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Entries from February 2014

Could any of these items recovered from burglaries be yours?

February 20th, 2014 by Mike

Is any of this stuff yours?

Since we’ve had a few comments about crime recently, we’re letting people know that the King County Sheriff’s Office  has recovered dozens (and dozens) of items stolen in burglaries over 18 months.

The items were stolen between January 2012 and July 2013, according to a news story by our partners The Seattle Times.

Two people were arrested in connection with the burglaries, which stretched from Mill Creek to Tigard, Ore.

You can see photos (13 pages worth) of the recovered items here. The password is SammamishPD and is case sensitive.

If you think some of these items are yours, call the sheriff’s office at 804-885-5276.

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Sun before a week of wind, rain

February 16th, 2014 by Mike

The sun is out at 10 a.m, but the forecast is for heavy rain this afternoon. There is a wind advisory in effect from noon until midnight, which could cause power outages.

Cliff Mass says “the heavens are about to open up over the Northwest as a persistent moist southwesterly flow will bring a series of very wet systems into the region.”

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Traffic alert! Southbound I-5 this long holiday weekend

February 13th, 2014 by Mike

The state Department of Transportation posts on our Facebook page:

You have the power to avoid the heartache of a traffic jam on I-5 in Seattle this weekend. We’re reducing southbound I-5 to one open lane between Spring Street and I-90.

It then refers you, in the usual social media way, to: @WSDOT_Traffic afternoon gal’s blog.

What Traffic Afternoon Gal has to say, basically, is that two of three lanes of southbound Interstate 5 will be closed “anytime from 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14 through 5 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18.

Her tips:

Avoid southbound I-5 into the city if possible. SR 99 is the best alternative.

All on- and off-ramps in downtown Seattle will remain open.

We’re keeping the I-5 express lanes open southbound until 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. This helps provide more access to the downtown Seattle on- and off-ramps, especially useful for carpoolers (hint, hint). However, and I stress however, they will not help you avoid the big closure because where they end, the construction begins. The I-5 express lanes will operate southbound on Monday from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Can you carpool? Take public transit? Take rail? Maybe work from home if you don’t get Presidents Day off?

Local streets are also good alternates.

If you plan to travel south of downtown, consider using southbound I-405.

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Car crimes continue to top crime list here

February 13th, 2014 by Mike

Alison emails overnight:

Just wanted to let the neighborhood know that my window was smashed in and things stolen while eating dinner at the Roosevelt Ale House tonight. I let the restaurant know and they weren’t surprised. Was parked close to the entrance and  in for less than an hour. Had a nice bag on the font seat with clothing in it which was stolen, along with the contents of my center console.

Was definitely just a smash and grab as I had things in the back which were overlooked. It’s trivia night and the place is packed so whoever did it is especially bold.

Would love to remind people not to leave anything in view!

The map shows stolen or prowled cars here beginning New Year’s day. Our last reports are here and here.

Car crimes are by far the most common crimes in Maple Leaf and in Seattle generally.

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“Cyborg Bandit” revealed as also “Elephant Man Bandit” – 30 bank robberies

February 12th, 2014 by Mike

Update: Officers believe the “Cyborg Bandit” is also the “Elephant Man Bandit” – responsible for 30 bank robberies in the area.

The Cyborg Bandit is believed to have robbed the Sterling Northgate branch in December.

Our previous post states he is suspected in at least a half-dozen robberies.

In a statement issued this afternoon by a joint task force including the FBI, officials said they believe he is responsible for 30 robberies during 2013 and 2014 in King and Snohomish counties.

On February 11, 2014, shortly after 4:30 p.m., the Seattle Safe Streets Task Force (SSSTF) arrested a 44-year-old man who resides in Everett, WA, immediately after he exited a Key Bank in the University District of Seattle.

SSSTF investigators nicknamed the bank robber who wore a metallic-like, textured fabric over his face the “Cyborg Bandit” because of the material’s similar appearance to cyborgs and cylons in science fiction productions. SSTF investigators nicknamed the bank robber who covered his head with a shirt or other material bearing two small eye holes the “Elephant Man Bandit” because of the similarity to a character in a movie of the same name. Combining bank robberies attributed to each nicknamed robber, the SSTF believes the subject in custody may be responsible for 30 bank robberies throughout King and Snohomish Counties.

Through the lengthy, joint investigation with partners across the two counties, SSSTF investigators identified a van they believed was associated with the “Cyborg Bandit.” Around 2 p.m. on Tuesday, February 11, 2014, the van with a lone, white, male driver began to drive around the Key Bank on 25th Avenue NE in the University District of Seattle. After two hours of apparent surveillance of the bank by the individual, he was observed putting on a mask and entering the bank. Key Bank reported a robbery by a masked man around 4:30 p.m.. When the previously observed individual exited the bank, SSSTF agents arrested the man on probable cause.

The complete list of robberies: [Read more →]

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"Cyborg Bandit" revealed as also "Elephant Man Bandit" – 30 bank robberies

February 12th, 2014 by Mike

Update: Officers believe the “Cyborg Bandit” is also the “Elephant Man Bandit” – responsible for 30 bank robberies in the area.

The Cyborg Bandit is believed to have robbed the Sterling Northgate branch in December.

Our previous post states he is suspected in at least a half-dozen robberies.

In a statement issued this afternoon by a joint task force including the FBI, officials said they believe he is responsible for 30 robberies during 2013 and 2014 in King and Snohomish counties.

On February 11, 2014, shortly after 4:30 p.m., the Seattle Safe Streets Task Force (SSSTF) arrested a 44-year-old man who resides in Everett, WA, immediately after he exited a Key Bank in the University District of Seattle.

SSSTF investigators nicknamed the bank robber who wore a metallic-like, textured fabric over his face the “Cyborg Bandit” because of the material’s similar appearance to cyborgs and cylons in science fiction productions. SSTF investigators nicknamed the bank robber who covered his head with a shirt or other material bearing two small eye holes the “Elephant Man Bandit” because of the similarity to a character in a movie of the same name. Combining bank robberies attributed to each nicknamed robber, the SSTF believes the subject in custody may be responsible for 30 bank robberies throughout King and Snohomish Counties.

Through the lengthy, joint investigation with partners across the two counties, SSSTF investigators identified a van they believed was associated with the “Cyborg Bandit.” Around 2 p.m. on Tuesday, February 11, 2014, the van with a lone, white, male driver began to drive around the Key Bank on 25th Avenue NE in the University District of Seattle. After two hours of apparent surveillance of the bank by the individual, he was observed putting on a mask and entering the bank. Key Bank reported a robbery by a masked man around 4:30 p.m.. When the previously observed individual exited the bank, SSSTF agents arrested the man on probable cause.

The complete list of robberies: [Read more →]

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Crash blocks Interstate 5 at Northgate for miles

February 11th, 2014 by Mike

Photo Washington State Patrol

Update 3 p.m. All lanes now open, traffic backed up for five miles starts to clear.

Southbound Interstate 5 is backed up for four miles after a crash at Northgate that state troopers say could have involved a suicide attempt.

It blocks the left three lanes of southbound I-5. Traffic is currently backed up for over an hour from Northeast 175th Street in Shoreline.

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Little Bertha comes to Maple Leaf Portal

February 10th, 2014 by Mike

Look familiar?

It’s not Big Bertha, the monster tunneling machine that’s still stuck with sand in its seals.

We’re not sure this one has a name (maybe we could name it!) but it is in our neighborhood, off First Avenue Northeast at the Maple Leaf Portal.

Sound Transit earlier today told the Ravenna Blog: “That’s not the cutter head, but pieces are coming together for the tunnel boring machine(s) that will mine Northgate tunnels!”

Two light rail tunnels  will be drilled from this location, roughly across First from SAS Shoes and  Silver Platters,  to Sound Transit’s Roosevelt Station, on 12th Avenue Northeast near Northeast 65th Street.

Tunnel machine names, anyone?

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Snow City in Maple Leaf Park – but be careful

February 9th, 2014 by Mike

This showed up late afternoon.

Considerably more than 12 snowmen have sprung up in Maple Leaf Reservoir Park.

In fact, there’s a small city there at noon.

This snow castle (?) is being built on the restricted area of the play fields, normally fenced off. From Friends for a Greater Maple Leaf Park:

If people are walking on the grass areas that are just finishing establishing themselves, this could put off the removal of the fences even further into the spring.

Although half the neighborhood appears to be going to, at, or coming from the park, driving conditions elsewhere in Maple Leaf can still be tricky.

From the Maple Leaf Community Council: “All side streets, particularly those with hills, are slick and dangerous. Many streets, especially on the East side of the n’hood are either partially or completely blocked with stuck vehicles.”

And a Seattle Fire Department crew had to sled a man to the ambulance (again in the verboten lower playgrounds).

The department Tweeted: “Adult male transported to hospital for minor hip injury. Original dispatch stated possible sledding incident.”

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SNOW!!! 2-3 inches in Maple Leaf

February 9th, 2014 by Mike

Depending on where you measure, Maple Leaf got between 2.25 and 3 inches of snow overnight.

Streets, though, are mostly wide open, and the snow plows have been out.

As are children, sleds, skis and dogs.

To see a map of what’s plowed, click here.

The forecast calls for a few flurries today, then rain.

And more rain. For the rest of the week.

THE STEADIER SNOWFALL THAT FELL OVERNIGHT HAS ENDED AND THE AREA WILL GET A MUCH AWAITED GRADUAL WARMING TREND STARTING LATER TODAY.

So let’s enjoy the snow now.

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