West Seattle, Washington
Three West Seattle Crime Watch reports:
STOLEN BOWLING BALL: At right is Diana‘s son with his prized Denver Broncos bowling ball.
She left it in the car and it was stolen along with her Seahawks jacket.
“Santa” brought the ball, which will cost $250 to replace.
“I am hoping that it turns up somewhere, so PLEASE if anyone sees for sale on the internet, pawn shop, or anywhere else, PLEASE let me know.”
We don’t have the location of the car prowl or the police-report number yet; for starters, let us know if you’ve seen it and we’ll connect you with Diana.
CAR VANDALIZED: The photo and report are from Rose:
Westwood Village neighborhood. My car was vandalized yesterday. I have video which I will send later, have to wait for it to download. Wondering if this happened to anyone else in the area yesterday? Seems our car was picked for no reason, although it has Mississippi plates.
We have cropped the photo so as not to show the entirety of what was painted – it does not appear to be a tag or signature.
ROBBERY/ASSAULT FOLLOWUP: Saturday night, we mentioned police were investigating an incident at the Delridge/Orchard Shell mini-mart, which left an employee there injured after an apparent robbery. Today we requested the report narrative. The victim said it started around 11 pm, when what he described as “at least 30” people came into the store, grabbing food and drink items and knocking over stands containing some of those items. One person yelled something at the employee (it’s redacted – blacked out – in the narrative we received) and then threw a bottle that hit the victim in the face. Everyone subsequently ran out of the store, stealing the items they had grabbed. (If a shoplifting incident turns violent, it officially gets classified as a robbery.)
P.S. As we mentioned earlier, your next chance to bring neighborhood crime/safety concerns to local police, and hear their updates, is tomorrow (Tuesday) night, 6:30 pm, when the West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network meets at the Southwest Precinct (2300 SW Webster) – all welcome.
(July 2017 Seafair Pirates Landing photo tweeted by Brandon, @olysportsblog)
Another nautical story: We’re now less than two weeks away from the annual Seafair Pirates Landing on Alki Beach – Saturday, July 7th. As with all big events, an official “neighborhood notification” is required, and we’ve received it from event producer Oliver Little:
WHAT: Seattle Seafair Pirate Landing
WHERE: Alki Beach Park
DATE: July 7, 2018
TIME: 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
WHO: Seattle Seafair Pirates
On 7/7/2018, our organization The Seattle Seafair Pirates will be producing a special event in the Alki Beach neighborhood called The Seattle Seafair Pirate Landing. The Alki Beach Neighborhood has again
been chosen as the location for this event because of the historical significance. We are thrilled to be
guests in your neighborhood and it’s important to us that we are communicating clearly with you, the
• Event hours are from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on July 7, 2018.
• We will be loading in beginning at 7:00 AM on July 7, 2018, and will load out until 6:00 PM on July 7, 2018.
• We will leave your neighborhood as we found it: litter and recycling will be handled by Recology.
• During the event hours, we expect between 1,000-3,000 attendees per day.
• Streets will not be closed nor have limited vehicle and/or pedestrian access.
• We will have amplified sound during the hours of 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM on July 7, 2018.
• Music and other entertainment will be located on the Northwest side of the Alki Beach Bathhouse.
We are working closely with the City of Seattle Special Events Committee to minimize the impacts of the
event. Our goal is to create an enjoyable and positive experience in your neighborhood. If you or any of the surrounding residents and businesses have questions or comments about impacts of this event, please email us at:
Oliver Little, Event Operations – firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Swenson, Chair, City of Seattle Special Events Office – email@example.com
Always the big question, “When will the pirates land?” This year it’s expected to be around 1:30 – could be earlier, though! (Here’s our coverage from last year.)
Thanks to Kim for the video! A week and a half after WSB readers spotted it outbound off West Seattle, the Bremerton-homeported aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) sailed by again this afternoon, inbound this time. The Stennis’s crew continues to prepare for its next deployment; according to its Twitter feed, its time away included joint flight operations with the U.S. Marine Corps.
Friday night, we reported on neighbors’ living-room meeting with Southwest Precinct commander Capt. Pierre Davis, after a series of break-ins with residents finding themselves face-to-face with the intruder. One question was how SPD would get the word out widely. They’ve just done that by posting this to SPD Blotter:
Detectives are attempting to identify and locate a suspect after receiving several similar reports in the same West Seattle neighborhood last week. The description and behavior of the suspect all seem consistent in the reported incidents. In three out of the four reported incidents, the unknown suspect was actually inside the victim’s bedroom.
Police responded to burglaries where the suspect was inside the house in the early morning hours of June 17th and 19th. The incidents occurred in the 9000 block of 11th Avenue SW, the 9200 block of 12th Avenue SW, and the 9400 block of 13th Avenue SW.
In the first reported incident, reported June 17th, the victim stated that the suspect was outside her window and never made entry into the house, however, she did observe his hand reaching inside an open window. The suspect ran off when the victim screamed. The suspect was described as a black male wearing black clothing.
In the next reported incident, about an hour after the first, the victim woke to find the suspect inside her bedroom. The suspect spoke to the victim and after several minutes left the house. The suspect was described as a black male in his twenties, 6’02”, 220 pounds with a heavy build. He was wearing a black hooded coat, black sweat pants. Officers searched, but did not find the suspect.
On June 19th, just after 1:00 am, the victim was asleep in her room when she observed an unknown man inside the room, sitting on the edge of her bed. The victim was able to walk past the suspect into another room where she called 911. During that the time, the suspect left. That suspect was described as a black male, 6’1″ tall, with a heavy build. Officers conducted an area search but did not find the suspect.
On June 19th around 4:00 am the victim awoke to discover an unknown man standing outside her bedroom door. The victim’s husband chased the suspect out the front door of the house. The suspect was described as a tall black male in all black clothing with something covering his face.
Detectives believe that the suspect gained entry into the homes through an open or unlocked window. Detectives are comparing investigative notes with the King County Sheriff’s Office to see if they have received any similar type reports, since these reports are so close to the county line.
If anyone has information on any of these incidents, they are urged to contact the Seattle Police Department.
P.S. If you have questions about this or other crime/safety concerns, local police will as usual be talking with the West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network at their monthly meeting tomorrow night at the precinct (2300 SW Webster), 6:30 pm, all welcome.
SDOT has just provided another update on repairs of the West Seattle “low bridge,” closed since last Wednesday night for emergency hydraulic repairs. Now it says the work – first described as “at least a week” – might last until the end of this week. Today, SDOT says, “the Roadway Structures crew is moving a 15-ton replacement cylinder [SDOT photo above] into its exact place, inside the west shore pier house” of what’s officially the Spokane Street Swing Bridge, which is 27 years old. SDOT’s update adds, “The nearly 30,000-pound cylinder must be installed per specific controls, right down to cleaning it, along with reconnecting hydraulic oil lines, rewiring electrical conduit, etc. There’s also continuous monitoring and testing along the way … It all means there are several more days of hard work ahead.” SDOT says it expects to “know more tomorrow” about a potential reopening date. Meantime, it’s continuing weekday morning and afternoon bicycle shuttles – times and location are in the update.
Thanks to the reader who texted that photo of Arctic Sunrise, off West Seattle right now. The Greenpeace ship has been docked on Lake Union for the past week-plus, with public tours the past two weekends, but is now headed to San Diego – apparently after a loop in Elliott Bay, as it was eastbound past Alki when the photo came in, and is now headed back westbound.
As first mentioned here back in December, Bohemian Studios (6531 35th SW) is preparing to move into a brand-new space at 4801 Fauntleroy Way SW – and they’ve set Labor Day weekend as their opening date. They’re planning to shift their schedule “to hold more barre students, offer more yoga classes, workshops, and yoga + barre teacher training” once they’re open. They shared the photos – above, the new building; below, their space:
Bohemian and other commercial tenants – a spa and nail salon among them – are moving into the ground floor of the new mixed-use building Liv Fauntleroy.
If you have to head east, you might want to wait a while. We’re receiving multiple reports of a multiple-vehicle crash on the eastbound bridge, near the 99 exit. (Added: SDOT image.)
As previewed here last night, a movie crew has been busy in north West Seattle this morning, shooting “driving scenes” for an unspecified FOX movie (which one educated guesser suggests is likely the Seattle-set “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” based on the book by Seattle author Garth Stein, which otherwise has been primarily shooting in Vancouver, B.C.). They had cleared Hamilton Viewpoint Park by the time we checked around 9:30, but we found them in the Duwamish Head vicinity, including the boom-equipped car above and another car being prepped at Don Armeni Boat Ramp:
That’s also where the telltale signs of a film crew – unmarked trucks – were parked:
It’s all supposed to be wrapped up before noon.
It’s opening week for wading pools – but Seattle Parks says it won’t be warm/sunny enough to open any of them today, so they’re all closed. If not for that, this would have been the third day for Lincoln Park, which is open daily – weather permitting – and the first for Delridge. See the schedule here. (Sprayparks are open regardless of the weather, so if your little one[s] still wants to splash, Highland Park will be open 11 am-8 pm as usual, 1100 SW Cloverdale)
6:58 AM: First, the reminder that the West Seattle “low bridge” remains closed to all non-maritime traffic:
No new estimated opening date from SDOT, which has said the emergency repairs will continue until the middle of the week. Our other regular cameras:
(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links)
Meantime, there’s trouble on NB 99 – a crash in the Battery Street Tunnel and one just north of it.
7:19 AM: SDOT says the NB BSTunnel is clear. Meantime, a reminder that a movie crew is working for the next few hours in North Admiral, as noted here last night, and that might affect traffic briefly at the far north end of California SW, and on Harbor below, while they shoot “driving scenes.”
9:40 AM: Hamilton Viewpoint has cleared out but the movie crew is still working on Harbor/Alki Avenue SW, which means periodic traffic holds – police are on scene – between Don Armeni and a short distance north of Luna/Anchor Park. We’ll have some photos in a separate story later.
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