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Update: Checking on Admiral-area search

May 23, 2008 10:18 pm
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 |   Crime | WS breaking news

Since more than a few people have e-mailed and texted, just wanted to let you know we’re monitoring the scanner to see if we can figure out what the Admiral-area search is about (perhaps there’s an area resident with direct knowledge?) … nothing obvious so far (and we have the helicopter frequency on our scanner too so we usually hear what they’re up to), and there’s no 911 medic calls in the area, which at least indicates that if a crime was involved, nobody’s hurt. We’ll update if we find anything out. 10:42 PM UPDATE: This is still not official info but two different e-mails have said the same basic thing so we feel comfortable about passing it along – apparently some kind of assault happened in the area. Absolutely no information about circumstances, but police told one resident that they were looking for an “assault suspect.” Don’t know if that person was found – still no scanner traffic hinting at something active. 12:39 AM POSTSCRIPT: Still not another shred of info, anecdotal, scanner, or otherwise. Will try our best to see if we can reach anyone at the precinct tomorrow for followup.

Another coyote sighting – but this one’s hurt

(video no longer available because of shutdown)

Toward the end of that video clip sent by a reader who lives just west of Morgan Junction, you can clearly see that the coyote in the clip is limping. Here’s a photo with a closer look at the coyote as it rests:


The reader tried calling the state Fish and Wildlife Department but couldn’t get through to anyone; it so happens that another reader had written us earlier this week about an injured coyote in what she described as “the Fauntleroy greenbelt” — not sure if it’s the same one — and while she did get through to the state, here’s what she was told:

Of course the Washington Fish and Wildlife said there is nothing they can do, we have to let nature take its course. Sad to say that as much as I do not like them in my yard, I felt really bad for the coyote, if it is serious he will likely die a slow death by starvation.

The Fish/Wildlife Department has a page with tons of info about coyotes and coexisting with them, but nothing about policy for dealing with ones that are hurt. We did find some information at the PAWS site advising calling in a “licensed wildlife rehabilitator” – the ones in this region are listed here; none are based nearby, and there’s no coyote-specific information to be found.

West Seattle Weekend Lineup: 3-day-weekend edition

May 23, 2008 3:44 pm
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 |   Fun stuff to do | Holidays | WS Weekend Lineup


(photo by WSB contributor Matt Durham; prints of his work are available at
We’re including Monday events too, as well as Monday information (like government closures, Water Taxi/bus/ferry schedule changes, etc.), since this is it … the kickoff of summer … and as we type those very words, in fact, filtered sun is starting to wash over Upper Fauntleroy … 41 events and other notes listed ahead:Read More

Reader report: Alert for bicyclists who commute downtown

Meg e-mailed us an alert she thought her fellow bicycle commuters would want to hear:Read More

Westwood pit-bulls case closed, no charges against owner

We’ve followed up from time to time on the aftermath of the February 26th Westwood incident in which two pit bulls attacked a man and his Chihuahua, and then were shot by police (original WSB report here; followup with police-report narrative here). One pit bull died that night; the other was seized by the Seattle Animal Shelter. During our followup calls, SAS executive director Don Jordan had told us the dogs’ owner faced citations and possibly a criminal charge (March 3 update here; April 10 update here). The second dog’s fate depended on what happened with those cases. Jordan just called WSB to let us know the case is closed because the owner agreed to have the second dog euthanized. “We wanted to make sure that dog was off the street,” Jordan said. The civil citations and possible criminal charge are not being pursued, according to Jordan, because of that agreement, and also because the victim did not want to press charges or even give a written statement. Jordan had told us previously that this owner had a history of trouble involving other dogs, not these; we asked, so does that mean any restrictions can be put on his right to own or license dogs in the future? Not in this case, he said, noting that even in cases where people are found guilty of crimes involving animals and judges decide to impose such restrictions, they can never be prohibited from ownership for a period longer than 2 years. “That can be frustrating for us,” he acknowledged.

West 5-filmed video is a “3-Minute Masterpiece” winner

May 23, 2008 12:58 pm
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 |   West Seattle video | WS culture/arts

Remember that three-minute “short” shot inside West 5? It’s one of the winners.

2 ex-Huling employees sentenced, more to be charged

gavel.jpgJust reported by the P-I. We knew Adrian Dillard and Ted Coxwell were to be sentenced today in the notorious bilking case (each got one year, but Coxwell had already served that time since he didn’t bail out prior to his trial) but we couldn’t be there in person; seems prosecutors also revealed more charges to come. (Previous WSB coverage: January 30 report on Dillard/Coxwell verdicts; January 4 report on Paul Rimbey sentencing.) 4 PM ADDITION: KIRO site has video from today’s hearing.

Bulletin for food fans: Spring Hill Restaurant opens tonight

(video no longer available due to shutdown)

(Updated 12:51 pm with that short video peek inside the new restaurant) We dropped in quickly a short time ago to verify a tip that Spring Hill in The Junction is about to open, and indeed, they tell us tonight is opening night, open for dinner 7 nights a week, 5:45 pm-midnight. (Previous WSB coverage: January Q&A with owner here, sneak peek inside last month is here, and just for the historical record, our very first mention it was coming was November 9, 2006.) EARLY SATURDAY P.S.: Note the comment just posted from a self-identified insider, including menu excerpts.

Reopening update from arson-victim Morgan Junction locksmith

May 23, 2008 10:12 am
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 |   West Seattle businesses | West Seattle fires


Quick update from Puget Sound Lock and Key co-owner Michael Dein, writing to the WSB Forum Community mailing list that was set up during the planning of last month’s WSBFC fundraiser for his business, closed since a still-unsolved arson attack two months ago:

I talked with the contractor who is handling fire restoration, and he estimates that we will be re-opened in 1 1/2 – 2 months. Thank you all once again for your support, I don’t think that I would have even tried to rebuild if not for the
outpouring of support and love from the community.

Some High Point homes to be powerless tomorrow

May 23, 2008 7:02 am
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 |   High Point | Neighborhoods | Utilities | West Seattle news

From High Point’s newly revamped website – word of a Seattle City Light alert that dozens of High Point addresses will be without power for about 10 hours starting at 7:30 tomorrow morning, because of transformer work. Here’s the alert, with a link to a list of addresses to be affected, all of whom already should have been directly notified by SCL.