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West Seattle Crime Watch: $15,000 bail for ‘known burglar, auto thief’

Thanks to the tipsters who let us know about a Highland Park/South Delridge arrest on Wednesday – a suspected burglar with a long record. The arrest followed 911 calls from multiple neighbors who reported a woman allegedly going through their area trying doors and windows. The 26-year-old suspect had a bail hearing today, and we obtained the probable-cause documents, which say SPD received “several 911 calls” about “a female trying to break into houses.” The addresses listed are in the 8600 and 8800 blocks of 17th SW and the 8800 block of 18th SW; the documents say that neighbors interrupted her at two of those addresses, and that the homeowner confronted her at the other. Police then found her at 18th SW and SW Thistle and discovered she had two arrest warrants, for theft and trespassing. The probable-cause document also says that stolen mail was found, from a residence in the 8100 block of 18th SW, and describe her as a “known burglar and auto thief (and) known drug user.” Online court files show she has at least three felony convictions in King County, all of which appear to have resulted in plea bargains; documents in this case say her “last known address” – a term that could mean current home, or not – was in White Center. She’s in the King County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bail – $10,000 for the current case, $5,000 for the two warrants; the jail register also shows that this is her sixth booking there this year. She is due back in court on Monday, by which time charges could be filed.

VIDEO: Rain lifts as West Seattle Summer Fest Eve 2016 revs up

July 7, 2016 7:09 pm
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 |   West Seattle Art Walk | West Seattle festivals | West Seattle news

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7:09 PM: One hour into West Seattle Summer Fest Eve, the rain is lifting and people are out in the street in The Junction, as festival setup gets going.


Remember that California SW is blocked off between Edmunds and just south of Genesee, except for east-west traffic on Oregon, and Alaska is blocked off between 44th and 42nd:


It’s also, as mentioned earlier, West Seattle Art Walk night – come on down and join the party!


7:29 PM: Listen to musicians from Jazz Night School, playing outside West 5 again this Summer Fest Eve:

Here’s our earlier preview with info on what’s happening tonight.

7:50 PM: More music – as part of tonight’s Art Walk slate @ CAPERS (WSB sponsor):
Also at CAPERS, artist Genna Draper:
See the full venue list for tonight’s Art Walk here.

9:04 PM: A bit of the Jazz Night School Big Band (which we also streamed for a while via Periscope):

(More photos later.) West Seattle Summer Fest officially begins at 10 am Friday; see you there.

More summer outdoor music: The Mount announces 2016 concert lineup

July 7, 2016 5:11 pm
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This summer, West Seattle has more free outdoor music than ever:

*The big West Seattle Summer Fest main-stage lineup this Friday-Saturday-Sunday
*GreenLife at Summer Fest includes music on the Garden Stage
*Music Under the Stars classical concerts at Delridge CC continue the next three Mondays
*West Seattle Big Band‘s Concert in the Park at Hiawatha on July 19th
*Six Thursday-night Summer Concerts at Hiawatha, presented by the Admiral Neighborhood Association, starting July 21st
*Live music at the Alki Art Fair, July 23-24 at the beach

And now, we’ve just received the lineup for Providence Mount St. Vincent‘s four-Friday series!

(WSB file photo, overlooking concert zone on south side of The Mount’s campus)

Bring your family and join in on the fun on The Mount’s south patio. Food and beverages available for purchase. Free popcorn and snow cones. Face painter available free of charge. Come early and get a good spot. Special Note: Please bring your own lawn chairs or blankets as there is a limited number of chairs available for guests.

Dinner: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Live music: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

August 5
Cherry Cherry
(Neil Diamond Tribute Band)
Featured Entrée: Grilled Salmon Caesar Salad with Toasted Focaccia
Special Dessert: Outrageous Cherry-Cherry Bars

August 12
The Haggis Brothers
(“Celtic, country and other foot-stompin’ fun tunes”)
Featured Entrée: BBQ Pork on a Ciabatta Roll with Spicy Slaw
Special Dessert: Carmel Apple Bread Pudding

August 19
The 85th Street Big Band
(“swing favorites from the ’30s, ’40s, & ’50s”)
Featured Entrée: Kalbi Ribs with Soba Salad
Special Dessert: Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing

August 26
Danny Vernon as “The Illusion of Elvis”

Featured Entrée: Skirt Steak with Grape Tomatoes, Roasted Peppers, Crumbled Blue Cheese and Grilled Corn with an Herb Vinaigrette
Special Dessert: Mini Peach Pies with Streusel Topping

In addition, all dinners offer grilled hamburgers, veggie black bean burgers, hot dogs.

The Mount is at 4831 35th SW.

FOLLOWUP: Charge filed against North Delridge rifle-firing suspect Tony Samoun

The 29-year-old man arrested for allegedly firing a semi-automatic rifle into the air at his North Delridge apartment on the 4th of July is now charged. The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office has just filed one count of first-degree unlawful firearm possession against Tony Samoun. Charging documents lay out the same allegations as the probable-cause documents from which we wrote yesterday’s bail-hearing report – that police were in the area, heard suspected gunshots, learned 911 calls had come in, and found witnesses near 25th/Dakota, leading them eventually to Samoun, who is described as having confessed to shooting into the air as part of an Independence Day celebration. The charging documents contain a little more information about the gun that both police and prosecutors called an “assault rifle” – it is described as a “Romar AK-47 … 7.62 caliber semi-automatic rifle,” found “unloaded, without a magazine in it,” behind a washing machine in the apartment, where police found “sixteen fired 7.62 casings” in the front yard. Its serial number is listed in the report but there’s nothing further about its origin.

Samoun’s bail remains at $50,000, the amount set yesterday. The charging papers say he has 15 prior convictions between 1999 and 2011, most of them property crimes. The photo above is from 2010, the newest one on file at the state Department of Corrections.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Car prowlers interrupted; bicycle found

Two quick West Seattle Crime Watch notes:

CAR PROWLERS INTERRUPTED: Michael reports this happened early Tuesday near 47th SW and SW Oregon, west of The Junction: “Just an FYI, at 4:30 am I caught 4-6 teenagers (all girls, one boy with a “cowboy” type hat), probably 14-16 years old, trying to open all the cars on my street. Turns out mine was unlocked, so I caught them in the act and called cops. They were walking down 47th and Oregon, southbound. Not sure if cops caught them but they continued to try handles down the next 2 blocks.”


We just found this bike [Wednesday], black with red lettering, propped up against our wall near 13th Ave. & Henderson SW. No idea who left it or why, but maybe it was stolen – someone might recognize it. It has a flat rear tire. I’ve blurred the text on the lower bar – the owner should be able to identify that text.

Think it’s yours? Let us know. Meantime, another CW report is in the works for later today (awaiting court information).

West Seattle Summer Fest 2016: 360-degree group photos, walking tours, more with SW Seattle Historical Society

Another West Seattle Summer Fest preview, with hours to go until the streets close at 6 pm – the Southwest Seattle Historical Society‘s festival plans center on its “We Love The Junction” campaign – get your button, take a walking tour, be part of a group photo, share your thoughts …

The Southwest Seattle Historical Society’s “We Love The Junction” Task Force plans a variety of activities during West Seattle Summer Fest that will invite attendees to support the preservation of key buildings in The West Seattle Junction.

The headquarters for these activities will be the Southwest Seattle Historical Society booth, next to the Easy Street Records booth, just north of the main Junction intersection of California Avenue SW and SW Alaska Street.

The activities are part of the yearlong campaign of the “We Love The Junction” Task Force to support the historical society’s effort to secure city landmark status for the Campbell Building (main tenant Cupcake Royale) and the Hamm Building (main tenant Easy Street Records).

On Saturday and Sunday, July 9 and 10, the task force will stage 360-degree group photos at noon, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm and 5 pm at the California/Alaska intersection just north of the festival’s main information booth.

The photos will feature a “We Love The Junction” banner in the foreground and include the Campbell Building and Hamm Building. Everyone is encouraged to come and pose in one or more of these unique photos, which will be posted immediately on social media.

Free “We Love The Junction” walking tours of The Junction also will be offered during Summer Fest. Here are the tour topics, times and leaders:

“The ABCs of the West Seattle Junction Historical Survey,” 12:15-1:15 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, leader Deb Barker, who served on the survey’s steering committee.

“If These Buildings Could Talk: Stores of the Past,” 2:15-3:15 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, leaders Peder Nelson, vice-president of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society board.

“The Art of History: The Murals of West Seattle,” 3:15-4:15 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, leader Clay Eals, executive director, Southwest Seattle Historical Society.

In addition, the Southwest Seattle Historical Society booth will feature a “We Love The Junction” chalkboard, on which visitors can write their reasons for their attachment to West Seattle’s shopping hub. The answers will be photographed and posted online.

“We Love The Junction” buttons will be for sale at the booth for a $1 donation. Brochures explaining the campaign will be available, and people will be invited to sign the campaign’s statement of support.

Also, the booth will feature the popular “Guess the Number of Lincoln Logs” contest, and $100 Golden Tickets for a chance at winning a Holland America “Choose Your Cruise” will be on sale.

This summer, the historical society plans to submit landmark nominations for the Campbell and Hamm buildings prepared by a consultant funded by a 4Culture grant.

Scroll through our other festival previews in this WSB archive.

West Seattle Thursday: Summer Fest Eve, Art Walk, Find It-Fix It Walk planning, more!

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(Photo by Zack Malson)

Yes, rain’s possible on this VERY busy West Seattle Thursday, but you’re local – you know not to let that get in the way of a good time.

SUMMER FEST EVE: The streets in The Junction close at 6 pm for West Seattle Summer Fest setup, rain or shine, and that means the Summer Fest Eve fun begins. It’s also West Seattle Art Walk night, usually on the second Thursday, but on the first one this month to coincide with Summer Fest Eve. Entertainment is planned at West 5 – the big band and jazz quartet from Jazz Night School – and at Elliott Bay Brewing (planning a band and kids’ entertainment, plus a benefit beer release). We’re checking on “what if it really does rain?” backup plans and will update, so check back here later. (UPDATE – The venues have tents on standby!)

Now, here’s the map/venue list for tonight’s Art Walk, 6-9 pm:

Among the participating businesses are four WSB sponsors:

*Click! Design That Fits (4540 California SW), featuring “Abstract Cityscapes” by Melanie Biehle

*CAPERS Home (4525 California SW), featuring florals by Genna Draper, ceramics by Beth Farrow, and harp music by White M.O.T.H.

*Wallflower Custom Framing (4735 42nd SW), with photography by Troy Sass

*Viscon Cellars (5910 California SW), paintings by Laura Beso and the winery’s new summer releases

MURAL TOURS, TOO: Also during tonight’s Art Walk, meet at Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (4410 California SW; WSB sponsor) at 6 and 7:30 pm for tours of The Junction’s historic murals.

Also happening today/tonight:

LUNCH AT THE LIBRARY: It’s the Kids’ Café! No need to bring proof of income or other documentation – kids and teens can get free lunch 12:30-1:30 pm today (and Tuesdays-Wednesdays-Thursdays through Sept. 1) at Delridge Library. (5423 Delridge Way SW)

DELRIDGE GROCERY CO-OP FARMSTAND: 4-7 pm next to the Delridge P-Patch, fresh produce for sale (also look for Delridge Grocery volunteers with a “mini-farmstand” at West Seattle Summer Fest on Friday and Saturday). Today’s fresh list includes apricots, peaches, blackberries, black raspberries, blueberries, sugar snap peas, kale, lettuce, basil, zucchini, baby beets, Walla Walla onions, scallions, green cabbage, purple potatoes. (Delridge Way/Puget Boulevard)

(added, per comment reminder) FIND IT, FIX IT WALK PLANNING: If you live, work, and/or otherwise have an interest in the Roxhill-Westwood area, you’re invited to help plan the Find It, Fix It Community Walk that’s set for July 25th. First planning meeting is tonight – just show up! 6:30 pm, Southwest Library. (35th SW/SW Henderson)

LIVE, LATE NIGHT: 9 pm, DLO3 is live with “vintage soul” at Parliament Tavern in The Admiral District. No cover. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

WSB EXTRA: 2nd edition tomorrow; subscribe today!

Last Friday, our first-ever bonus weekly e-mail-exclusive edition of WSB EXTRA debuted. As explained in our announcement last month, it’s *NOT* a recap or digest or list of story links – not a substitute for coming here to see what’s going on – but rather, something extra, quick infobits we find or receive that don’t turn into stories, as well as “comment of the week,” some “behind the scenes.” some “did you know” … If you’re not already signed up, we’re extending the invitation again – go here to subscribe. We’re sending it on Fridays – aiming to have it out by early afternoon most of the time (edition #1 was later because of a busy news day).

Duwamish Rowing Club plans its first regatta on the river Saturday

Rowing fans! You’re invited to watch and cheer as the Duwamish Rowing Club hosts its first-ever regatta on the Duwamish River, 8 am-noon on Saturday (July 9th). Mike Merta from DRC says:

The DRC Ospreys Youth and Adult crews will be competing against Lake Stevens Rowing Club and Renton Rowing Club. Bring a blanket and some snacks and plan for a morning picnic while watching the races. We will have some music playing in the park and there will be someone calling the races.

16 match-style races are planned. Best vantage points are along the shore in South Park, where DRC is based – Duwamish Waterway Park (7900 10th Ave. S.; map) or the finish line at the street-end park at 12th S. and Elmgrove (map).

P.S. See this comment for the course map.

West Seattle Hi-Yu’s plan for Summer Fest and beyond

July 7, 2016 9:04 am
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(West Seattle Hi-Yu in Monday’s Burien 4th of July Parade – photo by Murray’s Photography)

Summer is the busiest time for West Seattle Hi-Yu – an all-volunteer organization – and that includes participation in West Seattle Summer Fest, where you can see this year’s traveling parade float (“Around West Seattle”) and more. From Hi-Yu’s Gloria Teves:

July is a busy month for West Seattle Hi-Yu with parades (Admiral 4th of July Kids’ Parade and Burien on the 4th, the West Seattle Grand Parade, Des Moines, Chinatown, Greenwood, and of course the Seafair Torchlight Parade!), participating in West Seattle Summer Fest and attending the West Seattle Big Band Concert in the Park at Hiawatha on July 19th. Hi-Yu is the last volunteer organization in Seattle that builds a traditional parade float that includes royalty and participates in a number of area parades.

These activities, and others, wouldn’t be possible without dedicated volunteers. Through the years, Hi-Yu has benefitted from the guidance of two of its most dedicated volunteers, Jay and Joanne Murray. At the end of September, the Murrays will be retiring from their many years of service to Hi Yu. Stop by the Hi-Yu booth during Summer Fest to say hello and wish Jay and Joanne well as they begin their travels this fall.

On Friday, July 8, Hi-Yu’s 2015 Senior Court Queen and current Seafair Princess Kelly Jean Crum will be at the booth to answer questions about Hi Yu and how it’s associated with the Seafair Foundation for Women scholarship program. Other past Senior Court Queens may be available throughout the weekend to answer similar questions.

On Saturday (July 9th) at 11:30, Haley Beebe will be crowned the 2016 Senior Court Queen on the California Stage at the north end of the festival). After the coronation, come meet the new queen, as well as the 2016 Junior Court, at the Hi-Yu booth. While at the booth, you can take pictures on the float (we’ll have a sash and crown available for you to wear during your pictures (using your own device), and learn more about Hi-Yu and how you can get involved. Hi Yu’s booth will be on Alaska Street between California and 42nd SW. There is no cost for taking pictures on the float but donations are greatly appreciated.

2016-2017 will bring big changes to Hi-Yu as it moves forward as an organization. There is a chance that this could be the final year of Hi-Yu if we don’t see an increase in involvement. We need (and welcome!) your input. If you can’t make it to Summer Fest, please feel free to send Jay and Joanne a note to thank them for their service, or inquire about how you can help Hi-Yu. You can reach Hi Yu by email at: or via the Hi-Yu Facebook page.

You are also welcome to join us at our regular meetings. In July, we meet each Monday at 7:00 pm at Admiral Congregational Church, 4320 SW Hill.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Summer Fest Eve Thursday, with road closures and bus reroutes starting tonight

(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links; is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE)

(Click any view for a close-up; more cameras on the WSB Traffic page)

6:07 AM: Good morning and welcome to Thursday. It’s the eve of West Seattle Summer Fest, with the roads closing tonight both for festival setup and for pre-festival fun. Here’s what you need to know:

STREETS CLOSE @ 6 PM: That’s California Avenue SW between SW Edmunds and SW Genesee (with SW Oregon remaining open to east/west traffic), and SW Alaska between 42nd and 44th.

BUS REROUTES START @ 5 PM: That’s according to the reroute plans linked from the Metro “alerts and updates” page, which will be in effect until post-festival breakdown/cleanup wraps up late Sunday night:

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Route 22here
Route 37here
Route 50here
Route 55here
Route 57here
Route 128here
Route 773 Water Taxi Shuttlehere

8:46 AM: We’ve had two reports about this hazard to bicycle riders:

Many small (1′ diameter) piles of broken glass have appeared next to the fog line on both sides of the street on Beach Drive, from one end to the other.

The glass is exactly where cyclists would normally ride, so you’ll need to ride out in the roadway to avoid flats. Be careful out there. -JH

As we’ve told both people who reported it, if you see something of danger in the right of way, to anyone – riders, walkers, drivers – please report it ASAP to SDOT so they can investigate/clean it up. Their 24-hour dispatch is 206-386-1218.

West Seattle sunset: Brushed across the sky

Wednesday night’s sunset was about the clouds more than the color:


That was JayDee‘s view from Upper Alki. Below, from James Bratsanos in southwest West Seattle:


And from Bill Schrier via Twitter:

Thanks to all who shared photos!