October 2016

Police Blotter 10-31-16

Man robbed by day laborer

Officers received a report of an armed robbery at 7:25 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 22. The victim said that the suspects were day laborers who spent the past week waiting for work at the parking lot on the 7300 block of Delridge Way S.W. The suspect offered to give the victim a ride home that evening and started heading towards his house. When the car stopped around 24 Ave S.W. and S.W. Holden St., the suspect demanded that the victim give him all his money. He then opened his backpack to reveal a handgun. The victim gave him the $20 he had, then fled from the vehicle and called 911. The victim said that he was not injured and that the gun was never pointed at him. He described the suspect as 5’5” and about 25 years old, wearing gray shorts and a gray jacket with black sleeves. The vehicle was a four-door, red Mitsubishi with dark tinted windows. Police drove the victim to his residence. They checked the area for the suspect but could not find him.

Masked robber on Harbor Avenue

School district could use some supervision

To the Editor:

I enjoyed Jordan Royer's article about Seattle City Hall needing adult supervision. Unfortunately, Seattle is not the only place it is needed.

Our State government makes housing more expensive on purpose. They require urban growth boundaries, which put rings around cities. Housing and schools can only be built inside those rings.

The shortage of buildable land makes the land more expensive, greatly increasing the cost of housing. The State is requiring this so local governments don't have to build so many new roads.

The Highline School District could also use some supervision. They want an impact fee for new students. You would think an impact fee for schools would be a fee when new babies are born in the District or when someone first enrolls at a District school.

Instead, the District wants apartment and house builders to pay about $7,000 for each new house they build and about $6,000 for each new apartment. This cost is passed on to the house buyer or tenant, who may not have any children.

SLIDESHOW: West Seattle Harvest Festival brings fun to the fall

The West Seattle Harvest Festival was a blast of color, music, costumes, produce, candy and fun for 2016 as hundreds of families with trick or treaters came to the West Seattle Junction to take part in the annual event.

The Chili Cook Off (benefitting the West Seattle Food Bank, for 2016 was won by Westy Sports and Spirits and a dance party was held at Shelby's Bistro and Ice Creamery.

The West Seattle High School marching band played for the crowd as they moved up California Avenue and around the ongoing Farmers Market, leading a parade of parents and costumed kids.


Sports Roundup 10-30-16

By Tim Clinton

Saturday, Oct. 29
Chief Sealth 3, Nathan Hale 0
Chief Sealth opened Metro League tournament action held in its own gymnasium by defeating Nathan Hale in a 9 a.m. Saturday match.
Ingraham 3, West Seattle 0
The Wildcats also opened the Metro League tournament with a 9 a.m. Saturday match but was eliminated with a loss to Ingraham.
Ingraham 3, Chief Sealth 0
Chief Sealth also succumbed to Ingraham in a match played Saturday afternoon.
Kennedy 3, Enumclaw 0
The Lancers scored a victory over the Hornets as they opened the North Puget Sound League tournament Saturday.
Kennedy 3, Kentridge 1
Kennedy Catholic also won a second match Saturday to secure the NPSL's No. 5 seed into the West Central District tournament.

Girls soccer
Highline 2, Lindbergh 0
The Pirates prevailed in a playoff played at Franklin Pierce High School on Saturday.
Holy Names 5, West Seattle 0
Holy Names dealt the Wildcats a decisive blow at the Southwest Athletic Complex Saturday night.

Friday, Oct. 28


Update: Possible brawl near Ballard Senior Center, two injured


Seattle Police have confirmed a fight disturbance near the Ballard Senior Center.

They report on Twitter that there was a "large crowd, but only two injuries."

Police scanner chatter indicated that the two injured individuals were taken to Swedish Hospital in Ballard.

Original post:

Seattle Police are currently investigating a possible brawl involving beer bottles near the Ballard Senior Center at 32nd Avenue N.W. and N.W. Market Street.

Emergency calls were made at approximately 7:20 p.m., and the Seattle Fire Department Real Time dispatch shows there have been seven emergency units sent to the scene.

As of 7:30 there have been reports that Seattle Fire Department personnel have treated at least two male victims.

SFD and SPD have not released any details about the incident.


Truck flies off West Seattle Freeway; Driver unhurt

A male driver of a late model pickup truck found himself in the blackberries under the West Seattle Freeway after his truck apparently fishtailed on a wet road and the truck left the roadway around 12:40pm.

The driver was unhurt. His airbags deployed.

The truck ended up some 25 feet down below the curve near 3035 Sw Manning St standing on its nose.

Rescue crews showed up and began the process of tipping the truck over so it could be towed away.

A Seattle fire firefighter on scene said, "This isn't the first this has happened."


Coast Guard searching for boater missing from Shilshole Bay

A man is missing and the subject of a search after his boat, 14 foot skiff was found adrift and reported to the Coast Guard.

The boat carried documentation that said it was bought last week and delivered to the marina at around 3 p.m. Friday, according to authorities. The man reportedly told delivery crews that his intentions were to sail from the marina to North Bainbridge Island.

The man is white, weighs approximately 350 pounds and is about 6-feet-6-inches tall with brown hair. His name was not disclosed.

Anyone with information should contact Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound at (206) 217-6001.


Clay Eals book on Steve Goodman getting renewed attention as Chicago Cubs play the World Series

It's almost kismet, the coincidence of the Chicago Cubs going to the world series for the first time in over seven decades and the fourth printing of the penultimate book about legendary songwriter (and Cubs fan) Steve Goodman by West Seattle's Clay Eals.

Goodman, who wrote such enduring songs as "City of New Orleans" and "You Never Even Call Me By Name", and who died in 1984 also wrote "A Dying Cub Fan's Last Request" and the anthem of the Cubs "Go Cubs Go" heard after every home win.

Eals 800 page book has been getting more attention again from other media as the Cubs rise toward the pinnacle of baseball success took place. He was interviewed on NPR for a segment about Goodman you can hear here.


UPDATE: Two West Seattle teens missing near Snoqualmie found safe

UPDATE 9:05am
The two West Seattle teen boys that were reported missing near Issaquah/Snoqualmie have been found safe. No details on their recovery were released. From his Snapchat account Tyler Hammond said,
" Yo me and my friend just got lost in the forest. We are totally OK Stop worrying please. Did not run away! We got lost on the run we went on tonight's and couldn't find our way back until this morning!"

Original post:
On Oct 26 Tyler Hammond and his friend Ryan Kimsey left West Seattle to go for a trail run around 7pm in the mountains somewhere in the Issaquah/Snoqualmie area. They were supposed to have returned home by midnight and failed to do so and have not been heard from. It is not typical for these boys to not check in with family or friends.

Their parents and friends are very concerned for the safety and well-being of both boys.

A police report was made Thursday morning for both boys and their vehicle. A Missing Persons Report is filed. Several area police departments have done some initial searches in the area and the phone tracking of the teens is showing up in the Issaquah/Renton area (within 30 mile radius).


Keeping Track: Where area stars meet their future

By Tim Clinton

Geving inducted into Hall at Highline

Tyler Geving of the Highline High School class of 1991 was inducted into the Pirates' Athletic Hall of Fame at their homecoming assembly held Thursday.
Geving still holds school records for boys basketball in points in a game with 48, points in a season with 529 and career points with 1,362.
Geving has been the head coach at Portland State University for seven seasons after serving as assistant coach for five.
Geving became the head coach when he was only 35 years old.

Playoffs end early for Kela, Barnette

The American League Divisional playoffs ended with a three-game sweep for the Texas Rangers by the Toronto Blue Jays despite the efforts of Chief Sealth graduate Keone Kela and Thomas Jefferson graduate Tony Barnette.
Barnette appeared in all three games against the Blue Jays, throwing a total of four scoreless innings. He struck out one and allowed three hits.
Kela threw 1.2 innings in his one appearance, also striking out one and allowing no hits.