West Seattle, Washington
Two reports in West Seattle Crime Watch tonight:
CAR THEFT/BURGLARY FOLLOWUP: Last year, we reported on what happened to Amy – first, her car was stolen, then, hours later, her house was broken into while she and her daughter were asleep. Security video and a reader tip led to the identification of a suspect, who was subsequently caught hundreds of miles away. We reported in December that Nevada authorities had worked out a plea bargain with 28-year-old Jordan J. Edmonds. Amy emailed today with this followup:
Jordan Edmonds was sentenced today in NV for the following crimes there: felon with a firearm and eluding police. He fled WA state three weeks after our home invasion in November, and was caught after taking officers on a 100-mile car chase at 120 miles/hour in the NV desert. He has been in jail since the end of November and was sentenced today in Mineral County, NV for the NV charges.
His sentence is a minimum of 29 months and a maximum of 72 months. He will be extradited to WA after serving time in NV, and then he will be tried for our invasion + three other crimes he was wanted on.
Jordan apologized to me and my daughter in court, and I told him I forgave him as a human.
It was the community at the WS blog that got him identified and ultimately led to his capture. Thank you, Tracy and the WS community!
The photo is from the Department of Corrections, taken while Edmonds was in DOC custody in 2018. As we reported in December, the other cases in which he was charged before Amy’s break-in involved residential burglary and unlawful gun possession.
KNOW WHO LOST THIS WHEEL COVER? It was left behind in the hit-run Sandra emailed to report:
I am reaching out to report a hit and run that occurred at the intersection of Fauntleroy and Oregon on Wednesday evening (the 23rd of March) at 8:15 PM. My sister was turning left onto Fauntleroy from Oregon on a green light when a silver Toyota sedan, possibly an early 2000’s model, driving south on Fauntleroy, ran the red light and crashed into her, causing severe damage to the front passenger side of her car. The driver did not stop. The driver was a white male with a long beard, wearing what looked like a work shirt or jacket. His Toyota likely has extensive damage along the passenger side, and is missing one of the wheel covers. If anyone in the area happened to witness the incident or has any information about the other driver involved, please contact SPD and reference incident number 22-072678.
One more sign that spring is really here … the West Seattle Little League Jamboree is this weekend, two locations this year! Here’s the announcement:
West Seattle Little League (WSLL) will kick off the season with their annual Jamboree this weekend. Tee ball and baseball games will be held at WSLL’s Bar-S home field [6425 SW Admiral Way], and girls’ softball will also be celebrating the opening weekend with games at Chief Sealth [Nino Cantu Southwest Athletic Complex, 2801 SW Thistle].
Games will occur on Saturday, March 26th, and Sunday, March 27th. Baseball games will occur between 9 am and 7 pm both days. Softball games will occur between 9 am and 6 pm Saturday and 2 pm and 6 pm Sunday.
Come cheer on our kids, get some pics with the Mariners Moose and DubSea Fish Sticks, learn about WSLL, and grab a bite to eat at the concessions.
This is the first season since West Seattle Girls Softball merged with WSLL.
Nine years after the city declared the old substation site at 16th/Holden as surplus, its fate remains unsettled.
Last night, it was a major topic at the March meeting of HPAC, the community council for Highland Park, Riverview, and South Delridge.
City Councilmember Lisa Herbold and representatives from two affordable-homeownership nonprofits, Homestead Community Land Trust and Habitat for Humanity, were there to talk about the site’s possibilities – almost half a year after a similar discussion at HPAC involving Herbold and a different nonprofit (WSB coverage here).
Seattle City Light is still willing to basically give away the property, Herbold said, but, as was explained in October, it has to be for a “public benefit.” Affordable homeownership would qualify. Both organizations at the meeting said their clients are people earning no more than 80 percent of the “area mean income.” Homestead said it’s working with a similar ex-substation site on a 5-story building in North Seattle with five stories of affordable condos over ground-floor commercial, something like this:
5:35 PM: Seattle Fire is arriving at 20th/Trenton [map] for what was dispatched as a flipped-car crash. Two people are reported to be hurt. Avoid the area.
5:49 PM: Photo added. Our crew says no one is seriously hurt. (added) We’re told the driver was trying to navigate past the parked truck shown in the wider view of the scene, below:
The scene is actually on 20th.
In routine checks of city permit files, we noticed several mentions of Puget Sound Energy planning a pipeline-replacement project in the Beach Drive SW right-of-way. We asked PSE – which provides natural-gas service in our area – for details, and got them today:
Puget Sound Energy will be replacing 5,049 feet of a gas main line on Beach Dr. SW. starting in May with work expected to last about 90 days.
This is part of a project to improve the infrastructure in the area and provide safe and reliable natural gas service.
During the project, about 100 customers will have their gas turned off due to a service replacement of their line or their service lines being reconnected to the new gas main.
When possible, the gas main installation will be directional drilled to limit some of traffic issues on that street.
PSE is working with the Seattle Department of Transportation and will use flaggers to keep traffic moving.
All customers impacted will be notified before their service is interrupted.
Though the response from PSE doesn’t include specific locations, the permit files mention addresses where the service pipes to the residence will be replaced as a result, and those range from the 5000 block to the 6700 block. Site maps also label this as a project to replace DuPont-made pipe; a PSE document (page 15 here) notes that’s the result of a Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission directive for utilities to replace certain types of pipe that could be at higher risk of failure.
More thanks to the person who tipped us about Super Supplements‘ closure plan – they also told us West Seattle artist Desmond Hansen was painting a new signal-box mural steps away, on the northeast corner of California/Fauntleroy. His new portrait of Jimi Hendrix is on the back of the cabinet on which he painted the rock legend four years ago this month. That anniversary, he told us today, is the inspiration for the new painting. He’s since branched out far beyond West Seattle; you can see more of his work here.
Thanks for the tip! After 10 years, Super Supplements is closing its store at 6451 Fauntleroy Way SW. The store moved there in 2012 after six years in its previous West Seattle spot, on the southeast corner of California and Alaska in The Junction – a storefront demolished for the Junction 47 mixed-use project. (Later that year, the Seattle-based SS chain was sold to The Vitamin Shoppe, but the name remained.)
As the sign says, the store’s closing in June; the on-duty manager told us they’ll start a clearance sale in May. This is the last standalone vitamins/supplements shop in West Seattle; in recent years, Fresh Vitamins closed in Westwood Village and GNC closed in Jefferson Square. (Side note: The SS store was preceded in its space by another last-of-its-kind business, a Blockbuster Video store that closed in 2011.) Nothing in property or permit records hints at what’s next for the Super Supplements space; we’ll be contacting the property owners to ask.
THURSDAY MORNING: A 41-year-old man is in stable condition after being shot at 26th/Andover early this morning. Here’s what SPD just published about the incident:
Around 3:20 (am), officers were called to the 2600 block of SW Andover for a report of a shooting. The victim was reportedly shot in the leg from behind, and sought help from a person in an RV near the scene.
Officers found the victim and applied a tourniquet to his wound. Seattle Fire Department medics then transported the man to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.
If you have any information about this incident, please call the SPD Violent Crimes Tip Line at 206-233-5000.
ADDED THURSDAY AFTERNOON: One additional detail from SPD – the victim was described as being “on a bike” when shot. Whether moving or stationary, police did not say.
ADDED FRIDAY, 11:39 AM: A suspect is in jail in connection with the shooting. Police say they got surveillance video “from a nearby business” and “recognized the suspect and his female companion who was known to them.” At 1:18 pm Thursday, they were called to a residence in the Jefferson Square area “which happened to be the address for the same female companion.” They saw the suspect’s vehicle in the parking garage, went into the building, and arrested the suspect when he walked out of the apartment. Police add, “Two handguns were located and submitted as evidence.” The suspect should have a probable cause/bail hearing later today, so we hope to have more information after that.
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar and inbox:
CLOSURE REMINDER: As announced Wednesday, many Seattle Parks facilities are closed today for staff training.
BENEFIT BOOK FAIR: Continuing at Paper Boat Booksellers (6040 California SW), mention Louisa Boren STEM K-8 when you make a purchase this week and they’ll get part of the proceeds.
HELP FILL ‘MASLOW’S CLOSET’: 6-9 pm benefit/donation drive at Admiral Pub (2306 California SW) – see our preview for details.
BOARD GAME NIGHT: Come try something new at Meeples Games (3727 California SW), 6:30-10 pm.
THEATER: ArtsWest‘s new play “This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing” starts its second week tonight, 7:30 pm, in the theater at 4711 California SW. Tickets available here.
Have an event to list on our calendar? We’re adding more daily – email firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you!
6:01 AM: Good morning. It’s Thursday, March 24th.
Cloudy and breezy, high in the 50s.
The 35th/Findlay sewer work is expected to continue.
BUSES, WATER TAXI, FERRIES TODAY
Metro is on its regular weekday schedule. Watch @kcmetrobus for word of reroutes/cancellations.
Water Taxi‘s on its regular schedule.
Ferries: WSF continues the two-boat schedule for Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth. Check here for alerts/updates.
BRIDGES AND DETOUR ROUTES
730th morning without the West Seattle Bridge.
Low Bridge: Automated enforcement cameras remain in use; restrictions are in effect 5 am-9 pm daily – except weekends; the bridge is open to all until 8 am Saturday and Sunday mornings. (Access applications are available here for some categories of drivers.)
1st Avenue South Bridge:
South Park Bridge:
West Marginal Way at Highland Park Way:
Highland Park Way/Holden:
The 5-way intersection (Spokane/West Marginal/Delridge/Chelan):
Trouble on the roads/paths/water? Text or call us (when you can do so safely) – 206-293-6302.