West Seattle, Washington
Four West Seattle Crime Watch reader reports:
HIT-AND-RUN: Reported tonight by Emily:
I was walking my dog around the block near my house. Because it is twilight, I lit the bright green light that I attach to her leash. I was crossing Admiral at 63rd on the east side of the intersection, walking north. A woman driving a dark brown car (I think it was a Ford Taurus) was driving north on 63rd and turned right on to Admiral. She ran the stop sign, which unfortunately happens a lot at this intersection. When she saw me, she slammed on her brakes but slid into my legs. Thankfully I was not seriously hurt, but I can tell I will have some spectacular bruises tomorrow. What I’m most upset about is that the woman did not stop to see if I (or my dog) needed help.
MYSTERY CREDIT-CARD FRAUD: From Alan:
We just found out that our credit card had fraudulent purchases made on it (Wednesday). We were told that the card was scanned for the purchases, so the person made a copy of our card. One was for over $500 at Rite-Aid. We know the purchases were in Seattle, but we don’t know if they were in West Seattle. We do know that we haven’t charged anything outside of the West Seattle area in the last week. The furthest away were two restaurants in Georgetown and they are places we normally go. We did use our credit card twice yesterday and both places (one small restaurant and one large retailer – not Rite-Aid) were places we have not been before. The large retailer seems unlikely, as the card never left our view and it seems unlikely the checker could have had a copy device in the reader. Sadly, that makes us suspect the small restaurant. It is certainly possible that someone made the copy some time ago and is just now using it.
With shopping season upon us, I would encourage people to watch their accounts. I’m just happy that something about the charges being spotted by our credit card company. No loss to us, except for some trust.
(MONDAY UPDATE: See Alan’s comment – after comparing notes with someone who had something similar happen, he now suspects this happened OUTSIDE West Seattle after all.)
(back to original report) ‘NOT JUST PACKAGES BEING STOLEN‘: From Amanda:
Wanted to warn folks that it’s not just packages being stolen. I had $100 worth of grocery delivery taken from my porch early this morning. I’ve been an Amazon Fresh customer since the beginning (7 years?), and have never had anything stolen before. But when I went to get my deliver off the porch, all but one small bag of food was gone. The thievery must have taken place between 4 and 6 am.
She added in a postscript that Amazon refunded the full value, even though she told them it was a theft.
PACKAGE-THEFT SIDE NOTE: If it’s happened to you lately, please read this comment following our previous Crime Watch roundup.
CAR VANDALISM (OR PROWL?): Reported tonight by Bill:
My wife took our kids to the West Seattle YMCA and parked outside the front door on 36th Ave. SW with our Toyota Highlander. 4:30 PM. Returned at 5:45 PM to find the passenger side rear window smashed out. Nothing apparently missing. Just letting you know in case other reports come in about vandalism in that area.
He reported it online – which you can do with some categories of crime; the start page is here.
9:13 PM: Just a quick weather note in case you are wondering: While the regional “winter weather advisory” mentioned in our earlier storm coverage is now in effect, the Arctic air that was headed south is reported to have slowed down. So the temperature has held steady in the upper 30s since mid-afternoon, and even the convergence zone north of the city isn’t likely to see any snow before morning. Bottom line, if you’re worried about getting around in the city late tonight/in the wee hours, it does NOT look like you’ll find icy roads, let alone snow.
4:16 AM: The temperature has finally started drifting downward, and so has a bit of snow – our friends in Ballard and Queen Anne have seen a bit, though the somewhat-serious stuff has remained toward the Snohomish/King line and points north. The latest “forecast discussion” envisions the potential for snow continuing to drift this way, with the advisory in effect through 11 am. Regardless of whether we get snow, we have wintriness – the temps are not expected to get any higher during the day – bundle up.
A memorial service/celebration of life is planned this Sunday for Kerrie Yeasting, 44. Here’s the remembrance that’s being shared:
Kerrie Manolovitz Yeasting of Seattle died Thursday, November 20, 2014.
Kerrie was born on June 20, 1970 in Kodiak, Alaska. She loved the outdoors and exploring and photographing nature. Kerrie moved to West Seattle as a teenager and graduated from Seattle Lutheran High School. She went on to start a family in West Seattle, where she was active in co-op preschool and Alki Elementary PTA leadership for her boys Owen and Vic. She worked in business administration and human resources, and briefly owned the children’s store Chickadees in the West Seattle Junction. She recently moved from Seattle to North Bend, and spent the last couple months traveling through the Southwestern United States with her partner Scott.
Kerrie is survived by her two sons Owen and Victor Yeasting, mother Suzanne Carney, father Ken Manolovitz, brother Quint Manolovitz, sisters Annissa Manolovitz and Joi Bommarito-Lee, grandmother Phyllis Frederickson, partner Scott Robertson, ex-husband John Yeasting, and all of their extended families and the larger community of friends who will forever miss her and the indelible mark she left on many lives.
Services will be held at 2 pm, Sunday, November 30, 2014, at The Hall at Fauntleroy, and will include a celebration of life reception.
(WSB publishes West Seattle obituaries by request, free of charge. Please e-mail the text, and a photo if available, to firstname.lastname@example.org)
At the Duwamish Tribe Longhouse in West Seattle, this year’s Native Holiday Gift Fair looked to us to be bigger than ever. Just one hour to go today, but you also have tomorrow and Sunday to browse/shop, 10 am-4:30 pm both days. You’ll find some of the artists working at their tables, like S’Klallam/Navajo carver Jimmy Price:
Coast Salish artist Peter Boome was talking with shoppers when we passed his table:
Pamela Coello‘s creations included these gifts no Seahawks fan could resist:
Many other materials/media are represented, including wearables. You can enjoy lunch at the Longhouse too; one big table inside is set aside for dining, and the menu posted on the Longhouse door mentioned two types of soup for $2, three types of pie for $1, and the famous frybread for $3. The longhouse is at 4705 W. Marginal Way SW.
On this extended holiday weekend, Thunder Road Guitars (WSB sponsor) is celebrating a two-part anniversary – three years in business online, two years in their store midway between Admiral and Alaska Junctions, at 3916 California SW. Proprietor Frank Gross shared the photo taken in the shop this morning and says they’re celebrating by offering you 15 percent off and (if needed) free shipping today and tomorrow. The shop’s open until 6 pm tonight, 10 am-6 pm Saturday.
P.S. We’ve been collecting shopping info for local stores – TRG and others – in the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide – just scroll until you see it!
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10:14 AM: We’ve been mentioning water woes on local roads in our ongoing traffic/weather report – and now, check this out! Thanks to Mike Mulligan for sharing the views from Alki Statue of Liberty Plaza and Alki Bathhouse as wind and rain combined with a 12.3-foot high tide this morning.
Reminds us of the big surge back in December 2012. This morning’s tide peaked at 9:41 am, and the rain is letting up a bit, but we’re off to check on some of this morning’s other reported swamped spots.
11:56 AM UPDATE: Just back.
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Even an hour and a half after high tide, the Alki Bathhouse/promenade was still getting deluged, as our Instagram clip shows:
To the east at Seacrest, very high water – the floating dock for the water taxi is almost up to the level of the fishing pier:
Perhaps lucky the Water Taxi’s not running today (extra holiday) – that would be a wild ride. You’ll also notice if you’re in that area, Elliott Bay has a taupe tinge to it today with so much stormwater rushing in. Meantime, back on the roads/paths, the Delridge onramp to the bridge is still flooded and closed:
If you veer to the left, you’ll find another spot of high water on that side of the road, too. And while traveling the peninsula’s periphery, we noticed numerous flooded spots – thanks to the texter who pointed us to this one, Fauntleroy Way between Raymond and Findlay:
Wherever you’re going – be careful, as some of the deep-water spots aren’t visible until you get right up to their edge. We’ll continue to update throughout the day; let us know if you’re seeing new troublespots (text/voice 206-293-6302 – thank you!).
1:50 PM: Just back from a journey through eastern West Seattle. A firefighter (we didn’t see which engine, and it’s not on the 911 list) was wading into the Delridge onramp mess – a WSB Facebook commenter says cars are now getting around the water and onto the bridge (we’ll check back before dusk). Along Delridge itself, deep water at intersections including Holden and Myrtle, on the northbound side; also the usual big puddle on southbound West Marginal Way just north of the Highland Park Way hill.
4:07 PM: Commenter Chuck says the ramp is open now. Meantime, the newest weather alert is out, and it’s a “winter weather advisory” for 9 pm tonight until 11 am tomorrow, still suggesting some snow – though it sounds far more likely north of Seattle, than here, but be ready anyway!
(Added: WSB photo by Patrick Sand – Santa at Joe’s with Lucinda and June)
FIRST SANTA SIGHTING: Starting at 10 am today, Endolyne Joe’s (WSB sponsor) will be hosting Santa and Mrs. Claus! Joe’s says, “Everyone is invited! We’ll have plenty of candy canes.” (9261 45th SW)
DUWAMISH NATIVE HOLIDAY GIFT FAIR, 10 am-4:30 pm today (and tomorrow and Sunday) at the Duwamish Tribe Longhouse. Fine art, native crafts, regalia, cards, jewelry, t-shirts, smoked salmon, snacks including frybread; more details in our calendar listing. (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)
HOLY ROSARY TREE LOT: Holy Rosary Tree Lot (WSB sponsor), north of the school, opens today (we’re checking on hours). Part of this lot’s proceeds benefit West Seattle Helpline, Hickman House (domestic-violence shelter), and West Seattle Food Bank. (41st/Dakota)
3RD ANNUAL NELS ENQUIST ALUMNI GAME (AND MORE): Big basketball night at Chief Sealth International High School, and you’re invited! Doors open at 4 pm; schedule includes scrimmages for this year’s boys’ and girls’ basketball teams before the women’s and men’s alumni games and a tribute to Coach Mike Siva. Full schedule is in our calendar listing. (2600 SW Thistle)
WEST SEATTLE YULETIDE, NIGHT ONE: This year, Olaf the Snowman joins the West Seattle Yuletide holiday light show, synchronized to music you can hear on your car radio at 101.9 FM. Starts shortly after dark, about 5 pm, and runs tonight until 11. More info at westseattleyuletide.blogspot.com (38th Ave SW midblock between Genesee and Dakota)
WEST SEATTLE LIGHTS CONTINUES: Second scheduled night for this year’s West Seattle Lights/Helmstetler Family Spectacular, 5-10 pm. See the season’s full schedule here. Bring food to donate to the West Seattle Food Bank. (3908 SW Charlestown)
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7:50 AM: Good morning! 4-day holiday weekend for so many people, the bridges are relatively clear:
Notes for getting around, plus the latest on the weather:
CITYWIDE ALERTS, INCLUDING DOWNTOWN PARADE: The SDOT holiday-weekend roundup includes road-closure info for downtown’s two big events today, the Macy’s Parade this morning and the Star Lighting tonight. (If you’re going to the parade, keep an eye out for local participants! We haven’t found the full lineup yet.)
WEATHER UPDATE: Rainy/breezy this morning, and temperatures are continuing to fall from yesterday’s unseasonable peak near 60. The National Weather Service‘s updated “special weather statement” says the possible snow you’ve heard about is more likely to the north tonight, maybe some over Seattle on Saturday morning. Here’s the newest forecast.
9 AM NOTE: Texter says the Delridge onramp to the bridge is flooded and all but unusable. We’ll be checking on it shortly.
9:22 AM NOTE: Another deep-water alert via text: “Large puddle, nearly reservoir, on Admiral Way eastbound at Schmitz Park.” (Thanks again for the alerts – text or call 206-293-6302 with urgent info any time.)
9:56 AM: Thanks to another texted tip – a semi-truck is on its side on the railroad-track overpass bridge at East Marginal Way S., just south of the West Seattle Bridge.
10:18 AM: Seattle Fire says the overturned tractor-trailer is “stable” but they have been working to free the driver’s arm, which is reported to be trapped under a seat.
10:52 AM: Major water over NB Fauntleroy south of Findlay.