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

 

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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SPD ‘community conversation’ at Broadview Community Council meeting on Tuesday

November 17th, 2014 by Doree

Tuesday’s meeting of the Broadview Community Council will feature a “community conversation” with members of the Seattle Police Department’s North Precinct. The meeting is from 7-8”30 p.m. at Luther Memorial Lutheran Church, 13047 Greenwood Ave N. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Meet some of our local officers; get an update on the progress on the new North Precinct Building at 130th & Aurora; learn about crime statistics specific to our area and new safety programs being implemented.

Officers will be fielding questions from the audience so bring your questions, concerns, and kudos and be prepared to brainstorm on how we can best work together to improve public safety and reduce crime in the Broadview and surrounding neighborhoods. Learn what types of suspicious activity to report to assist SPD in catching criminals and learn how we might advocate for new safety programs for the SPD.

Representatives from the Broadview Blockwatch will be on hand with information on how to set up or get involved with blockwatch on your block.

You can also help the community by bringing your donation of new socks for the annual North Precinct sock drive. Officers provide socks to community service centers helping the homeless, and when they encounter people in need on the streets.

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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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