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


UPDATE: Greenwood murder suspect in custody

February 28th, 2014 by Doree

Update Saturday 10:55 a.m.: KING 5 reports the murder suspect has been arrested at Sea-Tac Airport.

Here’s a brief update from the SPD Blotter:

This morning Seattle Police received information that the 17-year-old male suspect was going to be boarding a plane at Seatac. At our request Port of Seattle Police took the suspect into custody at the airport.

There are no suspects outstanding in this case, which remains an active and on-going homicide investigation.

There are no additional details available at this time.

Update Saturday 9 a.m.: KING, KIRO and Q13 are naming a 17-year-old suspect in the case, citing unnamed police sources.

Update 7:05 p.m.: I just spoke with Det. Jeff Kappel of SPD, who confirmed that detectives were on scene this afternoon assisting the SWAT team, as part of the investigation of Sunday’s murder of David Peterson.  However, Det. Kappel couldn’t provide any more information, saying that SPD never discusses search warrants because they are part of ongoing investigations.

Earlier: Several PhinneyWood readers have emailed us about a huge police and SWAT team presence in Greenwood around the 9000 block of 4th Avenue NW this afternoon. According to KING 5, police served a search warrant at a house in connection with Sunday night’s murder of 54-year-old David Peterson near Fred Meyer and Bartell Drugs. They collected several bags of evidence.

Read KING’s story here.

We’ll update this story as we know more.

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Seasonal safety tips from SPD

December 10th, 2013 by Doree

Seattle Police Crime Prevention Coordinator Terrie Johnston passed along a bunch of safety tips to keep in mind this time of year, from protecting your property and packages to keeping yourself self.

Travel light: take only what you need when you are out. Leave the heavy purse behind and clean out your wallet of unneeded credit cards, medical cards, etc.

Dress the part: It’s darker now without our sunny Seattle skies, so make sure you can be seen by motorists. Are your shoes comfortable enough to allow you to move, kick, run if you had to? Long billowing scarves, umbrellas, certain kinds of hats can reduce the ability to see around you, or might give a mugger something by which to grab you. Leave the bling behind or under layers of clothing if you’ll be out walking around much.

Cell phones: “apple picking” is what some are calling the grabbing of iphones and other electronic devices. You may be asked by a stranger for the time, or if they can borrow your phone. Then boom, in a blink of an eye, they’re off and away with your device. While cell phones are a helpful safety device, street robbers love them, so don’t flash them around. Be mindful when using them in public places.

“What’s your location?” means being able to relay your location such as house number, business or street names, hundred block, intersections, landmarks, or mile markers. Make it a habit to know your location! This is key when making calls to 9-1-1. Seconds matter in emergencies. Help us get to you or the incident quicker. Stay on the line with the call taker until instructed to hang up.

If you will be out of town, please let your trusted neighbors know. Encourage them to keep an extra watch out for your home and let them know you want them to call 9-1-1 if something is suspicious. Enlist their help with picking up newspapers, checking for oversized mail, packages, and those pesky flyers left on doorknobs. On our block, we pick up each others’ parcels that have been left on a porch for safekeeping. You want to make your home look occupied (lights and radio on timers; have someone park in your driveway, bring in your garbage can/recycling bins, etc.) Getting a house sitter can be helpful. Watchful neighbors truly are your best alarm!

Car prowls: Thieves target all makes and models of vehicles looking for GPS devices, cellular phones, cameras, purses, garbage remotes, jackets. I know some parents who keep their kids’ holiday gifts in the trunk. Not good! Also, I’ve read a few police reports where people pack up their car the night before heading out on a trip, only to find the car was prowled over night. Leave your car empty; disable internal trunk releases and be consistent with any theft-deterrent device like the “club” or audible alarm.

Warming up the car: Vehicles left running and unattended while the heater and defroster kick in may be just the opportunity the auto thief needed.

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Police release photo of suspect in Crown Hill sexual assault

August 4th, 2013 by Robin Donovan

Seattle Police have released a photo of a man suspected of sexually assaulting a woman in Crown Hill last week.

From the SPD Blotter:

On July 28th, just shortly after 3:00 p.m., officers responded to the 1700 block of NW 85th to investigate a stranger rape. The victim stated that a male she had just met at a nearby bus stop had followed her home and sexually assaulted her outside her apartment complex.

The suspect is described as a black male, 25-30 years old, unknown height, medium build, slight goatee, wearing a jacket that was partially orange.

The victim was transported to Harborview Medical Center. Area search for suspect was negative.

Anyone with information about this suspect or his whereabouts is asked to call the Sexual Assault unit at 206-684-5575.
The investigation continues.


Photo of a man suspected in the sexual assault of a woman outside her Crown Hill apartment Sunday afternoon. (Courtesy of Seattle Police Department)

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Man shot in drive-by at Aurora Avenue and North 80th Street early this morning

May 6th, 2013 by Doree

Seattle police say a man was shot early this morning on the edge of Greenwood at Aurora Avenue North and North 80th Street. From the SPD Blotter:

A man was shot this morning as he and his brother were crossing Aurora Av N. Just shortly before 2:00 a.m. a man was shot in the torso by an unknown suspect as the victim and his brother both in their 20′s were crossing Aurora Av N west bound at N. 80th St. Apparently a vehicle with multiple occupants was driving by. The vehicle stopped and it’s occupants and the two brothers got into a verbal altercation.

The vehicle continued on but then circled back and an occupant of the vehicle fired shots at the two brothers, striking the victim once in the torso area. The other victim was not injured. The vehicle fled the scene in an unknown direction. Seattle Fire responded and transported the victim to HMC with serious injuries.

According to officers on scene, the other brother/victim was severely intoxicated and could not provide a suspect description.

This is an active an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 9-1-1. Anonymous tips are welcome.

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Man pinned between truck and loading dock at QFC on Holman Road this morning

April 12th, 2013 by Doree

Seattle Police say a man was pinned between a delivery truck and the loading dock early this morning at the QFC on Holman Road Northwest. From the SPD Blotter:

Just after 5:00 this morning, a delivery truck driver backed her truck into the loading dock area behind the QFC at 9999 Holman Road NW. The driver got out of her truck and walked into the store to get an employee to assist her with unloading. When the driver and the employee returned to the truck they saw the man pinned between the loading dock and truck.

The workers immediately called 911 and Seattle Fire and police responded. The victim, an adult male, was transported to Harborview Medical Center via SFD medics with life-threatening injuries.

Detectives from the Traffic Collision Investigation Squad (TCIS) responded, processed the scene, and have begun their investigation. Whenever it is possible, a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) officer will respond to the scene to evalute the driver in serious injury collisions. In this case, the driver did not show any signs of impairment at all and has been cooperating with the investigation. This remains an active and on-going TCIS investigation.

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UPDATE: SITUATION OVER – Police negotiating with barricaded man at North 85th & Linden

April 9th, 2013 by Doree

Update: Here’s more info from the SPD Blotter:

Seattle Police officers were called to assist Seattle Fire while they were attempting to treat a man earlier this morning in the 700 Block of North 85th Street. As SFD was attempting to evaluate him, he began combative and mentioned a rifle. The man ran further into the house while the firefighters grabbed the unloaded rifle and retreated from the house.

Seattle Police arrived and set up containment around 9:45 this morning. SWAT officers and negotiators arrived and attempted to establish contact with the man. The man eventually came out on his own and was evaluated by Seattle Fire. He was then transported to the hospital for further treatment.

Update 11 .m.: The Seattle Times reports the man has left the building and is being examined by medics.

Earlier: Seattle Police are on scene at North 85th Street and Linden Avenue North right now, negotiating with a man who has barricaded himself inside a building.


A negotiator with a loudspeaker could be heard asking the man to pick up the phone and talk.

An officer on scene said it wasn’t known if the man had any weapons.

North 85th Street is blocked in both directions, and Linden is shut down one block in either direction.

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Key Bank on Holman Road robbed Saturday afternoon

April 8th, 2013 by Doree

Seattle Police say a man robbed the Key Bank on Holman Road NW in Greenwood/Crown Hill on Saturday afternoon. From the SPD Blotter:

Officers are looking for a man that robbed a Key Bank in North Seattle… At approximately 12:48 p.m. officers responded to a report of a bank robbery in the 9700 block of Holman Road NW. Preliminary investigation indicates that a male suspect entered the bank, implied he had a gun (although no gun was seen) and produced a note demanding money. The suspect left with an undisclosed amount of cash and remains at large (the suspect was gone upon officers’ arrival in the area). Nobody was injured during the robbery.

The suspect is described as a thin white male, late 50′s to 60′s, six feet tall, gray hair, clean shaven, and last seen wearing aviator sunglasses, a red, black and white driving cap, a dark navy blue jacket with a white-collared shirt underneath.

Anyone with information about this incident or who may know the identity or whereabouts of the suspect is asked to call 911 or Seattle Police and refer to this incident. Anonymous tips are welcome.

This remains an active and on-going robbery investigation.

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Seattle Police warnings, tips after three sexually-motivated attacks on women in North Seattle

February 11th, 2013 by Doree

Seattle Police have released warnings and tips after three sexually-motivated attacks on women in the North Precinct, including one in Greenwood on Sunday night, and another this morning at Green Lake.

Here’s the message from Terrie Johnston, SPD’s Crime Prevention Officer for the North Precinct:

The descriptions of the suspect vary, as does neighborhood, time of day and day of the week. The common threads have been that the women were either walking or running by themselves, and were approached by an unknown male. Two of the incidents occurred next to wooded areas. SPD Patrol officers and Detectives are doing all they can to identify and apprehend the suspect(s). I will keep you informed of our progress. In the meantime, please review these personal safety tips:

Awareness and avoidance: Keep alert and tuned in to your surroundings.

Do you know your location? Do you know the street names, hundred block? East, South, West, North? Could you tell the 9-1-1 call taker to where they need to dispatch responders?

Trust your instincts! If you have an uncomfortable feeling-honor it! Leave, cross the street, double-back. Forget “being nice”. If you feel uncomfortable, move! Don’t hesitate to make a scene or scream if necessary.

Try to get good descriptions of anyone acting suspiciously or threatening. Start from the head and work down. Most likely you know your height, so use this to gauge theirs.

Try and stay on streets where you can be easily seen by others. Well-lighted streets are best.

If traveling alone, take a charged up cell phone with you if possible. Know what is available to you along your route. What time does that store open or close? Does that apt.bldg. have a security guard? Is there a payphone?

Ipod earphones, etc. may prevent you from hearing someone approaching. As does texting while you are walking, waiting for the bus, etc. You need to be aware when out if public spaces.

Traveling with another person, is tried and true in reducing street crime. Going with two others reduces the risk even more.
Carrying a minimum amount of possessions is advised when out and about. It isn’t necessary to carry all your credit cards, check book, cash, and so on, every time you go out. Take what you need for this trip. Keep valuables close to the body, in inside pockets. This frees up your hands and does not invite pickpocketing.

Body Language: Stand tall, walk confidently with your head up, eyes open and constantly scanning the surroundings.

Try not to show fear. Keep a neutral face that shows you are “in charge”.

Wear appropriate clothing for the street. Shoes that are comfortable and allow you to run if necessary. Choose clothing that allows you to move, and does not block your vision.

And as always, please call 9-1-1 for anything suspicious or to report a crime in progress.

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Broadview-Thomson one of four schools to get speed zone cameras

November 3rd, 2012 by Doree

Broadview-Thomson K-8 School, at 13052 Greenwood Ave. N., is one of four Seattle schools to receive school zone speed cameras to increase student safety.

The cameras went live on Thursday. Besides Broadview-Thomson, the cameras were installed at Thurgood Marshall Elementary School, Olympic View Elementary School and Gatewood Elementary School.

The sites were chosen after Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) analyzed 50 schools where they had installed flashing beacons to encourage drivers to go the speed limit through the school zone, and determined those four school zones would get the most benefit from reduced speeds and better speed enforcement.

The cameras will only issue tickets when the school zone yellow beacons are flashing (during school hours). A written warning period will be in effect from November 1st to November 26th. During the written warning period only warning citations will be mailed to violators caught speeding in the listed school zones.

Starting on Monday, November 26th, which is the day kids return from Thanksgiving break, actual citations (tickets) will be mailed to motorists who disregard the speed limit in the monitored school zones. The fine amount will be a fixed $189.00, the same cost as a ticket that would otherwise be issued by an officer.

The goal of this program is not to issue tickets, but to improve safety and reduce collisions by raising awareness that speeding in school zones is particularly dangerous for children and pedestrians.

The Seattle Police Department encourages all motor vehicle operators and bicyclists to be familiar with and obey all local and state traffic laws and to always drive with due regard for all others on the roadway.

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