April 2023

Home invader assaults woman steals her car; Still at large

Information from Seattle Police Blotter

#2023-109133/Southwest Precinct/Third Watch:

On 4-24-2023 at 1:03am, police responded to the 1400 block of SW Henderson on a home invasion robbery.

The victim was asleep when she was awoken by the suspect who assaulted her, then stole her purse, keys, and vehicle.

The suspect fled in the victim’s vehicle prior to police arrival and was not located.


Bret Gitchel charged with 2nd Degree murder in death of Leticia Martinez-Cosman

Brett Gitchel the suspect in the death of Leticia Martinez-Cosman, was formally charged with second-degree murder today. He is pleading not guilty.

He was also previously charged with the kidnapping and attempted murder of her adult son. She was the care giver to her son who has special needs.

Court documents state, "Within a three days period, Brett Gitchel was the last person to be seen with Leticia Martinez-Cosman. Brett Gitchel would drive Leticia's vehicle to a remote area outside Seattle for a short period of time the next day, kidnap and attempt to kill her son and burn Leticia's vehicle."

The King County Medical Examiner's Office said she died of asphyxia due to strangulation and ruled her death a homicide.


Record Store Day at Easy Street Records promises crowds all day

300 unique releases and The Rockfords live in-store performance at 7pm

It's a big day at Easy Street Records in the West Seattle Junction. It's the Annual Record Store Day with over 300 exclusive titles, including Taylor Swift.

You might’ve seen her fans known as "Swifties" camping out overnight for this.

In fact fans anxious to get their hands on the unique and limited supply of these records wound around the block early.


Easy Street Records on Record Store Day
Photo by Petra Thomas


Matt Vaughan, Easy Street owner was on hand to give fans free bacon and coffee.


HERBOLD: Roxhill Park Bog preservation efforts

information from District 1 City Councilmember Lisa Herbold

Last week, I visited Roxhill Bog, located within Roxhill Park between SW Barton Street and SW Roxbury Street. Roxhill Bog is the headwaters of Longfellow Creek, one of the most diverse, urbanized sub-basins of the Green-Duwamish River and a critical educational and recreational amenity for the community in Seattle’s 1st District.   I have written about the Roxhill Bog in the past here.

With Earth Day on April 22nd, it’s a timely reminder of how local activism can make a difference.

A decade ago, two neighbors, Scott Blackstock and Rory Denovan, became concerned about Roxhill Park Bog's ecological changes from the loss of water in the wetland.


HERBOLD: How the city prioritizes encampments for services

Information from District 1 City Councilmember Lisa Herbold

Since early 2022, I have been publicly asking the Mayor’s Office for a clear policy that explains how encampments, which are reported to the City by residents, are assessed and prioritized for services and removals.  My longstanding request was finally answered at Wednesday’s Public Assets and Homelessness Committee meeting.  You can review the illuminating presentation here.   Watch the conversation about prioritization here.

Here is what we learned about how the City prioritizes encampments:


Drug Take Back Day will accept your unused prescription drugs Saturday

Drug Take Back Day is Saturday April 22.

Too often, unused prescription drugs find their way into the wrong hands. That's dangerous and often tragic. That's why it was great to see thousands of folks from across the country clean out their medicine cabinets and turn in - safely and anonymously - a record amount of prescription drugs last year.



UPDATE: Help Nacho Mamas fix their window; City of Seattle can't help

Goal reached through community support

Update April 20, 6:30pm 

Thank you all for donating and sharing! We have reached the initial goal to cover costs for repairing this one window but will leave this going as I have received messages of people wanting to contribute more. We have calls out to get the repair scheduled and will update again as we know more. Grateful for this community and all of your support--- Deb & Iris

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Debra  LeComb is just trying to make it. As a single mother and business person she opened Nacho Mamas in White Center last November. Her years of cooking experience and unique take on Fry Bread, Nachos and more seemed like something White Center was missing.