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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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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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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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Inquest ordered into fatal police shooting in Greenwood in February

April 15th, 2013 by Doree

King County Executive Dow Constantine has ordered an inquest into the fatal police shooting of a man in Greenwood in February. Here’s the press release:

King County Executive Dow Constantine today ordered an inquest into the fatal police shooting of Jack Sun Keewatinawin on February 26, 2013.

The 21-year old was fatally shot after Seattle police responded to calls about a man holding his father hostage with a knife at a home in the 10100 block of Fourth Avenue Northwest. In a confrontation, police said the man brandished a piece of rebar and approached an officer who had slipped on wet ground. Three officers fired, hitting Keewatinawin several times.

King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg recommended the inquest after his office reviewed materials from the Seattle Police Department, which conducted the investigation.

Inquests are fact-finding hearings conducted before a six-member jury. Under a standing Executive Order they are routinely called to determine the causes and circumstances of any death involving a member of any law enforcement agency within King County while in the performance of his or her duties.

Inquests provide transparency into law enforcement actions so the public may have all the facts established in a court of law. The ordering of an inquest should carry no other implication. Inquest jurors answer a series of interrogatories to determine the significant factual issues involved in the case, and it is not their purpose to determine whether any person or agency is civilly or criminally liable.

The order signed by the Executive requests King County District Court Presiding Judge Corinna Harn to assign a judge to set a date and conduct the inquest.

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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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