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Man hit in arm, another arrested in Broadway parking lot shootout

One man was shot and another was taken into custody after at least 27 shots were fired inside a 1500 block Broadway parking structure early Sunday morning, SPD reports

Detectives are investigating after a man was shot in the arm early Sunday morning on Capitol Hill.

Officers on patrol in the 1500 block of Broadway just before 4 a.m. Sunday morning heard multiple gunshots coming from a nearby parking garage. Officers quickly converged on the area and saw multiple cars leaving the area.

Witnesses began calling 911 and reporting that some people in a Chevy Tahoe may have been involved. Officers spotted that vehicle leaving the area and stopped it. The officers noticed bullet damage to the SUV and saw a handgun on the floorboard. The passenger, a convicted felon and prohibited from possessing a firearm, admitted to owning the gun. Officers placed the man in custody and booked him into King County Jail for the firearms violation. Officers impounded the Tahoe for further investigation.

While investigating, a man arrived at Harborview Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the arm, in a vehicle that was seen by witnesses fleeing the shooting scene. Officers spoke with the shooting victim and released him pending additional investigation.

Officers collected 27 shell casings of varying calibers from the garage. Homicide/Assault detectives will be conducting follow-up investigation as this case moves forward

Police investigating gunfire at 23rd and Union car wash

Police are investigating after a burst of gunfire at a 23rd Ave car wash reportedly targeted a woman who fled in terror inside a nearby business to escape Saturday afternoon, according to police radio dispatches.

We have not yet confirmed details with police but East Precinct radio reported several units converging at Uncle Ike’s car wash just north of 23rd and Union after a bout of gunfire was reported just before 1:30 PM.

The victim was uninjured, according to radio reports.

Police were searching for a green Camaro carrying two men reportedly involved in the shooting. A car matching that description was stopped about two miles south of the shooting scene and one person was detained but we do not yet know if police have connected him to the shooting.

Moving past Paseo, Bok a Bok landing next to Neumos with Korean-style deep fried chicken

Neumos has a rocking new partner to provide chow in its adjacent restaurant space and to provide spicy accompaniment to the cold brew and cocktails it serves at its sibling bar The Runaway and inside the live music venue itself.

White Center born Bok a Bok Chicken will bring its Korean-style deep fried drumsticks and more to the small space on 10th sandwiched between the club and The Runaway bar.

“I’m amped to be opening Bok a Bok on Capitol Hill,” chef-owner Brian O’Connor says in the announcement of the new project. “We’ve spent a great deal of time honing our fried chicken skills down south and are looking forward to our new neighbors trying it out.”

Bok a Bok’s recipe will bring new flavors to Capitol Hill’s nosh scene:

Bok A Bok’s menu centers around Korean-style fried chicken, with a crispier take on the traditional batter sealing in the juicy, natural flavors from fresh, sustainably-raised chickens. Inspired by O’Connor’s travels throughout Asia, his unique spin on fried chicken sets the restaurant apart from others in the Pacific Northwest. Guests can pair fried chicken breast; drumsticks, thighs and wings with a selection of house made dipping sauces ranging from sweet to spicy. The menu also features rice bowls, fried chicken sandwiches, and comfort-inspired sides including kimchi, ginger coleslaw, mac n’ cheese and house-made biscuits.

The project replaces the much-hyped but apparently underwhelming arrival of the Paseo chain on Capitol Hill. Ryan Santwire purchased the rights to the Paseo name and its original Fremont location before expanding with Paseo Capitol Hill. The 10th and Pike Paseo debuted in February earlier this year in the space left empty when Pike Street Fish Fry closed in late 2015. Despite the hype, the restaurant lasted about nine months and quietly closed recently. We have a message out to Santwire to learn more about the closure and will update if we hear back. UPDATE: Paseo is searching for a new Hill home, Santwire tells CHS. “We are moving, as we need more room and want/need to do alcohol in our space,” he writes. The goal is to find a place that can accommodate a full Paseo Cantina with room to also fill the needs of the company’s catering business.

Bok a Bok is set to open December 1st.

Bok a Bok will be located at 925 E Pike with an entrance on 10th Ave. You can learn more at facebook.com/bokabokfriedchicken.

 

How Seattle ‘shared parking’ proposal could help renters — even if you don’t drive

Rendering of the future parking garage entrance to 11th Ave’s under-construction Kelly Springfield building

With a push from Capitol Hill and the neighborhood’s seemingly insatiable appetite for parking, Seattle is moving forward with a plan that could create pools of shared parking in buildings across the city, reducing the need for developers to create large parking structures, and allowing more buildings to offer parking on the open market.

“If a building has unused parking stalls, we shouldn’t block them from renting those spaces out to someone who needs a place to keep their vehicle,” Mayor Tim Burgess said in the announcement of the legislation his office has sent to the City Council for consideration. “I hear complaints about the on-street parking crunch in our densest neighborhoods, and I’ve experienced it myself. It’s the reason I’m advancing this comprehensive package of parking options, ranging from making car share parking more available to changing parking requirements for income-restricted housing.”

Here are the details of the new proposal: Continue reading

$2.75 — Metro will have simplified fare structure starting next summer

If the complicated pricing of transit zones and peak fares were keeping you from enjoying the services of King County Metro, boy is 2018 going to be a good year for you.

The King County Council Monday voted on a new flat pricing for Metro transit fares — $2.75.

“We’ve heard from the community, and we are responding by making riding Metro Transit in King County easier and more convenient,” said Rod Dembowski, chair of the county council’s transportation committee and prime sponsor of the legislation, said. “Riders, especially ones new to the system, should have the confidence to board a Metro bus and know the required fare. I hope the flat fare makes using Metro more understandable and encourages first-time users to ride Metro.”

“The new fare plan eliminates a payment system that fluctuated between time and distance and could cost an adult rider between the ages 19-64 anywhere from $2.50 to $3.25 a ride,” the county said in its announcement.

The new adult fare also will not affect the roughly Metro riders who pay ORCA Lift—Metro’s low income fare program— or youth, senior, and disabled fares. The agency says roughly 2/3 of its riders will pay the standard adult fare.

The new flat rate goes into effect starting July 2018.

‘High Wind Warning’ — Forecast says gusty Monday in store for Seattle — UPDATE: Power out to more than 11K around Capitol Hill

Lights out for QFC

UPDATE 11/13/2017: Above, scenes from a darkened Broadway. More on the night’s power outages, below.
UPDATEx2 11/14/2017: More than 3,000 were still without power Tuesday morning around the Hill — many of them around the Summit Ave area of the Hill. More updates below.

Original Report 11/13/2017 8:57 AM: Batten down the hatches. And charge your mobile devices. The National Weather Service says wild winds will whip western Washington Monday afternoon:

A “High Wind Warning” has been issued for the Puget Sound and Seattle through 9 PM:

* WIND…South 25 to 40 mph with gusts TO 60 or 65 mph.

* SOME AFFECTED LOCATIONS…The I-5 metro corridor from Lewis
county north to Snohomish county. Includes the greater Seattle
area, Bellevue, Tacoma, Bremerton, and Olympia.

* TIMING…Late this morning through early this evening.

* IMPACTS…Falling trees and limbs, power outages, and minor
damage to structures.

While the grid serving Capitol Hill is about as stout as they come thanks to work to move wires underground, big infrastructure investments for Capitol Hill Station, the ongoing development in the area, and First Hill’s medical services core, the leafier edges of the neighborhood and surrounding areas like the Central District have plenty of water-soaked trees and branches.

We’ll be on the watch for any power issues. The Seattle City Light Status page is here. Let us know what you’re seeing. You can check out area streets on the CHS traffic cameras page and see current conditions including recent wind speed readings on the CHS weather page.

UPDATE 4:50 PM: With winds peaking just before 5 PM, Seattle Fire was responding to reported wires down on Belmont Ave at E Olive Way after a tree or branch fell in the area. There were reports of a transformer explosion and wires down across a few parked vehicles in the area. Meanwhile, a tree took down utility lines at 22nd and Prospect around the same time. Continue reading

Blotter | Driver OK after bat thrown off Pike overpass smashes through windshield

(Image: WSP)

See something others should know about? Email CHS or call/txt (206) 399-5959. You can view recent CHS Crime coverage here.

  • Bat through windshield: The Washington State Patrol reports that a woman suffered minor injuries after a bat apparently thrown from the Pike overpass slammed through her windshield Saturday. Pictures of the aftermath were posted by the WSP Saturday afternoon. There were no immediate arrests. If you have any information that could help in the investigation, call SPD at (206) 625-5011.

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More tough times for Tully’s: 19th/Aloha cafe to close

As can be the usual around Capitol Hill, smaller local changes around big coffee can be the harbinger of things to come.

People familiar with the situation say the longtime Tully’s cafe at 19th and Aloha is set to close later this month. According to court documents, the struggling Seattle-based coffee chain has larger problems.

CHS has found a series of judgments against Global Baristas, the holding company that took over the struggling chain in 2013. They include more than $300,000 owed in taxes to the state of Washington and decisions including a $102,000 judgment for unpaid rent on the company’s Western Ave offices earlier this month. Continue reading

Ramen Hill: A brief tour of Capitol Hill’s ramen goodness

The recipe that has peaked the summit of Ramen Hill has some recurring ingredients: A legendary Japanese ramen house brings its proprietary broth recipe and one of a kind noodles to America, usually through a subsidiary or franchise, with one of its first if not only locations right here on Capitol Hill. Other recipes — like tiny Ooink — are entirely unique. But the trend is undeniable — Capitol Hill is now filled with ramen.

By CHS’s count, only four new Japanese noodle places have opened up on Capitol Hill in the past year. But with a small wave of openings in recent years, we have now reached a point that must be near broth saturation point. Below, join us for a brief tour of the newest slurp-y goodness now available to warm your rainy days on the Hill. Continue reading

Man suffers burns in incident outside Broadway drugstore

A man was burned and taken to the hospital Friday morning after reportedly setting himself on fire in front of businesses at Broadway and E Olive Way.

Seattle Police units were the first to arrive at the corner around 8:30 AM to a report that the man was on fire. Seattle Fire arrived as SPD was assisting the man. According to a department spokesperson, Seattle Fire paramedics rushed the man to Harborview for treatment of burns. He was reported in stable condition. Continue reading