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CRIME WATCH: Convicted child-killer charged with rape, bail set at $1 million

A convicted child-killer is in jail in lieu of a million dollars bail, charged with raping a woman who was incapacitated because of an untreated injury, and court documents say it happened in February in West Seattle.

The suspect is 40-year-old Chayce A. Hanson, convicted of killing his girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter, Nenah Walters, in 2000, by kicking her down a flight of stairs. In 2001, he was sentenced to 25 years in prison. Five years later, a Supreme Court ruling led to a lesser conviction and shorter sentence.

Hanson was booked into the King County Jail Friday night, eight days after the filing of a second-degree rape charge in an incident that court documents say happened February 1st-2nd in West Seattle. The case was first reported by The Seattle Times; we learned of it when a reader sent us the link, and we subsequently obtained the court documents. Read More

UPDATE: Motorcyclist injured by hit-run driver in Highland Park

8:12 PM: Seattle Fire and Police are on their way to a crash reported to have injured a motorcycle rider in the 900 block of SW Holden, west of Highland Park Way [map]. Dispatch radio indicates this was reported as a hit-run with a driver having left the scene. More as we get it.

8:17 PM: The crash is now described as closer to 11th SW/Holden, blocking eastbound Holden in that area, and a private ambulance is being dispatched, suggesting non-life-threatening injuries.

8:29 PM: Police at the scene confirm that the rider, described only as male, is being taken to the hospital by an AMR ambulance, and that they are looking for a hit-run driver in connection with the crash. No description so far.

MONDAY: West Seattle Water Taxi’s all-day, 7-day-a-week schedule resumes

April 9, 2017 7:02 pm
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(WSB photo from last month: West Seattle Water Taxi vessel Doc Maynard)

If you’ve missed the reminders in our weekday traffic coverage – tomorrow (Monday, April 10th) brings the annual return of the West Seattle Water Taxi‘s all-day, 7-days-a-week schedule. In the offseason, the service runs weekdays only, am and pm commute periods only, with no extended service for evening sports events, but starting tomorrow, that all changes. The spring-summer schedule includes later evening runs on Fridays and Saturdays. You can preview it at the bottom of this page.

P.S. The free Water Taxi shuttle buses expand service tomorrow to match the boat schedules, too.

@ Southwest District Council: Project previews, plus crime trends

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

One final community meeting to recap from this past week – here’s what happened as the Southwest District Council discussed three transportation-related projects – including issues such as Fauntleroy Boulevard construction vs. Sound Transit 3 planning – and received a crime-trends update.

NEIGHBORHOOD STREET FUND PROJECTS: SDOT outreach lead Natalie Graves said she was there to “take feedback” as the project leads weren’t available. West Seattle’s projects were two of 12 chosen for funding in this round of the every-three-years Neighborhood Street Fund proposal/selection/construction process.

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TUESDAY: Light rail, combined-sewer-overflow project on Admiral Neighborhood Association agenda

April 9, 2017 1:09 pm
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Tuesday night (April 11th) brings the next meeting of the Admiral Neighborhood Association, and president Larry Wymer has announced that three topics are at the heart of the agenda:

*Light rail: What’s happened since the Sound Transit 3 vote? Light-rail plans for West Seattle will be discussed with the advocacy group Seattle Subway.

*Chelan combined-sewer-overflow project: A 4-million-gallon storage tank needs to be built to prevent overflows into the Duwamish River near Terminal 5, though the site has not yet been chosen. A project rep from King County will be at the meeting.

*Also: “Residents living to the immediate southeast of the current ANA ‘Sphere of Influence’ area (as included within our by-laws) will present their proposal to the group for consideration of officially expanding our boundaries to include their neighborhood.”

ANA’s meeting will start at 7 pm Tuesday at The Sanctuary at Admiral (42nd/Lander), all welcome.

BIZNOTE: Junction Day of Giving preceded by week of giving at VAIN

This year’s West Seattle Junction Day of Giving – with many businesses giving part of their proceeds to local nonprofits – is coming up in less than three weeks. For most, all you have to do is show up and shop that day. For salon/shop VAIN (4513 California SW), you also have the chance to make appointments now for an extra round of giving during the week before. Here’s the announcement:

As part of the Junction Day of Giving, VAIN will be donating 10% of retail sales on April 29th to the West Seattle Senior Center. We will have sales specials and gifts with purchase.

In addition, we have select haircut appointments available April 23-29th, with 100% of the service cost to be donated. For more information or to book an appointment please call VAIN at 206-535-2595 and request a haircut to support the Senior Center. Haircuts are available with the following stylists; Sam, Jason, Angie, Della, Ivy, Jessie, Ashlee, TT, Peyton, Misa, Nicola, and Janae. A style appointment is available with Zoe. Stylist profiles can be viewed at

VAIN loves the Senior Center and we are excited for this opportunity to lend our support to this important community resource!

Remembering John Prentice, 1925-2017

A celebration of life is planned April 21st for John Prentice, whose family is sharing this remembrance with the community:

On the morning of March 30, 2017, John Prentice packed up his tools, grabbed his saxophone and a handful of tulips, and headed for greener pastures. John’s 91 years ended after a mercifully short battle with cancer, but he met every day to his last with humor, kindness, and curiosity.

John was one of 5 brothers born in Portland, OR, and upon early graduation from high school, enlisted in the Navy and served in WWII as a radioman on ships in the South Pacific. After his discharge, he graduated from Portland University with an engineering degree, was quickly hired by The Boeing Company, and moved to West Seattle to start his family.

He outlived two wives — Mary, who passed in 1986, and Ava, who passed in 2013 — but never lost his ready smile, his drive to understand the world around him, and his joy in sharing his knowledge with anyone willing to learn.

He is survived by his 3 children — John Jr., Mary, and Paul; 3 grandchildren — Brianna, Shandra, and Ian; and 2 great-grandchildren — Miles and Lucy.

A celebration of his life will be held in the Pigott Chapel at Providence Mount St. Vincent on Friday, April 21st at 1:00 pm. Remembrances can be made to The Providence Mount St. Vincent Foundation in West Seattle.

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

West Seattle Sunday: Holy Week, anniversaries, art, music, and a traffic alert

April 9, 2017 6:25 am
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(Winged Space Needle? Elliott Bay photo by Lynn Hall)

First, a traffic alert if you are using Highway 99 today:

SOUTHBOUND 99 CLOSURE: WSDOT is scheduled to close southbound Highway 99 for construction work between Valley Street (lower Queen Anne) and the south end of the Battery Street Tunnel, 7 am-5 pm today.

Now – what’s happening in West Seattle today; most of our highlights are from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

PALM SUNDAY: Holy Week services for which we’ve received listings, today through Easter, are on our Easter & More page.

WALK THE LABYRINTH AT TIBBETTS: At Tibbetts United Methodist Church (WSB sponsor), “We will have our rainbow labyrinth up all during Holy Week as a place of meditation and centering. The Labyrinth is made of heavy canvas and we ask that walkers remove shoes before starting. We will have hand-held labyrinths available for those who are mobility challenged and music will play softly in the background. Tibbetts welcomes ALL to come walk the labyrinth during one of the open times.” Today’s open time is noon-2 pm. (Entry through Fellowship Hall doorway off 41st SW/SW Andover)

FRESH FLOURS TURNS 1: As previewed here, today is the first-anniversary celebration at Fresh Flours Bakery in South Delridge. Dollar-off drinks and free heart cookies. Open 7 am-4 pm. (9410 Delridge Way SW)

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm in the street, in the heart of The Junction. (California SW between SW Oregon and SW Alaska)

WEST SEATTLE RUNNER’S 7TH ANNIVERSARY: Third and final day of the anniversary celebration at West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor), open 11 am-5 pm today, with free massage noon-2 pm. (2743 California SW)

AT C & P COFFEE: Brazilian music with Choro Tocando, 3-5 pm. (5612 California SW)

FREE CLASSICAL CONCERT: 3 pm at West Seattle (Admiral) Library, the Ladies Musical Club presents music for oboe, bassoon, and piano. Program details are in our calendar listing. (2306 42nd SW)

ARTISTS’ RECEPTION: 4-8 pm at Brace Point Pottery in Arbor Heights, it’s the Alki Arts “Old Home Week” exhibition reception – details in our calendar listing. (4208 SW 100th)

AT PARLIAMENT TAVERN: Cooking Churchill, Amy Denio. 7-10 pm: “A night of groove improv. Amy Denio of The Tiptons Sax Quartet opens.” 21+. No cover. (4210 SW Admiral Way)