Police looking for driver of this car in fatal Olive Way hit and run

Seattle Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying the driver of a blue Honda Civic they believe was involved in the hit and run at Olive and Minor that killed Taylor Reid on May 24th.

SPD says this image was captured the night of the incident

Police are asking anybody who recognizes the vehicle or who can help identify the driver to call 911.

Seattle Police detectives with the Traffic Collision Investigations Squad are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a vehicle, believed to be a hatchback or coupe, involved in a fatal hit and run collision. On May 24th at about 9:30 p.m., the vehicle, believed to be a blue 2016-2021 Honda Civic Hatchback, was involved in a collision at Olive Way and Minor Avenue. The pedestrian that was struck succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased. The vehicle was last seen eastbound on Olive Way heading towards Capitol Hill, in Seattle. There may be lower front bumper damage to the passenger side. If any information is known about the vehicle or driver, please call 911, or contact TCIS at 206-684-8923.

A stock image of the vehicle provided by SPD

911 | 22nd Ave SWAT standoff comes up empty, dumpster and apartment building arson fires investigated

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  • 22nd Ave standoff: There were no arrests after a standoff sparked by gunfire and a possible hostage situation late Tuesday night on 22nd Ave. Police were called to the area of 22nd and Alder around 11 PM after multiple callers reported gunfire. Officers arrived and set a cordon around the building. SPD reports several people exited the building. Police proceeded to call several subjects out of the building and they detained and questioned. SPD says police were told someone was being held in one of the units by an armed subject. SWAT and the Hostage Negotiation Team were called to the scene, and a search warrant was obtained and served but police say the suspect was not found. Police reportedly seized “various firearm accessories but no firearm.” There were no reported arrests.
  • Shooting victim found on Boylston: SPD found a man who had been injured in a shooting but were unable to determine where the shooting had taken place in an incident in the 1200 block of Boylston early on Sunday, June 2nd. Just before 1 AM, a 911 caller reported a victim had been shot. Officers found the victim and provided medical aid until Seattle Fire arrived. The victim said they were dropped off and would not provide further information on location of shooting, according to police. Officers could not locate a shooting scene. The victim was transported to Harborview. There were no arrests.
  • 20th/Marion rolling gun battle: Police were called to the Central District last Tuesday around 7:30 PM after multiple callers reported two vehicles following each other and shooting near 20 Ave and E Marion. SPD says officers located shell casings from at least two firearms. East Patrol processed the scene and canvassed the area for witnesses and cameras. There were no reported injuries and no arrests.
  • Arson swarm: Police are investigating a recent swarm of arson fires around the East Precinct including two involving fires intentionally set in dumpsters early Wednesday morning. Seattle Fire says firefighters were called to a 12:45 AM fire at 14th and Spruce and extinguished a dumpster fire that extended to the siding of an adjacent residential garage. No injuries were reported. Investigators ruled the fire was intentionally set and shared their findings with Seattle Police. A few hours later around 3:35 AM, SFD responded to another fire in the 1300 block of E Yesler where a car was found to have been intentionally set on fire. Small garbage fires were also reported at Boylston and Thomas, Boren at Madison, and 12th at Fir in the past week. On the afternoon of Tuesday, June 4th, a dumpster fire singed a building at 13th and Howell. Meanwhile, police were also investigating a possible intentional fire inside a 10th Ave apartment building Monday morning where a building resident was taken into custody. Another arson fire was reported inside a 1400-block Madison apartment building early on the morning of Tuesday, May 28th. Meanwhile, a massive fire earlier this week in the International District destroyed a S Jackson commercial building. SFD says the early Monday incident required excavators to fully extinguish the fire in a vacant commercial building. Investigators could not determine a cause. No injuries were reported.
  • Reported attempted kidnapping: Police are investigating an attempted stranger kidnapping of a child outside St. James Cathedral on First Hill earlier this month. According to the East Precinct report on the incident, police were called to a nearby parking lot just before 7 PM on Saturday, June 1st to a report a man had tried to grab the caller’s 4-year-old daughter from her arms. Police searched the area for the suspect reported as a white male in his 30s, around 5′ 9″, with a large build, mustache, a bandage on his arm, and wearing an army green hat and t-shirt, and black jeans at the time of the incident. There were no arrests.


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No Voodoo: That new pink joint on Broadway is the coming soon Bober Tea and Mochi Dough

(Image: Bober Tea)

Thanks to a CHS reader for the picture and inquiry

It being Pride and with a doughnut box-colored first Seattle expansion of Voodoo Doughnuts about to open at the base of Capitol Hill, the appearance of a new pink business on North Broadway has drawn some attention.

Possibly emblematic of a changing neighborhood, possibly nothing more than a sign of the current commercial demands in the Capitol Hill real estate market, a Broadway tattoo parlor is being transformed this summer with a rare change of use into a new boba tea and, yes, doughnut joint.

Investors behind the first Pacific Northwest expansions of the now 30+ location, multi-state Bober Tea and Mochi Dough chain have lined up the 600 block Broadway E location for a new store set to open soon featuring “premium” boba teas and the sweet fusion American-style doughnuts made with Japan’s glutinous mochigome rice. Continue reading

Seattle Parks backs off plan for nude zone but says Friends of Denny Blaine improvements coming

(Image: Seattle Parks)

(Image: Seattle Parks)

Seattle Park says it will not move forward with a proposal shaping a new nude and neighbor-friendly policy for Denny Blaine Park that would have created two zones across the public space on the shores of Lake Washington. But its efforts to improve the popular sunbathing spot will continue with help from neighbors and the growing Friends of Denny Blaine community group.

“We appreciate all members of the community for providing feedback and heartfelt thoughts about Denny Blaine Park—our parks system is made better by the engagement and advocacy of residents and users,” Seattle Parks and Rec said in its announcement. “Through the community engagement process it became clear that the suggested guidelines were already covered under existing Parks Code.”

CHS reported here on the proposal that would have split the park across Zone A near the water where visitors are invited to enjoy the space with or without a swimsuit ,and Zone B around the park’s entrance where visitors are asked to wear clothing or, at least, a towel. The parks department said comment regarding the proposed “supplemental use guidelines” for Denny Blaine closed on June 6th and that feedback did not line up with codifying nudity in the beach park popular in nudist and queer communities. Continue reading

Madison Park and Madrona part of ‘high bacteria’ beach warnings

Health officials have issued “high bacteria” warnings for several area swimming spots including Madison Park Beach and Madrona Beach.

The high counts come from ongoing monitoring and follow a bout of unusually heavy June rains. Officials are also investigating the possibility of a related sewage spill, the Seattle Times reports.

Public Health currently recommends people should not enter the water at several Lake Washington beaches.

You can view the latest updates and alerts and a map of conditions at the area’s beaches here.


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Students return to Garfield campus following deadly shooting with increased police presence, calls for more to be done on campus and across city to address gun violence — UPDATE

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There will not be metal detectors or police in the hallways as students return to Garfield High School Tuesday morning but there are pledges by city and community leaders and police to bring to a close a third consecutive spring of gun violence around the 23rd Ave campus following the deadly shooting of student Amarr Murphy-Paine in the front parking lot during the Thursday lunch break. Police also have asked for patience as detectives continue the effort to arrest the shooting suspect caught on school security video who opened fire on the victim at point blank range.

“Following last week’s shooting, we want parents, students and teachers to know they can continue to expect an enhanced presence from Seattle police officers in the neighborhood and near Garfield High School until the end of this school year,” a Seattle Police Department spokesperson said in a statement to CHS.

The 17-year-old Murphy-Paine can be seen on school security video trying to break up a fight before he was gunned down. Murphy-Paine was remembered by loved ones and the communities around Garfield in a Friday night vigil.

SPD’s efforts to arrest his killer continue though official updates are being released at the discretion of detectives.

Little has been said about the effort. Monday night, police asked CHS to repeat the calls for anyone with information about the shooting to contact the SPD Tip Line at (206) 233-5000. Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell and interim Chief Sue Rahr said last week it was especially imperative that adults who might information come forward due to restrictions on interviewing minors as witnesses under state law. “Every tip can make a difference,” the department says.

UPDATE: In a midday statement Tuesday, SPD says time is required to process “the large volume of digital data (including video and cell phone records)” collected in the case.

“The Community Violent Crimes Task Force is working with the FBI, ATF, DEA, and many local agencies to assist with the large volume of digital data (including video and cell phone records) which must be identified and analyzed,” SPD says. “Accessing much of that information requires multiple, complex search warrants.”

While the wait for an arrest is hoped to end soon, the efforts to make the area around Garfield safer will continue into summer. The murder comes against a backdrop of a surge in shootings. Gun violence has soared in King County since the pandemic. There were 1,701 “shots fired” incidents across King County reported in 2023 — including 107 homicides involving guns. Both represented greater than 40% jumps

SPD says it will have at least two officers in the area every day through the end of the school year in two weeks but police will not join school district security on the Garfield campus. Continue reading

Seattle City Council public safety committee considers plan to add automated license plate reader tech to all police vehicles

The Seattle City Council’s public safety committee is considering a $280,000 a year proposal to add automated license plate readers to all Seattle Police vehicles.

In 2021, the council approved a pilot program to use automated license plate readers on 11 SPD vehicles to assist with locating stolen vehicles, finding missing persons, and aiding in investigation of crimes.

The new proposal would roll the capability out to the entire SPD fleet. Continue reading

Act big, keep loud, and do a good job sharing Volunteer Park with your ribald pal, coyote

This young coyote has been spotted recently in Volunteer Park. (Images: @eccentric.expanse with permission to CHS)

There is something hopeful about Volunteer Park being able to host thousands of people to kick off the city’s 50th Pride festivities while also making space for a coyote or three.

Recent appearances by a young coyote in the popular Capitol Hill park have officials hopeful that visitors will take care and keep their pets on a leash to keep the green space safe for the wild canines.

The Seattle Parks Department tells CHS it has been monitoring reported sightings in the park and is working closely with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to follow “their policies and recommendations for urban wildlife in parks.” The parks department was also working to get additional signs posted alerting people to the coyotes.

“We’ve had coyote activity in the Arboretum in past years and have managed it with notification signage and collaboration with WDFW,” a spokesperson tells CHS.

It is best if everyone works extra hard to get along. The coyotes face serious consequences if the situation isn’t working out. Continue reading

With summer groundbreaking, The Constellation Center will rise with job training plus eight stories of affordable housing at Broadway and Pine

Work to construct The Constellation Center begins soon

Construction is finally set to begin this summer on The Constellation Center, a new $37 million center of education and training and eight stories of affordable housing that will bring together young adult homelessness service provider YouthCare, affordable housing provider Community Roots Housing, Seattle Central College, FareStart, the King County Center for Education and Career Opportunities and more to create “a hub of workforce development services” in the heart of Capitol Hill at Broadway and Pine.

“This will be a valuable resource center, connecting youth to a wide range of opportunities and support, both on site and in the community. Through this effort, service providers, businesses, post-secondary education, and neighbors will come together to work towards empowering our future leaders and helping them achieve their full potential,” YouthCare says about the project.

“Investing in YouthCare will help us build a hub of hope, resilience, and purpose for young people as they gain skills, develop connections, and become ready for livable wage jobs to sustain their futures,” YouthCare CEO Degale Cooper said in a statement earlier this year.

Originally planned for a 2022 start of construction, the 80,000-square-foot center will be on track for a 2026 opening with a groundbreaking planned for this summer. Continue reading