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Entries from September 2012

Charges filed in hit-and-run death by 15th Ave. bridge

September 29th, 2012 by Mike

The driver of the car that killed a man last month on 15th Avenue Northeast just south of the bridge over Thornton Creek has been charged with drunken driving and  felony hit and run, according to King County prosecutors.

In a post earlier this week we reported that prosecutors said no charges had been yet been filed. That turned out to be erroneous – the next day a prosecutor’s spokesman said he had missed them at first, but that the charges were filed Aug. 8, with the suspect’s first court date on Aug. 22.

According to the court charges, Erik Steven Terpstra, 24, was charged with driving while under the influence and with hit and run – felony. He refused to perform field sobriety tests, the police report states, but according to the charging papers his blood alcohol level was later found to be almost three times the legal limit.

He remains in jail with bail set at $500,000. His next court date is Oct. 25, prosecutors say.

A police report filed with the court indicates that a witness saw the victim, illuminated by streetlights, sitting with his legs crossed in the middle of the southbound lane of 15th Avenue shortly before 2 a.m. on Aug. 5.

The witness tried to warn the victim that he was in danger, but he “would not respond,” the police report states.

According to the report, the witness “felt uneasy about (the victim’s) state of mind, so he pulled a short distance away, turned on his four-way flashers, and called 911.”

But as he was on the phone with an emergency operator, he saw a black Infiniti Q45 strike the victim at an estimated 60-70 mph, according to the police report. The airbags deployed in the Infiniti, but it did not slow down or stop, the report states.

Officers arriving on the scene found the Infiniti about a mile away, in the 2700 block of N.E. 98th Street. The driver was standing outside, and told police his airbags suddenly inflated, according to the report. A passenger in the car told officers she saw something in the road at the time of the impact – she believed it was a bag about 2 1/2 feet tall, the report states.

The driver, who gave a Woodinville address, was initially jailed for  investigation of vehicular homicide and investigation of hit and run.

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This time it’s a found kitten

September 29th, 2012 by Mike

Karen emails us overnight:

I found a sweet little orange kitten at Latona and 85th street on Friday late evening. She is not wild or feral. She does not have a collar, but she seems to be missing her home. Call me at 206-819-5339 if this is your kitten.

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This time it's a found kitten

September 29th, 2012 by Mike

Karen emails us overnight:

I found a sweet little orange kitten at Latona and 85th street on Friday late evening. She is not wild or feral. She does not have a collar, but she seems to be missing her home. Call me at 206-819-5339 if this is your kitten.

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Family Terrace construction set to begin

September 27th, 2012 by master

The children’s play area at Maple Leaf Playground is about to get a serious makeover.

Starting this week, construction fences will go up at the park as work begins to build the new Maple Leaf Family Terrace, which will be part of the new Maple Leaf Reservoir Park.

Donna Hartmann-Miller, who heads Friends for a Greater Maple Leaf Park, writes on the committee’s Facebook page that construction could take from four to seven months, but that the new play area should be ready for kids to return by next spring.

Take a look at what you can expect to see at the new Family Terrace, and here is more general information about upcoming work at the park.

UPDATE: In an email newsletter (which you can sign up for on the Community Council website), Hartmann-Miller notes a few nearby playgrounds for parents to visit while Maple Leaf Playground is under construction:

  • Foula Park — 7200 12th Ave NE, 98115
  • Ravenna-Eckstein Park — 6535 Ravenna Ave NE, 98115
  • Dahl Playfield — 7700 25th Ave NE, 98115 (also has a skateboard feature)
  • Victory Heights Playground — 1737 NE 106th St, 98125
  • Victory Creek Park — 1059 NE Northgate Way, 98125 (this is the one behind the QFC parking lot)
  • Northgate Park — 10510 5th Ave NE, 98125 (next to the library and community center)
  • Licton Spring Park — 9536 Ashworth Ave N, 98103
  • Green Lake Park — 9536 Ashworth Ave N, 98103
  • Cowen Park — 5849 15th Ave NE, 98105 (this one has a Zip Line, so you can get in some practice and be a Zip Line expert once ours is installed)

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A smashed car window, a missing cat and a roadside shrine

September 26th, 2012 by Mike

The Art Tile showroom on Roosevelt Way Northeast wrote this afternoon:


Between 12 noon and 12:20 p.m. today an Art Tile Co. employee’s car was broken into while parked on the west side of Roosevelt just north of Art Tile between Northeast 85th & 86th streets. They broke out the right-hand window and stole a backpack. Yes this was in the middle of the day. BE ALERT FOR SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY!

A little earlier Shelley wrote:

Hi Maple Leaf Blog. I was wondering if you could post this for me. We haven’t seen our cat Molly for a week and are getting worried. She’s the lighter cat on the bottom of this picture. Unfortunately she won’t keep a collar on so doesn’t have one right now. If anyone has seen her in the last few days, please let me know. Thanks!!!

Shelley lives at 12th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 89th Street. She can be reached at 206-351-4938.

Update 7 p.m.: Shelley writes:

I would like to thank the kind person who found Molly after she was hit by a car and rushed her to the vet to try and save her. He posted signs which I finally saw today and he called the vet to check up on her. If it wasn’t for him I would never have known what happened to her.

Finally, Nic emails to ask if we know what authorities have decided to do about the driver of a hit-and-run car that struck a man on 15th Avenue Northeast on Aug. 5.

According to police, witnesses said they saw the 32-year-old man sitting in the road about 2 a.m. According to a press release, the driver was jailed for investigation of vehicular homicide and investigation of hit and run.

Nic said a memorial has been established at the scene, just south of the bridge over Thornton Creek.

Other than your coverage at the time and the follow-up comments I cannot find anything about what happened (at the time and after the driver was charged) in any other news source. This is a block from my house and seven blocks from my office and I walk my dogs by the shrine every day.

No charges have yet been filed, according to the King County Prosecutor’s office, and a police spokesman said complex accidents investigated by the traffic department can often take several months to complete and forward to prosecutors. This investigation is still ongoing, he said.

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Northgate Station update tomorrow at Olympic View

September 24th, 2012 by master

Don’t forget about the Northgate Station open house tomorrow, which is your opportunity to learn about the light-rail station that is opening up at the current Northgate Transit Center in 2021.

The event is from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Olympic View Elementary School cafeteria, 504 NE 95th St., with the presentation set to begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by a short Q-and-A and time to browse informational charts and speak with experts.

Expect to hear more about construction, which is scheduled to begin in 2013, construction noise, nighttime work and proposed truck hauling routes.

For more information, contact Rhonda Dixon at 206-398-5300 or, or visit Sound Transit’s North Link website.

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Heads Up: Seattle Public Libraries Closed Thursday, September 27th

September 22nd, 2012 by Mike

This post courtesy of our sister site Queen Anne View.

Thanks to a tweet from our neighbors in West Seattle, we were alerted to an upcoming library closure. Mark your calendars, all Seattle Public Library branches will be closed next Thursday, September 27th for a staff in-service day. Plan accordingly!

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Suspect in drive-by shooting arrested

September 21st, 2012 by Mike

Update Sept. 22: Our news partners The Seattle Times has updated its story.

Seattle police have arrested a 30 29-year-old man living less than a mile from where Yancy Noll was killed in an apparent
road-rage shooting.
Thanks, Thor and Mike, for the tips.

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Liquor store in place of Italian Spaghetti House?

September 19th, 2012 by master

For a year we’ve been trying to figure out what’s happening with the Italian Spaghetti House, just across from Maple Leaf at 9824 Lake City Way N.E.

David Miller, president of the Maple Leaf Community Council Executive Board, shares this tidbit in an email to the Maple Leaf Business Subcommittee (which you can sign up for here):

Some of you may have noticed the remodeling going on at the site of the former Italian Spaghetti House restaurant. According to Seattle Department of Planning and Development, indications are a liquor store will be going in at this location. We’ve notified Wedgwood (the site is in their neighborhood boundaries). We’d appreciate your thoughts on this. We’re looking into the code, but we doubt there is anything we could do about this even if the neighborhood reached consensus something needed to be done…

What are your thoughts on a liquor store replacing the Italian Spaghetti House?

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Crafty Caravan stops at Wayward Coffeehouse

September 19th, 2012 by master

The next stop by the Crafty Caravan is a bit outside of Maple Leaf, at the Wayward Coffeehouse at 6417 Roosevelt Way N.E., but you’ll still be supporting the ‘hood if you stop by: One of the members of the group of traveling crafters is Maple Leaf-based This Charming Candy.

Craft Caravan at the Wayward Coffeehouse Sept. 20-Oct. 18, 2012

Stop by the Wayward Coffeehouse from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 20 (tomorrow!) or Oct. 18 to check out This Charming Candy’s gourmet lollipops along with other crafts including gemstone and vintage jewelry, silk screened T-shirts and bags, collage art, paper goods and watercolor vegetable portraits.

We added our 2 cents that the Caravan should pull up at one of our Maple Leaf cafe’s sometime, so we’ll keep you posted when and if that happens.

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