December 2018

Armed, barricaded situation in West Seattle ends peacefully

Information from the Seattle Police Blotter

A woman who had armed herself with a gun and barricaded herself in her apartment after officers attempted to serve a court order is now in custody.

Officers responded to the 3200 block of California Avenue SW Saturday afternoon to  serve a temporary protection order. The order required that the respondent surrender a firearm and vacate the residence immediately, but the adult female armed herself and refused to comply.

Negotiator and SWAT units responded while a search warrant was prepared.  During that time, it appeared that the suspect ingested a large quantity of prescription medications.  The woman collapsed due to the medical issue, allowing officers the opportunity to intervene and render aid.  Seattle Fire transported the woman to Harborview Medical Center for further medical treatment.

Detectives will handle the follow up investigation.


Overdue recognition for our guardians

By Jean Godden

In December Time magazine announced its choice for Person of the Year. Selecting the Person (or Persons) is an annual tradition that dates back to 1927 and Charles Lindbergh. Being picked Person of the Year is not a tribute (in past years, Time has picked popes, presidents and dictators). Instead it is recognition that the person, group or idea -- for better or worse -- most influenced the news of the past year.

For 2018, Time departed from tradition and produced a double issue and four magazine covers. Time's choice: The Guardians and the War on Truth. That group includes four journalists and the staff of the Capital Gazette, the Annapolis daily that lost five staffers in a mass shooting. The four individuals cited are murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Philippines-based editor Maria Ressa and two jailed Reuters journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo.


More wind coming Saturday; Gusts up to 55mph predicted

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory:


The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a Wind Advisory, which is in effect from 10 AM to 4 PM PST Saturday.

* WIND...Southerly 20 to 35 mph with gusts 45 to 55 mph.

* SOME AFFECTED LOCATIONS...Port Townsend, Everett, Bremerton, Seattle, Tacoma, La Push, Ocean Shores, Westport, and Hoquiam.

* TIMING...Mid morning Saturday through late Saturday afternoon. |

* IMPACTS...Winds may snap weak branches that have not been pruned by recent storms, produce isolated power outages, and make the driving of high-profile vehicles difficult.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A Wind Advisory means that winds of 35 mph are expected. Winds this strong can make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Use extra caution.



Alaskan Way Viaduct closure: With two weeks to go, how to ‘stay in the know’

New video has tips to manage the upcoming three-week closure of SR 99 closure through Seattle

information from WSDOT

Jan. 11, 2019 marks the start of one of the most demanding traffic challenges Seattle has ever seen. That’s when the Alaskan Way Viaduct closes and crews start three weeks of intensive construction to move State Route 99 off the viaduct and into the new SR 99 tunnel.