School bus and car collide; no serious injuries

September 25th, 2014 Tracy Posted in Shorewood, White Center news Comments Off

In case you saw this and wondered – a Highline Public Schools bus was involved in a collision with a car at 28th SW and SW 106th this morning, but everyone on the bus is OK, and were being transferred to the other bus you see in our photo, according to a KCSO deputy on the scene. The driver was being checked out for what was described as a possible wrist injury. Tow crews were arriving and this wasn’t expected to impede traffic for too much longer.

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Water-main break leaves homes on SW 104th temporarily waterless

October 31st, 2013 Tracy Posted in Shorewood, utilities, White Center news Comments Off

Repairs should be complete by now near 19th and 104th, where Seattle Public Utilities confirms a water main broke around noon today. SPU spokesperson Ingrid Goodwin confirms to WCN that three customers lost water service for a few hours; crews were scheduled to be on site until around 4 pm, backfilling the hole they had to cut to make repairs. Also from Goodwin: “It was a 6-inch cast-iron pipe that broke. And, we don’t know the cause of the break at this time.”

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Crime Watch: Break-in on 22nd SW

October 31st, 2013 Tracy Posted in Crime, Shorewood, White Center news Comments Off

Out of the WCN inbox, from Erin:

Just wanted to let folks know our house was broken into in the 11000 block of 22nd Ave SW (map) between the hours of 10-11 am (Tuesday). Garbage trucks probably rolled by while it was in progress; we’ve put in a call to see if they saw anything. Thief took a crowbar to a basement window; I’d like to just take a moment to remind everyone to put dowels in any sliding windows and keep a list of serial numbers…they were obviously looking for stuff that could be easily carried away and pawned.

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Celebrating North Shorewood Park’s new play area

September 18th, 2013 Tracy Posted in Parks, Shorewood, White Center news Comments Off

Katy Terry, deputy director of King County Parks, came to North Shorewood Park on Tuesday afternoon to celebrate the official grand opening of its brand-new play area. The celebration was part of King County Parks’ 75th birthday, so of course there was cake:

The play-area project cost about $117,000, with the money coming from a Community Development Block Grant and county parks-levy money.

What? You don’t know where North Shorewood Park is? 24th SW and SW 102nd.

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Dedication Tuesday for new play area at North Shorewood Park

September 16th, 2013 Tracy Posted in Parks, Shorewood, White Center news Comments Off

We first heard about it from tipster Gill (who also shared the photo), while the work was under way – and now, not only is the North Shorewood Park play area open, there’s a dedication event planned tomorrow:

Everyone is invited to join King County Parks in celebrating the grand opening of a new play area at North Shorewood Park on Tuesday, Sept. 17 from 5-7 p.m., with the official program commencing at 5:30 p.m. The park is located at 24th Avenue Southwest and Southwest 102nd Street in White Center.

The new playground equipment replaces outdated equipment that had reached the end of its lifecycle, and features a slide and other interactive elements for children aged 3 – 12 years old. The $117,000 project was funded by a grant from the Community Development Block Grant program and by the 2007-2013 Open Space and Trails Levy.

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Seattle Works, Friends of Shorewood Park, neighbors team up for work party

May 20th, 2013 Tracy Posted in Parks, Shorewood, White Center news 3 Comments »

Thanks to Gill Loring for photos and news about a weekend event to beautify North Shorewood Park – organized by King County Parks and featuring Seattle Works volunteers as well as Friends of NSP:

We had a great time. The weather was perfect for working. Cleaned out around trees planted last year, added a few more and barked them to help keep down the weeds.

Cleared out along the trails and picked up trash. Several kids from the neighborhood showed up to use the basketball hoop and found it “busy” with a truck parked under it.

A wonderful thing happened – they volunteered to help, pulled on some Seattle Works tees and dug right in. According to Mark from KC Parks, they wanted to know if they could come back (Sunday) and help some more! Nope, just a one-day event.

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Followup: Alan Polevia no longer on the run

March 25th, 2013 Tracy Posted in Crime, King County Sheriff's Office, Shorewood, White Center news Comments Off

More than two weeks after Alan Polevia was the subject of an air and land manhunt centered in Shorewood on March 5th, with school lockdowns ensuing – he’s back behind bars. The Shorewood search followed a sighting of him in that area days after he escaped from officers while being taken to Harborview Medical Center after an arrest on theft warrants. Sgt. Cindi West from the King County Sheriff’s Office tells WCN today that deputies arrested him Friday night after discovering him “rummaging through a dumpster behind a building” on SW 137th in Burien. He at first told deputies his name was Alex Polevia, says Sgt. West; they used a photo and tattoo descriptions to identify him as Alan, and they say he subsequently “apologized for lying about his name.”

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Update: Deputies arrest car-theft suspect after air, ground search in Shorewood

March 14th, 2013 Tracy Posted in King County Sheriff's Office, Shorewood, White Center news 10 Comments »

(One of more than half a dozen law-enforcement cars scattered around the search area)
9:42 AM: The King County Sheriff’s Office helicopter Guardian One is over the Shorewood/White Center area again, according to reader reports, confirmed by KCSO spokesperson Sgt. Cindi West, who confirms the helicopter is assisting with a ground search. No details just yet – so far it does not seem to be related to the recent search in that area. We’re headed that way and will update when there’s more information available.

10 AM: The search and ground “containment” are over a wide area, somewhat further south of the aforementioned recent search. A K-9 officer is helping too. On our Facebook page, one resident says Evergreen High School and Cascade Middle School are taking “modified lockdown” precautions – we have not yet verified that with Highline Public Schools, but it would be typical for any kind of search situation within a mile or two. (Added: Commenters say Shorewood Elementary is in lockdown too.)

10:22 AM: Here’s what Sgt. West just told us: Deputies pulled over a car that turned out to be stolen. One man who had a car-theft warrant out for his arrest took off running. He is a light-complexion Hispanic male in his 30s, puffy gray sweatshirt, blue jeans. They advise staying in your house because they have a K-9 search going on. We also have received the message that Highline Schools is sending to parents. From district spokesperson Catherine Carbone Rogers:

This morning at about 9:35 a.m. we were advised to go into a modified lockdown due to police activity in the area. This is a standard precautionary measure.

The safety of our students is our number one priority. During a modified lockdown, students can move about inside the school but not outside. For the safety of both students and parents, we do not alert parents while a lockdown is in progress or allow students to contact their parents by cell phone. This is an emergency management best practice. Police do not want parents to come to school to retrieve their children, because that could put the parent in danger and/or could compromise the police investigation.

Please know that your child’s safety is the central purpose of all our emergency procedures.

And Sgt. West reiterates that if you see or hear anything/anyone suspicious, call 911.

10:42 AM: Sgt. West says they arrested the suspect.

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Update: King County Sheriff’s Office search in Shorewood

March 5th, 2013 Tracy Posted in King County Sheriff's Office, Shorewood, White Center news Comments Off

11:53 AM: You might have noticed the helicopters – the King County Sheriff’s Office has serious presence in Shorewood right now looking for a man who escaped deputies last week at Harborview Medical Center. He’d been taken there after being arrested on theft warrants; he apparently had ingested drugs. He was handcuffed when he bolted there on February 25th; KCSO spokesperson Sgt. Cindi West tells us a man believed to be the escapee was spotted at Shorewood Market earlier this morning; he dropped a duffel bag believed to contain stolen property, and ran. They think he’s still in the area of the market and have just brought in a K-9 patrol. Here’s his mug shot:

Read more about the case in this Monday update from KCSO says suspect Alan Polevia’s head is now shaven, since that photo. He is described as 5’8″ and about 170 pounds. Here’s what Sgt. West told us in an interview at the search scene:

We’ll continue checking back for word on whether he’s been caught.

4:13 PM: No capture reported yet. But here’s an updated mugshot:

We’ve also learned about the suspect’s background – tied to some high-profile incidents in West Seattle; details are in our report on partner site West Seattle Blog.

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Why deputies are searching in Shorewood/south White Center

October 30th, 2012 Tracy Posted in King County Sheriff's Office, Shorewood, White Center news 1 Comment »

We got a note from Beth in Shorewood, asking about a search that her neighbors heard might involve “a man with a gun.” King County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. Cindi West says it started around 4:30 pm when deputies tried to stop “two suspicious subjects … in the area of 117th/Ambaum. Apparently when they were attempting to pat one of them down deputies saw a gun in his waistband. The subject ran. We are looking for him. I understand we know who he is and he is NOT a convicted felon.” So that’s what the search is about. No reports of any injuries related to this.

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Truck takes a dive in Shorewood; possible hit-and-run

July 1st, 2012 Tracy Posted in King County Sheriff's Office, Shorewood, White Center news Comments Off

Thanks to the person who texted our 24-hour number (206-293-6302) to report this – a truck that went through a fence and partway down an embankment kitty-corner from the Shorewood Market at 26th and 106th. A King County Sheriff’s Deputy at the scene told us that nobody was hurt seriously enough to have to go to the hospital; they’re investigating it as a possible hit-and-run.

No major traffic trouble – the tow truck was already there when we arrived, ready to pull out the truck.

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North Shorewood Park gets TLC from REI

June 1st, 2012 Tracy Posted in Parks, Shorewood, White Center news Comments Off

If you’re with a company that specializes in getting people ready for the outdoors – what better way to spend your volunteering time, than to be, well, outdoors? North Shorewood Park got an infusion of attention on Thursday when REI volunteers dug in:

If you’re feeling like helping out, REI’s website even has a feature you can use to find someplace to volunteer. Thanks to Gill for the tip about Thursday’s work party – and for sharing this bonus group shot:

Side note: North Shorewood Park, which is at 24th and 102nd, is one of those that King County would turn over to the City of Burien if annexation wins the November vote and is finalized next year.

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Update: Car flipped in Shorewood at 28th/106th

September 1st, 2011 Tracy Posted in Shorewood, White Center news 2 Comments »

11:08 AM: Sarah took this photo before King County Sheriff’s Deputies had even arrived, so we have no other details, but we’re en route to check. 28th/106th, taken just before 11 am Thursday. More to come.

UPDATE: Nobody hurt; the crash was only blocking part of the intersection, and since a tow truck had already arrived by the time we got there around 11:20, it was expected to be cleared quickly.

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Update: Shorewood crash on 26th SW sends 1 to hospital

January 15th, 2011 Tracy Posted in King County Sheriff's Office, Shorewood, White Center news Comments Off

King County Sheriff’s Deputies say the black pickup in the photo hit a pedestrian crossing 26th SW south of 106th SW about 12:30 pm. We were at the site around 2 and the Major Accident Response investigators had just arrived – deputies told us that meant the road is not likely to reopen till early evening. (We will check back.) No word so far on the circumstances, nor on the condition of the pedestrian. This is a busy area for traffic, since 106th SW runs between White Center and the West Seattle neighborhood of Arbor Heights, and 26th SW runs north of the scene all the way to the Westwood Village shopping center. We have two reports, neither official (one is from someone saying he was a witness at the scene right after the crash), that the victim is a juvenile male, and we will be trying to find out more.

5:31 PM UPDATE: The road is open again; investigators have finished and departed.

6:40 PM UPDATE: King County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. John Urquhart has sent a brief news release on the crash, but the only additional detail it contains is that the victim, described as “around 15 years old,” is in serious condition.

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Yard sale fans! Shorewood on the Sound has dozens next Saturday

May 30th, 2010 Tracy Posted in Shorewood, White Center news Comments Off

In nearby Shorewood on the Sound, next Saturday is a day much like our recent West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day – dozens of residents are having yard/garage sales. A couple folks in Shorewood have e-mailed to call our attention to this so we can share with you. They say the map’s not available online, but printed copies will be available in the neighborhood that day, and hopefully we will get a list to sales to share with you before then. Sale hours on Saturday are 10 am-4 pm.

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Law-enforcement action this morning in Shorewood

April 16th, 2010 Tracy Posted in Crime, Shorewood, White Center news Comments Off

Got a few notes through partner site West Seattle Blog‘s mailbox this morning regarding law-enforcement action in Shorewood, along SW 106th near the Seola Beach turnoff, just blocks west of White Center, reportedly with major weaponry and canines at one point. One King County Sheriff’s Office rep still there, and an unmarked car, when we drove by in the 8 am hour; checked with KCSO spokesperson Sgt. John Urquhart, who told us that his agency was assisting what he believed to be federal agents in serving warrants as part of an operation/investigation involving multiple locations. We’ll add to this story if/when we find out more.

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Update: Cocoa the “old hound dog mix” is home

April 5th, 2010 Tracy Posted in Pets, Shorewood, White Center news 1 Comment »

6:48 PM UPDATE: Got word from Cocoa’s people, she’s home. Glad to hear it.

Cocoa‘s missing. Her people explain, “Any time she’s ever sneaked out before, she’s always come home! She is the best family dog and my kids are beside themselves. We’ve all had a horrible night.” She’s 3 years old and her people can be reached:
HOME: 206-767-2466
CELLS: 206-459-8979 & 206-459-9079

Cocoa lives near 28th SW/SW 116th (map).

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WCCDA calls out Shorewood newsletter for White Center jab

March 16th, 2010 Tracy Posted in Shorewood, White Center Community Development Association, White Center news 1 Comment »

Perusing the White Center Community Development Association website, we note an item from almost a week ago, in which a community newsletter from Shorewood draws WCCDA ire. The piece singled out by the WCCDA site writer complains about dog waste along Shorewood trails and suggests penalties for offenders, such as “sending their beloved pets to White Center to be recycled (eaten).” A complaint letter was written to the Shorewood on the Sound Club, signed by WCCDA’s Aileen Balahadia, Karen Veloria and Heather Downey and saying in part:

We do not find this remark funny- we find it offensive, as this stereotype is obviously applied to the communities of color in our diverse White Center. It is also abusive to our goal to market and promote our wonderful, hard-working, and largely immigrant owned small businesses and restaurants.

We appreciate community residents like yourselves getting together to improve your neighborhood. We’d implore you to please do so without dragging down a neighbor, especially one like White Center that has done so much to counter such negativity over the last few years.

We’ll be checking with both WCCDA and the Shorewood group to see if there’s been followup, since a week has gone by. 2:13 PM UPDATE: We heard back from Shorewood newsletter editor Kevin, who said he had replied to say he’s sorry they were offended. Aileen at WCCDA confirmed they had received a response but it wasn’t as much of an apology as they felt was in order, since the remark was published in a community-wide newsletter.

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Shorewood Church teens collecting clothing and food

February 26th, 2010 Tracy Posted in Churches, How to Help, Shorewood, White Center Food Bank Comments Off

From Wes Olsen at Shorewood Foursquare Church:

The youth group at the church is participating in World Vision’s 30-Hour Famine, which is when our youth fast for 30 hours to connect with those who are starving across the world. We also raise money for people who are starving or in poverty during this time too, including where our money is going to this (time), Haiti Earthquake Relief.

Part of what we want to do is to ask people to come to our location this Saturday from 9 am to 12 pm, and donate new or gently used clothing for teens to go to New Horizons Ministry in Belltown, and food donations to the White Center Food Bank.

Our location is 2656 Southwest 104th Street. It is the building just south of Shorewood Foursquare Church, on 28th Ave SW. The drop off location is on the 28th Ave SW side of the building.

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Planning next weekend? Check out Shorewood Christian School’s auction

March 22nd, 2009 Tracy Posted in How to Help, Shorewood Comments Off

From just north of White Center, Hope Kerkof sends word that Shorewood Christian School‘s auction is almost here:

Mark your calendars! This Saturday, March 28th at 5 pm, you won’t want to miss the Shorewood Christian School’s annual auction. The theme of this year’s dinner-auction, “Come aboard Our Cruise Ship,” docks at Shorewood Foursquare Sanctuary at 5 pm. This is a fun filled evening of buffet dining, with a silent and live auction benefiting Shorewood Christian School. The proceeds from the auction this year goes to Shorewood Christian’s high-school-expansion efforts. Boarding passes are $25.00 each. For tickets or more information, call Shorewood Christian at 206-933-1056 or visit the website at

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