West Seattle, Washington
From a WSB’er who wants to be anonymous, a disturbing door-to-door visit – plus, a door-to-door note about someone who probably IS legit – both ahead:Read More
ORIGINAL 5:18 PM UPDATE: Our partners at the Seattle Times are reporting that charges have been filed against two men in connection with the May 25th beating of a teenager in Highland Park. According to the Times report, they are the same two men questioned by police the morning the teenager was found beaten and bloodied, saying his attackers had made racist remarks (here’s our June report with the narrative from the police report); the report also says they are charged with robbery and malicious harassment, and that they are not in custody (which our check of the jail register confirms). We are looking up the court documents and will add more to the story when we get them.
7:05 PM UPDATE: One of the suspects is now booked into jail – 21-year-old Jonathan Baquiring was jailed less than an hour ago, according to the King County Jail Register.
7:27 PM UPDATE: Southwest Precinct Lt. Norm James is talking more about the case at the West Seattle Crime Prevention Council meeting, which we’re covering right now at the precinct. He says the Anti-Crime Team picked up Baquiring within an hour of getting word of the warrant, which seeks to have both (the other is 22-year-old Ahmed Y. Mohamed) held in lieu of half a million dollars bail each.
10:35 PM UPDATE: We now have downloaded the court documents. While most of the narrative is exactly the same as the original police report transcribed in our June report and linked above, this one contains, in the charging paperwork, the statement: “The only motivation for the defendants appears to have been money and the race of the victim” (the “malicious harassment” charge acknowledges the fact it’s an alleged hate crime). And there is information about the DNA evidence – read on:Read More
Two quick updates resulting from our check with SDOT today: The 16th SW rebuild north of South Seattle Community College is on schedule to be done by month’s end, as expected, provided the weather cooperates, according to Marybeth Turner. And if you’re wondering when crews will start striping Admiral Way north of the West Seattle Bridge, for the relatively minor changes that were announced instead of a “road diet,” that may happen later than announced: While SDOT had said “mid- to late September,” Turner says they’re only committing now to have it done by the end of October. (Project pages: 16th SW here, Admiral Way here.)
Three West Seattle Crime Watch notes this morning. First, Howard in North Admiral is asking that you be on the lookout for his stolen car, a graphite-gray 2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R (which would look like this), license plate starting with AAV, taken from outside his home in the 3700 block of SW Grayson (map) late last night or early today. He believes another car nearby was prowled at the same time; call police (206-625-5011) if you have any information. Also, via Facebook, Regan reports a car prowl at 112th & Marine View Drive (map), with some items from the car “found down the street.”
(added 11:52 am) Shortly after we published this, we received another note about car prowls, and it makes more sense to add it here than to publish a separate item: Someone smashed the window of Brian’s 2008 Chevy Avalanche overnight, in the 7100 block of Wright (map), north of Lincoln Park. He shared the photo shown at right. The truck was ransacked, with a Bluetooth headset the only item missing. Brian says the same thing happened overnight to a neighbor’s vehicle, and that there have been several other car break-ins in their neighborhood recently.
(back to original 11:10 am report) Also: A West Seattle crime survivor is telling her story: The 68-year-old woman targeted in a “home invasion” robbery in Highland Park on August 26th talked with KING 5, which aired her story last night, after the two suspects’ arraignment:
As the KING report notes, the two suspects, 37-year-old George Augustine, Jr., and 45-year-old Sean Oie, pleaded not guilty. We reported the filing of charges on September 7th, following our story a few days earlier with the lengthy narrative of how police say it happened.
After hearing from Jennifer, Amanda, and Scott C about a Comcast outage affecting some in High Point and Gatewood (anyone else?), we checked directly with the company, whose local spokesperson Steve Kipp tells us, “The outage is related to the power outages that occurred in the area due to the transformer fire on Delridge” (WSB outage/fire coverage here) – possibly, according to the person he checked with, the fault of a surge when the power started returning. He adds, “We have technicians working on the scene now. I will let you know as soon as repairs are completed. I also will post updates on Twitter at @comcastwa. 12:21 PM UPDATE: Latest tweet from that account says the outage is 75 percent fixed (that leaves about 700 people affected, according to Kipp). 2:27 PM UPDATE: And Comcast now says everybody should be back up.
There’s still room on the (free!) van for a guided (free!) tour of five West Seattle P-Patch gardens this Saturday (September 25) – meet up with the group at the Delridge Neighborhood Service Center (map) at 1 pm, and spend two hours taking a fresh look at neighborhood treasures around the peninsula – including the site of the future Roxhill P-Patch (citywide map here). The city just needs you to RSVP – a quick online process here. (That same page has info on similar tours elsewhere in the city.)
(Picture of the morning: Before Monday got super-busy for SFD – with the SODO industrial fire and the Delridge fire/outage, among other calls – Deanie Schwarz photographed the Ladder 13 crew at Morningstar Deli in Highland Park)
From the WSB West Seattle Events calendar: The West Seattle Crime Prevention Council meets for the first time since June, 7 pm at the Southwest Precinct meeting room (Delridge/Webster) … Merrill Gardens at West Seattle (WSB sponsor) is celebrating Active Living Week with a cruise theme, including cruise-travel presentations by AAA Travel at 1 and 6 pm, cruise-type activities including bingo (2:30 pm) and spa treatments, a gift shop, and games (call 206-926-9724 with questions) … Skylark Café and Club (WSB sponsor) starts the night with open turntables at 6, followed by the monthly Alauda belly-dance showcase … West Seattle Community Orchestras (formerly Westside Symphonette) rehearse at Chief Sealth International High School tonight … And while it’s not in West Seattle, this could be of interest: The city’s proposing new tree regulations, including some that are looser than current rules; they’ll be reviewed at an open house tonight at City Hall, 5:30 pm (with presentations starting at 6), details here.
Tonight, Alki’s peppy boutique Coastal is hosting a Customer Appreciation Night event, 5-8 pm. You might want to go show some Retailer Appreciation if you’re a Coastal fan – the shop has announced that “for the first time since our first winter,” they will shut down for the offseason. The closure starts October 4th and they expect to reopen on or around March 25th. But Coastal insists, “Please do not take this as a bad sign!” They explain why you shouldn’t, in their online announcement.