West Seattle, Washington
That was the sunset view over the Olympic Mountains as seen from Beach Drive tonight, captured and sent to us by WSB’er David. There was a chill in the air tonight and some light breezes, but overall a pleasant night in West Seattle – which should continue tomorrow before giving way to a potentially rainy long holiday weekend.
ORIGINAL REPORT: If you were heading downtown this evening you might want to be sure to take the high bridge. We’re just now hearing reports that the low bridge is stuck in the open position. SPD is barricading and cars have been turned away. We’re going to check it out and will post updates as we learn more.
7:26 PM UPDATE: The low bridge is back in service now.
Followup to our earlier report of arrests in connection with last week’s “home invasion” robbery on 4th SW in Highland Park: King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office spokesperson Dan Donohoe says the 37-year-old Federal Way man who was arrested appeared in court today for a bail hearing — resulting in his bail being set at $1 million — while the 45-year-old Burien man who also was arrested in the case will be in court tomorrow. His record includes convictions for drugs, theft, and possession of stolen property, according to court documents; the younger man’s record includes those same types of convictions as well as robbery cases – and he’s described as a “potential third-strike candidate.” The court documents also include the “probable cause” information detailing what is alleged to have happened in the robbery, and what led police to the suspects – read on for those details:Read More
(Story and Photos by Christopher Boffoli)
If you’ve driven past 35th Ave & SW Myrtle lately, you may have noticed a burst of activity at the new Myrtle Reservoir Park. Virginia Hassinger, Project Planner at Seattle Parks & Recreation, says that the project is nearing completion and should be finished by late September or early October.
However, you still may see some construction equipment at the park as crews continue to finish pouring concrete, installing benches and handrails as well as grading, before landscaping and planting can begin. They still also need to complete the irrigation system.
Despite challenges presented by the topography of the site, Hassinger says they were successful in keeping pathway grades at or below 5%, which is in line with their goal of making the park wheelchair accessible.
Playground equipment is now in place and just yesterday workers were installing a fabric underlay which Ohno Construction site supervisor Lee Falk says will soon be covered with a wood-based, environmentally friendly mulch.
Situated near the top of the park, at the edge of the reservoir cap, is a new sundial area which offers arresting views of downtown Seattle and the Cascades beyond. When complete, the sundial will feature concrete markers that will be arranged in line with various hills around Seattle, visible from that point. The names of the hills and their respective elevations are inlaid into the top of each marker.
There will be a lot to celebrate at tomorrow’s FiaFia! event at the Jerry Brockey Student Center at South Seattle Community College, co-presented by West Seattle’s Southwest Youth and Family Services.
Here’s the info, from our Events page:
SEPTEMBER 3: You are invited to FiaFia! co-presented by Southwest Youth and Family Services
Friday Sept 3rd 5-7pm @ SSCC JMB A
Please join our youth in celebrating their accomplishments this year!
· Pacific Islander Senior Banquet: SPY Connections youth organized a senior banquet to honor their high school brothers and sisters who successfully completed high school and are moving on to college or vocation.
· Washington Strongest School Competition: SPY Connections youth took second place this year in the 1st annual competition that focuses on fitness and strength.
· Pacific Dance: SPY Connections youth has performed cultural dance at 20 different venues this year.
· PI Social Studies Class: SPY Connections youth has successfully completed a social studies class for high school credit.
· YUIR Community Forum: SPY Connections youth helped organize a successful forum to address the recent injustices with the police and the youth community.
Information about this event and dozens of other local events is always available on our Events page.
We made a quick stop over at Alki Elementary School last night where volunteers were enthusiastically pulling weeds and cleaning up the small courtyard at the center of the school. While they were working, they joked that “weed identification and classification” would not be on the curriculum for the kids this year.
The school is holding an Ice Cream Social for new families on Tuesday, September 7th from 2-3 PM. Classes begin the following day at
(UPDATE: First Day Reception & Assembly will be at 9:10 AM on September 8th)
Thanks to Kimberly for passing this along:
Just wanted to let you know that 1iOpen Productions
(http://www.1iopenproductions.com/) is shooting for their next film at 4 pm today at the West Seattle Produce Co. (on Fauntleroy at the old Huling Bros. lot next to the gas station). Shooting between 4pm – 4:30pm filming the produce purchase scene for their web series with Executive Chef Clifton
Lyles of Alaska Airlines. Chef Cliff will be purchasing produce of which he will bring and prepare a “5 Star” meal on Friday, September 3 at 10,000ft at Camp Muir on Mt. Rainier. This is the first of many episodes to be produced
by 1iOpen Productions.
Hope you can let locals know so they can be a part of the action!
We reported last week that week that police had released photos (taken at a “nearby” ATM) of a suspect believed to be involved with a “home-invasion” robbery in Highland Park.
Arrests made in Highland Park robbery investigation
Robbery Detectives developed information during the course of the investigation that led them to the identity of one of the suspects involved in last week’s home invasion robbery in Highland Park. On September 1, detectives with the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force located and arrested a 37 year old suspect at 260th and Pacific Highway South in Des Moines. Robbery Detectives were following up on additional leads at a motel in Federal Way when another suspect wanted in this crime was spotted. He fled when he saw detectives and multiple units responded to the area in an attempt to locate him. The suspect was able to elude capture. At approximately 6:20 PM that 45 year old suspect was located and arrested by Federal Way Police and turned over to the Robbery Detectives. Both suspects were interviewed by detectives and later booked into the King County Jail on Investigation of Robbery. This remains an on going investigation as there may be additional suspects involved.
We’re checking now on a couple of overnight incidents. First, reports of a car fire around 3 AM on the 3400 block of California Ave SW. Tipsters tell us that there was so much smoke that a few people who live close to the location of the fire had to temporarily evacuate their houses. No word yet from the fire department but we’ll post an update here later if we get any details.
And just before 5 AM, police responded to an assault with deadly weapons call at a house on the 1700 block of SW Brandon. Det. Mark Jamieson of the SPD media unit tells us this morning that one person died there as the result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
As we’ve said before, suicide is an epidemic that needs to be addressed, not ignored as is the policy of some media, so we report about it here as well as homicide cases (which are outnumbered in King County by suicides). For those who have thought about it — the local Crisis Clinic is there to help: 206/461-3222. There’s a national hotline at 800/SUICIDE.
UPDATE 11:11 AM: We have confirmation now from Seattle Fire Department spokesperson Dana Vander Houwen who says investigators have determined that this fire was intentionally set. Damage to the 1994 Ford Explorer SUV was estimated to be around $3,000.
We also received information this morning that the owners of the SUV, who apparently reside at the address where it was parked, were stopped by police while driving by the scene in another vehicle. We checked with Lt. Norm James at the Southwest Precinct this morning who could confirm only that the Arson Bomb Squad was called to the fire scene to investigate and that it is still an open case. He also said that a “suspicious vehicle” was stopped in the vicinity of the fire and three adults (two males and one female) were arrested for narcotics and subsequently booked into King County Jail.
From the WSB West Seattle Events calendar: The new Alki Arts studio is offering encaustic-painting classes starting tonight at 7 – call to get the latest on space! … In The Junction, Bin 41 (WSB sponsor) has a huge event tonight for Cabernet fans, 6-8 pm – full details here … And as previewed here Wednesday, it’s the grand finale for the Admiral Neighborhood Association‘s Summer Concerts at Hiawatha series (co-sponsored by WSB) – come to Hiawatha’s east lawn to enjoy the fabulous West Seattle Big Band, 6:30 pm, free!