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WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Andover shooting suspect in court; bus assault; car break-in

We start this West Seattle Crime Watch roundup with a followup:

ANDOVER SHOOTING SUSPECT IN COURT: As noted this morning, police arrested a 38-year-old man hours after Thursday’s early-am shooting near 26th/Andover. They identified him through security video. He had a bail/probable-cause hearing this afternoon, and the documents from that hearing have more details on what police say happened. First, the document says the suspect shot the victim after a “verbal altercation.” The security video showed a woman was with the suspect at the time; 10 hours later, after 1 pm Thursday, police were called to a “domestic disturbance” heard by other tenants in the woman’s Junction apartment building. Police watched security video showing the same two people, wearing the same clothes as in the shooting-scene video, arriving in the suspect’s vehicle. Officers were waiting in the hallway when the suspect left the woman’s apartment, and arrested him. Along with the shooting, he is also under investigation for domestic-violence allegations including threatening to kill the woman, and for unlawful gun possession, as he has “multiple felony convictions.” Prosecutors asked for $500,000 bail; a judge set it at $300,000, and he remains in jail

BUS ASSAULT: Harold was on the C line headed downtown with his wife and children when, he reports, a woman “suddenly reached out and smacked me over the head with a long, plastic object she quickly tucked away in her bag. She screamed that I should get away from her or she would do it again.” He was not seriously hurt but is troubled that the bus driver “said he couldn’t and wouldn’t do anything about it, or even report it to Metro police because they have other things to deal with. He said just stay away from her. He said he would only do something if I wanted him to pull the bus over so I could call the police and wait until the woman is arrested. I chose not to do that. The driver declined to talk to her or ask her to leave.” Harold did end up calling transit police directly because he “just wanted to make sure she didn’t stay on the bus and assault other passengers. They had the bus driver stay put downtown and would send someone to ask her to get off the bus.” This sort of situation was not addressed in this recent announcement about a Metro safety initiative; we’ll be following up Monday about what the protocol calls for, as well as drivers’ ongoing safety concerns.

CAR BREAK-IN: Andy‘s car was broken into after midnight last night on 37th SW near Providence Mount St. Vincent. The thief/thieves stole two longboards and a laptop in its bag. If you’ve seen any such items dumped, let us know and we’ll connect you. Andy’s also reported the theft to police.

WEST SEATTLE MUSIC: Maisie Peters first up for Easy Street Records’ two-show weekend

March 25, 2022 8:12 pm
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(WSB photo/video)

Tonight, rising star Maisie Peters, from the UK, is performing a sold-out show at the Vera Project on the Seattle Center campus – but first, she stopped at Easy Street Records in the West Seattle Junction for an acoustic set two hours ago. Here’s part of her song “Psycho”:

Easy Street has another free in-store show tomorrow night (Saturday, March 26th) – Texas musician Scott Ballew, 7 pm, free and all ages.

FOLLOWUP: Fauntleroy speed humps installed

That’s one of five sets of speed humps now in place on 45th SW in Fauntleroy, between Wildwood and Trenton – thanks for the tip that they’d been installed. Though SDOT has installed dozens of new speed humps in recent months in West Seattle, these took a longer-than-usual road to get to installation on this popular cut-through route that runs parallel to Fauntleroy Way near the ferry dock. Seattle Fire had voiced concerns about whether they’d be an obstacle on an emergency route, but then in February, SDOT said SFD had signed off on them. (At the time, though, SDOT said there would be three sets, and today we counted five.) Speeding on 45th was one of many concerns discussed at a special Fauntleroy Community Association forum about traffic issues last October.

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Child hit by pellet; car prowl

4:53 PM: From Janna:

Someone shot my 11-year-old with an airsoft gun as he rode his bike home from school today. Hit him in the ear. It was a little after 3:00 around 42nd/Manning. The shots came from a dark gray Honda Element or Kia Soul – one of those boxy cars. He thinks there were four people in the car and that one of them had a beard.

If anyone has a clue who this could be or has experienced something similar, please contact me at

No police report # yet. Janna says her son is doing OK.

5:51 PM: Adding Haley‘s car-prowl report that just came in via email since Crime Watch is still atop our main page:

On March 23rd around 10 pm, my car was broken into in my driveway on Southwest Hill and California Avenue in the North Admiral area. They took everything from my car and stole my garage key. I just wanted to share for others in the area.

Pedestrian hit near Roxbury Lanes

Thanks for the tips about a large emergency response by Roxbury Lanes. Responders on the scene tell us a man was walking at the south end of the bowling alley/casino parking lot when a driver hit him. The victim is being taken to the hospital for evaluation, but his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. The driver is being questioned by deputies.

VIDEO: Denny International Middle School students march/rally against gun violence

12:26 PM: As noted in our daily previews, a student-organized protest march is happening right now. It’s organized by 8th-grade students from Denny International Middle School, who say they “want to publicly make a statement that we as students want stricter gun laws to ensure that we no longer must live in fear of gun violence.”

This announcement details their route. Hundreds of students are participating, using sidewalks; they’re along 35th now, turning onto Trenton.

12:44 PM: They’re now gathering on the field at Nino Cantu Southwest Athletic Complex (which is across Thistle from the Denny-Sealth complex).

1:40 PM: We just left the stadium as the rally was wrapping up after more than half an hour of impassioned student speeches – some as simple as “Enough is enough!”

2:38 PM: More photos added above. Before the rally concluded, we talked briefly with two of the organizers, Addison Whited and Hazel Simper.

This was entirely student-organized, stressed Denny principal Jeff Clark, who was monitoring the event and told us, “We’re very proud of our scholar leaders, but this is their event.” In email, the student organizers said these are proposals they’re specifically advocating for:

-Waiting periods after purchase
-More thorough background checks
-Responsibility laws (parents are responsible for kids using their guns)
-Methods to report unsafe gun users effectively
-Close gun loopholes(Gun shows/Boyfriend/Charleston/Hate crime/and patchwork law gun loopholes)
-Must enforce license for open-carry firearm
-New gun safety tests to allow access to firearms (especially parents and kids)
-Mental-health screenings
-Police having stricter access to guns

Speeches at the stadium were open-mic-style, with students lining up for turns.

One asked, “How many more dead kids will it take for people to pay attention?” Another promised they won’t stop advocating until change happens. From another: “I believe in freedom … the freedom not to be in a dark room wondering if this is a drill or the real thing.”

WHALES: Transient orcas in the area

11:53 AM: Thanks to Kersti Muul for the tip – transient killer whales are northbound, approaching south West Seattle, closer to this side of the Sound. Let us know if you see them!

2:58 PM: As of Kersti’s latest update in comments, they’re off Alki.

8 for the rest of your West Seattle Friday

March 25, 2022 10:22 am
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(Seen in Gatewood)

Here’s what’s happening as spring’s first Friday continues:

ART EXHIBIT: “Oceans of Emotion” is now on display at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (4408 Delridge Way SW), and you can drop in any time until 4 pm to see it.

STUDENT MARCH: In case you missed the mention in our daily traffic watch, 8th graders from Denny International Middle School plan a protest march at noon, demonstrating against gun violence; the announcement says they plan to travel on Thistle, 35th, and Trenton. We don’t know if they plan to march in the street or on the sidewalk but be careful in the area.

TALK WITH YOUR CITY COUNCILMEMBER: 2-6 pm, City Councilmember Lisa Herbold has “virtual office hours” today – our calendar listing explains how to book a window to talk with her, and shows future dates.

TASTING TIME: 4-6 pm, taste bourbon, rye, and whiskey at West Seattle Liquor and Wine (4714 42nd SW; WSB sponsor) on the outer west street side of Jefferson Square.

IN-STORE AT EASY STREET: Maisie Peters performs at Easy Street (California/Alaska), 6 pm, free/all ages.

POP-UP POLITICAL SOCIAL: 5:30 pm at Future Primitive Brewing (9832 15th SW, White Center) with the 34th District Democratsdetails here.

LIVE MUSIC AT THE SKYLARK: Doors at 7, music at 8, for Herding Cats and The Lumberjax. $10 at the door. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

THEATER: ArtsWest‘s new play “This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing” continues tonight, 7:30 pm, in the theater at 4711 California SW. Tickets available here.

Got an event? Performance? Community meeting? Class? Or? Send it to us for the – thank you!

Learn about ‘Feeding the Whole Family’ while helping West Seattle cooperative preschools

March 25, 2022 9:31 am
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The annual scholarship fundraising event for West Seattle’s co-op preschools is a virtual event this year, and everyone’s invited! It’s happening online at 7:30 pm next Thursday – here’s the announcement:

Cynthia Lair on “Feeding the Whole Family” (virtual event) – Thursday, March 31st, 7:30-8:30 pm

What should you feed those you love? And how can you get them to eat what’s best for them? In this uplifting and practical class learn to set sturdy yet flexible boundaries that can help make mealtimes successful for everyone. Based on her book, Feeding the Whole Family, Cynthia will cover topics such as which foods are worth eating, how to make vegetables enticing, just how much sugar is okay, and the value of sharing home-cooked meals.

Proceeds support tuition scholarships, community outreach and DEI conversations and exploration for South Seattle College Cooperative Preschool (SSCCP) students, families and the WS Community.

To purchase tickets, go here.

TRAFFIC, TRANSIT, ROAD WORK, WEATHER: Friday watch + weekend alert

March 25, 2022 6:03 am
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8:56 AM: Bill says a crash on West Marginal by the Longhouse is blocking a SB lane.


6:03 AM: Good morning. It’s Friday, March 25th.


Morning clouds and afternoon sunshine are predicted, and the high could reach into the 60s.


8th graders from Denny International Middle School plan a protest march at noon, traveling on Thistle, 35th, and Trenton. We don’t know if they plan to march in the street or on the sidewalk but be careful in the area.


Today: The 35th/Findlay sewer work is expected to continue.

This weekend: SDOT says, “Saturday and Sunday, we’ll be installing a Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon on 16th Ave SW and SW Myrtle St to help with pedestrian crossings. We’ll begin this work as early as 7 AM and expect to conclude by 4 PM on both days. We anticipate minimal traffic impacts but people driving should navigate the area with caution.”


Metro is on its regular weekday schedule. Watch @kcmetrobus for word of reroutes/cancellations.

Water Taxi‘s on its regular schedule. ALERT: Shuttle service will be increased starting Monday (March 28th) – here’s the announcement.

Ferries: WSF is still the two-boat schedule for Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth. Check here for alerts/updates.


731st 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):

Are movable bridges opening for vessels? Check the @SDOTBridges Twitter feed; 1st Ave. S. Bridge openings are also tweeted by @wsdot_traffic.

All city traffic cams can be seen here; West Seattle and vicinity-relevant cameras are also on this WSB page

Trouble on the roads/paths/water? Text or call us (when you can do so safely) – 206-293-6302.