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


Green Honda CR-V stolen from Greenwood overnight

February 25th, 2015 by Doree

Keren tells us her green 1999 Green Honda CR-V was stolen overnight from North 81st Street between Fremont and Dayton avenues. She said it has a bunch of children’s stuff inside and a Thule bike rack on the back. She filed a police report.

Anyone see or hear anything?

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Anyone recognize this woman stealing a package from a Greenwood porch?

February 9th, 2015 by Doree

Joe sent a link to a video showing a woman stealing a package from his neighbors’ porch last week. It happened around 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 5, in the 700 block of North 81st Street.

At the end of the video you can see her drive away in a red car, which Joe thinks is a Subaru Legacy wagon, with an unusual roof rack.

Does anyone recognize her or her car?


Seattle Neighborhood Group offering free crime prevention presentations

February 3rd, 2015 by Doree

Seattle Neighborhood Group is offering free crime prevention presentations throughout the city. SNG hopes to prevent crime and build community through partnerships with residents, businesses, law enforcement and other organizations.

These presentations are informative and hands-on. They vary in length, from thirty minutes to an hour, depending on the need. We have brochures in many different languages and can assist with interpretation if requested. A very brief Crime Prevention site assessment can be provided if requested. After the presentation, a follow up crime prevention memo will be distributed. We are pleased to present at community meetings, events, multi-family buildings, neighborhoods, etc., anyone who is interested!

Topics that can be covered include:

  • Personal Safety: How to protect yourself from crime (preventing theft, what thieves look for, transportation safety, Safety on the street)
  • Calling 9-1-1 (when to call, tips when calling, interpreter services, methods to report)
  • Vehicle Security: How to protect your car from crime (if your car is stolen or vandalized, if your car is stolen and recovered, theft from your vehicle, what attracts a car thief)
  • Suspicious Activities: How to recognize and report suspicious activities (how do you know what to report to the police, calling the non-emergency number, behaviors that indicate criminal activity)
  • Identity Theft & Fraud (increase awareness of identity theft and fraud, prevent identity theft and fraud, common ways identity theft happens, what can you do if you become a victim)

For more information, email Seattle Neighborhood Group at info@sngi.org or call 206-323-9666.

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Level 3 registered sex offender moves into Greenwood

January 12th, 2015 by Doree

Seattle Police are notifying neighbors that a Level 3 registered sex offender has moved into the 700 block of North 95th Street in Greenwood. According to the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs Crime Watch website, Donald Combs (click on his name for more information and a photo) is under Department of Corrections supervision for a 2011 conviction for indecent liberties for attacking and sexually assaulting a woman he didn’t know.

From SPD:

Level 3 sex offenders pose the highest risk to re-offend. It is normal to feel upset, angry and worried about a registered sex offender living in your community. The Community Notification Act of 1990 requires sex offenders to register in the community where they live. The law also allows local law enforcement to make the public aware about Level 2 and Level 3 offenders. Since this offender has completed his sentence, he is free to live where he wishes. Experts believe sex offenders are less likely to re-offend if they live and work in an environment free of harassment. Any actions taken against the listed sex offender could result in arrest and prosecution as it is against the law to use this information in any way to threaten, intimidate or harass registered sex offenders. The SPD Sex offender detectives will check on these offenders every 3 months to verify our information.

The single most effective means of protecting your child is communication with your child. They have to feel comfortable discussing sensitive matters with you. Teach your children that they should not be asked to touch anyone in the bathing suit areas of their body or allow anyone to touch them in those areas. Teach them types of situations to avoid. It is not good enough to tell a child to avoid strangers. Please remember that children are most often molested by someone they or their parents know.

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Seattle police and fire departments investigating after Molotov cocktail thrown at Greenwood Safeway last night

January 6th, 2015 by Doree

The Seattle Fire Department says someone threw a Molotov cocktail-type device at the Greenwood Safeway on Monday night.

Here are the details from SFD’s Fire Line:

January 5—Seattle Fire Investigators recovered the evidence of a “Molotov Cocktail” type device thrown at a Greenwood grocery store.

At 7:03 p.m. a witness saw a person throw the burning bottle against the brick side of a national chain grocery store located in the 8700 block of Greenwood Avenue North. The bottle broke on the sidewalk and rolled into bushes. A witness grabbed a fire extinguisher and put out the fire.

There was not any damage to the store.

Seattle Police Department responded and collected witness statements. The evidence and the case have been turned over to the Seattle Police Department Arson Bomb Squad for further investigation.

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2 more LED holiday monkeys stolen from Red Mill overnight

December 31st, 2014 by Doree

Two more LED-covered metal monkeys were stolen from the roof of Red Mill Burgers overnight, making a total of five monkeys stolen from the neighborhood lighting display in the last month.

Mike Veitenhans, one of the lighting project organizers, tells us he filed a police report this morning. The first two monkeys were stolen from the trees in front of In the Red Wine Bar; the third was stolen yesterday from Red Mill.


Holiday monkeys on Red Mill Burgers and neighboring Starbucks in late November. Photo by Mike Veitenhans.

Since the thieves left behind the lighting controllers, he says the police believe the monkeys were stolen for scrap metal. Each monkey has only about $20 worth of metal.

The Phinney Neighborhood Association Business Membership Group and the Greenwood Arts Council came up with the lighting project as a tie-in to Woodland Park Zoo’s annual WildLights and a way to promote neighborhood businesses in a unique way. Each monkey has roughly $80 worth of materials and another $120 worth of volunteer time.

The monkeys – about 150 throughout the neighborhood – have been displayed since Thanksgiving week and will be taken down beginning Jan. 2 and stored until next year.

If you have any information about the stolen monkeys, call the PNA at 206-783-2244. Veitenhans says the stolen monkeys also can be dropped off at the PNA, no questions asked.

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Third LED holiday monkey stolen from local business

December 30th, 2014 by Doree

A third LED holiday monkey has been stolen from a neighborhood business, this time from Red Mill Burgers at the corner of Phinney Avenue North and North 67th Street. The first two monkeys were stolen from the trees in front of In the Red Wine Bar one block south of Red Mill.


Red Mill Burgers and Starbucks had several LED monkeys installed on their building in November for the neighborhood holiday lighting project. Photo by Mike Veitenhans.

This is the first year for the whimsical holiday lighting project, sponsored by the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s Business Advisory Group and the Greenwood Arts Council as a way to bring attention to neighborhood shops and to Woodland Park Zoo’s annual WildLights. The project has received some great media attention.

The project received a City of Seattle Department of Neighborhood’s grant for materials; volunteers then bent the metal and attached the LED strips. About 150 monkeys were sponsored by businesses and individuals (including us) for $25 each. That money will be used to construct about 50 more monkeys next year. One of the project’s organizers, Mike Veitenhans, says the materials for each monkey cost about $100 and volunteer work to create them is about another $100.

If you have any information about the stolen monkeys, please call the PNA at 206-783-2244.

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Grinch snips Christmas lights on railing

December 22nd, 2014 by Doree

Sally tells us someone snipped the Christmas lights on her porch railing at 6th Avenue NW and NW 82nd Street sometime Sunday morning.

Our front porch railing is lined with lights and someone snipped the wires with scissors in over a dozen places. We’ve been living in Greenwood over 5 years now and love it here but are getting tired of the malicious activity that seems to be common. We’ve also had our car stolen three times in front of our house. Thinking about installing a camera……


Did anyone else have lights snipped?

And speaking of Grinch-like behavior, two of the new lighted monkeys from our neighborhood’s lighting display have been stolen in the last few weeks. The most recent theft was of one of the monkeys hanging from the trees in front of In the Red Wine Bar on Phinney Avenue at 65th. If anyone  knows who might have taken them, please email us and we’ll pass along the info to the neighborhood lighting organizers.


A pink LED-wrapped monkey climbs the tree in front of In the Red Wine Bar last month.

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Attempted break-in on NW 88th this morning – did anyone see anything?

December 18th, 2014 by Doree

Nick tells us someone tried to break in to his house this morning around 8:15 while he was home. Did anyone see the suspect?

Luckily I was home asleep and scared him off. I was awoken by banging noises and realized what it was. I got to my back door and he had broken a window in the door and was reaching for the lock. I yelled and he ran to the front yard hopping two fences and fled east on NW 88th. Unfortunately without my glasses and the fact that he was in an all out sprint the only details I have on his appearance are that he was a black male in dark clothing. As I was running back to my bedroom to get some clothes I heard a car door slam and I rushed back to the front window. I saw a black BMW drive off from the front of my house and then head north on 8th. Police were called and showed up promptly. We do what we can to prevent break ins, nothing of value in plain view, curtains closed, barky dogs (who happened not to be home with me today).