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


Mazda Miata stolen last night in Greenwood

April 1st, 2014 by Doree

Chris tells us his red 1991 Mazda Miata was stolen from in front of his house in the 900 block of North 89th Street Monday night.

The license plate is 702-YYY. If you see it or have any information, please call Seattle Police or Chris at 206-660-7237.

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Reminder: Community safety meeting tonight

March 31st, 2014 by Doree

Just a reminder that tonight (Monday) is a community safety meeting with members of Seattle Police Department, in the wake of last month’s murder in Greenwood. The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. at Taproot Theater, 204 N. 85th St. SPD offices will offer updates on the recent homicide, educate the community about the North Precinct’s resources, and talk about crime prevention, street safety and how-to’s of 9-1-1 usage.

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Community safety meeting next Monday

March 25th, 2014 by Doree

Community liaisons from the Seattle Police Department will hold a safety meeting for residents who are concerned after last month’s fatal shooting in Greenwood. The meeting will start at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 31, at Taproot Theater, 204 N. 85th St.

The purpose of the meeting will be to offer updates on the recent homicide, to educate the community about the North Precinct’s resources, and to talk about crime prevention, street safety and how-to’s of 9-1-1 usage.

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Sketchy solicitors who didn’t seem to be selling anything

March 17th, 2014 by Doree

Nicks tells us two women came to his door on Dayton Avenue near North 67th Street last Friday afternoon and he thought it may have been some kind of potential scam. He wanted to share his experience and see if anyone else saw them:

So we’re cleaning up the house and the door is open since we have a bit of sunshine this afternoon and we hear a “Hello?” from the front steps. I go out there and these are 2 ladies (black, 24 years old as reported by themselves) going “door to door” about something. It’s a typical intro by unwanted soliciting where they don’t really even say what they are doing. They have some roundabout story how this is their first job and they’re going door to door to better their business acumen (my words not theirs). None of it seemed legit and I wanted to put this out there since it had the feeling of a scam of some sort.

Asking too many questions and not able to answer any of mine without a side-stepping story. Also as they said they were going “Door to door”, we walked around nearby streets and didn’t see one sign of them.

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Greenwood Subway worker refuses to be robbed by man with gun

March 10th, 2014 by Doree

Seattle Police say a man with a gun tried to rob the Subway sandwich shop at Greenwood Avenue North and North 104th Street Saturday night, but the worker first ignored him, then chased him off with a large knife.

From the SPD Blotter:

A sandwich shop employee wielding a large knife successfully chased off a robber armed with a handgun in North Seattle.
On March 8th at approximately 8:10 p.m. officers responded to the 10400 block of Greenwood Avenue North for the report of an armed robbery. Preliminary investigation indicates that an adult male suspect entered the Subway sandwich shop while other customers were present. The suspect demanded that the employee put money in the suspect’s bag. Initially the employee ignored the suspect. The suspect then pulled a handgun from his waistband and repeated his demand for money. The employee grabbed a large knife and chased the suspect out of the store. The suspect fled the area on foot.

Responding officers conducted an area search for the suspect with the assistance of a canine unit however, the suspect was not located.

Approximately 45 minutes after this robbery attempt the same suspect (based on an identical description) robbed the Subway sandwich shop at North 159th Street and Westminster Way North in Shoreline (Shoreline Police are investigating the second incident).

The suspect, who remains at large, is described as a black male adult dressed all in black with some sort of mask over his face.

This remains an active and on-going investigation.

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Greenwood murder suspect charged as an adult, memory walk for victim is Sunday

March 5th, 2014 by Doree

The King County Prosecutor today charged 17-year-old Byron Keith Alonzo White with first degree murder with a firearm enhancement in the death of David Peterson in Greenwood on Feb. 23. White was charged as an adult “under a state law that provides for automatic adult prosecution for 16 and 17-year-old juveniles who commit serious violent offenses,” according to the prosecutor’s office.

According to charging documents, White allegedly approached Peterson and tried to steal his cellphone. After a brief struggle, Peterson was able to keep control of the cellphone and the defendant walked away. When Peterson called 911 to report the robbery attempt, the defendant walked back to Peterson and confronted him. He then allegedly shot Peterson in the chest, took the victim’s cellphone and left. The defendant was arrested last weekend at SeaTac airport before he could board a flight to Atlanta.

Prosecutors also charged the defendant with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm in the Second Degree, based on his age, and Attempted Robbery in the Second Degree. If convicted as charged, the sentence range, which includes the firearm enhancement, is 27 to 35 years in prison.

The defendant remains in custody with bail set at $2 million. He will be arraigned on March 17 at 9 a.m. in courtroom GA at the Maleng Regional Justice Center.

Members of Sanctuary Church in Greenwood have organized a memory walk in Peterson’s honor starting at 8 p.m. this Sunday. The walk begins at the Green Bean Coffeehouse, 8525 Greenwood Ave. N. Bring a flashlight or candle. When the walk gets to the murder scene at North 85th Street and 1st Avenue NW there will be a moment of silence. The walk will end back at the Green Bean around 9 p.m. They’ve also set up a Facebook page for the event.

Peterson’s family has set up an account at Verity Credit Union to help his wife, Kimberly Peterson, cover funeral and other expenses. Donations can be made by check or cash at any Verity Credit Union or at any other credit union in the Shared Banking Credit Union Network. The account is in Kimberly Peterson’s name, savings account 6643880.

Update: I’ve been reviewing the charging documents for more information.

According to police, White tried to rob Peterson of his cell phone, but couldn’t get it away from him. Peterson then called 911 to report the attempted robbery, and White overheard him and came back, shooting him once in the chest at point-blank range with a 9mm semi-automatic pistol and took the cell phone. White later allegedly told friends at a house five blocks from the scene that he’d shot Peterson, showed them his cell phone, and complained that it wasn’t as nice as he had hoped.

Police searched that residence but did not find the gun or phone.

White was arrested at Sea-Tac Airport last Saturday just before boarding a plane for Atlanta. According to the charging documents, White admitted to homicide detectives that he’d shot Peterson and took his phone.

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Greenwood homicide suspect ordered held until charging decision

March 3rd, 2014 by Doree

The King County Prosecutor’s Office says the 17-year-old suspect in the murder of David Peterson in Greenwood on Feb. 23 has been ordered held in secure detention until a charging decision has been made. The suspect waived his appearance at today’s hearing in juvenile court. The prosecutor has until Wednesday to file formal charges.

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Whitman Middle School students say creepy guy followed them

February 28th, 2014 by Doree

Two Whitman Middle School students say they had a creepy encounter with a man in a yellow sports car who tried to get them to pet his dog this afternoon.

T told me the man first approached them around NW 83rd Street and 13th Avenue NW as they were walking home to Phinney Ridge. He was parked in the middle of the street and his dog was sitting on the sidewalk. The man told them they could pet his dog, and then asked them to bring his dog to the car. The boys didn’t respond and walked away.

They later saw the same man driving slowly near them at NW 75th Street and 11th Avenue NW. The boys had just met up with a friend who told them the same car had followed him as he walked home from St. John’s Catholic School in Greenwood on Thursday. The boys ran to a nearby home and the car sped away.

The man is described as white, in his 20′s or 30′s, short hair, and wearing an orange and silver shirt and orange and silver hat.

Did anyone else encounter this man?


Man shot and killed in Greenwood Sunday night

February 24th, 2014 by Doree

Update Monday 7 p.m.: KING 5 has a report tonight that says David Peterson’s wife last saw him as he left for his nightly walk on Sunday.

Update 2:10 p.m.: Seattle Police say they are looking for three suspects in last night’s shooting death of a man in a parking lot near the Greenwood Fred Meyer and Bartell Drugs, just north of North 85th Street and 1st Avenue NW. According SPD, the suspects may have been committing robberies in the area before the shooting.

Here’s the updated SPD Blotter post:

A man was found shot to death in a North Seattle parking lot last night. On 2/23/14, just shortly before 9:00 p.m., 9-1-1 received calls of shots fired in the area of N. 85th and 1st NW.

When officers arrived on scene they found an adult male victim seated in his car in a parking lot, with a single gunshot wound to his body. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Seattle Fire. The suspects were seen running away from the area. Detectives believe robbery was the motive in this shooting.

The suspects are described as (1) black male, 20-30 years old, 5’10 tall, thin build, wearing a Northface jacket. (2) Black male, short. (3) White female.

Detectives would like to talk to anyone who may come in contact with these suspects. Investigators believe the suspects may have been committing robberies in the area prior to the shooting incident.

Anyone with information about this incident or the suspects’ whereabouts, is asked to call the Seattle Police tip line at 233-5000. Anonymous tips are welcome.

Also, The Seattle Times has identified the victim as 54-year-old David L. Peterson.

Update 6:55 a.m.: Seattle Police Detective Renee Witt told me this morning that the shooting happened in the Fred Meyer parking lot. She is expecting updated information from homicide detectives later today, and we’ll post that as soon as we get it.

Earlier: Seattle Police report that a man was shot and killed in a parking lot at North 85th Street and 1st Avenue NW around 9 p.m. Sunday night.

From the SPD Blotter:

A man was found shot to death in a parking lot in North Seattle. On 2/23/14, just shortly before 9:00 p.m., 9-1-1 received calls of shots fired in the area of N. 85th and 1st NW.

When officers arrived on scene they found the adult male victim seated in his car in a parking lot in the area. The victim sustained one gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the scene by Seattle Fire. The suspect, described as an unknown race male was scene running away from the area . It is believed that a robbery preceded the shooting.

Homicide and CSI detectives responded and will process the scene.

Anyone with information about this incident or the suspect is asked to call 9-1-1. Anonymous tips are welcome.

We will update this post as we get more information.

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Car broken into and items still missing, other items found from likely car prowl, bikes stolen from porch

February 19th, 2014 by Doree

Jenny tells us she found a blue denim polka-dot bag at North 64th Street and Dayton Avenue North on Monday. Clothes and food items were found out of the bag.  There was broken glass in the bottom of the bag that is likely from a broken car window. If you think the bag and items are yours, call Jenny at 206-799-5503.

Update: Debby says the empty bags were found. Earlier: Debby says her friend’s car was broken into at North 78th Street and Greenwood Avenue North on Sunday. “They took a couple bags and left a big rock and a lot of broken glass. We are hoping the thieves took the stuff and tossed the bags. If anyone sees a white LLBean bag with the name Marilyn on it or a purple backpack with possibly two library books in it, please let me know.” Email Debby at atcwrites.com.

And Tim just told us someone stole several items from outside his house on North 67th Street, opposite the Phinney Center parking lot, last Wednesday night. The thief/thieves took: a Novara Tronfeo bike; Marin ladies bike; Joe Blow floor pump; Vasque men’s hiking boots and Dansko women’s clogs. If you have any information, please email him at timjmoloney@gmail.com.


Purse, checks, phone stolen from car Thursday afternoon

January 17th, 2014 by Doree

Natosha posted on PhinneyWood’s Facebook page that someone broke into her car on Thursday afternoon while it was still light out. They stole her purse, which had her wallet, checks and phone inside. It happened sometime between 4:40 and 5 p.m. in the parking lot of Phinney Ridge Lutheran at 7500 Greenwood Avenue North.

The credit cards were used immediately at the Fred Meyer on 85th and the QFC on Holman Road. I am hoping that the thief ditched the phone and possibly some of the personal items, wallet, purse etc. en route to Fred Meyer. If anything is found, please turn into the fire department or the police department. Thank you! Possible route along greenwood and 77th.

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UPDATE: BIKE FOUND — Terra Bella Flowers’ delivery bike stolen

January 5th, 2014 by Doree

Update Jan. 13: The bike was found at the Greenwood Safeway by an eagle-eyed PhinneyWood reader!

Earlier: Someone stole Terra Bella Flowers‘ delivery bike from outside the shop on the corner of Greenwood Avenue North and North 74th Street sometime on Thursday night. Owner Melissa Feveyear tells us the bike was locked up. If anyone sees the beige cruiser bike with white wall tires and a wooden basket, please call the shop at 206-783-0205.


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