West Seattle, Washington
Two days, two consecutive West Seattle Little League district championships! Tonight, the 9-10-11 (11’s) won, and they’re on the way to the state tournament in Woodinville starting July 13th; the 10’s, whose district championship we reported last night, are in state competition in Gig Harbor, which starts tomorrow. Also this weekend, WSLL’s Kathy Powers tells WSB, “Our 12 year old team will compete in the District 7 tournament which will be held at our own Bar-S field starting tomorrow. We invite the community down to the field to enjoy some baseball!” Here’s the bracket; Bar-S is at 64th SW and Admiral Way on Alki Point.
From West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) executive director Shalimar Gonzales:
Due to continued construction in the area, the city will be shutting off the water supply to businesses in the Fauntleroy Triangle, including the Y. We will be closing the West Seattle branch at 8:00 PM on 7/8 (2 hours early than normal), and we will reopen at 6:00 AM on 7/9 (30 minutes later than normal). Fauntleroy is not impacted and will operate as normal.
This is the same water shutdown mentioned in the most-recent Avalon/35th project update.
8:30 PM: That SDOT image shows the north side of the 35th/Fauntleroy intersection at the southwest end of the West Seattle Bridge. A crash is partly blocking the intersection, so you will want to avoid the area for a while.
8:48 PM: The car that was blocking part of westbound Fauntleroy at the scene has been towed north and it appears the scene will clear soon. No major injuries.
One more warning – tomorrow’s the day to “keep a weather eye on the horizon” as the Seafair Pirates are expected to storm the shore at Alki Beach in early afternoon. Come early/stay late for general revelry including kids’ activities, vendors around the Bathhouse, and music. Seafair estimates the pirates will arrive between 1 and 2 pm, but the time can vary – last year it was around 1:40 pm. Current forecast, partly sunny. No road closures associated with the event but be ready for crowds, and if you will need to park, get there early.
The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office says it’s not filing charges “at this time” against 25-year-old Nickolas Osborne, arrested Monday in connection with the June 2018 Alki Avenue stabbing death of 28-year-old Jonathan Pecina. Here’s the KCPAO’s statement:
We appreciate that Seattle Police Department has worked hard on this investigation, taking extraordinary measures to identify the previously unknown participant in this fatal encounter. Since that arrest and over the past several days, this office has made a thorough review of available evidence trying to determine whether the state could disprove a claim of self-defense beyond a reasonable doubt, as required by law. At this time we have concluded that we cannot file a charge.
A lengthy memo provided with the statement concludes in part:
In this case, the suspect has a plausible claim of self-defense. Even though Osborne disavows any memory of the incident, the evidence from independent, unconnected witnesses is that he was surrounded, taunted and baited by two men; that the men “kept pushing him and pushing him for a fight”; that the men were both using their belts as weapons; that they were assaulting Osborne with their belts, so much so that a witness commented “the guy is pretty tough because he’s taking some pretty good whacks”; that the assault went on for a while until Osborne “finally took a blow at them”; and that there was no doubt that the two men were the aggressors.
We’ll add the rest of the memo text once the names of witnesses can be redacted.
ADDED 4:27 PM: Below is the text of the KCPAO memo, with witnesses’ names redacted. Be aware that there are some graphic descriptions of the stabbing scene.
4th of July aftermath reports:
GUNFIRE, NOT FIREWORKS: We heard part of this call around 1:30 am but not enough until we could confirm with police. Now we have that confirmation. Near 9th SW & SW Henderson, a report of gunfire led police to discover that “a residence was struck several times” plus shell casings were found (at least 15, according to radio communication we heard at the time) in the intersection. No injuries reported.
FAIRMOUNT PLAYGROUND RESTROOM DAMAGED: Seattle Parks has just confirmed that the damage done to the comfort-station building at Fairmount Playground was the result of fireworks. It’s closed as a result:
Parks says it will put up fencing around the building while the interior damage is repaired.
The building is just a few years old, and cost more than $325,000.
LINCOLN PARK: Toward the south end of the beach, someone blew up a trash can:
That photo came in via text this morning.
BEACH DRIVE FIRE: No structure fires in West Seattle on the 4th or so far today. “Brush fire” is the most common categorization for open-area fireworks fires and this one around 6:30 pm at Beach Drive/Jacobsen Road was the only one:
The tipster who sent the photo said it was a fireworks-sparked fire.
One week ago, burglars broke into the nonprofit West Seattle Tool Library, which is co-housed with Youngstown Cultural Arts Center in North Delridge. Christina Hahs hopes you will be on the lookout for what was taken:
Someone broke in to the Tool Library’s Shop last Thursday evening, about midnight, and stole the following items. We’ve fixed the door, so hopefully this doesn’t happen again. We’ve also submitted a police report, and are providing security footage to them, but there may not be much they can do.
If you see any of the following items, with West Seattle Tool Library or WSTL written on them, on Craigslist or at any local pawn shops, please let us know so we can claim them. We’d just like to have our stuff back so it can be available for everyone in the community to use.
Makita Cordless Hex Driver Drill
Makita Reciprocating Saw
Makita Combo Cordless Driver and Drill Set
Makita Cordless Impact Driver
Craftsman 165 Piece Mechanics Tool Set
Custom Electronics Repair Kit – A Husky 22″ Black Tool Box containing soldering and wiring supplies
Cen-Tech Function Digital Multimeter
Master Dual Material Screw Driver Set – 20 piece
6-8 different drill and driver bit sets in Dewalt and Milwaukee boxes
We are now exactly one week away from the first day of West Seattle Summer Fest, the peninsula’s biggest party of the year, three days and two nights in the streets in the heart of The Junction, Friday, July 12th, through Sunday, July 14th. Today’s preview: Changes in the Kids’ Zone. The festival is presented by the West Seattle Junction Association, whose executive director Lora Radford tells WSB that “the rides are less expensive, we have more inflatables, and we’re donating back a percentage of the proceeds to our fellow nonprofits.” Those nonprofits are in turn helping out at the ticket booth – West Seattle Helpline on Friday, Global Visionaries on Saturday – and WSJA is still looking for volunteers to help on Sunday: A four-hour shift gets you a full day pass to games for any one of the three festival days. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if interested. For more about the Kids’ Zone, including pricing and advance wristband purchase, go here.
P.S. Ride hours this year are 10 am-8 pm Friday and Saturday, 10 am-5 pm Sunday.
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar (where you’ll find even more for today/tonight/beyond):
MAGIC SHOW: Hourlong show at Southwest Library with world-class magician Maritess Zurbano, 11 am. All ages. Free. (9010 35th SW)
CORNER BAR: Highland Park Improvement Club‘s monthly pop-up bar-and-more starts at 6 pm. See the theme and music plan on the HPIC website. (1116 SW Holden)
BASEBALL: The Highline Bears vs. the Kent Bulldogs, 7:05 pm at Steve Cox Memorial Park. (1321 SW 102nd)
ACOUSTIC BLUES: 7:30 pm performance at Kenyon Hall with Orville Johnson, Grant Dermody, and John Miller. Ticket info in our calendar listing. (7904 35th SW)
WEST SEATTLE SOUL: Special Friday edition at Parliament Tavern! “13-piece funk/soul dance and jam band lays it down!” 9 pm. $10 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
One of West Seattle’s smaller parks – which has an international backstory – might get some improvements. But first, a survey for you. Here’s the announcement:
The Seattle-Nantes Sister City Association is considering making some improvements to Nantes Park on Admiral Way in honor of our 40th anniversary of twinning with France in 2020. We would love to involve the neighborhood! As a start, we have created a very short, anonymous survey to solicit feedback on how people in West Seattle use the park currently and what sort of improvements might be valuable. Please help us by filling this out; there are only 8 questions. Thanks!
6:57 AM: Good morning! For everybody who’s not getting a 4-day weekend, here’s how things look right now.
STADIUM ZONE: Mariners play the A’s at 7:10 pm.