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UPDATE: Passenger cut out of truck, taken to hospital after crash on Delridge

(Added: WSB photo)

10:01 PM: Delridge Way SW is reported to be blocked by a crash (updated) at Hudson [map], and a rescue response is on the way.

10:06 PM: One person is reported to be trapped in one of two vehicles that collided, per SFD.

10:13 PM: SFD says that person’s been extricated; their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

10:23 PM: Added a photo. The person who was extricated, a man in his 40s, was in the utility truck, and is being taken to Harborview. (added) Police were looking for someone else who went running from the truck. Delridge remains closed north of Brandon.

11:07 PM: The photo added above shows where firefighters cut the man out of the truck. The next one shows a parked car that was hit:

We’ll be going back to check on the road’s status.

MISSING: Have you seen Kathleen?

FRIDAY, 9:25 PM: Friends and neighbors are trying to find out what happened to Kathleen, who they say hasn’t been seen at her Highland Park home for two weeks. Her disappearance is suspicious, explains her neighbor Grace, because Kathleen’s home appeared to have been ransacked and her dog left behind, with obvious signs of neglect. Grace says Kathleen “was considered our neighborhood vigilante,” in terms of watching out for crime and suspicious activity, and that she would never let a neighbor’s disappearance go unremarked on, so they’re trying to find out what happened to her. They say Kathleen worked at Home Depot but hadn’t been there for a few weeks. A police report has been filed, 2018-109928, so if you’ve seen Kathleen or have any information about the circumstances of her disappearance, her friends hope you will call 911 and refer to that incident number. (We are not publishing Kathleen’s full name, as we have not heard from relatives, nor, Grace says, have neighbors.)

ADDED MONDAY MORNING: We just talked with Det. Mark Jamieson at SPD media relations, who talked with the detective assigned to the case after we inquired. He confirms what a family member says in the comment section, that at this point there is no indication of foul play (criminal activity); she was reported missing about two weeks ago and the case remains open.

West Seattle Chamber of Commerce announces forum on homelessness

While homelessness is much-discussed, community discussions tend to happen in relation to something specific – an encampment, a City Council action, etc. If you are interested in a more general discussion of the issue, you might want to RSVP for the forum just announced by the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce, 1 pm Saturday, April 21st, at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (4408 Delridge Way SW). The Chamber announcement says it’s meant to address questions including “How did this happen? What’s being done? What can you do?” Participants will be from the city Human Services Department, SPD’s Southwest Precinct, Plymouth Housing, and the Mockingbird Society, with a Q&A period promised for each speaker. No admission charge, but the Chamber says preregistration is required – you can do that here.

West Seattle Thriftway: Egg hunt tomorrow; 30th-anniversary grocery giveaway wrapup

March 30, 2018 7:35 pm
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 |   West Seattle businesses | West Seattle news

Tomorrow morning at 9 am, West Seattle Thriftway (4201 SW Morgan; WSB sponsor) will be thronged for the annual egg hunt – the store’s busiest morning of the year. And what a year it’s been – as noted here two weeks ago, this is the locally owned, independent store’s 30th anniversary. And to celebrate, over the course of two weeks, the store randomly paid the tabs of 30 customers who had no idea in advance that they would be winning free groceries – they shopped, went to check out, and found out they won.

Owner Paul Kapioski said, “We wanted to say thank you and give back to our customers directly. What better a way than paying their bill? It was a lot of fun giving away groceries and hearing the customers cheer for each other when we did the drawings.”

The top winner Chelle walked away with $230 of free product. The lowest Jerry at only $3.99, told store staff, “I should have bought more.” $1,900 total was given away in two weeks.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT ALERTS: Downtown shutdowns for Saudi Crown Prince’s visit; Water Taxi runs canceled

5:45 PM: No specifics have been announced for security concerns, but the Saudi Crown Prince is in the area this afternoon and Seattle Police say downtown traffic is about to be affected – temporary shutdowns for a motorcade route. So if you are, or have to go through, downtown, you might want to wait a bit. He arrived in Everett this afternoon after flying from New York.

(WSB photo: Water Taxi on Friday night after service resumed)

6:35 PM: We don’t know if this is related, but we just got an alert that West Seattle Water Taxi runs are canceled between now and 7:30 pm, when service will resume with the run from Pier 52 downtown.

DEVELOPMENT: Another new mixed-use building for the heart of The Junction? Early-stage filing for 4508 California SW

(Google Maps/Street View image of most of the potential project site)

Just one month after we broke the news of the plan for a new Junction mixed-use building at 4747 California SW, we just found another major redevelopment proposal in progress for the heart of “downtown West Seattle” – longtime local entrepreneur/developer Leon Capelouto has an early-stage proposal for a 7-story mixed-use building at 4508 California SW. According to the site-plan document in the city’s online files, that would include what are/were seven business storefronts, as listed here:

The city docket describes the proposal – which again is early-stage, no formal application yet – as ” 7-story multifamily apartment building with street-level commercial space and 1 level underground parking.” This is just southwest of his newly completed AJ Apartments mixed-use building at Oregon/42nd, and northwest of his first development project built about a decade ago, CAPCO Plaza, a mixed-use building including the Altamira Apartments, QFC, Petco, and other businesses at 42nd/Alaska. We contacted Capelouto by phone and he stressed that this is a very early filing, aimed at “seeing what we can do” with the property.

DATES CHANGED: Drop-in discussions for West Seattle Neighborhood Greenway

March 30, 2018 3:14 pm
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 |   Safety | Transportation | West Seattle news

As reported here back on Tuesday, SDOT says the planned West Seattle Neighborhood Greenway will extend into North Admiral, and invites you to two drop-in discussions about that. But the dates/locations have just been changed – SDOT’s Dawn Schellenberg says that has fixed a conflict with Seattle Public Schools‘ spring-break week (and we also note that one previously announced location that was way too small for a community meeting has been swapped out). The new dates/locations:

Saturday, April 14
10:30 AM-Noon
Uptown Espresso (Junction location, California/Edmunds/Erskine)

Thursday April 19
4:15-5:45 PM
West Seattle Library (Admiral District)

This will be West Seattle’s third greenway, after 26th SW in North Delridge and (South) Delridge-Highland Park.

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Helicopter help with auto-theft arrest (video added); Admiral break-in; bicycle found

In West Seattle Crime Watch:

(WSB photo)

HELICOPTER HELP WITH AUTO-THEFT ARREST: Thanks for the tips about Guardian One over Arbor Heights a short time ago. We headed that way to investigate – hadn’t heard anything on the scanner – and subsequently learned that they were helping track down a stolen car. The helicopter crew tweeted that it was found with a suspect “passed out inside.” This happened near 34th and 100th (photo above). ADDED 2:54 PM: Helicopter video, just made public:


Our garage was broken into (Wednesday) afternoon around 3:20 pm. The padlock was cut off. We were home watching TV when they entered our back yard via the alley. They were preparing items to be picked up later as they stole the garage door opener. Hope they return soon so I don’t get tired of waiting for them. We are located on 41st Ave SW North of Admiral Way. Seattle Police were out and took fingerprints.

That’s not far from where a car was broken into a day later.

BICYCLE FOUND: Abandoned bicycles usually tend to have been stolen and dumped. Here’s one Karen just found on a dead-end West Seattle street:

Yours? Let us know.

6 possibilities for the rest of your West Seattle Friday

(Pine siskin, photographed by Mark Wangerin)

It’s Good Friday and the start of Passover – for seasonal events including tomorrow’s egg hunts and services today through Sunday, see our special guide; below are other highlights, from the year-round WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

MEN’S FELLOWSHIP LUNCHEON: Noon at the Masonic Hall – details in our calendar listing. (4736 40th SW)

TALK WITH YOUR CITY COUNCILMEMBER: Almost every month, District 1 City Councilmember Lisa Herbold has “district office hours” in West Seattle or South Park on a Friday afternoon/evening, and today’s the day. You’ll find her 2-7 pm at Southwest Customer Service/Teen Life Center in Westwood. No appointment necessary. (2801 SW Thistle)

HIGH-SCHOOL SOFTBALL: Crosstown-rivalry game – West Seattle HS visits Chief Sealth IHS, 4 pm at Southwest Athletic Complex. (2801 SW Thistle)

MADISON MIDDLE SCHOOL SWING DANCE FUN(DRAISER): 6:30 pm at Madison MS, dance the night away with student music and the renowned West Seattle Big Band, while bidding in a silent auction for great items. Ticket info is in our calendar listing; food and drink available for separate purchase. (3429 45th SW)

NAKED GIANTS: Free in-store record-release concert at Easy Street Records, 7 pm! All ages. (California/Alaska)

‘A CHORUS LINE’ AT WSHS: Someone called us this morning to say they were there for opening night last night, and the students’ performance was awesome. Go see for yourself, 7:30 pm at the West Seattle High School Theater; ticket info is in our calendar listing. (3000 California SW)

GOT ANSWERS? Fauntleroy Community Association survey closes in a few days

March 30, 2018 10:35 am
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 |   Fauntleroy | Neighborhoods | West Seattle news

You’ve got answers – they have questions. The Fauntleroy Community Association‘s every-other-year neighborhood survey is closing soon, Shannon Ninburg from the FCA board reminds us:

If you live in the Fauntleroy area, you still have until the middle of next week (April 4th) to participate in the Fauntleroy Community Association’s survey. Every two years the FCA conducts a survey to ask community members about issues important to them. The results help guide the FCA’s focus over the next couple years. Fauntleroy area residents can take the survey via the FCA website. We’d love to hear from you!

The community is also always welcome at FCA’s monthly board meetings – next one 7 pm April 10th at Fauntleroy Schoolhouse (9131 California SW)

FOLLOWUP: Norovirus outbreak at Providence Mount St. Vincent continues; no Easter Mass in chapel

March 30, 2018 9:36 am
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 |   Health | West Seattle news

As mentioned here last weekend, a norovirus outbreak at Providence Mount St. Vincent in West Seattle has led to restrictions on visiting. There’s a new notice today, announcing that this means no Easter Mass in The Mount’s Chapel. As shared with us by the facility, here’s the announcement from Mount administrator Charlene Boyd:

While there are lessening cases of the GI/Norovirus bug in the building, there continue to be some new and active cases daily. Because of this, we have made the difficult decision to keep the building closed through the weekend, including all Easter activities on Sunday.

Mass on Sunday will be televised in house on channel 6 at 9:30 am for the residents. But no one will be allowed in the Chapel and we ask that you refrain from visiting your loved one. If you do feel your visit is essential, please contact your Neighborhood Coordinator or Social Worker.

We realize not only the inconvenience this causes, but the impact on quality of life for our Residents and you, particularly with Easter. We are committed to keeping you informed and updating you as soon as restrictions can be reduced or completely removed.

Thank you for your continued understanding and patience as we work together to restore wellness for all. To check on daily visiting status, you can call the front desk at 206-937-3700.

We asked earlier this week about the number of cases; it’s averaged in the “single digits,” according to Mount spokesperson Colleen Farrell.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday watch; bridge work today, tomorrow

March 30, 2018 7:03 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)

7:03 AM: Good morning! No incidents or transit alerts in our area so far this morning.

8:45 AM: From SDOT: “Please use caution around the roadwork on the West Seattle Bridge taking the westbound right lane near Fauntleroy Way SW. Expect to see crews until 1 PM today.”

9:30 AM: And from WSDOT, for tomorrow: