UPDATE: 26th SW crash sends one to hospital

October 24th, 2016 Tracy Posted in Shorewood, Traffic, White Center news Comments Off on UPDATE: 26th SW crash sends one to hospital

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(White Center Now/West Seattle Blog photo by Patrick Sand)

11:59 AM: Thanks for the tips – 26th SW between White Center/Shorewood and West Seattle is blocked right now by a crash response at the intersection where SW 106th becomes 107th because of the crash in our photo above. Our crew is told 2 vehicles were involved and one person was taken to Harborview. King County’s major crash investigations team is on the way out so this might be closed for a while. Our crew says east-west traffic is being allowed through one lane at a time, but we would advise avoiding the area entirely. We will check back at the scene later; if you see it open again before we update, please let us know, text or voice, 206-293-6302 – thank you!

12:11 PM: Metro has sent a re-route alert because of this – “not serving stop at 26th/106th, use stop at Seola Beach Dr. SW & SW 106th or 26th/SW 100th.”

2:21 PM: The intersection remains fully blocked.

3:53 PM: Metro has just texted/tweeted that the bus stop on 26th SW is open again, which we’ll take as word that the intersection has reopened to all traffic.

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UPDATE: About the helicopter over south White Center/Shorewood

June 29th, 2016 Tracy Posted in Helicopter, Shorewood, White Center news 5 Comments »

(WCN photo – deputies conferring behind the McDonald’s in the search zone)

8:27 PM: Thanks to everybody asking about this – scanner traffic confirms a search is under way near Ambaum/114th for a suspect, and that’s brought out the Guardian One helicopter, with a King County Sheriff’s Office K-9 on the way too. We haven’t heard what the suspect is being sought for, but deputies do seem to know who they are looking for, and it’s someone reported to have a record. Right now the search scene includes the storage business across from the Ambaum McDonald’s; one reader tells us they’ve also seen deputies a bit further south. We’re heading out to see what more we can find out, and we’ll update if/when we hear anything more.

ADDED: The Guardian One crew tweeted some information shortly after we had checked their feed and saw nothing. They tweeted, “In White Center, looking for white male, 6-2, black running shorts and shaved head. Wanted for assault and warrant. Ran from McDonald’s.”

8:52 PM UPDATE: We are in the area now and just talked briefly to deputies. They say the assault allegation involves domestic violence. Guardian One is still circling.

9:32 PM UPDATE: We left the area a little while ago, same time that the helicopter departed – which wasn’t because of an arrest, but because they had to refuel. Meantime, a KCSO K-9 team had arrived for a search in the area. So far, we haven’t heard of anyone being taken into custody, but are continuing to monitor, and if we don’t hear anything definitive sooner, we’ll check with KCSO’s media-relations officer in the morning to see if they have anything new to report. Our understanding is that the victim did not require hospitalization.

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Why King County Sheriff’s Office SWAT officers went into a Shorewood house last night

December 7th, 2015 Tracy Posted in King County Sheriff's Office, Shorewood, White Center news 2 Comments »

We finally have some information this morning about last night’s SWAT response at a house on Marine View Drive SW in Shorewood. Some thought it was happening at Shorewood Elementary, as some of the King County Sheriff’s Office/Burien Police units were staging there. We monitored scanner traffic for a while in hopes of finding out more; finally, after midnight, the SWAT team went in and discovered one man dead inside the house. What we still didn’t know by that point was why they had gone to the house in the first place. Here’s what KCSO spokesperson Sgt. Cindi West told us this morning in response to our inquiry: “Last night after 9 pm a woman called 911 and said that her husband had threatened to shoot her and himself. The woman was able to flee the residence. When police arrived the man was inside and would did not respond when police told him to exit the house. TAC30 (SWAT) was called and when they eventually entered, they found the man dead (from) an apparent self-inflicted gunshot.”

In reports that involve suicide, we always mention this resource – the Crisis Clinic, which has a 24-hour hotline, 206-461-3222.

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School bus and car collide; no serious injuries

September 25th, 2014 Tracy Posted in Shorewood, White Center news Comments Off on School bus and car collide; no serious injuries

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

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 on Crime Watch: Break-in on 22nd SW

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 on Celebrating North Shorewood Park’s new play area

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 on Dedication Tuesday for new play area at North Shorewood Park

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 on Followup: Alan Polevia no longer on the run

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 on Update: King County Sheriff’s Office search in Shorewood

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 CapitolHillSeattle.com. 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 on Truck takes a dive in Shorewood; possible hit-and-run

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 on North Shorewood Park gets TLC from REI

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

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

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 on Law-enforcement action this morning in Shorewood

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.

EARLIER:
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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