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2nd SW hit-and-run crash victim looking for witnesses

November 20, 2014 11:49 pm
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 |   Crime

Just as we were heading to the Delridge/Brandon crash scene this evening, we heard another call, a crash at 2nd SW/West Marginal Way. We weren’t able to make it there, and no serious injuries were reported, but we’ve just learned via e-mail from one of the victims, a West Seattleite, that it was a hit-and-run:

I’m one of three parties who were victim to a hit & run at 4:45 pm today. The fourth vehicle that caused the chain reaction turned around and sped off in the opposite direction.

It was dark, but a pedestrian at the side of the road (2nd Ave SW, just south of West Marginal Way SW) said the vehicle that fled the scene was a dark Dodge pick-up truck, probably 6 or 7 years old. (I can only confirm what I saw in my rear-view mirror: a DARK PICK-UP TRUCK.) It will have front end damage to this extent: The guilty party struck the car ahead, pushing it into the next car (totaling it), which then struck my vehicle.

If anyone has any information, call Seattle Police SW Precinct: (206) 733-9800 Incident #14-388737.

West Seattle development: 3824 California SW finished with Design Review after 4th meeting

(Renderings by Johnston Architects)
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

The project proposed for the former Charlestown Café site at 3824 California SW went before the Southwest Design Review Board for the fourth time tonight. Board members agreed to allow it to advance out of the process, provided several conditions were met – mostly fine-tuning.

The project now includes 27 units in six three-story buildings, punctuated by courtyards, with 26 parking spaces on the east side of the site. (You can see the full “design packet” here.)

As the two-hour meeting began, Megan McKay of Johnston Architects reviewed changes to the project since last time around, including removal of a live-work unit, and revisions in landscaping and street-tree plans (they’re asking for a “departure” to maintain the existing street-tree zone along California, and they’re planning to add trees along Bradford, on the project’s south side).

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Update: Driver hits pedestrian at Delridge/Brandon; police say victim did not survive

(WSB photo: Vehicle involved in collision, per police)
4:36 PM: Thanks to everybody who has messaged us about an emergency response at Delridge/Brandon – we’re working to find out more; avoid the area for now.

4:39 PM: This is reported to be a case of a vehicle hitting a pedestrian – a ~40-year-old man, and medics are doing CPR on him right now. Delridge will be closed for hours – the Traffic Collision Investigation Squad is on the way to investigate, as they do with all crashes that result in serious injuries or worse. Metro Route 120 is being rerouted, according to a text alert – use stops north of Brandon or south of Juneau. The victim is being taken to Harborview, per SPD.

5:01 PM: We’re at Delridge/Brandon, which is where southbound traffic is being detoured west (and where northbound traffic is being detoured to, coming from south of here). Congested, to say the least, so if you can delay your return home, or find a very alternative way to get around – do it.

(Added: Photo by Alex)
5:20 PM: Police tell us at the scene that they’ve been told the pedestrian did not survive.

6:22 PM: According to a tweet from police, Delridge has reopened.

11:01 PM: No further official information tonight about the victim or the crash circumstances; we’ll be following up tomorrow.

FRIDAY NOTE: We expect to write a separate followup later today, but in the meantime, in case you don’t read the comment section: A DESC spokesperson confirms to WSB that the victim was a Cottage Grove Commons resident. Police have yet to release further information about the crash; a commenter who identifies herself as the victim’s sister says he was in the crosswalk when hit.

FRIDAY AFTERNOON NOTE: Police have published a short update on SPD Blotter. We noted it earlier in comments but also want to note here, since our full update is still in the works – the two new pieces of information are that the victim was 52 years old, and that he was crossing at the intersection when hit.

Early warning: More King County Wastewater Treatment work ahead, this time at two Alki sites

November 20, 2014 3:13 pm
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 |   Utilities | West Seattle news

Another alert from King County Wastewater Treatment, this time for work coming up in the Alki area in early December. See the alert here or scroll through it below:

West Seattle Crime Watch: Sex-sting arrest in restaurant parking lot

ORIGINAL REPORT, 1:43 PM: You might have seen/heard regional-media reports last night about a 60-year-old man described as an Everett firefighter, arrested in a Seattle sex sting. Seattle Police have just released a little more information about the case, including noting that the arrest happened in West Seattle. This afternoon’s SPD Blotter report says the man was arrested …

… Wednesday afternoon after he showed up for a rendezvous with an underage prostitute, who turned out to be an undercover detective.

The Vice/High-Risk Victims Unit (HRVU) detective had exchanged messages with the 60-year-old firefighter during an online sting targeting men looking for sex with underage girls, and the man had agreed to meet up for sex.

The suspect showed up to meet what he believed was an underage prostitute in West Seattle, and detectives took him into custody.

We expect to have more information after the man’s bail hearing this afternoon and will update this report.

3:41 PM: We have just received the court document with the police account of what happened, following the suspect’s bail hearing (he’s now held in lieu of $50,000 bail). Will transcribe here. First, to answer your most likely question, already asked in comments (and we had a call out to police, as-yet unanswered), “where did this happen?”: The initial rendezvous was set to happen in the Taco Time parking lot in The Triangle, and the suspect was expecting to follow his contact (the nonexistent 15-year-old’s “father”) to an apartment from there. Adding …

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Update: Power outage at Westwood Village

November 20, 2014 12:31 pm
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 |   West Seattle businesses | West Seattle news | Westwood

12:31 PM: Thanks to Deb and Melissa for the notes about this. A power outage is affecting some of the stores at Westwood Village. Melissa says it’s in the center of the mall, including Barnes and Noble, which is closed for the day since repairs are not estimated to be complete until after 4 pm. Again, this has not closed ALL the WWV stores, but if you’re headed that way in the next few hours, you might check first if your destination is open or closed.

4:15 PM: The outage is no longer on the City Light map, which indicates it’s fixed.

Reader report: ‘Construction project’ in Lincoln Park treetop

Thanks to West Seattleite Art Cazares for the quick clip and this report:

It has been one or two years since I last witnessed the birth of a new clutch “eaglets” at Lincoln Park, in West Seattle. I watched meticulously last time the Bald Eagles produced their clutch resulting in two chicks; one which died or fell out of the nest. Even more exciting, was to witness the successful raising on the one chick who grew into young adulthood and eventually flew away. Many at the park marveled each day and set up cameras and lawn chairs to witness the daily feedings and events.

Well, I’m pleased to report that the eagles have returned and once again; the warbled communication of their cries can be heard as they rebuild the nest that was partially destroyed by wind storms just a couple of months ago. I’ve included footage that i took just yesterday as the female returned to her nest with twigs and branches. It’s exciting to see that this mated pair might be planning for a new family next year. I’ve been to Lincoln Park 3 days in a row in the early morning to witness this rebuilding.

If you stand below the nest (which is about 100 feet up), you can see many branches sitting at the base of the trunk of the evergreen tree…auspiciously, the eagles have done some remodeling! :)

Cheers and best of luck to the “love birds!”

Just might be the same eagle photographed by Trileigh Tucker and shown here two weeks ago (or that eagle’s mate)! (She also documented, 2 years ago, the eaglet that Art mentions.) Read more about bald eagles here.

West Seattle biznotes: Reasons to visit Morgan Junction tonight

Also happening tonight – all within a few blocks of California SW in Morgan Junction:

TRY GLUTEN-FREE FRIED CHICKEN: From proprietor Bruce @ Harry’s Chicken Joint (WSB sponsor):

We are introducing a new product, *fried chicken without breading* for those who prefer a gluten-free option. Chickens will be available in whole ($24/12 pc) or half ($13/6pc) and are smoked and then fried in our cast-iron skillets. This is a delicious alternative.

We are inviting folks to come to the Beveridge Place Pub (6413 California SW) tonight at 6:00 for free samples. Call Harry’s at 206-938-9000 for more details.

‘LADIES’ NIGHT’ WITH PIZZA: Three other Morgan Junction businesses are teaming up for a Ladies’ Night extended-hours shopping event tonight, 6-9 pm. One is Peel and Press (6503 California SW), which is providing pizza and appetizers at the other two, Second Gear Sports (6529 California SW) and My Three Little Birds (6959 California SW), both of which are featuring “new items for the holidays and, of course, high quality, gently used resale/consigned goods” with giveaways and discounts.

West Seattle Thursday: Native Culture Night; Design Review; Morgan Junction zoning change; Alki Community Council…

November 20, 2014 9:04 am
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(Photo by Jordan, shared via the WSB Flickr group)
Just a sampling of what’s on the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar for today/tonight:

PRESCHOOL STORY TIMEat Southwest Branch Library, 10:30 am. (35th/Henderson)

FALL WINE RELEASE … at the Northwest Wine Academy on the north end of the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus, including complimentary tastings. First day today, 2-7 pm – more info in our calendar listing. (6000 16th SW)

MEDICAL MARIJUANA & HOW THE CITY DEALS WITH IT: 5 pm tonight is the symposium mentioned here earlier this month – not in West Seattle, but possibly of interest given the number of dispensaries here. City Hall downtown. (600 4th Ave.)

NATIVE CULTURE NIGHT: 5:30-7:30 pm, you’re invited to this event at Highland Park Elementary School:

The Highland Park Community Pow Wow Association is hosting Native Culture Night on Thursday, November 20th from 5:30-7:30 pm at Highland Park Elementary School! There will be traditional drumming, storytelling, a silent auction featuring authentic native artwork and crafts, and delicious cultural foods for sale. This event is open to the whole community. Funds raised will go towards the 2nd Annual Traditional Mini Pow Wow hosted at Highland Park Elementary on March 20th.

HPES is at 1012 SW Trenton.

INFORMATION NIGHT AND EXHIBITION OF LEARNING: Families interested in Westside School (WSB sponsor)’s middle-school program are invited to visit tonight for an information session at 6 pm in the school library, followed by the Exhibition of Learning throughout the school. Details in our calendar listing. (7740 34th SW)

FLY FISHING IN PUGET SOUND: Free seminar, 6-8 pm at Emerald Water Anglers (WSB sponsor) in The Junction. Please RSVP; details in our calendar listing. (42nd/Oregon)

4TH DESIGN REVIEW BOARD MEETING FOR EX-CAFE SITE: The 27-unit proposal for 3824 California SW, former site of the Charlestown Café, returns to the Southwest Design Review Board – which hasn’t met in more than two months – tonight at 6:30 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle. This could be the final meeting, if the board gives its approval. See the revised design here. (Oregon/California)

LIVE IN THE MORGAN JUNCTION AREA? Tonight a special community meeting looks at how to change the area’s Comprehensive Plan to allow the proposed townhouse development on Church of the Nazarene property. That would be a zoning change for what’s currently a single-family-housing site, and community discussion is sought on how to word the change so it’s very specific to this project. 7 pm at The Kenney (WSB sponsor); details in our calendar listing. (7125 Fauntleroy Way SW)

ALKI COMMUNITY COUNCIL ANNUAL MEETING: 7 pm at Alki UCC. If you only make it to one ACC meeting a year, make it this one. Scheduled topics include Water Taxi shuttle, growth of summer beach volleyball, and 2015 board/officers election. (6115 SW Hinds)

AND THERE’S MORE … on our calendar.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thursday on the move

(WS high/low bridges and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
7:17 AM: Only thing to note so far in the commute, the lane closures on 99 north of downtown, one lane closed in both directions for emergency sewer repairs, scheduled to continue until tomorrow. And – wet roads after overnight rain.

7:39 AM: From comments – eastbound bridge backup but no obvious cause so far. (We’ve checked all the sources and no word at this point of crash, stall, etc.)