Burien Elks’ invitation for you

April 24th, 2021 Tracy Posted in Burien, White Center news Comments Off on Burien Elks’ invitation for you

From the WCN inbox:

Burien Elks Lodge is opening its doors to the public for a membership drive. This event will be held on Saturday, May 1st, doors open at 7:00 pm. Cost is $15 per person or $25 per couple; there will be live music by Soulstice, light hors d’oeuvres served, and beverages available for cash-only purchase. This event is open to the public and members with proper Covid protocol.

The Burien Elks Lodge is one of nearly 2,000 nationwide lodges that are part of the BPO Elks of the USA. B.P.O.Elks is a fraternal order with over a million members and a 151-year history of charitable giving, including millions in scholarships, an inspiration to youth, a friend to veterans, and more. The Burien Lodge alone has given over $2.5 million back to the community in charitable giving.

This event will allow both our current members to bring in non-members, and those in our community who have no associated
connection with the lodge, to come in and view the lodge, meet members, and hear about all the wonderful things that come from being an Elks member.

Tickets are available online. The lodge is at 14006 1st Avenue South.

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Deputies searching for serial robbers

December 16th, 2020 Tracy Posted in Burien, King County Sheriff's Office, South Park, White Center news Comments Off on Deputies searching for serial robbers

If you noticed the KCSO response that closed Ambaum south of White Center earlier tonight, here’s what that was about: Deputies are searching for two robbers who held up a mini-mart at Ambaum/126th and then another store on 14th Avenue South near South Park. Not too many descriptive details so far – KCSO spokesperson Sgt. Tim Meyer tells WCN the robbers are described as two Black men in their 20s, one wearing a white hoodie, one in a black hoodie. They were last seen on foot but probably in a vehicle to get between those two scenes; no description of that yet. Deputies have been using K-9s in the search, and Guardian One briefly joined in the Burien search until the weather got bad.

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UPDATE: Shooting in Top Hat; victim found in North Burien

October 11th, 2019 Tracy Posted in Burien, Crime, King County Sheriff's Office, Top Hat, White Center news 1 Comment »

7:06 PM: Got a few questions about helicopters just south of White Center. The King County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting in North Burien, 2nd SW and SW 120th [map]. KCSO says a 27-year-old man was “shot in the face” and was taken to Harborview in serious condition. No other info yet.

11:35 PM: Update from KCSO: “Deputies were able to determine actual shooting took place in the Top Hat area of unincorporated King County and the victim fled to a house in Burien. This entire incident was over a vehicle. The suspect is still outstanding.”

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FYI: Crash investigation off 509

August 31st, 2019 Tracy Posted in Burien, Crime, King County Sheriff's Office, Traffic, White Center news 2 Comments »

If you’re headed southbound, an FYI from KCSO:

The photo and update are via Twitter: “Collision investigation in Burien near S 128/ SB on-ramp 509. Suspect vehicle fleeing a shoplift struck a truck at a high rate of speed. Police were not involved prior to the collision. Suspect vehicle passenger critical injuries. EB S 128 will be closed while MARR investigates.”

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Support Girl Scouts from Mary’s Place on the final day of cookie sales!

March 17th, 2019 Tracy Posted in Burien, How to Help, White Center news Comments Off on Support Girl Scouts from Mary’s Place on the final day of cookie sales!

Today is the final day of cookie sales for Girl Scouts in our area – and if you’re going to be in Burien, you can support a special troop of girls whose families have been finding shelter at Mary’s Place:

On Sunday, March 17 from 12 pm to 2 pm, the girls will be selling cookies at
Walgreens at 14656 Ambaum Blvd SW in Burien,

We just found out about this from a troop leader in West Seattle. Read more here.

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UPDATE: 2-alarm apartment fire in North Burien

January 22nd, 2019 Tracy Posted in Burien, Fire, White Center news 1 Comment »

ORIGINAL 6:27 PM REPORT: A reader asked us about all the sirens they could hear from White Center and we subsequently found out a 2-alarm apartment fire is burning in North Burien, at Ambaum and 122nd. Even Seattle Fire has sent units for “mutual aid.” No other info so far but avoid the area!

ADDED LATE TUESDAY NIGHT: Regional media report one death in the fire. It was started by “smoking material” and considered accidental, according to investigators. 25 survivors are getting help from the Red Cross.

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UPDATE: Missing boy found

January 1st, 2019 Tracy Posted in Burien, White Center news 1 Comment »

UPDATE: Ahsan has been found.

EARLIER:

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TONIGHT: Indigenous Peoples’ Celebration for all of Highline

October 12th, 2016 Tracy Posted in Burien, White Center news Comments Off on TONIGHT: Indigenous Peoples’ Celebration for all of Highline

Highline Public Schools invites you to this event tonight:

The whole community is warmly invited to a fun, family friendly, community-wide event – the Indigenous Peoples Celebration at the Highline Performing Arts Center. Please mark your calendars and plan on attending the celebration happening Wednesday, October 12th from 6:00 -7:30 PM at the Highline Performing Arts Center at 401 S 152nd St in Burien. Dinner will be served from 5 – 6 PM in the Highline High School Cafeteria at 225 South 152nd Street in Burien. The Highline Indigenous Peoples Celebration is designed to inspire, celebrate, engage, and empower the American Indian/Alaska Native community in Highline and welcome for all to attend.

If you have any questions please direct them to Native Education Program Manager Sara Marie Ortiz at 206.631.3162 or sara.ortiz@highlineschools.org. We hope to see you at the event!

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Teenager shot in North Burien

May 19th, 2016 Tracy Posted in Burien, White Center news Comments Off on Teenager shot in North Burien

Though this happened in North Burien, just outside our coverage area, we’ve had some questions about it this morning, so we’re publishing the King County Sheriff’s Office news release:

At around 12:13 am (today), King County Sheriff 911 communications received reports of the sounds of gunfire in the area of SW 116 St and Ambaum Blvd SW, in Burien. Very shortly thereafter, they received updates that a man had been shot in the chest and was lying in a parking lot of an apartment complex in that same area.

Deputies from Burien arrived in the area within minutes and found the victim, later learned to be 17-year-old male, lying near an apartment complex in the 11400 block of 16th Ave SW. The victim had a single gunshot wound to his chest. Deputies as well as medics from North Highline Fire and King County Medic-1 provided aid to the victim at the scene before he was rushed to Harborview Medical center for emergency surgery.

Because of the nature of his injuries, Deputies were only able to get a very limited description of the suspects from the victim. At the time, they were described as two Hispanic males wearing dark clothing. It is believed that they fled on foot and then possibly in a silver or gray 2000s-era sedan. A K-9 track was attempted but no suspects were located.


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From the ‘all things old are new again’ department …

November 13th, 2015 Tracy Posted in Burien, Businesses, White Center news Comments Off on From the ‘all things old are new again’ department …

At auction, the two Burien Haggen grocery stores on 1st Avenue South that used to be Albertsons … have just been acquired by Albertsons. That’s according to UFCW Local 21. No timeline information yet but we’ll be checking back.

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Help for 10-year-old storm victim’s family

September 1st, 2015 Tracy Posted in Burien, How to Help, White Center news Comments Off on Help for 10-year-old storm victim’s family

While the weekend windstorm inconvenienced many, cutting the power for hours, one nearby family suffered an unimaginably heartbreaking permanent loss: A falling branch killed a 10-year-old girl, a student at Burien’s Cedarhurst Elementary, while she was at a friend’s house in Federal Way. A reader asked if we would share the link to an online fund set up to help Samara‘s family cope with their loss – here’s the link.

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UPDATE: Power back on after more than 3,500 lose electricity in east White Center, Top Hat, parts of Burien

August 23rd, 2015 Tracy Posted in Burien, Utilities, White Center news 5 Comments »

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(Above, the White Center/Top Hat section of the outage)

2:08 AM: Thanks to Alisha for the tip: The Seattle City Light map confirms a big power outage – in two distinct areas, primarily east White Center, Top Hat, and north/northwest Burien. More than 3,500 customers (homes and businesses) are affected. No word yet what caused it; it started around 1:45 am. We’ll update when we find out more.

2:46 AM: Most of the Burien customers have their power back, according to SCL. Still no word on the cause.

4:36 AM: The cause is now listed on SCL’s site as “tree.” No elaboration. And the number of customers out of power is down to just under 700.

UPDATE: Here’s the final word from City Light (with whom we’ll follow up on Monday to find out about WHERE the tree went into the lines):

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FOLLOWUP: Driver in deadly crash charged with vehicular homicide, felony hit-and-run

August 20th, 2015 Tracy Posted in Burien, Crime, White Center news Comments Off on FOLLOWUP: Driver in deadly crash charged with vehicular homicide, felony hit-and-run

Two felony charges are now filed against the driver found hiding after crashing his car on Ambaum just south of White Center early last Friday, killing his passenger. The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office has charged 24-year-old Thuan A. Phan of Kent with vehicular homicide and hit-and-run. Charging documents say Phan was driving the “recently purchased” 2013 BMW southbound on Ambaum at high speed when he lost control at the “S” curves around 119th and slammed into the jersey barrier. 26-year-old Benjamin J. Smith was wearing his seat belt in the front passenger seat but suffered deadly head injuries because of how the car hit the concrete barrier. Nearby residents told deputies that they saw a man climb out of the car after the crash and run away screaming; the Guardian One helicopter spotted him hiding under a pickup truck at a home a few blocks away, his only injuries described as scratches on his legs and neck abrasions. He claimed he had been in the passenger seat and also said he remembered leaving a club; a deputy noticed he smelled like “intoxicants.” Prosecutors asked that Phan’s bail remain at a quarter-million dollars because he had left the crash scene and was reportedly trying to get friends and family to come pick him up.

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FOLLOWUP: Kent man accused of driving ‘three times speed limit’ before deadly crash south of White Center

August 17th, 2015 Tracy Posted in Burien, Crime, White Center news 2 Comments »

Bail has been set at $250,000 for the 24-year-old Kent man arrested in connection with the deadly crash at SW 119th and Ambaum early last Friday. Probable-cause documents say he was driving “at three times the posted speed” and “admitted (he had been) drinking.” The passenger in his car, 26-year-old Benjamin J. Smith, was dead at the scene from what the documents describe as a severe head injury. The suspect, who could be charged with vehicular homicide, ran from the scene and was found – with the help of Guardian One, as shown in our Friday coverage – hiding under a vehicle in a nearby driveway. He’s scheduled to return to court tomorrow afternoon, unless prosecutors file charges by then, in which case his next appearance would be for arraignment.

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UPDATE: Deadly crash on Ambaum, just south of White Center

August 14th, 2015 Tracy Posted in Burien, King County Sheriff's Office, White Center news 1 Comment »

(KCSO photo)

3:29 AM: The King County Sheriff’s Office says Ambaum is closed from 116th to 120th because of a crash at 119th that killed a man. According to KCSO, the man was a passenger in a car that investigators believe “failed to negotiate a turn” before crashing into a jersey barrier, possibly at high speed. The driver fled the scene but was caught with the help of the Guardian 1 helicopter. No word yet how long the road will be closed.

4:25 AM: Here’s the video released by KCSO Air Support, showing how the search ended:

No update on Ambaum’s status; please comment if you find it reopened, as we won’t be able to check for a few hours.

10 AM: Ambaum reopened about an hour ago, KCSO says.

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Grocery-store changes: First nearby Albertsons-Haggen conversion date set

February 26th, 2015 Tracy Posted in Burien, White Center news Comments Off on Grocery-store changes: First nearby Albertsons-Haggen conversion date set

As announced back in December, the Burien Albertsons grocery stores are being converted to the Haggen brand. And we’ve just received information on the timetable for the conversion of the store that’s closest to White Center – 12725 First Ave. S. – as announced by the company:

6:00 pm, Sunday, March 8 – Burien Albertsons store closes
12:01 am, Monday, March 9- Haggen takes ownership of the store
4:00 pm*, Tuesday, March 10 – Burien store reopens as Haggen (*Opening time is tentative)

The conversion of the southernmost Burien Albertsons, at Five Corners, is expected to happen in late May.

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Update – found! Earlier – Have you seen Luna the dog?

October 20th, 2014 Tracy Posted in Burien, Pets, White Center news Comments Off on Update – found! Earlier – Have you seen Luna the dog?

ORIGINAL REPORT: From the inbox:

My name is Rachael and on 10/18/2014 my Siberian Husky, Luna, got out of our yard. We live at the North end of Burien. I am begging everyone to please keep their eye out for her. She has distinctive “snake bite” marks on her muzzle and a dark mask with blue eyes. She is very friendly and was last seen at 10019 Des Moines Memorial Drive, Burien WA 98168. She is federally registered with the ADA (Americans with Disabilities) as a service companion and she is needed and missed. There is a reward for her safe return. Please call Rachael at 775-770-4569 or Cory at 206-683-2112 if she is found or sighted.

THURSDAY UPDATE: King County Sheriff’s Office has this short and sweet update via Twitter:

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Sheriff’s deputies, Seattle Police, others nab Burien bank-robbery suspect, blocks away

February 12th, 2013 Tracy Posted in Burien, Crime, White Center news Comments Off on Sheriff’s deputies, Seattle Police, others nab Burien bank-robbery suspect, blocks away

We haven’t turned up any other coverage of this, but we’ve learned there was a bank robbery in northeast Burien yesterday – and a suspect was caught shortly thereafter, so we’re publishing the update here. We heard about it because a reader e-mailed us about a huge multi-agency law-enforcement presence along South 116th and asked us what we knew. KCSO’s White Center Storefront Deputy B.J. Myers looked into it today and tells WCN that “it was a bank robbery at the US Bank at S 120/Des Moines Memorial Drive (City of Burien). The suspect handed a note to the cashier demanding money. The suspect left on foot as Burien Police, KCSO Deputies, Seattle Police, and a Renton PD K9 Officer arrived in the area. The suspect was located a few blocks away and money was recovered. The suspect, a 24 year old male, was booked into King County Jail for Robbery 1st Degree.”

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Update: Multiple-alarm apartment fire in North Burien

January 28th, 2013 Tracy Posted in Burien, White Center news 1 Comment »

5:37 PM: Huge fire callout from multiple departments – North Highline and Seattle, SeaTac, Tukwila, Renton, the port – because of an apartment fire in the 12300 block of Ambaum. Traffic is getting through but very slowly so we suggest avoiding the area.

7:35 PM: No injuries reported, and no cause announced so far. The building is actually at 1224 124th, a 24-unit structure that’s almost half a century old, according to county records.

11:11 PM: KIRO TV reports a baseboard-heater problem is blamed for starting the fire.

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‘Empty Bowls’ in Burien today, to help White Center Food Bank (and more)

January 25th, 2013 Tracy Posted in Burien, How to Help, White Center Food Bank, White Center news Comments Off on ‘Empty Bowls’ in Burien today, to help White Center Food Bank (and more)

If you’re heading south today, consider lunch and/or dinner at the Empty Bowls benefit in Burien, helping food banks including White Center FBfull details here!

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