Crime Section

Bomb threat puts Highline High School into lockdown Friday morning

Bomb threat puts Highline High School into lockdown Friday morning

A bomb threat, which police say came from out of state, caused Burien’s Highline High School to go into lockdown mode Friday morning, Feb. 27. Deputies checked the school, and have given the “All... [Read more]

UPDATE: Police search for, fail to find felony warrant suspect near Seahurst Park

UPDATE: Police search for, fail to find felony warrant suspect near Seahurst Park

If you noticed a large police turnout in Burien Thursday afternoon (Feb. 26), police say that they were searching for a felony warrant suspect near Seahurst Park. King County Sheriff’s Guardian... [Read more]

Chocolate culprit steals candy from Highline United Methodist Church

Chocolate culprit steals candy from Highline United Methodist Church

On Tuesday morning (Feb. 23), Burien Police were called to Highline United Methodist Church when the pastor arrived at work to find someone inside. Police say that a thorough search of the large church... [Read more]

One-car accident on S. 156th sends passenger to hospital Tuesday morning

One-car accident on S. 156th sends passenger to hospital Tuesday morning

A one-car accident on S. 156th near First Ave South sent a passenger to a hospital Tuesday morning, according to the Burien Police Department. Police say that the driver was westbound on S. 156th, when... [Read more]

King County Sheriff’s Office to Host ‘9-1-1 Citizens Academy’ on March 28

King County Sheriff’s Office to Host ‘9-1-1 Citizens Academy’ on March 28

Local residents will have a prime opportunity to learn about the internal workings of the 9-1-1 emergency dispatch center when the next 9-1-1 Citizens Academy is held on March 28th, 2015. The academy will... [Read more]

PHOTOS: Who’s the punk who pulled the ‘g’ off the ‘Angelo’s of Burien’ sign?

PHOTOS: Who’s the punk who pulled the ‘g’ off the ‘Angelo’s of Burien’ sign?

Andrew Ricci of Angelo’s of Burien wants to know who pulled the “g” off their wood-cut Angelo’s sign at around 4:44 a.m. on Sunday morning (Feb. 8) – recognize this punk? “We... [Read more]

Police chase blocks SR-518 near 51st Ave South Wednesday afternoon

Police chase blocks SR-518 near 51st Ave South Wednesday afternoon

If you’ve driven in or out of the area Wednesday afternoon (Feb. 11) on SR-518, you’re probably aware of a large police turnout that blocked the freeway in SeaTac near 51st Ave S. Burien and... [Read more]

Customers out for test drive surprised when armed cops pull them over

Customers out for test drive surprised when armed cops pull them over

On Saturday, Feb. 7, the Burien Police Department scared the heck out of some customers taking a used car out for a test drive when they pulled them over with guns drawn. “Unfortunately the dealership... [Read more]

Highline Schools Elementary Teacher charged with raping 14-year old boy

Highline Schools Elementary Teacher charged with raping 14-year old boy

Darcy Smith, center, when she was named “Teacher of the Year” in 2012. Also pictured is Deputy Superintendent Carla Jackson, left, and Interim Superintendent Alan Spicciati, right. Photo courtesy... [Read more]

UPDATE: Debra Jean Zimmerman has been FOUND!

UPDATE: Debra Jean Zimmerman has been FOUND!

UPDATE Jan. 29 9:55 a.m.: Debra Zimmerman has been FOUND. “We are still trying to determine the exact circumstances behind her disappearance but we do not suspect any foul play,” Sgt. Doug... [Read more]

Problem house in Burien shut down for squatters, stolen property & more

Problem house in Burien shut down for squatters, stolen property & more

Photos courtesy Burien Police Department. On Thursday (Jan. 22) just before 1 p.m. detectives and deputies with the Burien Police and King County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant at a house... [Read more]

Police arrest ‘Bonnie & Clyde’ motel robbers in SeaTac Wednesday

Police arrest ‘Bonnie & Clyde’ motel robbers in SeaTac Wednesday

From our sister site The SeaTac Blog: On Wednesday (Jan. 21) around 1 p.m., detectives with the Major Crimes Unit, assisted by tactical deputies, arrested the male and female that police believe are responsible... [Read more]

Des Moines parents on alert after abduction of Mt. Rainier High student

Des Moines parents on alert after abduction of Mt. Rainier High student

From our sister site The Waterland Blog: On Tuesday (Jan. 20), a letter was sent home to parents of Mt. Rainier High School students, warning them of two recent incidents – one of which was an actual... [Read more]

Burien Police Department seeking public’s help identifying theft suspects

Burien Police Department seeking public’s help identifying theft suspects

The Burien Police Department on Wednesday (Jan. 21) released the following photo, asking for the public’s help identifying these two theft suspects (click image to see larger version): “Can... [Read more]

Missing foreign currency? Normandy Park Police may have your cash

Missing foreign currency? Normandy Park Police may have your cash

From our sister site The Normandy Park Blog: Thursday morning (Jan. 15), around 12:30 a.m., Normandy Park Police Officer Norris arrested a white male in the 1200 block of SW Shorebrook Drive with a large... [Read more]

MISSING: Have you seen Douglas Snyder? He’s missing from the area

MISSING: Have you seen Douglas Snyder? He’s missing from the area

Douglas Snyder (pictured above), has gone missing in the SeaTac/Burien area. He disappeared between Christmas and New Years Day, or shortly after. Doug is middle aged, about 6’2″, brown eyes,... [Read more]

Man, Woman robbed of cell phone on Ambaum Blvd. SW in Burien Wednesday

Man, Woman robbed of cell phone on Ambaum Blvd. SW in Burien Wednesday

Police say that on Wednesday (Jan. 14) afternoon around 2:15 p.m., a male and a female (both adults) assaulted a male and female (both adults), and stole a cell phone from one of them on Ambaum Blvd.... [Read more]

Pennsylvania man charged with homicide after fatal car crash on Ambaum Nov. 21

Pennsylvania man charged with homicide after fatal car crash on Ambaum Nov. 21

A makeshift memorial marks the spot where Peter Vandervelde was killed by a DUI driver in Burien on Nov. 21. Photo by Scott Schaefer. by Jack Mayne A Pittsburg man has been charged with vehicular homicide... [Read more]

Burien Police recover sizeable amount of heroin, meth, cocaine and oxy pills

Burien Police recover sizeable amount of heroin, meth, cocaine and oxy pills

Acting on a complaint about narcotics activity, Burien Police detectives launched an investigation and quickly determined illegal drug dealing was involved. Tuesday night (Jan. 6), police served a search... [Read more]

Majority of Burien Council rejects idea that ‘trespass’ law aimed at homeless

Majority of Burien Council rejects idea that ‘trespass’ law aimed at homeless

Story by Jack Mayne Photos by Scott Schaefer After four hours of haggling over the wording, the Burien City Council on Monday night (Jan. 5) approved updating a city ordinance that permits police to ban... [Read more]

Poorly-driven car results in recovery of 3 stolen vehicles, gun & more by police

Poorly-driven car results in recovery of 3 stolen vehicles, gun & more by police

On Monday night (Jan. 5), a poorly-driven car attracted the attention of a Burien Police officer, which led to the recovery of two stolen vehicles, a stolen motorcycle, several stolen license plates, and... [Read more]

Forgery suspect resists arrest, gets tased by Burien Police on New Year’s Eve

Forgery suspect resists arrest, gets tased by Burien Police on New Year’s Eve

If you saw a lot of police activity near the intersection of SW 148th and 1st Ave South on New Year’s Eve, here’s what happened – police say that a forgery suspect ran from a bank, resisted... [Read more]

Year in review: In Burien, King County delivers in transit, health & environment

Year in review: In Burien, King County delivers in transit, health & environment

By Dow Constantine Special to The B-Town Blog I’ve had to privilege to represent Burien, in one capacity or another, since I was first elected to the State Legislature in 1996. The holidays are a good... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘More Police Officers vs new schools and the money for neither…’

LETTER: ‘More Police Officers vs new schools and the money for neither…’

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, posted exactly as written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The B-Town Blog nor its staff:] More Police Officers... [Read more]

Man accused of ramming minivan into Big 5 Dec. 2 pleads ‘Not Guilty’ Thursday

Man accused of ramming minivan into Big 5 Dec. 2 pleads ‘Not Guilty’ Thursday

Ricky Arnsten, 43, the man accused of ramming his minivan into Big 5 Sporting Goods store in Burien on Dec. 2, pleaded “Not Guilty” on Thursday (Dec. 18) to charges of burglary, malicious mischief... [Read more]

Normandy Park Police chase car prowlers in stolen vehicle early Wednesday

Normandy Park Police chase car prowlers in stolen vehicle early Wednesday

From our sister site The Normandy Park Blog: The Normandy Park Police Department is reporting a short chase of a stolen vehicle by an officer Wednesday morning at 1:46 a.m. (Dec. 18). An Officer was called... [Read more]

REPORT: Body of Burien man washes up on Kingston beach

REPORT: Body of Burien man washes up on Kingston beach

The North Kitsap Herald is reporting that the body of a Burien man – Lawrence E. Zane, 73 – was found, washed up on a Kingston beach on Tuesday, Dec. 9. Chief Deputy Coroner Tony Stewart said that... [Read more]

High-speed chase, rollover crash closes Ambaum Blvd. SW Sunday night

High-speed chase, rollover crash closes Ambaum Blvd. SW Sunday night

A man wanted for domestic violence led Burien Police on a high-speed chase Sunday night (Dec. 14) before crashing and rolling his car at the big curve at the south end of Ambaum Blvd. SW near SW 156th. It... [Read more]