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Stabbing standoff nearby – just north of North Seattle Community College

January 30th, 2013 by Mike

Update: Shortly before 12:30 p.m. Seattle Police tweeted:

Update on 103/meridian incident: victims injuries appear to be self-inflicted. Police will be clearing the scene shortly.

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Seattle police hostage negotiators are at an apartment just north of North Seattle Community College where a woman was stabbed multiple times earlier this morning.

That woman was in critical condition when  taken from the apartments in the 10300 block of Meridian Avenue North shortly before 11 a.m.

Our news partners The Seattle Times are updating the story here.

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News all around – and in – Maple Leaf

August 15th, 2012 by Mike

By now you may have heard of the rampaging raccoon bands attacking dogs and their walkers at North Seattle Community College. Our news partner The Seattle Times has the story here.

At the end of July, the college posted some 30 signs that read “BEWARE OF AGGRESSIVE RACCOON PACK” and hired a pest controller to set up five animal traps, said college spokeswoman Katherine Morse.

They’re still chasing the coons at the college, across Interstate 5 just west of Maple Leaf.

To the southeast, they’re still chasing the snake. That would be the six- to seven-foot albino Burmese yellow reticulated python on the loose in Cowen Park, at Northeast 61th Street and Brooklyn Avenue Northeast.

His name appears to be “Timid.” From Seattle Police: “If you see the python in your neighborhood, please call animal control at (206) 386-7387 or 911.”

Of less menace but more history, directly to the south the one-time home of Seattle author Betty MacDonald is being demolished. Paula Becker, a historian with HistoryLink.org, emailed us about it Monday.

McDonald, most famous as the author of The Egg and I, lived in the house in the 1930s. Becker wrote about the house, at 6317 15th Ave. N.E., here.

Finally, right here at home in Maple Leaf, KOMO has the story of Grandma Ada, who at age 95 is in her 20th year of volunteering at her alma mater, Olympic View Elementary School, 504 N.E. 95th St.

As a young girl Ada Snyder attended Olympic View elementary in North Seattle during the 1920’s. Today at the age of 95 she just finished up her 20th year volunteering there while working with students in Pam Heindl’s kindergarten class. Her loving, positive outlook and love for kids has kept “Grandma Ada” coming back.

The story is here.

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Police seek leads in bicycle crash near North Seattle C.C.

February 24th, 2012 by Mike

A bicyclist suffered critical injuries Thursday afternoon near North Seattle Community College, and police are trying to find out how.

From Detective Jeff Kappel:

On February 23rd at approximately 3:28 p.m. officers responded to a report of a bicyclist down in the 9600 block of College Way North. Preliminary investigation indicates that a 32-year-old male was riding his bicycle northbound when, for reasons yet to be determined, he crashed causing substantial injury to his person. No other vehicles appear to be involved.

Medics responded to the scene and transported the male bicyclist to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 911 or Seattle Police and refer to this event. Anonymous tips are welcome.

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North Seattle Community College celebrates grand opening of employment center

August 31st, 2011 by master

Next week, North Seattle Community College is celebrating the grand opening of its 46,000-square-foot Opportunity Center for Employment and Education.


Photos from Doug Scott.

Although it first opened in May, the ribbon-cutting ceremony is set for 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, which will be followed by a brief program, reception and building tours.

The new enployment center, which provies aid to more than 400 North Seattle residents a day and features classrooms, public computers as well as copiers, fax machine and phones available to those searching for work, also offers: [Read more →]

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Street reopened at North Seattle Community College

May 9th, 2010 by Mike

After an early morning phone call about a man allegedly threatening to commit suicide, Seattle Police shut down College Way North outside North Seattle Community College while they searched a house.

The man was believed to have access to weapons, but officers eventually determined he was not in the house, which is only a few hundred yards from the police North Precinct. The neighborhood was not evacuated.

The street was reopened about 10:30 a.m., police report.

Thanks, Silver and Ray, for the tips, and Ray for the photo.

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Northgate's Interstate 5 shooter sentenced

April 2nd, 2010 by Mike

The man who police say endangered thousands last summer by firing an assault rifle just over the tops of cars driving on Interstate 5 near Northgate Mall was sentenced this week to five years in federal prison.

Our news partners at The Seattle Times have the story. The sentence handed to Richard Floyd Blake, 32, was exceptionally long, given that the only thing he was actually charged with was being a felon in possession of a firearm, The Times reports.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Andy Colasurdo had asked for even more time, writing in sentencing documents that the government feels “very strongly that such a sentence is warranted in light of the facts of this case, Blake’s criminal past, and his history of mental illness which, unfortunately, makes him a danger to our community.”

I-5 east of North Seattle Community College was shut down for hours that night while police moved in helicopters, SWAT teams and an armored vehicle. Blake, a homeless man hiding in the wooded area, admitted to shooting only one of at least 18 rounds fired from an AK-47-style weapon, the Times reports.

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Northgate’s Interstate 5 shooter sentenced

April 2nd, 2010 by Mike

The man who police say endangered thousands last summer by firing an assault rifle just over the tops of cars driving on Interstate 5 near Northgate Mall was sentenced this week to five years in federal prison.

Our news partners at The Seattle Times have the story. The sentence handed to Richard Floyd Blake, 32, was exceptionally long, given that the only thing he was actually charged with was being a felon in possession of a firearm, The Times reports.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Andy Colasurdo had asked for even more time, writing in sentencing documents that the government feels “very strongly that such a sentence is warranted in light of the facts of this case, Blake’s criminal past, and his history of mental illness which, unfortunately, makes him a danger to our community.”

I-5 east of North Seattle Community College was shut down for hours that night while police moved in helicopters, SWAT teams and an armored vehicle. Blake, a homeless man hiding in the wooded area, admitted to shooting only one of at least 18 rounds fired from an AK-47-style weapon, the Times reports.

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