News Gleams: Pothole Palooza, “Trump-Proof” Town Hall, and SPD Seeking Assistance With Investigation

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PotHole Palooza Coming

Monday, April 17, kicks off PotHole Palooza in Seattle. The campaign will aggressively repair potholes across the city. Currently, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is asking community members to report neighborhood potholes for mapping by SDOT’s Pothole Rangers.

Potholes can be reported in three ways:

During the campaign, SDOT crews will be assigned to specific districts around the city. SDOT Crews will be joined by crews from Seattle Parks and Recreation who will assist with these efforts.

For more information about potholes, please visit:

SPD African American Advisory Council Meeting Next Week

The Seattle Police Department is encouraging all community members to attend the next SPD African-American Advisory Council Meeting. The meeting will be held on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at the Seattle Vocational Institute (2120 S. Jackson St. 98144) from 6pm to 8pm. SPD says the intent of the meetings is “to help build a bridge of collaboration between law enforcement and the communities they serve.”

Coalition Hosting Forum to “Trump-Proof” Seattle 

The District 2 Neighborhood Action Council, 350 Seattle, the Transit Riders Union, SAFE, and Nickelsville are joining forces to host a Town Hall Forum in Seattle’s District 2 (South Seattle) on Thursday, April 20th at the Southeast Seattle Senior Center from 7:00pm to 8:30pm.

The group has invited City Councilmember Bruce Harrell to attend, and says the forum will focus on reforming Washington’s current tax system, putting forward a tax on wealthy households, and local resistance to President Donald Trump.

SPD Asking Community for Assistance in Fatal Shooting Investigation

Seattle Police detectives are continuing to investigate the death of a man fatally shot Tuesday night in the 8300 block of Rainier Avenue South.

SPD says officers heard multiple gunshots in the area of Rainier Avenue South and Wabash Avenue South.  As police were searching the area, they saw several people run across Rainier Avenue.  Officers located a 35-year-old male victim in the parking lot of a business in the 8300 block of Rainier.  The victim was deceased from multiple gunshot wounds.  Officers detained one man near the scene and located a weapon in the backyard of a nearby residence.

Homicide detectives and Crime Scene Investigators responded to the scene.  The detained individual was identified and interviewed by detectives and later released.  It is unknown at this time if the recovered weapon was the weapon used in the murder.  This remains an active and on-going homicide investigation.  Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the Seattle Police Department.

This follows a shooting in the Beacon Hill area on Sunday night that saw one man wounded in his stomach and hip. Officers were able to make two arrests in that case due to community assistance.