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

 

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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SPD Gang Unit investigating after woman grazed by bullet on Metro bus in East Phinney/Green Lake on Friday night

September 7th, 2014 by Doree

Seattle Police are investigating after a woman was grazed by a bullet while riding a Metro bus Friday night near North 65th Street and Linden Avenue North.

From the SPD Blotter:

Officers began receiving calls of shots fired just before 9:40 p.m. Friday in the 6000 block of Aurora Ave. North. When they arrived on scene, they found a woman who had been grazed by a bullet while on a bus full of people.

A witness said that two men were standing outside a car arguing with two people inside the car. As they argued, a bus approached a nearby stop at Linden Ave. North and North 66th St. One of the men inside the car began shooting at the two men on foot. The two men outside the car began running toward the bus and were able to get onto the bus as the bus sped away. Realizing that a bullet grazed a woman on the bus, causing a cut to her head, the driver stopped the bus a few blocks away.

Officers rushed to the scene to find only one of the two men still on the bus. Officers continue to question him in an attempt to gain a clear picture of what lead up to the shooting. A witness described the shooter as a black male in his late teens wearing a grey hoodie. The suspects were last seen in a silver sedan possibly resembling a late 90s Ford Focus.

Seattle Fire department Medics responded and treated the woman at the scene before transporting her to Harborview Medical Center for evaluation.

The Gang Unit is taking the lead in this investigation and anyone with information in this case is asked to call 911 and speak with officers.

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Seattle Police: Suspected car thief drowns after stealing car from Phinney Ridge and driving into Ship Canal

August 28th, 2014 by Doree

Seattle Police say a suspected car thief drowned late last night or early this morning after driving a car stolen from Phinney Ridge into the Ship Canal.

From the SPD Blotter:

Update – 11:45 AM: Officer have recovered a man’s body from the water near where police last saw the suspected car thief. The King County Medical Examiner will take custody of the body as police continue to investigate the incident.

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Police divers are working to recover the body of a suspected car thief, now presumed drowned after he drove into the Ship Canal late Wednesday night.

Around 11:30 PM, police received reports that a Nissan Sentra had driven off a pier near the 1000 block of West Ewing Street.
Officers and rescue teams from the Seattle Fire Department arrived at the Nickerson Street Marina and spotted a man in the water, calling for help.

Officers in SPD’s Harbor Unit attempted to throw a rope to the man four times, but he refused to grab the rope and pushed away from an officer, who tried to grab him out of the water. The man then went under the water.

Officers and Seattle Fire Department divers searched the canal for more than an hour, but were unable to find the man.

Police believe the man was driving a stolen car—reportedly taken from the Phinney Ridge neighborhood Monday afternoon—when he drove through a gate and off of a dock on the canal.

SPD is still investigating this incident and we’ll provide updates as more information becomes available.

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Annual Night Out Against Crime is next Tuesday, Aug. 5

July 28th, 2014 by Doree

Next Tuesday, Aug. 5, is the 30th annual Night Out Against Crime, where thousands of neighbors all across Seattle will close off their blocks to cars and break out the barbecues and kids’ games and enjoy each other’s company.

The Seattle Police Department encourages people to participate in Night Out, because getting to know your neighbors is one of the most effective tools to prevent crime.

A previous Night Out block party in Phinney Ridge.

You can register to close off your block here. Remember that intersections can’t be blocked; and it’s best to use garbage/recycling cans and bright tape to block off streets, because they can be moved easily if an emergency vehicle needs to get through.

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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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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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City Council to discuss property acquisition for new North Precinct Police Station on Dec. 4

November 6th, 2013 by Doree

On Dec. 4, the Seattle City Council will discuss acquiring land on the southeast corner of Aurora Avenue North and North 130th Street for a new North Precinct Police Station. The Government Performance and Finance Committee’s meeting will include a public hearing at 9:30 a.m. at City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave. 2nd Floor, in Council Chambers. You can also watch live on the Seattle Channel or Seattle.Gov.

The committee will vote on Dec. 12, and the full council will vote on Dec. 16.

Also, if you couldn’t make it to the Oct. 26 open house on plans for the new precinct, you can read residents’ comments collected that day online.

The existing North Precinct, near North Seattle Community College, was built in 1984 to house 154 staff but is now overcrowded with 254. The new site, at 4.1 acres, will accommodate a 60,000 square foot station for up to 370 officers and civilian staff, multistory parking for patrol cars, and community meeting space.

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Reminder: Open house for new SPD North Precinct is Saturday

October 22nd, 2013 by Doree

The community open house to get more information about the Seattle Police Department’s planned new North Precinct station is this Saturday, Oct. 26, at Bitter Lake Community Center gym, 13035 Linden Ave. N.

The precinct’s proposed new site is on the southeast corner of Aurora Avenue North and North 130th Street. SPD has outgrown its current North Precinct at 10049 College Way.

The City Council needs to review and approve legislation authorizing the property acquisition; that’s expected in December. SPD hopes to open the new station in late 2018.

The new station will be about 60,000 square feet and be able to accommodate up to 370 officers and civilian staff, with on-site multistory parking for patrol cars, visitors and staff. It will also offer community meeting space and include public art.

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Site chosen for new North Precinct police station

September 18th, 2013 by Doree

The Seattle Police Department hopes to build its new North Precinct station at the southeast corner of Aurora Avenue North and North 130th Street. SPD has outgrown its current North Precinct at 10049 College Way.

The city will host an informational community open house about the proposal from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Bitter Lake Community Center gym, 13035 Linden Ave. N.

The City Council needs to review and approve legislation authorizing the property acquisition; that’s expected in December. SPD hopes to open the new station in late 2018.

While actual facility design has yet to begin, the new station is expected to be approximately 60,000+ square feet with a useful life of 30 to 50 years and able to accommodate up to 370 officers and civilian staff, with on-site multistory parking for patrol cars, visitors and staff. It will also offer community meeting space and include public art. The Police Department’s specific needs for the new station, including the type and amount of space required for current and future needs will be verified during the predesign process.

The need for a new north precinct police station was first identified in a 1998 program study of the SPD’s Master Plan and further supported by a 2002 feasibility study. The existing station, located at 10049 College Way N. was built in 1984 to house 154 staff and is now home to 254. The size and shape of the property prohibits adequate expansion at its current location. The approximately 40+ additional SPD personnel and functions currently housed in roughly 15,000 square feet of north-end leased space will be relocated to the new station when it opens.

The property of the future police station consists of two adjoining parcels, one of which is currently occupied by a preowned automobile dealership. The other, while mostly a vacant lot, also has an older office building, warehouse and ancillary buildings on it.

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Neighbors invited to Seattle Police North Precinct Picnic on Saturday

July 9th, 2013 by Doree

Everyone is invited to Seattle Police Department’s Picnic at the North Precinct from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, at 10049 College Way N.

They’ll have food and music, and you can meet officers and find out more about how they do their jobs. You’ll also be able to meet many of SPD’s specialty units, like K-9, mounted patrol, bomb squad and SWAT.

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Reminder about suspicious solicitors

June 11th, 2013 by Doree

Terrie Johnston, Seattle Police Crime Prevention Officer, wants to remind everyone of safe practices when dealing with solicitors at your door.

I send you this quote from an email I received from a Block Watcher last week, “We had a solicitor come by the house last night at 9:30 p.m. When I told him I was not interested he became agitated and was spouting off as he walked down the street. I also told him he should not be knocking on doors that late at night. He was completely rude and a little off.” 9-1-1 could have been called at this point to report suspicious activity. Yes, you read that right, 9-1-1 is not only for emergencies but for reporting suspicious activity. Callers will need to articulate what is suspicious about the activity, in this case, the late hour and hostility not normally associated with legitimate sales. Burglars often seek homes they believe are unoccupied. They knock on doors first to see if anyone is home. Home sales can be a cover should someone answer. You don’t know what you prevent by getting a patrol cruiser coming into the area.

SPD recommends we ‘answer’ the door, don’t ‘open’ the door. There’s a huge difference. Since burglars seek homes where occupants are away, ignoring the knock on the door may prompt a criminal to attempt entry. I read in a police report this week a homeowner was upstairs watching TV in the evening. She heard the doorbell ring several times but ignored it. Imagine what she thought when she heard the front door open and someone enter and climb the stairs. She called out and the suspect turned and fled the home. Very scary to think about how that could have ended.

And here’s more information about door-to-door sales from Seattle Police Department:

This is the peak time of year for door-to-door sales, including those using traveling sales crews. There are many legitimate companies in this industry with professionally trained salespeople, selling between the hours of 8:00am and 9:00pm, and a long history of law-abiding customer service. There are, however, less reputable companies in this business willing to take advantage of unsuspecting individuals who trust people knocking at their door. Sometimes residents forget to practice good personal safety.

Seattle Police officers respond to calls from citizens concerned about door-to-door salespeople. The results have ranged from the officers checking identification and sending the seller to the City of Seattle Revenue & Consumer Affairs office for their business license, to arrests of individuals posing as residential sellers, but wanted on warrants. There have also been arrests for aggressive behavior, threats made against the resident, burglaries, and assaults.

Homeowners may consider posting a sign indicating “No agents,” “No peddlers,” or “No Solicitors.” In Seattle, it is unlawful for any residential seller to attempt to gain admittance for the purpose of selling at any residence displaying one of these signs.

With these facts in mind, what should you do when a person knocks at your door?

BEFORE OPENING YOUR DOOR: LOOK FOR PROPER IDENTIFICATION. Acknowledge the knock since ignoring it may lead to an attempted burglary. It is preferable to speak to strangers through your door. In Seattle, all door-to-door sellers must display the residential sales identification which includes the seller’s photograph on their outer clothing. The residential sales agent’s license has the name of the licensee as well as the agent. It shall be endorsed with the type of product or service being sold. The license is only valid for the product or service specified. If you have any questions about whether a company is properly licensed, call the City of Seattle’s Office of Revenue & Consumer Affairs at 206-684-8136.

DISCLOSURE REQUIRED: Each residential seller shall, immediately upon contacting the prospective buyer, disclose their name, company and the product or service represented. If requested to do so, they shall leave the premises immediately. If the individual does not leave, or if an attempt to gain access is made by asking to use the bathroom, the phone or get a drink of water, refuse the request and ask the individual to leave. If you feel intimidated, pressured, or threatened at any time, call 911.

USE GOOD JUDGEMENT: It is safer not to allow the salesperson into your home. You are encouraged to avoid paying immediately. Do not give the salesperson cash or a check, as it may be pocketed and you will never receive the product ordered. Instead, find out from the seller how you can order directly from the company or receive the bill upon receipt of the product/service. If the salesperson is concerned about losing their commission for the sale, offer to provide their name when placing your order.

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: In Seattle, if you make a purchase, the salesperson must tell you of your right to cancel the order and the contract must include a statement regarding the right to cancel. For each sale of ten dollars or more, the seller must provide a receipt or contract to the purchaser. Do not leave any blanks on your contract. Be sure the contract or receipt is dated and that it states the terms of the transaction, the amount of payment made and the name and address of the residential seller. It must also include a notice informing the buyer of their right to cancel the order any time prior to midnight of the third business day after the date of the transaction. A completed Notice of Cancellation (in duplicate) must be provided to the purchaser at the time they purchase from the seller. You do not need to provide a reason for canceling your order.

DO NOT GIVE IN TO HIGH PRESSURE TACTICS: Never be afraid to say “NO!” If a salesperson in your home tries to pressure you into buying their product, terminate your conversation with them. Take the time to contact the company directly if you still have interest in the product or service. Avoid making an immediate purchase in order to receive a “free gift.” If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

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