West Seattle, Washington
Tonight’s West Seattle Crime Watch notes are from finders.
< strong>First – Steph found what seems to be package-theft evidence:
I found some opened packages from ebay and Amazon in a parking garage in the Jefferson Square building. Just in case above reported their stuff stolen.
Seems to be addressed to a Spencer (last name starts with S.) on Fauntleroy in an apartment. And a Janessa (different last name starting with S.) also on Fauntleroy in an apartment … And one to a Mike (last name starting with V), on Fauntleroy.
Unfortunately they’re all empty minus packing slips – which I picked up to try to find email/ phone numbers to these people and have a few.
Second – missing a bicycle? If it’s a Raleigh mountain bike, it might be the one found by a reader, “hidden in the bushes.” Send the description to ctcalderon (at) comcast (dot) net to see if it’s yours.
Congratulations to Rachel Strauss! The photo and report are from the West Seattle Women’s Golf Club:
Rachel Strauss is the 2016 Club Champion of the West Seattle Women’s Golf Club. In the annual two-day tournament at West Seattle Golf Course held August 22 and 23, Rachel posted a low gross score of 167 to take the title for the second year in a row.
In defending her title, this marks the 18th time in 24 years that Rachel has won the West Seattle Women’s Club championship. She first won the title in 1992 and had a 6-year run from 1992 to 1997 as well as a 7-year run from 1999 to 2005.
Rachel is also the 2016 winner of the Greater Seattle Women’s Public Golf Association City Championship tournament held earlier this month at Willows Run Golf Course.
Rachel is a long time resident of West Seattle.
Folklore Nicaragua, at 1st-ever Festival Centroamericano today at Westcrest Park. Video by Leda Costa for WSB pic.twitter.com/jPuQdbfFFM
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) August 28, 2016
(Video and photos by Leda Costa for WSB)
4:25 PM: You still have time to get to the first-ever Festival Centroamericano, scheduled until 7 pm at Westcrest Park in Highland Park! Photojournalist Leda Costa is covering it for WSB, starting with the video above, from Folklore Nicaragua‘s performance, so we’ll have photos later – but for now, go celebrate Central American culture in person, via music, dance, food, and more. The park’s at 9000 8th SW.
ADDED 11:20 PM: As promised, more photos:
While the dancing was popular, the food was an even-bigger draw, with long lines, and some vendors selling out. This is Lucero Teofilo, whose mother Rosia runs Franci’s Fresh Fruit:
Emceeing the event, Edgardo Armando Franco, known as “El General.” Also onstage were singers including Alfredo Chavez, who, before singing, offered a lesson in the art of the Panamanian Saloma, something like yodeling.
Below, holding the Guatamalan flag, that’s Kirby Fralick at right, posing with his friends from Chapines en Seattle, one of the vendor booths at the festival:
Another booth featured handmade Nicaraguan dolls by Inmaculada Cruz:
More festival scenes:
Mercedes Gonzalez, from Panama:
Organizers say this is not only our area’s first festival celebrating Central American culture, but the first one in our state, and they hope to do it again next year.
Tomorrow will be the start of the fourth week of work on SDOT’s lower Spokane Street project – happening mostly east of the “low bridge” – which the city says will “repave, reconstruct sidewalks and curb ramps, and make other improvements along SW Spokane Street from SW Klickitat Way to East Marginal Way S to improve safety for all users.” Below are key points from the overview of what’s planned this week, including continued detours for people on bikes and on foot:
• SW Klickitat Way and Manning Street
– Forming and pouring new curb ramps and replacement portions of sidewalk.
– Roadway asphalt patching.
• SW Spokane St and Manning St
– Reconstructing curb ramps and sidewalk on south side of Spokane St.
– Constructing a raised crosswalk in the West Seattle Bridge Trail across the driveway on the north side of Spokane St at Manning St
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING CONSTRUCTION FOR THE WEEK OF AUGUST 29, 2016
• Weekday work hours from 9 AM to 4 PM
• Single lane closures and/or lane width reductions during work hours
• Noise, dust and vibration typical of construction
• Access to the port and businesses will be maintained
• Temporary pedestrian/bike pathway around work zone at SW corner of Spokane St and 11th Ave SW
• Temporary pedestrian/bike pathway around work zone on north side of Spokane St at Manning Street
The project summary is on this SDOT webpage.
12:32 PM: Thanks for the tips – a Seattle Fire “salt water rescue” response is arriving in the Seacrest vicinity. Via scanner, we’re hearing a report of a diver in distress. More to come.
12:40 PM: Divers have been called in to search for the person who is reported to be missing. An SFD fireboat is on the scene too.
12:49 PM: We’ve just arrived in the area – lots of SFD and SPD vehicles on Harbor between Seacrest and Salty’s, so please avoid the area.
A Coast Guard helicopter has just arrived, flying low, to help.
1 PM: Via scanner, there is a report the victim has been recovered. No word on her condition.
No word on her condition. She is being taken to Medic 32.
1:08 PM: A tweet from SFD describes her as in “critical condition.” We have a photographer on the shore who says that SFD’s public-information officer will be briefing media shortly.
1:22 PM: SFD spokesperson Capt. Shata Stephenson says the diver is in her 20s. She was part of a class when she became disoriented and was lost in about 40 feet of water. She had been missing for about half an hour before SFD divers found her and brought her up. Another diver who was apparently helping is being evaluated by medics.
3:15 PM: No new information since the diver was rushed to Harborview Medical Center by Medic 32. Here’s our video of what Capt. Stephenson said in the aforementioned short briefing onshore:
We’re also adding a few more photos from the search/rescue operation earlier.
MONDAY MORNING NOTE: We just checked with Harborview Medical Center’s media-relations department to see if there is any update on the diver’s condition. A hospital spokesperson says her family has chosen to keep that information private, so HMC cannot comment.
ADDED 11:48 AM: The SPD report on the incident says the diver did not survive. Separate update to come.
9:56 AM: Thanks for the tips. In addition to the regular closure of California between Alaska and Oregon for the weekly West Seattle Farmers’ Market, half a block of Alaska west of California is also closed – for a police investigation. It involves someone who died by the bus stop on the south side of Alaska; the Medical Examiner has just arrived for the body. Police will tell us only that the person who died was male. This started with a medical call about an hour ago. That’s all we know so far – more as we get it.
10:08 AM: One thing we can say – this is not a homicide investigation. While the official cause of death and ID will come from the Medical Examiner, they’re already here to remove the body – which wouldn’t happen this soon if it were a crime investigation. The tape has come down and SW Alaska has reopened.
9:16 AM: “Today, you changed a woman’s life.” That’s the message Northwest Hope and Healing executive director Kristina Dahl gave hundreds of runners and walkers as they got ready to head out on this year’s Alki Beach 5K, which started at 9 am.
(WSB video/photos from here, unless otherwise credited)
The nonprofit helps breast- and gynecologic-cancer patients deal with their daily lives as they embark on the fight of their lives. They’re on the course right now – which means Alki/Harbor Avenues are closed for a while – and we’ll be updating.
9:32 AM: Runners of all ages (a 9-year-old finisher was just announced!) continue crossing the line. First was Devon Grove of Kirkland, 20, in 16:15:
(added, next 5 names/photos) Second finisher, Joseph Walker of Federal Way, 21, in 16:38:
Third finisher, John Serrano of Seattle, 17, in 16:54:
Now, the first three female finishers – 1st, Abigail Sargent of Seattle, 33, in 18:38:
2nd, Hailey Kettel of Edmonds, 20, in 19:22:
3rd, Alicia House of Seattle, 27, in 20:55:
10:37 AM: The Alki Beach 5K is officially over, and the waterfront road has just reopened.
ADDED SUNDAY EVENING: Our traditional “everyone leaving the starting line” video is now added near the top of the story. Here are a few more scenes from the Alki Beach 5K:
Robert Spears shared that view of the runners/walkers going in both directions along east Alki. Next – one of the youngest runners, if not THE youngest, who sported the handcrafted bib number “707 1/2”:
Another closer-to-the-ground runner even had a T-shirt:
It wouldn’t be a running event without Lori and Tim McConnell of West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor):
And finally … Kristina Dahl from NWH&H wore her reasons for the run on her sleeve:
(Full results from today’s Alki Beach 5K can be found here.)
First on our list for today, including a traffic alert:
ALKI BEACH 5K: The route along Alki and Harbor Avenues, east of 63rd SW, will close at about 8 am, which is also when last-minute registration and check-in starts by the Alki Bathhouse. The run/walk benefits Northwest Hope and Healing, which helps breast- and gynecologic-cancer patients deal with everyday expenses that don’t stop because of diagnosis and treatment. (61st SW/Alki SW)
Here’s what else is happening:
GIVE THE GIFT OF LIFE: 10 am-4 pm at the Alki Masonic Center in The Junction, the Amethyst Chapter/Order of the Eastern Star is sponsoring a Bloodworks Northwest donation drive. Walk-in donors are welcome, but note that the drive will be closed for a break between noon and 1 pm. (40th SW/SW Edmunds)
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm in The Junction, local growers’ fresh produce, meat, cheese, baked goods, beverages, more. (California SW between SW Oregon and SW Alaska)
FESTIVAL CENTROAMERICANO: 11 am-7 pm at Westcrest Park in Highland Park, this is the first-ever Seattle festival dedicated to celebrating Central American culture – free! Details in our calendar listing. (9000 8th SW)
ALKI LIGHTHOUSE TOURS: 1-4 pm, today’s your fourth-to-last chance to visit West Seattle’s historic lighthouse during the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary‘s summer tours – after the 3-day Labor Day weekend, it’s closed to the public until next year. (Alki SW/Beach Drive SW)
STEVEN STACK: Singer/songwriter/pianist performs at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 3-5 pm. (5612 California SW)
KOL HANESHAMAH’S ANNUAL PICNIC: 4-7 pm at Alki Beach Park, the West Seattle synagogue invites members and prospective members to its annual picnic: “KHN will provide veggie burgers and other grilled delights. You provide the salads and side dishes (vegetarian, kosher fish, no nuts).” (Alki SW/62nd SW)
MORE! See the full list – and what’s up for the days and nights ahead – on our complete calendar.