Alert: 3rd Ave W closed between W Dravus & W Florentia this weekend
This weekend, SDOT will be excavating and paving on 3rd Ave W between W Dravus St and W Florentia St. The joint SDOT & SPU work will take place between 7am and 7pm on Saturday, December 3rd, and Sunday, December 4th.
King County Metro Route 13 will not service 3rd Ave W this weekend, instead it will be rerouted to Queen Anne Ave N between W McGraw and W Nickerson St. Details on stops and the reroute are here.
Here’s what else to expect with this work:
- 3rd Ave W closed to traffic in both directions between W Dravus St and W Florentia St
- There will be no parking in the work zone
- Detours will be in place
- Flaggers and uniformed police officers will assist with traffic control
- Travelers may enter and exit driveways on 3rd Ave W but may have to wait for equipment to clear.
Plan ahead for alternate routes to get up and down the north side of the hill this weekend.
Tent City 3 moves to Seattle Pacific University next Saturday
Back in October, we reported on Seattle Pacific University’s plan to host Tent City 3 from January 10th through March 7th. The move-in date for Tent City 3 has now been moved up to next Saturday, December 13th.
The community shelter will set up their tents on the northeast part of the Tiffany Loop lawn at SPU, on the corner of W Bertona St and 3rd Ave W.
Tent City 3 will remain at SPU through March 7th, 2015 as planned. The SPU land use application was approved for 6 months, so the school does have the option of extending TC3’s stay. The school is hosting a series of events to help educate both SPU students and the community on the issue of homelessness.
SPU’s series of community education events are open to the public, and include films, talks, and discussions:
January 8: How to talk to people experiencing homelessness, 7pm, Weter Lounge
January 22: Public Policy and Homelessness. 11:10-12:30pm, DH 150
January 27: Film Screening, 7pm, Emerson Hall
February 4: “Beyond the One Night Count” advocacy training, 7:00-8:30pm, SUB Collegium
February 12: Youth and Homelessness, 11:10-12:30pm, DH 150
February 17: Film Screening, 7pm, Emerson Hall
March 5: “What we learned” Debriefing and next steps. 7:00 PM, SUB Gazebo Room
Threatening text shut down Seattle Pacific earlier today
Earlier this afternoon, Seattle Pacific University was locked down when a student received a threatening text from an ex-girlfriend. The text intimated that she was on the SPU campus, but SPD determined she was in Skagit County. Skagit County Deputies arrested the suspect and will transfer her to SPD where she will be booked into King County Jail for investigation of harassment.
Seattle Pacific University briefly locked down its campus Friday after a student got a threatening text message from a former girlfriend who lives outside King County.
The lockdown was lifted once it was confirmed the woman is currently in Skagit County and posed no threat to the school. The student reportedly received a text message from the suspect stating she would kill him and his friends. She also claimed to be on the Seattle Pacific campus at the time, which prompted a quick response from the Seattle Police Department about 2 PM.
It was quickly determined she was not anywhere near the campus. Skagit County Deputies located and arrested the suspect at a home outside Burlington for the threats. Deputies will later transfer her to Seattle Police before she is booked into King County Jail for investigation of harassment.
Queen Anne Farmers Market is tomorrow; will take collections for SPU victims this week
Tomorrow is market day, and this week has the usual line-up of great produce, meals, music and more (schedule below). And, this week, the market will be hosting a special donation tent for victims of last week’s SPU shooting.
From the QAFM organizers:
“We are shocked and saddened by the tragedy that unfolded last week at Seattle Pacific University. Our hearts go out to those affected by this senseless act. We will be collecting donations at the Information Tent to be directed to the victims, through SPU. Please stop by and show your support. We are one community. Rain or Shine, There’s a Lot to Love!”
In addition to the opportunity to help out the SPU victims, you can also enjoy the QAFM, even though the weather is forecasted to be a bit gloomy. The market is open every Thursday, regardless of weather (remember last year’s opening day? It was cold and rainy and the market marched on).
Many QAFM vendors drive to Queen Anne from Eastern Washington, a long drive to get fresh produce to our neighborhood. And, according to QAFM, the vendors are promising a “bumper crop of fresh produce” this season. The hot spring weather has made for one of the earliest seasons for cherries and berries – an early start to summer!
And, here’s the line-up of activities for tomorrow’s market day:
Live Music, Sponsored by Axiom Build Design
- 5pm: Tinker’s Dram: A contra and square dancing band, members have been playing in Seattle for years.
Event Tent, Sponsored by: Liz Petrillo Windermere Real Estate
- 4pm: Little Cooks Class with Umbrella Tree: Orzo Salad & Strawberry Fizzies
- 5:30pm: Knife skills and sharpening demonstration by Your Knife Sharpening Guy*
*Note: Your Knife Sharpening Guy can sharpen knives, scissors and other tools while you shop the market. Service available all season.
The list of regular vendors is available online, and in addition to featured winery White Heron Cellars, the regular food trucks will be joined by rotating trucks How Pickle Got Out of a Jam, Buns, and Anchorhead Coffee.
Get out and enjoy the market tomorrow, don’t let a little rain stop you!
Request from a SPU student: walk your dogs at SPU today
The entire Queen Anne community and Seattle Pacific University students and staff are still recovering from yesterday’s horrific events on the SPU campus. How can you help support the students? It can be simple…
We’ve received a request from a SPU student, asking that Queen Anne residents walk their dogs on the SPU campus today to show support and help the SPU community recover via the emotional bond with dogs.
Here’s more on her request to the Queen Anne community:
“My name is Hannah and I am a senior at Seattle Pacific University. In light of yesterday’s tragic events, my community is broken. I understand that Queen Anne is a community filled with dog walkers. If there is any way you can communicate to the Queen Anne Community to walk their dogs on the SPU campus today and support the students, it would be so immensely appreciated. I have read in my psychology book about the power of dogs and their ability to ease pain and comfort the suffering.”
So, if you haven’t yet walked your dog today, snap on the leash, head over to SPU, and show your support.
Updated SPD Blotter account of SPD shootings
The SPD Blotter has published a more complete account of the activity today at Seattle Pacific University. Please note, we are leaving this post in the capable hands of SPD’s Jonah Spangenthal-Lee, as this is SPD’s official account of what happened – including clearing up earlier reports of a second shooter that were on Twitter and other media outlets:
A 26-year-old gunman opened fire on the Seattle Pacific University campus Thursday afternoon, killing one and injuring two others.
At 3:23 PM, police received a report of a gunman at Otto Miller Hall, just north of 3rd Avenue and W. Nickerson Street.
The suspect fired several rounds from a shotgun and began reloading his weapon when a student building monitor heroically intervened. The monitor, a man in his 20s, pepper sprayed the suspect before tackling him to the ground. Several bystanders also seized upon the suspect—who was also carrying a knife and additional ammunition—and took his gun.
Police arrived within four minutes of the first report of the shooting and called for medics, who arrived on scene and began transporting their first patient less than 10 minutes after the first 911 call.
Medics transported a man in his 20s with critical injuries to Harborview Medical Center, where he succumbed to his wounds.
Medics also transported a second woman in her 20s, also with critical injures, a man in his 20s with pellet wounds to his neck and chest—he is currently in stable condition—and another man in his 20s with minor injuries sustained during the struggle with the suspect.
As police began searching the campus, SPU staff implemented the school’s active-shooter emergency plan, previously developed by school security and Seattle police, alerting students and staff to shelter in place. Police SWAT teams swept through the campus, and found a number of students and faculty members hiding in classrooms and offices.
Amidst the chaos of the incident, police had received reports of a second suspect, but officers and detectives have determined the gunman acted alone.
So far, police have not found any connection between the suspect, Seattle Pacific University or any of the victims. Detectives are searching additional locations for evidence in the case, and plan to book the suspect into the King County Jail for Investigation of Murder.