West Seattle, Washington
Four West Seattle Crime Watch notes tonight:
BURGLARY ATTEMPT: From the scanner – police rushed to a residence near 26th/Nevada about half an hour ago after a report that someone tried to break in while at least one resident was at home. They found and detained a suspect within minutes.
NOT SHOTS: Also via radio communications – earlier in the evening in North Delridge, 911 got multiple calls about possible gunfire heard near Delridge/Brandon and some other areas not too far from there. Officers who responded were told by people out walking that “kids” were seen setting off fireworks, so, absent a victim or other gunfire evidence, that’s what they believe people heard.
TIRE THEFT: Tony e-mailed tonight to report, “Someone is stealing right now in the Fauntleroy/Gatewood neighborhood – just went out to get something from my car and my spare tire is gone and that’s the second time it happened!”
TRUCK THEFT FOLLOWUP: More information and visuals tonight on the theft of a ’97 red Ford F250 and white trailer, reported here Thursday. The truck owner says this screengrab includes “the vehicle that dropped the car thief off at our house and then followed him once the car was stolen.”
It appears to be a dark color (green or dark blue) Ford Explorer with tan lower trim. They drove from our house at 36th down SW Charlestown … and took a right on 34th which is a very weird path to take (instead of getting on 35th, main road to highway and South Seattle)….if anyone has video on 34th or the intersection of Fauntleroy and 35th, it would be very helpful.
This video shows the stolen truck being driven off, with the other vehicle following:
The truck’s plates are C95175L; the trailer’s plate is 1261YF.
That’s Gabriel Ieremia on the mound for the Chief Sealth International High School Seahawks, who hosted the West Seattle High School Wildcats for the first annual “Best of the West” game this afternoon, and got the win, 5-2. Ieremia is also one of the Sealth seniors who were honored today with their names on the fence, since this was the last home game on the regular season schedule, along with Max Sugar Rubin-Stencil, Albert Roque, Tobias Woodward, and Richard Swanson (#1, below, with WSHS catcher Kai Osaka):
Pitching four innings for the Wildcats was Anthony Coats, who led for the game in strikeouts with 6:
The bleaches were so full, some spectators were left standing outside the fence – we dubbed it the skybox:
Chief Sealth head coach Ernest Policarpio tells us the two teams will meet again in the first round of Metro League playoffs one week from tomorrow, 10 am Saturday, April 28th, again at SWAC, and shared this photo of his victorious team:
Meantime, the last regular-season home game for head coach Bryan Tupper‘s Wildcats is Monday at 4 pm at Hiawatha against Bishop Blanchet.
Lots happening tomorrow, as you know if you’ve browsed the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, including one of the year’s biggest family events, Healthy Kids Day at the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor). This free event packs tons of fun into three hours, 10 am-1 pm on Saturday, and it’s open to everyone, regardless of whether you’re a Y member. Activities include healthy cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts, fun games, free cycle helmet with fittings (for the first 100 kids), and program demonstration to motivate and teach families how to develop and maintain healthy routines at home throughout the summer months. Performances too! Here’s the schedule:
10:15 Halau Hula ‘o Lono
11:30 Y Staff Dance Team
12:00 Y Karate Demo
12:30 Zumba Dance-a-Long
The Y is at 36th SW/SW Snoqualmie (map) in the West Seattle Triangle. And if you decide to become a member during HKD – no joining fee.
Three updates from King County Superior Court files:
KIERRA WARD: The defendant in last October’s Admiral stabbing was in court again this morning for a trial-readiness hearing, postponed from last week. The result: Ward’s trial date has been continued to May 23rd, with another readiness hearing on May 11th, because the defense has just received an expert report and requested time to review it. Ward remains in jail in lieu of $400,000 bail.
SALVADOR SAHAGUN: A month and a half after theft charges were filed against Salvador Sahagun for allegedly not paying millions in sales taxes due from his Tacos Guaymas restaurants, he was arraigned today. Documents from the hearing say he pleaded not guilty. He remains out of custody on personal recognizance.
NICHOLAS WATSON: Three weeks after his return to jail, this suspected burglar/car thief was released last week, according to the county jail register. We reported March 20th that he was booked on a warrant after ceasing to show up for the alternative-custody program CCAP into which he had been released. Checking back on his case, we learned that he was released April 9th, to be given another chance in that program, the “enhanced” version which according to this page includes substance-abuse treatment. Court documents show Watson told authorities he will be living in Everett.
You might have noticed the work under way – including a brighter new coat of paint – at the 95-year-old Craftsman house at 5440 California SW. That will soon be the new home of Canna West Seattle (WSB sponsor), currently located across the street at 5435 California SW. The “new” location is actually the one for which proprietor Maryam Mirnateghi originally received what was West Seattle’s first recreational-cannabis license, as we reported in February 2016. Permits took longer than planned, so she opened across the street instead, and now, more than a year later, is almost ready to move into 5440. We stopped by Canna this afternoon to ask Mirnateghi about the timeline; pending inspections and final approval from the Liquor and Cannabis Board, she hopes to be open at 5440 in mid-May.
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
The biggest West Seattle project currently on the drawing board has cleared Design Review.
It’s the two-building, 300+-unit, mixed-use project at 4722 Fauntleroy Way SW and 4721 38th SW, and the Southwest Design Review Board gave its final approval last night, after a presentation that drew no public comment. Here are the design “packets”:
All five members of the newly filled-out board were present; that meant some extra questions since the three new appointees – John Cheng, Matt Hutchins, Scott Rosenstock, all West Seattle residents – weren’t on the board when this project was first presented in the Early Design Guidance phase last July. (The two holdover members are Don Caffrey of Beacon Hill, now chairing the board, and Crystal Loya of West Seattle.) Also at the table, the assigned city planner for the project, Carly Guillory.
If you notice police activity just southwest of the 1st Avenue South Bridge, in the area between West Seattle and South Park, here’s what it’s about, according to scanner traffic: Police are looking for a suspect who is reported to have run away after crashing a vehicle near Highland Park Way SW/2nd SW. (added) A K-9 team has joined the search in the brushy areas alongside the highway.
MORGAN JUNCTION PARK EXPANSION: Seattle Parks‘ Karimah Edwards and Kelly Goold were on hand to brief MoCA.
It’s been four years since the property (formerly site of two businesses) was purchased, Edwards noted. GGLO will be designing the expansion and had architect Tim Slazinik in attendance.
The first public meeting is set for the day of the Morgan Junction Community Festival on June 16th. They’ll get design ideas there, said Goold, and build some schematic designs to bring back to the community – a process similar to what’s been done for the new West Seattle Junction park on 40th SW. The project has a budget of $1.3 million and “we want to make sure the design is cohesive,” Edwards said. A street or alley vacation is likely to be requested for SW Eddy, which cuts between the current park and the expansion site, Goold said. Planning will happen this year, Edwards said, with meetings 45-60 days apart, and “hopefully we can get to design” next year, with construction in 2020.
Will the budget include “fixing the alley”? asked one attendee. Answer: No, the money is for park development – the alley is SDOT responsibility. What about the contamination believed to be on site? Goold said that will be “dealt with from a different funding source” – site demolition has to be completed (removal of concrete slab, soil investigation) first. Will there be a restroom? Not for a park of this “neighborhood” size, said Goold. They cost about half a million dollars, for one. Any questions/comments? Contact Edwards at email@example.com
HOUSING-AFFORDABILITY PROPOSAL: The group was briefed on a “permanent affordable housing” initiative that could require a Special Review District. inspired by the impending HALA Mandatory Housing Affordability upzoning.
Happy Friday! Highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
420 ART & CRYSTAL RENDEZVOUS: 2-7 pm at Nepenthe: “It’s an art show, is an open house, it’s a good time with great folks! Live DJ, food, drinks, FREE massage!” (9447 35th SW)
BASEBALL: 4 pm at Southwest Athletic Complex, Chief Sealth International High School hosts West Seattle High School, as the regular season nears its end. It’s the last home game for CSIHS, so the Seahawks will honor their seniors. (2801 SW Thistle)
PARTY AT ORIGINS: 4-7 pm, “live music, munchies, and fun” at Origins Cannabis (WSB sponsor), with half off “select items.” (4800 40th SW)
WILDLIFE PRESENTATION & PADDLING FILM FESTIVAL: 6 pm, watchable-wildlife presentation by Greg and Kara Whittaker precedes the Paddling Film Festival – details in our calendar listing. At the American Legion hall in The Triangle. (3618 SW Alaska)
ANTI-RACIST FILM & DISCUSSION: 6:30 pm at Westside Unitarian Universalist Congregation, the film “I Am Not Your Negro” and a discussion/Q&A, as detailed in our calendar listing. No admission charge. (7141 California SW)
‘THE PORTABLE DOROTHY PARKER’: Unique production begins its three-night run at historic Kenyon Hall, 7:30 pm:
Kenyon Hall, West Seattle’s beloved performance palace, has been transformed into a 1940s New York City hotel room occupied by the famous wit and writer Dorothy Parker. For three nights only — Friday, April 20th to Sunday, April 22nd at 7:30 pm — Margot Avery [below] brings her remarkable portrayal of this American Original to West Seattle for the Pacific Northwest premiere of the award-winning The Portable Dorothy Parker.
As usual, the root beer floats with Husky Deli ice cream will be flowing and available for only $1.00 and the scintillating Lou Magor will be Master of Ceremonies.
The Portable Dorothy Parker has delighted audiences and accumulated accolades across the United States and the United Kingdom. Margot Avery’s performance has been called “a sensitive and nuanced biographical portrait of Parker,” “beyond enjoyable and so informative,” and “a pleasure to breathe in.” Playwright Annie Lux and director Lee Costello are also here in town. The show is the labor of love that these three women have created and have been traveling with across the country as well to last year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland and to London for two special performances at The Phoenix Artist Club in that city’s famous West End theatre district.
Tickets can be reserved by calling (206) 937-3513 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Cash and checks only accepted at the door.
More in our calendar listing. (7904 35th SW)
‘TWELFTH NIGHT’: Second and final weekend begins for Twelfth Night Productions‘ presentation of a music-enhanced version of Shakespeare’s classic, 7:30 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. Ticket info’s in our calendar listing. (4408 Delridge Way SW)
BOYS CLUB: Ween tribute band at Parliament Tavern, 9 pm, $5 cover, 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
In the photo above, at right, is Ben Delacour (with his twin sister Alia). He is in the fight of his life and his longtime friend Michael Browder, proprietor of the gym Project 968 (WSB sponsor), invites you to join in a benefit workout next month. He explains:
Ben Delacour and I met in the ’90s as classmates in middle school. He is a wonderful friend, and he needs our help.
Ben was recently diagnosed with colon cancer. He and his family have had their lives turned upside down but Ben is strong and he is a fighter.
I want to invite all of you – even if you’re not in the West Seattle community – to join me for a weekend boot camp and show our strength for Ben. The boot camp workouts will be free of charge on May 19th at 8 am, 9 am and 10 am. I ask that you please make a donation to the Delacour Family’s GoFundMe in lieu of paying for the boot camp. We ask a suggested donation of $20, but any amount is helpful and greatly appreciated! I believe we as a community can come together to raise the remaining $4000 Ben and his family need. Please take the time to read their story below:
As written by Alia:
On June 15th, 2016, my twin brother Ben had a sudden onset of pain in his side and difficulty breathing. My mom took him to the ER. At first, they thought it could be a kidney stone…but right there, in the ER, we saw that his scans showed he had multiple cancerous growths- Stage 4 metastatic cancer. The cancer started in his colon and spread to his liver and both lungs. We were totally blindsided! Colon cancer has typically been thought of as afflicting only old men, but the occurrence in young people has skyrocketed and it’s unknown why. It still feels absolutely unbelievable that Ben has cancer. He’s always been healthy and there was no clear indication that he was not. He rode his bicycle everywhere and walked dogs for hours on end.
Ben is currently under the care of doctors and nurses and receiving treatment at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) and the University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC). On March 2nd, 2018, Ben underwent a liver resection procedure at UWMC performed by a renowned surgeon. We had been told numerous times that he would “never be operable” but then he did! The cancer is not going to be removed from the lungs or colon until a later time. We have been told that it is unlikely that we will find a lung surgeon in this area that will be willing to do the procedure he will need, so travel costs are expected to be significant.
We are asking for donations to help make the next steps of treatment possible. I’m a 1st grade teacher in Seattle (Alki Elementary) and my mom just retired from the BNSF railway. Ben is unemployed. Gifted funds will really help the Delacour family in a multitude of ways.
If you have questions about the benefit workout, you can contact Michael at email@example.com; his gym is at 4617 37th SW in the West Seattle Triangle.
7:01 AM: Good morning! No incidents reported in/from West Seattle so far this morning, and no transit alerts.
WEEKEND REMINDER: As noted here last night, WSDOT is warning you about ramp and lane closures all weekend on NB I-5.