Miscellaneous mysteries

Seems about once a week, someone notices a mysterious, unexplained late-night closure on the West Seattle Bridge. Here’s the latest report (with one response saying, without elaboration, “it was a police training exercise”). Anyone with more definitive dirt, please let us know. Meantime, remember all those recent helicopter buzzings? We have one neighborhood account of what was happening at the time on the ground (after the jump) …

From a WSB reader UNDER the chopper path:

We also watched the “manhunt” that took place around 11:30p on Jan.
23rd. We live on 38th Ave (between Morgan and Willow) and watched
out of the back of our house as police dogs, and their handlers,
scoured homes and yards along 39th and 40th Avenues with search
lights. The dogs were racing through the surrounding properties, and
looking at the amount of police on foot and police cars surrounding
the neighborhood, they were clearly in hot pursuit of someone.

The first car to arrive, and parked in front of a home on 40th,
looked like a federal agency car and not a Seattle police car. There
were two Seattle police cars blocking off a 2 block area, and one
driving around with it’s searchlights.

It was about 15 minutes into watching all this activity when the
helicopter then joined in the search. A police car with search
lights also cruised up and down our alleyway several times. It was
all a bit unsettling to watch all this, then 45 minutes later, have
it all end. And here we are, 2 days later and still no news as to
what was happening.

I called the West Seattle precinct on Wednesday, to see if I could
get any information about the activity, but was only able to get the
automated answering system. It would be nice to have some access to
this type of information from the police. It was clear that it was a
pretty serious situation occurring right in our own backyards and
we’d love to know the outcome of all that activity. Many neighbors
lost alot of sleep that night!

6 Replies to "Miscellaneous mysteries"

  • dq January 29, 2007 (10:30 pm)

    the west seattle bridge is actually closed again tonight going west between admiral and fauntleroy. couldn’t tell what was going on when we drove by there about 10 pm.

  • Robert January 30, 2007 (7:59 am)

    Early Monday morning (12:30 AM (?) – I don’t recall exactly), I was up feeding a baby and I could see several cruisers and what looked like a van, but it was too dark to figure out what was going on.

    The van was at the low point prior to the rise to Fauntleroy. All the cars were being forced to take the ramps prior to the closure.

    (I tried to use that scanner url your listed recently but couldn’t get it to work)

  • lifer January 30, 2007 (10:54 am)

    I have encountered this twice in the last week. The first time I was close enough to see some people with some sort of wand or probe doing something to either the pavement or the lane separating barrier. Didn’t look like police training – but what do I know about that really…

  • Jay January 30, 2007 (11:59 am)

    Every Monday for the past month when I come home from soccer there has been some sort of WS bridge activity. Last night again, it was 11:45 and the bridge was closed westbound from the Alki/Admiral exit. This is the first time it’s been closed westbound. All the other times it’s been closed eastbound. There are a number of police cruisers and what appear to be coroner vans.

  • oval league February 1, 2007 (1:06 pm)

    Just Homeland “Security” preparing for Marshall Law. Nothing to worry about.

  • ChickenLittle February 2, 2007 (1:13 pm)

    Per Lt. Steven Paulsen
    Operations, Southwest Precinct here’s the scoop:
    Our Accident Investigation Squad has been mapping the bridge coordinates with GPS on slow evenings in order to have set mapping points in the event of a fatality accident. In the event there is a fatality accident, crime scene processing will be faster since the detectives already have the set points. A normal fatality accident can take 4-8 hours to process.
    With the set coordinates, they can reduce the time to a couple of hours.
    The accident Investigation squad has done this to several key areas of the City already. They should be done with the West Seattle Freeway.

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