As of right now, we’re testing two new features – both in hopes of better fulfilling the WSB mission of serving you with West Seattle news, information, and discussion, 24/7/365.
MORE DISCUSSION: We have finally launched “forums” — another HUGE thanks to the fabulous STUART MAXWELL for making this happen (same guy who got WSB onto a better server earlier this morth) — but before we build them out with a slew of categories and other enhancements, we would like you to try them and then let us know how you would want to use them. You will find them by clicking the FORUM tab at the right side of the row of navigation tabs under the sunset header (or click here). We’ve started with two general areas — we’d like to see if forums are the best, well, forum for Reader Recommendation Requests — start a new topic when you have one, and see what happens — this means RRRs won’t have to wait for us to get to them amid all the other West Seattle news of the day. Also, there’s an OPEN DISCUSSION area where you can post a topic you’d like to talk about. Sometimes the main page is the right place for that — like the “walk all ways” opinion sent to us that resulted in this well-discussed post — but again, maybe there’s something you just want to say NOW – go to the forums and say it. One note, you will have to register to post in the forums (but anyone can read them). And right now, since we’re considering this a “beta” test before possibly tying it into more of the site, that registration does NOT link to the comment feature on WSB posts, so you will still have to enter your name and e-mail address separately if you want to comment on those. Try out the forums, let us know what you think, with comments on this post OR by e-mailing WSB. Thanks!
MORE NEWS/INFORMATION: With the help of the fine folks at the Southwest Precinct, we are now able to bring you lots more information about West Seattle crime reports, safety concerns, and crime-prevention advice. Starting right now – with police-report highlights from the past several days:
The following information is from reports filed by police based at the Southwest Precinct; the newest available when we checked this afternoon was dated 6:33 pm last night. We checked going back to last Sunday; notable incidents are below, in reverse chronological order:
HARBOR AVE., BURGLARY REPORTED TO POLICE LAST NIGHT: It happened sometime in the past few weeks at a storage unit in the 3200 block of Harbor Ave. SW — someone broke into the unit and stole items including speakers, a video-game console, and video games.
WESTWOOD, BURGLARY REPORTED TO POLICE LAST NIGHT: Someone broke into a home in the 9000 block of 36th Ave. SW sometime yesterday afternoon, apparently by using a rock to smash a window. Jewelry and a TV were reported missing.
EAST OF THE JUNCTION, THEFT REPORTED YESTERDAY MORNING: This happened in the 4100 block of 37th Ave. SW on Wednesday afternoon: A man knocked on the door asking to do yard work. The people at the residence tried to tell him no but he insisted on showing what he could do, then pushed his way into the house, where an envelope of money was discovered missing after he left. He was described as mid-30s, 5’6″, 140 pounds, shaved head, driving a black mid-’90s 4-door sedan.
BETWEEN ALASKA AND MORGAN JUNCTIONS, WOMAN BEATEN WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Just after 8 pm Wednesday night, calls to 911 reported a man and woman fighting, and something that sounded like gunshots. Police went to a building in the 5200 block of California, where they found an injured 21-year-old woman who said her boyfriend had barged into her apartment, dragged her out by the hair, and attacked her. Police arrested a 22-year-old man.
MORGAN JUNCTION BREAK-IN ATTEMPT, SUNDAY MORNING: People who live in the 7000 block of California told police that someone tried to break in through their basement window early Sunday morning; the would-be burglar(s) apparently got scared away before getting in.
BEACH DRIVE CAR BREAK-IN, REPORTED SUNDAY: A car owner in the 6700 block of Beach Drive told police that someone broke into the car Saturday night or Sunday morning, breaking the driver’s-side lock and making off with the car stereo.
As we always remind you – don’t hesitate to call police when you see or hear something suspicious, and of course when you believe a crime has been (or is being) committed. In addition to 911, there’s a non-emergency line at 206/625-5011. A big collection of Seattle Police crime-prevention resources is available online here.