A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods

 

Entries from June 2011

Greenwood rape suspect also a suspect in series of armed robberies

June 30th, 2011 by Doree

Seattle Police have re-booked the suspect in last week’s abduction and rape for armed robbery, after identifying him as a possible suspect in a series of armed robberies:

From the SPD Blotter:

During the course of the on-going Sexual Assault Unit investigation into the Greenwood abduction and rape, Robbery detectives recognized the 24-year-old male suspect as a possible suspect in a series of armed robberies currently under investigation. The Robbery Unit was also contacted by a street robbery victim who told detectives that she recognized the suspect from photographs disseminated in the media.

On June 30th Robbery Unit detectives confirmed the identity of the suspect involved in several of the recent armed robberies. The robbery suspect happens to be the same 24-year-old male suspect who committed the Greenwood abduction and rape.

The suspect will be re-booked into the King County Jail for Investigation of Robbery.

This remains an active and on-going Sexual Assault and Robbery investigation.

The suspect was caught on surveillance tape at a Shoreline convenience store after abducting a woman near North 97th Street and Dayton Avenue North last week.

The suspect was arrested two days ago after a Ballard bar manager recognized him as a regular customer.

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City cleaning up overgrown street where woman was abducted, raped last week

June 30th, 2011 by Doree

City crews showed up at North 97th Street and Dayton Avenue North this morning to start cleaning up the overgrown sidewalk where two women were attacked last week, with one of them being abducted and raped. One suspect was arrested at a Ballard bar two nights ago.

Photos by J. Elizabeth Sheriden.

Neighbor Julia contacted the city right after the attack to ask the city to clean up the dangerously overgrown area. She said another neighbor also contacted the city, and others were about to, when the city workers showed up.

In this instance, the city normally would have had the area on its maintenance schedule but the residents at 97th and Dayton Ave N. said they would maintain the strip. However, health or time or whatever prevented that and the area overgrew deeply with thickets of roses, ferns, scratchy brush and ivy…One passer by said, “We want the women to know they can be safe here.”

When the city was notified, everything just happened to fall into place and the City was able to respond quickly…It is important that the criminals know our police will catch them, our city will prosecute them, our jury will render a verdict, and these women will hopefully receive justice and peace of mind knowing that their neighbors care deeply about the safety of the neighborhood. In large part, things fell into place well.

The four-person city crew cleaning up the overgrown area around North 97th Street and Dayton Avenue North.

Thank you to Julia for the tip and photos!

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Blue Glass restaurant applies for sidewalk seating

June 30th, 2011 by Doree

The Blue Glass restaurant has applied for sidewalk seating for its restaurant at 704 NW 65th St.

Comments on the application will be accepted through July 15 by email or snail mail: Seattle Department of Transportation, Attn: Annual Permits, PO Box 34996, Seattle, WA 98124. Be sure to include the application number (155732), project address and your contact information with your comment.

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Seattle Public Library will create a personalized reading list for you

June 30th, 2011 by Doree

The Seattle Public Library just launched a new service to provide personalized reading lists for patrons, called “Next 5 Books.”

From the press release:

To get your list, go to http://www.spl.org/yournext5. Fill out a brief form on what you like to read, including favorite genres, preferred format (book on CD, e-book, large print, etc.) and books that you haven’t liked.

In a day or two you will receive a list of five recommended books just for you.

This service is made possible in part by a grant from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation with help from The Seattle Public Library Foundation.

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Bluebird ice cream expanding to Phinney Ridge

June 29th, 2011 by Doree

Hot on the heels of Bluebird ice cream’s announcement that it was expanding from Capitol Hill to Fremont, Bluebird tells us it is also opening a “microcreamy” in Phinney Ridge. Bluebird will move into the space formerly occupied by Zak and Zoe dog boutique, at 7400 Greenwood Ave. N.

Bluebird, which opened on Capitol Hill in January 2009 and has garnered national press, makes small batches of ice cream from local (and organic, when possible) sources, such as Remlinger Farms and Elysian Brewing.

Owner Josh Reynolds told us he’s excited to share a corner with Caffe Vita, Herkimer Coffee and 74th St. Alehouse. In fact, Bluebird and Caffe Vita will be connected internally, and a large outdoor patio will be built along the back of the building, spanning Bluebird, Caffe Vita and the new Cornuto pizzeria.

“We’ll be pouring shots of Vita’s coffee over scoops if you order your ice cream affogato, and (Cornuto pizzeria) will be scooping Bluebird ice cream on their dessert menu,” Reynolds said. “We are incredibly excited to open our doors, and beyond our new business neighbors, we can’t wait to meet the people who live and work in the neighborhood. It’s such a diverse part of town: from 20 somethings, to young families, to lifers, we’re so glad to be a part of it.”

Bluebird will also start up a small “nano-brewing” operation to brew gourmet sodas and ales for ice cream floats, as well as filling growlers for home.

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Tomorrow is deadline for qualified 8th graders to sign up for College Bound Scholarships

June 29th, 2011 by Doree

Tomorrow is the deadline for Washington state’s free college tuition program called College Bound Scholarship, which covers tuition and a stipend for low-income students who sign a pledge by June 30 of their 8th grade year. Students promise to graduate from high school, demonstrate good citizenship, and seek admission to a college or university.

From the press release:

Once the date passes, youth who are currently in eighth grade won’t get another shot at this opportunity. Remember, to sign up you just have to be a 7th or 8th grade student who is part of the federal free and reduced lunch program, maintain a 2.0 grade point average and refrain from committing a felony during high school.

Even if you don’t have a child who qualifies, you probably know someone who does. Please share the above information and the following link as widely as possible. Students may apply for the College Bound Scholarship online at http://hecb.wa.gov/collegebound

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Free burritos from cute kids at Heart of Phinney Park right now!

June 29th, 2011 by Doree

It’s Kids in the Kitchen Week at Phinney Ridge Kids! at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, and a huge group of cute kids is offering free burritos RIGHT NOW to anybody who wants one, and is willing to do some kind of funny trick.

They’re holding up hand-made signs and dancing around in the Heart of Phinney Park, on the corner of North 67th Street and Phinney Avenue North, between the Phinney Center and Starbucks. They said they’ll be there until about 2:30 p.m.

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Greenwood Seafair Parade entries due by Friday

June 29th, 2011 by Doree

If you want to enter a float, band, drill team, or group of cute kids in the annual Greenwood Seafair Parade, you’ve only got until Friday to register.

The Greenwood Seafair Parade is the oldest neighborhood Seafair event. This year’s parade, titled “Greenwood Takes Flight,” is from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27th. The parade route runs from North 95th Street down Greenwood Avenue North, west on North 85th Street, to 6th Avenue NW. The grand marshall is retired astronaut Dr. Bonnie Dunbar.

Commercial entries cost $25. Non-commercial entries (such as schools, labor unions, service clubs, etc.) are free. Download a registration form here.

(Disclosure: PhinneyWood is a sponsor of the Greenwood Seafair Parade.)

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Seattle Police North Precinct reports 85 residential burglaries in June

June 29th, 2011 by Doree

The Seattle Police Department’s North Precinct reports 85 residential burglaries from June 1-28. Crime Prevention Coordinator Terrie Johnston said 45 of those were non-forced entry, meaning a door or window were left unlocked, or the thief had a key.

With warmer weather during the summer, people are more likely to leave a window open, leading to the possibility of a thief or attacker gaining entry into the home. Johnston sent along these crime prevention tips:

Opened windows on the upper floors may be just the opportunity the would-be thief is seeking. Crooks used plastic lawn chairs, patio furniture, ice chest, garden pots and in one case a ladder to climb up onto the 2nd floor and came in through open windows. Pet doors were the method of entry in several of the burglaries, so be aware. Back doors were popular this month, so reconsider how easy it is for your watchful neighbors to see onto your back yards. The victims’ tools which were left out were used to pry open a rear basement door, and again on the door leading into the upstairs. Decorative rocks and bricks were thrown through back windows in a few of these crimes.

Johnston provides free security surveys of home and businesses. Call her at 206-684-7711 .

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Fire department confirms build-up of dryer lint to blame for Greenwood house fire that killed dog

June 29th, 2011 by Doree

The Seattle Fire Department confirms that a house fire that killed a dog in Greenwood last Saturday was caused by a build-up of lint in the dryer vent.

From SFD’s Fire Line:

The quick actions of Seattle firefighters prevented a house fire from spreading to nearby homes. On Saturday, June 25 at 6:30pm, a neighbor reported seeing smoke coming from the roof of a home located on the 200 block of North 90th Street. Engine 21 arrived within four minutes and began battling the fire in the one story wood framed home. With Engine 35 supplying water, the crew gained control of the fire in less than 10 minutes. The crews contained the flames to a back corner of the approximately 750 square-foot house. Firefighters from Engines’ 16, 24 and Ladder Trucks 5 and 8, assisted in knocking the entire fire down in less than half-an hour.

Investigators determined that lint built up in the vent system of the dryer started the fire. Damage to the home is estimated at 25-thousand dollars.

The National Fire Protection Administration (NFPA) estimates between 2003 and 2006, one out of every 23 home fires was caused by the dryers or washing machines. In 2006, the NFPA estimates firefighters responded to 17,700 fires caused by the household appliances. The leading cause of these fires according to NFPA is failure to clean the lint from the dryer. The NFPA recommends regular cleaning of the lint vents, making sure the air exhaust vent pipe and outdoor vent flap are not restricted.

Capt. R. Shakoor-Asadi of Fire Station 21 looks at the burned dryer where the fire started on June 25.

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Greenwood abduction & rape suspect arrested

June 29th, 2011 by Geeky Swedes

A very observant bar employee led police to a suspect in last week’s abduction and rape incident in Greenwood.

Surveillance photos of the suspect released by Seattle Police

Here are details from Seattle Police:

On June 28th, at approximately 10:15 PM, North Precinct officers responded to a 911 call from an employee at a bar in the 8500 Block of 15th Avenue NW. The caller stated that he believed one of the patrons inside the bar looked very similar to the suspect depicted in surveillance photos released to the media last week from the Greenwood abduction and rape incident. Officers arrived and contacted the suspect. The officers asked the suspect to step outside so they could talk. One of the responding officers had responded to the original incident last week, so had detailed knowledge of the investigation. The suspect professed to not knowing much English, so the officer pulled up a picture of the suspect from a media site on his cellphone and asked, “Is this you?” to which the suspect replied “yes.” The officers quickly took the suspect into custody and during a patdown of the suspect recovered a loaded handgun in the suspect’s waistband.

A second suspect was with the first suspect inside the bar, but it was determined that the individual did not match the description. That second individual was interviewed and released from the North Precinct. Officers located the suspect’s car nearby and it does match the description of the suspect vehicle used in the abduction/rape. The car was impounded for processing. Detectives from the Sexual Assault Unit responded and interviewed the suspect at the precinct.

The 24 year old suspect was later booked into the King County Jail for Investigation of Rape. The second suspect in this case is still outstanding. Anyone with information on that suspect is asked to contact the Seattle Police Department Sexual Assualt Unit at (206) 684-5575.

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Greenwood-Phinney Chamber launches ‘DoPhinneywood’ marketing website

June 29th, 2011 by Doree

Last weekend, the Greenwood-Phinney Chamber of Commerce officially launched its new marketing website, called DoPhinneywood.com. The site’s motto is “Art Up and Chow Down in Phinney and Greenwood.”

The site has a slideshow of pictures from neighborhood businesses and icons, a map, a section for announcements, and lists neighborhood businesses in six categories: Arts & Culture; Eat & Drink; Health & Beauty; Retail Shops; Services: Community; and Services: Professional. Some businesses are listed in more than one category.

Each business’s name links to a new page with the business’s address, phone, website, map, and a more detailed description of the business.

If you want to join the Chamber, or renew your membership, information on pricing is here. And you can sign up here.

Note: The Chamber asked for permission to use the Phinneywood moniker (but with a small “w,” unlike the capital “W” in PhinneyWood’s name) because they felt it had become a good brand name for the combined neighborhoods of Phinney Ridge and Greenwood. PhinneyWood is a member of the Greenwood-Phinney Chamber of Commerce.

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