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Entries from September 2012

Help find Freddy, missing at Roosevelt and 96th

September 18th, 2012 by Mike

Kasey emails:

Hi Maple Leaf Neighbors ~ I am hoping you can help find Freddy. He was last seen on Saturday morning September 15th, near Northeast 96th Street and Roosevelt Way Northeast.

Freddy is very shy and hesitant. I am hoping for any “sightings” so I can head his way. Freddy is micro-chipped. Many of you have been on the lookout, I appreciate it – and so does Freddy

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Happy 10th birthday Kona Kitchen

September 15th, 2012 by master



Break-in reported early today at MMJ Co-op

September 15th, 2012 by master

Scott tells us that a string of dispensary break-ins from Ballard to Green Lake ended at 6 this morning at MMJ Co-op, 8251 Lake City Way. He tells us:

Evidently, the burglars didn’t get away with much, but did manage to do a lot of property damage and create enough noise to warrant a call and get units to the scene. It didn’t help when the perps were pulled over at Lake City Way and 15th Ave NE with evidence in the car.

It was the end of a long string of early-morning break-ins of other dispensaries that started in Ballard and Green Lake. Chalk it up to greed or exhaustion, but Maple Leaf was the end of line to a posse of petty thieves. As it was said at the scene a few times “It’s not the smart ones that get caught”.

The owners of MMJ Co-op are cleaning up, and it will be open and business as usual.

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Roosevelt space for lease after maoStudios leaves

September 15th, 2012 by master

After just over a year at 9220 Roosevelt Way N.E., maoStudios has left Maple Leaf and is reportedly back at is former Green Lake location.

The space is now for lease, adding to a glut of empty spaces in the north end of Maple Leaf, including the recent departure of Glassique from 9634 Roosevelt Way N.E., which is one of three spaces for lease in that development.

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Neighbors continue to report local crime incidents

September 14th, 2012 by Mike

In the two days since we last passed along crime reports from neighbors, we’ve had two additional reports from Maple Leaf.

Overnight, Erin emails:

I’m a reader of your blog and a neighbor. Someone just tried break into my house near 8th Avenue Northeast on Northeast 91st Streeet this evening but I was home, so they ran once they figured that out. I know there was a recent burglary around here, so I wanted to let you know about this attempt. I didn’t see the person – they ran once I looked outside. The police were called.

Thank you for creating a neat online space for the neighborhood. We can check on local events and crime watch all in the same spot.

Earlier Thursday, Susan wrote:

This past weekend, the Vista Point Apartments (8320 Lake City Way N.E.) became another victim in the long list of recent burglaries. I don’t know all the particulars, but know a lawn mower was stolen, as well as one car in the parking garage was broken into and a garage door opener was taken (presumably so they could return at a later date).

A little more police presence seems to be needed in Maple Leaf. I’m starting to get afraid to even walk the dog anymore!

This reminds us of a comment one neighbor made last March, calling a spate of prowlers “rats creeping on our great neighborhood.”

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New Maple Leaf neighbor? Same as the old neighbor

September 12th, 2012 by Mike

Real Property Associates at its current location, five blocks from new digs.

We’ve gotten several emails about remodeling at the vacant property on Roosevelt Way Northeast just across from the Safeway at Northeast 75th Street.

On Tuesday, Josh wrote:

Hi: Any idea what’s going in the building at 7500 Roosevelt Way NE? I’m hoping a restaurant is going in there, but so far I have been unable to dig up much info. From what I can tell, the property is owned by one of the part owners of Real Property Associates, so perhaps it’s just going to be their new office space.


We happened to be driving by this morning, saw a crew measuring things, and stopped and asked. The site designer told us it IS in fact the new offices of Real Property Associates, now located just up the street at Northeast 80th Street and Lake City Way Northeast.

From their website: “Real Property Associates has been providing property management services in both residential and commercial property leasing since 1991.”

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Neighbors report more Maple Leaf home burglaries

September 12th, 2012 by Mike

Update: Kim emails this afternoon to report a burglary at her house.

Wanted to let the neighborhood know that we had a break-in at 91st and Roosevelt on Monday afternoon. We came home at about 2 p.m. to find someone in our home. We interrupted the robbery so they only left with minimal items. However, they came back at night and stole our car. It has been reportedly seen as the get-away vehicle for another robbery near Aurora. It is a black Subaru wagon.


Bill emails about a home burglary that occurred at 12th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 88th Street around 10:30 Tuesday morning.

Neighborhood witnesses described the burglar as a white woman with dark, thick, shoulder-length hair. She was driving a van described as large and boxy, bright red on the lower 3/4 and white on the top 1/4 with little windows near the top.

The witnesses said the burglar entered through a window in the back of the house. Bill writes that she took items including credit cards, which she attempted to use within hours.

“Please contact Seattle Police with any information at (206) 684-5735.”

This reported burglary doesn’t yet appear on the Seattle Police crime map for September to date.

The map does show a daytime home burglary on Sept. 4th in the 2300 block of Northeast 107th Street. There, the burglar apparently pushed open an unlocked bathroom window, but nothing was stolen, according to the police report.

The map for Maple Leaf also shows the the burglary of a business in the 9800 block of Lake City Way Northeast, five stolen cars, one car prowl and two cases of property damage to businesses.

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4 yard sales for a cause this weekend

September 12th, 2012 by master

It’s going to be a good weekend to go yard sale hopping, with weather predicted in the mid-60s to low 70s Saturday and Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.

And a few of your neighbors are hoping you will do just that. Betty emailed us to let us know about four individual sales from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, on the 500 block of Northeast 92nd Street (between Fifth and Eighth avenues northeast, but you cannot enter off of Fifth). Best part besides the weather is: They’re for a good cause.

Here are the addresses and a few details about what’s for sale:

  • 538 NE 92nd: ’70, ’80s rock memorabilia, including NIRVANA, Princess Diana magazines, clothes, some electronics, a big old Tapestry rug and a few children’s items. A percentage of the proceeds will benefit Teen Feed, which works with homeless youth and is based in the University District.
  • 536 NE 92nd St: earrings, greeting cards, several vintage clothing, French postcards bought by a U.S. soldier during WWII, misc. Proceeds go to University Methodist Temple to buy purchase backpacks, new underwear and socks for homeless people using their services and to the ROOTS program that is headquartered there.
  • 532 NE 92nd: Moving sale – piano, sofa, wood stove, and misc. household items. A percentage of the proceeds also will benefit Teen Feed.
  • 9126 – 5th NE (but enter from NE 92nd):  misc. from 5-6 families to benefit Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership, a youth leadership development organization that provides youth with leadership training, service-learning and motivation-building experiences.

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Police continue to look for 15th Ave. drive-by shooter

September 10th, 2012 by Mike

Seattle Police are continuing to look for the man who shot and killed Yancy Noll last month in what they believe was a road rage event.

The shooting occurred shortly before 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 31st at 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 75th Street. A large memorial has been built there to Knoll, who was a QFC wine manager.

“This sketch is based on information taken directly from witnesses who observed the suspect fleeing the area.

“Detectives have also narrowed down the type of car that the suspect was driving as a silver 2002-2008 BMW Z4 convertible with a black interior.”

The suspect shot at Noll multiple times with a handgun and in the process shot out his own passenger window. The suspect was last seen speeding away down 15th Ave.

“Anyone with information about this incident or who may know the identity or whereabouts of the suspect or his vehicle is asked to call 911 or the Seattle Police Homicide Tip Line at (206) 233-5000. Anonymous tips are welcome. Anyone uncomfortable calling police directly is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).”


Attempted home break-in overnight, other crimes

September 10th, 2012 by Mike

Jennifer emails that somebody tried to break into her home overnight at Northeast 100th Street and 15th Avenue Northeast.

“My fiancé and I went to bed at around 10 p.m. and woke up to the sound of someone attempting to break into our house on the front porch,” she writes.

They called 911 but the person apparently heard and ran off. “If anyone noticed anything strange or out of the blue last night please let me know so I can finish filling out the police report. Thank you.”

We also got an email about car vandalism last week from Stefan, who lives at 15th and Northeast 85th Street.

We came out to our car this morning to find the driver’s side mirror was smashed, the plastic casing about 15 feet in front of the car. Doesn’t look like there was damage to the rest of the car/doors, although there might be a smudge on one of the windows. So either we were sideswiped just enough to do the mirror, or someone drove by with a bat and intentionally smashed us.

He was also the victim of a break-in about a month and a half ago.

We’re renting and feeling pretty demoralized about Maple Leaf right now. What’s going on, this is supposed to be a nice quiet neighborhood, right? Drive-by shootings, theft, smashed cars? Ugh.  Thanks for listening.

For the record, so far as we can tell Maple Leaf has no more crime than an average Seattle neighborhood.

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