2:01 PM: If you’re without natural-gas service right now – it’s apparently related to a situation that Puget Sound Energy announced for the Highland Park area of eastern West Seattle, just up the ridge. In all, PSE says at least 1,000 homes and businesses are without natural gas because “a natural-gas regulator is having some problems.” It is NOT a gas LEAK, stresses PSE spokesperson Ray Lane; he says it means that the gas is cut off somewhere and not flowing to customers. “Once the gas-system pressure is operating normally, PSE personnel will go door-to-door to inspect the meters and gain entry to re-light furnaces, water heaters and other gas equipment,” he says. They’re promising an update on the situation soon.
2:48 PM: Here’s the update from PSE:
Approximately 1,120 PSE customers in the South Park area are without natural gas service due to a suspected problem with the gas system pressure equipment.
This means there is not adequate gas pressure in the system to operate equipment, such as furnaces, water heaters and other appliances. The situation is not due to a natural gas leak.
PSE is on site to correct the problem. We have 28 technicians in the field and will be working to shut down gas service to impacted customers. This allows us to reintroduce gas into the system safely. We anticipate having all customers shut off by 8:00 p.m. Once we have tested and stabilized the system, PSE personnel will need to enter homes and businesses to relight equipment. This may not occur until late in the evening. Customers wanting gas restored overnight should leave a front exterior light on. Service crews will be available all night and through tomorrow morning until all customers are restored.
As in any situation, call PSE or 911 immediately if you smell leaking natural gas. For updates, follow us on Twitter.com/PSEtalk or call 888-225-5773. PSE representatives will also be able to answer customer questions at the South Park Playfield at 8th Ave S and South Sullivan Street.
Our photo above shows crews mobilizing on the aforementioned playfield.
THURSDAY MORNING UPDATE: Some are back on, but not all. From PSE’s Twitter feed:
Tonight, 7 pm at the SP Neighborhood Center, here’s the latest agenda as shared on the Yahoo! e-mail list:
Meet and Greet/Introductions
Anyone is free to suggest a topic for discussion at a future meeting. E-mail SPNA President (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call 206-257-0578. Visit our website at http://allaboutsouthpark.com/category/meeting-minutes-and-agendas/ for previous minutes.
T-117 update – Roy Kuroiwa, Port of Seattle and Katie Atkins, Veda Environment
Trash Pick-up Event – Saturday, November 23, area around Sea Mar Community Care Center, 10th and 12th Avenues South and S Henderson St. Contact: Patty Nasko
Three wells will be drilled in South Park during the week of November 11 as part of a geotechnical study in preparation to help plan future sewer projects in South Park. See flyer handouts for more info.
Update on SP Parks Master Plan
Call for Unsung Hero nominations
Hand out Think Green info re recycling/5 recipes
Any other announcements?
Captain Joe Kessler, Southwest Precinct, SPD
Local Project Updates
Community Health Impact Assessment project results – BJ Cummings, DRCC and Linn Gould of Just Health Action
Part 150 Noise briefing for SeaTac airport – 20 minutes
Stan Shepherd, Manager, Aviation Noise Programs
SeaTac Airport’s air quality programs – 20 minutes
Russ Simonson, Air Quality Program Manager, Aviation Environmental Programs,
Linda Stewart, Director of Community Partnerships
SPNA Membership Election for Replacement of Greater Duwamish District Council representative from SPNA – Dan Bentler is recommended to membership by SPNA Board
GDDC recommends an alternate be designated, too
Next meeting: Tuesday, December 10, 7:00 pm
Thursday mornings, you’re invited to bring young children, birth-5 years old, to the South Park Community Center (8319 8th Ave. S) for a free playgroup! Check out next Thursday (or another Thursday sometime soon).
Right now – midnight Friday/Saturday – police are headed to the 700 block of South Sullivan, where a pizza driver has reported being held up at knifepoint. According to scanner traffic, somebody in a mask, armed with a knife, jumped out at the driver and “stole his bag of pizzas.” A search is beginning now.
What was on the 911 log as a medic call early this morning has turned into a homicide investigation. From SPD Blotter:
Homicide detectives are actively investigating after a deceased man was found in South Park.
On November 3rd at approximately 1:23 a.m. officers responded with fire department personnel to a man-down call in Duwamish Waterway Park in the 7900 block of 10th Avenue South. Officers found an adult male victim in his 20′s lying on the ground in the park. The victim had what appeared to be several stab wounds to the torso and was unresponsive. Fire department medics declared the victim deceased at the scene.
The suspect(s) remain at large.
Homicide detectives responded to the scene and continue to actively investigate.
Anyone with information about this incident or who may know the identity or whereabouts of the suspect(s) is asked to call 911 or the Seattle Police Homicide Tip Line at (206) 233-5000 and refer to this incident. Anonymous tips are welcome.
Early this morning, Seattle Fire responded to a car fire in the 8600 block of 12th Avenue South. This afternoon, they say it’s under investigation as arson:
Detectives are actively investigating a vehicle arson that occurred early this morning.
At approximately 1:15 a.m. officers responded to the 8600 block of 12th Avenue South to assist the fire department with a car fire. Fire marshals responded to the scene and through further investigation determined the fire was deliberately set. The unknown suspect(s) accessed the victim’s car, a 1988 blue Subaru, through an unlocked door and subsequently set the interior of the car on fire.
Seattle Police Arson/Bomb Squad detectives will now have responsibility for the on-going investigation.
Anyone with information about this incident or who may know the identity or whereabouts of the suspect(s) is asked to call 911 or Seattle Police and refer to this incident.
From the South Park Yahoo! e-mail list, word that Southwest Precinct commander Capt. Joe Kessler plans to be at the next South Park Neighborhood Association meeting to talk with neighbors and hear about concerns. The meeting is at 7 pm Tuesday, November 12th, and he’s scheduled for 7:15 pm. SPNA meets at the neighborhood center at 8201 10th Ave. S.
Remember when those heartless thieves hit the Providence Regina House food bank in South Park earlier this fall and stole a huge haul of meat? South Park-based Machinists Union members just delivered a donation meant to make up for some of it. They shared the photo and report:
Officers and staff members from Machinists Union District Lodge 751 donated more than 300 pounds of frozen hamburgers, hot dogs and buns to the Providence Regina House food bank in South Park. Thieves broke into the food bank’s freezer in September and stole all its meat.
Here’s the Seattle Fire Department report on a fire that did $30,000 damage to a 2nd Avenue South business earlier tonight:
A fire at a South Park auto shop was caused by the spontaneous combustion of oily rags, according to a Seattle Fire Department Investigator. The fire is being ruled accidental.
At 6:32 p.m. a 911 call to dispatchers at the Fire Alarm Center reported smoke and flames coming from the roof of the commercial building located in the 7200 block of Second Avenue South. South Park Engine Company 26 arrived first to find heavy smoke coming from the vehicle repair shop. The two-story business was locked, so firefighters had to forcibly break through the door to get the fire. Once inside, firefighters were able to contain the flames to a corner of the shop. It took nearly 30 minutes to completely extinguish the flames.
Firefighters will remain on scene as a fire watch until midnight just in case the charred embers rekindle.
There were no injuries.
The fire did not damage any of the vehicles under repair in the shop. The damage estimate is $20,000 to the structure and $10,000 to the contents.
10:24 PM UPDATE: The “fire watch” has been canceled, and all units are clearing the scene now.
Kids at Beverly Park Elementary – just south of South Park – got a big thrill today when the King County Sheriff’s Office helicopter Guardian One came to visit. Our video shows its landing this afternoon; luckily the fog had lifted enough that they could keep their appointment.
P.S. We’ll be adding photos a bit later. And if you use Twitter – follow the KCSO helicopters’ work at @kcsoairsupport.
That’s Deputy John Pugh, above, who flies Guardian One.
North Highline firefighters were there too:
The students were excited to meet the visiting law enforcers and get a look at their cars.
Later, a busy day and night resumed for KCSO’s air support unit – here’s a tweet with both their helicopters, Guardian 1 and Guardian 2: