UPDATE: Man dies after shooting; deputies searching for killer

July 14th, 2015 Tracy Posted in Crime, King County Sheriff's Office, White Center news 5 Comments »

(King County Sheriff’s Office photo)

3:56 AM: A 51-year-old man was shot and killed early this morning near 14th SW/SW 106th, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office. “It appears he tried to help another person being robbed and was shot,” KCSO’s media-relations Deputy Stan Seo tweeted. The only description so far: Black male, ski mask, dark hoodie and shorts. Deputies have been searching with K-9 assistance but haven’t found anyone so far. If you have any information, please call 911.

9:08 AM: KCSO now says the victim was 51 years old, so we’ve corrected his age above.

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Seattle Police arrest alleged ‘prolific car thief’ in White Center

July 10th, 2015 Tracy Posted in Crime, White Center news Comments Off on Seattle Police arrest alleged ‘prolific car thief’ in White Center

If you saw Seattle Police in the area Thursday, might have been related to this case that just appeared on their SPD Blotter website:

Southwest Precinct officers arrested a prolific auto thief and recovered a bag full of suspected stolen credit cards Thursday after staking out a stolen car in White Center.

Police had been scouring the neighborhood for the man, who was wanted on warrants for theft and auto theft, when they found one of his stolen cars parked near SW 104th St and 1st Ave SW.

Officers staked out the stolen Honda and waited for the suspect, who soon pulled up in a white Mitsubishi, driven by a female accomplice.

The pair of suspects seemed to take notice of an officer working the stakeout, who drove away from the scene.

The suspects sped up to catch up to the officer’s car, but quickly circled back to the stolen car.

When the male suspect climbed into the stolen Honda, he quickly discovered officers had already disabled the vehicle.

Police moved in and arrested the suspect and the woman driving the Mitsubishi, and found a purse filled with suspected stolen credit and gift cards, drug paraphernalia and tools frequently used by burglars inside the car.

Officers booked the man into the King County Jail for auto theft and booked the woman for reckless driving and possession of stolen property.

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FOLLOWUP: White Center crash victim has died, family says

April 10th, 2015 Tracy Posted in Crime, White Center news 3 Comments »

(WCN photo from last Thursday)
We’ve learned from the family of the woman hit by a suspected drunk driver last week that she has died. 55-year-old Rebecca Delgado, a White Center resident, was hit while crossing 16th SW last Thursday and was taken to Harborview with injuries that included skull fractures, according to the police report. She died at the hospital, her son, who lives out of state, told us via e-mail early today.

As reported here earlier this week, bail was set at $30,000 for the driver, a 50-year-old Burien woman; she posted bond and got out on Easter Sunday. She had not been charged as of our last check; we’ll be checking again today with the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

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FOLLOWUP: Suspected drunk driver out of jail

April 6th, 2015 Tracy Posted in Crime, King County Sheriff's Office, White Center news Comments Off on FOLLOWUP: Suspected drunk driver out of jail

The 50-year-old driver arrested after hitting a pedestrian in White Center last Thursday is out of jail. We’re not identifying the suspect yet, as she is not yet charged. But the jail register shows that her bail was set at $30,000 and that she got out of jail over the weekend. Court documents say she told a King County Sheriff’s Deputy that she had had three beers before driving; the deputy wrote that her speech was slurred and that she “had difficulty walking.” She also is reported to have said she was sorry for hitting the pedestrian, who was reported to have suffered “severe skull fractures.”

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Recognize these suspects? Let KCSO know!

April 1st, 2015 Tracy Posted in boulevard park, Crime, King County Sheriff's Office, White Center news Comments Off on Recognize these suspects? Let KCSO know!

No further details but if you recognize either or both of these suspects … King County Sheriff’s Office just put out this alert via Twitter:


And this addition:


P.S. For this month’s update on North Highline crime trends, don’t miss Thursday night’s NHUAC meeting – more info here.

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Followup: Brodie Lamb sentenced to 22 years for murdering his mother Margaret Ryan

March 21st, 2015 Tracy Posted in Crime, White Center news Comments Off on Followup: Brodie Lamb sentenced to 22 years for murdering his mother Margaret Ryan

(December 2012 gathering honoring murder victim Margaret Ryan)

By Tracy Record
White Center Now editor

268 months in prison – 22 years and four months – is the sentence that King County Superior Court Judge Laura Inveen has given Brodie Lamb, the 44-year-old man who stabbed his mother Margaret Ryan to death at her White Center apartment in November of 2012. That’s the top end of the standard range for his crime, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney Office‘s sentencing report.

As we first reported two months ago, Lamb pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of second-degree murder. The sentence represents 20 years for that, plus two extra years for use of a deadly weapon, and is what the prosecution recommended.

According to documents from the Friday afternoon sentencing hearing, Lamb will get credit for the two years and four months he has already spent behind bars since his arrest the night of Ms. Ryan’s murder, and when he gets out, he will be on probation (technically, community custody) for three years.

The sentence also directs him to participate in mental-health treatment; the case dragged out longer than many because of issues of whether he was competent to stand trial, and he spent time along the way at Western State Hospital. He had been on Mental Health Court probation until a few months before the murder, and had stopped taking anti-psychotic medication, according to the prosecution’s report. His criminal record included a 2008 assault against his mother, who was 69 years old when he killed her, as well as an attack that broke the ribs of his 75-year-old landlady.

Documents submitted by prosecutors before yesterday’s sentencing included the 911 call in which Lamb told dispatchers he had killed his mother because “she wanted to lock me out [of her apartment], homeless,” and then repeatedly begged for emergency responders to “come save her life.” He was not allowed to be at her apartment, but kicked the door down that night and stabbed her more than a dozen times.

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Did you hear the booms? Raid this morning linked to Seattle Police case

March 5th, 2015 Tracy Posted in Crime, White Center news 5 Comments »

This morning we happened onto an online discussion of early morning gunshot/explosion-type noises just east of White Center. Following up to see what we could find out, King County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. BJ Myers, who is currently serving as its media-relations officer, told us it was a Seattle Police raid, not KCSO. We then took our inquiry to SPD, which has just published details to its online “blotter”:

A cello taken in a Seattle break-in was just one of the hundreds of suspected stolen items found by Seattle police Thursday morning inside a Burien home.

SPD’s Major Crimes Task Force has been on the trail of a ring of burglars, suspected of targeting homes in North Seattle, Queen Anne and Magnolia. This morning, around 7 AM, SPD SWAT served a warrant at the home in the 12000 block of 1st Avenue S., where police found “a ton of stolen stuff,” according to Major Crimes Task Force Captain Eric Sano.

Police arrested two people inside the home for warrants, and are now investigating and sorting through evidence. Police believe some items found inside the homes may have been taken in unreported break-ins.

We’ll have more updates as the case develops.

P.S. If you’re interested in general crime/safety news from the unincorporated area, don’t miss the North Highline Unincorporated Area Council meeting tonight at 7 pm, at the NH Fire District HQ, 1243 SW 112th.

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Suspect in custody after search crosses into county

February 25th, 2015 Tracy Posted in Crime, King County Sheriff's Office, west seattle, White Center news 1 Comment »

11:53 PM: Still trying to unravel exactly what happened, but Seattle Police tracked a suspect into White Center tonight and have just taken him into custody near Marv’s Broiler in downtown White Center. The call apparently started with a report of a man with a knife in South Delridge; SPD was searching, and then found their suspect, who was reported to have been on a bicycle. King County Sheriff’s Deputies were on the case too. We’ll add anything more that we find out.

12 MIDNIGHT: Photo tweeted by Katt:


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Sentencing postponed to next month for Brodie Lamb

February 20th, 2015 Tracy Posted in Crime, White Center news 1 Comment »

Today was the originally scheduled sentencing date for 44-year-old Brodie Lamb, who pleaded guilty last month to murdering his mother, 69-year-old Margaret Ryan, in 2012. But it’s been postponed a month because members of Ms. Ryan’s family were unable to come to court today. The hearing is rescheduled for 1:30 pm Friday, March 20th. As first reported here on January 23rd, Lamb pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of second-degree murder for stabbing his mother to death, and prosecutors are recommending a 22-year sentence.

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Guilty plea in 2012 murder of White Center advocate Margaret Ryan

January 23rd, 2015 Tracy Posted in Crime, White Center news Comments Off on Guilty plea in 2012 murder of White Center advocate Margaret Ryan

(December 2012 gathering honoring murder victim Margaret Ryan)
3:30 PM: More than two years after the murder of 69-year-old Margaret Ryan in her White Center apartment, her son has pleaded guilty to stabbing her to death. The case against 44-year-old Brodie Lamb has dragged on for so long because of issues including whether he was mentally competent to stand trial; we have been checking in on the court files periodically over these many months and have noted that he spent time at Western State Hospital as well as jail. Lamb pleaded guilty this morning to the reduced charge of second-degree murder as the result of a plea bargain. The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office will recommend 20 years for Lamb, plus two years’ enhancement for use of a deadly weapon. He had a prior record including assault convictions; in one case, his mother was the victim. According to charging documents filed in November 2012, she wouldn’t allow him into her apartment, so he broke the door down and killed her. We are checking with prosecutors to find out when he will be sentenced.

4:28 PM UPDATE: The sentencing is scheduled for 1 pm February 20th at the County Courthouse downtown.

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White Center Crime Watch: Zippy’s Giant Burgers break-in

December 22nd, 2014 Tracy Posted in Crime, King County Sheriff's Office, White Center news Comments Off on White Center Crime Watch: Zippy’s Giant Burgers break-in

This day started a lot earlier than it should have had to for Zippy’s Giant Burgers. And it’s including jobs it shouldn’t have had to include – cleaning up broken glass and buying a new cash register. Zippy’s proprietor Blaine Cook was planning one last full day of business before an early closure Tuesday for the staff party, followed by a holiday break. Instead, he got an early call about one or more burglar(s) breaking a side door to get in, discovered by a family member arriving around 4 am to clean.

The cash register and safe were taken, Cook writes on Facebook). The King County Sheriff’s Office is investigating; deputies were just leaving as we arrived. Zippy’s is at 9614 14th SW; you’ll recall the Greenbridge area, several blocks east, had a series of business burglaries last month.

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White Center Crime Watch: Stolen car pulled over in Greenbridge, suspects bolt

December 16th, 2014 Tracy Posted in Crime, White Center news 1 Comment »

If you, like the tipster who shared that photo, wondered what was going on around 2:30 am in the heart of Greenbridge – King County Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Houck has replied to our inquiry. He says it involved a stolen car: “At around 2 am or so a Deputy turned around to stop a vehicle that had been driving toward him, for an equipment violation. As he was doing this, 4 unknown race/ sex / age people jumped out and ran in all directions.” The ensuing search, including a K-9 team, didn’t find any of the suspects.

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Update: Hit-run crash injures woman, closes westbound Roxbury at 15th

November 30th, 2014 Tracy Posted in Crime, White Center news Comments Off on Update: Hit-run crash injures woman, closes westbound Roxbury at 15th

(WCN photo by Patrick Sand)
6:36 PM: Westbound Roxbury is closed between 15th and 16th SW (map) while Seattle Police investigate a hit-run crash that sent a woman to the hospital. Police told us at the scene that she was in the crosswalk when hit by what witnesses described as a blue SUV. We don’t yet know her condition. The road will be closed for a while; SPD’s Traffic Collision Investigation Squad has been called in. If you have any information about this crash, please call 911.

MONDAY MORNING, 10:48 AM: No word yet from Seattle Police on whether they have found the hit-run driver. We asked Seattle Fire for more information on the victim; they say she is 35 years old and was in stable condition when taken to the hospital, where she was expected to be checked for possible internal injuries.

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White Center Crime Watch: Burglar sought; car stolen

November 24th, 2014 Tracy Posted in Crime, White Center news 2 Comments »

Two notes today – first, King County Sheriff’s Office is circulating surveillance photos of a burglar:


Also this afternoon – a reader report: Veronica hopes you can help her find her stolen car, and what was inside it:

It was stolen this past Saturday November 22 from Coronado Springs Apartments in White Center around 6-7pm. It is a dark green 1996 Honda Accord, 4 door, plate # AOE7527. It has chipped paint and a Seahawks logo on the back window. Please, I am so stressed over this. It had my daughter’s seat, stroller, personal portraits and just so much sentimental value.

Call 911 if you see it.

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Suspect arrested in White Center Heights Elementary burglary; KCSO not sure yet if connected to other break-ins

November 14th, 2014 Tracy Posted in Crime, Greenbridge, White Center news Comments Off on Suspect arrested in White Center Heights Elementary burglary; KCSO not sure yet if connected to other break-ins

(also published on partner site West Seattle Blog)

The King County Sheriff’s Office has just announced that it’s arrested “a juvenile male … for burglary and possession of stolen property” and that he “may be related to other burglaries since November 2nd.” KCSO spokesperson Sgt. DB Gates elaborates that the teen is in custody in connection with the White Center Heights Elementary break-in.

As reported here earlier this week, those hit by a recent string of burglaries include Dubsea Coffee, broken into at least three times. After a two-day closure, Dubsea reopened this morning, with supporters crowding inside:

WCH Elementary teachers were among them – one teacher was our original source for news of the repeated burglaries. Dubsea staff confirms a security system is being installed there today.

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Dubsea Coffee update: Reopening on Friday – and celebrating anniversary

November 13th, 2014 Tracy Posted in Beverages, Crime, Greenbridge, White Center news Comments Off on Dubsea Coffee update: Reopening on Friday – and celebrating anniversary

Following up on Wednesday’s story about repeat burglaries at Dubsea Coffee in Greenbridge, the shop was closed again today, so we inquired to see when it’ll reopen. The answer:

Dubsea will re-open tomorrow (Friday Nov 14), with slightly shortened hours from 7 am-5 pm. We will resume regular hours once things normalize.

Tomorrow is also Dubsea’s 5th birthday. We truly look forward to spending it in the company of our guests.

We appreciate … all the care, kind words, and support from our neighbors. We love this community. We are here to stay.

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Teachers urge support for burglar-besieged Dubsea Coffee

November 12th, 2014 Tracy Posted in Beverages, Crime, Greenbridge, White Center news Comments Off on Teachers urge support for burglar-besieged Dubsea Coffee

(Crossposted to partner site West Seattle Blog)

That’s the sign you’ll find today on the door of Dubsea Coffee in Greenbridge (9910 8th SW). A teacher at nearby White Center Heights Elementary School messaged us to say the area’s been hit with a series of burglaries, and that Dubsea has been broken into three times in the past week and a half. We reported the first one here on November 3rd but hadn’t heard of the others; we’re checking with the King County Sheriff’s Office regarding the teacher’s report of other break-ins in the area.

The teacher wrote us because this, she says, is more than a matter of crime concern – she writes, “This coffee shop is the hub of the neighborhood and it is ALWAYS busy with people having meetings, enjoying coffee and sandwiches, children having playdates while frazzled moms drink their coffee, etc.” They are working on plans to show their support and want to encourage you to patronize the shop to help it recover. We’ll be following up.

ADDED 4:26 PM: KCSO spokesperson Sgt. DB Gates confirms a series of recent break-ins in the vicinity, “with a similar MO”:

Dubsea was one victim, with the nearby library/YMCA hit next, followed by the Dollar Tree, and then an elementary school burglarized on the 7th. The MO has been to break a window and steal cash. We have no suspect info other than believing in at least one of the burglaries there were two suspects. They have all happened in the late evening/early morning hours when no persons were present. The four cases have not been conclusively linked as being committed by the same suspects.

We encourage citizens to call when they see something out of the ordinary. It’s also a good time to remember to keep areas around homes and businesses well-lit as thieves love the cover of darkness, and to keep vegetation trimmed so that neighbors and passersby can see if something is amiss at a business (or home).

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White Center Crime Watch: Break-in at Dubsea Coffee

November 3rd, 2014 Tracy Posted in Crime, Greenbridge, White Center news 3 Comments »

Did you notice the boarded-up window at Dubsea Coffee today? Somebody smashed a window to break into the Greenbridge coffee shop, staff confirmed. We heard about it via Twitter:

Marcia, who tweeted the photo, said the broken window was right over the kids’ area. Some items were stolen, according to staff. (added) WCN reader Carrie says the burglar(s) even turned on the grill and cooked/ate some food, besides breaking into the office. She adds, “Dubsea is a small, local business that promotes a strong sense of community and it’s sad that some jerks would do this to them.”

P.S. If you have concerns/questions about North Highline crime, be at the NH Unincorporated Area Council meeting Thursday night, 7 pm at NH Fire District HQ, with guests from the King County Sheriff’s Office including new White Center Storefront Deputy Julian Chivington.

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Guilty plea in 22nd/Roxbury rape/beating attack

October 24th, 2014 Tracy Posted in Crime, White Center news Comments Off on Guilty plea in 22nd/Roxbury rape/beating attack

Just discovered this on one of our routine weekly-or-so check of files in certain court cases; it happened last week but has gone unreported and unannounced until now (also just published on our partner site West Seattle Blog):

The man charged in last March’s rape and beating of a 58-year-old woman near 22nd/Roxbury has pleaded guilty. The attack drew coverage in media all around the region, as deputies went door to door searching for clues to solve the exceptionally violent attack; investigators even circulated a sketch and a photo of the victim’s distinctive purse, hoping to jog someone’s memory.

Eventually, a DNA match led investigators to 25-year-old Christopher Anthony Brown, who then was arrested in Oklahoma in June, charged with rape and assault, and extradited. Investigators said Brown had been visiting the White Center area when he attacked the victim as she waited for a bus after leaving Roxbury Lanes. First, investigators said, he asked her for a cigarette, which she gave him; then he offered her money for sex, which she declined, so he attacked her – dragging her into nearby shrubbery, choking her until she was nearly unconscious, beating her, raping her, robbing her, threatening to kill her and her family if she reported it.

Court documents say prosecutors will recommend a sentence that would put Brown in prison for 171 months – 14 years plus 3 months – and then he would be on probation (community custody) for the rest of his life. Brown pleaded guilty last week to one count each of rape, assault, and robbery. King County Superior Court Judge Julie Spector is scheduled to sentence him on November 14th.

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‘Probable homicide’ under investigation in Top Hat

October 23rd, 2014 Tracy Posted in Crime, King County Sheriff's Office, White Center news Comments Off on ‘Probable homicide’ under investigation in Top Hat

Few details yet but according to King County Sheriff’s Twitter account, a “probable homicide” is being investigated right now in Top Hat. KCSO says “Major Crimes detectives” are on scene, as is the Medical Examiner, in the 10700 block of 6th Avenue S. (map).


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