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


National ‘Night Out’ against crime is Tuesday

August 2nd, 2015 by Doree

The annual Night Out is coming up this Tuesday and thousands of neighbors in Seattle are planning to close off their streets to traffic so they can play and get to know each other better.

Last year, more than 1,400 events registered with Seattle Police Department.

Registration to close off your street ends at 5 p.m. Monday. You can add your event to SPD’s official Night Out map, and even request that police, fire or elected officials drop by (there’s no guarantee they’ll be able to). The Night Out website also has event flyers and street closure signs that you can print off.

Send us photos from your block party and we’ll post them the next day.


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SPD busts ringleader of prolific burglary ring, has photos of hundreds of stolen items to return to owners

June 29th, 2015 by Doree

Last week Seattle Police arrested the suspected ringleader of a prolific North Seattle burglary ring and his girlfriend at a motel near University Village. SPD believes the crew broke into homes during the day and businesses at night, as well as storage units.

You can read more on the SPD Blotter.

Detectives have already arrested two other suspects in the case, but are still seeking three others.

Police found hundreds of suspected stolen items in the suspects’ truck and storage unit. They’ve posted pictures online of the stolen items. If you believe any of the items are yours, you’ll need to provide proof of ownership, such as a purchase receipt, case number related to the item, or a photo clearly showing you with the item. You can provide that information to detectives at SPD5002@seattle.gov.

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Greenwood Avenue at North 100th Street closed because of man barricaded against police serving warrant

June 17th, 2015 by Doree

Update 6:48 p.m.: Seattle Police just tweeted that the suspect is in custody. And this update from the SPD Blotter:

The suspect was seen starting a fire inside the apartment after police entered the man’s residence with a remotely controlled robot around 6:30 PM. Firefighters assisted with controlling fire and the suspect finally emerged from the apartment and was taken into custody.

The suspect is being taken to the hospital for an evaluation and will later be booked into King County Jail on charges stemming from today threats and standoff, in addition to the originating warrant.

Update 6:20 p.m.: More info from the SPD Blotter:

Seattle police have closed Greenwood Avenue and are working to resolve an hours-long standoff with a man who threatened to use explosives to harm his neighbors and officers from the Auburn Police Department, when they attempted to arrest him Wednesday afternoon.

Auburn police contacted the man at his apartment in the 10200 block of Greenwood Avenue N around 11 AM and were attempting to get the man to surrender when he announced that he had explosives.

Seattle police joined Auburn officers at the scene and immediately began evacuating other residents in the apartment complex. Seattle police negotiators, arson-bomb detectives and SWAT officers arrived at the scene in hopes of safely coaxing the man out.

Police have not confirmed whether the man has any explosives, but are taking precautionary measures to ensure the safety of the community and officers at the scene.

As of 5:30 PM police negotiators are still talking with the man and attempting to get him to surrender peacefully.
Traffic impacts will continue as the incident unfolds. Police are working with several partner agences, including King County Metro and the Red Cross, to assist the numerous residents displaced by the ongoing standoff.

Additional updates to this incident can be found here on the Blotter and on Twitter via @SeattlePD and @SeattleDOT.

Earlier: Seattle Police have closed Greenwood Avenue between North 97th Street and Holman Road NW because a man barricaded himself inside an apartment building at North 101st Street when Auburn Police tried to serve a warrant. According to a tweet from SPD, negotiators are on scene.

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Metro Route 5 is rerouted off of Greenwood between North 97 Street and Holman Road NW/North 105th Street. Bus riders should use the stops south of North 97 Street or north of Holman Road NW.

Update: KOMO is reporting that the barricaded man claimed to have a bomb, and that the SWAT team evacuated the apartment building he was in. KIRO also had a chopper over the scene. KING has a story here.

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SPD: Man argues with others at Bleacher’s Pub, then returns with a machete to hack at trees

June 2nd, 2015 by Doree

From the SPD Blotter:

Police believe a dispute at a Greenwood bar early Saturday led a man to arm himself with a machete and hack several trees limb from limb.

Officers responded to the 8100 block of Greenwood Avenue North around 1:30 AM Saturday after receiving reports a man was swinging a machete on the street outside Bleacher’s Pub.

Police arrested the 31-year-old man and seized his weapon, and soon found someone had hacked off the top of a tree in front of a business down the block.

Several witnesses told officers the machete-wielding suspect had gotten into an argument with two other men at the bar earlier that night. After the argument—reportedly a dispute over a woman—the 31-year-old man left the bar, went home, and later returned to Bleacher’s with a machete. Upon his return, he found the men he’d argued with earlier in the evening had already left.

At some point during the night, police believe the man hacked the top off a tree belonging to a nearby lighting store, and may have also lopped branches off several other trees in the area.

Officers booked the man into the King County Jail for unlawful use of weapons.

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Open house on Saturday to learn more about new Seattle Police North Precinct

June 1st, 2015 by Doree

Seattle Police Department is hosting an open house for the community to learn more about the new North Precinct Police Station, which will be built at Aurora Avenue North and North 130th Street. Open house attendees can get project updates and a proposed schedule, see preliminary designs, and give their input.

The open house is from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. this Saturday, June 6, at the Bitter Lake Community Center Annex at Broadview Thomson Elementary, 13040 Greenwood Ave. N.

Language interpretation will be available upon request. Contact 206-684-0621 or stephanie.rogers@seattle.gov.

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Seattle Police Department instituting ‘micro community policing plans’

April 27th, 2015 by Doree

The Seattle Police Department has announced it is instituting “micro community policing plans” to help it focus on the types of crimes most prevalent in each neighborhood. You can see the Micro Community Policing Summary for Phinney Ridge here, which lists the community’s priorities as burglaries, car prowls, graffiti, speeding vehicles and poor lighting. The Micro Community Policing Summary for Greenwood lists priorities as burglaries, car prowls, drugs in parks, car camping and prostitution.

No two neighborhoods are alike, nor are their safety priorities and concerns about crime. Recognizing this, the Micro Community Policing Plans are designed to put the department’s energy and resources into addressing the public safety issues that concern each community in Seattle.

As crime trends and patterns are identified, police precincts will continue to engage Seattle residents to develop solutions and refine enforcement strategies. Enhanced collaboration between the community and police will foster both trust and partnership to manage crime and quality of life issues together.

“These Micro Community Policing Plans recognize the uniqueness of Seattle’s neighborhoods and that our communities need more than a one-size-fits-all approach to public safety,” said Mayor Ed Murray.

“The Micro Community Policing Plans were created from the bottom up, with input from cops on the beat and people living and working in Seattle neighborhoods,” said Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole. “We’re always going to focus on serious crimes citywide. These plans address low level crime and quality of life issues unique to each neighborhood, giving the community a voice in the development of our policing strategy.”

Seattle University will conduct a process evaluation of the Micro Community Policing Plans. The plans will be evaluated on their impact on the nature and extent of crime, resident perceptions of crime, police-community interactions, and the overall implementation of the Micro Community Policing Initiative.

You can read the full announcement on the SPD Blotter.

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SPD: Greenwood restaurant employee flies into rage because of low blood sugar

January 15th, 2015 by Doree

Seattle Police say an acute case of low blood sugar made an employee at a Greenwood restaurant become violent on Sunday.

From the SPD Blotter:

Not every dangerous situation faced by officers on a daily basis can be resolved with police-issue equipment. At times, officers must use their wits, their words, or the calming power of a bowl of noodles to quell a violent outburst.

Staff at a restaurant in the 8500 block of Greenwood Avenue N. called police just before 5 pm Sunday after an employee began screaming and swinging a tea pot, before stumbling into a table and collapsing on the floor.

Officers quickly arrived at the restaurant and asked the man if he needed medical attention. The man responded by swinging and kicking at officers, missing them by a distance of several feet. As Seattle Fire Department medics arrived to check on the man, he lunged at officers and began trying to bite them.

Police were able to avoid the man’s gnashing teeth and get him into handcuffs, allowing medics to discover he was suffering from a severe case of low blood sugar.

Officers helped the man into a chair and uncuffed him. As medics treated the man with an IV, a sudden sense of calm seemed to wash over him. The man appeared confused by the police presence in the restaurant and was unable to recall the earlier commotion.

Restaurant staff thanked officers for their assistance, and the man was offered a bowl of noodles to further aid his return to equilibrium. Officers went on their way, leaving the man to finish his food.

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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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