• October 23, 2014

South Park shooting suspect arrested

From SPD Blotter:

Detectives and Anti-Crime Team arrested a 21-year-old man Thursday afternoon in connection with a September shooting in the South Park neighborhood.

Police have been searching for the suspect since September 28th when he opened fire on another man near 12th Avenue and S. Trenton Street, leaving the victim with life-threatening injuries.

Today, Southwest Precinct officers located the man near White Center and, with the assistance of King County Deputies, arrested the suspected gunman. Officers also seized the suspect’s vehicle for detectives, who are currently interviewing the suspect at SPD Headquarters.

Detectives plan to book the suspect into the King County Jail for a weapons violation as they continue to investigate the case.

  • October 17, 2014

Road closure next week for West Duwamish Trail work

From SDOT:

The Seattle Department of Transportation will close the intersection of Fifth Avenue South and South Portland Street in the South Park neighborhood to vehicular traffic starting Monday, Oct. 20 for approximately two to three days.

Traffic on Fifth Avenue South between South Holden and South Kenyon streets will be restricted to local access 24 hours per day. A detour route using Seventh Avenue South will be available.

SDOT is constructing an extension to the West Duwamish Trail on the south side of South Portland Street from West Marginal Way South to Eighth Avenue South. The project also includes installation of a new storm drainage system and new paving on South Portland Street.

Work on this project began in July and is expected to be completed by the end of the year, weather permitting.

  • October 13, 2014

Denny PTSA meets in South Park tonight

Have a student in Denny International Middle School? Tonight’s 7 pm meeting of the Denny PTSA will be here in South Park, at the SP Community Center. Spotlight topic: Common Core state standards and standards-based grading. SPCC is at 8319 8th Ave. S.

  • October 10, 2014

Firefighter Story Time in South Park next Wednesday

Happening citywide – with a stop in South Park! Here’s the announcement from SPL:

The Seattle Public Library invites preschoolers, parents and caregivers to special story times in October highlighting Fire Prevention Month. Firefighters from the Seattle Fire Department will conduct story times with books on fire safety and display firefighting equipment and trucks.

All of the story times are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required.

Seattle firefighters will read “No Dragons for Tea” to dozens of preschool children at Library locations across the city. Important safety messages will include “Firefighters are your friend,” “Crawl low under smoke” and “Get out and stay out.” (Here’s the local story time:)

* 11:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15 at the South Park Branch, 8604 Eighth Ave. S. at South Cloverdale Street, 206-615-1688

  • October 8, 2014

South Park Library closed today

Today is an in-service day for the staffs of the Seattle Public Library branches in South Park and West Seattle, so the library is closed – but it’ll reopen tomorrow (Thursday, October 9th).

  • October 8, 2014

Free movies now twice a month at South Park Neighborhood Center

After a successful movie night last month, the South Park Neighborhood Center is now offering movies twice a month, second and fourth Mondays, 6:30 pm. Next Monday, it’ll be “Meet the Parents,” featuring Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller. Free popcorn! SPNC is at 8201 10th Avenue South.

  • October 6, 2014

Duwamish Alive! on October 18th – sign up now


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10 am-2 pm on October 18th, it’s the next edition of Duwamish Alive! and it’s time for you to sign up to help out somewhere along the river. (There are even a few more locations to the southeast in Tukwila – see the full-size map here.) Go here to register for a site.

  • September 29, 2014

Duwamish River oil-spill-plan hearing in Auburn tonight

Happening tonight, in case you’re interested. Here’s the full invitation we received:

The Washington Department of Ecology invites you to join us at a public workshop for the development of a geographic response plan for the Duwamish/Green River.

WHEN: Tuesday, September 30, 7-8 p.m.

WHERE: Green River Community College, Glacier Room
12401 SE 320th St, Lindbloom Student Center
Auburn, WA

This workshop will be followed by a 30-day public comment period (ending Oct. 30) during which you may submit comments to GRPs@ecy.wa.gov or by postal mail to:

Washington Department of Ecology
Spills Program – GRPs
P.O. Box 47600
Olympia, WA 98504-7600

For more information, please contact Wendy Buffett – wendy.buffett@ecy.wa.gov – at 360/407-6523.

  • September 28, 2014

Police find shooting victim in South Park

From SPD Blotter:

Officers are searching for a suspect after they were approached by a man in South Seattle who had been shot multiple times early Sunday morning.

Officers were sent to 12 South and South Trenton St. for reports of an argument somewhere in the area, but when they arrived they were unable to locate anyone who needed assistance. Worried residents called back a few minutes later reporting that shots had been fired in the area, but again officers were unable to locate a scene. Officers remained in the area for nearly 45 minutes searching and speaking with residents when they were approached by the victim.

The victim had gunshot wounds to his chest and leg and collapsed as he made it to officers. Medics rushed to the scene and stabilized the man before he was transported to Harborview Medical Center with life threatening injuries.

Officers scoured the area, located a possible scene and are working to collect evidence. Officers continue to speak to neighbors and are working to find any suspects. Officers are asking anyone with information to please call 911 and speak with them immediately.

This remains an active investigation and details may change.

  • September 21, 2014

THIS IS ONLY A DRILL: FYI – Boeing Field drills scheduled all week

Boeing Field will be the scene of two “mass-casualty-incident drills” each of the next five weekdays, and since you might notice all the emergency vehicles in the area, we’re helping get the word out. As the official announcement put it, “Because officials are trying to create a realistic response, the media is asked to help us notify the public that this is only a drill … and is a potential visual distraction.” Details:

The dates of the drills are Sept. 22, 23, 24, 25, and 26. There will be two drills each day. The sessions run from 9 a.m.-noon and 1:30-4:30 pm. …

These practice scenarios help prepare firefighters, police officers, and paramedics for an actual plane crash by creating a realistic environment with a large number of “patients.” While emergency responders deal with patients daily, MCI situations are relatively rare and have different medical protocols. Aircraft or bus crashes and hazardous materials leaks are examples of MCI situations.

The drill also helps the King County International Airport meet FAA requirements for its Airport Emergency Plan.

Over the course of the 10 sessions, approximately 700 personnel including first responders, communications specialists, “volunteer actors” and Airport personnel will participate in the drill. The exercise objectives include:

* Testing of the Mass Casualty Incident plan
* Ability of different agencies to work and communicate together during a large scale event
* Ability of rescuers to operate in and near an airplane
* Organization of “unified command”
* Use of the Incident Command System
* Meets the criteria required by FAA for KCIA’s Airport Emergency Plan

The scenario will involve a large aircraft at the south end of the KCIA. An aircraft body mockup will represent a commercial jet, and dozens of volunteer actors will have make-up to represent various injuries. Emergency vehicles will respond, stage, and arrive at the crash scene just as they would during a real emergency. …

The participating agencies: King County International Airport, King County Medic One, Tukwila Fire Department, Kent Fire Department RFA, Renton Fire Department, SeaTac Fire Department, Maple Valley Fire Department, Seattle Fire Department, King County Fire District 20, Valley Regional Fire Authority, Burien/Normandy Park FD, North Highline Fire Department, King County Sheriff’s Office, The Boeing Company, Valley Communications, South King Fire and Rescue.