(CROSS-POSTED FROM PARTNER SITE WEST SEATTLE BLOG)
Before Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole returns to West Seattle tonight, she’s formally introducing her new command staff downtown this morning, and a locally familiar face is in the lineup. One of the new Assistant Chiefs is Southwest Precinct commander Capt. Steve Wilske, as announced via SPD Blotter this morning. From that announcement:
Steve Wilske, currently the commander of the Southwest Precinct, has served for more than 28 years with the department in a variety of roles, including Homicide and Crime Scene and Use of Force investigation. At Southwest, Steve brought his CSI background to bear, as he pushed the importance of scouring every single crime scene for fingerprints.
I was looking for a commander who could plunge right into leading the patrol operations section, so it seems fitting that Steve has a degree in commercial diving.
Wilske has led the Southwest Precinct (which covers South Park and West Seattle) for 13 months, since January of last year, following the one-year encore by Capt. Joe Kessler. No mention yet of a successor. The chief’s “Continuing the Conversation” meeting in West Seattle is at 6:30 tonight at the precinct (Webster/Delridge); she will introduce her new team to the media downtown at 11 am. (File photo from June 2014)
Published on SPD Blotter by Jonah Spangenthal-Lee today – an update on an investigation that started over the weekend:
A burglar who tried to make his getaway on a bicycle in the South Park neighborhood Saturday afternoon led officers right to a half-dozen stripped down stolen cars and a suspected chop shop.
Police received a report around 3:15 PM that two men had smashed their way into a garage in the 1000 block of S. Donovan Street and fled. Officers arrived at the home and learned one suspect had fled on foot, while the other had pedaled away on an orange bike.
Officers caught the first man on foot and followed the bicycling burglar as he ran into the yard of a home in the 1200 block of S. Cloverdale. When police caught up with the second suspect, he no longer had the bike with him.
When police went looking for the bike in the secluded backyard of the home, they came across the disassembled shells of a half-dozen cars, primarily 1990s Hondas. Police discovered discovered the cars were missing their license plates and engines, and found the vehicles had all been stolen from Queen Anne, Ballard, Federal Way and Tacoma.
Major Crimes Task Force detectives joined the investigation at the home, where officers also seized two tow trucks. SPD evidence specialists also recovered a number of fingerprints from the stolen cars, and have identified a possible suspect connected with the chop shop.
Detectives interviewed the two burglary suspects and continue to investigate the suspected chop shop.
9:10 AM: Seattle Police just tweeted: “Officers investigating after a body was found in 1200 block S Sullivan St. More details to come.” This started with what’s shown on the Seattle Fire log as a medical call just after 8 am. We’ll update when there’s more info.
10:23 AM: We are at the scene. Police have taped off 12th south of Sullivan. The CSI team is here as are three TV crews. We have also just seen Capt. Steve Paulsen from the homicide unit (former SW Precinct captain).
10:45 AM: Capt. Paulsen tells us the body is that of an “adult female,” found by a passerby in the alley between Sullivan and Cloverdale, east side of 12th. “Possible trauma” is why they are investigating her death as a possible homicide. He expects they’ll be out there a few more hours.
ADDED: From the SPD Blotter post:
People began calling 911 shortly after 8 AM Sunday to report a woman down and unresponsive in an alley of the 1200 block of S. Sullivan Street. When Officers and Medics arrived on scene they attempted CPR on the woman, but were unable to revive her. The woman had suffered some type of trauma but it is unclear at this time who or what caused it.
CSI and Homicide detectives are working with the Medical Examiner to determine the cause of death. If you have any information in this case please call the Homicide/Assault tip line at 206-233-5000.
Seattle Police say a woman died after a Sunday afternoon crash that brought a major fire/police response. Here’s what they have just published via SPD Blotter:
A woman died Sunday afternoon after she lost control of her car while going around a curve and crashed into some large concrete pipes.
The woman was driving north in the 8200 block of 5th Avenue South when the accident happened. No one else was in the car and there were no other injuries.
Medics treated her at the scene. She was taken to Harborview Medical Center, where she died from her injuries. Traffic Collision Investigation Squad detectives collected evidence at the crash site. Officers aren’t sure yet why the accident occurred. It remains under investigation.
According to the SFD online log, the crash was reported just before 1 pm Sunday.
It’s only on the 911 log as a “medic response,” but police say it’s a rollover crash that blocked Cloverdale between 12th and 14th. The road is open again now, and SPD says no one suffered major injuries.
UPDATE: One man has been arrested after another person was found dead in this area, apparently linked to the first body found. From SPD Blotter:
UPDATE – Around 4 p.m. a pedestrian discovered the body of an adult female in the 7100 block of 1st Avenue S. This is directly underneath Highway 99. The woman suffered injuries similar to the first victim. Homicide and Crime Scene Investigation detectives are on scene. Detectives are looking into the possibility of a connection between the two victims.
Following up on leads from earlier this morning, detectives served a search warrant at a residence in the 700 block of S Southern Street. Detectives have arrested an adult man and are investigating his possible involvement in both of these murders.
ORIGINAL REPORT: A man was found dead in South Park this morning, and Seattle Police are investigating, saying they don’t think he was killed where his body was found. Here’s what they have published on SPD Blotter:
A man out for a morning walk along the Duwamish waterway made a grisly discovery: a body lying on the ground with severe head trauma. The man quickly called 911 and summoned police officers and medics.
Police and Fire personnel received the call around 6:30 a.m. and responded to the area of 8 Avenue S and S Portland Street. [map]
Seattle Fire medics proclaimed the victim, an adult man, deceased. Homicide and Crime Scene Investigation detectives responded and began to carefully search for any evidence or clues that
might offer insight as to what transpired. Detectives believe that the victim was assaulted somewhere else, brought to the Duwamish waterway bank, and left there.
Detectives canvassed the surrounding neighborhood searching for witnesses. This effort proved fruitful. Some area residents reported seeing a suspicious car in the neighborhood after midnight. Detectives will be working hard to follow up on any leads that will help solve this case.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Seattle Police Homicide Office at (206) 684-5550.
Police are in the 14th and Donovan vicinity investigating reports of gunfire. No one is reported to have been shot or otherwise injured, but an officer reported over the radio that she had found shell casings. Circumstances unknown, but just before this, officers had been investigating a reported fight in the 8800 block of 14th S.