West Seattle, Washington
9:48 PM: Seattle Fire has a big “heavy rescue” response at California/Graham. More to come.
9:58 PM UPDATE: We’re almost there. Texter says rescuers are cutting people out of a van on its side on the sidewalk and Graham is blocked west of California.
(Photo tweeted by Dan Brown, @kapitolphoto)
10:03 PM: Per scanner, one person is being taken to the hospital.
10:09 PM: The rest of the SFD responders are being dismissed. Police remain at the scene.
(WSB photos – this and next – by Christopher Boffoli)
10:18 PM: More info we’ve learned at the scene – 3 people in all went to the hospital, one via medic unit, two via private ambulance.
(updated Saturday morning) The vehicles collided when one was headed northbound from an alley onto Graham, where the other was headed eastbound.
From Sustainable West Seattle‘s Stu Hennessey:
Sustainable West Seattle has board of director positions open for 2016. The board members meet once a month to plan the activities and events, like the Green Life Festival that Sustainable West Seattle is known for. The board members also take part in the management of the various projects they partner with such as the West Seattle Tool Library and the Community Orchard of West Seattle.
Being involved with Sustainable West Seattle can be great for experiencing the building of community and hope. Please join us!
The annual membership meeting for Sustainable West Seattle will be held on MLK Day of Service, January 18th at the Admiral Bird Café, located at the corner of California Ave. SW and SW Admiral Way. The meet and greet starts at 6:30 pm and the meeting starts at 7 pm.
A memorial service is planned Monday at Holy Rosary for Eugene Kord, whose family is sharing this remembrance:
Eugene Thomas Kord was born July 9, 1931, in Tacoma, the second child born to Alice and Leo Kord. He is preceded in death by his parents and brother Richard Kord and is survived by his wife, Virginia Kord, and their children: Cathy Peda, Lori Clark, Mary Ballanger, Margie McGillis, and Mike Kord.
Gene moved with his family to West Seattle when he was a toddler and attended Holy Rosary Elementary School. He went on to graduate from O’Dea High School in 1949 and Seattle University in 1953. He was a dual-major: Business Marketing and Education.
Gene enlisted in the United State Army during the Korean War, which ended around the time he was shipped overseas. Among his duties was teaching basic courses to young soldiers, helping them to earn their GEDs. After his tour of duty, Gene took a job with the United States Department of Labor.
In 1958, Gene married Virginia Trautmann. The newlyweds settled into a small, one-bedroom apartment near Lincoln Park. Less than a year later, Gene and Virginia moved to Tacoma, where the first of five children, Catherine Anne, was born in 1959. Two more daughters followed shortly thereafter: Lori Marie in 1961 and Mary Ellen in 1962. All were born at St. Joseph’s Hospital—like their father.
Gene’s work then took the family to Spokane. With three daughters already in tow, the next two children to join the family, Marjorie Jean and Michael Eugene, were born in 1963 and 1969, respectively. While in Spokane, Gene also became one of the first-ever lay lectors at Assumption Church. In 1973, the Kords moved back to West Seattle, where Gene continued to work for the Department of Labor. In 1988, he retired as the Area Director of the Wage and Hour Division with more than 30 years of service.
Retirement brought the opportunity to embark on a passion close to Gene’s heart: volunteer work. A devout Catholic, Gene volunteered for St. Vincent de Paul, tutored children at local grade schools, served on parish councils and school boards, taught religious education—and even served as a probation officer.
All the while, Gene’s passion for God, family, reading, and sports never wavered. He attended mass almost daily. By the mid-2000s, the family had grown to include four sons-in law, a daughter-in law, and 12 wonderful grandchildren, and Gene never missed an opportunity to join the numerous family gatherings. Gene was also an avid reader who enjoyed the morning paper and books and magazines after dinner–unless there was a baseball game on TV. Gene’s interest in baseball grew as a young boy in the post-Depression-Era, following the local legends of the Seattle Rainiers. This passion continued for many years as a Seattle Mariners fan, and those who knew Gene are well aware that idle conversation was frowned upon when the ball was in play. As a young man, he enjoyed playing in a Spokane-area bowling league and golfing at local courses—never mind that uncontrollable slice. Later in life, Gene and Virginia took to playing bridge with friends, traveling to Spring Training, and let’s not forget the nightly walks with the family dog, Heidi.
Gene is remembered as a quiet, dignified man who always carried himself with nobility. In the mid 2000s, he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Holy Rosary Elementary School. He was empathetic and a great listener. His love for wife Virginia was constant.
Funeral services will be held Monday, January 11, at 11 am at Holy Rosary Church in West Seattle. A reception will follow immediately after. A burial service is scheduled for 3 pm at Holyrood Catholic Cemetery (205 NE 205th St., Shoreline). In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Holy Rosary St. Vincent de Paul or the Providence Mount St. Vincent Foundation.
You’ll find Mr. Kord’s online guestbook at emmickfunerals.com.
You have until 7 pm to get to Barnes and Noble/Westwood Village to celebrate the work of 14 young authors from Chief Sealth International High School and Madison Middle School, during this month’s edition of Words, Writers, West Seattle, presented by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society. Read more about the event on the SWSHS website.
Our technical overhaul is starting – even if you can still see this! – so starting a little later tonight, you’ll find WSB coverage at westseattleblog.wordpress.com while the work is under way at our regular “address.” Thanks for your understanding!
4:01 PM: If you’re heading eastbound toward downtown – the offramp to northbound Highway 99 will be closed for a bit. Smoke was coming from a stalled car, and Seattle Fire says the ramp will be blocked while they checked it out, with police on the way too, and a tow company being called.
5:19 PM UPDATE: SDOT just announced it’s open again:
UPDATE: The exit from the EB West Seattle Bridge to northbound SR 99 has reopened.
— seattledot (@seattledot) January 9, 2016
We finally have some information on the assault case that brought police to 15th/16th/Elmgrove/Kenyon and vicinity this morning: The reader report is from Hilari:
Today just after 11 a.m., my nephew got on the 128 at South Seattle College to return home from classes. He sat in the back of the bus and noticed a man staring at him. He didn’t think much of it in the moment.
He exited the bus at 16th SW and Kenyon. The man who had been staring at him exited just after.
Once on the sidewalk, the man approached my nephew and asked him if he wanted to get “knocked out.” Before my nephew could respond, the man punched him hard across the face and then proceeded to walk briskly south on 16th SW.
A construction worker nearby called 911. Fire and police came. My nephew’s nose isn’t broken, but he was pretty freaked out by all of the blood. Police tried to find the suspect but were unsuccessful. A case # has been filed, and I am hoping that bus cameras will be used to identify the man exiting the bus.
He was African American, mid-20s, wearing a gray beanie and either a gray or navy hoodie. He was about 5’10” or 5’11”.
If you have any information for police, the case to refer to, per Tweets by Beat, is 16-008602.
Chief Sealth International High School and Denny International Middle School had a brief shelter-in-place earlier today when police were checking out a report of possible shots fired in the area. We heard a bit about it and quickly learned from police – who were a few blocks to the east, investigating an unrelated assault case – that it was an unsubstantiated report. Nonetheless, the schools’ principals have sent this letter to families, and we’re sharing it:
Dear Denny and Sealth Scholars and Families,
We want to share with you information right away regarding a very short Shelter-in-Place that occurred at our schools this morning.
At 10:00am, Seattle Public Schools Security received a notification of a report being made of shots fired in the Denny/Sealth neighborhood. Both schools went into a Shelter-in-Place as an immediate precaution. A few minutes later, Seattle Police Officers came to school to let us know that they found no evidence of shots being fired, therefore the situation was cleared and we could end the Shelter-in-Place. Announcements were made at both schools ending the Shelter-in-Place and returning to a normal school day.
For your information, a Shelter-in-Place is used when there is a potential danger in the surrounding community. When this happens, all scholars are brought into the school building and all exterior doors are locked. Inside the building, classes continue as planned.
As always, safety is our top priority. Please let us know if you have any questions.
As we noted briefly last night, WSB has some work coming up this weekend, and a curtain will go up while the overhaul’s under way. **WE’LL STILL BE COVERING THE NEWS!** You’ll just find it someplace different until the work’s done. So once the overhauling begins around 6 pm tonight, you’ll see a page here pointing you to our temporary backup site at westseattleblog.wordpress.com (which we haven’t had to use in a couple years). As we add stories, whether breaking or not, we’ll also publish the links on our main social-media sites, facebook.com/westseattleblog and twitter.com/westseattleblog (so if you aren’t among our 21,000 FB followers and 37,500 Twitter followers – consider joining, at least temporarily!). Our technical team’s not sure how long it’ll take to move our decade of data – which this creaky old shell just can’t handle any more – but once it’s over and we’re back at the regular address, we’ll send messages too.
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
STUDENT AUTHORS @ WORDS, WRITERS, & WEST SEATTLE: 14 student authors from Madison Middle School and Chief Sealth International High School are in the spotlight at Words, Writers, & West Seattle, 5-7 pm tonight at Barnes & Noble in Westwood Village, presented as always by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society. (2800 SW Barton)
LIVE MUSIC: Acoustic singer/songwriter Ann Gates Fiser at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW) …
HIGH-SCHOOL BASKETBALL HOME GAMES: Chief Sealth IHS girls varsity hosts Seattle Prep at 6:30 tonight (2600 SW Thistle) … West Seattle HS girls varsity hosts Eastside Catholic at 8 tonight (3000 California SW) … Chief Sealth IHS boys varsity hosts Seattle Prep at 8 tonight.
LOOK INTO THE FUTURE … via our year-round calendar. Please note it will not be accessible while our overhaul work is under way this weekend (starting around 6 tonight), but we will have daily preview roundups with highlighted events on our temporary site Saturday and Sunday mornings.
From the Chief Sealth International High School PTSA: Sunday night is your deadline to get early-bird tickets for the 7th annual Seahawk Spirit Auction fundraiser:
WE WANT YOU TO COME MINGLE! EAT! DRINK! ENJOY! AND BID!
David Kelly is this year’s auctioneer!
The Chief Sealth Jazz Band will be performing. Come enjoy the fantastic entertainment of our talented student musicians directed by Brian Goetz.
More hot stuff to bid on:
• Take a ride with the Seattle Police Department Harbor Patrol
• Pagliacci Pizza gift card
• Reisling Wine Basket
• Woodland Park Zoo passes
Something for everyone and every budget!
(Six WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
7:33 AM: Good morning and happy Friday. No incidents in or from West Seattle so far. Alerts to share:
VASHON FERRY TERMINAL PAVING STARTING TODAY: If you use the Vashon terminal, Washington State Ferries has an alert for you.
PIGEON POINT ROAD CLOSURE SUNDAY NIGHT: If you missed the alert last night – the 22nd/Andover intersection will be closed Sunday night and very early Monday for sewer work, as will about two blocks of 22nd on both sides of Andover. Seattle Public Utilities says the alert has long since gone out to area residents, but wanted others to know too.
TRANSPORTATION NEWS: Two other stories we published Thursday – Highway 99 tunneling machine update (including a side discussion in the comments about whose machine it really is) … “Fog line” on the way when the speed limit is reduced on part of Delridge soon (and a Fauntleroy speed-limit update).
9:15 AM: One more thing – if you’re on Capitol Hill this afternoon and happen to notice extra police, former President Bill Clinton is making a fundraising stop on behalf of wife Hillary Clinton.