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


Greenwood residents thank neighbors for returning stolen mail

December 16th, 2014 by Doree

We received a nice note from Hayley and Jon, who report that while some of their mail was stolen from their Greenwood home, helpful neighbors have found and returned it.

I’d like to report that our mailbox in the 9200 block of Phinney Ave N got rifled at some point over the weekend. While we feel a little violated and a whole lot annoyed by the thieving jerks, this experience has led me to truly appreciate the neighbors in our hood. Over the last few days, folks have been dropping off bits and pieces of our mail– an electric bill, a rather important piece of a school application and a very sweet holiday card that someone toted all the way over from 97th and Dayton. Thank you, neighbors, for being so darn neighborly! Your helpfulness and concern warms our hearts.

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Mail, Christmas pillow found at Aurora & 65th

December 15th, 2014 by Doree

Paula found a stack of mail and a decorative Christmas pillow at the bus stop at Aurora Avenue North and North 65th Street on Saturday. One of the pieces of mail has the name Renee Curtini on it. Does anyone know Renee or recognize the pillow?


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Discarded mail found in the brambles at 92nd and Palatine

November 16th, 2014 by Doree

Paul tells us he saw about 15-20 pieces of discarded mail in the brambles at Palatine Avenue North and North 92nd Street around noon today. He said only one address was legible, in the 8700 block of Palatine. It’s likely the mail was stolen and dumped.

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Carjacking suspect arrested in Phinney Ridge after high-speed chase from Fremont

November 10th, 2014 by Doree

A carjacking suspect was arrested in Phinney Ridge late this afternoon after stealing a car in Fremont and leading police on a high-speed chase.

Witnesses emailed PhinneyWood to tell us they saw the car speeding through the neighborhood before police captured the suspect at Dayton Avenue North and North 68th Street.

David wrote: “I just watched a high speed car chase headed northbound on Phinney Ave. They flew by my office at 62nd and Phinney… A suspect vehicle with 4 or 5 police cruisers in VERY fast pursuit. They had to be going 60+ MPH. It looked like a car chase from a movie, to be honest.”

Mary sent us this photo of the arrest scene.


James sent this photo below showing the suspect’s car smashed between police cars.


Here’s another angle of the scene from James.


According to KIRO, the suspect stole the car from a 68-year-old woman, then hit her with the car before speeding off.

You can read KOMO’s story here. KIRO has a story with video here.

Update Tuesday: KIRO has an interview with the carjacking victim. And here’s SPD’s info from the Blotter.


Neighborhood crime roundup

October 31st, 2014 by Doree

We have quite a bit of crime to tell you about from the last week or so.

Keren says her car has been prowled three times in the past month in Greenwood. Every compartment inside was opened, but there was nothing valuable to steal so the thieves didn’t take anything.

Raechel had two packages stolen last week from NW 87th Street between 6th and 8th avenues NW.

Jake had a package stolen a week ago from his front porch near North 100th Street and Linden Avenue.

Fortunately a neighbor witnessed the event and actually confronted the woman and got her picture. She was riding a motorized scooter/wheelchair down the sidewalk, ran across the yard and retrieved the package, and left again on her scooter.

The police were notified (the package wasn’t worth much, but this has been a persistent problem over the past year), but if you see this woman rolling around your street, just keep an eye on her and your neighbor’s belongings.

Bryanne says her mail was stolen, including a birthday card with cash inside and a credit union debit card, from the 9700 block of 3rd Avenue NW. The debit card had already been activated and was used to purchase about $400 worth of items from QFC, Fred Meyer and Safeway. She contacted her credit union to find out how the card had already been activated.

For everyone who banks with Verity Credit Union should know that if they were issued a new card due to the recent security breaches, the cards sent out by Verity are ALREADY ACTIVATED!!! That’s how the thief or thieves were able to use my card.

We’ve heard more reports of ladders being used to break into the second story of homes in the neighborhood. Many times the ladders did not come from the yard of the home that was broken into but were left behind. This is a good reminder to keep all windows locked, including on upper floors.

Gail says her silver Infiniti I-30 was stolen from North 80th Street and Dayton Avenue last Sunday.

Julie says her visiting brother’s car was stolen from the 1700 block of NW 58th Street in Ballard last night. They’re hoping it was dumped nearby in Phinney Ridge or Greenwood. It’s a 1996 4-door dark green Honda Civic, license plate WA ASN4059. It has tan and red University of Portland parking stickers on the driver’s side windshield.


Crime Roundup: Car, engine computer and stroller stolen, two bikes found

October 21st, 2014 by Doree

We have several crime items to report:

Kevin found a cream-colored Trek bicycle ditched in front of his house this morning near North 88th Street and Linden Avenue. If it’s yours, email him and describe it.

Rebecca says someone stole her new double Bob brand stroller from in front of her house on 6th Avenue NW between NW 70th and 72nd streets. Put a note below in Comments if you’ve seen it.

Kurt says the engine control unit computer was stolen from his Honda Civic sometime around Oct. 9 near North 97th Street and 1st Avenue NW.

BJ’s tan Honda Civic was stolen between midnight and 7:30 a.m. Sunday from the 6000-block of 6th Avenue NW. License plate number AAE2307; and there’s a green sticker on the driver’s side at the bottom of the front windshield. If you have any information, please put a note below in Comments or email us and we’ll forward the info. UPDATE: The car has been recovered by police.

Margaret found this Specialized Rockhopper bike and a wallet of CDs at the alley entrance of Dayton Avenue and North 95th Street. If they’re yours, put a note in Comments or email us.



Level 3 sex offender moves into neighborhood

October 14th, 2014 by Doree

Periodically we receive notices from the Seattle Police Department about sex offenders who have moved into the neighborhood. The most recent notice is about Charles Frere, a level 3 registered sex offender, who recently moved to the 500 block of North 79 Street. He is not under Department of Corrections supervision. According to the King County Sheriff’s Crime Watch website, Frere is a 70-year-old black man with brown eyes, about 5’ 10” and 243 pounds, with a scar on his right forearm. He was convicted in 1979 of rape in the first degree.

You can see his picture on the sheriff’s website. You can also use the website to search for all sex offenders within a certain radius of your home, business or school.

More info from SPD on sex offenders:

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.


SPD: Woman claiming to be ‘nunchuck master’ attacks friend in Greenwood

October 9th, 2014 by Doree

Seattle Police posted this gem a couple of days ago on the SPD Blotter:

 The mysterious midnight disappearance of a woman’s wedding ring from a “spooky” abandoned home last Saturday led the self-styled “nunchuck master” to attack her friend with a martial arts weapon and flee, before she was caught by police.

Officers first crossed paths with the suspect at about 12:20 AM when they spotted a woman walking near the 100 block of NW 85th Street, followed closely by a man, who flagged down officers and said the woman had just attacked him.

The man told police he and the woman—who are just friends—had been staying at an abandoned home in the neighborhood. That night, the woman discovered her wedding ring was missing, and accused the man of stealing it. She then pulled a pair of nunchaku from her purse, and began swinging them at the man.

The man blocked the woman’s blow with his arm and tackled her to the ground. He was able to wrestle the nunchucks away from the woman, but she quickly leapt up, grabbed the man’s cellphone off a nearby dresser and fled the home.

The man chased after the woman, offering to return her nunchucks in exchange for his phone. Instead, the woman shattered the phone, threw it down a storm drain and punched the man in the face. Officers found the pair on the street shortly thereafter.

When police spoke to the woman about the incident, she informed them she is a “nunchuck master,” and denied attacking the man. She told officers she was simply trying move out of the abandoned home, “because the house is spooky.”

Officers seized the nunchucks, arrested the woman for assault and booked her into the King County Jail. Police were unable to locate the woman’s missing ring.

Neither the suspect nor the victim were seriously injured in the incident.

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Neighborhood crime: houses broken into, yard used as toilet, packages stolen, car stolen

October 7th, 2014 by Doree

We’ve received a lot of emails about crime in the neighborhood lately. Here’s a roundup:

Janet says someone broke through her two back doors last Friday, near North 50th Street and Phinney Avenue North, and stole money and other items.

They also climbed up on a sawhorse and disabled a motion detector light in the back yard. (A neighbor (who I don’t know) reported that in a house behind mine, someone saw this person either leaving or entering and called out to them – but when they didn’t answer, assumed it was me – the resident.)

When the police came, I learned that at least five other houses had been broken into. In one case, someone came upon the “person” while they were in the home. This person is safe, thankfully.

I understand that- on this same night – houses were hit on N. 48th, N. 49th, N. 55th, and N. 65th Streets.

Also, people need reminders (as I do) not to leave ladders, stepstools, etc. outside.

Karleen says her home on the same street was broken into Friday night when someone used a tall ladder (not hers) to break into the second floor. The thief stole electronics.

Lisa tells us her car was stolen from in front of her house at 4th Avenue NW and NW 72nd Street last Saturday during daylight hours. She says her car had been broken into just a few weeks before.

Keven tells us his home surveillance camera got footage of a man using his Greenwood yard as a toilet.

I am cleaning around some flowerbeds in the yard when I notice a mound of poo. Something told me this wasn’t the product of a large dog (since dogs usually prefer using grass to dirt). Still, I put it out of my mind long enough to clean it up… only to let curiosity grip me and force me to search the security camera watching over the area. Sure enough a “two legged animal” did the doo!

We would really like to know who this…ahemmmm!… .gentleman is… so we can let him know fouling folks’ yards isn’t cool (especially with all this concern in the news about pathogens spread by bodily fluids and human waste.

Check out the YouTube videos here and here of the surveillance footage to see if you recognize the man. (KIRO ran a story Tuesday night after seeing this post.)

Tyler got surveillance pictures of a woman stealing packages off his front porch near North 76th Street and 3rd Avenue NW yesterday. He says packages have been stolen three times over the last few months, and the surveillance footage shows it was the same woman the last two times.

It’s a woman who appears to be riding her bike carrying large bags which she can easily slip stolen packages into. I can’t believe that we’re the only house she is stealing from. We’ve filed police reports, but haven’t received any follow-up from them.



And Matt says his car was broken into Saturday night between midnight and 8 a.m. near Greenwood Avenue North and North 104th Street. The thief smashed a window and stole a black Swiss Gear backpack with a Dell work laptop, two iPods (a video iPod and an iPod Shuffle), and Bose headphones.


UPDATE: CAR FOUND — Nissan Altima with ‘club’ on steering wheel stolen from Greenwood overnight

September 27th, 2014 by Doree

Update: Deborah tells us her car was recovered near Aurora Avenue and North 145th, with mostly cosmetic damage. “The driver side door had been pried open, the club was gone, and there were no signs of hot wiring — the police thought a stripped-down Nissan key had been used. Unfortunately, the people who stole it were meth heads and left their stuff in the car. They also left some receipts, which I’ve turned over to the police as evidence.”

Earlier: Deborah tells us her purple 1995 four-door Nissan Altima was stolen from in front of her house in Greenwood last night, even though it had an anti-theft “club” on the steering wheel.

It has a balding patch of paint near the sun roof, and is smooshed in the front near the passenger side. It was last seen around 6:30 p.m. last night (Friday 9/26). There may still be a green Tickles the Tapeworm air freshener hanging from the rear-view mirror. If you see the car, please let me know. Deborah at 206-579-1216. Thanks for keeping your eyes peeled.

If you’ve seen it, please call the police and reference incident report number 14-323418.

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Man beaten by group of attackers near Greenwood Park P-Patch Wednesday afternoon

September 26th, 2014 by Doree

A man was beaten by a large group of attackers around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon near the Greenwood Park P-Patch on North 88th Street.

According to the online police report (which has names blacked out), the victim was walking through the park when various witnesses reported seeing a group of about 10 black males and females (possibly juveniles) taunting and then assaulting him. The victim hit his head on a curb. The victim was treated by Seattle Fire medics, then transported to Northwest Hospital for a laceration on top of his head and a bump on the left side of his head.

Two witnesses told police “that they can both positively identify the suspects because they are always in the park causing problems.”

A friend of the victim is trying to put us in touch with the victim’s sister to find out more information and his condition. We will update this post as we get more information.

Update Friday 12:30 p.m.: The victim’s friend tells us he is still in the hospital.

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Cat shot by pellet gun in Greenwood

September 10th, 2014 by Doree

Brenna says her 1-year-old cat was shot by some kind of pellet gun sometime in the last few days. It happened just north of Sandel Park in Greenwood. The pellet is lodged in the cat’s hind foot.

Though we are thankful that she isn’t hurt worse, we are highly concerned that if this wasn’t an accident there may be a vicious person around our Greenwood neighborhood.

Has anyone else had this happen to their pet?

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