Police investigating fatal shooting near Navigation Center in Little Saigon
Seattle Police found an unresponsive 32-year-old man with gunshot wounds around 8:30 p.m. January 31 in the 600 block of 12th Avenue South near the Navigation Center shelter in Little Saigon, according to a post on the department’s blotter. Police and Seattle Fire attempted life-saving measures and transported the man to Harborview Medical Center, where he died while receiving treatment, police said.
Police did not find a suspect and are still looking for information about what happened before the shooting. Homicide detectives and CSI officers collected evidence at the scene. Police ask anyone with information to call the SPD Violent Crimes Tip Line at (206)233-5000.
Asian Counseling and Referral Service Food Bank loses 2,280 pounds of food
The Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS) Food Bank lost 2,280 pounds of food January 23 after a Seattle City Light failure cut power to the food bank’s walk-in freezer and refrigerator, ACRS announced on its Facebook page.
“Staff had to toss out a lot of food meant for community members: salmon, ground turkey, hashbrowns, salad, pizza, tempura green beans and cauliflower,” according to the Facebook post.
The food bank is hoping to repurchase many food items such as salmon, chicken and ground turkey and is seeking donations. Those interested can donate online at.
The ACRS food bank is located at 800 S Weller St, Seattle. It is open Wednesdays and Fridays between 10:00 a.m. – 1 p.m. The food bank regularly distributes foods catering to Asian American and Pacific Islander diets, including staples like rice, tofu, soy milk, noodles, canned proteins and produce.
Wing Luke Museum installs mural to cover windows smashed during alleged hate crime
The Wing Luke Museum unveiled a new mural on January 29 covering up nine windows smashed in Canton Alley during an alleged hate crime in September last year.
A bright green and blue pheasant now covers the windows across Canton Alley. The piece was painted by artist Shea Takabayashi Dailey and co-artist Sam Hilario, who told King 5 News that their connection to the Chinatown International District inspired them to act for the community. “This painting to me is a symbol to always remember what we’re saying yes to when we say no to racism,” Dailey told King 5 News.
The Washington State Department of Commerce and the City of Seattle pledged $100,000 dollars to cover the costs of the window repair.
On September 14, people inside the museum heard and saw a man smashing the windows with a sledgehammers, and shouting anti-Asian sentiment. Stanley Shikuma was with the Japanese American immigrant and refugee advocacy group Tsuru for Solidarity on an after-hours tour when he witnessed the attack. The following day, Shikuma told the International Examiner that during the attack, the man said “‘the Chinese are to blame, they’ve ruined my life. Something has to be done about them. That’s why I came to Chinatown. Because I’m going to take care of it.’”
The man, identified in charging documents as Craig Milne, 76, was arrested and stayed in King County Jail over that weekend. On September 18 he was charged with a hate crime and first-degree malicious mischief, the Seattle Times reported.
FOX 13 reported that since then, Milne underwent a competency evaluation in January, and a Department of Social and Health Services evaluator found that he had an understanding of legal proceedings and ability to participate in court processes. Milne pleaded not guilty at his arraignment on January 11 and his trial has been set for February 26, FOX 13 reported.
Barbara Mizoguchi joins Nikkei newspaper The North American Post as editor
The North American Post (NAP), a newspaper serving the Seattle area’s Japanese and Japanese American communities, has a new editor. Barbara Mizoguchi joined the NAP as editor this year after the departure of David Yamaguchi and interim leadership of Bruce Rutledge.
Mizoguchi has a degree in art history from the University of Washington. She has worked for the federal government, local governments, the corporate world, nonprofits, museums, and arts and cultural institutions. “It is exciting to arrive at The North American Post ready to apply the skills I’ve developed over my career,” Mizoguchi wrote in an article introducing herself on the NAP’s website.
The NAP celebrated its 120 year anniversary in 2022, and is working on an extensive archiving project to collect and store all previous editions. The newspaper has served as a continuous record of the local Japanese American community, and was particularly important for the Nikkei population during the first half of the 20th century when anti-Japanese sentiment was rampant.