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CRIME WATCH: Highland Park stolen truck; White Center investigation

Two Crime Watch notes:


STOLEN TRUCK: That white 2007 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab Short Bed was stolen from Highland Park (8th SW/SW Austin) between 11 pm last night and 6 am today. More info:

License Plate is B99251V
Tailgate has the throw back “TOYOTA” in black vinyl across it.

The truck has a matching white cap on the bed, a large grey container on the roof which looks like a cargo box but is actually a Roof Top Tent (James Baroud Evo Space), an off road ARB bumper, black wheels, axiliary lights, CB radio antenna, Rino Rack Awning, and tinted windows.

A police report has been made. If spotted please call 911 (and) contact John at 425.213.9833 or

WHITE CENTER INVESTIGATION: Our partner site White Center Now is down right now (working on it) so we’re mentioning this here – King County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a possible stabbing in the 9900 block of 10th SW, and the Guardian One helicopter is or was assisting in the search, according to scanner discussion, which indicated the suspect and victim may be related.

West Seattle Friday: Nighttime low-tide walk; Office Junction happy hour; basketball; more…

January 27, 2017 9:36 am
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 |   West Seattle news | WS miscellaneous

(Photo tweeted by @pigeonpointer)

What a beautiful start to this Friday – a vivid pink sunrise. Thanks to everyone who sent and tweeted photos; we’re sharing a few along with today’s WSB West Seattle Event Calendar highlights here.

CITY COUNCILMEMBER OFFICE HOURS: 2-7 pm, District 1 Councilmember Lisa Herbold is holding in-district office hours at Southwest Neighborhood Service Center – “drop-in friendly.” (2801 SW Thistle)

(Photo e-mailed by Jason Grotelueschen)

OFFICE JUNCTION HAPPY HOUR: Fun finish to the 4th-anniversary week celebrations at coworking center West Seattle Office Junction (WSB sponsor) – you’re invited to Happy Hour, 4-6 pm.

Lots of great reasons to come:
• Community, Action, & Compassion are the best solution to acute news consumption
• We’ll have free drinks (some cool cocktails), light snacks, and you can donate & vote for your favorite local charity
• Hang out with fun people (maybe we’ll even play a game or two), or network and organize and congratulate OJ and our members on 4 years of local community involvement
• If you decide to join the best Coworking space in West Seattle on Friday, we’ll waive the $50 signup fee!

Hope to see you there, bring your friends :)
Christine, Stefan, and Marco

(6040 California SW)

(Photo tweeted by @mattmccall)

HIGH-SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Seattle Lutheran High School has girls and boys varsity both at home (4100 SW Genesee) tonight, both vs. Pope John Paul II, 6 pm girls, 7:30 pm boys … Chief Sealth International High School (2600 SW Thistle) has girls and boys varsity playing at home tonight, both vs. Roosevelt, girls at 7 and boys at 8:30; West Seattle High School (3000 California SW) has girls varsity at home tonight, vs. Rainier Beach at 7:30.

MUSIC AT C & P: Alan Sobel, 7-9 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), singer-songwriter. (5612 California SW)

(Photo e-mailed by Max)

SILENT COMEDY DOUBLE FEATUREwith Dennis James on The Mighty Wurlitzer at Kenyon Hall, 7:30 pm. Check to see if there’s still room. (7904 35th SW)

NIGHTTIME LOW-TIDE WALK: 9:30 pm at Constellation Park, meet Seattle Aquarium beach naturalists to explore the beach at low tide – details here.

PREVIEW YOUR WEEKEND … via our complete calendar page.


January 27, 2017 7:46 am
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle traffic alerts

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

7:46 AM: Catching up on the last hour-plus of the morning peak: A crash on the 1st Avenue S. Bridge has cleared, but if you catch NB 509/99 south of there, a backup remains. And early tomorrow, there’ll be lane closures on the bridge:

Drivers heading into downtown Seattle on northbound State Route 99 should plan for delays early Saturday morning.

Washington State Department of Transportation bridge maintenance crews will close the three left lanes of northbound SR 99 on the 1st Avenue South Bridge at 1 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28. All lanes will reopen by 8 a.m.

During this closure, crews will be conducting bridge grid deck repair work. One lane will remain open to traffic at all times.

And thanks for the sunrise photos – we’ll include some in the daily preview.

9:12 AM: We got a text a short time ago asking about what was logged as a medical call at Fauntleroy/Raymond before 7 am. No one texted or called while the call was still open so it wasn’t on our radar but we’ve just checked with SFD and they say one man was taken to the hospital after a call that was initially reported as a driver/bicyclist collision.

9:31 AM: If you’re heading out late – be advised, emergency crews have just been dispatched to an incident on NB 99 at Holgate.

VIDEO: ‘State of Delridge’ @ Highland Park Action Committee

January 27, 2017 1:06 am
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 |   Highland Park | West Seattle news

Though billed as “The State of Delridge” – as in, eastern West Seattle – City Councilmember Lisa Herbold‘s appearance at Wednesday night’s Highland Park Action Committee meeting was wide-ranging. (Our video, above, includes her speech and the Q/A afterward.)

The meeting began with a quick introduction from HPAC chair Gunner Scott and the groups that co-sponsored the event:

*The South Delridge Community Group, “organically formed in response to the many changes in our neighborhood.” SDCG usually meets on third Sundays and will resume that schedule in February.

*Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Council, in its fourth year, meeting now on second Tuesdays. This Saturday, WWRHAH is sponsoring the Delridge Bus Stop Triangle workshop, which is happening at the …

Highland Park Improvement Club. Besides being the site of the Triangle workshop, HPIC also on Saturday has a RainWise event happening, with a tree giveaway.

North Delridge Neighborhood Council was represented too.

Herbold first talked about the council’s passage of the new city budget and what’s in it for West Seattle and South Park (as she had recapped in her 2016 review). She also talked about the $29 million housing-money bond that she had told us was the biggest achievement of her first year. Another citywide program she mentioned – the “legacy business” program. And she mentioned the mayor’s recent decision not to fund the bicycle-share program, something she had previously been in the council minority in opposing.

Safe Routes to School projects in this area might include Highland Park and Sanislo Elementaries. Also re: safety, the council “took a number of actions to fund new police officers” during the year, she noted.

Herbold also recapped the priorities of the council committee she chairs, Civil Rights, Utilities, Economic Development, & Arts. Read More

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: More burglary-ring charges; 2 reader reports

One followup and two reader reports in West Seattle Crime Watch tonight:

CHARGES FILED: Prosecutors filed charges today against the two burglary-ring suspects arrested at an Alki house on Monday – 26-year-old Joseph F. Sims, below left, and 29-year-old Shon Shanell, below center. 25-year-old Alonzo Severson, below right, had already been charged, as we reported yesterday in our coverage of the media briefing about the case.

(Washington Department of Corrections photos)

The documents finally provide a little information about why Sims and Shanell were at the house in the 3200 block of 62nd SW where they were arrested by Bellevue Police on Monday. BPD had been trying to arrest Sims for several days and, according to the charges against Shanell, “received information that Sims was staying at a residence in (that area of Alki).” They staked out the house starting around 6 am. At 9:30 am, Shanell drove up in the matte-black Audi we photographed yesterday at BPD headquarters:

Sims walked out of the house, the documents say, and that’s when police arrested them both. They both were described as having thousands of dollars in cash in their possession, and both were said to be wearing diamonds – Shanell was wearing the watch stolen from Mariners star Felix Hernandez’s house in Clyde Hill.

The documents include a few more details, such as that Sims had been out of prison for less than a year before his alleged crime spree started. He’s described as “probably one of the most prolific and dangerous burglars in recent Seattle history.” And the charging documents show that much of the evidence involved cell-phone tracing; Sims allegedly would turn his off just before a burglary, and then on again afterward, and the documents mention a trace on January 1st in West Seattle, though none of the accusations involve any burglaries here.

Sims is charged with 11 crimes, including eight counts of residential burglary. He is being held without bail. Shanell, who got out of prison last October, is charged with possession of stolen property, and also has been charged in an unrelated case involving alleged eluding and animal cruelty. His bail is set at $175,000. And Severson’s bail is set at half a million dollars. Prosecutors say more charges are possible, given these barely scratch the surface of the 100-plus break-ins they believe were committed by the suspects. The documents also mention an alleged accomplice, a woman who allegedly assisted with some of the burglaries while dating one of the suspects. She is not charged.

Two reader reports via e-mail:


I was out for a walk this morning and found a pile of mail on the corner of SW Trenton and 17th Ave SW. The addresses were all from the 8800 block of 24th Ave SW. I called the USPS 800 # to report the theft and their reply was “put the mail in a bag and give it to your mailman.” I took it to the Westwood post office instead. This happened last year in January. Someone was stealing mail on 17th & 18th Ave SW between Elmgrove and Henderson. The thieves seemed to target houses that had mailboxes next to the sidewalk.

CAR PROWL: From Michelle: “Another car prowl. (Wednesday) morning a window in my husband’s car shattered when he closed the door. The car dealer said there was evidence of crowbar marks on the door. We are on 46th between Hill and Walker.”

Remembering Earl Cruzen, father of West Seattle’s murals (and more), 1920-2017

(2009 WSB photo)

Family, friends, and neighbors are mourning Earl Cruzen, 96, someone who worked long and hard – and well into his golden years – to make West Seattle a better place. A memorial is planned next month. Here’s a remembrance sent by Clay Eals, executive director of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society:

The father of the famed Murals of West Seattle has died.

Earl Cruzen, a lifelong resident and longtime business leader in West Seattle, died Jan. 23, 2017, at his Duwamish Head condominium overlooking Elliott Bay and Puget Sound. He was 96.

Earl was perhaps best known for conceiving and executing the art/history project called the Murals of West Seattle, centered in the West Seattle Junction.

On vacation trips with his wife, Virginia, and friends Moe and Bonnie Beerman, Earl encountered historical murals in Long Beach and Ilwaco, Washington, and Chemainus, B.C., and saw their potential for drawing tourists and bolstering local business.

Earl launched the Murals of West Seattle project in 1988, and over the next five summers 11 murals by world-renowned artists sprouted on the walls of business buildings in and around the Junction. The murals, depicting scenes from West Seattle history, were funded by local building owners and matching city and county grants. Nine of the murals remain to this day, with a 10th repainted in a new location.

An offshoot, affectionately called the “12th mural” in reference to its original intent, was Phillip Levine’s “Walking on Logs” sculpture. Depicting children balancing atop driftwood, it is part of the West Seattle Gateway along the Fauntleroy Expressway and was dedicated in 1996. Earl led not only its development but also the hands-on maintenance of its hillside grounds for 12 years.

Several awards recognizing the Murals of West Seattle came Earl’s way, including, most recently, the 2014 Orville Rummel Trophy for Outstanding Service to the Community. He typically credited his mentors and partners and promoted the value of service to others.

“It’s not what you are getting out of life,” he said when then-Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels proclaimed Sept. 13, 2008, as Earl Cruzen Day, “but what you are giving to the life in your community.”

The mural project capped a full life. He was born Earl Robert Cruzen on Sept. 9, 1920, and raised in what was called the Dumar area of the Highland Park neighborhood in the southeastern corner of West Seattle.

A 1939 graduate of West Seattle High School, where he was a newspaper columnist and editor of the annual, Earl attended the University of Washington for a year before joining the World War II effort by working at Boeing, testing airplanes before they were delivered to the Army Air Corps. Later during the war, he joined the Merchant Marines.

Earl started and grew his auto-parts distribution business, Cruzen Distributing Inc., near the Georgetown neighborhood, over the next four decades. He also served as chair of the Junction Development Committee, an umbrella group of the Junction Merchants Association, the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce, and West Seattle Trusteed Properties.

After his retirement, Earl continued his community involvement for 20 years with a variety of organizations. He volunteered at S.C.O.R.E. as a financial counselor. Underscoring his passion to help students pursue further education, he served on the foundation board for South Seattle Community College, establishing endowed scholarships for automotive students and in the name of the West Seattle High School class of 1939.

His involvement extended to the Rotary Club (downtown and West Seattle), Fauntleroy Church, West Seattle and Fauntleroy YMCA, Horizon House, Southwest District Council, the People to People International program for educational travel and the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, for which he was an Advisory Council member.

Earl was married to his first wife, Virginia, from July 21, 1943, until her death on May 2, 1998. Earl married Adah Rhodes on his 80th birthday on Sept. 9, 2000, and they enjoyed the Alki waterfront for his next 16-1/2 years.

Besides Adah, he also is survived by a daughter, Carla Friehe (Berend); grandchildren Katharina Rainis (Michael), Derek Friehe (Amber), Phillip Friehe (Justine), and Stephanie Cumaravel (Collin); great grandchildren Sebastian Friehe, Emma Friehe, Caleb Rainis, and Ethan Rainis; Adah’s stepdaughter Sally Crouch and Sally’s sons Garth Crouch (Nickie) and Scott Crouch (Yana).

Cruzen was preceded in death by his parents, Wesley and Ora Mae Cruzen, and sisters Bernice Tonkin and Vivian Floyd.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, at Fauntleroy Church, 9140 California Ave. SW. Arrangements are by Evergreen Washelli. Remembrances in lieu of flowers may go to South Seattle College, the Rotary Club of West Seattle, the West Seattle and Fauntleroy YMCAs, or the Mural Restoration and Maintenance Fund of the West Seattle Junction Association.

Earl would summon a phrase from Joshua Green and say about the Murals of West Seattle, “When these you see, remember me.”

(WSB publishes West Seattle obituaries by request, free of charge. Please e-mail the text, and a photo if available, to

TRANSIT ALERT: Trouble on 3rd Avenue downtown

A collision on 3rd Avenue downtown has blocked that major bus route, and we’re hearing about it from West Seattle-bound riders. Metro’s official advisory is: “Buses are rerouted off NB 3 Av between Spring/Union Sts. Use stops on 3 Av south of Spring St/north of Union St.”

Arbor Heights charter school Summit Atlas finalizes groundbreaking-ceremony plan

(WSB photo, December 2016)

Charter organization Summit Public Schools has just finalized its groundbreaking-ceremony plan for the future Summit Atlas campus at 35th/Roxbury in Arbor Heights: 5:30 pm Thursday, February 2nd.

You’re invited to celebrate with us on February 2 as we add to our growing community and provide West Seattle, White Center and surrounding communities with additional public school options. Summit Atlas will open in August 2017 to our first class of 6th graders and 9th graders. Over the next four years, the school will grow to serve grades 6-12.

We first reported on the plan two years ago; the school’s opening was delayed a year because of the fight over public funding of charter schools. The remodeling of the former church/supermarket site at 9601 35th SW is expected to be done in two phases, as reported here last month and in August, with interior work to set the stage for this fall’s opening, and then an addition to make room for the grades to be added in stages.

Your Voice, Your Choice: How the city will ask you to help decide how to spend $2 million

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Another big change resulting from the mayor’s severing of ties with neighborhood-district councils is about to go public.

Those citizen groups had helped the city solicit and vet proposals for spending Neighborhood Park and Street Fund money.

This year, both the proposals and decisions are going to go through a citywide “participatory budgeting” process called “Your Voice, Your Choice.”

After hearing it mentioned at last week’s Morgan Community Association meeting, we arranged to talk with the Department of Neighborhoods point person, Jenny Frankl, to find out how it’s going to work.

To set the stage, here’s the list of Neighborhood Park and Street Fund projects chosen last year, through the 13 neighborhood districts (West Seattle has two, Delridge and Southwest). This year, it will include $2 million for projects in all seven City Council districts.

Frankl explained that suggesting, reviewing, and deciding on how to spend the money will be a four-phase process, and the first phase is expected to be announced next Monday. That phase will collect ideas from community members in a variety of ways. Frankl said some small-group invitation-only meetings already have been held, and an online survey-style form will be ready soon. Ideas also will be sought at various meetings involving city departments next month, so look for those opportunities. And in particular, they’re hoping to encourage youth to participate too.

In phase 2, city departments will review the ideas to see what’s possible and what’s not. The parameters this year will include a requirement that the proposals be capital projects, costing up to $90,000, to be built in a city street or park right-of-way.

Once lists of possible projects are grouped by council district, they will go to Project Development Teams, one for each district (West Seattle and South Park comprise District 1, as you probably know). These teams will be open to community participation, supported by city staff, and assisted by “neutral facilitators” assigned by the city. The teams will meet in the districts, and there also will be “an online component,” Frankl says, so you can participate in the reviews even if you can’t get to a face-to-face meeting.

Phase 3 will involve voting on proposed projects that will be on lists developed by the aforementioned teams. Each of the seven council districts will have a distinct ballot, Frankl says, and while she says there will be “voter authentication” – so it doesn’t become a popularity contest with one project possibly benefiting from an extensive campaign, for example – you can choose which district you want your vote to be in. Maybe you live here in District 1 but spend more of your time working/playing in another district, for example, and would prefer to cast your vote there.

Voting will be done in person as well as online, with ballots available at libraries and community centers, and with the chance for people to sign up to have a voting site – at a school, for example. Details are still being worked out, but the voting phase is likely to happen in June, before school gets out for summer.

Then phase four will be the final funding of winning projects, with each district having up to $285,000 to spend, as its share of the $2 million. The projects will be built in 2018.

“It’s exciting,” says Frankl, whose work expands on what she did with the Youth Voice, Youth Choice participatory budgeting project last year. And, she stresses, there’s “still a lot to figure out” – but this is the framework. For next year, she says, the process won’t be quite as compressed, and they’ll likely get going in September instead of next January. But first – watch for that upcoming announcement about the start of “idea collection,” soon.

Next Design Review Board meeting set for apartments/PCC project at 2749 California SW

So far, the Southwest Design Review Board has no project reviews set for February, but it’s set to start March with the next look at one of the biggest upcoming projects in West Seattle, 2749 California SW, the 4-story building with ~108 apartments and a new PCC Natural Markets (WSB sponsor) store on the site of the current one. It’s already been to the SWDRB twice, most recently in September (WSB coverage here),and the next review – which could be the final one – is on the board’s schedule for 6:30 pm Thursday, March 2nd, at the usual venue, the Senior Center/Sisson Building in The Junction. The “design packet” isn’t available online yet, but should be as the meeting gets closer.

JUNCTION LANDMARKS? Campbell Building nomination to be considered February 15th, same meeting as Hamm Building vote

(Campbell Building. Above, WSB photo, March 2016; below, undated photo from landmark-nomination document)


The February 15th meeting of the city Landmark Preservation Board has now become, in part, a West Seattle doubleheader, now that the 1918-built Campbell Building has been added to the agenda. From Clay Eals, executive director of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society:

The Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board hearing and vote on our nomination of the Campbell Building for landmark status has been scheduled for the board’s meeting at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, at Seattle City Hall.

This is the same meeting that the board has scheduled its hearing and vote on designation of the Hamm Building for landmark status. (The board voted unanimously in favor of our landmark nomination for Hamm at its meeting Jan. 4, 2017.)

At the Feb. 15 meeting, the Hamm designation hearing and vote likely will take place prior to the Campbell nomination hearing and vote.

In anticipation of the Feb. 15 meeting, we encourage supporters of landmarking the Hamm and Campbell buildings to take one or both of the following steps:

(1) Write messages or letters in support of Hamm designation and Campbell nomination to the board via e-mail to Erin Doherty, historic preservation coordinator for the board, or via a letter mailed to the board at PO Box 94649, Seattle, WA 98124-4649.

(2) Plan to attend the Hamm and Campbell hearings, which likely will begin in the late afternoon and could extend to early evening. About a week prior to the meeting, when the complete agenda is released, we will announce more specific times for each hearing as well as a plan to help guide people to the meeting from the West Seattle Junction transit center.

SWSHS officially submitted the landmark nominations last September. You can see the nomination documents for both buildings – which contain detailed background and historical photos, among other things – on the city website. The Campbell Building nomination is here; the Hamm Building nomination is here. (And here’s our coverage of the meeting at which the board advanced its nomination to be considered for landmark status.)

To see which West Seattle sites are already landmarks (and others around the city), check out this map.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! 10 years for Fitness Together West Seattle

(WSB photo: FTWS founder Bonnie Katz Sailors and director of trainers Duncan Sailors)

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

What Bonnie Katz Sailors‘ business is all about can be measured, in part, with numbers – inches, pounds, repetitions.

This week, Fitness Together West Seattle is about one big number: Ten.

That’s how many years her personal-training studio at 4546 California SW (a WSB sponsor since 2008) in The Junction has been open, helping people get and stay fit.

Ten years is a massive milestone for any business, and Fitness Together West Seattle will celebrate with an open house this Saturday (January 28th).

Bonnie has been working in fitness and health for a long time. Before opening FT West Seattle in 2007, she was a personal trainer at an Eastside gym, and worked on a diabetes-research program at the University of Washington.

Personal training is what Fitness Together West Seattle offers. “All we do is one-on-one personal training,” Bonnie explains. And that means they can customize for every client. “We’re not locked into any (specific) type of training … we can do anything. That’s what I like about this – we can do crossfit-type workouts, physical-therapy exercises, train for specific events, or anything the client wants to work on.”

The setting is a point of differentiation, too. Since it’s a private setting, in a bright studio on the second floor, “we have some people who don’t like the gym, don’t want to work out in front of other people, people who want the more private, personal setting.”

They serve a wide range of ages, too. And along with getting fit, you can get some myths debunked – “Some people think they have to be in shape” to start working with a trainer, Bonnie says. “We really start people where they are – at ground zero.” You’ll be assessed for your strengths and weaknesses. You might need to work on basic joint mobility before you can do “real exercise.” Or, you might already be so fit, it’s just about fixing your form.

Squatting and pressing are among the “basic foundational things,” and they’re “functional things that everybody needs,” she explains – how to get up out of a chair, up the stairs.

The need for a healthy body that works well never changes. So what has changed for Fitness Together West Seattle in 10 years?

Communication methods, for one – text messages are more common than phone calls.

She has a staff of five trainers; the director of trainers is her husband Duncan Sailors, who was her second employee. They’re celebrating their third anniversary this week, in fact.

As Duncan joins the conversation, he and Bonnie enthusiastically point out that the idea of fitness has “transitioned from a body-part-focused idea to a movement-focused idea – the idea that the body is one piece and moves as one piece,” so the training they do has “transitioned into more-functional movements. … It’s not so much about working and building and getting sore.” And they look at other components of your physical fitness too, such as nutrition, which they point out is much more than “calories in/calories out.”

Duncan adds, “Machines put you in a box … we teach the skills of exercise, the proper form.”

So, about that party on Saturday:


It’s an open house, so you’re welcome to stop by, 4-6 pm. (They’re upstairs, with the entry on the alley.) “We’re going to honor some of our longtime clients,” too, and there’ll be raffles with prizes from other local businesses. Food will be from two West Seattle providers, Duos Catering and Nibbles, and dessert from Dolcetta Artisan Sweets (a FT client). They’ll have a “train the trainer” session with a client who won a holiday-season contest.

And if you’re not already a client, note that FT does have room for new clients; they’re open 6 am-9 pm Mondays-Fridays, 6 am-3 pm Saturdays, closed Sundays. If you want to give them a try, they have trial weeks, Bonnie says, and you can sign up for anything from one session to a year of sessions. You’re not paying for a membership to the space, Bonnie and Duncan point out – you’re paying for time with trainers. You can contact FTWS online (or phone – 206-938-7828).

West Seattle Thursday: HALA-rezoning Community Design Workshop in The Junction; SLHS open house; more…

(Hooded Mergansers, photographed by Mark Wangerin)

From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

WEST SEATTLE CHAMBER ANNUAL MEETING: 11:30 am at The Sanctuary at Admiral. If you haven’t already RSVP’d, call to see if there’s still room – here’s how. (42nd SW/SW Lander)

HALA REZONING – WEST SEATTLE JUNCTION COMMUNITY DESIGN WORKSHOP: 6-9 pm at the Senior Center/Sisson Building, this is a city-organized meeting for people living and working in the Junction area to come hear and talk about proposed zoning changes related to Mandatory Housing Affordability and share their thoughts. The format is explained on the official city preview page; here’s our coverage of last week’s JuNO Land Use Committee community meeting looking ahead to it. (4217 SW Oregon)

‘WELCOME HOME’ EXHIBIT RECEPTION: Doors open at 6 pm at the Log House Museum, with a program at 6:30 pm, in honor of this new exhibit. From curator Lissa Kramer:

High-school students will revisit their experiences as middle-school oral historians at this reception. Honorees will include students and others who helped define ‘home’ for our current exhibit, ‘Welcome Home.’ A unique and exciting part of the program will be a short oral-history demonstration featuring the Kroll family, founders of the Kroll map company and four-generation residents of the same West Seattle homestead! Light refreshments will be served.

(61st SW/SW Stevens)

SEATTLE LUTHERAN HS OPEN HOUSE: 7-8:30 pm, prospective families are invited to visit Seattle Lutheran High School. (4100 SW Genesee)

TAP STATION TRIVIA NIGHT: Once a month, and tonight’s the night! 7-9 pm, all ages, free entry, prizes! (

PATRICK GALACTIC: Songwriter/performer live at Whisky West, 8 pm, no cover, 21+. (6451 California SW)

EVEN MORE NIGHTLIFE … on our complete calendar!


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

6:59 AM: Good morning. No incidents in/from West Seattle and vicinity. But the Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth ferry route has some delays, related to last night’s Vashon problems. Check the WSF Vessel Watch to see where the vessels are.

9:21 AM: The situation mentioned in comments about half an hour ago – train blocking surface Spokane St. – is still happening, according to a caller.

FERRY ALERT: Vashon terminal back in service

Mechanical trouble has put Washington State Ferries’ Vashon terminal out of service:

A mechanical problem with the operating slip has caused us to be out of service at Vashon. Repair crews are en route and will make repairs as soon as they arrive. Service between Fauntleroy and Southworth is still available.

At this time of night, only a few remaining runs were scheduled to/from Vashon anyway, but the South Vashon (Tahlequah-Point Defiance) run is already done for the night, so there’s no alternative. Check here for updates.

2:05 AM: As of a few minutes ago, WSF says, repairs are done and the terminal is in service again.

Taller poles for wireless electricity metering: Next West Seattle site

The big orange dot on that Seattle City Light-provided map marks the next spot where the utility will be installing a taller pole to facilitate its future switch to automated, wireless metering. The announcement includes this information:

Seattle City Light continues to support Advanced Metering services throughout the utility’s service territory by replacing existing utility poles with taller poles, which will host wireless utility data collection equipment. The new poles will be 70 feet tall, which is about 20 feet taller than the existing poles. … Affected customers have received the same information …

In February 2017, crews will be replacing poles in the following areas:

· Lake City / North Seattle (NE 125th Street)
· South Lake Union (Pontius Avenue N)
· Othello Park (43rd Avenue S)
· West Seattle / Junction (SW Edmunds Street)

Project Highlights:

· This project is part of the communications network to support Advanced Metering, which will automate meter reading and enable enhanced services.

· There are no maintenance power outages planned for this work. Some traffic and parking impacts are expected in the immediate work areas. Crews will be careful to maintain access to driveways.

· Daily work hours are from Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. In most instances, the work to transfer existing equipment and install the data collection equipment can be completed in one day.

Three areas of West Seattle are getting the taller poles this month, as previewed here in December.

FOLLOWUP: ATM heist suspects charged

The two men arrested in connection with Sunday’s theft of the ATM from the West Seattle Junction US Bank are now charged, and the court documents fill in some of the information we didn’t have in our followup after their bail hearing on Monday.

The suspects are 28-year-old Nathaniel Grier of Shoreline and 35-year-old Joseph Annable of Sammamish. Both are charged with 2nd-degree burglary, 1st-degree theft, possession of a stolen vehicle, and attempting to elude police.


The documents confirm that the forklift left behind at the bank, worth $4,000, and shown in our photo above, was stolen from Junction True Value a block west, and reveal that the cargo van found with the ATM inside was stolen from the University of Washington Bookstore. The charging papers also say the ATM contained at least $45,000 when stolen, but the suspects apparently were unable to get into it. The pursuit that led to the arrests on Sunday, hours after the West Seattle theft, was “called off several times,” the charging documents reveal, because of how dangerous it got to be, crossing several jurisdictions, with the stolen van at one point swerving toward a state trooper who was assisting someone at roadside.

Grier’s bail is set at $205,000; his criminal history goes back at least 13 years, and he is said to have confessed to at least eight thefts, four “successful.” Annable’s bail is set at $75,000; he does not have any recent criminal history. They are scheduled for arraignment (to answer the charges) on February 8th.

West Seattle businesses: John’s Corner Deli closing, cow staying


Story and photos by Linda Ball
Reporting for West Seattle Blog

The green sign on the door at John’s Corner Deli (7500 35th SW) is a fond farewell to customers of Christina Yun and her brother Peter Choo. The pair bought the deli four years ago, their first venture into entrepreneurialism. With no other employees, keeping the store open from 7 am to 9 pm seven days a week, they’ve worked long, hard hours.

“I enjoyed it,” Yun said. “I learned a lot. I love my customers and my neighbors.”

But it ends February 1, since the owners of the property, Clearview Eye and Laser, have other plans. Read More

FIXING FERRIES: Triangle Improvement Task Force’s first meeting next Monday in Fauntleroy

2:56 PM: Just announced by Washington State Ferries: Its new Triangle Improvement Task Force will have its first meeting in Fauntleroy, 7 pm next Monday (January 30th). The public’s welcome, according to the WSF announcement about the debut of this nine-member citizen advisory committee, the next step in a process of trying to fix problems on the Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth route. Monday’s meeting is at the Fauntleroy Church Fellowship Hall (9140 California SW).

5:22 PM: We asked WSF who’s on the task force. While the list isn’t online yet, spokesperson Brian Mannion provided the roster:


Kathleen Stephanick
Margaret Clements
Gary Dawson, FAC


Kym Shepherd
Richard Wheeler
Tim O’Mahony, FAC (Alternate FAC representative: Andrew Hamilton)


Steven Merkel
Hugh Turner
Greg Beardsley, FAC (Alternate FAC representative: Jan Stephens)

Hearing Examiner rejects appeal in 3038 39th SW ‘tree vs. house’ case

2:29 PM: Just in: The ruling in the appeal of a city decision allowing a “historic lot exception” for a house to be built at 3038 39th SW, on a site that holds an “exceptional” tree that neighbors hoped to see preserved.

Hearing Examiner Sue Tanner, ruling 13 days after the case was argued in her chambers (WSB coverage here), has upheld the city decision, saying that appellant Lisa Parriott and supporters “have not met their burden of proving that the (Department of Construction and Inspections) interpretation was clearly erroneous, and it should therefore be affirmed.” We’re requesting reaction and will add whatever we get.

4:32 PM: We’ve just spoken with Lisa Parriott, who tells us, “We’re disappointed, obviously” and “evaluating all possible paths, including Superior Court.”

VIDEO: Alki arrests linked to ‘high-end burglary ring’ that stole $3+ million around the region


11:26 AM: We’re at Bellevue Police HQ as BPD and Seattle Police go public with more details about the “high-end burglary ring” linked to the two Alki arrests we covered back on Monday.


They’re talking behind a table covered with what they say is seized loot – cash, jewelry, purses, more. They say the victims include Seattle Mariners star Felix Hernandez. (Added – What was taken from him included a keepsake watch:)



They say the burglaries happened starting in April 2016. “The thieves would use luxury automobiles to commit their crimes in an attempt to blend in with the neighborhood traffic …” Here’s a map of some of the incidents:


The arrests in the 3200 block of 62nd SW followed a nine-month investigation involving Bellevue, Seattle, Kirkland, Medina, and Clyde Hill Police, according to the information we’ve received so far, even before the briefing (which we’re recording on video) begins.

Police say the three suspects are expected to “be charged today with numerous counts of burglary” and are identifying them as 23-year-old Alonzo Severson, 26-year-old Joseph Sims, and 29-year-old Shon Shanell.

11:33 AM: The briefing has begun, with Bellevue Police‘s chief saying the two people arrested in West Seattle were the “two remaining members of the Rock Smash Burglary Crew.” He says the items stolen by the ring totaled at least $3 million in value, taken in the course of “at least 123 residential burglaries.”


They worked in daylight and “often defeated (alarm systems).” The chief says they won’t elaborate on how they tracked down the suspects, but that police spent “hundreds of hours” doing that. He says they have recovered at least $400,000 in stolen items, and that the suspects seem to have motivated just by “greed,” and lived it up on the spoils of what was stolen.


Deputy Chief Carmen Best from Seattle PD says “these are significant arrests” and that they don’t believe any other suspects are on the loose.

The police leaders here say that breaking the case started with discovery of a phone in a Mercer Island yard – the citizen who found it turned it in to police, who made note of a call that came to the phone, and it rolled on from there, exemplifying the “if you see something, say something” philosophy.

11:44 AM: We asked the first question, about how the suspects arrested in West Seattle were linked to the house in Alki where they were found. Police wouldn’t elaborate on that but they said these suspects “were very good at what they did” and that investigators were often just a step or two behind – the suspects apparently even did “counter-surveillance.” But one of the suspects arrested at the Alki house, they say, Shon Shanell, allegedly was wearing a wristwatch among the items stolen from Mariners player Hernandez.

In some of the burglaries, police believe the burglars were armed, and they say that in some incidents, residents were home when the burglaries happened.

Other details as the Q/A section goes – some of the handbags being shown here among recovered loot are worth tens, maybe hundreds of thousands of dollars.


They’re looking at safe-deposit boxes and storage facilities to see if they can recover even more of what was stolen.

Another local note – we don’t know yet if any of the burglaries happened in West Seattle (that section of the map, above, is covered by its legend), or if the arrest location is the only link.

The suspect that was arrested elsewhere was taken into custody after leaving jail about a week ago following a hold in connection with a Department of Corrections warrant, per the Bellevue chief.

11:59 AM: The Q/A has wrapped up and police are taking us and the other media crews to see the vehicles they have seized in relation to this – “five luxury cars” are mentioned in the news release. We’re also checking on the suspects’ status – Shanel is being held without bail; Severson is being held on half a million dollars bail and is listed as having been charged already; Sims is being held without bail.

12:23 PM: Here are the vehicles. BPD tells us the Audi is the one they seized at the arrest location on Alki.


While the cars were not stolen, we’re told, they are believed to have been bought with money resulting from the crimes.

12:39 PM: Reading the charges already filed against Severson, the evidence includes a monitoring bracelet he had to wear from another case, allegedly placing him inside some of the burglarized homes. The jail register shows he has been in since January 12th, meaning that the two arrested in Alki are Shanell and Sims.

ADDED 9:36 PM: We’ve added more photos inline above, and right above this line is our video of the entire briefing.

West Seattle Wednesday: ‘State of Delridge’; Britt Russell benefit; more

January 25, 2017 11:07 am
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(Photo by Jim Borrow)

Busy news day in progress but we don’t want to go without these reminders of what’s happening in the hours ahead:

SENIOR POTLUCK AT THE Y: The expansion/grand-reopening celebration continues at the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) with a food-and-fellowship potluck, noon-1:30 pm today.

BENEFIT FOR BRITT RUSSELL: As mentioned earlier this week, you can dine out at seven West Seattle restaurants tonight and have a portion of what you spend go to help Britt Russell, hit by a driver in November while on her way to work at Mission Cantina (2325 California SW). Mission organized the fundraiser – with a silent auction 6-10 pm as well as the dine-out component – and the six others that have joined are:

Circa is at 2605 California SW
Peel & Press (WSB sponsor) is at 6503 California SW
The Westy is at 7908 35th SW
The Bridge is at 6301 California SW
Copper Coin is at 2329 California SW
West 5 is at 4539 California SW

‘STATE OF DELRIDGE’: Several community councils are co-sponsoring City Councilmember Lisa Herbold‘s speech about eastern West Seattle issues during tonight’s 7 pm Highland Park Action Committee meeting at HP Improvement Club. (12th SW/SW Holden)

LADIES’ NIGHT AT WEST SEATTLE RUNNER: 7-9 pm (or come early for tonight’s 6:15 pm group run) – everything from bras to injury prevention is on the list of what’s happening at West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor) tonight. Free. (2743 California SW)

POEMS AND STORIES: Monthly event at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), with featured readers Janet Yoder and David Fewster, plus a community microphone – details here. (5612 California SW)


WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Pigeon Point gunfire; Arbor Heights suspect out; more…

Four West Seattle Crime Watch notes this morning:

(WSB photo, added 10:21 am)

GUNFIRE ON PIGEON POINT: Last night before midnight (while we were covering the “heavy rescue” crash in North Admiral), we heard police dispatched to reports of possible gunfire on Pigeon Point/North Delridge. This morning, a reader reports seeing a car with shot-out windows near 23rd and Andover, and we’ve just obtained details from SPD spokesperson Det. Mark Jamieson:

Last night, just after 11:00 pm, officers responded to several calls of shots fired in area of 23 Ave SW/SW Andover. Officers contacted witnesses who heard the shots. One person said they witnessed shots coming from a white car, another person stated it was a black car. Officers located a parked car in the 4000 block 23 Ave SW that had been struck by bullets. Officers found one shell casing and one bullet fragment near the intersection of 23/Andover.

No injuries were reported.

ARBOR HEIGHTS SUSPECT OUT: The man arrested after the Arbor Heights search on Monday morning, 28-year-old Matthew Melzer, is out of jail this morning after a plea bargain. According to Municipal Court records and the King County Jail Register, Melzer was cited for two counts of second-degree criminal trespassing (a misdemeanor) and pleaded guilty to one; the other was dropped and he was credited for time served, then released from jail at 8 am today.

READER REPORT – CAR PROWL: Just out of the inbox, from Jon:

I live between California Ave and 44th Street just off SW Hinds St. I awoke this morning to find my truck light on. Upon closer inspection, it appears that someone had rummaged through my truck as the console was open and things were strewn about the cab. Nothing appears to have been taken (as I don’t leave anything of value in there), but it’s frustrating nonetheless. If you live nearby, please keep an eye out for suspicious activity.

FOLLOWUP TODAY ON BELLEVUE POLICE’S ALKI RAID: Thanks to tips, we reported Monday on Bellevue Police arresting 2 at a house on 62nd SW. BPD told us it was related to a “series of burglaries” around the region and that more info would be forthcoming. Check back here on WSB later today, because we’re expecting to have that info soon – BPD is hosting a media briefing, with its police chief and Seattle PD Chief Kathleen O’Toole, at 11:30 am, announced with the intent “to discuss the dismantling of a major burglary ring in the region. The investigation that will be discussed is believed to be the largest burglary ring case in terms of loss value in the history of the city of Bellevue. Recovered stolen property and several seized vehicles will be on display. Some of the recovered items on display were stolen from a notable sports figure.” We’ll be there.

(ADDED) STOLEN TRAILER: As mentioned in the WSB Forums – be on the lookout:

2008, white, 5×7 TNT cargo trailer. Stolen from Fauntleroy & Othello between Tues Jan 24 9pm- Weds Jan 25 8am

No distinguishing marks or pictures, unfortunately. Lic # 7052VJ Washington

The trailer is completely FULL with my trade show display for working at the home & garden shows (backdrop, shelves, cookware)

Call police if you see it.