West Seattle, Washington
West Seattle High School‘s football team is still looking for its first 2017 win after losing to Cleveland tonight at Southwest Athletic Complex, 22-14. The game was scoreless until WSHS’s #80 Tom Nguyen scored the first TD with 9:05 left in the half.
WSHS held the 7-0 lead going into halftime, then doubled it with 7:24 to go in the third quarter after #84 Kahlel Kelley turned an interception into a TD:
Five minutes later, Cleveland’s #5 DJ Arns started changing the game, with his first of three touchdowns.
After Cleveland’s two-point conversion, it was Wildcats 14, Eagles 8. Arns got his next TD with just under 7 minutes to go in the game, bringing the score to 14-14. Cleveland stepped up its defense and another Arns TD, plus 2-pointer, with 3:19 left in the game, put the Eagles ahead 22-14, and that’s how it stayed to the end.
Next week, WSHS is on the road, playing Ballard at Memorial Stadium downtown, 5 pm Saturday, September 30th.
Chief Sealth International High School played football on the road this afternoon at Lakeside. The Lions won, 9-0. Next week, the Seahawks (2-2) host Franklin HS at Southwest Athletic Complex, 7 pm Friday (September 29th).
Want to get your weekend off to a rewarding start? Be at Highland Park Elementary School tomorrow (Saturday) morning to help the PTA clean up the playground!
We’ll meet on the blacktop at 9 am for coffee, treats, good work, and good fun! We’ll be tending our school grounds until 12 pm. See you there!
The school is at 1012 SW Trenton [map]. Even if you can’t spend three hours there, the PTA would appreciate any time you can give.
Keri found this backpack in her compost bin this afternoon, on 39th SW between Dakota and Genesee: “Couldn’t find a wallet, or much to identify it. But there are some things that the owner can tell us to identify it. I’m guessing it was stolen, the thief took what they saw as valuable and then stashed it in our bin.” She took it to the Southwest Precinct this evening, so if you think it’s yours, contact police, but if you’d want to check with her first, you can e-mail us and we’ll forward your contact info.
Just announced by SDOT – two blocks of California SW will be repaved next week in the Admiral area:
The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) advises travelers that crews will be repaving California Ave SW between SW College St and SW Hill St starting Tuesday, September 26 to Friday, September 29.
From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, beginning Tuesday, September 26, to Friday, September 29, travelers can expect:
*Northbound and southbound traffic on California Ave SW will be reduced to a single lane between SW College St and SW Hill St
*Traffic will alternate in the single open lane
*Flaggers will direct traffic
*Parking will be restricted on California Ave SW in the work zone
*“No Parking” signs will be placed 72 hours prior to start of work
*Driveway access will be maintained but travelers may have to wait up to 15 minutes for equipment to clear
This work is part of the Arterial Major Maintenance (AMM) program, funded by the Move Seattle Levy. SDOT would like to thank the public for its patience while this work is completed.
2:42 PM: Just in from the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office: 21-year-old Anna V. Kasparova is charged with first-degree murder in Tuesday night’s West Seattle shooting death of her 25-year-old former boyfriend Edixon Velasquez, and prosecutors are asking that her bail be doubled to $1 million. We’re reading the charging documents now and will be adding details as we go. More…
2:57 PM: The details in the charging documents are largely the same as those in the probable-cause documents that we reported after Kasparova’s bail hearing Thursday afternoon, saying that she had messaged Mr. Velasquez saying she wanted to meet with him at his house but did not want to come inside, and that after he went out, ostensibly to help her park her car, a man walked up to it, pulled him out, and after that man ran away and Kasparova drove her car away, Mr. Velasquez was on the ground with two gunshot wounds. The account of what was shown on a neighbor’s surveillance video, however, has a few additional details:
This video shows a black sedan drive by Velasquez’s residence two times (driving off camera each time) and returning a third time. At this time, the black sedan, without trouble, pulls into a parking spot just across the street from the victim’s residence. It remains there for approximately 45 seconds, when it inexplicably moves out of that parking spot and back into the street. The black sedan then attempts to parallel park in front of Velasquez’s residence. This new parking spot is quite large (at least two car lengths long) yet the black sedan stops partially in the street. Approximately a minute later, Velasquez comes out of his residence and walks up to the driver’s side of the black sedan. A female gets out of the driver’s seat, and Velasquez gets into the driver’s seat and appears to help park the vehicle. The female curiously walks across the street and some yards away, appearing to take cover behind a parked vehicle. Simultaneously, a male in a hooded jacket or sweatshirt and blue jeans comes into camera view and walks right up to the driver’s door of the black sedan. The male appears to open the driver’s door and pull Velasquez out of the car. There appears to be barely a struggle, as Velasquez falls to the ground (and remains there until police arrive). The hooded male runs away on foot while the female appears to calmly walk back over towards Velasquez. The timing is such that the female and the hooded male actually cross paths, neither appearing to be startled or concerned by the other. The female walks right up to Velasquez’s body, making no attempt to help him or check on his well-being. Instead, she immediately gets back into the black sedan and drives away.
The charging document offers no further information about the possible identity of the other suspect, nor about a motive. But prosecutors summarize the information above in their document as, “the defendant appears to have set the victim up for this murder, luring him out of his home with a ruse.” They argue for the increased bail by saying, “The State believes that the violent and premeditated ambush in this case, coupled with the defendant’s utter lack of remorse, is strong evidence that the defendant poses a significant danger to the community.” She is scheduled to be arraigned – the hearing at which an initial plea is entered – on October 5th.
7:38 PM: The King County Jail roster listing for Kasparova indicates that the judge did indeed grant the request to double her bail, which is now listed there as $1,000,000. In addition, there’s an indication that police do know the identity of someone else being sought in the case – a name is listed as “accomplice” on the “superform” sent with the charging documents, but there are no details about that person, no information on what role they are believed to have played, nor are they listed on the jail roster, which we’re continuing to watch. Also, a commenter on an earlier story mentioned that this GoFundMe page is raising money for memorial expenses.
Three West Seattle Crime Watch reports:
STOLEN CAR: Taken near 56th/Alki around mid-morning Thursday, a black 2011 2-door BWM 128i cloth top convertible.” Photo of its plate:
Call 911 if you see it.
STOLEN TRAILER: The photo and report are from Cary:
My 1978 Aros utility trailer was stolen sometime between 9/18- 9/21 in the back alley between the 5400 block of SW 46th and 47th. Any information would be greatly appreciated as I just purchased the trailer a month ago.
STOLEN PACKAGE: Matthew‘s video tells the story of the theft of a package containing his child’s birthday present:
He says it happened near 51st SW and SW Edmunds; if you have any tips about the thief’s identity, you can refer to police report # 17-350167.
Lea contacted us after seeing this happen off Beach Drive, just in case someone out there lost a paddleboard and is wondering what happened to it:
A white paddleboard floating in Puget Sound between Lincoln Park and Alki Point was picked up by the Coast Guard at 11:15 this morning. There was no one on the board.
One more reminder that Fauntleroy Church‘s twice-a-year Recycle Roundup is now just two days away – 9 am to 3 pm Sunday (September 24th). Drive up, ride up, or walk up to drop off, free, whatever the Recycle Roundup partner 1 Green Planet is accepting (scroll through the list above, or see the PDF version here). As always, the church – which is at 9140 California SW [map] – advises that lines are shorter in the early going.
Sports consignment (and more) store Second Gear Sports (WSB sponsor) is turning 4 years old, and you get the gifts – a weekend-long celebration. Here’s the announcement:
Come celebrate Second Gear Sports’ 4th anniversary sale, Saturday, 9/23, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, 9/24, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. We will have deals throughout the store, treats, and early shopping for holiday gifts (new Seahawks gear, Sock it to Me sock line, and more!).
On Sunday, we’ll have two special West Seattle guests ready to answer questions about bicycling and skiing from 11 am to 1 pm:
Marilyn Meyer, the “bike whisperer,” is a retired teacher with a passion for getting kids on two wheels. She has taught bunches of local kids to ride a bike in just one hour! Find out how to get your child pedaling.
Brian Allen, ski instructor at Summit at Snoqualmie, is a seasoned “snow pro” with adults and kids, alike. Learn more about starting your child on the slopes, or ramping up your own ski experience!
Second Gear Sports is in Morgan Junction at 6529 California SW.
(Male varied thrush, photographed by Trileigh Tucker)
So long, summer! Here are highlights of what’s ahead for the rest of your Friday:
WEST SEATTLE GARDEN CLUB: First monthly meeting of the season! After the morning business meeting at 10 am, followed by recognition of our 25-plus-year members, at 12:45 Stephen Lamphear, “The Lazy Gardener,” will talk about having more joy with less work in the garden. Visitors are welcome for any part of the day. See website for more information. WSGC meets at Daystar. (2615 SW Barton)
TALK WITH YOUR CITY COUNCILMEMBER: District office hours for West Seattle/South Park City Councilmember Lisa Herbold are happening 2-6 pm today at South Park Community Center. (8319 8th Avenue S.)
FOOTBALL: This afternoon, Chief Sealth International High School is on the road, playing at Lakeside (14050 1st Ave NE) at 3:30 pm … Tonight, West Seattle High School plays at home, 7 pm vs. Cleveland at Southwest Athletic Complex. (2801 SW Thistle)
WELCOMING WEEK AT THE Y: Two Welcoming Week events tonight at the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) in The Triangle. From our preview: 5-6 pm Afro-Cuban dance class with Mark Lilly and 6 pm screening of the documentary “8 Borders, 8 Days,” following the odyssey of a refugee mom and children. (36th SW/SW Snoqualmie)
DOG SWIM: Second-to-last chance to bring your dog to Arbor Heights Swim and Tennis Club pool for a dogs-only swim session, 5-7 pm. This happens every year AFTER the pool is closed to humans for the season – it’s a fundraiser for AHSTC swim teams. Details in our calendar listing. (11003 31st SW)
WEST SEATTLE BIG BAND DINNER/DANCE: 6 pm doors and no-host bar open, 6:30 pm dinner, 7 pm music and dancing with the West Seattle Big Band @ the Senior Center. Check to see if there are still seats! (4217 SW Oregon)
WELCOME FALL @ EQUINOX SUNSET WATCH: Fall arrives this afternoon, so sunset tonight is your change-of-season chance to gather with NASA Solar System Ambassador Alice Enevoldsen at West Seattle’s Solstice Park to watch the sunset, learn about the equinox, and, this time, share your eclipse stories! Be there by 6:35 pm. (7400 Fauntleroy Way SW)
NOAH GUNDERSEN IN-STORE: 7 pm at Easy Street Records, Noah Gundersen and his band perform live – free, all ages – to celebrate their new record “White Noise.” (California SW/SW Alaska)
SUTHERLIN: Modern country @ C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)
WESTSIDE BABY COCKTAIL BENEFIT: Tonight’s “great time for a great cause” event! 7:30 pm at Metropolist event space in SODO, party with and for WestSide Baby, on a mission to help thousands of local kids stay safe and dry. Check to see if tickets remain. (2931 1st Ave. S.)
MORE! Just check our complete calendar, where you’ll also find info on our free event listings.
Thanks to Jim Borrow for the photo, taken at 7:19 am. The aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) was heading home this morning after three weeks away (we last noted it outbound on September 1st). It’s reported to have been “conducting flight deck certification, carrier qualification, and training in the operations areas off San Diego.”
6:59 AM: No incidents reported in/from West Seattle so far this final morning of summer (the fall equinox is at 1:02 pm, and Alice Enevoldsen‘s seasonal sunset watch is tonight).
*SDOT is scheduled to continue 25th SW paving in North Delridge today.
*Highway 509 repaving work closes lanes all weekend, starting south of here.