Safety

Followup: Discovery Shop in The Junction gets its new window

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Almost four weeks after someone smashed the big front window of the nonprofit Discovery Shop in The Junction, the plywood’s down and a new window’s up. The shop’s chair Winni Field says, “We’d like to extend a giant thank you to the West Seattle community for their support, both emotional and financial, while our store front was boarded up. We’d love the community to stop by and admire this window!” Volunteer Suzanne Rowe, who first told us about the window, adds, “Everyone affiliated with the shop has been very moved by the generosity of our West Seattle Community. Since the incident happened almost 4 weeks ago, people have been coming into the store with cash donations and/or merchandise to give us to resell. That support helped us to expedite the installation of the replacement window.” So far as we know, the vandalism case remains unsolved.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Seaview burglary loot to look out for; also, where else burglars have struck this week

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The latest West Seattle Crime Watch reader report is from Gabrielle, whose Seaview home was broken into sometime in the past few days. When she sent a brief note, mentioning items of sentimental significance were missing, we asked if any additional details were available so people could keep an eye out – in the shrubbery, on CL, maybe even eventually in pawn shops. Here’s her report:

Our home was burglarized while my husband and I were away on a short vacation. It happened sometime between 11:30 am Thursday 9/18 and 5:30 pm on Saturday 9/20. We are located at 46th Ave SW and Brandon Street. [map] Many small items were stolen, while they seemed to leave anything of significant weight/couldn’t be carried by one person. Many jewelry items, small power tools, and an iPad were taken. Items of high sentimental value are as follows and should be looked out for at pawn shops:

-18k Gold Locket, 1/2″ diameter, Floral Engraving, Highly Sentimental
-Diamond Necklace Pendant & White Gold Chain, 1 karat total weight, 4 square diamonds set in white gold
-3/4 karat heart-shaped ruby solitaire on yellow gold band, Highly Sentimental
-Tiffany’s Stainless Steel Heart Tag Necklace, Custom Engraved G.D.S.
-Tiffany’s Stainless Steel Heart Tag Bracelet, Custom Engraved G.D.S.
-Handmade/Custom Letterpress Jewelry Wall Case, Highly Sentimental
-Nordstrom Necklace & Earring Set Round CZ with Pave Setting, sterling silver setting/chains

The burglars came though our front door, prying open a lock and damaging jamb. No other entry point was found. We are in the middle of a large-scale first floor renovation, which may have made it appear the home was vacant. Most of the items stolen were from 2nd floor. Seattle Police was called immediately, Case #14-315312.

This has been a terrible experience for us but we will try to remain positive. Most important thing we could tell our neighbors… Make sure your home is harder to break into… nothing to guarantee it won’t happen, but as many deterrents as possible can’t hurt.

SIDE NOTE: Checking the West Seattle Tweets by Beat (which includes dates, addresses, and incident types, no other details), here are the other burglaries reported in West Seattle earlier this past week (residential unless otherwise noted):

Friday night (9/19), 4200 block W. Marginal Way SW (commercial burglary)
Thursday night (9/18), 2300 block Harbor Ave. SW
Thursday night (9/18), 7000 block 16th SW
Thursday morning (9/18), 9800 block 35th SW
Wednesday morning (9/17), 4500 block 38th SW
Tuesday night (9/16), 5100 block Admiral Way (previously reported here)
Tuesday night (9/16), 2200 block SW Holden
Tuesday morning (9/16), 9000 block 14th SW (commercial burglary)
Tuesday morning (9/16), 2600 block 41st SW
Tuesday morning (9/16), 2200 block SW Holden
Tuesday morning (9/16), 5200 block 18th SW (previously reported here)
Monday evening (9/15), 3900 block SW Austin
Sunday morning (9/14), 1500 block SW Kenyon

If anything is missing in that time frame, apologies, we have only the Tweets by Beat log to consult, unless we received a reader report (such as the 46th SW and Admiral Way cases) – we hope you never need to send one, but if you do (once you’ve reported the crime to the police), editor@westseattleblog.com.

P.S. Two crime-prevention-related public meetings are coming up this week – the West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network meeting at 6:30 pm Tuesday (September 23) at the Southwest Precinct (Delridge/Webster), and the special joint Highland Park Action Committee/Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Council conversation with SPD, 7 pm Wednesday (September 24th) at HP Improvement Club (12th/Holden) – preceded by a 6:30 pm potluck.

Update: Man shot in the leg in High Point, police search under way

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3:44 PM: Police and fire are responding to a report of a man shot in the leg near 30th SW and High Point Drive SW. Officers are with him and SFD medics are arriving. Updates to come.

3:57 PM: The victim is an 18-year-old man described as having a small-caliber-handgun wound through the back of his calf. He’s on the way to the hospital. No arrest reported yet. According to our crews on the scene, it’s actually in the southeast part of High Point, near the 30th/Sylvan area where Forest Lawn has its headquarters building.

4:12 PM: Via SPD Blotter, here’s what police are saying:

Officers began receiving calls just after 3:30 p.m. Friday of a fight involving up to 20 people in the 3000 block of High Point Way SW. Officers rushed to the scene and found an 18-year-old that had been shot in the leg. Witnesses pointed officers towards a group of people who had made their way through a cemetery and disappeared. … Officers continue to scour the area looking for the suspect in this case. The only description provided of the shooter is a black male, 5-foot-8, 150 pounds wearing a red shirt. Officers are asking anyone who spots the suspect to call 911 immediately.

According to radio communication, police believe they have found the (or a) gun in the area.

Emergency Communication Hubs highlighted by Microsoft

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We’re excited to report that West Seattle Be Prepared received some visibility with a new audience this month; our West Seattle emergency communication hubs are featured on the Microsoft Disaster Response Blog.

We met several weeks ago for an interview with the Microsoft Disaster Response team and in turn learned about Microsoft’s efforts to support communities in time of disaster.

Our West Seattle hub network now includes 12 hub locations; you can visit the About the Hubs section of our website to learn everything there is to know about our hubs!


Meet your neighhhhh-bors @ SPD Mounted Patrol open house

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(WSB photo from Delridge Day, 8/6/14)
On the heels – or hooves – of the Seattle Police Mounted Patrol Unit appearance at last month’s Delridge Day, here’s your next chance to see the unit’s horses and humans: This Saturday, it’s the second annual open house at their West Seattle home base. We’re giving you an extra nudge because Sgt. Jim Scott says they really want to make sure you know about the chance to come visit them. The Mounted Patrol is based alongside Westcrest Park in Highland Park (9000 8th SW – directions here); the open house runs noon-5 pm and is hosted by the nonprofit Seattle Police Foundation, whose announcement mentions riding demonstrations at 1 and 4 pm, plus free hot dogs.

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