West Seattle, Washington
A few weeks into the high-school basketball season, one local varsity team is undefeated: The West Seattle High School girls. You might not be surprised to hear that, since they finished third in the state last year. Tonight they won their third game of the season, as tweeted by @WSHSAthletics1:
— WSHS Athletics (@WSHSAthletics1) December 13, 2018
Head coach Darnell Taylor‘s Wildcats are at home Friday night, 7 pm, vs. Bainbridge (followed by the WSHS boys vs. BHS at 8:30).
ORIGINAL REPORT, WEDNESDAY NIGHT: The bail hearing for the 51-year-old man arrested after Tuesday’s Juneau Street Market robbery/attack has been postponed until tomorrow, but a judge has found probable cause to keep him in custody. The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office said that bail consideration was delayed because the suspect “was inappropriate for court,” without elaborating or replying to a followup. The KCPAO did provide the probable-cause documents, which are in the name of John Doe, with the police narrative noting that the man’s name was not immediately known, and he wouldn’t answer questions. Here’s what the report says happened once the suspect was in custody:
… Officers escorted three (3) witnesses to the stop location, where they positively identified this subject as the suspect they observed beating the female victim inside the market and also attempting to access the store’s cash register. It did not appear that the suspect was able to open the register. It is unknown at this time if any items were stolen from the store in this incident. This suspect, at this time referred to as John DOE, was arrested based on probable cause. Officers recovered a pair of handcuffs and a knife with a broken blade in possession of this suspect at the time of arrest; search incident to arrest. DOE was holding the handcuffs at the time and the broken knife was in his pants pocket. DOE was transported to the South Precinct, then Robbery Office, then booked into King County Jail for Investigation of Robbery and Assault.
The document says the 71-year-old victim talked with a Robbery Unit detective at the hospital, telling him the attacker had come into the store and started beating her, with handcuffs held in his fist, without saying anything. She tried to escape and the attacker dragged her back inside and kept hitting her. Police say the attacker is shown on video trying to get into the register before leaving.
At some point before he was booked into jail last night, police matched a name to the suspect (the report notes there was no fingerprint match but doesn’t say what eventually led them to a name). Court records matched to that name show only one prior local arrest, for assault, 32 years ago. The suspect is due back in court tomorrow.
ADDED THURSDAY AFTERNOON: The suspect was again “inappropriate for court,” as the KCPAO put it, explaining to us today that the phrase often indicates a mental-health issue. Bail and charging are now scheduled to be addressed tomorrow (Friday).
Continuing our almost-nightly showcasing of holiday lights – the photo and video are from Mark Bader in Gatewood:
“SW Austin Lights” Christmas lights are up again this year. I have a number of songs, and the lights are synced to the music. Tune your radio to 99.5 to hear the music! 3711 SW Austin St.
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
With more than a century of history, Admiral Congregational UCC Church is looking to the future with talk of redevelopment.
Exactly how the church will redevelop, its congregation has yet to decide, but its pastor briefed the Admiral Neighborhood Association last night in hopes of getting community dialogue going early.
The ANA also heard from Department of Neighborhoods director Andrés Mantilla in his ongoing mission to visit every neighborhood group in the city.
First – the church. Admiral UCC happened to be the ANA’s meeting site last night – as it was years ago, though the group has met for a while at a former church instead, The Sanctuary at Admiral. Pastor Rev. Andrew Conley-Holcom said the ANA’s presence is just one more example of how Admiral UCC’s facilities are used as a community hub; he ticked off a long list of groups that meet there regularly, as well as describing its philanthropy and “community education/enrichmen programming,” not to mention its longtime status as home to A Child Becomes Preschool (WSB sponsor). Plus, he said, the church provides space for “values-based” organizations, from community theater to political advocacy. It even serves as a comfort station for bus drivers taking breaks, “a safe, warm place to use a bathroom that’s clean.”
With all that in mind, he said, the church also realized that “we’re sitting on about $4 million worth of property” on a 27,000-square-foot site that is seriously underutilized. Some of the ideas they’re considering so far:
2:39 PM: Seen in West Seattle this morning … a snowplow. No snow in the forecast, but it’s a reminder that winter is just days away – the solstice moment is 2:23 pm our time on Friday, December 21st. We also have another sign of impending winter – this announcement from Seattle Parks:
Routine winter preparation has begun with most Seattle Parks and Recreation comfort stations and drinking fountains closing for the winter season to prevent pipes from freezing. We expect to complete winterizing and closing impacted facilities by the end of the month. We will begin reopening comfort stations and water fountains in March 2019.
3:12 PM: While we’re talking weather, the National Weather Service has just announced a wind alert for our area – we’re in “wind advisory” mode until noon tomorrow (Thursday). Things will start picking up this evening and gusts could hit 50 mph, the NWS says.
ADDED 7:29 AM THURSDAY: The wind never did show up – in this area – and the advisory was canceled overnight.
The open-enrollment period for health insurance is almost closed! If you have a decision to make, you only have until Saturday night to make it. So we’re reminding you about Financial Designs (WSB sponsor), whose owner Carol McClure is a registered agent for the Washington Healthplanfinder. As noted in our announcement four weeks ago:
Our professional services are always free, unbiased, and customized to you. No matter what your income, budget, family history, or current state of health, you have many options to stay healthy and financially secure today and long into the future. We are experts in helping individuals, families, seniors, and small businesses find affordable health-insurance plans.
Her office is in The Admiral District; Carol tells us she’ll even be open 8 am-6 pm this Saturday so she can keep helping people until the almost-last minute. Call 425-392-7390 to make an appointment for a free consultation, or do it online by going here.
Thanks to John for the tip: Demolition is under way at the site of Junction Landing, the four-story, 62-apartment, 26-offstreet-parking-space project approved earlier this fall for 4417 42nd SW. It’s been exactly two years since we first reported on the plan; the building will replace three 1930s-built houses at 4417, 4421, and 4423 42nd SW. The site is between the West Seattle Eagles parking lot and the West Seattle Christian Church-owned house at 4411 42nd SW – those two properties are not part of it.
That’s Brenden‘s bike. His wife Jill hopes you’ll be on the lookout for it:
My husband’s Rad power bike was stolen from our double-locked shed in our alley on the night of either 12/10 or 12/11 (44th between Genesee & Dakota). Please let me know if you have seen anything, or might have security cameras near the area. We’re incredibly bummed as it is used for transportation/ commute nearly every day.
It’s been reported to police.
Welcome to Wednesday! West Seattle highlights for the rest of today/tonight:
BABY STORY TIME: Geared toward up-to-1-year-olds – and, of course, parents/caregivers. 11:30 am at High Point Library. (3411 SW Raymond)
WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AT THE MOVIES: 1 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle. This week’s movie: “Saboteur” (1942). $1 members, $2 nonmembers. (4217 SW Oregon)
TRIANGLE ROUTE TASK FORCE: 4:30-7 pm at Fauntleroy Church, the committee convened by Washington State Ferries looks at the proposed Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth route overhaul – the newest proposal went public last night. (9140 California SW)
GET A DEGREE IN HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT … right here in West Seattle, at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor). 5-6 pm information session today at Northwest Wine Academy on the north side of the SSC campus. (6000 16th SW).
10 CHEFS AND CAUSES: First-ever gathering/fundraiser presented by the Diversity Center of Washington, 6 pm at The Sanctuary @ Admiral, as previewed here. Check to see if tickets are left! (2656 42nd SW)
WRITING CIRCLE: 6-7:30 pm with writer Jeanine Walker, “Seattle Writes” at West Seattle (Admiral) Library. (2306 42nd SW)
HARK! Community party at Bethany West Seattle, 6 pm: “Join us for HARK! A Christmas Celebration! We will celebrate the season with fun activities, some Christmas tales, a little singing — and of course, there will be cookies and cocoa! This Christmas party is open to the community, so bring a friend along for the festivities! This event is family-friendly with lots of kids’ activities.” (9600 9th SW)
ANOTHER COMMUNITY PARTY: 6:30 pm, annual Christmas party at Trinity West Seattle: “Free pictures with Santa, live music, an ugly Christmas sweater contest, lots of other things for your family to do.” Doors open at 6:30 pm. (7551 35th SW)
34TH DISTRICT DEMOCRATS PARTY: Instead of the monthly meeting, our area’s biggest political organization gathers tonight for its annual holiday party, 6:30 pm at The Hall at Fauntleroy. (9131 California SW)
POETRYBRIDGE: 7 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), with featured readers Brandon Pitts and Robert Lashky. (5612 California SW)
7:11 AM: Good morning. Trouble at the east end of the eastbound bridge – a crash partly blocking the ramp to southbound I-5.
7:39 AM: As commenter NH pointed out, the 56 was skipped last hour – Metro’s alert was almost an hour after the fact.
7:47 AM: SDOT says the bridge-ramp crash scene is now clear.
7:57 AM: Reminder about tonight’s Triangle Route Task Force meeting, 4:30-7 pm at Fauntleroy Church (9140 California SW), focused on proposed change in Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth ferry schedule – here’s the new revision proposal.