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WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Charlestown 7-11 arrest(s); more music-equipment thefts; bicycle thief pleads guilty

February 23, 2018 7:12 pm
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 |   Crime | West Seattle news

Four reports in West Seattle Crime Watch tonight:

CALIFORNIA/CHARLESTOWN ARREST(S): Thanks for the tips about police at the California/Charlestown 7-11 gas pumps, making at least one arrest, guns drawn, a little while ago. When we got there, we found out they’re Bellevue Police – but they refused to comment. We saw one person in handcuffs; tipsters said they saw two. We’ll follow up.

Next, two reader reports, both about stolen music-related equipment:

KARAOKE HOST’S EQUIPMENT STOLEN: Christopher Mychael is a legendary name in local karaoke – and tonight fans and friends are trying to help him recover from a theft. His SUV was broken into in the 6000 block of Lanham Place in High Point on Valentine’s Day morning. Stolen items include:

(3) computers (1 HP Desktop, 1 15″ Lenovo laptop, 1 17″ Toshiba laptop)
(3) external drives.
(2) Mixers. (Pwrd, 22 Ch. Beringer) (16 ch. Yamaha).
(2) 15″ pwrd JBL speakers
(4) Wireless Shure SM58 mics, (1) Shure 55 mic, (1) headset mic, plus all cables and backup cables and couplers and mic stand

Word of the theft was forwarded by another local karaoke host, “Karaoke Kelli,” who says, “During his career he’s KJ’d at all the local favorite bars, helped raise thousands of dollars for fundraisers around the community and been a safe place for people of all walks of life to sing their heart out.” So she and friends have a gear-replacemen fund going via a GoFundMe account.

BAND MEMBER’S EQUIPMENT STOLEN: Ryan came home to Highland Park after a Tractor Tavern gig with his band headwaves – and his locked van and trailer were stolen. He found the van and trailer along Myers Way, with all the equipment cleaned out:

2003 – Fender Stratocaster WHSC – SN: Z2145173, it has a pressure crack on the tail of the body
1965 – Silvertone Silhouette w/ tremolo bar
Nord – Stage 2
Pedal Board – Details Below
Ernie Ball – Volume Pedal
Dunlop – Wah Pedal
MusicomLab EFX MK IV – Analog Pedal Switcher
Strymon TimeLive – Delay Pedal
TC Electronic – Polytune Pedal
MXR Il Torino Overdrive
Rockett Pedals Archer Boost Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal
EarthQuaker Devices Organizer V2 Polyphonic Organ Emulator Pedal
Death By Audio – Apocalypse Pedal
Hotone Skyline Series VERB Digital Reverb Pedal
Solid Gold FX – Tremolo
Fulltone GT-500
Voodoo Labs – Mondo Power Supply
Pedal Train Pro w/ hard shell case
Akai Advanced 61
Novation Launchkey 61
Pedal Train Case for Keyboards
Ampeg – SVT-212AV
Two Tier Keyboard Stand
Single tier Keyboard Stand
25 Key Novation Launchport – Midi Keyboard
Roland Trigger Pad – SPD-S
Roland Drum Triggers

SPD incident number is 2018-050966.

BICYCLE THIEF PLEADS: You might remember the case of 25-year-old Casey Carlstedt, who was charged in a bicycle theft case that played out here in late 2016. Video showed him stealing Doug’s bicycle in North Delridge; a reader spotted the bicycle; another reader identified Carlstedt (backstory links are in this WSB story). We had checked in on the case from time to time, but it’s been a while, and Doug let us know this week that Carlstedt had struck a plea bargain. He pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted second-degree theft, as well as a reduced charge from a drug case in December 2016, and when sentenced on March 2nd, the recommendation will be credit for time served. Records show Carlstedt spent six months in jail last year, from early March through early September, in connection with multiple misdemeanor cases.


2:52 PM: Light snow has started to fall in West Seattle. The National Weather Service is predicting less than an inch – we’ll see how it goes.

3:28 PM: Still snowing – as HelperMonkey describes it in a comment, sideways, mixed with sunshine. We’ll be tracking it throughout the pm commute, and watching traffic too.

4:34 PM: The snow’s intensified, though after an hour and a half, still not sticking. If you’re looking for traffic cams, here’s our page with 15 local views (we’re adding a couple atop this story for reference).

4:55 PM: And now it’s starting to stick – on cars, greenery, etc.

5:35 PM: First crash to report – 35th/Othello.

AS-IT-HAPPENED COVERAGE: Heavy-lift ship carrying 4 huge cranes, seen from West Seattle

12:22 PM: For everyone interested in sights at sea – those four huge cranes headed for the Port of Tacoma are now coming into view from West Seattle. (We’re glimpsing them from west Charlestown hill, looking north.) They’re being carried by the heavy-lift ship Zhen Hua 28 – here’s its position via; here’s the preview we published earlier this week. Updates to come.

12:29 PM: Visible from Alki, too.

12:45 PM: It’s currently pointed more southeast, as if it was headed for Elliott Bay rather than directly south.

12:55 PM: Clearly headed into Elliott Bay. So don’t be looking for it from west-facing WS.

(Added: Photo by David Hutchinson)

1:04 PM: Just called Tara with NW Seaport Alliance. She says the ship turned into Elliott Bay to change pilots.

1:15 PM: Headed west out of the bay now. And if you are waiting along Beach Drive, NB orcas are reported to be in view.

1:35 PM: Southbound, with a good view from west Alki. Should be in view off Beach Drive in a few more minutes.

(Added: Photo by Gary Jones)

1:46 PM: Just passing Alki Point Lighthouse.

2:05 PM: Now between here and Blake Island. Our in-person tracking ends here. Pic to share? – thank you!

(Added: Photo by Mark Dale)

2:35 PM: One last glimpse for us, through the trees, as Zhen Hua 28 passes east Vashon.

Light-rail tunnel talk @ West Seattle Transportation Coalition

(Slide deck for JuNO tunnel proposal)

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

To tunnel or not to tunnel.

Sound Transit‘s draft plan for light rail to West Seattle, opening in 2030, is all elevated.

But here in the midst of its “early scoping” period soliciting comments and ideas, the idea of finding a way to put it underground, at least into The Junction, has some loud voices of support.

At last night’s West Seattle Transportation Coalition meeting, not only did Junction Neighborhood Organization reps present their tunnel-to-The-Junction proposal – the one previewed here on Wednesday – but County Councilmember Joe McDermott declared that he also envisions light rail getting to The Junction underground. His voice is a significant one, given that he is on the Sound Transit board – which has the final say – and co-chairing the Elected Leadership Group that will recommend a “preferred alignment” to the board next year.

McDermott also offered something of a primer of the upcoming transportation changes and challenges that peninsula residents do, and will, face getting to and through downtown in the next few years.

But first – JuNO’s presentation:

JuNO’S PROPOSAL FOR TUNNELING TO THE JUNCTION: Rich Koehler, with whom we talked for the preview published here on Wednesday, presented it, with slide deck (see above). Here’s our video:

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West Seattle Friday: Crane-watching, OLG Fish Friday, WSHS dine-out benefit, ‘Next to Normal,’ more!

February 23, 2018 9:18 am
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 |   West Seattle news | WS miscellaneous

(Winter colors, photographed by Don Brubeck and shared via the WSB Flickr group)

Highlights for your Friday:

SEE THE SHIP WITH THE CRANES: You can check here to see where Zhen Hua 28, the heavy-lift ship bringing 4 huge cranes to the Port of Tacoma, is now (off South Whidbey Island as we publish this at 9:18 am). We’ll publish a separate story when it’s in range. Here’s our previous report with backstory. 10:29 am update: A reader just texted this photo from Point No Point in North Kitsap as they went by:

WEST SEATTLE GARDEN CLUB: Meets 10:30 am-2 pm at Daystar, and you’re welcome to stop in for any part or all of the program – details in our calendar listing. (2615 SW Barton)

FRIDAY AFTERNOON AT THE MOVIES: 1 pm at Senior Center of West Seattle. 1924’s “The Iron Horse” will be on the screen today. (4217 SW Oregon)

TALK WITH YOUR CITY COUNCILMEMBER: 2-7 pm at South Park Community Center, you are invited to drop in during this month’s “district office hours” with City Councilmember Lisa Herbold. (8319 8th Ave. S.)

DINE OUT TO HELP WEST SEATTLE HIGH SCHOOL: 4-10 pm, Mioposto in Admiral will donate part of its restaurant proceeds to the West Seattle High School ASB. (2141 California)

FISH FRIDAY AT OLG: One of three Friday nights during Lent when you’re invited for a fish dinner at Our Lady of Guadalupe‘s Walmesley Center – 6 to 8 pm, details here. (35th SW/SW Myrtle)

KEVIN KILLMON: Indie/alternative rock and pop originals, and covers too, live at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)

‘NEXT TO NORMAL’: Twelfth Night Productions play starts its second and final weekend at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 7:30 pm curtain. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

MORE FOR TODAY, AND BEYOND … find it via the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar.


February 23, 2018 5:42 am
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle traffic alerts | West Seattle weather

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

5:42 AM: Good morning! No snow yet but the forecast says it’s likely this afternoon. Temperatures are in the mid-20s now so watch out for lingering ice on sidewalks and streets. No incidents reported in/from West Seattle so far this morning.

8:31 AM: It’s been a very quiet morning. Still no incidents. Reminder that school will be back in session for everyone on Monday – this is the last day of mid-winter break for Seattle Public Schools (and independent schools that follow its schedule).

UPDATE: ‘Full response’ fire call on Harbor Island

11:28 PM: What started as a “car fire” call is now upgraded to a full response, headed for the north tip of Harbor Island [map]. The fire is described on SFD radio as an RV fire within a few feet of a warehouse building.

11:38 PM: The RV fire itself is reported to be under control; firefighters are checking inside the warehouse to be sure it hasn’t spread.

11:46 PM: Some of the units are being dismissed. SFD’s investigator, meantime, is on the way.

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Chased, arrested, released; plea for witness tips; two reader reports

Four items in West Seattle Crime Watch tonight:

MORGAN JUNCTION ARREST: Several people asked about an arrest near West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) on Wednesday afternoon. We finally got information on the case today – it had nothing to do with the store. It started with a 911 call just before 1 pm Wednesday about a man who was reported to be looking into cars near California/Mills and had allegedly stolen a helmet from under the cover on a motorcycle. Police say a resident pursued the suspect and after officers arrived, the suspect tried to run. Their report says he dropped a black garbage bag, a backpack, and two cell phones while trying to get away, and that after he was in custody, he was found in possession of methamphetamine. The trash bag, meantime, was found to contain “various mail addressed to various persons, and an Amazon package.” And the police report lists debit cards and ID that wasn’t in the suspect’s name, as well as a pellet gun, burglary tools, and shaved keys. The 25-year-old Puget Ridge man was booked into jail for investigation of stolen property and drug possession. Tonight, he got out of jail, after a judge ruled he could be released on personal recognizance. We’ll keep watching to see if and when he is charged; online files show he has a property-crime record.

ALSO OUT OF JAIL … the 30-year-old man arrested for investigation of vehicular assault, which encompasses possible DUI, after the North Delridge collision that seriously injured a woman on Monday by Delridge Skatepark.

A commenter identifying herself as the 36-year-old victim’s aunt posted an update saying she is still in the ICU; also commenting, a detective who is asking for any witnesses to the incident to please come forward – call Det. Parker at 206-233-0059, and refer to incident #2018-062040.

CAR-PROWL LOOT TO LOOK FOR: Posting in the WSB Forums this afternoon, a reader who says her son’s hockey gear was stolen in a car prowl last night near 36th/Trenton.

CAMERA THIEF: This video from a security camera shows the person who was in the process of stealing it:

The sender says it happened last Friday morning just after 5 am in the 5000 block of 49th SW:

The guy came onto our front porch and stole our Arlo camera. He then got into a dark colored Subaru Forester (appears to have tinted windows) and went into our alley and stole two of our neighbors’ cameras who is behind us across the alley. Another neighbor was walking her dog and saw the guy get into a Subaru Forester right about the same time this happened. We were not able to get a license plate number. He had on a North Face rain jacket with the hood over his head and dark sunglasses. Both my neighbor and I have filed reports with the police and I gave them a copy of the video.

PREVENTING CRIME: Early mention that next Tuesday’s West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network meeting will feature a presentation on Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design. 6:30 pm at the Southwest Precinct (2300 SW Webster) – all welcome.

BIZNOTE: Brass Knuckle Bistro sets the opening date

Almost six months ago, we told you about a West Seattle family’s plan to open Brass Knuckle Bistro in the former 3.14 Bakery space on the north end of downtown White Center (9602 16th SW). Now they’ve announced that March 6th will be the opening date. BKB will focus on sandwiches – see the menu online. (Thanks to Gill for the tip!)

WEST SEATTLE SNOW: More likely on Friday, forecast says; also, Metro’s advance alert

6:01 PM: Thanks to the texter who sent that beautiful panoramic view of the Olympics at the height of today’s sunshine. Much of the snow that fell last night is gone, and aside from the shadiest spots, roads are dry. But the National Weather Service‘s newest forecast says snow is likely Friday afternoon, and possibly Friday night too. SDOT, meantime, says it’s ready: “With a goal of achieving wet and bare street conditions on arterials for residents and travelers, SDOT snow crews are prepared to deploy this evening to pretreat arterials with additional emphasis on public transit routes before Friday’s morning commute.” And its media advisory says the “SDOT snow team is on standby for Saturday and Sunday” just in case. We of course are always on standby too and appreciate the heads-up (206-293-6302) when you see snow start to fall (and other newsworthy sights).

8:51 PM: Just in from Metro:

While transit is currently operating normally throughout Metro’s service area, Metro Transit and other agencies are monitoring weather forecasts and conditions in the event that a predicted midday Friday snowfall could cause traffic or travel challenges in Metro’s service area.

Metro encourages all riders to be prepared in case of a weather event.

Snow & ice
If there are significant or widespread transit reroutes or other service impacts due to weather or road conditions, information will be posted on the ‘Snow, ice & flood alerts’ page on Metro’s website, and Transit Alerts will be sent to subscribers of affected service.

If there are just a few minor or scattered impacts, Metro will send Transit Alerts to subscribers of affected routes.

Transit riders are encouraged to sign up for Transit Alerts for the routes they ride, however, it is also easy to see recent alerts by visiting Metro’s RSS page and selecting the desired route.

We will again launch the morning traffic/transit/weather watch earlier – by 5:30 – even if it isn’t snowing (yet), just so you can check in, whatever the conditions.

Cat Sitting Hotels: Welcome, new West Seattle Blog sponsor!

Need someplace for your cat(s) to stay while you’re away? Cat Sitting Hotels is a new WSB sponsor, and here’s what they want you to know about what they do:

Cat Sitting Hotels was established in 2011 in Bothell, relocated to West Seattle in January of 2017, and in October of 2017 expanded into the space next door and doubled the size of the Hotel (now there’s the West Side and the East Wing). In West Seattle, we’re on the way to and from the airport for most of our previous customers (as they typically leave their kitties with us when they’re traveling) and also can fill a very big need in the Seattle area for really great luxury cat boarding with loving care from a staff who all have cats of their own and truly love them.

Cat Sitting Hotels began several years ago when the founder / owner needed to travel and looked into having his 4 cats boarded, and found that what was available was mostly smallish cage-like accommodations. Knowing he couldn’t leave them locked up in a small space for a week, he built the first 4 kitty suites in his living room for his own 4 cats. They were huge 4′ wide and 4′ long wood frame enclosures where they’d have plenty of room to move around plus a table and shelves to jump up and down from or sleep on. After returning, then procrastinating for a few months about taking them down, the idea came to care for other people’s kitties in these nice big comfy enclosures. It soon became a cat lover’s dream and his business building in Bothell was converted into the first Cat Sitting Hotel.

Quickly realizing he wasn’t the only one who was so deeply concerned about leaving their precious companions out of their own care, a webcam system was created so feline parents could see their kid from anywhere in the world where they could get internet access. Other recent high-tech options have recently been added such as the Petcube which allows our guest kitties’ parents to both view them and play laser light with them from the screen of a mobile device, or for those whose kitties aren’t into laser play, the Petzi includes the webcam and can dispense treats by touching your tablet’s feeder control. There are also available food bowls which only open for the kitty with that bowl’s tag on the collar, which keeps the food fresher and ensures that only your kitty can eat your kitty’s food. They can be especially helpful for guest cats from the same home but who have different / special diets.

Cat Sitting Hotels is at 3513 SW Alaska. See more photos and info at or call 425-442-1941.

We thank Cat Sitting Hotels for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.

Be part of the solution! Sustainable West Seattle meetup Monday

Ever wonder what you can do to make a difference, even just a bit? Set aside a little time for a Monday meetup that can answer the question in some memorable ways. Here’s the announcement from Sustainable West Seattle‘s Stu Hennessey:

Sustainable West Seattle would like to hear from our neighbors on a variety of subjects that we can have a lasting effect on. If you would like to be part of the solution, we would like to work with you. We will be hosting a public meetup on Monday, February 26th, at the West Seattle Senior Center, 4217 SW Oregon St, Nucor Room. The meeting will start at 7 pm.

Come to this meetup and take a Virtual Puget Sound underwater tour with diver Laura James, West Seattle’s famous underwater videographer. Find out which “Pesticide-Free” playgrounds in West Seattle are using increasing amounts of glyphosate toxic Roundup where your kids are playing. Learn how you can be a part of the 11th year of Sustainable West Seattle and the GreenLife Festival contribution to the West Seattle Summer Fest street fair.

You’ll also find out about helping our region’s endangered orcas.

BIZNOTE: The Nook celebrates 1st anniversary by adding coffee and more, as ‘Café by Day’

The photo montage is courtesy of The Nook in The Admiral District – where, as of today, they’ve added daytime hours so you can stop in for coffee … and more. The announcement:

It’s been one year since The Nook opened!

And we’re expanding our hours as a “Café By Day” where kids are welcome until 2 pm. We are proudly serving Vivace Espresso, a local and beloved coffee roaster, as well as tasty pastries and hot breakfast sandwiches. As far as the espresso machine goes, we are sticking to The Nook’s old school and traditional ways by using a spring lever machine – the only one you can find in West Seattle! The machine, made by Londinium (based out of London), highlights all the subtle notes of coffee, capable of extracting the smoothest and tastiest espresso shot!

Cafe hours are Tuesday-Friday 7 am until 1:30 pm, with Saturday & Sunday 8 am until 1:30 pm. Cocktail hours will remain the same, still opening at 5 pm.

The Nook is at 2206 California SW.

FOLLOWUP: More details about Mayor Jenny Durkan’s West Seattle visit Saturday

We first told you back on Tuesday that Mayor Jenny Durkan is coming to West Seattle for a public event on Saturday. We’ve obtained a few more details about the event via the mayor’s office and local community organizations:

-The mayor will be joined by representatives of city departments including SDOT, Seattle Public Utilities, Department of Neighborhoods, the Office of Economic Development, Parks, Office of Housing, Seattle Housing Authority, Office of Planning and Community Development, Seattle Police, and Seattle Fire “with information about city-wide programs, and projects specific to West Seattle”

-The mayor plans to “discuss her vision for building a more affordable, inclusive Seattle” as described in her State of the City speech on Tuesday

She’s also expected to visit several local businesses before the public event, which is scheduled for 1 pm to 2 pm Saturday at the Senior Center of West Seattle (4217 SW Oregon).

West Seattle Thursday: WS Transportation Coalition; open houses; more!

Thanks to Kersti Muul for the photo taken in Lincoln Park this morning. Snow photos welcome at or texted to 206-293-6302 … meantime, here’s a quick look at highlights for the day/night ahead:

TODDLER STORY TIME: 11 am at High Point Library. (35th SW/SW Raymond)

SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: 5-6 pm at West Seattle’s only charter school Summit Atlas, which is enrolling 6th, 7th, 9th, and 10th grades for next year.(9601 35th SW)

WESTSIDE NEIGHBORS’ NETWORK MOVIE NIGHT: Members and non-members, all welcome. 5:30 pm potluck dinner (entree provided), 6 pm movie (chosen from suggestions). More info in our calendar listing. (4707 36th SW)

ART OPEN HOUSE: Art by Lauren Olson, and free massage, during 6-9 pm open house at Nepenthe Massage. (9447 35th SW)

WEST SEATTLE TRANSPORTATION COALITION: 6:30 pm at Neighborhood House High Point, see the presentation of the Junction Neighborhood Organization Land Use Committee’s proposal for undergrounding part of the West Seattle light-rail line, as previewed here; also hear from County Council President Joe McDermott about transportation issues including light rail – he co-chairs the Elected Leadership Group for the West Seattle-to-Ballard light-rail line and is a member of the Sound Transit board. All welcome. (6400 Sylvan Way SW)

LOOK INTO THE FUTURE … via our complete calendar!


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

5:22 AM: Good morning! It’s cold enough that most of last night’s snow is still around, though the next round isn’t due until tomorrow. This morning, your sidewalks and side streets will be the biggest challenges. Some links to check:

Metroon regular routes
SDOTwinter-weather-response map shows where crews have been working
More traffic camerashere

SCHOOL CHANGES (updated 8:05 am)
Highline Public Schools – 2 hours late
Holy Family School – 1 hour late, BASS available at 8, school starts at 9
Holy Rosary School – 10:30 start, no am BASE, no am preschool
Hope Lutheran School – 2 hours late, doors open 10:15, school begins 10:30
Kennedy Catholic HS – closed today; freshman retreat activities postponed to Friday
Our Lady of Guadalupe – 2 hours late
Seattle Lutheran High School – will start at 10:30 am
Tilden School – Open as usual for families and staff who can get there safely

Info to add? Text or call our 24/7 hotline – 206-293-6302

7:03 AM: Still no official trouble reports or transit alerts, but in comments below, Steven reports, “Route 56 is stuck on Admiral Way coming out of Alki” and Sam reports, “The 37 that runs by Alki Beach around 6:35 never showed.”

7:20 AM: Thanks for the updates on what you’re seeing, once you get to where you’re going (or if you’re a passenger – bus or otherwise). As for us, here’s the video view from a few minutes ago at California/Thistle:

8:27 AM: If you drive surface Spokane St., be advised there’s a vehicle-fire response at Colorado, which is just west of 1st Ave. S. Haven’t heard which direction. (update) Per scanner, it’s a “small RV fire” partially extinguished by the RV’s occupant.

8:41 AM: 2-car crash reported at 30th/Brandon.

10:19 AM: Police are responding to a downed-wire report at SW Raymond and High Point Drive.

10:25 AM: Also from the scanner, reports of debris on the eastbound bridge from 35th SW – wood on the road.

10:30 AM: Thanks again to everyone who has provided info via comments this morning, in longstanding WSB tradition. Sarah reports, “The police have taped off 30th Ave just North of Juneau all the way to Brandon due to road conditions and the earlier accident at 30th and Brandon.”

THURSDAY AFTERNOON NOTE: Except for side streets in the shade, roads have cleared up – first the snow melted, then it dried in the breeze. No new snow expected for the remainder of today – but stand by for a forecast update later, and SDOT’s plans.


February 22, 2018 3:34 am
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 |   Utilities | West Seattle news

One power outage so far – 181 customers along 62nd SW in Alki lost electricity just after 1 am. No cause listed but just as we were typing this, our tipster says it came back on.

Questions, answers, complaints, concerns, and lessons learned @ West Seattle Crime Prevention Council

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

With the scheduled guest out sick, this month’s West Seattle Crime Prevention Council meeting was all about questions and concerns brought by those in attendance – from tagging to harassment to park problems.

First, the regular update from Southwest Precinct commander Capt. Pierre Davis, who as usual lauded community members for “seeing something and saying something.” Property crime remains West Seattle’s biggest problem – “always has been” – right now, all categories are spiking, and he says police suspect that’s because some “prolific offenders” are out of jail again. He vowed “to get back out there and … round them all up,” noting that police circulate weekly, sometimes daily bulletins about particular suspects, “especially if they have warrants.” If they suspect they know where specific offenders are re-offending, they “saturate the area.”

Sometimes they can get “more time for these individuals” if they can be linked to multiple crimes. “That can be the difference between having a safe and sane six or seven months and a chaotic six or seve months.” He said he knows car prowls for example “are a pain in the butt” and once they get people arrested, they see what they can do to get them kept in custody. He mentions the value of letters from individuals about defendants facing sentencing, saying those letters can be “hell on wheels,” impressing judges.

Then he opened the floor to questions.

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WEST SEATTLE WEATHER: Snowy Wednesday night


7:19 PM: Looked outside lately? Steady light snow is sticking on cars and planting strips – at least as of our drive a short time ago from Upper Fauntleroy to Highland Park (the photo above was taken outside the HP Improvement Club, where we are covering the Delridge Neighborhood District Council. No advisory, and the National Weather Service thinks it’s not likely to top an inch, but let us know how it’s going where you are!

8:35 PM: Thanks for the photo above, sent from Beach Drive. And David Nyro tweeted this one from Alki:

9:28 PM: Snow’s sticking on the roads – at least the ones we traveled to get back from HPIC (Holden, 16th, Thistle), where we took this before leaving about 20 minutes ago:

Tweeted from the Admiral District:

From Jana in Morgan Junction, via Instagram:

A post shared by Jana Obscura (@jana_obscura) on

No transportation alerts yet. We’ll add anything that does come up. If SDOT’s winter-weather-response map is up to date, they haven’t been over here yet either.

10:18 PM: Thanks to Timothy Harris for the photo of snowy soccer at Hiawatha tonight:

If you have to head out – we have 12 local traffic cams all on this page. Meantime, Metro is still on regular routes.

11:08 PM: Top-of-the-hour check at our nearest intersection – still lightly snowing:

That’s 340+ feet above sea level. Highest point in the city is near 35th SW/SW Myrtle, above 500′.

12:22 AM: The SDOT map shows crews have finally made it over the bridge and into West Seattle in the past hour. No incidents reported so far; if you see or hear of anything, please let us know (when you can do so safely/legally), text or call 206-293-6302. We’ll start morning traffic coverage extra-early because of the snow.

CRIME WATCH: Stolen blue Honda Ridgeline truck

Cheryl hopes you will be on the lookout for her pickup truck, stolen in North Shorewood:

Blue Honda (corrected) Ridgeline truck. License #B34996Z. There arent many of these trucks around. This one has small dents in tailgate, right rear tail light broken but still works. Stolen from 26th Ave SW and SW 104th Feb 20th at 1 pm. They came up my driveway opened the door and stole all the keys on the hook and took the truck. If anyone sees this truck parked anywhere or on the road, please call 911.

The theft happened south of the city/county line, so it’s a King County Sheriff’s Office case, but wherever you see it, they’ll be able to pull up the info.

See what’s up at your city-run community centers and pool this spring/summer

February 21, 2018 6:20 pm
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle parks

Looking for classes, lessons, camps, special events? The city’s out with the new brochure for area community centers – Alki (5817 SW Stevens), Delridge (4501 Delridge Way SW), Hiawatha (2700 California SW), High Point (6920 34th SW), South Park (8319 8th Ave. S.) – plus Southwest Pool and Teen Life Center (2801 SW Thistle). Among many other listings, the brochure includes the list of centers where the annual egg hunt will be happening on Saturday, March 31st. You can see the brochure here in PDF.

STORM AFTERMATH: Park trees toppled

February 21, 2018 4:08 pm
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle parks | West Seattle weather

If you haven’t been to West Seattle’s forested parks since Sunday’s windstorm, be aware you might encounter toppled trees. Kersti Muul shared these views of a big grand fir downed at Lincoln Park, “west across the field from the bluff trail, just next to the beech grove.”

Thanks also to Hallidie for word of a big Douglas fir down along the path uphill from Colman Pool, with several alders taken down too. And a commenter mentioned trees downed in Schmitz Park as well. We have a message out to Seattle Parks to ask if their arborists have yet assessed tree damage/loss citywide as a result of the storm.

UPDATE: Fire at Waste Management facility on West Marginal Way SW

2:53 PM: Seattle Fire is sending a full response for a fire reported, per scanner, “in an excavator” at the Waste Management facility in the 7200 block of West Marginal Way SW [map]. SFD says cardboard is what’s burning.

2:58 PM: SFD is dismissing two-thirds of the original response’s units and downgrading the response level.

3:07 PM: Per scanner, they’re re-sending a few units, as the fire is now described as in “compressed garbage.” If you have to head that way, keep in mind that West Marginal Way narrows in that area south of Highland Park Way, and likely blocked by the response.