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    UPDATE: FOUND — ‘Gertie’ the Yorkie is missing from Phinney Ridge

    June 18th, 2016 by Doree

    Update: Gertie has been found.

    Earlier: Gertie, a 15-year-old, 3-pound Yorkie, disappeared from Palatine Avenue North between North 51st and 52nd streets on Friday. She is hard of hearing but very friendly and easy to pick up.

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    If you’ve seen her, call or text Jennifer at 206-297-8573.

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    Brazilian Samba music, farmers market, family fun day and more in Phinney-Greenwood this weekend

    June 17th, 2016 by Doree

    Here are some highlights of what’s happening in Phinney Ridge and Greenwood this weekend. Check our Events calendar any time for more.

    Phinney Farmers Market from 3:30-7:30 p.m. Friday in the upper parking lot of the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Fresh veggies, fruit, bread, meat, eggs, flowers, cider, pasta and dinner options from several vendors. Home beer brewing demo at 4 p.m., music by The Clefts at 5 p.m. If you’re interested in a leisurely walk on your way there, the Phinney Farmers Market Walking Group will leave the Greenwood Senior Center at 525 N. 85th St. at 3 p.m.

    Bossa Nova Samba Brazilian popular music by Michel Navedo, from 6-9 p.m. Friday at Luso Food & Wine, 8218 Greenwood Ave. N. Cost is $8, or included with $25 dinner and glass of wine.

    Greenwood Christian Church is hosting a free Wild West Family Fun Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 8018 Fremont Ave. N. Pony rides from 12-2 p.m., plus games, crafts, activities, hot dogs, popcorn, frozen treats.

    Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., presents Clint McCune & Aaron Broullette in concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday; Pint & Dale — Songs of the Seven Seas at 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and Open Jazz Jam with Kenny Mandell from 2-4:30 p.m. Sunday.

    Fremont Solstice Fair is Friday through Sunday. The Solstice Music Festival is from 5-11:30 p.m. Friday. On Saturday, the festival runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., with the Solstice Parade starting at 3 p.m. (the music festival continues until 11:30 p.m.). The fair continues Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    If you’re heading downtown this weekend, be aware:

    • Rock N’ Roll Seattle Marathon, Half Marathon & 8K starts at 7 a.m. Saturday at the Seattle Center, with street closures starting at 6 a.m. The Alaskan Way Viaduct will be closed from 4-10:30 a.m. in the northbound direction and the I-90 Express lanes will be closed from 4 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

    Looking ahead to next week:

    • Naked City Brewery, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N., hosts “The Real Scoop on Being a New Dad” from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday.
    • The Ballard Library, 5614 22nd Ave. NW, reopens at 10 a.m. Monday after a six-week refurbishing. They’ll have a little celebration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with refreshments. City Librarian Marcellus Turner will deliver brief remarks at 12 p.m.

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    SPD arrests two men for early morning burglary in Phinney Ridge

    June 16th, 2016 by Doree

    From the SPD Blotter:

    Two men are in custody following an early morning burglary on Phinney Ridge.

    Shortly after 3:00 am this morning, neighbors in the 6500 block of 1st Avenue NW called 911 and reported hearing shattering glass and a possible burglary at an unoccupied home. Patrol officers and a K-9 Officer Mark Wong and Ziva arrived quickly and began checking the block.

    Two men took off running from the home and were quickly arrested after a brief foot chase.

    Upon further inspection officers discovered a broken basement window where the suspects had entered the burglarized house.

    Police found one of the suspects was carrying a large quantity of prescription pills in his backpack, as well as probable stolen items. Detectives interviewed the suspects before the two men, ages 23 and 24, were booked into the King County Jail for burglary. The suspect with the pills could also face felony drug charges.

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    UPDATE: OWNER FOUND — Female Chihuahua mix found in Phinney-Greenwood, taken to Animal Shelter

    June 16th, 2016 by Doree

    Update: She has been reunited with her family.

    Earlier: A female Chihuahua mix was found in the Phinney-Greenwood area on Tuesday and taken to Seattle Animal Shelter, 2061 15th Ave. W. in Interbay.


    If she’s yours, call the shelter at 206-386-7387. It’s open from 12-6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

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    Dog found at 82nd and 8th – taken to shelter

    June 15th, 2016 by Doree

    Kevin found this “sweet and gentle dog” wandering on NW 82nd Street near 8th Avenue NW around 1:30 p.m. today (Wednesday).


    It did not have a collar or tags, so he took it to Seattle Animal Shelter, 2061 15th Ave NW.

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    SPD arrests suspected car thief in Lower Phinney/Ballard

    June 15th, 2016 by Doree

    From the SPD Blotter:

    Police found a car thief asleep at the wheel Monday night after tracking a stolen Honda from Queen Anne to the West Woodland neighborhood.

    A Queen Anne resident called SPD around 9 PM Monday from the 3200 block of Conkling Place West and reported someone had stolen his Honda Prelude in the last 24 hours. Fortunately, his car was equipped with a GPS system, which showed the vehicle was parked in the 6500 block of 5th Avenue Northwest.

    Officers quickly found the car and discovered there was a 21-year-old man asleep in the driver’s seat. After arresting the man, police found he was carrying a collection of filed-down keys—a tool commonly used by prolific car thieves—along with a tool for breaking windows, a can of lubricant spray, and two passports belonging to other people. Police also recovered a backpack, a briefcase, a box of wrenches, car and stereo parts from the car, none of which belonged the the car’s owner.

    Officers booked the 21-year-old–who has previous convictions for auto theft property crimes—into the King County Jail for investigation of auto theft and returned the car to its owner.

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    Suspect in Phinney Ridge stabbings declared incompetent, committed to Western State Hospital for 90 days

    June 15th, 2016 by Doree

    John Christopher Altshuler, suspected of stabbing two of his Phinney Ridge neighbors on Mother’s Day, has been declared incompetent to stand trial and has been committed to Western State Hospital for 90 days.

    Altshuler was evaluated at the King County Jail on June 6 by a licensed psychologist who is also a developmental disabilities professional. The psychologist diagnosed Altshuler with Schizophrenia with Severe Delusions.

    According to the psychologist’s report, Altshuler’s brother said he suffered a head injury in 1986, which led to a change in his behavior, including paranoia and the occasional belief that he was Jesus Christ. Altshuler’s brother said his behavior deteriorated in the last three or four years.

    The report stated that Altshuler was evaluated at an emergency room in 2007 for a possible civil commitment. He was instead referred to outpatient treatment. The report says he also was seen at Harborview Medical Center’s emergency room several times with a diagnosis of psychotic disorder and delusions, where he complained that a neighbor was trying to take his mother’s house.

    After being booked into jail, Altshuler was placed in the psychiatric dorm unit, where he complained that the food and water were poisoned and he refused to eat or drink. On three occasions he was taken to Harborview Medical Center for emergency hydration.

    Altshuler’s next court date is set for Sept. 8, after the 90-day commitment expires. He is charged with two counts of Assault in the Second Degree, Malicious Mischief in the Second Degree, and Violation of Anti-Harassment Order after stabbing two of his neighbors when they confronted him over slashing tires between 3rd and 6th avenues on NW 74th Street on May 8. Both men were treated at Northwest Hospital and released a few hours later.

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    Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole to discuss public safety concerns with Greenwood neighborhood on Monday

    June 14th, 2016 by Doree

    Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole will discuss public safety concerns with Greenwood neighbors and business owners from 12:30-1:30 p.m. on Monday, June 20, at Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St.

    Chief O’Toole will provide an update on neighborhood crime and police efforts, then open it up for a question and answer session. She will be joined by SPD Chief Operating Officer Brian Maxey and officers from the North Precinct.

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    SPD responds to reports of armed and barricaded man at Greenwood & 117th

    June 14th, 2016 by Doree

    Update: The Seattle Times reports the man has been charged with a hate crime. Read the full story here.

    Earlier: Seattle Police officers now have a suspect in custody after reports he was armed and barricaded at Greenwood Avenue and North 117th Street.

    SPD tweeted just before 3 p.m. that SWAT and hostage negotiators were on scene. SPD tweeted again just before 3:30 to say the suspect was in custody.

    Metro buses 5 and 355 were rerouted to Aurora Avenue between North 105th and 125th streets.

    Update 4:05 p.m.: Metro buses routes 5 and 355 are back to their normal routes.

    Update 4:07 p.m.: KOMO 4 is reporting the man allegedly threatened to shoot up a mosque at Northgate. KOMO has a gallery of photos from the scene, and so does KIRO 7.

    Update Tuesday 6 p.m.: More info from the SPD Blotter:

    SWAT officers arrested a 37 year-old man at his Greenwood apartment today after receiving information from his out-of-state friend the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) that he had made threats against a Seattle mosque.

    Earlier today, the suspect posted threats online and, in a separate posting, claimed to have purchased an assault rifle and extra ammunition.

    Acting on that information, SWAT and Hostage Negotiators went to the man’s home in the 11700 block of Greenwood Avenue North and arrested him shortly before 3:30 PM.

    Investigators have learned the man has previously been contacted by area law enforcement who are investigating harassment and threats to another mosque.

    Seattle police are working closely with the FBI to investigate the rapidly developing case.

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