West Seattle, Washington
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
One month ago tonight, someone killed 51-year-old Greggette Guy of Kent in her long-ago hometown, West Seattle.
She was found dead in the water off Beach Drive the morning of March 12th, declared by police later that week to have been a victim of murder.
They have not yet arrested anyone, nor are they commenting on progress of the investigation. At last night’s Admiral Neighborhood Association meeting, Community Police Team Officer Ken Mazzuca was asked if he had heard anything new; no, he said, adding that Homicide Division detectives are “keeping things close” on the case. He and Crime Prevention Coordinator Mark Solomon, who had accompanied him to the meeting to discuss unrelated issues, stressed that police are still eager to hear any information that might lead to a break in the case.
That is echoed by Ms. Guy’s family. We asked their spokesperson, her brother-in-law Dennis Guy – who first contacted us last month with news of the memorial fund – if they had anything to say for this story. He e-mailed us back:
A month has passed since we lost our beloved Greggette Guy and we are still coping with the void that her loss has left. We appreciate the support the West Seattle community has given. The police are still investigating and would appreciate any information that residents could provide.
Memorial fund information is included on the two websites:
We are still collecting information on placing an additional reward.
(WSB photo from Emma Schmitz Viewpoint, March 20th)
While Seattle Parks has done work on visibility issues at Emma Schmitz Viewpoint – where police believe Ms. Guy was killed, and where they found her car the day they found her body half a mile away – police acknowledge that concerns remain. Southwest Precinct Operations Lt. Pierre Davis confirms they will be organizing community walks in the area (no dates/times announced yet).
And acting Parks Superintendent Christopher Williams is coming to West Seattle next week to talk about safety issues to discuss safety and security at park and recreation facilities in the West Seattle area,” according to the West Seattle Crime Prevention Council, which will feature Williams at their monthly meeting next Tuesday (7 pm April 17th, SW Precinct meeting room).
In the meantime, if you have any information that might help police investigating Greggette Guy’s murder, here’s the CrimeStoppers poster with information, one more time, same one you’ve seen on utility poles and in business windows:
WSB coverage of this case is all archived here, newest-to-oldest.
It’s official, says organizer Michael Hoffman (of Liberty Bell Print and Design) – the West Seattle Junction Car Show will return for its fifth consecutive year, Sunday, September 16th. And this year, some changes, he says – “This year we are broadening the field. Previously, it was cars that were pre-1975. Starting this year, it will be cars, motorcycles, and mopeds that are pre-1980.” Keep an eye on wsjunctioncarshow.com for registration info.
Friends of a longtime local fitness instructor who’s fighting brain cancer (“and winning!” they add) have organized what you could call a fitting fundraiser to help with her medical bills – 3 workouts in 3 studios in 3 hours on April 21st (with three instructors teaching each type during each of those hour). The event’s at Allstar Fitness, where Loni McIntosh is well-known. $10 suggested donation – and you can even pay in advance!. Besides the workouts, organizers promise food, beverages, music, and a silent raffle. The afternoon’s schedule is here.
Every Thursday is “free wine tasting” night at West Seattle Cellars, and since it’s almost that time of the week, we’re welcoming them today as one of our newest WSB sponsors. Here’s their message to you:
This April marks West Seattle Cellars’ 17th year of doing business in West Seattle! Over the years we have seen lots of change, but our goal has always remained the same: To help our customers discover their own unique palates, and find wines they love at prices they can afford.
What We’d Like You to Know About Us
•We carry a huge selection of wines — with extensive offerings from the Northwest, France, Italy, and Germany, as well as from lesser-known regions around the world. If we don’t have a wine, we’re always happy to try to track it down and order it!
•We offer wines in all price ranges, from rare and limited wines for serious collectors to our well-stocked bins of wines from around the world — all under $10. We taste nearly every wine we bring in, and each one must earn a place on our shelves, whether it is $8 or $380.
•We hold a free wine tasting every Thursday evening with a different theme each week, plus a monthly Saturday tasting featuring a Washington winemaker. Our tastings are relaxed and informal, and we encourage people to try new wines, ask questions, and discover new favorites.
•We have six monthly wine clubs tailored to different interests, from every-day drinkers to highly collectable wines. Our club members are always telling us how much they love being introduced to great new wines that they would have never tried on their own.
Over the years we’ve enjoyed being part of the West Seattle community. We are highly involved with the West Seattle Helpline’s Taste of West Seattle every year, and Westside School’s annual fundraising auction, as well as other local fundraising efforts. We’ve been a member of the Morgan Junction Community Association for the past 12 years, and we’ve been supporting local artists via the West Seattle Art Walk since 2009. We also work closely with the Northwest Wine Academy at South Seattle Community College as an active member of their Technical Advisory Committee.
In celebration of our 17th anniversary, we’d like to extend an invitation to new customers by offering a 10% discount on your first visit (6026 California SW), during the month of April. Just click our ad in the right-hand column to learn more.
We thank West Seattle Cellars for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news on WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.
“Not only do we dream the ideas, we do the ideas,” said vice president Karl de Jong, toward the start of last night’s Admiral Neighborhood Association meeting. And with that, the toplines, including updates on some of the ANA ideas that have become reality – first, though, the crime-trends update:Read More
This summer, West Seattle gets a brand-new 5K – and it’s happening on a day that already brings out thousands of people to line the route. The West Seattle Float Dodger 5K will debut on July 21st; the route – same as the West Seattle American Legion Post 160 Grand Parade later in the day – will run on California SW between SW Lander in the Admiral District and SW Edmunds in The Junction, but with something of a twist – it’ll start in front of West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor) at California/Charlestown, head up to the start of the parade route at California/Lander, then down to the end at California/Edmunds, and back. Registration hasn’t started yet but in case you are interested but not already setting that day aside for parade-watching, organizers are starting to get the word out. There’s already a Facebook page, of course, declaring this a “new West Seattle summer running tradition” (and as you’ll note in the logo, the Rotary Club of West Seattle is involved – it’s also a beneficiary, along with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society).
SIDE NOTE: Speaking of West Seattle Runner, it’s celebrating its 2-year anniversary this week! Co-proprietor Tim McConnell says they “are having our anniversary sale starting Friday and including Saturday and Sunday. Everything in the store is 20% off except clearance items and electronics. We are having drawings, vendor giveaways, free socks with every shoe purchase and vendor reps on hand to answer any questions. Plus our usual staff of professionals!”
While sharing the news last weekend about the Roxhill Elementary Saturday Academy graduation, principal Carmela Dellino mentioned that her school played host last Friday to Council President Sally Clark and Councilmember Tim Burgess. She shared a note he wrote afterward; it read in part, “Council President Clark and I came away inspired, encouraged and motivated to share your story with our colleagues and all of Seattle. I’ll do a blog post early next week on our visit.” And indeed he has – you can read it here. He describes the school as “impressive” and closes by calling Roxhill “another example of a Seattle public school that’s working.”
(Catharine found these 2 on her fence this morning. “Not sure what was so interesting on top of the fence!” she says)
Things are a little quiet here midweek, so just a few highlights from the WSB West Seattle Events calendar:
TONIGHT’S OVERNIGHT CLOSURES, FOLLOWED BY A BIG CHANGE TOMORROW: Again tonight, southbound 99/Alaskan Way Viaduct and eastbound Spokane Street Viaduct are both closed 10 pm-5 am. Different reasons – pre-tunnel-work reinforcement for the former, the ongoing Widening Project for the latter. Then – as reported here yesterday – first thing tomorrow morning, when the Spokane Street Viaduct (aka West Seattle Bridge between 99 and I-5) reopens, all four lanes of traffic will be using the newly built north side, while crews begin a few months of work repairing/resurfacing the old south side. Narrower lanes and lower speeds, so – tomorrow and beyond – don’t leave late.
EAST MARGINAL WAY GRADE SEPARATION DEDICATION: Perhaps the least-glamorously named recent road project – it’s the structure you see off the south side of the WS Bridge just west of 99, built by the Port of Seattle to get traffic over the tracks. The Port’s dedicating it at 2 pm today.
34TH DISTRICT DEMOCRATS: Sunday’s Democratic precinct caucuses are just part of the agenda for tonight’s meeting of our area’s biggest political group. They’re also planning a candidates’ forum for some of this year’s statewide races. More agenda highlights here. 7 pm, The Hall at Fauntleroy (9131 California SW)
CHIEF SEALTH PTSA: Tonight at 7 pm in the school library, the Chief Sealth International High School PTSA has its next general meeting. Agenda highlights and guests are on the calendar-listing page.
MADISON PTSA: The Madison Middle School PTSA is also meeting at 7 tonight, we just noticed via the school website.
(added) WEST SEATTLE COOLMOM: ‘Family-friendly garden swap,’ per the announcement just received: “We have a fun, family-friendly meeting planned this month. We’re continuing our spring gardening theme. Please bring your seeds, starts, and gardening tips and join us for a seed and start exchange! Kids are welcome this month – we’ll have egg cartons and art supplies so the little ones can decorate their own compostable seed-start containers!” 7 pm, C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 5612 California SW.
More for today – and way beyond! here.
Police say car prowls are down – we’re not getting as many reports lately, either – but don’t get complacent; somebody broke into Toby‘s car the other night:
Just wanted to let everyone know my car was ransacked (Monday) night in my driveway on the 9200 block of 32nd Ave SW. Nothing appears stolen but glove box contents were thrown on the floor. CDs were also strewn about. I accidentally left my car unlocked so no lock or window damage. But I think that’s why I had uninvited guests as nothing of value was visible. It’s been reported to the police. Good luck out there!
Next West Seattle Crime Prevention Council meeting, by the way, is next Tuesday, 7 pm, Southwest Precinct (Delridge/Webster). Special guest, acting Parks Superintendent Christopher Williams, will talk about safety in city parks.
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