March 2013

Angry girlfriend stabs 50-year-old boyfriend in Ballard

Update, April 1, 7:30 a.m.

Mark Jamieson from the Seattle Police Public Affairs Unit confirmed the stabbing incident.

At around 4:23 p.m. on Sunday, March 31, a 50-year-old man was stabbed in the back on NW 54th St and 14th Ave NW.

He and his girlfriend had some kind of argument, she pulled out a knife, threatened him and stabbed him in the back.

The cut itself was "very, very minor," Jamieson said. By the time police arrived, the man was already being treated by Seattle Fire Department. The man then went to Swedish Ballard for further care.

The girlfriend was not found on the scene, but police have her contact information. Most likely, the case will be transferred to the City Attorney for consideration, Jamieson said.

Original, March 31

We received a tip from Ballard News-Tribune reader Silver that a man was stabbed in the back on NW 54th St and 14th Ave NW earlier today and that the female suspect was seen running eastbound on 14th Ave NW.

We'll be checking in with the Seattle Police Department in the morning to see what happened. Until then, pass along any info you have to


Police still looking for suspects involved in fight, gunshots fired at Golden Gardens

From Seattle Police Department's Blotter

Officers are still looking for suspects involved in a fight disturbance with shots fired in Golden Gardens Park last night. On March 29th at approximately 8:04 p.m. officers responded to Golden Gardens Park for 911 reports of a fight disturbance with shots fired.

Preliminary investigation indicates that the first victim got into a verbal argument with a male in the park. The victim was punched in the face by a male suspect, breaking his jaw. Another unassociated group of males attempted to break up the fight.

A male subject who was with the assault suspect pulled a small handgun out of his pocket. The second victim was part of the group who had broken up the fight. He wrestled the gun out of the hand of the gun-wielding suspect and then tried to hold that suspect until police arrived.

A third suspect from the original group approached, pulled out a handgun and fired one round into the ground next to the second victim and the first gun-wielding suspect.


SLIDESHOW: Sunrise Service sees a glorious Easter morning

By David Rosen

Today marked the 74th Annual Easter Sunrise Service at Forest lawn Cemetery located at 6701 30th Ave SW.

The service began around 6:30 am. About 100 people were in attendance.

There was a scripture reading by Pastor Randy Leskovar from Calvary Chapel followed by the Sermon which was read by Pastor Sam Seumae from The Way Church.

Pastor Ron Marshall from First Lutheran Church of West Seattle gave the Offering and the service concluded by Ron Rice from West Side Presbyterian Church giving the Benediction.

After the service was over people enjoyed an overflowing Easter breakfast.

The Sunrise Service is sponsored by the West Seattle Ministerial Association in cooperation with Forest Lawn Cemetery and Funeral Home. They noted their indebtedness to their staff for hosting, furnishing the refreshments, and the physical set-up for this service.

A special thanks was given to the Kiwanis Club of West Seattle for providing greeters and ushers, something they faithfully do each year.


UPDATE: CAUGHT in Burien! Deputies searching White Center area for wanted arsonist

UPDATE: Caught in Burien

April 8, 2013 –Seattle police say the U.S. Marshals Pacific Northwest Fugitive Apprehension Task Force tracked down and arrested Hung Minh Pham in Burien.


The King County Sheriff's Office has a $1 million warrant out for Hung Minh Pham, believed to frequent the White Center area. He is reported to be homeless, according to KCSO Sgt. Cindi West.

KCSO information for 3/30/13:

His name is Hung Minh Pham
43 years of age
Asian Male
5’5” 155 lbs
Black hair and Brown eyes
He is known to carry a knife or ice pick.

He has a $1 million warrant for Arson 1 DV

He is also suspected of starting the fire in the abandoned house at 2413 S.W. Roxbury.

If someone sees him they can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or the King County Sheriff’s Office at 206-296-3111.


SLIDESHOW: Easter Egg hunts were fast, fun and friendly

West Seattle Thriftway held their 25th Anniversary Easter Egg Hunt on March 30 with the largest number of eggs at 35,000 they have ever had. They had hundreds of kids and parent lined up outside waiting for the Easter Bunny to open the event.

Owners Paul and Connie Kapioski were excited to see how many people showed up. The actual total of eggs was a little uncertain, "The last few years we've been doing recycling and it's hard to tell how many go in the recycle bin," Paul said. The eggs were all sorted and filled by Renton Highlands Community Church youth group led by Larry Maison. They got started around President's Day packing them with candy or prizes. The Bible Quiz team was part of the effort as dozens of volunteers got the job done.

154 prizes were waiting to be discovered including bicycles, a Nintendo Wii, Mariners tickets coloring books, all kinds of games, a bird feeder with an Audobon robin, Power Rangers and more.


Car sharing service car2go arrives in West and South Seattle April 1

Car2go, a car sharing mobility program that is gaining traction in urban areas will expand into West and South Seattle April 1, 2013.

Launched by Daimler in Germany in March 2009 and in Austin, Texas, in November 2009, car2go provides a fleet of free-floating, low-emission, self-service smart fortwo cars distributed all over the city. Car2go vehicles can be accessed "on-demand." Unlike traditional carsharing programs, car2go allows its members to use the vehicle for as long as they like, without committing to a specific return time or location. They can finish the trip in any authorized parking space within the car2go Home Area. The service offers "by-the-minute" rates include costs for fuel, insurance, parking and maintenance.

The service costs 38 cents a minute, (after a $35 registration fee) which pays for parking, fuel, insurance, maintenance, cleaning, GPS navigation, 24/7 customer support and roadside assistance. You only pay for the minutes you spend in the car. Charges are billed directly to your credit card.


King 5 News personalities will help Easter Seals promote Autism Awareness April 1

In what is quickly becoming an annual event Admiral Safeway is holding the Celebrity Bagging Contest to kick off Autism Awareness Month and Safeway’s April fundraising for Easter Seals Washington on April 1.

The event pits three KING 5 News people against one another to test the speed of their grocery bagging.

It starts at 10am.

In attendance will be the familiar faces of Mark Wright, Tracy Taylor, and Rich Marriott.

To help contribute to the Easter Seals campaign just stop into a Safeway store during the month of April and participate in an in-store fund raising campaign at check-out stands. Store clerks will ask if you’d like to make a donation to Easter Seals. In 2012, the campaign raised over $7 million for Easter Seals affiliates across the United States and Canada.

The Safeway store is located at 2622 California Avenue S.W. in West Seattle.


A look inside BevMo!

As we all know now, after months of construction and taunting passersby, BevMo! is now open at 849 NW 46th St, across from Fred Meyer (Remember, grand opening is on April 5). And, true to what it promised, it is indeed a warehouse full of booze.

So, what does BevMo! offer? Well, The Ballard News-Tribune did an investigation.

Here is what you can find at BevMo!:




And growlers to put your favorite craft beer in.


Lots of wine.


Reason to buy lots of wine.



UPDATE: THIS FRIDAY- Musica Sacra Chamber Chorale presents "Taste of Britten" at Holy Rosary, West Seattle April 26

The video above was filmed during the 2012 "Candlelight Christmas" concert.

Press release from Musica Sacra:

"A Taste of Britten" is the theme of a concert series to be presented by the Musica Sacra Chamber Chorale at Holy Rosary Catholic Church Friday, April 26, 7:30 p.m., 4210 SW Genesee St., West Seattle, as well as Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Seattle’s U-District April 20, 7:30 p.m. and Luke’s Lutheran Church in Bellevue April 28, 3:00 p.m.

This series features Benjamin Britten’s ethereal "Hymn to the Virgin" for double choir, written by the composer at 17 years of age, as well as the wonderful "Hymn to St. Cecilia" set to lyrics by W.H. Auden. Other British composers from the Renaissance Period through the present whose works will be performed include William Byrd, Henry Purcell, G.F. Handel, Samuel Sebastian Wesley, W. H. Harris, Sir Charles Stanford, Sir Edward Elgar, Gerald Finzi and Sir John Tavener. Treat yourself and a friend to a wonderful concert of British choral music by one of Seattle’s premiere choral groups.