CRIME WATCH FOLLOWUP: Suspect in hit-run death of Tommy Joe Garrett released, not charged

May 21st, 2024 at 1:58 am Posted in Crime, White Center news | No Comments »

(Also published on our partner site West Seattle Blog)

(Victim’s photo, as displayed at April 27 vigil)

Monday was the charging deadline for the 37-year-old man arrested in Puyallup last week on suspicion he was the hit-run driver who killed 81-year-old Tommy Joe Garrett at 15th/Roxbury last month. Monday night, after the online court file showed no sign of charges, we checked the King County Jail register – and it showed that the suspect had been released from jail just after 9 pm. We sought comment from the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office; spokesperson Casey McNerthney explains: “Prosecutors submitted the certification of determination of probable cause by police investigators. The court did not find probable cause for the criminal charge. Probable cause for a criminal charge is different than finding probable cause at a first appearance – there is a lower standard for probable cause at a first appearance hearing.”

Could the same suspect still be charged in the future, if there was different/more evidence, for example? McNerthney says, “Prosecutors can review additional and/or clarifying information from police investigators anytime within the statute of limitations.” In the document for last week’s initial court hearing, King County Sheriff’s Office detectives had said they traced the vehicle involved in the hit-run (which belongs to the suspect’s mother) – and then its driver – through security cameras and cell-phone records. Here’s the entirety of what they wrote in the probable-cause document for the first hearing (we’ve redacted the names and part of the plate):

On 04-22-24 V/Garrett was walking across the street at the intersection of 15 AV SW and SW Roxbury ST just outside of the City of Seattle. A Jeep Compass was traveling east on Roxbury street on a green light and struck Garrett who was pronounced dead that night at the hospital as a result of the collision. The Jeep did not stop and continued east on Roxbury street. Multiple witnesses called 911 and gave statements about what happened. Detectives later obtained video showing the collision and nearby video showing a clear image of the suspect vehicle but no plate could be seen. Detective later found video at a Mcdonalds at 26 AV SW and SW Barton ST of the same model and color of Jeep Compass with a plate of BWB2— which came back to (suspect’s mother) out of Puyallup. Other police reports showed that her son, (suspect), had used her cars in the past. DOL and social media photos of (suspect) matched the subject seen in the driver’s seat of the Compass on Mcdonalds Video. A tag of some sort hanging from the rear view mirror also matched what was seen of the video of the Compass near the crash scene. The video shows the Compass leave the Mcdonalds about 3 minutes before the collision which is about how long it would take to get to the scene of the collision. A warrant was done for historical records of the phone number associated with (suspect) and showed his location at the time of the collision as being within 148 feet of the collision with a 100-300m accuracy. On 05-16-24 Detectives arrested (suspect) leaving his mothers house and post Miranda warnings took a statement from him. He told Detectives that the Compass was having mechanical issues and that he parked it at his father’s house near Bremerton. (Suspect’s) mother said she hadn’t seen the car in about 3 weeks and that (suspect) regularly drives it.

We’ll continue following up.

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SAFETY: Community conversation in White Center on May 28

May 20th, 2024 at 11:50 am Posted in Highline School District, Safety, Schools, White Center news | No Comments »

Safety concerns? Here’s a chance to talk about them with community leaders. Announced by Highline Public Schools:

Highline Public Schools Board Director Stephanie Tidholm is hosting a community event for families and students in the White Center community to talk about and address safety in the community. The event will be co-facilitated by community leaders, including Aaron Garcia, Long Phan, and others.

Families and students who live in the White Center community are invited and encouraged to bring their questions and ideas about safety in the community.

Coming Together to Address Community Safety
Date: Tuesday, May 28
Time: 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Location: Evergreen High School Library
Address: 830 SW 116th Street

Spanish, Somali and Vietnamese interpreters will be available.

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WEEKEND SCENE: White Center HUB groundbreaking celebration

May 18th, 2024 at 12:10 pm Posted in White Center Community Development Association, White Center news | No Comments »

There’s still time to go watch the groundbreaking for the White Center HUB project, bringing affordable housing and community space to the former White Center Food Bank (etc.) site on the southwest corner of 8th/108th. Above are the hard hats and shovels that dignitaries will use for the ceremony on the north side of the WC Bicycle Playground at Dick Thurnau Memorial Park. But first, it’s lunch time!

And you have a chance to circulate to learn about the project – renderings are on display:

Nonprofits that are looking forward to the HUB’s community space are there:

Emcee today is White Center Community Development Association executive director Aaron Garcia:

Speeches and the ceremony are planned to start around 12:45 pm, according to the event program.

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FOLLOWUP: Suspect arrested in 15th/Roxbury hit-run death of Tommy Joe Garrett

May 17th, 2024 at 9:32 am Posted in Crime, King County Sheriff's Office, White Center news | 1 Comment »

(Victim’s photo, as displayed at April 27 vigil)

Three and a half weeks after a hit-run driver killed 81-year-old Tommy Joe Garrett at 15th/Roxbury, the King County Sheriff’s Office announced this morning that a suspect is in custody. Here’s the news release:

King County Sheriff’s Office Detectives have made an arrest in fatal pedestrian hit and run that occurred in White Center on April 22, 2024.

On April 22, 2024, just after 10 PM, an 81-year-old man was crossing SW Roxbury Street at 15th Ave SW when he was fatally struck by a vehicle in the hours of darkness. The vehicle did not stop and fled the scene. Detectives were able to identify the fleeing vehicle as a silver-colored Jeep Compass. Over the next few weeks KCSO Detectives continued checking the area businesses and residences to trace the vehicle’s route pre and post collision. This eventually led them to identifying a vehicle license plate with a view of the driver, a lone 37-year-old male driver. With the help of the King County Metro Transit PD Street Crimes Detectives, the driver was arrested yesterday without incident on a traffic stop as he was leaving a home in the Puyallup area. He was eventually booked for investigation of the fatal hit and run into the King County Jail. The driver subsequently admitted that he moved the Jeep to Port Orchard, where he had it parked under a tarp at a family member’s residence. King County Sheriff’s Office Detectives have recovered the vehicle, and it was brought back to King County as evidence and for processing.

This case is still an active and open investigation. We are not naming the suspect as he has not been charged yet by the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. We hope to have more information to release whenthe case has concluded.

We’re working to find out more and will add details when we do.

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READER VIDEO: House fire on 24th SW

May 17th, 2024 at 12:13 am Posted in Fire, White Center news | 2 Comments »

Thanks to the reader who tipped us about this fire by texting that video (206-293-6302). Firefighters from North Highline and beyond have just finished putting out most of what was described in radio exchanges as a basement fire in a house on 24th SW (10300 block). Not much other information so far; they were dispatched just before 11:30 pm.

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Minimum wage goes up for unincorporated King County. Here’s what co-sponsoring Councilmember Mosqueda says about it

May 14th, 2024 at 9:44 pm Posted in Jobs, King County, White Center news | No Comments »

County Councilmembers have approved a new, higher minimum wage for North Highline and other unincorporated areas of the county. Our area’s Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda co-sponsored it – here’s how she announced it in her newsletter tonight:

Today, the King County Council passed a new minimum wage for the unincorporated areas of the County. This new law, which I was proud to co-sponsor, will help bring unincorporated areas of the County, like White Center, Vashon Island, Skyway and more, in line with the many and growing jurisdictions in this county that have a higher minimum wage than the state minimum. Thanks to Councilmember Zahilay who was the prime sponsor, Committee Chair Rod Dembowski who also sponsored the legislation, and their teams for leading the effort on this bill with community.

Starting on January 1, 2025, the minimum wage for businesses with 500 or more employees will start at $20.29 and increase with inflation annually starting in 2026. There is a phase in for smaller businesses: Employers with 15 or fewer employees with an annual gross revenue of less than $2 million will have an hourly minimum wage rate of $3.00 less ($17.29). The reduction would decrease annually by $0.50 until no reduction is remaining in 2030. Employers with more than 15 employees but fewer than 500 employees would have an hourly minimum wage rate of $2.00 less ($18.29). The reduction would decrease annually by $1.00 until no reduction is remaining in 2026.

Coming from the labor movement, lifting up the voices of workers, community and small businesses to raise the wage for low wage workers in Washington State and at the local level, I know it works. When low wage workers get a raise they spend that money putting it back into their local economy. One Seattle Times article literally said: “the sky is not falling from Seattle’s minimum-wage hike”. Eight years ago, I helped lead the statewide minimum wage and sick leave initiative 1433, because reports showed the minimum wage has not kept up with the cost of living – especially in this region. Study after study have shown that raising the minimum wage spurs economic growth by putting more money in our local economies – and that’s actually good for business. This is why I joined with my colleagues on the council to bring in worker advocates, small businesses and other stakeholders to craft policy raising the wage for our unincorporated areas.

With outreach and engagement done by our office, we’ve heard from workers and small businesses across District 8 that they support the new minimum wage. Many small businesses in the district are already paying wages above what the new minimum will be because they believe in paying a living wage and want to recruit and retain workers. One of the best ways to do that is to make sure workers can afford to live near their places of employment. A 2 bedroom apartment in White Center on average goes for nearly $2,000 a month, which would take up to 70% of your income before taxes if you made only the state’s minimum wage. As we work on scaling up housing and affordable units, one job really should be enough to make ends meet. I am proud to have voted yes to raise the wage for workers in District 8 and will continue to support additional strategies to grow small business, invest in equitable development, increase housing stock, and build more affordable units around our region. Raising the minimum wage is just one part of the effort to create a more equitable economy.

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North Highline participation in 2024 West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day

May 10th, 2024 at 12:44 pm Posted in Fun, White Center news | No Comments »

Love garage-saling? Tomorrow (Saturday, May 11) is the biggest day of the year – via our partner site West Seattle Blog, we present the annual West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day, and this year we have several participants in North Highline – above is a screengrab from that part of our online map; click on the locations on the “live” interactive map to see the listings and locations (that page is also where you’ll find a link to a printable PDF guide to all 500+ sales, most yet)! Official sale day hours are 9 am to 3 pm Saturday.

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GRATITUDE: White Center Library Guild’s spring-sale success

May 9th, 2024 at 7:22 pm Posted in Libraries, White Center Library, White Center news | No Comments »

The White Center Library Guild is sharing words of thanks to those who made their spring sale a success:

The White Center Library Guild held their Spring Rummage and Plant Sale on April 26th and 27th at the White Center Library. The sale featured books, plants – both seedlings for the garden and houseplants – as well as an assortment of other items, from jewelry to quilting supplies to coffee mugs.

The sale was well attended, and the money raised goes to support programs at the White Center Library, mostly programs for children. We are grateful for the support from the community and hope to see everybody at our Summer Sidewalk Sale on Aug. 2nd and 3rd, 2024.

Annemarie Lorenzen
President, White Center Library Guild

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Man shot in White Center

May 7th, 2024 at 8:59 pm Posted in Crime, King County Sheriff's Office, White Center news | 1 Comment »

According to a bulletin heard on the Seattle Police frequency, King County Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating a shooting at 14th SW/SW 100th. The victim is described as a man shot in the leg. Medics were dispatched at 8:44 pm, according to the South King Fire 911 log. There’s no word yet on a description of who shot the victim, but deputies are reported to be looking for two vehicles that might be involved – a red Hyundai SUV and a black sedan. Both were seen westbound on SW 100th. If you have any information, call 911.

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From library’s non-book freebies to Permitting Division’s noise-fighting efforts @ North Highline Unincorporated Area Council’s May meeting

May 2nd, 2024 at 11:59 pm Posted in North Highline UAC, White Center news | No Comments »

By Tracy Record
White Center Now editor

Discussion of fun freebies from the King County Library System opened this month’s online North Highline Unincorporated Area Council meeting, facilitated by NHUAC’s Liz Giba.

FREE MUSEUM/ZOO/ETC. LIBRARY: Children’s librarian Destinee Sutton was the first guest. She showed everyone how the library offers more than just books – start with the “books and more” tab on the KCLS website, and you’ll even find access to free museum, zoo, and park passes! Just use your library card. MOHAI, the Seattle and Bellevue Art Museums, the Museum of Flight, Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle Aquarium, MoPOP, the Washington Railway Museum in Tacoma, the Rhododendron Botanical Garden in Federal Way, and many more. Tickets open daily at 2 pm for a day two weeks in the future, Sutton said. “Some of them go really really fast – by 2:05 they are gone,” she warned, so you want to be ready to start trying right at 2 pm. Most have rules such as one free pass per venue per person per 90 days. State-park Discovery Passes also can be obtained. Frequently asked questions include, what about student cards? You can use those to reserve passes too – go to kcls.org/students to find out about that.

LOCAL SERVICES: Permitting director Jim Chan and external-affairs director David Daw were the next guests. Giba asked about the ongoing noise concerns with live music at Tim’s Tavern in downtown White Center. Chan says Tim’s was cited for code violations and they’ve been working with the establishment, including “giving them options on how to address the violations” which include noise and operating late. They need to either “remove those violations or legally pursue a permit” for them, and Tim’s is finalizing a plan, Chan said. He said that the county looks at violations first in terms of whether they’re risks to life safety or doing environmental harm – but if neither is involved, the code “allows due process,” giving the business time to pursue fixing it. “So we have not taken any steps to stop (what they’re doing),” Chan said. Giba said outdoor live performances would not be eligible for a permit, according to a letter fro a county official, “so basically the sheriff needs to go there and issue tickets?” Chan said he’s not aware of what other actions KCSO could take, but he said that there are many venues in the county that pursue that nonpermitted use anyway – wedding venues, concert venues, etc. Tim’s could explore temporary permits, Chan said. Giba said it sounds like Tim’s has options but residents do not. Chan said “we know there’s impacts” but businesses are given the chance to “mitigate for them.” Those permits are good for up to 60 days a year, though permits can be granted for shorter periods of time: “We can limit them, depending on the impact.” So where is Tim’s in applying for a permit? “Ready for the pre-application process,” Daw said, any day now. “They’re looking at moving forward in making improvements to the property … related to the sound level of the music.” They’ve been promising mitigation for a year,” NHUAC’s Barbara Dobkin pointed out. Daw said they did install noise-muffling curtains. And the county is confident that further mandatory modifications could resolve the issue. “We are sympathetic to the noise, you are not alone,” Chan said. They try to work voluntarily with the property owner, which is what’s happening now – as opposed to “if both sides lawyer up, this could drag on for a very long time, with no mitigation.”

Then they moved on to other topics. One attendee wondered how to find out about special events coming up in White Center in general. Chan said they’re creating a calendar but in the meantime, if you email him, he can send the list of what they know of. The Permitting division is involved with private-property events; a special-use permit from another team would be involved in, say, a street festival.

NHUAC’s Pat Price asked about some beautification measures, like kiosks, that had been discussed for downtown WC. The county reps said they’d check on it.

They also asked about the microhousing demonstration project that was going to be allowed in WC; nobody pursued a permit, Chan said, so nothing’s happening. Dobkin recapped the potential proposal that one developer had suggested, 60 microstudios with shared kitchens/baths, and there was an “overlay” in which that could have happened on any purchased property. The allowance for this is expected to expire, unfulfilled, with the new comp plan, Chan added. Giba said the originally considered property was around 17th/106th.

Later in the meeting, the guests announced that a new economic development director has been hired, Jesse Reynolds, who has worked for the county in other roles. No permanent director for Local Services yet (following John Taylor’s promotion to head the Department of Natural Resources and Parks).

KING COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE: Det. Glen Brannon, guest at most NHUAC meetings, joined in. He too was asked about the Tim’s issue; “it’s been noticeably quieter [lately] – I haven’t been getting any complaints recently,” he replied. He said the operators have told him they’re ending their events at 10 pm, among other changes. … KCSO is working with Sea Mar to “toughen up” the parking lot at 15th/Roxbury that’s been a draw for troubling activities; that will include fixing the lighting. … There’ve been property cleanups at the ex-Bartell Drugs building with the help of the West Seattle-based volunteer group A Cleaner Alki … Det. Brennon said they’re also looking at a cleanup for the ex-Roxbury Auto Parts store (still for sale) site. He said he’s trying to find somebody to haul away trash when cleanups are done. Daw will look into it. … He was also asked about semitrucks parked on the street. They (and other vehicles parked on the street) have to be moved at least once every 24 hours.

WHITE CENTER KIWANIS: The Kiwanis’s annual community steak dinner is coming up May 17 (portabella mushroom if you want a vegetarian option) at the White Center Eagles, with a silent auction, raising money to help “the kids in North Highline.”

NEXT MEETING: First Thursday in June – that’ll be June 6 – online, 7 pm, last meeting before NHUAC goes on summer hiatus.

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White Center HUB groundbreaking set for May 18

April 30th, 2024 at 12:54 pm Posted in housing, White Center news | Comments Off on White Center HUB groundbreaking set for May 18

The announcement arrived in the inbox, sent by Community Roots Housing:

Saturday, May 18 at 11:30 a.m.

Dick Thurnau Memorial Park
White Center Bicycle Playground
11050 10th Ave SW

Join us on May 18 to celebrate the groundbreaking of a long-anticipated project: the White Center Community HUB! Located on the site of a former public health center, the HUB will create a place of “Hope, Unity and Belonging” where working families can find affordable housing along with essential services that nurture their stability and create greater opportunity.

Project partners White Center Community Development Association, Southwest Youth & Family Services, and Community Roots Housing have worked in partnership with King County to build a community-driven and designed campus created by and for White Center. Community members envision a center for learning with opportunities like workforce training, youth tutoring and child care; integrated physical and behavioral health services through collaboration between Southwest Youth & Family Services’ Counseling Center and an onsite HealthPoint medical clinic; and 86 quality affordable homes for individuals and families.

The site at 8th/108th also formerly held the White Center Food Bank, which has since moved into a separate new home on 16th SW.

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Here’s what you’ll learn at May’s North Highline Unincorporated Area Council meeting Thursday

April 28th, 2024 at 11:30 pm Posted in North Highline UAC, White Center news | Comments Off on Here’s what you’ll learn at May’s North Highline Unincorporated Area Council meeting Thursday

You’re invited to this Thursday’s online meeting of the North Highline Unincorporated Area Council, which sent this preview and info of how to attend:

The Opportunity to Be Informed, Be Involved and Be Heard!

Where? North Highline Unincorporated Area Council Meeting
When? Thursday, May 2, 2024, at 7 pm

Join Zoom Meeting:
us02web.zoom.us/j/81553270155?pwd=MzdQVkxncFZXRG90ZjFTbG1LenYwZz09

Meeting ID: 841 0456 1060
Passcode: NHUAC2024 (case sensitive)

Unable to join by Zoom? Please call: 253.205.0468
Meeting ID:841 0456 1060
Passcode: 318533579
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Please join NHUAC at our meeting on Thursday, May 2nd at 7 pm. Through its “All Are Welcome!” community meetings, the North Highline Unincorporated Area Council aims to add opportunity to our community’s equation: The Opportunity to Be Informed, Be Involved and Be Heard!

Have you visited White Center’s beautiful library lately? If you are a frequent library user, you know that libraries do far more than just loan out books. Join us in welcoming White Center librarian Destinee Sutton to learn about some of the benefits you may be missing. (Hint: Been to the zoo lately? How about the Seattle Art Museum?) By meeting’s end, we think you will want to do yourself and yours a favor by visiting this great community resource behind Mt. View Elementary on the 1400 block of SW 107th.

Destinee will be followed by Jim Chan, King County’s Division Director for Permitting. In addition to issuing permits for land use and construction, the Department of Permitting’s responsibilities include Code Enforcement. Noise issues are bound to increase as the weather improves and you open your windows. Join us and learn what progress is being made to resolve these issues.

Last but not least, we will be joined by Detective Glen Brannon. Don’t miss this opportunity to share your concerns and learn what the King County Sheriff’s Office has been doing in our area.

Knowledge Is Power.
Learn, share, and help make North Highline a healthier community.
Thursday, May 2 at 7 pm – Invite Your Neighbors!

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VIDEO: 15th/Roxbury vigil for hit-run victim Tommy Joe Garrett

April 27th, 2024 at 6:07 pm Posted in Crime, White Center news | 3 Comments »

(Also published on partner site West Seattle Blog)

Thomas J. Garrett, known to those who loved him as “Tommy Joe,” was the 81-year-old man killed by a hit-run driver this past Monday night at 15th/Roxbury. Family members gathered there for a vigil this afternoon.

His daughter told us Mr. Garrett lived on Capitol Hill much of his life and went to Garfield High School with Jimi Hendrix. He himself was a musician and his career included many achievements including work as a TV-news photographer. His nephew talked more about Mr. Garrett’s life as traffic roared by on Roxbury:

His family says they don’t know why Mr. Garrett was in this area Monday night. They do know King County Sheriff’s Office deputies have yet to find his killer and are still seeking information on this vehicle (as reported Thursday):

Call 800-222-TIPS if you have any information. Meantime, they are planning a memorial for him at a Buddhist temple in the Central District. And they want to ensure no one forgets him, or what happened here.

ADDED: Sili Savusa and Aaron Garcia from the White Center Community Development Association were there and promised to work to make the area safer:

15th/Roxbury has of course had other trouble over the years – including last October’s shooting death of 21-year-old Marcell Wagner aboard a Metro bus just south of the intersection.

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CONTINUING SATURDAY: White Center Library Guild sale

April 27th, 2024 at 12:12 am Posted in How to Help, White Center Library, White Center news | 1 Comment »

The White Center Library Guild‘s spring sale continues today, 11 am-3 pm at the library. Thanks to Gill Loring for photos from day 1 on Friday – if you’re a gardener, remember this sale offers plants too – vegetable starts!

The library is at 1409 SW 107th.

Proceeds go to the guild’s mission – helping fund library programs.

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LOST CAT: Pumpkin, missing in White Center

April 26th, 2024 at 12:09 pm Posted in Pets, White Center news | Comments Off on LOST CAT: Pumpkin, missing in White Center

Have you seen this cat?

Pumpkin, our large orange cat, has been missing since 4/24 @ 1040 am. He was last seen outside our home, 10200 block of 11th Ave SW in White Center. We live north of Steve Cox Memorial Park.

Danielle
425-343-5780

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CRIME WATCH: Recognize this SUV? KCSO searching for driver who killed man at 15th/Roxbury. Also – victim identified

April 24th, 2024 at 2:52 pm Posted in Crime, King County Sheriff's Office, White Center news | Comments Off on CRIME WATCH: Recognize this SUV? KCSO searching for driver who killed man at 15th/Roxbury. Also – victim identified

2:52 PM: The King County Sheriff’s Office says that’s the vehicle whose driver hit and killed an 81-year-old man at 15th/Roxbury on Monday night; the crash was first reported on our partner site West Seattle Blog.. Today KCSO released the photo with this request for help:

Case#: C24013796

On Monday, April 22nd, just after 10:00 PM, the King County Sheriff’s Office received 911 calls reporting a hit and run just south of the intersection of SW Roxbury Street and 15th Ave SW in unincorporated White Center.

On arrival, deputies located the victim, an adult male in his 80s. The victim was transported to Harborview Medical Center, where he later was pronounced deceased.

KCSO’s Major Accident Response & Reconstruction (MARR) detectives are asking for the community’s help in locating the fleeing vehicle. The suspected vehicle (picture attached) is described as a silver, 2007-2016 Jeep Compass with front-end damage to the grill and hood.

If you have any information about the incident or were in the area and may have dash camera footage, call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), visit P3Tips.com, or use the P3 Tip App. Tips are anonymous.

4:12 PM: The King County Medical Examiner’s Office released the victim’s name this afternoon: Thomas J. Garrett.

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CRIME WATCH FOLLOWUP: Arrest, vehicle recovery following Saturday night carjacking

April 22nd, 2024 at 10:43 am Posted in Crime, White Center news | Comments Off on CRIME WATCH FOLLOWUP: Arrest, vehicle recovery following Saturday night carjacking

We just checked with King County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. Eric White for an update on the carjacking we reported Friday night. He tells us it actually happened in the O’Reilly Auto Parts lot while the victim was sleeping inside the car. Then on Sunday, Seattle Police found the car in the 9700 block of Myers Way South and arrested one person, according to Sgt. White, who had no further details on the circumstances of the arrest. We’ll be following up with Seattle Police.

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CRIME WATCH: Deputies investigate carjacking reported at 17th/Roxbury

April 20th, 2024 at 11:56 pm Posted in Crime, White Center news | Comments Off on CRIME WATCH: Deputies investigate carjacking reported at 17th/Roxbury

(Also published on partner site West Seattle Blog)

This alert was just relayed over Seattle Police radio – King County Sheriff’s Office deputies are investigating a reported carjacking outside Domino’s Pizza at 17th/Roxbury. Three armed carjackers are reported to have arrived in a white pickup and taken off in both that vehicle and the newly stolen white Toyota Camry, westbound on SW Roxbury. The only description of the carjackers so far: white men in their 20s with goatees and black hats. If you have any info for investigators, call 911.

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WHITE CENTER WEEKEND SCENE: Day 1 of downtown cleanup

April 20th, 2024 at 10:48 pm Posted in How to Help, White Center news | Comments Off on WHITE CENTER WEEKEND SCENE: Day 1 of downtown cleanup

(WCN photos)

Volunteers of all ages pitched in during today’s first installment of this year’s White Center Spring Clean. We caught up with a few of them doing some painting at 98th/15th.

As previewed here, next Saturday is the second installment of the cleanup – you can meet up with other volunteers in the Saar’s Super Saver Foods parking lot at 9 am (April 27). Organizers would especially like some help from muralists – there’s a lot that need touching up in WC, including the student work on Saar’s north side.

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TONIGHT: Skate to live music at Southgate Roller Rink

April 19th, 2024 at 10:10 am Posted in Fun, southgate, White Center news | Comments Off on TONIGHT: Skate to live music at Southgate Roller Rink

Ready for Friday night revelry on wheels? Southgate Roller Rink hosts live music every Friday night, 9 pm-midnight, $18 cover and $5 skate rental. The rink at 9646 17th SW has multiple bands every week – tonight it’s Megadose, Nug, and Sneaker Wave.

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