West Seattle, Washington
Another repeat-offender sentencing to report tonight: After several delays, 43-year-old Bryan Tiedeman has been sentenced in two cases involving stolen cars and drugs. The first time we reported on him, in December of last year, he and an accomplice had been charged in connection with four stolen cars, including the one they crashed on Highland Park Way, leading to their arrest. Tiedeman got out of jail in February, and was arrested again less than three months later in connection with a car stolen from SeaTac and found near his Fauntleroy home. After 17 days in jail in May, he was allowed into a work-release program. Then in June, after missing a hearing related to the 2013 case, he was arrested on warrants in Morgan Junction, at which time a reader sent us this photo:
He’s been in jail since then. In July, he pleaded guilty to charges in both cases, including three counts of possession of a stolen vehicle, taking a motor vehicle without permission, methamphetamine possession, identity theft, unlawful gun possession. On Monday, King County Superior Court Judge Theresa Doyle sentenced him on both sets of charges, with a variety of concurrent sentences that boil down to 51 months in prison – four years and three months, plus restitution to be determined later. At the time of his arrest last year, court documents said Tiedeman had been booked into the King County Jail 34 times in 20 years.
Late in the day, orcas were back in the area, first time since last Friday’s throng, heading south – thanks to @sudsymaggie for tweeting the report! – so if you’re by the water tomorrow, keep watch, and please let us know (text/call 206-293-6302) if you see them. Even though weather made the viewing tougher, orca lovers were somewhat balmed, after the sadness of last night’s report that the Southern Resident Killer Whales’ first baby in two years is missing and presumed dead.
Unlike most of their counterparts, the southern residents subsist on fish, and they are here looking for chum salmon; as of last weekend, the run didn’t yet appear to be plentiful – Guy Smith on Alki Point sent a photo of a purse seiner that he said didn’t seem to be hauling much in on Sunday night (though apparently it did net some fish before departing Monday morning).
Also regarding the chum, our friends at the Kitsap Sun have published this update about how things are looking across the water.
WEDNESDAY MORNING: A sighting was reported from the Bainbridge ferry just after 7 am, by a commenter on the Orca Network FB page, a few orcas headed toward the southwest. Weather’s awfully murky today but conditions can change quickly, so …
(UPDATED Wednesday afternoon with club’s e-mail re: Thursday/Friday closure plan)
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
The future of the West Seattle (Athletic) Club should be clearer, for now, by the end of the week.
This Friday (October 24th), as reported here two weeks ago, is the deadline for owner Sam Adams to pay $1.1 million in back rent/other payments to landlord John Pietromonaco, to hold off eviction. According to the court orders stipulating that deadline, a “loan contract already executed by [Adams’s company] Hollystone Holdings” was going to provide that money.
However, with three days to go, he hasn’t paid up, according to Pietromonaco, who we reached by phone this afternoon.
2:53 PM UPDATE: The 10-year-old boy reported missing after not arriving at his school this morning has been found safe, and police say thanks to everyone who helped be on the lookout for him.
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Nobody’s hurt, according to police, but a three-car crash at 16th/Myrtle is causing some traffic trouble – as you probably know, that’s on the road to/from South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) and not far from Sanislo Elementary. If you don’t absolutely HAVE to head that way, you might consider waiting a while. Tow crews are on the way.
Just in from Seattle Parks and Rec … the annual reminder that when Daylight Saving Time ends, so does the lighting at all but a handful of outdoor tennis courts, to save energy. We “fall back” early Sunday, November 2nd, and that’s the last night for lighting at most city-run outdoor courts. In West Seattle, the city has *one* outdoor tennis facility that’s lit year-round – the six courts at Solstice Park (7400 Fauntleroy Way SW). The other lights go back on after we “spring forward” into Daylight Saving Time next March.
(The surfbirds are back! Photographed at Alki by Mark Wangerin)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
SKATE FOR PEACE: As part of the city’s “Week Without Violence” programs for 12-19-year-olds, teens are invited to “Skate for Peace” 5-7 pm today at Southgate Roller Rink in White Center; details in our calendar listing.
ALICE EXPLAINS THE ECLIPSE: Tonight, continuing her local library events leading up to Thursday’s partial eclipse of the sun, Alice Enevoldsen is speaking at West Seattle Branch Library in Admiral, 6 pm. (Unlike last night’s event, this one is intended for adults.) Free. (2306 42nd SW)
JUNCTION NEIGHBORHOOD ORGANIZATION: As mentioned here last night, setting up an Emergency Communication Hub – not time-consuming, you just have to be ready in case of something that hopefully will never happen – is on the agenda tonight; show up and find out more. JuNO also will hear from the Seattle Green Space Coalition as it works on figuring out how to keep old City Light properties as open space, and they’re adding the now-fenced-off ex-teriyaki-joint site at 35th/Fauntleroy/Avalon to the list. 6:30 pm, Senior Center of West Seattle. (Oregon/California)
WEST SEATTLE CRIME PREVENTION COUNCIL: Concern/question about crime/safety in your neighborhood? Tonight’s entire meeting is devoted to hearing from and talking with local police. 7 pm, Southwest Precinct; meeting room is right off the parking lot on the Webster side. (Delridge/Webster)
SING, PLAY, EXPRESS YOURSELF AT THE CASK … open-microphone night with Alan Sobel, who says: “The fun begins at 6:45 signup; go at 7 till ? I have some amazing singers and players ready to go. Always room for more, come on down. Great price on food, beer, and wine. Cheers!” The Cask (WSB sponsor) is in The Admiral District. (2350 California SW)
FROM BELLY DANCING TO THE BLUES, AND BEYOND … the rest of tonight’s nightlife lineup is lively too! See the individual listings on our calendar.
And another seasonal nudge:
WEST SEATTLE HALLOWEEN GUIDE! It’s the annual WSB page with the full list of Halloween (and alternative) fun, now to November 1st, all in one place. If you have a community event that’s NOT already in the guide, please send us info about it ASAP – email@example.com – thank you!
(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Good morning! Time to keep watch for anything out of the ordinary on the roads/paths … One alert for today:
FAUNTLEROY FERRY DOCK ALERT: Today’s the day that the Barton Pump Station Upgrade north of the dock – close to complete! – will be affecting many dock users. As noted in the alert issued last week, from about 7 am-3:30 pm today, the north-side toll booth and lane will be closed. See the dock’s cameras and wait times here.
11:33 AM: Three-car crash said to be blocking part of the road at 16th/Myrtle.
The socks said it all: The fight against breast cancer was in the spotlight along with the battle on the volleyball court when West Seattle High School hosted Chief Sealth International HS on Monday night.
Sealth went home with the win in a 3-0 shutout. But the battle for awareness and funding won too. Just ask West Seattle survivor and fundraiser extraordinaire Tracy Dart:
It also was Senior Night – with the Wildcat girls honored on their home court:
Senior Devon Fox sang the national anthem:
Flowers for the visiting Sealth seniors:
Back to the match – it was closer than the 3-0 score sounds – the games went 25-23, 25-22, 25-22.
Next up, Sealth hosts Franklin.
West Seattle plays at Ballard.
Both matches are at 7 pm Wednesday.