December 2023

Detectives investigate shooting in Delridge community 

by Officer Brian Pritchard via SPD Blotter 

on December 30, 2023 11:08 am

Detectives are investigating after a man was shot in the early morning in the Delridge neighborhood.

Shortly after 12:00 a.m., Dispatch received a call about a shooting in the 4500 block of Delridge Way Southwest. Police arrived and located a man in his 30’s suffering from a single gunshot wound. Officers secured the area and rendered aid until the Seattle Fire Department arrived. The victim was transported to Harborview Medical Center in serious, but stable condition.

Officers searched the area for two male suspects, but they were not located.   

Gun Violence Reduction Unit Detectives responded to the scene and are working to determine the circumstances that led up to the shooting.


West Seattle's THEM featured on KING 5 New Year's Eve show

The local West Seattle band, (and graduates of Mode Music Studio) THEM will be featured on KING 5's New Year's at the Needle show New Year's Eve.

The band shared the announcement via social media.

"We are so excited to ring in the new year by performing live on @king5seattle from the top of the space needle !!! tune in just before midnight on New Year’s Eve to watch 

— broadcasting live on KING 5 in Seattle, KGW 8 in Portland and KREM 2 in Spokane starting at 11:30 p.m."

The show will be hosted by Amity Addrisi and West Seattle resident and Evening host Jim Dever.


Fire in Roxhill/Westwood displaces six people; Cat is missing

A residential fire in the Roxhill/Westwood neighborhood that was called in at 5:15 AM on Thursday morning, displaced six people. 

The fire in the 3700 block of SW Austin street drew more than 20 SFD units. The fire was dealt with primary and secondary searches of the building were clear.

The Red Cross is assisting with the six displaced residents. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The family reported that their cat is missing.


The Polar Bear Plunge is BACK for 2024 – New Year's morning, Alki Beach 10am sharp

By Mark Ufkes

Optimists unite!   Make no mistake about it; Life continues to get better!  Our nation continues to get better!  Remember, the glass is always way more than half full.  

Alki Beach, West Seattle, again this year.  We go into the water at 10:00 am sharp on January 1, 2024.  Don’t be late. Over 1,000 participated last year, so plan for a crowd.  We line up and down the quarter- mile beach, hold hands, and we start counting down from 10, 9, 8 . . .  We yell “Happy New Year” and, together, rush wildly into the 47 degree water, screaming with joy!  Holding hands and wearing bright colors seems to help.  And we are only in the water for a short time.   Yes, it’s a form of mild insanity (of course it is), but a lot of fun too.  And the hundreds of smiles before and after is the best part.     


HERBOLD: Taking stock of our accomplishments

Lisa Herbold's term in office as the District 1 Seattle City Council member comes to a close Dec. 31. She has served in the office since 2016. She shared a look back at her tenure with her constituents via her newsletter.


With the end of my term days away I have been taking stock of my aspirations and my accomplishments.  I found my speech from the day in January 2016 when I was sworn in with a Council Chambers full of supporters of mine as well as my colleagues who were also being sworn in. Here is what I said then:


Pho White Center set to reopen as Pho-S on Dec. 28

Pho-S is set to open on Dec. 28 at 9646 16th SW. This location was the home to Dave's Jewelry and Loan since 1948 which closed in 2021.

Pho-S is the rebranded name of White Center Pho which closed one door north in May of this year. They were shuttered at that time due to health code violations. 

Why S? "It represents Seattle and Saigon," said Vinh Luu, son of the owner.

Owned by the Luu family the restaurant will serve Pho of course along with a range of Vietnamese and "some chinese" dishes.

They will be open from 10am to 9pm daily.

You can find them online here.


Seattle area transit is free on New Years Eve; Metro, Sound Transit and more will provide free transport till 3am

Information from King County

King County Metro, Sound Transit, and other regional transit partners are teaming up to provide free rides for one of the busiest New Year’s Eves in years. Beginning on Dec. 31 riders can travel without paying fares on King County Metro, Water Taxi, Metro Flex, Sound Transit Link, Sounder trains, Community Transit, Everett Transit, and the Seattle Streetcar. Whether you’re headed to see the Seattle Seahawks fight for the playoffs at Lumen Field, are a hockey fan making their way to the NHL Winter Classic Fan Village, joining the large crowds for the fireworks at the Space Needle or going out to other events throughout the region transit’s got you covered.


White Center Food Bank nearly ready to open: New mural revealed ahead of Jan 8 event

The White Center Food Bank is close to re-opening in their new location 10016 16th Ave SW, in the middle of the community. They revealed the new exterior mural that celebrates the diversity in the community.

Randy Nguyen with the food bank said"We're so excited to be in our new spot. Our expected date of opening to the public is January 8."

A Grand Opening Party is set for  January 12 from 5pm - 7pm.  More details about the celebration will be shared in the first week of January.