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UPDATE: Flipped-car crash on Highland Park Way

9:20 PM: Seattle Fire is downsizing the “rescue extrication” response that was dispatched minutes ago to Highland Park Way near SW Portland [map]. But one vehicle’s reported “on its roof.” We’re en route.

9:36 PM: Photo added above. The flipped car is one of two involved. Trying to confirm radio communication indicating one was parked. No serious injuries reported.

9:42 PM: Police tell us that the flipped car was parked when the person driving another car hit it. (added below – photo of that other car)

They confirm no serious injuries, no one taken to the hospital. Highland Park Way is closed at the crash scene right now.

10:25 PM: Per police radio, Highland Park Way is reopening, both directions.

Community open house focuses on Duwamish River cleanup efforts

June 19, 2019 7:38 pm
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 |   Environment | West Seattle news

Story and photos by Jason Grotelueschen
Reporting for West Seattle Blog

Ongoing efforts to clean up contamination in and along the Duwamish River took center stage Tuesday night at a community open house featuring several groups and agencies involved with the various multi-year projects.

The event, which we previewed here, was held at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) on the Georgetown campus, and featured representatives from the Washington Department of Ecology (including Tamara Cardona-Marek, pictured above welcoming attendees), the Environmental Protection Agency and the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition.

The open house focused on six Lower Duwamish cleanup sites (pictured on the map below), three of which are now in the “open comment” period for public input (one of those periods ends Friday noon):

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CRIME WATCH FOLLOWUP: Charge filed against suspected knife-holding would-be burglar

Two days after we reported on an attempted burglary in which the suspect was shown on security video holding a large knife in one hand while trying a door with the other, a charge has just been filed. 39-year-old Gabriel C. Putnam is charged with attempted residential burglary. The charging document clarifies that the break-in attempt happened in the 4800 block of Beach Drive SW (the police report and Twitter log had conflicting block numbers). It also says:

The Defendant attempted to enter the victim’s home through their front shortly after 4:30 in the morning. His actions were caught on the victim’s Ring doorbell camera, footage which also shows the Defendant trying the door handle of the residence, armed with a large kitchen style knife. Upon realizing the home was locked, the Defendant is seen walking away from the house.

According to the Defendant’s PR interview prior to his first appearance. The Defendant came to Washington three weeks ago after saying with his family in Idaho for 6-8 months, and prior to this he had been homeless. The Defendant admitted to not having a fixed or permanent residence – indicating that he attempts to sleep in the Lake Washington area. The Defendant lacks significant ties to the Seattle and greater King County communities. The Defendant has no Washington State convictions, nor does he have any out of state convictions.

The probable-cause document lists his last-known permanent address as in Huntsville, Alabama. That document also recaps that after the residents of the first house called 911, police found Putnam outside a house in the 6000 block of Beach Drive “inside a pool building which appeared to be part of the home.” After arresting him, police asked him where the knife was; he said it was in the pool building, and that’s where they found it. When filing charges today, prosecutors asked that his bail be doubled to $20,000, and the judge agreed.

FOLLOWUP: Thunder Road Guitars, The Bass Shop to open new location Saturday

June 19, 2019 4:33 pm
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 |   West Seattle businesses | West Seattle news

Just days after moving out of their former Junction storefront, Thunder Road Guitars and The Bass Shop (WSB sponsors) plan to open their new location this weekend. From TRG proprietor Frank Gross:

After a busy week, we are just about ready to open our Morgan Junction location. We are announcing today that we will be opening this coming Saturday June 22nd in our new home at 6400 California Ave SW. We will resume normal hours and moving forward should be business as usual.

That’s just in time for Saturday’s Morgan Junction Community Festival across the street, 10 am-4 pm Saturday!


From Katherine:

My car was stolen out of my driveway in Highland Park last night or early this morning. It is a green Honda CR-V, 1999. License plate is ANV7277. Has Hillary Clinton and Rat City Brass bumper stickers. Please be on the lookout!

If you see it, call 911.

BIZNOTE: New West Seattle coffee shop opens – with food on the way next door

Thanks to Rosario at West Seattle Coworking (6040 California SW; WSB sponsor) for the tip on a new neighbor – as of today, Delridge-founded Youngstown Coffee Company has expanded, with proprietor Zoe adding a Morgan Junction location at 6032 California SW.

That spot was briefly home to a coffee shop that spun off from the now-closed Harry’s Chicken Joint next door.

And later this summer, Zoe plans to open an eatery in THAT space – it’ll be called Crisp, offering fare such as salads and wraps. More info on that as it gets closer to opening, but for now, you can visit Youngstown’s new Morgan location 6 am-5 pm weekdays, 8 am-5 pm weekends.

West Seattle Wednesday: From WordsWest’s farewell, to candidate conversations, & more

June 19, 2019 11:11 am
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 |   West Seattle news | WS miscellaneous

We start on the shore again today:

(Great Blue Heron wading in Fauntleroy, photographed by Jim Spraker)

LOW-LOW TIDE: Again today, you can explore while consulting with Seattle Aquarium volunteer beach naturalists, 11:30 am through 2 pm this time, at Constellation and Lincoln Parks. (Today’s lowest tide is -2.0 feet at 12:53 pm)

NEIGHBORHOOD CRIME/POLICING FOCUS GROUP: Live/work in Admiral? Tonight is your focus group to share opinions about crime and policing, 6 pm at West Seattle (Admiral) Library, as previewed here. (2306 42nd SW)

GROUP RUN: 6:15 pm, meet at West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor). Free as always. (2743 California SW)

WORDSWEST FAREWELL: After five years, WordsWest Literary Series – curated by West Seattle authors – is ending, with a “Cake in the Garden” party tonight at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor):

Along with the cake, of course, there will be readings: “an incredible line-up of WordsWest writers from all five years of our existence: Elizabeth Austen, Quenton Baker, Rick Barot, Claudia Castro Luna, Christine Deavel, Lyanda Lynn Haupt, Rachel Kessler, J.W. Marshall, Greg November, Renee Simms, and Ann Teplick.” All welcome. Free. (5612 California SW)

CANDIDATE CONVERSATIONS: The Delridge Neighborhoods District Council already has held one City Council District 1 candidate conversation, last month with Phil Tavel. Tonight, Brendan Kolding and Lisa Herbold are scheduled to appear, as previewed here. All welcome, 7 pm, Neighborhood House High Point. (6400 Sylvan Way SW)

LEFT HAND SMOKE: 9 pm at Parliament Tavern, “folk/pop/Americana.” $5 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

THAT’S NOT ALL – see the full list on our complete calendar.

Got books? West Seattle Food Bank needs more

Just out of the inbox, from the West Seattle Food Bank:

The West Seattle Food Bank’s Bookcase Program is in need of all kinds of gently used books including children’s picture books, adult fiction & non-fiction, cookbooks, how-to & craft books.

Our Bookcase Program distributes more than 12,000 gently used adults’ and children’s books through generous donations from our community. Our clients love the program; they can take up to 10 books home to keep. Donation hours are Monday – Friday 9 am – 3 pm and we are located at 3419 SW Morgan St. on the corner of 35th & Morgan. Enter through the garage on Morgan, come in, and we have volunteers that can help you with your donation. Thank you so much.


June 19, 2019 6:57 am
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle traffic alerts

(SDOT MAP with travel times/ Is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE/ West Seattle-relevant traffic cams HERE)

6:57 AM: Good morning! No current incidents/alerts.

STADIUM ZONE TODAY: 3:40 pm Mariners game vs. Kansas City.

FERRY WORK TONIGHT: More work at the Fauntleroy terminal means some late-night Triangle Route cancellations tonight and Thursday night.