Police pursuit of hit and run driver makes big scene on Broadway

Police took multiple people into custody including at least one at gunpoint in a hit and run incident that spanned Pike/Pine and Broadway Friday night.

With the first crash reported just before 9 PM, police began tracking the car carrying multiple people as it sped on Denny and then eventually to Broadway where the suspects appeared to make a run for it, fleeing the area on foot. Police detained at least four people on Broadway near the Shell station and at least one more was detained and taken into custody after being held at gunpoint on Nagle just off Broadway.

It’s not clear how many vehicles were struck but there were no reported serious injuries.

Police reported they had the driver in custody as part of the arrests.

The incident played out on on a busy night in the middle of the area’s nightlife district with police taping off the block to keep out crowds during the investigation. Emergency vehicles called for an unrelated medical issue at a nearby Broadway restaurant also added to the chaotic scene.

Clock is ticking for Pine lot where nightlife crowds like to park — and people keep shooting guns

This parking lot is a goner (Image: King County)

While neighbors around 21st and Union are looking at so-called Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design efforts in addition to the mayor’s plan for curbing gun violence in the Central District, an environmental problem spot at the base of Capitol Hill is on its way to a CPTED solution of a different sort.

Key permits have finally been issued for a project to create an eight-story, 70-unit apartment, and office building on the land currently home to the parking lot near Pine and Melrose that is popular with nightlife crowds but has attracted more than its share of assaults and gun play over the years. Continue reading

Reminder: 43rd District Democrats host D3 candidates forum Saturday at The Riveter

Tuesday night, we learned which District 3 candidates most strongly support safe consumption sites, who would pursue downtown tolling, and who would, yes, buy a surplus cruise ship to help address homelessness if she were elected to the Seattle City Council. Wednesday, we learned which D3 candidates prefer pie and which — gasp — prefer cake.

There’s no telling what insights will be gained Saturday when the 43rd District Democrats hold their District 3 City Council forum at Capitol Hill coworking space The Riveter:

District 3 City Council Candidate Forum

“We’ll be asking candidates about their plans to address District 3’s most pressing issues including housing affordability, homelessness, and transportation,” the group promises.

Meanwhile, a D3 session is also on the slate as part of a series of town halls at Seattle University on Sunday.

Capitol Hill Pets | The cats of Twice Sold Tales

Eleanor

Jamie Lutton is a familiar face behind the counter of Twice Sold Tales. You may recognize the cats as well. While four cats live in the store, they aren’t really anyone’s specific pets. “They’re actually here to keep mice out of the building,” Lutton tells CHS. “There are lots of rats and mice because they eat the scraps from Dick’s… their job is to make sure we don’t have any trouble like that.” Continue reading

Police announce arrest in 23rd and Cherry gas station shooting — UPDATE: Guns seized

Seattle Police say they have arrested a 25-year-old Renton man for his part in a shooting at a Central District gas station earlier this month that left a woman wounded after she was apparently caught in the crossfire.

CHS is not naming the man because he has not been charged but records show he was arrested and ultimately convicted in connection with this 2011 incident in which South Seattle gang members opened fire during a vigil for a 19-year-old who had been shot and killed. Continue reading

Eat Capitol Hill tacos for breakfast

Starting Friday at Good Weather (Image: Good Weather)

Lots of tacos flying around in Capitol Hill food and drink is nothing new. We’re blessed. One great taco joint replaces another, in these parts. Even our bodegas have great tacos. And now you can eat Capitol Hill tacos for breakfast.

Starting this Friday, Good Weatherthe bicycle repair shop and cafe that moved into Chophouse Row in 2017 — is rolling out something it hopes to grow into a big thing: Friday morning tacos — Continue reading

Durkan’s response to Central District gun violence: ‘a multitude of strategies’ including emphasis patrols, social programs, and a new public safety advisor in the mayor’s office

The mayor touring downtown last week as part of the rollout of her pre-summer, seven-neighborhood emphasis program to ” make neighborhoods safer, cleaner, & more vibrant”

In the wake of last week’s shootout at 21st and Union that left a 19-year-old dead and two more people wounded, Mayor Jenny Durkan has been publicly silent about the reignition of gun violence in the Central District even as she and her office’s representatives appeared at two previously scheduled events this week to talk about crime in Seattle.

But behind the scenes, the mayor’s office says it is taking steps as part of a longterm strategy to make the city safer and to do more to address the factors Durkan says are behind the shooting incidents in the Central District.

First, Durkan is adding a respected senior public safety advisor to her staff.

Second, the mayor is convening a “multiple City department” meeting with community groups and “stakeholders” to identify immediate actions and next steps in the neighborhood as well as provide updates on the investigations.

“We must approach public safety in a holistic manner to most effectively address the root causes of gun violence in our communities,” a letter sent this week by Durkan to “community members and organizations concerned with the recent spate of gun violence” and shared with CHS by a representative from her office reads. Continue reading

Federal judge says Seattle Police ‘out of compliance’ over misconduct and discipline

The judge on point for reform of Seattle Police after Department of Justice findings of bias and improper use of force has taken aim at the department’s new contract with the city’s officers and said Wednesday that the “accountability issues” will need to be solved if federal oversight is to be lifted.

U.S. District Judge Robart is calling on Mayor Jenny Durkan and SPD to “fix deficiencies in the closed-door appeal process for officers who have been fired or disciplined before it can be released from federal oversight,” the Seattle Times reports.

The ruling echoes criticism of the new contract raised by the Community Police Commission last year as the deal was coming together. The commission and critics of the deal said the contract agreement gave up many of the reforms won in the landmark Police Accountability Legislation (PDF) passed by the city council in 2017.

Robart’s opinion opens the likelihood Durkan, the city, and the Seattle Police Guild will need to renegotiate portions of the contract dealing with misconduct and discipline.

On the List | 45th annual Seattle International Film Festival, Pierogi Fest, forest bathing

Thin Skin at SIFF

With election fever ramping up, there are candidate forums galore on the Hill. The next one, hosted by the 43rd District Dems, is scheduled for this Saturday at co-working space The Riveter, with all seven candidates running for the D3 seat attending. On Sunday, five of the seven candidates will speak at the Pigott Auditorium at Seattle University.

On Thursday Jewish Family Services hosts an “introduction” talk about suicide prevention, where attendees can learn about warning signs and risk factors.

Craving something lighter? Check out this week’s to-do list below, which includes forest bathing, pierogis, and Indigenous joy, and find more events on the CHS Calendar.

THROUGH SUNDAY, June 9: The Seattle International Film Festival brings a full schedule of movies to Capitol Hill’s Egyptian Theater — now SIFF Cinema Egyptian, of course. Looking for Capitol Hill highlights? Try the Thin Skin Event with a sneak-peek from Seattle filmmaker and writer Charles Mudede’s upcoming feature or DJ NicFit presents Fantastic Planet with the DJ presenting a one of a kind screening of the “phantasmagorical work of science fiction” accompanied by “a carefully curated soundtrack featuring the music of alternative-rock icons The Flaming Lips.” Continue reading

With District 3 candidates forum season underway, Speak Out Seattle leads with homelessness, displacement in the Central District, and gun violence

The controversial but increasingly influential political group Speak Out Seattle hosted a forum for District 3 city council candidates to discuss issues of homelessness, displacement in the Central District, and gun violence among others over the course of the event that took place Tuesday evening in front of a standing-room only crowd at the Northwest African American Museum.

The first question of the evening from Speak Out Seattle stemmed from an issue that is informing much of this year’s city council races: the failed head tax.

“Look, big business has to do more to pay their fair share,” said Zachary DeWolf, the first out gay Seattle Public Schools board member, also arguing that the head tax has dominated the debate too much. “Everyday we talk about this unsuccessful policy, we have not talked about the other ideas, which are increasing the local estate tax” as well as basing fees and fines on income levels. (DeWolf is the only candidate to have written for CHS)

Council member Kshama Sawant, the Socialist Alternative incumbent, was the sole candidate to voice continued support for the tax. Continue reading