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West Seattle Summer Fest Eve countdown: Street shows; Art Walk

July 7, 2013 11:27 pm
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 |   West Seattle Art Walk | West Seattle festivals | West Seattle news

We are continuing to count down to West Seattle Summer Fest (co-sponsored by WSB) next Friday/Saturday/Sunday (July 12-14) and to the night before, which is a street party all its own, once the central blocks of California and Alaska close for Summer Fest setup. Four things to note so far for Thursday night (and if you know of more, PLEASE let us know!):

West Seattle Art Walk: 6-9 pm Thursday. See the summer venue list here, and artist previews on the official website
Bubbleman outside Elliott Bay Brewery, a tradition (just confirmed today; checking on time)
Yada Yada Blues Band outside West 5 around 7:30 pm (just confirmed today; p.s., AFTER Summer Fest, West 5 will be closed a few days for upgrades, so enjoy them extra in the week ahead)
Bret Wiggins‘ Elvis stylings outside WSB sponsor La Romanza Bistro, first of 2 sets at 6:30 pm (as noted here last Wednesday)

The Junction streets close at 6 pm Thursday (July 11th). See you there on Thursday night AND for the ensuing three-day party (official Summer Fest website here; quick links in our Friday countdown report).

West Seattle road-work reminder: Delridge repaving to start Phase 4 tomorrow

Reminder if you drive on Delridge Way SW – the repaving project is scheduled to move into Phase 4 tomorrow (Monday), which means the work zone will shift north, to the section between SW Orchard and SW Holden. SDOT says no detour will be needed “as the roadway is wide enough to maintain one lane of traffic each way.”

ADDED MONDAY: However – the Phase 3 zone southbound detour continues a few more days for striping and other details.

West Seattle Crime Watch: WSB reader finds stolen truck; police arrest 2, find stolen property, guns inside

(UPDATED 11:02 PM with new details about suspects)

ORIGINAL STORY, 2:39 PM: Several people e-mailed to ask about that police activity in the back parking lot at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor). Bottom line, a stolen truck’s been recovered and two people have been detained, thanks to a tip from a WSB reader. Here’s how it unfolded:

WSB’s Katie Meyer heard scanner traffic with a police dispatcher sending officers to Thriftway because a caller reported seeing a stolen vehicle that had been featured here on WSB. We subsequently went over to check out the situation – and in the meantime heard from the tipster, James, who tells us he was shopping at Thriftway when he spotted the truck, recalling it from this West Seattle Crime Watch report published early Friday – a Nissan Frontier stolen just south of the city limits. He also sent us this photo taken after police arrived:

Police ordered that man out of the truck at gunpoint (standard procedure for felonies such as auto theft). When we talked with officers at the scene a bit later, they told us he was waiting for a female companion to come back from shopping inside the store – which is where police caught up with her, taking both into custody. James also reports seeing police find at least one gun: “As I was pulling away, to get my ice cream home, it looked as though officers had recovered a revolver from the truck – they were holding it like a stinky sock, so I suspect it is evidence. It is also a good reminder to not get overly involved and to let the police handle this sort of thing.”

We’ll do our best to follow up on this and see what we can find out about the suspects and where the case goes from here.

ADDED 2:52 PM: David, who had been shopping at the store with his girlfriend just before the arrests, e-mailed us to describe what he saw: “On our way to the car we had seen a police car enter the parking lot from California with its lights on, but no siren … (then) four additional police cars with lights on pulled into the parking lot from the other side … Then the officers got out of the cars and drew their guns in our direction and shouted ‘Driver, get out of the car!’ and they asked us to move aside quickly – we hadn’t even seen the guy sitting in a black pickup truck right near us. We watched from the sidewalk behind Thriftway as the driver got out and they arrested him. They also took a woman into custody shortly thereafter. After a short while one of the officers pulled a dark handgun from the truck and put it in a bag.”

ADDED 4:30 PM: Received from the truck’s owners:

Nathan I would very much like to thank the West Seattle Blog and the ever-searching eyes of its readers (Thanks, James! You rock)) for helping to locate our missing vehicle and apprehend the persons responsible for its theft. We hope to see them in court! What a great service the WSB provides for our community. In talking to the Seattle Police Department they had nothing but high praise for the WSB and its readers.

The truck had minimal damage, although the inside is pretty trashed. They even managed to rip the seats on a two month old pickup? There were several stolen items recovered, that were not ours, but very strangely from another Nathan Adams! Hopefully those items will make it back to their rightful owner. Word of warning to the WSB readers, the thief had a master key and was able to steal the truck with ease. We are taking extra precautions to make sure nothing like this happens to either of our vehicles in the future. Something for everyone to think about.

Thanks again for helping us recover our pickup. We so greatly appreciate it.

Michale Farrar
Nathan Adams

7:51 PM UPDATE: Turns out police found more than the aforementioned handgun – this case has now turned up on SPD Blotter, where the story includes:

… The stolen truck had weapons inside including a .22 caliber revolver and a loaded shotgun. The truck was packed with stolen property taken from a number of burglaries ( jewelry, laptops, etc.) and carprowls in both the city and KCSO’s jurisdiction. It took multiple officers hours to catalog and process all of the stolen items. The female suspect also had outstanding burglary warrants. Both suspects were booked into the King County Jail for the felony charges. Detectives will handle the follow up investigation.

11:02 PM UPDATE: More details on the 20-year-old man and 33-year-old woman arrested – both have records; hers dates back 20 years. According to the King County Jail Register, she is being held for investigation of unlawful firearms possession and for a $15,075 warrant related to a failure to appear in a case involving an attempted burglary in south King County last year. Off-and-on technical trouble is still keeping us from bringing up details on his booking, but his record shows a guilty plea to a drug charge last year. Court documents show the drugs were found when he was arrested on suspicion of car prowling – in the 9400 block of 25th SW, four blocks from the scene of the theft of the truck in which he was found today.

MONDAY MORNING NOTE: Once the jail-register website started working again, we found that this is the sixth time in jail for the male suspect in the past year. He is being held for investigation of car theft, investigation of stolen property, and failure-to-appear warrants.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Seen this stolen Cirrus?

July 7, 2013 2:27 pm
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Working right now on the story of a DIFFERENT stolen vehicle just recovered thanks to a WSB reader. But first – please be on the lookout for this one, reported by Kathy:

Our dark green Chrysler Cirrus, plate 129WJF, was stolen between 2:15 and 5:45 in the afternoon on July 6th from in front of our house on the 44 hundred block just down from Genesee. I appreciate folks keeping an eye out for it.

West Seattle Eagles Auxiliary invites you to golf for Make-A-Wish

July 7, 2013 1:07 pm
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Help make wishes come true – by getting out on the greens with the West Seattle Eagles Auxiliary, whose past Madam President Amy McGrath shares the invitation to this upcoming tournament:

Since 1995, The West Seattle Eagles Ladies Auxiliary has raised over $95,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Alaska and Washington by holding various fundraisers. At three years of age and suffering from a brain tumor, Craig Wilkerson was granted his “wish” to drive a race car. He passed away shortly after his “wish” was granted, spurring his grandmother, Past Madam President Mary Lou Wilkerson, to start raising funds for the program. Now in its 16th year, the Craig Wilkerson Golf Tournament is our largest fundraiser of the year.

The tournament is open to everyone and will be held at Jefferson Golf Course Saturday, August 17th. Cost is $80 per golfer, if preregistered and paid by August 1. After August 1, cost is $85 per golfer. Deadline for entry is August 10. Entry fee includes dinner at the West Seattle Eagles after the tournament. We will also be holding a live and silent auction and have entertainment to follow dinner.

Here’s the printable entry form.

Seafair Pirates Landing 2013, report #2: Views from air, sea, shore

(Our first report can be seen here)

(1st, 2nd, 4th photos by William Morgan)
Scurvy dawgs! Those two begin a gallery of more sights we want to share before Alki’s big Seafair Saturday is too much further away in the rear-view mirror – both community-contributed photos and a few more from our crews at the scene. And then there’s the aerial view of the pole-vaulting alongside the Seafair Pirates‘ Landing festivities:

(Photo by Long Bach Nguyen)
The Pirates of course came in with cannon fire, just like their landlubbing parade sailings:

And they had many a welcoming delegation – by sea…

(Photo by David Hutchinson)
… and by land …

… as they “barged in”:

14 more photos ahead – including pirate portraits!

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West Seattle music: Star Anna at Feedback’s ‘Bar Chords’ tonight

July 7, 2013 9:15 am
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 |   West Seattle news | WS culture/arts

That’s our video of local luminary Star Anna‘s star turn during the 2011 Summer Concerts at Hiawatha series; last year, she played West Seattle Summer Fest; and tonight – you can see her at Feedback Lounge (6451 California SW; WSB sponsor). This time, it’s an acoustic performance, as part of the slate for tonight’s second edition of the Bar Chords benefit series at The Feedback, featuring local musicians on Sunday nights. No cover, but donations will be accepted for Saving Great Animals. See the rest of the lineup on the Feedback’s home page; show starts at 8 pm.

Traffic-alert update: Highway 99 reopening earlier than planned

July 7, 2013 1:19 am
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Update on the Highway 99 closure north of downtown: By dawn, SDOT says, both directions should be back open – southbound now, northbound around 4 am. They’ve finished “demolition activities on the east side of the SR 99 bridge over Mercer Street,” so that’s why they’re reopening, though if you’re traveling on the surface in the area, note that Mercer itself is expected to remain closed until 5 am Monday as scheduled, while crews haul bridge debris.