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Entries from December 2015

Neighbor praises new police response to mail theft

December 10th, 2015 by Mike

Ten minutes.

That’s how long it took three police squad cars to arrive after a neighbor reported mail thieves in action.

Got them, too.

From an email this morning:

Yesterday afternoon I noticed two individuals (Caucasian female and Caucasian male, roughly mid 20s to early 30s) peering at homes, but otherwise just walking leisurely down the sidewalk (Eighth Avenue Northeast).

I readily acknowledge walking in the city isn’t a crime! They had no bags, and also didn’t have jackets, only sweatshirts (which I found odd as temperatures were in the low 50s).

Thirty minutes later I observed them with brown cardboard packages. He had a large package that appeared to be difficult to carry (2′ x 2′ x 2′) and she had 3-4 smaller packages.

I called 911 and provided the dispatcher with a description and the direction they were traveling.

Before SPD’s arrival, the male and female disposed of the packages (presumably storing them in a car or other location); they then started looking for more packages.

At that point, Seattle PD apprehended them (less than 10 minutes after my phone call, with 3 cruisers responding).

The response by the officers was swift and efficient. From my perspective, it was a significantly more positive experience than neighbors had 1-2 weeks ago (vehicles damaged). For reference, the incident # is 15-427242.

Let’s hope yesterday’s intervention slows down the holiday mail and package theft!

Also, see the Dec. 6th comment from Alarmed! in this recent post:

There seemed like a lot of signs of mail theft and we wanted the reminder to go get the mail when it arrived. Little did we know how often our chime would go off. Boy, were we shocked!

We’ve had the chime for a couple months now, and our mailbox has been opened by someone who is not us about once a week for at least the last 6 weeks. Usually on a weekend night. Usually around 11 p.m. – 1 a.m. Occasionally 4-5 a.m. Usually when it’s raining. [Read more →]

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And now, a “drunken storm” after 4.5 inchs of rain

December 10th, 2015 by Mike

Noon update: Another third of an inch of rain since morning. Highest wind gust: 34 mph at 11:07 a.m.

Garbage cans and tree limbs litter the streets.


Nearly 4 1/2 inches of rain has fallen on Maple Leaf Life South so far this week – 4.44 inches, to be exact, as of 7 a.m.

And we’re enjoying serious rain now.

Cliff Mass has decided to dub the system now hanging off our coast a “drunken storm.”

Drunken Storm: a storm that circles around and has minimal forward motion, in contrast to normal storms that move rapidly to the east or northeast.

(Today), an usually powerful storm for our region will careen around in our offshore water for an extended period before making landfall. A very strong storm and unusual behavior.

It will be followed by a sober storm, with wind, this weekend.

The National Weather Service’s current discussion of all this distinguishes itself with the phrase: “A BENT BACK OCCLUSION OR STINGER JET.”

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“Darkest day,” inches of rain, plus windstorm

December 8th, 2015 by Mike

Update Dec. 9th: 1.31 inches of rain overnight here.

Over the last two days it’s rained 1.71 inches here at Maple Leaf Life South.

Much more is coming – with the possibility of another three inches by morning, according to the National Weather Service in Seattle….”These will likely pale in comparison to what we receive in the next 24 to 36 hours. Heavy rain will lead to flooding concerns on area rivers. In addition, windy conditions are expected at times through Wednesday.”

Cliff Mass has pointed out that Monday “was the darkest December day in Seattle in nearly 9 years”.

And then there’s the coming wind.


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Was there an armed carjacker chase in Northgate?

December 6th, 2015 by Mike

Update Dec. 8th: The Seattle Times has updated information here. The Seattle Police Department has more here.

The medical examiner’s office has not yet released the man’s identity. (And all mentions of the Northgate neighborhood in this incident are left behind.)

5 p.m. update with a link to the Seattle Police press release.

This afternoon brought an armed carjacking, a high-speed chase, shots fired…apparently in Sandpoint, Montlake, Wedgwood and – Northgate?

According to our news partner The Seattle Times:

We were out of position, but: Does anyone have any information about activity in Northgate/Maple Leaf?

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Still more mail theft reports in/around Maple Leaf

December 6th, 2015 by Mike

Lucas emails this weekend:

I’ve read (and re-read) the article and comments from the November mailbox break ins. –

I’m afraid to report that ours and several others locking mailboxes were pried open sometime between 11:30 p.m. and 8 a.m. this (Friday) morning. Ours was left hanging open with our junk mail left soaking wet. We live on Northeast 90th Street and 17th Avenue Northeast.

We’ve reported it to USPS and are filing a police report as well. It’s unfortunate that these events keep happening in our neighborhood. It makes me nostalgic for the time when we had mail slots in our house.

We’ll be placing our mail on hold and considering options for a mail service. The mailbox is, unfortunately, damaged to the point where it will no longer remain closed.

Earlier in the week Jesse (Victory Heights) mailed:

“Hi Maple Leaf Life,  I caught a package thief on camera and am wondering if there is a way I can send pictures your way to warn others?”
On Nextdoor Northgate/Maple Leaf he added: “He’s wearing an old school emblem Mariner’s flat-billed cap and red and black buffalo checkered jacket and sunglasses. ”

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Woman hit, killed by bus: Northgate Transit Center closed

December 3rd, 2015 by Mike

Update: Our news partner The Seattle Times has more information here. Crosscut has a piece here.

The reason for the news helicopters over the Northgate Transit Center:

Transit into and out of the center is delayed.

Updates on the Seattle Police blotter are here.

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High winds on way, including Maple Leaf?

December 3rd, 2015 by Mike

2 p.m.

“More high winds on the way; Eastside reports power outages” is the current headline in The Seattle Times.


“Windstorm may be a bust” is the header of Cliff Mass’ post this afternoon.

The Times:

A short-lived but powerful windstorm is expected to hit the Puget Sound area Thursday afternoon with enough force to topple trees, cut power service and make a mess of the evening commute.

Sustained winds of 25 to 40 mph, with gusts up to 60 mph, are forecast to hit Pierce County by about 3 p.m., King County about 4 p.m. and shortly after that in Snohomish County and farther north.

The Woodland Park Zoo WildLights have been cancelled because of the predicted winds this afternoon and tonight.

Mass says:

The latest hourly HRRR forecasts are suggesting that the wind event may be MUCH less than predicted, particularly over Puget Sound.

Here’s the official National Weather Service forecast.

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Why didn’t police respond to hit and run here?

December 1st, 2015 by Mike

Update Dec. 2nd: Jordan Royer over at Crosscut ponders policing under Seattle’s new council district system:

…there will be a new kind of scrutiny under the new district council system. Council members will be paying a lot of attention to staffing levels in the various precincts, making sure that their area is getting their fair share of patrols.

His piece is here: neighborhoods-could-yank-a-lot-of-chains-on-new-city-council/


Josh and Andrew emailed to say The Seattle Times just posted a column about the hit and run here over the weekend.

In it Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat notes:

City records show an officer did arrive at 3:18 Saturday morning — more than four hours after the first calls. By then the truck was gone and all the Maple Leaf neighbors had given up and gone to bed.

The next day, an officer phoned the Jeffries family. Jeffries said the officer blamed the big protest last week at Westlake Center for the delay.

From here, confusion ensues. The full column is here.

We had several comments on our original post.

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