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.
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.
Tags: crime, Seattle Police Department, sex offenders, SPD
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.
Tags: Broadview Community Council, Seattle Police Department, SPD
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.
Tags: crime, Metro Transit, Seattle Police Department, SPD
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.
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.
Tags: car crime, crime, Seattle Police Department, SPD
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.
Tags: Night Out Against Crime, Seattle Police Department, SPD
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.
Tags: crime, safety, Seattle Police Department, SPD
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.
Tags: crime, Greenwood murder, safety, Seattle Police Department, SPD
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.
Tags: crime, robbery, Seattle Police Department, SPD, SPD Blotter, Subway
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.
Tags: homicide, murder, Seattle Police, 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.
Tags: crime prevention, Seattle Police, SPD
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.
Tags: North Precinct, police, public safety, Seattle City Council, Seattle Police Department, SPD
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.
Tags: North Precinct, Seattle Police Department, SPD