• August 22, 2014

Update: South Park Bridge reopens to traffic after getting stuck

ORIGINAL REPORT, 6:22 PM: It’s been stuck open for more than an hour, one passerby was shouting at waiting cars. SDOT says via Twitter that it has ‘malfunctioned.’

UPDATE, 8:12 PM: SDOT tweeted a short time ago that it’s open to vehicle traffic again. No word yet what went wrong; so far as we know, this is the first major malfunction since it went into service almost two months ago.

  • August 22, 2014

Duwamish River Festival tomorrow! Here’s the entertainment schedule

The entertainment schedule is out for tomorrow afternoon’s 9th annual Duwamish River Festival (with co-sponsors including our partner site West Seattle Blog). For all four hours of the festival, 12-4 pm at Duwamish Waterway Park, you can take kayak/boat rides on the river as well as visit booths onshore featuring community groups/organizations. If you want to time your visit depending on the entertainment, here’s the info:

12:20 pm – 12:40 pm Âu Lạc Vovinam Lion Dance Team performance

12:45 pm – 1:05 pm Trio Dulces- Afro Latin Band

1:30 pm – 1:50 pm Seattle Sounders FC Band: Sound Wave

1:55 pm – 2:10 pm Tlaloktekuhtli – Aztec Dance

2:15 pm – 2:35 pm Zumba – Fitness class

3:00 pm – 3:50 pm Orquesta Cambalache

The park is at 7900 10th Avenue South (map).

  • August 22, 2014

Update: Stabbing victim found on a South Park sidewalk

FIRST REPORT, 9:48 AM: Just in via SPD Blotter, posted by Jonah Spangenthal-Lee:

Seattle police are investigating after a woman was stabbed and left on a South Park street early this morning.

A witness found the victim lying on the sidewalk in the 1000 block of S. Cloverdale Street at about 4:45 and called 911.

Officers arrived at the scene and searched the area but weren’t able to find the suspects.

Before medics transported the woman to Harborview Medical Center, the victim told police she’d been waiting at a bus stop when two women attacked her, stabbed her in the face, shoulders and hands and fled the scene.

Officers were able to gather some information at the scene about the identity of the suspects.
The victim’s condition was not immediately available …

The post promises an update later today; you can check back via the link in the first line above – we’ll be checking back too. Side note: Stabbings usually are categorized as “assault with weapons” calls on the Seattle Fire 911 log, but this incident wasn’t, for reasons unknown, so we didn’t hear about it until this post appeared minutes ago.

UPDATE, 2:25 PM: Added to the SPD Blotter item:

It appears the victim knows at least one of her assailants, and police are now investigating whether a dispute on Facebook may have sparked the stabbing.

  • August 19, 2014

Reminder: Big Highway 99 closure starts Friday night

If you use Highway 99 between the West Seattle Bridge and lower Queen Anne, the two-phase closure starting this Friday night WILL affect you. Here are the newest details from WSDOT:

A portion of State Route 99 closes for four full days starting this Friday. If drivers have not already made plans for this closure, now is the time to do so.

The Washington State Department of Transportation will close both directions of SR 99 between South Spokane Street and Valley Street from 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, until 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 25. Crews will reopen SR 99 south of the Battery Street Tunnel just before the Monday morning commute; however, the highway will remain closed through the tunnel to Valley Street until 5 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27.

“We need Seattle commuters to plan ahead for this closure,” said Dave Sowers, deputy administrator for the WSDOT Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program. “The section of 99 we’re closing Monday and Tuesday is shorter in length than what we’re closing that weekend, but it has the potential to create longer backups and delays both on city streets and I-5.”

Seahawks traffic considerations
· Northbound SR 99 will be open from South Royal Brougham Way and southbound SR 99 will be open from Columbia Street until midnight Friday, Aug. 22, for traffic related to the Seahawks’ preseason game.

Why a four-day closure is needed
· It will take four days for contractor crews working for WSDOT to demolish and replace the section of SR 99 over Broad Street. This new section of the highway will become part of the permanent connection between the SR 99 tunnel’s north portal and a new surface street section of Aurora Avenue North.
· Four days are also necessary for crews to reroute the water and sewer lines underneath SR 99 near Harrison Street.
· During the weekend portion of the closure, contractor crews will replace 81 damaged or cracked concrete road panels that comprise the SR 99 lanes between South Spokane and South Holgate streets. They will also repair an expansion joint at the northbound SR 99 exit to Seneca Street.

Closure details (view closure maps)
· At 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, crews will close both directions of SR 99 between South Spokane Street and Valley Street. However, due to the Seahawks game, northbound SR 99 will remain open at South Royal Brougham way and southbound SR 99 will remain open from the Columbia Street on-ramp until midnight.
· At 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 25, crews will reopen both directions of SR 99 south of the Battery Street Tunnel. Both directions of SR 99 will remain closed between the south end of the tunnel and Valley Street.
· At 5 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, crews will reopen both directions of SR 99 between the south end of the Battery Street Tunnel and Valley Street.

Driver tips
· Allow plenty of extra travel time.
· Leave early or delay your trip to avoid traveling during peak commute periods in the morning and afternoon.
· Delay or reschedule discretionary trips.
· Consider telecommuting.
· Take King County Metro during off peak hours and plan for reroutes on buses that use SR 99, or share a ride in a car or vanpool.
· If you must drive, know before you go and use WSDOT’s travel tools.

  • August 13, 2014

Update: Power outage, including part of South Park

(Screengrab from Seattle City Light map)
1:11 AM: Part of South Park is out of power, according to the Seattle City Light outage map showing more than 4,200 homes/businesses caught in an outage, from the south end of West Seattle south and southeastward. So far, no cause listed – just that SCL is “investigating” – but the start came around the time a downpour began, reportedly accompanied by lightning.

1:33 AM: City Light says it’s restored power to a third of the homes/businesses affected, but 2,600 are still without electricity.

1:58 AM: Now below 1,000 still without power.

  • August 12, 2014

Stockbox Grocery closing its South Park store

When Stockbox Grocery opened its first pilot location in a West Seattle apartment-complex parking lot almost three years ago, its founders voiced a mission of running many small stores. They are still working to figure out how – and have just announced they’re closing the South Park store at the end of this week. Published on the community e-mail list:

When we opened Stockbox South Park Grocery 2 years ago, it was our goal to build a network of stores to improve access to good food and offer a space for neighbors to gather. Throughout our time in South Park, we have worked to build our customer base and respond to the needs of the community. And through this process, we have learned a lot about what it will take to scale the Stockbox model – in inventory design, community selection, and store size – all while staying true to our mission.

In order for us to continue to expand with the format that we feel best represents Stockbox’s commitment and potential, we have made the difficult decision to close the South Park store, so we can focus further on developing our model by expanding products and services at our First Hill location, before growing our network of stores.

We are grateful to our staff who have been true ambassadors of Stockbox’s mission and vision in the store and in the community. We also are grateful to the loyal customers and neighbors who have supported Stockbox as patrons and friends, and who have helped and challenged us to continually learn. We are proud of our time as business owners in South Park and move forward with a deep appreciation of the partnerships that has helped us grow.

We invite our customers and neighbors to stop by the South Park store this week to find great deals as we prepare to sell down our inventory. Discounts on remaining products will be increased as we near our closing date of August 17th.

In addition, as a thank you to our loyal Neighbor Rewards members, we’ll be converting each of your Neighbor Rewards points to a $1 credit for use in the store. For example, if you have already accumulated twelve (12) points in your Neighbor Rewards account, you may exchange them for $12 off your purchase. As of today, new transactions will no longer accrue new Neighbor Rewards points.

With much appreciation,

Carrie Ferrence & Jacqueline Gjurgevich
Stockbox Founders

  • July 24, 2014

Followup: Richard L. Parenteau, Jr., charged with 2 counts of first-degree murder

Two charges of first-degree murder are now filed against 45-year-old Richard Leo Parenteau, Jr., the man arrested after the bodies of his mother and stepfather were found by the Duwamish River in South Park last Saturday. Court documents say he bludgeoned them to death with an ax in the family home (700 block of S. Southern St.) and that he had been detained for civil commitment twice in the two years, with officers having been in contact with him “numerous times” in the South Park area. During the detainments, prosecutors say, police found documents written by Parenteau claiming, among other things, that he would “kill the whole town by (himself).”

The charging papers also say that both victims, 70-year-old Linda Parenteau and 69-year-old David Wells, had “severe blunt-force trauma” to the head and other parts of their bodies; that was ruled as the cause of his death, while her death was caused by suffocation (inflicted in addition to the bludgeoning wounds). A witness told police, according to court documents, that the victims and suspect had been arguing loudly last Thursday night, and that Richard Parenteau was told he had to be out of the house by September. Another witness said the suspect was seen on Saturday and said that his mother and stepfather had gone on vacation. Parenteau remains in the King County Jail in lieu of $5 million bail. His arraignment is scheduled for August 6th.

  • July 21, 2014

Suspect in South Park murders ordered held without bail

Update today on the case of two people found dead in South Park on Saturday, and one person arrested in connection with the deaths. The 45-year-old suspect lived with the two victims, according to court documents which identify one as his 70-year-old mother; the other, a 69-year-old man, is reported to be the suspect’s stepfather. He was arrested at the house in the 700 block of South Southern Street on Saturday, after both victims’ bodies were found by the river, in separate spots, hours apart, with various clues leading to the house. Court documents say the suspect, who appeared in court this afternoon and was ordered held without bail, had mental-health problems and had made death threats regarding his family before.

  • July 19, 2014

Update: Seattle Police arrest one man in connection with two deaths

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.

  • July 16, 2014

Roadside metal recyclers: Dumping or not?

Lots of discussion on the Yahoo! e-mail list regarding roadside metal recyclers near the transfer station. Some have taken their concerns to the city and received this reply – shared on the list today (as city communication, it’s public information) – indicating it’s being looked into, but so far, no evidence of any illegal dumping:

After becoming aware of the discussion on the South Park listserv, on Tuesday July 8 Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) sent a stormwater pollution inspector to the area to investigate. The inspector found 2 road-side metal recycling operations at or near the intersection of 5th and Cloverdale. He inspected for signs of oil dumping or staining in the soil as well as in our drainage system and found no evidence of surface water quality violations. One of the recyclers showed him a container she uses to collect used oil, for recycling at an auto parts store. Before leaving, the inspector advised the metal recyclers that automotive fluids cannot be poured into the ground or area drains. SPU staff also asked ECOSS to work with the recycler on Best Management Practices.

On Monday July 14, SPU’s Illegal Dumping manager visited the area to assess the situation. He found 3 road-side metal recycling operations: on the north side of Cloverdale at 5th Ave S, around the corner on 5th Ave S just north of Cloverdale, and north of there on the east side of 5th just north of S. Sullivan. The recycler at the 2nd location, across from an apartment building, was moving north to a new location closer to the transfer station. He did not find any debris accumulations that would qualify as illegal dumping.

Our surface water pollution and illegal dumping staff will monitor the area periodically during the next 2 weeks to check for illegal dumping and water pollution problems.

Further, I referred the issue to the City’s business license Regulatory Services and Operations section, which has a regulatory role over scrap metal recyclers. They plan to send staff to check on the recyclers. I also contacted the Department of Planning and Development, and SDOT’s right-of-way management staff, for potential follow-up. I will let you know if I hear more information that will be helpful to the neighborhood.