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West Seattle Crime Watch: Fingerprints lead to burglary charge; plus, 4 reader reports

Five reports tonight in West Seattle Crime Watch:

NEW CHARGES AGAINST TAYLOR CHURCH: We start with an update on 26-year-old Taylor Church, a repeat offender arrested 2 1/2 weeks ago for alleged prowling in South Delridge/Highland Park (photo at right). At the time, she was only being held in connection with previous cases. But this past Friday, court files reveal, she was charged with residential burglary, after fingerprint evidence from a break-in scene was matched to her. That burglary, court documents say, happened July 5th at a home in the 9000 block of 12th SW, where surveillance video captured Church breaking in through a window. The victim showed the video to police, and when they arrested Church the next day in connection with three attempted burglaries, an officer recognized her as the burglar seen in the video. That officer had lifted “possible latent print evidence” at the 12th SW house the previous day; last Thursday, an evidence technician notified investigators that evidence matched two of Church’s fingers, and a burglary charge was rush-filed the next day. As we reported July 12th, she is serving time for a trespass case, so there’s no bail set for her right now, but if she finishes that sentence, the bail that would currently kick in for the new burglary charge is listed as $10,000.

Now, four reader reports to mention:

STOLEN CAR: Manny e-mailed this weekend about the car stolen from him last Monday:

My car was stolen from the corner of 47th and SW Othello St. It is a 1995 red Honda Civic. WA plate # AYL1534.

Call 911 if you see it. (7:24 AM MONDAY UPDATE: Manny says it’s been found.)

CAR PROWL: From Monica:

Wanted to report that my vehicle was broken into outside of my home on the 3800 Block of Beach Dr SW, last night. Several items were stolen.

ANOTHER CAR PROWL: Katharine saw the aftermath of this one on Friday at 42nd and Hinds:

Car alarm went off. Volvo SUV with broken back side window, bicycle hanging out the side, back side door hanging open, broken glass on the street, blue plastic glove on the street. Looked like someone noticed the bike in the car, smashed the window, tried to grab the bike, looks like unsuccessfully.

SPEAKING OF BICYCLES … A neighbor says this one appears to have been abandoned near Gatewood Elementary:
Let us know if you recognize it.

MONDAY NIGHT: Concerns about Westwood? Roxhill? Be on the mayor’s Find It, Fix It Walk


On Saturday, Mayor Ed Murray walked in the West Seattle Grand Parade. Tomorrow night, the mayor will be back in West Seattle for this area’s second Find It, Fix It Community Walk – the first one was last October in Delridge (WSB coverage here). The route is already planned, after several weeks of community discussions – as previewed here last week – but that doesn’t mean everything is scripted, so come along and join not only the mayor but some of his department heads, and see where the conversation goes. The walk starts at 6:30 pm from Longfellow Creek P-Patch on SW Thistle east of Chief Sealth International High School and will proceed through Westwood, to end at Roxhill Park:

You can arrive at the P-Patch as early as 6 pm for pre-walk refreshments and mingling.

Remembering Muriel ‘Mert’ Pearson, 1926-2016

July 24, 2016 7:02 pm
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A funeral Mass is planned next Wednesday for Muriel “Mert” Pearson. Here’s the remembrance her family is sharing with the community:

Muriel Pearson, 90, went to Heaven on July 6, 2016. She was born in St. John, North Dakota on May 7, 1926, the eldest child of Willie and Anna Garceau.

Muriel came out to Seattle in 1945 and rented a house with 3 of her sisters in White Center. She worked several clerical jobs over the years; one of them at Boeing. She met, then married Keith “Bud” Pearson on September 15, 1950, in a double wedding with her sister Lorraine and her husband Harold Foster at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in West Seattle. Later, Bud and Mert would co-own what was formerly Digby’s Tavern in Morgan Junction from 1973 to 1981. Once they retired, they moved to Lake Limerick in Shelton and again to Sumner.

She is survived by her son, Kevin Pearson, his wife, Lisa Pearson and her grandchildren, Amelea, Stephan, and Grace and great-granddaughter, Samantha of White Center, as well as her daughter, Kimberly Ann Pearson, and her grandchildren, Darby and Hannah Kenyon of Sumner.

She is preceded in death by her loving husband, Keith “Bud” Pearson and her sisters, Doris Gardner, Aurora Skeleton, Juliette Pearson, and Neoma Jones as well as her parents and many other Aunts, Uncles and Cousins.

Her funeral mass will be at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Sumner, Washington, next Wednesday, July 27, 2016, at 10:30 am.

There will be a small one hour reception at St. Andrew after the funeral mass.

Muriel Pearson will be buried next to her husband at Tahoma National Cemetery at 1:15 pm.

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Chief Sealth Soccer Skills Camp has room this week

July 24, 2016 6:18 pm
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 |   West Seattle news | WS & Sports

Got one or more incoming third-through-ninth-graders in need of something to do this week? We have word that the Chief Sealth Soccer Skills day camp still has space available, tomorrow (Monday, July 25th) through Friday. It’s for girls and boys of all skill levels, 9 am-2 pm each day at Southwest Athletic Complex, across from Chief Sealth. Details are in the flyer

PHOTOS: Lucha Libre Volcánica returns to Duwamish Waterway Park

(WSB photos)

One more weekend spectacle to show you – it’s become an annual tradition next door in South Park, the luchadores (masked, aerobatic Mexican-style wrestlers) of Lucha Libre Volcánica facing off in an outdoor ring.


After hours of parade coverage, and a stop at the Alki Art Fair, we got to Duwamish Waterway Park just in time for Saturday afternoon’s final match.


The luchadores are students; Lucha Libre Volcánica has the only local school of lucha libre.


And as fierce as they all look in the ring, outside it, the wrestlers clearly love meeting their fans.


The show was sponsored by ECOSS – the Environmental Coalition of South Seattle. As it was wrapping up, the announcer mentioned that you can see the luchadores monthly at eVOLV Fitness (1317 Republican on Capitol Hill). Next event is next Saturday (July 30th), 8:30 pm.

VIDEO: Alki Art Fair, day 2

July 24, 2016 2:24 pm
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 |   West Seattle festivals | West Seattle news


2:24 PM: Another spectacular day at the beach, and you have almost four more hours to go wander the Alki Art Fair. Booths are open until 6:


A food truck and food booths are set up along the promenade and on the street, and music continues on two stages. We’re the sponsor for the “Busker Stage” toward the west end.

Stop inside the Bathhouse to bid on silent-auction items; the official Alki Art Fair T-shirt is on sale outside the Bathhouse; and nearby, you’ll find the Seal Sitters booth – ask them about the first pup this season to turn up on a West Seattle beach, just last night on Alki. Maybe it was here for the Seal Sitters-benefiting Spud chowder deal too.

P.S. One more reminder about the free shuttle from Admiral – details on the Alki Art Fair home page.

9 PM: The fair’s a wrap for this year. We stopped by for a bit this evening, in time to catch some of the show by the final band of the night, The Fuzz:

Myers Way Parcels now home to encampment


Since we reported last Monday on an encampment, Camp Second Chance, moving from a South King County church to a privately owned parcel on Myers Way, much discussion ensued in the story’s comment section. The camp’s nonprofit supporter said there that it would be moving this weekend. Passing through the area this past hour, we saw that it has – the site, owned by a dump-truck company, is completely clear … and the camp in our photo above is now set up across the street and a bit to the south inside the gates to the main entrance to the Myers Way Parcels, the land that Mayor Ed Murray recently announced the city would keep rather than sell. The area outside the gate had been an unofficial staging area for RV campers earlier this year when the city had plans to open a “safe lot” in Highland Park, but that plan has long since been canceled. Some RVs have continued to camp along Myers Way in that area – half a dozen were in view earlier this week; this morning, we saw two. We have a question out to Camp Second Chance’s sponsor to verify whether that’s what is now set up on the city property.

UPDATE: Stuff The Bus with diapers for WestSide Baby!

July 24, 2016 10:39 am
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10:39 AM: The biggest day of WestSide Baby‘s Stuff The Bus diaper drive is on, until 2 pm! Go get diapers and bring them to HomeStreet Bank (WSB sponsor) in The Junction, 41st and Alaska.


Look for the bus and the emoji-costume volunteers. We’ll be checking back to see how it’s going.

2:14 PM: We just stopped back at the bus, where WS Baby’s Nancy Woodland tells us their diaper donations today alone totaled 37,533 – a partial total for July so far, not counting donation sites like Les Schwab outlets, is 209,833. They’ll update again in early August.

P.S. Our before and after shots, 10 am and a few minutes after 2 pm:

TRAFFIC ALERT: Car commercial blocking traffic at Duwamish Head

Thanks to the reader who tipped us to this unannounced roadblock: A commercial shoot for the Chevrolet Trax has Harbor blocked intermittently at Duwamish Head (we have been stopped for 10 mins westbound, and eastbound is stopped too). It will be over by noon, the officer told us. But if you are going to the Alki Art Fair before then – approach from the west.

West Seattle Sunday: Alki Art Fair; ‘Stuff the Bus’; handbells; ukuleles; more!

July 24, 2016 8:34 am
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Ways to do a good deed and have a good time, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

BE THE MATCH: Donor-registration drive 9 am-2 pm on the patio at Fresh Flours Bakery in South Delridge – explained in our calendar listing and preview story. Volunteer to be someone who might save a life. (9410 Delridge Way SW)

(WSB photo from Saturday’s West Seattle Grand Parade – same bus you’ll be stuffing today)

STUFF THE BUS: It’s the highlight of WestSide Baby‘s biggest annual diaper drive, 10 am-2 pm in the lot outside HomeStreet Bank (WSB sponsor) in The Junction – bring diapers and Stuff The Bus – yes, you (or your kid/s) can honk the horn when you donate. (41st SW/SW Alaska)

ALKI ART FAIR: 10 am-6 pm with music until 8 (schedule here), art, music, kids’ activities, food, and a silent auction, all part of the Alki Art Fair along the Alki Beach promenade. Catch the free school-bus-style shuttle from the Admiral District at the Metro stop on the northwest corner of California/Admiral. (60th/Alki)

LEARN HOW TO MAKE KOMBUCHA: Demonstration at West Seattle Farmers’ Market today, 10:30 am-noon. (California SW between Oregon and Alaska)

TENT SALE: Last day of the “Local Taste” tent sale at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) with 60+ sponsors. (California/Fauntleroy/Morgan)

WSHS CLASS OF ’96: The 20-year-reunion weekend continues with a family-friendly picnic at noon on the field at Hiawatha. (2700 California SW)

LOG HOUSE MUSEUM: You’ve seen the Southwest Seattle Historical Society at festivals and parades – now see their museum, a great side trip if you’re going to Alki for the Art Fair (you’ll see SWSHS there too). Noon-4 pm. (61st SW/SW Stevens)

SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK: 3 pm in Lincoln Park, Greenstage presents “Cymbeline” – free! Location and other details are in our calendar listing. (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)

UKULELES! 3-5 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), see and hear the Ukestra Seattle! (5612 California SW)

HANDBELLS! 7 pm at Tibbetts United Methodist Church (WSB sponsor), a melodic way to end your weekend:

Tintabulations, a handbell group from Reno, Nevada, will be doing a concert at Tibbetts UMC on Sunday, July 24 at 7 PM. Donations collected at the door will be used to cover their touring expenses. They will be joined by local handbell group Bells of the Sound on two pieces, which both groups will be performing at the International Handbell Symposium in Vancouver, BC later this week as they represent the Handbell Musicians of America in the International Concert at this event.

(3940 41st SW)

West Seattle Grand Parade 2016, report #5: Stars of the show

Interspersed with the many community groups and businesses in Saturday’s West Seattle Grand Parade – four traditional motorized parade floats:


West Seattle is the only neighborhood in the city that still has its own traveling parade float, kept going year after year by the volunteers of West Seattle Hi-Yu. Earlier this summer, they put out a call for help – without it, they can’t keep going. And without Hi-Yu traveling to other parades, this one won’t get reciprocal visits from others in the region. This time, for the first time in a while, the Port Orchard Fathoms O’Fun float came from across Puget Sound:


The Marysville Strawberry Festival float has been a yearly favorite:


And the Daffodil Festival float from Pierce County, too – a wider view is in our report on the parade winners; here’s a close-up detail:


The West Seattle Grand Parade is officially sanctioned by Seafair, which means Seafair parade marshals help out, and Seafair sends its parade contingent, including the Pirates:


In our first report, we showed you the two police motorcycle drill teams that start the parade every year, including the Vancouver, B.C., officers whose appearance here is a Seattle-area exclusive. When both teams finished their shows, they stopped in The Junction to applaud each other:

We got some questions yesterday about a “motorcade” on the bridge … it wasn’t a motorcade, just the teams getting to and from the parade!

P.S. A few notes – The Chinese Community Girls’ Drill Team, usually a WSGP favorite, wasn’t here this year because the Renton River Days Parade was at the same time – this year brought some conflicts because it has five Saturdays … Next Saturday (July 30th), the region’s biggest parade of the year, the Seafair Torchlight Parade, happens downtown, and some of the participants you saw yesterday will be there – besides the Seafair contingent, also West Seattle Hi-Yu and the All-City Band. The night before Torchlight brings the Band Jam warmup, hosted by All-City, back to Southwest Athletic Complex here in West Seattle – free, 6:30 pm, all welcome, full preview to come!