West Seattle, Washington
Last Sunday, we had a brief report on a big police response at The Huxley apartments (Fauntleroy/Edmunds), explained at the time as a “possible burglary.” The full report wasn’t available when we followed up with police the next day. But today, the King County Prosecuting Attorney‘s Office filed a drug charge against the man arrested on Sunday, so those documents provide details on what happened:
The police report says the initial call was that two men and one woman were in an elevator with bicycle frames stolen from a storage area. Officers spotted the three trying to leave the building. One of them, 49-year-old Mark J. Fleck, fled back into the building; officers pursued him. (The document doesn’t say what happened to the other two.) Fleck was armed with what the report describes as a fixed-blade knife in a sheath hanging from his hip. He also had 3 grams of meth in a baggie in his pocket. And he had an arrest warrant for a probation violation. The charging papers say he has “a significant history of drug offenses.” He remains in jail, held without bail because of the warrant.
If you use the Free Waterfront Shuttle downtown – maybe to get to/from the Water Taxi – it was scheduled to end as of today, but has been extended through year’s end. The shuttle had been run with Viaduct-related funding, and that ran out. At the last minute, its operator MTRWestern decided to keep it going for the rest of the year, so it will “resume operations on a reduced winter schedule,” according to today’s announcement. The shuttle is managed by Commute Seattle and the Downtown Seattle Association. In the current City Council budget-vetting process, Councilmember Abel Pacheco has proposed funding it – or something similar – next year by reallocating $1 million.
Thanks to Jamie Kinney for sending the photo of tonight’s sunset! By the end of this weekend, the sun will be setting before 5 pm, since we “fall back” an hour at 2 am Sunday. (You can always check the sunset/sunrise/moonset/moonrise times on the WSB West Seattle Weather page.)
Tough day for the Metro League-champion Chief Sealth International High School slowpitch team in their first trip to the state tournament. They lost their opening game to Washougal, 13-8, and the subsequent consolation-bracket game to Prairie, 18-9. Head coach Alex Alicea‘s team made it to state with the distinction of having been the first Seahawks in 8 years to play for a league championship.
Family and friends will gather November 8th to remember Charlotte J. Dominico. Here’s the remembrance her family is sharing with the community:
Charlotte Joan Dominico, born September 19th, 1938, passed away October 19th, 2019 in Seattle. Born in Minnesota and raised in West Seattle. Parents Garrett and Marion Ehlers.
Charlotte married her high-school sweetheart Larry Dominico after they both graduated from West Seattle High School in 1956. They were married for over 40 years before Larry passed away in 1998. Charlotte is survived by her children Larry Dominico, Dina Bittermann (Jim) and Mary Jo Werlech (Mike). Grandchildren Nic,(Karissa) Joseph Bittermann. Larry, Sam Dominico. Danny, Joey, and Michael Werlech. Great granddaughter Kinsley. She has two older brothers, Roland and Darrel Ehlers.
Charlotte fought hard but ultimately lost her battle with lung cancer.
Charlotte worked in the legal field for over 40 years, but what made her the happiest was spending time with her friends and family. She loved being with all her grand boys, cheering them on sporting events and attending anything that had to do with being around and spending time with them. She was so proud of all of her ‘kids.’ She loved to cook for her family and was a spectacular baker. Grandkids always knew where to find the cookies and desserts.
Charlotte will be remembered as a loving Mom, special grandmother, and friend. Her happiness and love will forever live in our hearts.
Donations can be made in her name to Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Funeral at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Friday, November 8th at 2 pm. 7000 35th Avenue SW.
(WSB publishes West Seattle obituaries by request, free of charge. Please e-mail the text, and a photo if available, to firstname.lastname@example.org)
4:43 PM: Big SFD response is heading to the 3800 block of Beach Drive for a possible paddleboarder in distress.
4:49 PM: Via radio communication, responders report the paddleboarder is OK.
Two more reader reports since this morning:
STOLEN PICKUP TRUCK: The photo and report are from Justin:
My truck was stolen last night around 3 am from right outside my home in Delridge (12th Ave x Thistle). It’s a tan ’97 Nissan pickup truck with Maryland license plates (license #: 7DD0397). There’s a cap on the bed of the truck, so it should look just like the picture. If you see this truck please let me know!! I really need it for work. If you come across it please call me @ (443) 865-2022! Filed a police report (#2019-406982) this morning that you can reference as well. Thank you!!!
(MONDAY UPDATE: Justin reports in comments that his truck has been found.)
SHOP DECORATIONS STOLEN: Alonzo at Our Secret Garden (4723 42nd SW, on the breezeway) says these decorations were stolen around 6 am:
The theft was recorded on video:
We will add the police-report number when we get it.
Thanks to West Seattle High School Spanish teacher Joy Patman for the photos from the Dia de los Muertos celebration that’s been under way all week. She says the altar was “constructed by all five of my classes with ofrendas for their beloved pets, friends, siblings, and family members who have passed away.” That was built Monday through Thursday; also each morning before school, they’ve been “face-painting students and faculty willing to walk around during their normal school day disguised as calaveras, or skeletons, for Day of the Dead.”
This is the second year for the face-painting tradition. Dia de los Muertos is actually more than one day, and continues into tomorrow.
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
It’s also meant to be an invitation and a welcome for you to come into the organization and help shape the store.
The space on the ground floor of Cottage Grove Commons (5444 Delridge Way SW) has awaited the store since the supportive-housing building’s completion six years ago. But that building likely wouldn’t have a commercial space at all, if not for community clamor before CGC was built. At a meeting in June 2011 (WSB coverage here), someone suggested the building should have a ground-floor commercial space, perhaps for what was then the Delridge Produce Cooperative.
The suggestion took root.
The co-op itself had sprouted two years before that. In early 2009, we published a brief mention that founder Galena White was looking for people to help fulfill a longtime wish – making inexpensive fresh organic produce available in Delridge, long a “food desert.”
Welcome to November! Highlights of what’s ahead:
UNDERSTANDING MEDICARE: 11 am at Southwest Library. (9010 35th SW)
CORNER BAR: 6 pm at Highland Park Improvement Club, the monthly pop-up bar. Counting down to HPIC’s centennial celebration in two weeks: “This month we celebrate the ’10s – a summary of our recent past. Thanks to Dina Johnson, Kay Kirkpatrick, Michele Witzki and other special contributors – that have put so much effort into documenting our history in such a way.” Music by Welcome Strangers and DJ Dr. Lehl. (1116 SW Holden)
SKELETON THEATRE: Animatronic Skeleton Theatre is back with “a remounting of “Ulna 13,” about skeletons in space. The show is about 20 minutes and will loop 6-9 pm. skeletontheatre.com. Free. (36th/Hanford)
‘NIGHTFALL ORPHANAGE’, second-to-last night for the 7:30-10:30 pm “garage haunt” show in an Alki yard. Full details in our calendar listing. (2130 Alki SW)
DEAL: Music at Parliament Tavern, 8:30 pm. $8 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
PREVIEW THE WEEKEND … via our complete calendar.
Two West Seattle Crime Watch notes:
NORTH ADMIRAL E-BIKE THEFT: The video and report are from Mandy in the 4100 block of SW Hill:
Our W bike was stolen from our side yard (Thursday). Locked to our deck. Broad daylight. 8 am … walked it out our front gate. We’ve filed a police report and have video on our neighbor’s camera.
The bike looks like this one.
DUMPED MAIL: A texter reports finding “a ton of other people’s mail near my mailbox” this morning, on 20th SW near SW Trenton. The mail was “from houses between Thistle and Cloverdale”; the texter dropped it off at a Post Office this morning.
6:59 AM: Good morning and welcome to November!
WATER TAXI: Reminder – the smaller Spirit of Kingston is on the West Seattle run.
TIME CHANGE: Tomorrow night (2 am Sunday), we “fall back” an hour.
7:38 AM: Someone is reported to be walking southbound in the northbound lanes of the 99 tunnel; police are en route to check this out.