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West Seattle Crime Watch: The case of the repeat offender who had to be dragged into custody

We’ve found ourselves writing more about repeat offenders lately. No surprise, since Southwest Precinct police have long pointed out that a relative handful of criminals are responsible for a disproportionate amount of the property crimes representing the worst problems in this area. But what continues to be surprising to many is the reality of what happens once they’re arrested. We track cases and present what we find in documents; a senior prosecutor from the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office gave some frank context at last week’s West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network meeting, pointing out, among other things, that while someone might have a long record, when it comes to sentencing time, what counts most – literally, via a scoring system – is the number of felony convictions they have, and for many, that number is relatively few.

For most of the repeat offenders whose cases we updated last week, that was the case. It’s why Jessica Detrick and Taylor Church are both set for residential drug treatment, via the Drug Offender Sentencing Alternative. We’ve also updated the cases of repeat offenders Sean Jeardoe and Alan Polevia, both of whom are still in jail tonight.

Now – another one.

While checking the King County Jail Register over the weekend, we saw another name we recognized: Jared Barden. We first reported on Barden, who is 31 years old, on August 23rd, when he was arrested in Lincoln Park after fleeing a car-prowl scene nearby. The arrest drew a lot of attention because the Guardian One helicopter helped with the early-afternoon search. Barden was charged with misdemeanors and released from jail the next day.

We hadn’t checked on his file recently, until seeing his name on the jail register, which shows this is his third time in jail since that Lincoln Park arrest six weeks ago.

Suspect caught in Lincoln Park
(August 23rd photo via Steve Shelton Images)

Barden was booked September 8th for a failure-to-appear warrant in a burglary case and suspicion of auto theft; he was released September 26th – one week ago tonight. He was arrested four days later, last Friday (September 30th), for what’s described as criminal trespass, and then released on Saturday, with the notation “case dismissed.” Less than eight hours later, at 1:16 am Sunday, he was back in King County Jail, for investigation of auto theft. At a hearing this afternoon, his bail was set at $10,000.

Probable-cause documents say Barden’s newest arrest happened in Arbor Heights late Saturday night, near 35th SW and SW 102nd. Police were called when the owner of a pickup truck saw “an unknown male” in the truck, possibly “breaking the steering column.” When police arrived, their report says, Barden was still in the truck, both doors locked. He ignored their orders to get out of the truck and to stop what the report calls “digging around in the truck.” At some point, police say, he found a screwdriver and stuck that in the ignition, which started briefly, then sputtered out. He tried yet again – police still outside the truck, deploying spike strips so he wouldn’t get far if he got it going – and failed. The truck’s owner came out of his house and gave police a key they used to open the door. Barden still refused to get out; the report says officers finally “dragged” him out, arrested him, and took him to jail. He is due back in the jailhouse courtroom on Wednesday.

VIDEO: New 360-degree view of ‘Alki Junkyard’

New from “Diver Laura” James – a 360-degree view of what divers know as the “Alki Junkyard,” off the west end of public Alki shoreline (64th SW).

Laura says, “This was shot with ambient light in the 50’ range; the only lights were on my dive buddy Lamont’s camera. So you can see it’s really quite bright down there during the day (lots of ambient light unless a really heavy plankton bloom), and the diver lights primarily serve to restore the colors (red goes away first, due to the way water absorbs light).”

If you haven’t viewed this type of video before – provided it’s compatible with your browser, you should be able to click “play” and then click the video, using your cursor to “drag” it around, to see above, below, in front, behind … 360 degrees.

P.S. If you follow Diver Laura on Twitter/Periscope, you just might catch her “live” underwater – she’s done a few tests in the past few days.

PHOTOS: Art by your West Seattle neighbors, all month at Southwest Library

Photos by Leda Costa for West Seattle Blog

Kyla Scheff's polymer clay piece titled "Miniature World"
>(Kyla Scheff’s polymer clay piece “Miniature World”)

It’s that magic month of the year when you’ll find paintings, sculptures, pottery, and other visual art among the bookshelves and other standard fixtures at Southwest Library. The 25th annual community art showcase continues at the branch is on all month, launched with a Sunday reception organized by Friends of the Southwest Library:

Friends of the Southwest Branch, a chapter of the Friends of the Seattle Public Library.

They told us this year’s response to the call for art was great – 103 pieces by 46 artists. You can see the artwork all month during regular library hours – 10 am to 8 pm Mondays through Thursdays, 10 am-6 pm Fridays and Saturdays, 1 pm-5 pm Sundays. Some of the artists who were at the reception:


Above, Vera C Stirling has several pieces in the show. She says an art class at the Senior Center two years ago sparked her interest in drawing and creating art. Below, it’s the second year of participation for Tycho Bear, who is displaying two of his creations:

Tycho Bear by his tempera artwork. This is his second year participating.

Betty M. Laughlin (below) grew up coming to the Southwest Library:

Betty M. Laughlin and her photograph.

She says her mom would bring her and they would leave with stacks of books. Years later, here she is displaying her photography and her wearable art – a felted necklace and bracelets.

Another artist there for Sunday’s reception: Ernie Flowers (below), a local film photographer, named his photograph of the swan after Edward Weston‘s iconic 1927 image Nautilus.

Ernie Flowers and his silver gelatin print of "Weston's Swan"

This is his first year participating in the show.

Gordon Miller was also at the reception:

Gordon Miller stands right below his resin piece titled "Rooftop"

In our photo, he’s standing under his resin piece “Rooftop.”

More of what you’ll see when you go check out the art at Southwest Library this month: Read More

MORE ROAD WORK: 39th SW paving Thursday-Friday

After the Beach Drive repaving Monday-Wednesday, SDOT is moving on to 39th SW. Just announced:

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) advises travelers that crews will be paving 39th Ave SW between SW Oregon St and Fauntleroy Way SW October 6 -7. This work is weather dependent.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, October 6, and Friday, October 7, travelers can expect the following:

· SDOT crews will grind and repave 39th Ave SW from SW Oregon to Fauntleroy Way SW.
· 39th Ave SW will be closed to traffic in both directions with local access only.
· Parking will be restricted. Some parking will be available to accommodate local businesses.
· No parking signs will be placed on the street 72 hours before the work starts.
· Travelers may enter and exit driveways, but may have to wait up to 15 minutes for equipment to clear.

This project is part of SDOT’s 2016 Arterial Major Maintenance (AMM) program. The AMM program maintains our busiest streets by making strategic small scale investments at key locations on city streets. SDOT would like to thank the public for its patience while this work is completed.

‘New and different’ expansion plan in the works for The Kenney

(Early-stage concept for expansion of The Kenney – the light-green-shaded buildings at bottom of image)

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

“The senior population is growing and we don’t have the type of housing they want.”

That’s what The Kenney‘s executive director Larry Foss told about 50 people at a community meeting, explaining why the 125-year-old retirement complex north of Lincoln Park is launching a “totally new and different” expansion plan.

What he and others made clear at Thursday night’s meeting is that the plan to add some housing on the south side of their block is nothing like the “pretty grandiose plans” scrapped five years ago, leaving The Kenney with financial challenges. To underscore that, Foss stressed that “the people who (were part of that) are not a part of The Kenney any more.” The board is new, the management is different, the affiliation is different.

In 2014, The Kenney announced plans to affiliate with East Coast-based Heritage Ministries, whose CEO David Smeltzer also serves as Kenney CEO and was part of the presentation, as were architects John Shoesmith and Steve Cox.

Before getting to the new plans – which are still in their early stages, the Kenney executives said – they offered some context on their organization and what’s happened since it took over.

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West Seattle Monday: WWRHAH, Hi-Yu, food-film fest, quilting, & more…

(Killdeer, photographed by Mark Wangerin)

Lots going on already today but we don’t want to miss the chance to look ahead to what’s up tonight! From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

‘REAL FOOD’ POP-UP FILM FESTIVAL: 6 pm at Delridge Library, 10 short films about sustainable food and farming. Full details in our calendar listing. Free. (5423 Delridge Way SW)

TINKERLAB: “Ecosystems” is the theme for tonight’s drop-in STEM-based craft event, also at Delridge Library at 6 pm. Full details in our calendar listing. (5423 Delridge Way SW)

WESTWOOD-ROXHILL-ARBOR HEIGHTS COMMUNITY COUNCIL: 6:15 pm at Southwest Library, with agenda highlights in our calendar listing. Live/work in the area and have something else you’re concerned about? Bring it! (35th SW/SW Henderson)

WEST SEATTLE HI-YU – NOTE DIFFERENT LOCATION: 7 pm at West Seattle Library, your chance to help as West Seattle Hi-Yu reorganizes and decides on its path forward, as previewed here. All welcome. (2306 42nd SW)

WEST SEATTLE QUILTERS: 7 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle. Into quilting? Be there! (SW Oregon/California SW)

NIGHTLIFE: Tonight, your options include Cracker Factory at West Seattle Brewing in The Triangle, Pub Quiz at Shadowland in The Junction, and All-Ages Trivia at The Skylark in North Delridge.

BIZNOTE: A la Mode Pies now open in West Seattle, after ribbon-cutting


Sisters Alynn and Kahlena were waiting for A la Mode Pies to open the doors of its West Seattle expansion location first thing this morning. Just one bit of business before the serving could begin – the ceremonial ribbon-cutting!


From left, that’s West Seattle Chamber of Commerce CEO Lynn Dennis, general manager Frank
Krhounek, pastry chef Ashleigh Totin, and ALMP’s “Pie Guy”/founder/etc. Chris Porter. Ribbon cut, it was on to the pie for the aforementioned first customers:


For more about what the new shop’s offering, see our sneak-peek story from last Thursday. It’s been five months since we broke the news that A la Mode Pies would add a West Seattle location (4225 SW Alaska).

West Seattle whales: Return of the residents! J-Pod orcas’ morning visit

(Photos courtesy Kathryn Aupperlee)

7:54 AM: No other details, but we just got a call reporting whales visible, northbound, in the Lincoln Park area. Off to check.

8:24 AM: See Krista’s comment for details on what she saw and called in (THANK YOU! 206-293-6302 is our voice/text 24-7 hotline). We’re down along Beach Drive to see if we can spot them. No luck so far, but the water’s pretty choppy.

8:38 AM: Scott e-mailed to say they were visible off north tip of Blake Island – closer to West Seattle side – as of about 10 minutes ago. We’re on the lookout now from the Constellation Park shore.


8:42 AM: They’re passing Constellation Park right now!

8:48 AM: Just out of view from Constellation unless there are far-behind stragglers – passing Alki Point.

9 AM: Now on the west end of Alki Beach Park – where the watchers include Donna Sandstrom of The Whale Trail, who tells us these are Southern Resident Killer Whales making their autumn salmon-seeking return – J Pod, to be specific. They’re now heading north across the Bainbridge ferry lanes and not likely to be visible from here much longer. We’re adding a phone photo we took from Constellation, hoping someone will have a better one to share ( later.

9:43 AM: Thanks to those who are sending photos! We’ve replaced our aforementioned blurry phone photo with much-better contributed shots.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Monday updates; road-work alerts; Viaduct closure next weekend; tunnel machine halfway there

October 3, 2016 6:58 am
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(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)

6:58 AM: Good morning. No incidents in/from West Seattle right now.

ROAD-WORK ALERTS: The Spokane St. project east of the low bridge continues – here’s the newest information … As noted here last night, SDOT crews are scheduled to be working on Beach Drive SW south of 61st SW the next three days.

VIADUCT CLOSURE NEXT WEEKEND: Reminder that the Alaskan Way Viaduct’s twice-yearly inspection/maintenance closure is set for next weekend, Saturday-Sunday, October 8-9, 6 am-6 pm both days (and if it ends early, as often happens, we’ll let you know ASAP here).

FERRY NOTE: One vessel on the Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth run is being downsized, with the Tillikum being brought in to replace the Kitsap.

7:42 AM: We mentioned in our weekend preview of the Viaduct closure that WSDOT expected tunneling might pass the halfway mark this weekend. Just announced – it did (full announcement here). The current estimate for the tunnel to open is early 2019.

8:27 AM: While down on Beach Drive checking on the whale-sighting report, we passed the SDOT crews. Clearly a big tear-up-and-replace paving project. A separate ongoing utility project just north of 61st, on the south end of Constellation Park, continues too, so please be careful in the area (please don’t be like the driver who, when we slowed for the road crew, revved up, sped up to pass us, only to realize in half a block that s/he was in danger of mowing down workers in two work zones).

‘YAPPY HOUR’: Furry Faces Foundations plans party for people AND dogs

Go have fun without leaving your dog at home OR in the car! Just announced:

Furry Faces Foundation Announces our first ever Mutts ‘n Martinis… a yappy hour.

Get your cocktail attitude on and bring your dog! Local guest bartenders each feature their signature drink; delish noshes; dog bakery truck; dog games; two rescue groups; a dog ruff-le; silent auction; and more. You don’t have to bring a dog to attend…you just need to love dogs like we do.

Date: October 15th
Time: 4 pm – 7 pm
Location: Stay! Doggie Daycare & Boarding, 10027 14th Ave SW

Guest Bartenders from
-Smarty Pants Garage
-Whisky West

Two Local Rescue Groups
-Animal Aid & Rescue Foundation
-Emerald City Pet Rescue

Special Guests
-Cascade Heights Veterinary Center
-The Seattle Barkery – a food truck for dogs

Limited number of tickets, so buy yours ASAP. Dog tickets are $5 – buy here. Human tickets are $20 – buy here. If you’d rather buy in person, go to Pet Elements (6511 California SW), Wash Dog (6400 California SW), or Stay! (10027 14th SW).

P.S. Furry Faces says this is an indoor/outdoor event; ID required for humans “even if you are 95 years young”; and “dogs must be spay or neutered, dog-friendly, and up to date on vaccines, in order to partake.”