CHS Pics | The night a Capitol Hill parking lot turned into an arcade

OK. It wasn’t exactly three stories high but it was, indeed, projected on a three-story building. An event and fundraiser featuring a Capitol Hill-record tall version of Street Fighter II drew gamers serious and less so to Broadway between Pike and Pine Saturday night. Sponsored by Seattle “eSports startup” RumbleMonkey, “Rumble in the Streets” put one of the last remaining surface parking lots on Broadway to a more interesting than usual use. Proceeds raised from the players benefitted Child’s Play, “a foundation dedicated to improving the lives of children in hospitals and domestic violence shelters through the generosity and kindness of the video game industry.”

Capitol Hill “street activation” will also be in full swing with the Hilloween weekend at hand. First, there is the organic. Expect costumed masses to be out in force and to take ownership of the streets — especially when trick-or-treating Halloween night along E Aloha’s side streets. There will also be some organized Hilloween activation. The rescheduled Pike People Street pilot test will play out on E Pike Saturday afternoon. Find out more about PPS plus the annual Hilloween fair and a new zombie crawl on the CHS Hilloween Calendar.

Pike People Street Hilloween Edition

Man arrested in Capitol Hill gunfire incident was wanted on rape charge

(Image: Police Video Requests via YouTube)

(Image: Police Video Requests via YouTube)

The 23-year-old man whose arrest in a gunfire incident was captured on video early Saturday on Capitol Hill also had a warrant out for his arrest for allegedly raping his ex-girlfriend in SeaTac.

According to King County Court documents, Charles Southammavong was charged in July with second degree rape stemming from a May domestic violence incident in his SeaTac home. The victim, Southammavong’s ex-girlfriend, had a protection order against him at the time. Prior to the alleged rape, Southammavong had twice been convicted of domestic violence against the woman, according to court records.

Following his arrest on Saturday, a King County Judge found probable cause to hold Southammavong for unlawful possession of a firearm. He is being held in the King County Jail on $200,000 bail. Continue reading

Here is why there is now a box for free socks at Broadway and Pike

“Some of the organizations we work with call clean socks ‘white gold,'” WeCount director Graham Pruss tells CHS. With no access to laundry, a clean, dry pair of socks can be a critical comfort if you’re living on the streets. They can also be the difference between sickness and health.

“We want to address that immediate, imperative need, and really engage people to be part of that,” Pruss said.

The WeCount nonprofit quietly distributed the new boxes around Seattle in the wee hours of Friday morning. They have been added alongside groups of existing newspaper boxes. You might walk by without noticing these aren’t filled with the local auto trader or real estate flyers. You’ll find the Capitol Hill box at Broadway and Pike. Continue reading

Down Pour aims to be new off-Broadway coffee spot

Capitol Hill’s coffee scene may have a neighborhood vibe but you’re still most likely to find cafes on the main drags like Broadway or Pike and Pine. Down Pour, born in Redmond two years ago, is expanding to Capitol Hill, opening on Monday just off Broadway on the ground floor of the Rubix Apartments at 515 Harvard Ave. E.

Down Pour owners Steve and Ronni Fields didn’t have plans to expand out of Redmond, but the owner of the building approached them about opening a location there.

“We spent a lot of time here and really got excited about the idea,” Steve said. Continue reading

Blotter | Police search for Saturday morning Broadway bank robbery suspect

(Image: SPD)

(Image: SPD)

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  • Broadway bank robbery: Seattle Police and the FBI are searching for the suspect in a Saturday morning hold-up at the Wells Fargo branch inside the Broadway Market shopping center. The robbery was reported around 10:45 AM Saturday. Monday morning, SPD distributed these security images of the suspect described by witnesses as a white male, dressed in black “from head to toe.” He reportedly had what was described as a Russian accent. It’s not clear if the suspect was armed or implied he had a weapon and police typically won’t say what if any cash is taken in bank hold-ups. He was last seen fleeing the area on foot, eastbound on E Republican. If you can help identify the suspect or have information that might help the investigation, call 911.

  • Purse snatch: A woman had her bag stolen in a purse snatch at Harrison and Belmont around 11 PM Sunday night. The victim’s son contacted CHS with details of the mugging and said a group of three had jumped the woman and stole her bag. If you see a ditched purse, call 911 or turn it in at the East Precinct at 12th and Pine.
  • Seattle U bias investigation: Seattle University is trying to find out who is responsible for swastikas drawn on white boards on the school’s campus earlier this month: Continue reading

SPD investigates third reported gun incident in three nights outside Capitol Hill clubs

Seattle Police were investigating a third gun incident in as many nights in the core of the Pike/Pine and Broadway bar and club district after reports of gunfire and a fight involving a crescent wrench in front of Neighbours early Sunday morning.

Arriving police found one person down in the 1500 block of Broadway after being hit in the head by the wrench in the incident around 3:30 AM. Witnesses said they heard gunfire during the fight though police were looking into whether the shot was related to the assault, according to East Precinct radio dispatches.

Shaun Knittel of public safety group Social Outreach Seattle posted about Sunday’s incident:

Shots fired (again) on E Pike and Harvard. NOT at Neighbours but Neighbours security did help individual hit by wrench who was involved. Shooter threw gun into trash can on Broadway after running into a person. I’ve had enough. Our district representative does nothing about crime, shootings are common now, and obvious gang violence on the Hill is going unchecked. NO MORE!

We have not confirmed if SPD recovered a gun.

The reports follow an incident early Saturday morning near Harvard and Pine in which the suspect’s arrest was caught on video and another early Friday morning at Harvard and Pike in a small string of overnight gun incidents reported to police. Despite the gunplay, there have been no reported injuries.

Arrest caught on video in second night of Capitol Hill nightlife gunfire incidents

screen-shot-2016-10-22-at-4-00-55-pmA second night of late night gunfire in Pike/Pine ended with an arrest on Broadway as police blocked in a suspect’s vehicle in front of sidewalks full of nightlife crowds.

Police rushed to the area around Harvard Ave for a second straight night — this time around 12:30 AM to reports of a man firing shots at Harvard and Pine and possibly in another incident in the Seattle Central parking lot. Officers found at least one shell casing at Pine. There were no reported injuries.

As police searched for the shooter, a vehicle associated with the suspect was spotted in a Broadway parking lot. Police moved in and blocked the car in the 1500 block of Broadway, ordering the occupants out at gunpoint in an arrest captured on video by not one but two different police video enthusiasts.

The suspect was taken into custody without incident.

The shooting incident was part of a second night of gunplay around the area’s busy bars and clubs. Early Friday morning, police rushed to the area around Harvard and Pike around 1:45 AM after a man was reported firing a gun. Officers found shell casings but the suspect was not located and there were no arrests.

Einstein Bros. bagel chain’s exit puts a new commercial hole in Broadway

Closed! Thanks for the tips, everybody (Image: CHS)

Closed! Thanks for the tips, everybody (Image: CHS)

Broadway has chewed up and spit out another national chain — though this one took longer than most. Capitol Hill customers hoping for a bagel, coffee, and maybe some wi-fi were greeted by the dreaded paper sign in the window Tuesday.

Broadway’s Einstein Bros. Bagels, the spacious provider of boiled and baked bread at scale and a comfortably corporate place to hang out or stop through with your luggage on your way to Capitol Hill Station, is closed.

The company has been part of Broadway in the same block for years, originally under its flagship Noah’s brand. After making way for the demolition of its original home to make way for construction of the block-long Lyric building, the chain was one of few businesses to make good on pledges to return after being displaced by development. Continue reading

Three-story Street Fighter tournament to play out on side of Broadway building

If it were Mario Kart, we would be even more excited

If it were Mario Kart, we would be even more excited

Capitol Hill’s few remaining surface parking lots are wastes of space and have been seen as a magnet for late night violence. Saturday night, one of the busiest on Broadway literally in the middle of Pike and Pine will be put to better use hosting a three-story Street Fighter II charity tourney:

Street Fighter fans and 90s kids everywhere get ready for some nostalgia as RumbleMonkey, Seattle’s newest eSports community, hosts its first-ever “Rumble in the Streets” event Saturday, October 22 from 6-11pm. Join a passionate group of casual to competitive gamers for head-to-head matches of Street Fighter II – projected against a three-story building in the heart of Capitol Hill. The event is taking place outdoors in the Diamond Parking lot on Broadway between Pike and Pine. Be sure to bring a dose of creativity for the Street Fighter II haiku contest, where the most compelling 5-7-5 syllable poem will take home a special prize.

The event from “eSports startup” RumbleMonkey is free to attend with a $10 entry fee to enter the tournament and the haiku contest. Continue reading

Derschang’s Bait Shop ready to set sail under familiar new owners

(Image: CHS)

(Image: CHS)

The smallest ship in Linda Derschang’s fleet will set out on a new journey under new captains. Northwest nautical Linda’s joint Bait Shop has new owners.

Longtime Derschang Group admirals Mike Leifur and Jonah Bergman are taking over the four-year-old north Broadway bar effective Tuesday.

“I see this as a great opportunity for Mike and Jonah to grow and pursue their dream of owning a bar,” Derschang said in a statement sent to CHS after a few weeks of pestering her about the rumor. “I’ve worked very closely with them for many of the formative years of my company and I feel like I could not be leaving Bait Shop in a better set of hands.”

Under the agreement, Leifur, who has worked with Derschang for 14 years and has been her company’s longest running employee, and Bergman, a six-year veteran, will “continue to maintain close ties with the company,” the announcement states. Leifur has been general manager of Linda’s while Bergman has served as creative director for the various Derschang assets.

While they get their ownership sea legs, Leifur and Bergman aren’t planning any major changes to the Bait Shop offerings and employees. Continue reading

All Pilgrims’ long-awaited Same Love Garden could blossom into a reality this fall

Alleluia! Work on the Same Love Garden at All Pilgrims Christian Church should be moving forward soon.

Pastor Greg Turk said he hoped to finalize paperwork with the city and set construction dates any day now.

“If that’s the case, then they can start breaking ground soon,” he said. If the weather cooperates, that could happen sometime this month. The project is expected to take about two weeks to complete Continue reading

Federal agents struggling with arrest trigger ‘help the officer’ response on Capitol Hill

screen-shot-2016-10-12-at-5-09-17-pmFederal agents taking a man into custody near Roy and Belmont triggered a large “help the officer” response Wednesday afternoon that brought Seattle Police units streaming to the street just off Broadway.

In an incident caught on video by a neighbor who wrote about the arrest in a CHS Community Post, federal agents can be seen taking a staggering man into custody as he screams about diplomatic immunity: Continue reading