The Community Police Academy will meet every Wednesday for 12 weeks from March 7 until May 30.

There will be two Saturday classes as well for hands-on firearms and driving training.

This is a 13-week opportunity for people who work or live in Tukwila to learn about the Tukwila Police Department and what officers have to know to do their job and also hear about what officers see and experience here in our City.

Some of the topics covered are:

  • SWAT
  • Local gangs
  • The court process
  • Firearms
  • Civil Disturbance Unit
  • Major Crimes Investigation
  • And much more

If you would like to be notified when the Tukwila Police Department is taking applications for the next Community Police Academy, please contact Chris Partman at (206)431-2197 or email at [email protected].

The Benefits of Recognition

By Andrea H. Reay
Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce

Saying “Thank You” matters. Whether in your personal life or in the workplace. Showing gratitude promotes kindness. Something that we can all use a little more of. A 2015 NBC Survey found that “most Americans would rather have a kind boss than a 10% raise” – read the full story here.

The problem is that as human beings we are much more likely to complain about a negative experience than we are to thank someone for a positive experience. We’ve all seen those numbers on the side of trucks “how’s my driving?” and then it lists a phone number. How many people do you think call that number to compliment a driver? Not many. In a recent trip to Colorado to visit family we found ourselves in bumper to bumper traffic and needing to get over a lane to take an exit. Not familiar with the roads, we were probably a little late in our efforts to merge over. A large semi was next to us. I motioned we needed to get over. He slowed down to let us merge in front of him. It was a simple kindness, but much appreciated. I called that number on the back of his truck. I thought I would just receive a recording. But, someone answered the phone. When I explained how I appreciated the driver, the person answering the phone thought I was a crank call and hung up on me-twice. I had to call back 3 times before he acknowledged that no one had ever called to thank a driver before. Imagine a world where we expressed our gratitude as much, if not more, than our outrage.

As an organization we value and promote gratitude. It’s why every year we host our Business Awards Luncheon. We know how valuable it is to recognize and thank all the amazing individuals and businesses who consistently go above and beyond to help make our Chamber and our community strong and vibrant. It’s why we strive to expand the collaborative culture in our region because we know the benefits of working alongside one another.

We hope you will join us on Friday, Feb. 9 at 11:30 a.m. at the Four Points by Sheraton – Seattle Airport, 22406 Pacific Highway South, Des Moines, WA 98198, as we gather to recognize and celebrate the businesses, organizations and leaders who help to make our region the center of commerce and community.

Thank you to our host Four Points by Sheraton – Seattle Airport, and our sponsors: Baker Commodities, Crain Photography and South King Media. More sponsorship opportunities are still available. If you are interested in sponsoring this event or for more information, please contact the chamber office or visit our website:

Attendance is open to non-member guests as well as members, however space for all Luncheons is limited. Please follow this link to register and for more information on attending this fantastic community celebration:

Andrea H. Reay is the President/CEO of Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce- “A voice for business, a leader in the community”. Seattle Southside Chamber has served the communities of Burien, Des Moines, Normandy Park, SeaTac and Tukwila since 1988.

For more information on Chamber benefits, opportunities and partnerships, please visit

This last weekend, the Tukwila Police Department released more of its entertaining Blotters for Jan. 26-28, 2018.

Some of our fave excerpts include:

“Several officers on the other side of the building observed through a large window a male dressed all in black like an old school cat-burglar out of a B-rated movie nonchalantly walking directly towards them while looking over his shoulder having obviously heard officers near the door that was discovered forced open. The moment he looked up and saw several officers looking directly at him would have made for an excellent Depends commercial.

“A male motorist took it upon himself to expose his business to the whole world while driving down Interurban Ave S. He attempted to gain the attention of a passing female motorist who called 911. Officers did an area check in an attempt to find said weirdo but it is believed that he got onto I-5. However, we have his license plate and vehicle info so anymore impromptu displays of that which no one wants to see will not bode well for him.”

The FBI Seattle Field Office this week selected Tukwila leader Katrina Dohn for its 2017 Director’s Community Leadership Award (DCLA).

Every year, each FBI field office honors a person who has demonstrated outstanding contributions to his or her local community through service. On Jan. 22, 2018, in a ceremony at the FBI’s building in Seattle, Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Jay S. Tabb, Jr., congratulated Ms. Dohn. In April 2018, FBI Director Christopher Wray will present Ms. Dohn with the 2017 DCLA award in a ceremony at FBI Headquarters.

Ms. Dohn has served the Tukwila community for more than three decades through numerous organizations, many of which she founded. Her tireless work improves the lives of children—from facilitating the donation of clothing and toys for those in need, to providing positive adult mentors for middle school and high school youth—and their families, as well as the community as a whole.

On a daily basis, Ms. Dohn works for the Tukwila School District. The organizations she helps lead as a founder, board member, and/or officer include the Tukwila Children’s Foundation, Kids Without Borders, the Tukwila Children’s Clothing Bank, CARE Nights (Clothes are Really Expensive), Action Tukwila, Young Life. Ms. Dohn is also a homestay coordinator for the MeySen Academy that sends students from Sendaii, Japan, each summer to stay with American families. She also serves as a member of the Tukwila School District Strategic Plan Committee, the City of Tukwila Strategic Plan group, and the City of Tukwila Facilities Review Committee. In addition, Ms. Dohn provided a loving, structured home for children during 20 years as a licensed foster parent.

Ms. Dohn is a graduate of the FBI Seattle Field Office’s 2017 Citizens Academy and now serves on the Seattle Citizens Academy Alumni Association.

For those innumerable ways she positively impacts the communities in Washington State and beyond, the FBI honors Katrina Dohn with designation as Washington State’s 2017 DCLA recipient.

King County Sheriff’s Detectives are asking for the public’s help locating a man who is wanted for shooting and killing two men in White Center earlier this month.

Police say that Merle Charles Buchanan, aka Chucky, 26 (pictured above) is wanted for two Counts of first-degree Murder for shooting and killing 51-year old Jose Angel Garcia and 45-year old Paul Victor Tapia outside of the Club Taradise in the 9800 block of 16th Ave SW on Jan 6.

Around 1 a.m. on Jan. 6, deputies responded to the area after receiving multiple reports of a shooting outside of the club. When deputies arrived they located the two victims in the parking lot. Garcia died at the scene and Tapia was transported to Harborview Medical Center where he later died.

During the investigation, detectives identified the suspect in the shootings as Buchanan. Buchanan is known to frequent Burien, Renton and Seattle, and detectives believe he is still in the area.

Buchanan is 5’9” and 195 lbs.

In addition to the Murder warrants, he also has a Felony Domestic Violence No Contact Order Warrant.

He should be considered armed and dangerous.

If you see Buchanan or know of his location please do not approach him.

You can call 911 or you can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Tukwila Police are reporting that there’s a power outage in parts of the eastern side of town along West Valley Hwy from Strander Blvd on the south end to about the area of the Foster Golf Course on the north end.

Traffic signals are down in this area and several businesses have reported power outages.

Puget Sound Energy is aware and is working to resolve the outage.

Treat all intersections impacted by the outage as four-way stops and use caution as you pass through the intersection.

All lanes of Southcenter Blvd. from the 5300 block to Macadam Road were closed for a while on Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 23, due to a two-car injury collision.

Tukwila Police say that the accident happened around 4:25 p.m., and eastbound lanes were reopened around 4:45 p.m.

Many Volunteers turned out on Monday’s ‘MLK Day of Service’ to help remove and mulch ivy in Tukwila.

“Big thank you to all the volunteers: United Way of King County, Forterra NW, City of Tukwila – Government, University of Washington, Foster High School Alumni, Foster High School (Tukwila, Washington), Tukwila School District, Rotary Club Tukwila.”

Photos courtesy Green Tukwila Partnership:

On Sunday night, Jan. 14, Tukwila Police Officers working the night shift responded to reports of a male and female with flashlights trying to break into a vehicle in the 14400 block of 34th Ave S. (map below).

Police say the suspects gave up trying after a minute or two, then got back in their car.

Officers arrived and located the suspects just as they were getting ready to leave. The vehicle was determined to be a Honda Civic that had been stolen in Portland on Jan. 7.

Officers detained three individuals in the car.

“One of those detained is one our most frequent flyers whose name and date of birth we can all just about recite from memory,” police said in a statement. “The involved female had a real bad case of identity crisis and gave us the wrong name. This was a risky roll of the dice for her however as she quickly learned that giving the name of a friend that also engages in criminal behavior means that there is a good chance that said friend may have a warrant. In this case, the friend whose name she provided had a felony warrant. This was an epic fail on her part.”

Police say they were able to get her real name from her, and then broke the news to her that she had two outstanding warrants for her own criminal misdeeds and that she had made false statements for nothing. She was booked.

In the stolen car, officers recovered stolen packages, stolen credit cards, stolen social security cards, stolen financial information, some receipts more than likely associated with a fraudulent return and a laptop that is believed to also be stolen as well as some shaved keys.

“In short, we caught some car thieves, vehicle prowlers, porch pirates, mail thieves and identity thieves. We are working to identify the victims and return their property to them.”

Kona Kai Coffee will be holding a ‘VALENTINES FOR A CAUSE’ fundraiser in Tukwila on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018.

This fundraiser will run from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., and will include Dinner and Jazz.

A $55.00 donation is requested.

Music will be performed by Darren Motamedy, Seattle’s Premier Saxophone Player.

All Ages are welcome!

“At Kona Kai Coffee our mission is to use coffee and food as tools to reduce hunger and homelessness by providing life skills and job training to unemployed Adults and Youth for careers in the hospitality and food industry.

“Your tax deductible donation ensures that our comprehensive job training program continues.”

Here are the details:

WHAT: Kona Kai Coffee’s ‘Valentines for a Cause’

WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 10: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: The Sullivan Community Center, 14350 Tukwila International Blvd., Tukwila, WA 98168


INFO: If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Vedvik at 425-269-9124 or by email at [email protected].