Fri, 09 Jan 2015 21:32:52 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=297650

1:32 PM: Police and Fire are at the scene of a crash at California/Alaska involving a motorcycle, and we’re hearing that northbound traffic on California is blocked. Apparently no major injuries, as the medic unit has been cancelled and a private ambulance summoned.

1:39 PM: Added a texted photo (thank you); our crew is en route. Looks from that photo and this one on Twitter that the motorcycle is down on California just north of Alaska.

1:51 PM: Emergency vehicles have cleared the scene and everything’s open again.

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Update: Woman found dead in the water off Beach Drive SW; police are not investigating as a homicide, so far http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/rescue-response-on-beach-drive-sw/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/rescue-response-on-beach-drive-sw/#comments Thu, 08 Jan 2015 14:52:14 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=297459 (UPDATED 11:20 am with video of SPD media briefing at the scene)

(Photo tweeted by Aloysha)
6:52 AM: Fire and police are headed for Beach Drive SW and Oregon, for a report of someone in the water, possibly face down, about 20 feet offshore.

7 AM: By all accounts (via scanner), this is confirmed to be a body, brought ashore, and most of the rescue response has been canceled.

7:06 AM: First evaluation is that this is a woman around 50 years old, per scanner. The Medical Examiner is on the way. Our crew should be arriving shortly to find out more.

(WSB photo: Police have taped off the scene)
7:15 AM: At the scene, we’ve learned the body was spotted by two people out for a walk. Police are declining comment, referring us to the media-relations unit. This all happened near the stairway that goes from the sidewalk down to the lower part of Emma Schmitz Overlook, across from Me-Kwa-Mooks Park.

7:35 AM: An SPD spokesperson is apparently headed to the scene to talk with us and the TV crews that have arrived. As already noted in comments, if you’ve been here since at least 2012, you probably immediately recall the unsolved murder of 53-year-old Greggette Guy; her body was found in the water about half a mile north in March 2012, her car was found near where all this is unfolding today. But again, there’s NO information yet on how the woman found this morning died. We’ll update as soon as police have an official statement.

(WSB photo: King County Medical Examiner crew arrives)
8:24 AM: SPD spokesperson Sgt. Sean Whitcomb has briefed us. This is NOT currently being investigated as a homicide and is (corrected) NOT considered a “suspicious death”; so SPD is investigating with the Medical Examiner, which has a crew on scene. The woman is believed to be in her 50s but that is just a guess so far – apparently no ID on her; they will be checking missing-persons records to try to find out who she is. Police are likely to be at the scene another hour or so, but the woman’s body will be taken away by the ME shortly.

11:20 AM: Above this line, we have added the video of Sgt. Whitcomb’s briefing, in its entirety. Questions were asked by the four crews who were there – ours, and three of the four local TV-news organizations. SPD Blotter has just published a post about this, but there’s no new information.

ADDED FRIDAY, 5:29 PM: The King County Medical Examiner’s Office identifies the woman found off Emma Schmitz Overlook as 69-year-old Carolyn Arnold. According to the KCME’s afternoon media-hotline recording (a daily list of cases they investigate), the cause of Ms. Arnold’s death has not yet been determined, pending toxicology tests (which can take weeks).

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Update: Hazmat response at West Seattle’s Southwest Precinct http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/hazmat-response-headed-for-west-seattles-southwest-precinct/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/hazmat-response-headed-for-west-seattles-southwest-precinct/#comments Sun, 04 Jan 2015 23:19:18 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=297110

(WSB photo: Some of the many SFD units that staged on SW Webster alongside the precinct)
3:19 PM: If you’ve seen the fire units rushing by – it’s a hazardous-materials (hazmat) response to 2300 SW Webster, which happens to be the Seattle Police Southwest Precinct. Updates to come.

3:29 PM: From our crew at the scene as well as scanner traffic: This will all be clearing soon – no hazmat, nobody sick/injured. Someone dropped off an unknown substance at the precinct; turned out, apparently, to be a solvent and/or paint thinner (or something similar), according to early assessment.

P.S. We don’t know the exact circumstances of how/why the substance was brought to the precinct, but if you have “household hazardous waste,” here’s info on how to dispose of it safely.

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Update: 2nd SW call = not weapons-related after all http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/assault-with-weapons-call-in-9200-block-2nd-sw/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/assault-with-weapons-call-in-9200-block-2nd-sw/#comments Fri, 02 Jan 2015 22:50:18 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=296993

2:50 PM: Police and fire are responding to an “assault with weapons” call in the 9200 block of 2nd SW. Details as we get them.

3:03 PM: False alarm of sorts, according to police on scene and in media relations. Man who fell and hit his head first claimed he’d been shot – but hadn’t. He was injured badly enough to be taken to the hospital, though.

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Another traffic alert: ‘Heavy rescue’ call at Olson/Myers http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/another-traffic-alert-heavy-rescue-call-at-4throxbury/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/another-traffic-alert-heavy-rescue-call-at-4throxbury/#comments Fri, 05 Dec 2014 05:16:20 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=294200 9:16 PM: Another crash to report – this time at 4th and Roxbury (Olson vicinity), and our first tipster tells us roads are blocked. It’s a “heavy rescue” call, which means a major SFD response too. More to come.

9:20 PM: The location’s been updated on the 911 log to Olson/Myers.

9:37 PM: The SFD response has closed out, but we don’t have an update yet on the detour situation.

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Search for hit-run driver after crash on 21st SW http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/search-for-hit-run-driver-after-crash-on-21st-sw/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/search-for-hit-run-driver-after-crash-on-21st-sw/#comments Sat, 08 Nov 2014 07:12:11 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=291435

If you heard/saw the big callout to the 4700 block of 21st SW (map) – that’s what it’s all about – a two-car crash with one driver reported to be on the run, according to the Seattle Fire tweet. The road’s blocked in the area, so stay away if you have to head out.

(Added: WSB photo by Christopher Boffoli)
11:45 PM: Tow crews are already at the scene, so it should clear before long.

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Update: 2 hurt in crash that closed Admiral Way for 6 hours http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-traffic-alert-crash-at-60thadmiral-way/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-traffic-alert-crash-at-60thadmiral-way/#comments Fri, 07 Nov 2014 12:40:53 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=291354

(First two WSB photos by Tracy Record)
4:40 AM: At least two people are hurt – one seriously – after a crash at 60th/Admiral. One texter says Admiral’s blocked off. We’re en route to find out more.

5:08 AM: This is a one-car rollover. 19-year-old woman driving, very seriously hurt. Passenger hurt too. TCIS is coming, police told us at the scene, so Admiral will be closed here a while; on the east side, it is blocked at 59th. Lots of debris in the road, as shown in our short Instagram clip panning the scene (and photo below). Police are investigating whether alcohol was a factor.

The car ended up on its side in the planting strip on the south side of Admiral (top photo).

5:58 AM: Metro just texted its reroutes caused by the Admiral Way closure: “Routes 50 and 56 are currently routed off Admiral … Use stops east of 59th SW or west of 61st SW.” (added) The 775 Water Taxi shuttle reroute: “Use stops on SW Admiral Way east of 59th or on Alki SW east of 61st.”

7:48 AM: Still closed. We’ll update here and the daily traffic watch as soon as it reopens.

(WSB photo by Patrick Sand)
8:53 AM: Just back from checking the scene. A tow truck driver had arrived and was doing some cleanup; SPD has been calling for SDOT to do more.

10:10 AM: According to our crew back at the scene, Admiral is reopening, after further cleanup by SDOT and SFD.

10:21 AM: And Metro has just sent a text alert that its routes in that area are back to normal.

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Update: Missing 73-year-old man found http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/73-year-old-man-missing-have-you-seen-john-knapp-sr/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/73-year-old-man-missing-have-you-seen-john-knapp-sr/#comments Sat, 01 Nov 2014 01:28:17 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=290631 6:45 PM UPDATE: The missing man’s son says he’s been found.

EARLIER: Just out of the WSB inbox (update: photo added):

My father, John Knapp, Sr., has not been heard from since around noon today when he left an appointment at Westside Dermatology at the Junction. He is 73 and has a serious heart condition, so is wearing a defibrillator vest. He is 5’11″, white, 212 pounds, and has short gray hair. He was driving a beige 1999 Toyota Corolla with Washington plate number 792-VXC. I have put a report into 911 and SPD was to send an officer, but it has been an hour. He lives on Genesee Hill so he cannot be far from home.

Please call 911 if you think you have seen him.

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West Seattle traffic alert: Crash at 8th and Roxbury http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-traffic-alert-crash-at-8th-and-roxbury/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-traffic-alert-crash-at-8th-and-roxbury/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:55:47 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=290476

3:55 PM: Avoid 8th/Roxbury for a while if you’re heading out – a crash is blocking at least part of the intersection. No word yet on injuries or other circumstances; we’re en route to check.

4:06 PM: Won’t be blocked for too long, per scanner – tow trucks have been called. Northbound Metro on 8th is affected for a bit, though.

4:30 PM: The tow trucks were there when our crew arrived a short time ago. One lane on Roxbury was blocked eastbound, and 8th was blocked pending removal of the cars. No injuries, we’re told.

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