News Blog for Seattle's Maple Leaf Neighborhood

 

Why didn’t police respond to 911 calls?

February 28th, 2016 by Mike

KING 5 TV tweeted this weekend that Seattle Police will investigate why police entirely failed to investigate multiple 911 calls about a crash at Lake City Way Northeast and Northeast 20th Street.

A car crash during an evening rush hour last month left two drivers angry and frustrated after Seattle Police failed to respond to their repeated calls to 911. Both drivers told dispatchers they thought the man who caused the accident was drunk and they feared he could hurt or even kill someone if he left the scene.

It’s certainly not the first time here.

The King 5 story is here. The incident occurred Jan. 14th.

Frustrated by the lack of response from the 911 center, Aspelund tracked down a phone number of the Seattle Police Department North Precinct, located about 2.5 miles from the crash site. She said the officer who answered was no help at all, telling her that unless there was a horrible accident police were unlikely to respond and recommending she take up her complaint with city leaders.

The reaction so far has not been supportive:

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Car hit and run, burglary reported in Maple Leaf

November 28th, 2015 by Mike

From Nextdoor Northgate/Maple Leaf:

Hit and runs (on multiple sideswiped cars) last night in the south end of Maple Leaf.

We had a hit and run driver sideswipe some cars on Fourth Avenue Northeast last night around 11:30 p.m. We got the truck’s license and called the cops, but they have not responded yet (say they’ve been very busy with many issues last night and this morning). At least three different neighbors have called them….

He left a two-block long scrape in Fourth Avenue where his axle gouged the road as he tried to flee the scene.

Earlier in the week, also from Nextdoor:

Burglary Tuesday morning in Maple Leaf.

Neighbors on Northeast 92nd Street between 5th and 8th avenues northeast were burglarized yesterday morning with numerous items stolen. The house was also ransacked. The perpetrators may have been in an older tan or cream colored van.

The map shows locations of burglaries here reported to police so far in November.

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Overnight rollover crash blocks 15th Ave. N.E.

February 28th, 2015 by Mike

A rollover crash on 15th Avenue Northeast drew more than a dozen fire units to Maple Leaf overnight.

KOMO-TV reports: “An SUV sideswiped a parked truck, flipped over, and blocked traffic around 12:30 a.m.  Two people were inside the SUV, and one person was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.”

The accident occurred near the intersection with Northeast 91st Street.

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Two cars crashed – one naked man – early Saturday

July 27th, 2014 by Mike

Deborah emails overnight:

Awoke this (Saturday) morning at 5 a.m. to a loud crash and went to the window to see a car crashed into the back of my SUV at Northeast 97th Street and 12th Avenue Northeast.

The driver was already outside the vehicle and by the time I came back to the window after calling 911 he had taken off, apparently last seen running north on 12th. The police said the car had been stolen yesterday in Pinehurst, just north of Maple Leaf.

Remember to lock your cars.

Also at 5 a.m. Saturday a naked driver flipped a stolen car on Interstate 5 near Northgate.

From The Seattle Times story:

It appears the whole thing may have begun with a burglary in Lynnwood. Lynnwood Police think the naked man could be the same man who broke into several Lynnwood businesses in the 18900 block of Highway 99 around 4:30 a.m. Police say the man, in his 20s, apparently found keys to one of the businesses’ vehicles, loaded up the car with stolen merchandise and drove off before this morning’s crash.

He was taken to Harborview Medical Center. It is not known why he was naked.

Prowled and stolen cars are the most common crimes in Maple Leaf, and in the city.

Washington State Patrol

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Car flips on N.E. 104th St., teens inside flee

May 26th, 2014 by Mike

A neighbor sends this photo of a car – possibly stolen – that flipped near Eighth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 104th Street about 7:45 p.m. Sunday.

It was traveling westbound on 104th from Roosevelt Way Northeast, the neighbor said.

Four teens were in the car, got out and ran away after the flip.

The teens were described as one male African American, one male, Latino, one female Latino and African American mixed and one other female.

The kids must’ve been driving really fast, they were only half a block down when they struck a parked BMW and somehow flipped. A neighbor came out to help them when the two boys fled the scene. They left the girls in the car, who after being helped out fled themselves.

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Vehicle flips, trapping woman, in Maple Leaf accident

June 5th, 2012 by Mike

A woman was trapped inside a Nissan Scion in Maple Leaf this afternoon after a two-car collision at the intersection of Northeast 79th Street and Eighth Avenue Northeast.

“Neighbors were on the scene within seconds; police within a couple of minutes, followed by fire trucks and aid vehicles,” emails Linda, who sent the photo above. The accident occurred just before 3 p.m.

City dispatch records show fire units were dispatched between 2:59 and 3:11 p.m. The accident was dispatched as a “heavy rescue,” involving well over a dozen units.

We couldn’t tell how she was. “We couldn’t tell how she was. She was in shock but coherent; they had to cut the back of the car off to get her out.

“This is a terrible intersection — this is the second flipped-over vehicle accident I’ve seen. Other smaller collisions occur, too, and we often hear and see near-collisions.”

Linda said cars speed up the the hill heading eastbound on 79th from Fifth Avenue Northeast toward Roosevelt Way Northeast, especially if cars are backed up from the light at Fifth and Northeast 80th Street.

“Our neighbors on the corner have inquired about getting a traffic circle here, but the City said there is no budget and it isn’t a real problem. I’d say it’s an extremely real problem.”

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Prosecutors charge woman who caused last week's 9-car pileup near Northgate Mall

February 21st, 2012 by Mike

Prosecutors today charged a 21-year-old “mental and disoriented female” in connection with last week’s accident involving nine cars near Northgate Mall.

Melanie Ann Lind was charged by King County Prosecutors with possession of a stolen vehicle and attempting to elude police, both felonies, according to court documents. She was stopped after crashing on First Avenue Northeast about 4 p.m. on Feb. 15.

Lind was driving a Dodge crew-cab pickup that had been stolen from National Car Rental at the airport about an hour earlier, according to the charging papers. An employee saw a woman with no luggage drive the truck right over the road spikes that are designed to flatten the tires of any vehicle trying to leave through the parking area entrance instead of the exit.

When police spotted the truck at College Way North and Northeast 92nd Street, “both of the front tires on the suspect vehicle were completely flat and had apparently been flat for some time, as smoke was billowing from the front wheel wells,” the documents state.

Turning on their lights and siren, police thought they had stopped the truck at First Avenue Northeast and Northeast 103rd Street, according to the documents, but the driver suddenly sped away at speeds between 60-65 mph, running the red light at Northeast 107th Street.

There the truck slammed into another pickup truck leaving the mall parking lot, bounced and hit three vehicles stopped on Northeast 107th, shoving them into five more cars, the papers state. “It could not travel any further because its front wheels and suspension had broken off,” according to the court documents.

Lind was the only person in the truck and appeared to be on drugs, the court papers state. She and four other drivers were taken to hospitals for treatment.

Her description matched that of a “mental and disoriented female who had been hanging around the airport for the last few days,” according to the court documents, which say Lind also has recent convictions for theft and violation of a court order.

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Prosecutors charge woman who caused last week’s 9-car pileup near Northgate Mall

February 21st, 2012 by Mike

Prosecutors today charged a 21-year-old “mental and disoriented female” in connection with last week’s accident involving nine cars near Northgate Mall.

Melanie Ann Lind was charged by King County Prosecutors with possession of a stolen vehicle and attempting to elude police, both felonies, according to court documents. She was stopped after crashing on First Avenue Northeast about 4 p.m. on Feb. 15.

Lind was driving a Dodge crew-cab pickup that had been stolen from National Car Rental at the airport about an hour earlier, according to the charging papers. An employee saw a woman with no luggage drive the truck right over the road spikes that are designed to flatten the tires of any vehicle trying to leave through the parking area entrance instead of the exit.

When police spotted the truck at College Way North and Northeast 92nd Street, “both of the front tires on the suspect vehicle were completely flat and had apparently been flat for some time, as smoke was billowing from the front wheel wells,” the documents state.

Turning on their lights and siren, police thought they had stopped the truck at First Avenue Northeast and Northeast 103rd Street, according to the documents, but the driver suddenly sped away at speeds between 60-65 mph, running the red light at Northeast 107th Street.

There the truck slammed into another pickup truck leaving the mall parking lot, bounced and hit three vehicles stopped on Northeast 107th, shoving them into five more cars, the papers state. “It could not travel any further because its front wheels and suspension had broken off,” according to the court documents.

Lind was the only person in the truck and appeared to be on drugs, the court papers state. She and four other drivers were taken to hospitals for treatment.

Her description matched that of a “mental and disoriented female who had been hanging around the airport for the last few days,” according to the court documents, which say Lind also has recent convictions for theft and violation of a court order.

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Police action, multiple car crash near Northgate Mall

February 15th, 2012 by Mike

Update Feb. 18: Police say driver who caused crash had “paranoia” and had not eaten for days. The Seattle Times has the story here.

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Update 6 p.m.

Seattle Police report six people, including the suspect, were transported to various area hospitals for treatment of their non-life-threatening injuries. More details on this nine-car crash from our partners at the Seattle Times here.

The road will be shut down until approximately 7:00 p.m. while officers and detectives complete their on-scene investigation.

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Police and the Washington State Patrol are reporting that all lanes of First Avenue Northeast are blocked (4:41 p.m.) near Northgate Mall by a police investigation and multiple car crash.

The on and off ramps to Interstate 5 are blocked.

Washington State Department of Transportation

From Seattle Police:

Shortly before 4 p.m., officers in the North Precinct spotted an erratically driven vehicle, traveling northbound on First Avenue Northeast. Officers began following the vehicle. The female driver accelerated towards the intersection of First and Northeast 107th Street.

The driver drove through the intersection at a high rate of speed, striking multiple vehicles. Seattle Fire responded to the scene. Several victims were transported to Harborview Medical Center and other surrounding hospitals for serious but not life threatening injuries.

The driver appeared to be under the influence of alcohol and or drugs. She will be processed at the scene.

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