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Fire near North Seattle College leaves two families homeless

January 13th, 2015 by Mike

Fire in a condominium complex this afternoon damaged two units so  severely that the occupants won’t be allowed to reoccupy their homes, Seattle firefighters said.

Emergency crews blocked Meridian Avenue southbound from Northeast 100th Street to Northeast Northgate Way, forcing students at North Seattle College to leave campus on Northeast 92 Street.

At 1:19 p.m. multiple 911 calls came into firefighter/dispatchers at the Fire Alarm Center reporting flames coming from the four-story building, which is located in the 10300 block of Meridian Avenue North.

Engine Company 31 arrived to find flames and smoke coming from a third floor balcony and a fourth floor unit. The first arriving company attacked the fire from the outside while hose lines were brought inside to fight the fire from the interior.

When crews arrived, the building’s fire alarms system was sounding and the sprinkler system was activated. Residents inside self-evacuated from the residential complex. No one was injured.

Both the 3rd floor and 4th floor fire units were searched and no occupants were found in either unit. Firefighters did find a deceased cat in one unit. It took 12 minutes to knock down the flames and nearly an hour to completely extinguish the charred combustibles inside the units.

Firefighters contained the fire to just two condos. Both units suffered extensive fire and smoke damage and residents will not be allowed to reoccupy these units. A third unit, on the second floor, suffered water damage.

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Police seek "cyborg bandit" who robbed Northgate bank, at least five others

December 10th, 2013 by Mike

An email this afternoon from the Seattle FBI offers a reward for the “cyborg bandit” who robbed the Sterling Northgate branch bank last week and is believed to have hit at least five other banks in six cities in the past six months.

At Northgate, 10 0fficers rushed to a bank in the 800 block of Northeast Northgate Way at about 4:30 p.m. last Wednesday, Dec. 4, responding to a dispatch of a “bank robbery in progress.”

The robber was gone, according to a police report, but bank employees said a man entered the bank wearing a hood and a tight-fitting “homemade” mask and appeared to be holding a gun in his pocket.

“Give me all your money,” he demanded, and then: “Give me all your big bills. I know you have more.”

The employee said “I’m sorry, that’s all I have,” and the robber immediately left, going out the door and turning west on Northgate toward Fifth Avenue Northeast.

The photo above is from the robbery of a Key Bank in Bellevue. The Seattle Safe Streets Task Force, which includes members from the FBI, the Bellevue Police Department, the Auburn Police Department, the King County Sheriff’s Office, and the Seattle Police Department, says the Northgate robbery is the latest in a string:

• September 24, 2013 (Tue) – Key Bank, Bellevue, WA

• October 2, 2013 (Wed) – Banner Bank, Woodinville, WA

• October 18, 2013 (Fri) – US, Shoreline, WA

• October 23, 2013 (Wed) – Whidbey Island Bank, Bothell, WA

• November 30, 2013 (Sat) – Wells Fargo Totem Lake, Kirkland, WA

• December 4, 2013 (Wed) – Sterling Bank Northgate, Seattle, WA

The subject may be a white male, between 5-foot-9 and 6 feet tall, of thin build. During the robberies, he’s covered his face with a distinctive cloth and worn the hood of his sweatshirt over his head. He has also worn clear, latex gloves. Please see the attached flier and photos for images that may help your audience identify this robber.

Wells Fargo is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification and arrest of the bank robber.

Anyone with information that can help identify this individual is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and are eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $1000.00 if the information given leads to an arrest and charge of the person(s) involved. Callers may also reach task force officers Detective Mike Mellis at 206-263-2086 and Detective Steve Hoover at 425-452-7868.

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Police seek “cyborg bandit” who robbed Northgate bank, at least five others

December 10th, 2013 by Mike

An email this afternoon from the Seattle FBI offers a reward for the “cyborg bandit” who robbed the Sterling Northgate branch bank last week and is believed to have hit at least five other banks in six cities in the past six months.

At Northgate, 10 0fficers rushed to a bank in the 800 block of Northeast Northgate Way at about 4:30 p.m. last Wednesday, Dec. 4, responding to a dispatch of a “bank robbery in progress.”

The robber was gone, according to a police report, but bank employees said a man entered the bank wearing a hood and a tight-fitting “homemade” mask and appeared to be holding a gun in his pocket.

“Give me all your money,” he demanded, and then: “Give me all your big bills. I know you have more.”

The employee said “I’m sorry, that’s all I have,” and the robber immediately left, going out the door and turning west on Northgate toward Fifth Avenue Northeast.

The photo above is from the robbery of a Key Bank in Bellevue. The Seattle Safe Streets Task Force, which includes members from the FBI, the Bellevue Police Department, the Auburn Police Department, the King County Sheriff’s Office, and the Seattle Police Department, says the Northgate robbery is the latest in a string:

• September 24, 2013 (Tue) – Key Bank, Bellevue, WA

• October 2, 2013 (Wed) – Banner Bank, Woodinville, WA

• October 18, 2013 (Fri) – US, Shoreline, WA

• October 23, 2013 (Wed) – Whidbey Island Bank, Bothell, WA

• November 30, 2013 (Sat) – Wells Fargo Totem Lake, Kirkland, WA

• December 4, 2013 (Wed) – Sterling Bank Northgate, Seattle, WA

The subject may be a white male, between 5-foot-9 and 6 feet tall, of thin build. During the robberies, he’s covered his face with a distinctive cloth and worn the hood of his sweatshirt over his head. He has also worn clear, latex gloves. Please see the attached flier and photos for images that may help your audience identify this robber.

Wells Fargo is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification and arrest of the bank robber.

Anyone with information that can help identify this individual is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and are eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $1000.00 if the information given leads to an arrest and charge of the person(s) involved. Callers may also reach task force officers Detective Mike Mellis at 206-263-2086 and Detective Steve Hoover at 425-452-7868.

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Done For the Holidays: that construction on Northgate Way

November 21st, 2012 by Mike

On what we understand is now known as Blackout Wednesday (that’s today, or rather tonight) the city has announced that the construction that’s jammed Northeast Northgate Way is finished in time for the holidays.

“The Seattle Department of Transportation will open all lanes of traffic tonight– just in time for Thanksgiving travel and holiday shoppers. The intersection will remain clear of construction activities through the holiday season,” the department’s Laura LaBissoniere emails this morning.

The construction has been centered around Northgate and Fifth Avenue Northeast. Areas of the sidewalk that are unfinished will wait until January, when crews return to install new street light and signal poles and complete the sidewalks.

This project will ease congestion and improve pedestrian safety. Specifically, the project:

  • Built an additional left-turn lane from westbound Northgate Way onto southbound Fifth.
  • Extended the right turn lane from northbound Fifth onto eastbound NorthgateWay.
  • Added a landscaped median with trees on Northgate Way just west of the intersectio.
    • Created decorative crosswalks on all four sides of the intersectio.
    • Installed a new signal system and improved drainage and water qualit.

For more background visit the department’s Northgate page.

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Northgate to lose 18 healthy street trees

July 5th, 2012 by master

Ruth Williams, president of the Thornton Creek Alliance and Beaver Pond Natural Area forest steward, has sent a plea out to fellow urban environmentalists about the removal of 18 healthy street trees from Northeast Northgate Way and Fifth Avenue Northeast, starting as early as July 7.

She says the trees, which have become big enough to provide shelter for pedestrians, are being removed to make way for turning lanes for cars.

However, signs posted on each of the trees states that for each tree removed, the Seattle Department of Transportation will plant two. Williams writes:

We should make sure SDOT means what they say and will replace the trees with specimens of similar size.  Since they will no longer be on the sidewalk shading pedestrians, but out in the median shading vehicles, there will be fewer overhead wires and awnings to contend with.  Will SDOT be able to add a few natives to their tree list and plant some now?

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House fire shuts Northgate Way at 17th Ave. N.E.

April 20th, 2012 by Mike

10  p.m. : Fire and police units are shutting down Northeast Northgate Way to deal with a fire in a single-family residence.

The fire is near Northgate and 17th Avenue Northeast.

So far at least 15 fire units have been sent to the scene.

Update: Silver reports at 10:07 p.m. that it appears to be a fire in a shed which spread to the back of a house, but appears out at this time.

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Police report second robbery involving same car

July 14th, 2011 by Mike

A  robbery attempt here last Friday afternoon involves the same car used in a previous robbery in June, police report.

On Friday, July 8, at about 4:15 p.m. a driver on Eighth Avenue Northeast was waiting for traffic to clear on Northeast Northgate Way when another driver pulled up alongside and asked him to pull over so she could ask him some questions, according to a police report.

“The victim thought since the suspect had an elderly female with her that they may need assistance so he pulled into the lot located at 8 Ave NE/NE Northgate Way,” the police report states.

There, the woman said “something similar to, ‘we are so embarrassed to have to do this but we need food for my grandma. She got kicked out of her home and she needs food and money.'”

The man refused, and the woman then reached down inside the car and demanded money “or I’m going to shoot you.

The victim fearing he was about to be shot quickly drove off in his car. The victim took a picture of the suspect vehicle’s license plate before leaving and stated he could definitely identify the suspect if he saw her again. The victim also stated he is pretty sure he has seen the suspect vehicle around the Northgate area on several occasions.

The police report states that the elderly woman didn’t seem aware of what was going on, and also that the same vehicle was used in another robbery the evening of  June 16.

In that case, in the 1300 block of North 77th Street, a man told police  “that a young mixed race male and female, driving a newer, shiny BLK Dodge Charger with chrome rims pulled up behind him, as he was bringing his wife home from the hospital.”

They told him something was wrong with his car and used a wrench to pretend to do something to the shocks, then demanded $300, police report. When he refused, they asked for $100, then stole his wallet and sped off down North 77th with the woman driving, according to that police report.

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