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CRIME WATCH FOLLOWUP: 3 charges against Jason Bramblett in Riverview burglary case

The repeat offender arrested after Saturday night’s Riverview burglary and Puget Ridge car crash is now charged, and back in jail.

32-year-old Jason L. Bramblett got out of jail on bond after a judge set his bail at $5,000; tonight, he’s back in, with bail set at 10 times that amount, after prosecutors charged him with residential burglary, attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle, and DUI.

Charging papers note that Bramblett has four other burglary convictions, including the 2012 Pigeon Point case for which he recently served time in state prison (we obtained the mugshot at right from the state Corrections Department). His record is detailed in the charging document as going back into his teens:

As of September 27, 2017, the defendant’s criminal history includes: Burglary 1 (2012), Attempt Theft (2012), Theft (2010), Residential Burglary (2008), Assault 4 (2007), Taking Motor Vehicle 2 (2007), Obstructing (2006), Property Destruction –DV (2005), Theft 1 (2005), Burglary 2 (2005), Assault (2004), Assault/Harassment/MIP (2003), VUCSA (2003), Residential Burglary/Trespass 1/Theft 3 (2002-Juvenile), Taking Motor Vehicle 2 (2000-Juvenile), Malicious Mischief 1/Theft 2 (2000-Juvenile), Theft 3 (1998-Juvenile).

Today’s documents otherwise tell the same story outlined in our report on Monday – a neighbor near the burglarized house in the 7200 block of 12th SW saw an unfamiliar vehicle pull up, with a man getting out, climbing over the fence, and trying to kick in a door. The neighbor called 911 and said he was fairly certain his neighbor wasn’t home. Police arrived and saw the man carrying out a TV set, trying but failing to get it over the fence; they then found him and his green Ford sedan (registered to Bramblett) on SW Orchard. He headed westbound, and when police tried to pull him over, he briefly complied but then took off again. He then was found near 16th and Dawson after crashing his car into a parked vehicle; officers reported he seemed drunk. His car had been left running, in “drive,” with, according to the documents, “a large can of Four Loko malt liquor seen on the driver-side floorboard.”

Bramblett was taken into custody. His car was impounded and the report accompanying the charging papers say that items found inside it included a TV, a PS2 game system, two phones, and a tool kit. A name found with the tools led police to a Shoreline man who, when contacted, told police that he and his roommates had been burglarized earlier that same day. (He and his roommates have since been to the Southwest Precinct and identified some of the items, but some of what was found in Bramblett’s car, the police document says, remains a mystery.)

In addition to being held on the new charges, Bramblett is also being held for alleged violation of his probation (“community custody”). And today’s charging documents attempt to explain something that wasn’t available for our report on Monday – noting that prosecutors had asked that day for Bramblett’s bail to be set at $50,000, but the judge set it at $5,000, possibly – wrote prosecutors – lacking full details of the eluding attempt (in which, they say, he nearly ran down the officer who had walked up to the suspect’s car), and lacking full details of the 2012 burglary case, in which Bramblett assaulted a resident after kicking in a door.

THURSDAY: You have questions? SDOT will have answers @ West Seattle Transportation Coalition

As frequently reported here, SDOT has myriad projects in play on the peninsula – and some are overdue for promised updates. So what’s going on? You can hear – and ask – at tomorrow’s West Seattle Transportation Coalition meeting. The preview from WSTC:

Fall is officially here and the West Seattle Transportation Coalition resumes meeting this month. Our September meeting will be Thursday, September 28, at 6:30 p.m. We meet at Neighborhood House High Point Center.

This month, representatives from Seattle Department Of Transportation will join us for a general discussion about projects around and affecting West Seattle. Want to learn more about the Highland Park roundabout? What your Move Seattle levy money is doing? 35th Ave SW rechannelization? West Seattle Bridge mobility? Local repaving work? Lander Street overpass? Rapid Ride on Delridge? Fauntleroy Boulevard project? That pothole in front of your house? Come and join us and get the latest word from SDOT.

Neighborhood House HP is at 6400 Sylvan Way SW.

CRIME WATCH: What led to 2 arrests at 17th/Roxbury

We took that photo in the parking lot on the southwest corner of 17th and Roxbury at midday today after tips about a big law-enforcement presence – primarily Seattle PD, though the lot is south of the city/county line. Police at the scene told us they were arresting at least one suspect for whom they had a warrant. Now, the details are in via SPD Blotter:

Seattle Police and King County Sheriff’s deputies arrested two men at a gang member’s funeral in White Center on Wednesday as part of an ongoing anti-violence emphasis effort in the Southwest Precinct.

Police and deputies were on hand at the funeral Wednesday following a shooting one night earlier outside a home on 12th Avenue and Donovan Street in South Park.

On Tuesday, associates of the deceased gang member had gathered at a home near 12th Avenue and Donovan Street for a viewing.

During the event, several attendees were targeted in a shooting outside the home, leaving a 20-year-old man with serious gunshot injuries.

In an effort to prevent any further violence, SPD officers and King County Sheriff’s Deputies maintained a presence outside the funeral in White Center on Wednesday. Following the services, officers recognized one man, who had a warrant for unlawful possession of a firearm and a department of corrections violation.

Deputies also arrested a second man, a convicted felon, who was found in possession of a pistol.

Detectives continue to investigate Tuesday’s shooting, and patrol officers are conducting emphasis patrols in the area.

CONGRATULATIONS! West Seattle’s Cindi Barker gets national honor as Community Preparedness Champion

(2017 West Seattle Bee Festival photo by Karen Berge)

The photo is from last May’s West Seattle Bee Festival, with Cindi Barker teaching kids about preparedness via the “Wheel of Misfortune.” Cindi’s been volunteering for many years to organize and teach fellow West Seattleites how to be ready for disasters and other emergencies – and to share that knowledge with others outside this area – and we just received this announcement that she’s won a national award!

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that Cindi Barker has been selected as one of the 11 Individual and Community Preparedness Award recipients from around the country.

Cindi Barker was chosen to receive the 2017 Community Preparedness Champions Award for her development of Emergency Communication hubs and the creation of the “Hub-in-a-Box” program for Seattle, Washington residents. Earthquakes are a high risk for Seattle residents due to multiple fault lines in the area. To help residents prepare for disaster, Ms. Barker started developing Emergency Communication hubs. These hubs are agreed-upon meeting places where people can gather, organize, and strategize to help one another in the event of a major earthquake. Recently, she concentrated her efforts in predominantly lower socioeconomic areas to facilitate their preparedness efforts. This resulted in the creation of the “Hub-in-a-Box” Program, an effort to help communities easily prepare hubs. Seattle has roughly 135 Emergency Communication hubs spread throughout the city.

“FEMA is proud to recognize the great efforts of individuals and organizations who are helping to create a national culture of preparedness,” said Sharon Loper, Acting Administrator FEMA Region 10. “When we work together in our communities, we are stronger, and more resilient.”

Cindi Barker was recognized by Sharon Loper on Wednesday, September 27 to congratulate her on her efforts. Additionally, Cindi and all award recipients will be recognized in a webinar hosted by FEMA’s Individual and Community Preparedness Division. Awardees will be invited to share their experiences, success stories, and lessons learned with fellow emergency management leaders.

Emergency management is most effective when the whole community is engaged and involved. Faith-based organizations, service agencies, businesses and associations, tribal organizations, youth and older Americans, and people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs, can make a real difference in their communities before, during, and after disasters. Each year, FEMA honors individuals and organizations who excel at inspiring the public to be ready if a tornado, hurricane, wildfire, or other disaster were to strike their community.

You can read more about the hubs here – and be sure to make note of the one nearest your residence!

P.S. Cindi is active with West Seattle Be Prepared, whose other leaders Karen Berge and Deb Greer talked about the hubs and other preparedness issues at last night’s West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network meeting (WSB coverage here).

Girl Scouts create, install West Seattle’s newest Little Free Library

The report and photos are by Jenny Mandt (thank you!):

Olivia Lundstrom (left) and Ava Geary, members of Girl Scout Troop #40890, recently installed a Little Free Library geared to young readers outside Fauntleroy Church.

It was their troop’s Silver Award project – the highest award a cadette (6th-8th grade) can earn – and the design mirrored the church’s iconic sanctuary window. The troop partnered with the church to encourage the love of books in young readers and invites everyone to take or leave a book, especially titles for pre-school through middle-school readers.

SIDE NOTE: Just two and a half weeks until the Fauntleroy Fall Festival, at the church (9140 California SW) and at Fauntleroy Schoolhouse across the street – 2-5 pm Sunday, October 15th!

FOLLOWUP: Resurfaced West Seattle Stadium track ready to reopen

September 27, 2017 12:15 pm
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The newly resurfaced track at West Seattle Stadium (4432 35th SW), closed since mid-summer, is ready to reopen. That’s what we found out from project manager Jay Rood, after calling him to check on its status. The million-dollar project was supposed to be done earlier this month but Rood says the recent rain delayed painting of stripes and other markings – its start had been delayed too, and that was attributed to the bidding process. Now the track and fencing are finished and he says they hope to have it reopened to the public by day’s end. The stadium, which is a Seattle Parks and Recreation Department facility, hasn’t been completely closed in recent weeks – some high-school football games have been played, but covering was in place over the track.

WEST SEATTLE SCENE: What the Admiral District film/video crew is doing

September 27, 2017 11:04 am
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(WSB photo)

Thanks to everybody who texted/e-mailed to let us know about that film/video crew at 46th SW & SW Stevens in the Admiral District. We went over to find out what they’re working on. It’s a TV commercial, according to the production-company manager who spoke to our photographer, and that’s all he said he could tell us, along with noting that they’re only expecting to be there through mid-to-late afternoon today.

West Seattle Wednesday: Highland Park AC; Madison PTSA; Market Garden finale; Poetrybridge; benefit trivia; more…

(Morning haze, photographed from Don Armeni Boat Ramp by Don Brubeck)

From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

BABY STORY TIME: One or more newborn-to-12-month-olds in your care? High Point Library welcomes you for story time, 11:30 am-noon. Free, as always. (3411 SW Raymond)

FARM STAND FINALE: Last scheduled day of the season for the High Point Market Garden Farm Stand, 4-7 pm, selling produce grown at the mini-farm on the site. (32nd SW/SW Juneau)

HIGHLAND PARK ACTION COMMITTEE: First meeting of fall! See agenda highlights here – you’re needed to help make a difference in your neighborhood. 7 pm at Highland Park Improvement Club. (1116 SW Holden)

MADISON MIDDLE SCHOOL PTSA: All Madison Middle School parents/guardians are invited to tonight’s meeting in the school library, first general meeting of the school year. 7-7:45 pm will be a panel discussion “Getting to Know Madison”; after that, it’s the business meeting, including an update from principal Dr. Robert Gary. Also: “We’re looking for volunteers to fill PTSA roles, including a Vice President – Programs, which is a board position.” Get involved! Find out more at (45th SW/SW Spokane)

(Sunset from Alki, photographed by Travis Ruff)

POETRYBRIDGE: This month’s readers are Sherri Levine and Helen Puciloskiread about them here. 7 pm, poems and stories at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) with Poetrybridge. (5612 California SW)

AT PARLIAMENT TAVERN: 8-11 pm, Joe Ross & The Bird Watchers: “Rousing New Orleans roadhouse and honky-tonk jazz featuring West Seattle’s own Joe Ross and Seattle jazz legend Ronnie Pierce.” No cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

BENEFIT TRIVIA: 8:30 pm trivia at Talarico’s with Phil Tavel. This week, it’s a fundraiser for Jazz Night School, $3 instead of $2, with all proceeds going to JNS. Raffle prizes too! (4718 California SW)

ANOTHER CHANCE TO HELP: 2nd collection Thursday for Puerto Rico hurricane-relief supplies

The West Seattle family that’s collecting donations to help hurricane survivors in Puerto Rico will do it again tomorrow (Thursday). In case you missed Jessica Delgado‘s update in this comment on one of our previous reports, here’s the announcement:

Thank you to everyone who came out and supported the donation event on Monday. It was a huge success thanks to the generous community of West Seattle!

We have gotten a lot of interest and will be having one more donation pick-up event this Thursday from 3-7 pm, again at Hiawatha Playfield.

Rey is leaving on Monday 10/2 and will be documenting his trip on his Facebook page so please stay tuned to see the neighborhoods he visits and the people our West Seattle community will be able to directly help in this great time of need. When he arrives in PR he will be working with a local group to go into elderly communities and low-income neighborhoods to hand out all of the donations we have collected. Any cash donations received will be used to buy water for distribution, people are standing in line for hours to buy 2 bags of ice in the hot sun!

Thank you again to everyone who has reached out and helped,

Jessica Jaksich Delgado & Rey Delgado

You can reach Rey directly on his email or text him at 206-380-2710

Here is Rey’s Facebook page where he will be documenting his trip.

As announced before the family’s Monday collection event, they’re requesting batteries, flashlights, manual/crank chargers, small-denomination gift cards for Home Depot, Walgreens, and Walmart, and water-purification tablets.


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

7:02 AM: Good morning. No incidents reported so far in/from West Seattle.

ADMIRAL DISTRICT REPAVING: We checked yesterday afternoon and the repaving work between College and Hill on California SW has indeed begun; that’ll continue today.

STADIUM ZONE TONIGHT: Sounders FC vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC, 7:30 pm at CenturyLink.

7:32 AM SFD is responding to a car fire reported in the 900 block of SW Austin.

@ West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network: From police to preparedness

September 27, 2017 1:02 am
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 |   Crime | Preparedness | Safety | West Seattle news | West Seattle police

From the West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network‘s first meeting of fall 2017:

As everybody went around the room introducing themselves, WSBWCN co-founders Karen Berge and Deb Greer invited them to share what was happening in their neighborhoods. “We’re under siege,” declared one man from a street over Beach Drive, with concerns including car prowls. A resident of Beach Drive itself said that somebody opened his car hatch and another in his neighborhood last night – all cars with a keyless entry system, so he wondered if devices that hijack those systems might have been involved, and several attendees shared stories. Another man mentioned living in the Arbor Heights neighborhood where police had been searching for a burglar on Monday; another woman from south of Admiral said the burglar is lucky the woman whose house he tried to break into – a friend of hers – didn’t catch him.

Those were just a few of the stories. On to the rest of the meeting, starting with the SPD briefing:

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