• February 24, 2015

Suspected chop shop under investigation on South Donovan

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.

  • February 24, 2015

Followup: South Park Bridge repairs under way

So far, so good for the South Park Bridge, after last Saturday’s breakdown. Update from King County:

Repairs to a transmission pump that caused the South Park Bridge to close for several hours Saturday are now being completed by the bridge contractor. Upon closer inspection, engineers determined that repairs can be made locally. Once repairs are complete, the pump will be reconnected to the drive shaft. That work is expected to take a day or two and can be completed while the bridge continues to be open to vehicle traffic. At this point, engineers do not believe the work will result in significant traffic delays.

In the meantime, adjustments have been made that allow for the bridge to operate under auxiliary power – which means the bridge spans can still be raised and lowered to accommodate marine traffic. The raising and lowering of the bridge just may take a bit longer than normal.

King County appreciates your patience as it works to complete repairs.

  • February 21, 2015

Update: South Park Bridge back in service as of early Tuesday

11:42 AM: The South Park Bridge remains “stuck in the open position,” and has been that way most of the morning. No ETA for repairs yet, but we’re mentioning this in case you haven’t already heard. Whenever you refresh this page, it’ll show you the newest image from the 14th/Cloverdale traffic camera, so you can check back here to see if it’s fixed.

1:54 PM: SDOT now says the bridge might not reopen before Tuesday. Barricades are up to keep vehicles and people entirely off it.

6:10 PM: Update from King County Roads:

King County has determined that the cause of this morning’s South Park Bridge mechanical malfunction was a faulty transmission pump that will need to be rebuilt or replaced under warranty. Replacement parts are expected to arrive Tuesday. In the meantime, the county is evaluating whether the bridge spans can be safely lowered to allow for vehicle traffic.

Until the bridge reopens, motorists should use the 1st Avenue South Bridge as a detour. The county understands how important the bridge is to the community and motorists – every effort is being made to get the bridge reopened to both vehicle and marine traffic as quickly as possible.

3:08 AM SUNDAY: The bridge is back in service as of very early today, though the repairs haven’t been completed yet. This could change, but for now, both KC Roads and KING 5 confirm it’s working.

  • February 15, 2015

Update: Police investigation after woman found dead

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.

  • February 10, 2015

February’s South Park Neighborhood Association meeting tonight

As announced by South Park Neighborhood Association co-chair Brooke O’Neill via the e-mail list:

It’s time again for our monthly community meeting. Last month, everyone had a blast at our semiannual potluck, with great food, prizes, and fabulous music. This month, we’re back to business. Topics for (tonight) are:

Getting a crosswalk across E. Marginal Way from the new bridge to the sidewalk in front of Boeing to allow people to cross the street safely without using the underground tunnel. One of our Georgetown neighbors is applying for grants to fund the endeavor and is seeking support from South Park.

Michell Mouton from the Office of Emergency Management is coming to tell us about how we can prepare as a neighborhood for disasters, upcoming trainings, and new job opportunities for community members.

Envious of all those raingardens your neighbors have? You too can have one, totally free! Vicki Raya will be there to tell you how.

Tonight’s meeting is at the South Park Neighborhood Center, 8201 10th Avenue S.

  • January 29, 2015

RSVP now for South Park Tree Walk

The city and Forterra are organizing a walking tour to see South Park’s trees – the announcement:

Join us for a tour of some of South Park’s interesting and beautiful trees as we explore the importance of right tree, right place. The walk will take place at 10AM on February 21st. Meet in front of the South Park Neighborhood Center (8201 10th Ave S). RSVP here!

  • January 28, 2015

Rainbow Bingo coming to South Park! Debuting February 21st

You’re not going to want to wait to sign up for this:

Rainbow Bingo is coming to South Park. Your first chance to play, eat, drink and have a fun evening is Saturday, February 21. Doors open at 6 pm, games start at 7 pm at the South Park Neighborhood Center. Our professional caller is Sylvia O’Stayformore.

Other venues sell out within days of on-line pre-registration opening. Don’t take a chance of that happening to you. Pre-registration is open at SPSeniors.org.

Pre-registration is $15; plus another $5 at the door for bingo cards.

10 games will have prizes of $25; 2 Special game’s prizes will be half of the game’s card sales.

Theme for this event: Stars & Stripes
So plan your wardrobe or costume accordingly.

So, what is the additional incentive besides coming to have fun?
South Park Rainbow Bingo is a fundraiser for the South Park Senior Center.

Bring your friends and we will seat you together.

  • January 27, 2015

First candidates’ forum for District 1 City Council race: Next week!

One week from Thursday, our partner site West Seattle Blog is presenting the first candidates’ forum in the District 1 City Council race to represent West Seattle/South Park. Three candidates are in the race right now – all WS residents, George Capestany, Amanda Kay Helmick, and Chas Redmond – after last week’s announcement by Councilmember Tom Rasmussen that he will not run after all. They’ll all be at the forum just up the hill from South Park, 7 pm Thursday, February 5th, at Highland Park Improvement Club (1116 SW Holden), featuring an open-microphone audience question period as well as Q/A via hosts. Doors open 6:30 pm; hope to see you there.

  • January 21, 2015

Find out more about the Duwamish River cleanup plan, in 3 languages, tonight

From the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition:

Tonight at Concord International School (723 S Concord St) is your opportunity to learn about EPA’s “Record of Decision”, their final cleanup plan for the Duwamish River. It is a step in the right direction – but there is still more to do!

To keep working for an even healthier cleanup, we need YOU! Join DRCC/TAG and your neighbors tonight as EPA and South Park community members provide some highlights from the plan and talk about what is next. Presentations will be available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

South Park Multilingual Community Meeting
January 21, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Concord International School, 723 S Concord St

Light dinner and child care will be available!

  • January 20, 2015

‘King tides’ later this week: Watch, talk, learn in South Park

“King tides” are on the way. You have two chances in South Park to watch the water and talk about the future. Announced by King County:

Curious what sea level rise might look like in the future? Early risers can get a sneak peek at two family-friendly “King Tides” events hosted by the environmental non-profit group Sustainable Seattle:

Friday, January 23

7 to 7:30 a.m.
McNeil’s Landing/8th Avenue South Park
7797 8th Ave. S., Seattle

Saturday, January 24

7:30 to 8:30 a.m.
Duwamish Waterway Park
7900 10th Avenue South, Seattle

King Tides are a natural occurrence caused by increased gravitational pull on the Earth’s oceans when the sun and the moon align.

Though they’re not caused by climate change, these higher-than-normal tides may offer a glimpse of how sea level rise may impact local shorelines in decades to come.

Last summer, Sustainable Seattle earned funding through King County’s Green Grants program to educate the South Park community about potential impacts of climate change, and to spark discussion between community members and local leaders about future planning to protect vulnerable areas.

Events will offer information about the King Tides program and how people can get involved in climate change resiliency planning efforts.

There also will be snacks and hot beverages, as well as children’s activities, photography tips and lots of opportunities to take and share photos with other King Tide viewers throughout the region.

King County’s Green Grants Program is administered by King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division. The Green Grants work, which supports grassroots environmental projects in the Duwamish Valley, is a key part of Executive Dow Constantine’s Green/Duwamish Watershed Strategy.

Though partnerships with City of Seattle, University of Washington Green Futures Lab and the Bullitt Foundation, Executive Constantine’s goal is to better coordinate environmental investments among governments, nonprofits, communities and businesses across the 500-square-miles of region’s critical watershed, which stretches 93 miles from the Cascades to Elliott Bay.

For additional information about the King Tides event, please contact Cari Simson at Urban Systems Design at 206-234-5102.