News Blog for Seattle's Maple Leaf Neighborhood


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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Four arrested after knife attack at Northgate Transit Center

April 3rd, 2015 by Mike

Police dog in action! Video by King County Sheriff Air Support.

A police helicopter and K-9 team assisted in the arrest of four people near Northgate Transit Center about 11 p.m. Thursday.

Two others got away after a confrontation that included a knife, police said. The arrests were made about 10 blocks away in Maple Leaf, at Northeast 95th Street and  First Avenue Northeast.

From Seattle Police this morning:

Last night, shortly after 11:00 p.m., two victims and four witnesses were in the Transit Center when they were approached by a group of six black males. One of the suspects said, “There are six of you and six of us,” and displayed a knife.

One of the suspects attempted, unsuccessfully, to take one of the victim’s cell phones. Failing that, he tried to take the victim’s wallet, while another suspect struck another victim in the face.

Fearing for their safety, the group being attacked ran away, being chased by the suspects. As they were fleeing, one the victim’s shoes came off while he was running, and was picked up by the suspects. Employees of a nearby business heard the chase and called 911.

Officers arrived in the area quickly, along with a K-9 team and the King County Sheriff’s Office helicopter, Guardian One. Containment was set up, and the K-9 and his handler began a track.

With the assistance of Guardian One, four of the six suspects were located and arrested without incident in the 100 block of Northeast 95th Street. The victims were able to positively identify one of the suspects as the main suspect, and he was later booked into the Youth Services Center.

Two other suspects were booked into YSC and the King County Jail, while the fourth person arrested was identified and released from the precinct, with charges being requested.

The victim only suffered minor injuries and declined medical attention. Detectives will handle the follow up investigation.

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Parade gridlocks downtown Seattle traffic

February 5th, 2014 by Mike

With an hour to go before the 12th Man parade downtown, traffic is largely stopped.

Our news partner The Seattle Times reports “passengers are unable to board ferries, buses and light rail due to overcrowding.”

Buses at the Northgate Transit Center were jammed, with long lines waiting for the next bus – or the one after that.

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Metro Driver Helps Police Arrest Man Who Harassed, Kicked, Punched, and Robbed His Way Through the Northgate Transit Center

October 24th, 2012 by Mike

That’s not our headline (above), but we like it.

It was written by Jonah Spangenthal-Lee, now working for the Seattle Police Department, for a press release he sent out this afternoon about the incident Tuesday at the Northgate Transit Center, 10200 First Ave N.E.

The 31-year-old suspect’s bout of bad behavior all started around 7:45 p.m. when he began harassing a woman sitting at a bus stop.

When another man at the bus stop tried to get the suspect to leave the woman alone, the suspect turned on the man and started following him through the Transit Center. The suspect then grabbed the man from behind, shoved him, and demanded money. The man then handed his wallet over to the suspect.

A second man saw the suspect robbing the first man, and stepped in to confront the suspect. The suspect then turned on the second man, punching him in the face and kicking him in the leg.

Already on quite a roll, the suspect then began harassing two other women at the transit center, offering them a graphic and unsolicited description of his genitalia.

When the women ignored the suspect, he spit on the women, prompting the King County Metro driver—who was waiting to start his next bus run at the transit center—to leap into action.

The driver tackled the suspect to the ground and held him there until police arrived.

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Make your voice heard on Transit Master Plan

October 26th, 2011 by master

At last night’s Seattle Transit Master Plan Open House at Aljoya Thornton Place, Tony Mazzella with the Seattle Department of Transportation kicked off the meeting by praising the venue, which is located just east of the Northgate Transit Center at 450 N.E. 100th St.

“This is a sterling example of what can be done when we put uses like retail and residential next to good-quality transit,” he said during the presentation portion of the open house.

Maple Leaf Community Council Executive Board Members Donna Hartmann-Miller and David Miller, far right, were among attendees at the SDOT event Tuesday evening.

Following the presentation, attendees were encouraged to take a close look at the posters detailing the Transit Master Plan, which takes us decades into the future of the city’s transit, and to ask plenty of questions.

Including new input with the information collected so far, SDOT plans to ask the Seattle City Council to approve the Transit Master Plan in early 2012.

If you missed the meeting, the entire draft Transit Master Plan can be viewed online, where you also can add your imput via the public outreach page.

If you’d rather make your comments in person and talk to a live person, there are three more open houses:

  • Oct. 26 in West Seattle: Eagles Hall, 4426 California Ave. S.W.
  • Nov. 15 in Ballard: Ballard High School, 1418 N.W. 65th St.
  • Nov. 17 in Holly Park: New Holly Gathering Hall, 7054 32nd Ave. S.

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New iPod robbery reported at Northgate Transit Center

September 3rd, 2011 by Mike

The city’s crime map is showing yet another  robbery at the popular Northgate Transit Center, 10200 First Ave. N.E.. It’s the third (at least) similar offense there in recent months involving iPod, iTouch and iPhone devices.

This time police report that a new student at the University of Washington, who had only been in the country for a few days, was waiting for a bus back to his dorm at about 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27.

A group of approximately five men approached the student; one of them asked him for “a buck so he could get home on the bus,” according to the police report.

The student was listening to his iPod, and one of the men snatched it from his hands. All the men ran off toward the nearby cinema, police said.

In June, officers were called to the center just before 8:30 p.m. Two men waiting for a bus said a group of six men approached them, grabbed their iTouch devices, and ran off, according to a police report. No suspects were located.

In April a woman waiting for a bus was pepper-sprayed in the face at about 3 p.m. by one of four women who attempted to steal her iPhone, police report.

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Aljoya Thornton Place food market in full swing this afternoon

August 25th, 2011 by Mike

The Aljoya Outdoor Market at Thornton Place is open for business – and getting a lot of it.

The prices are great: 50 cents for an ear of corn, 70 cents for a head of Romaine lettuce.

Aljoya is catering to both residents of the senior living facility there and commuters from next-door Northgate Transit Center. It runs from 4-6 p.m.

The market, at 450 N.E. 100th St., includes fresh produce and baked goods and is overseen by the chef at Aljoya’s Lilly’s restaurant.

He’s not offering food demonstrations this afternoon, but he is offering this 7-inch pizza for $4.

There’s plenty of other goods. The location is outside the Bistro patio at Fifth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 100th Street.

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Northgate Light Rail Station offers opportunity to create a new community

July 26th, 2011 by master

There’s still time to stop by Aljoya Thornton Place tonight to learn more about the proposed community that will be sprouting up around the upcoming Northgate Light Rail Station.

An open house continues until 9 p.m., offering neighbors and commuters the chance to look at ways to develop the mixed-use community, as well as offering them the chance to make comments and mark the ideas they like.

Marshall Foster, city planning director for the Seattle Department of Planning and Development, said we have a rare opportunity to decide how to create a community around the future light rail station.

Much of the focus is on the types of buildings people would like to see, and what they would like to see. Public art? A pedestrian bridge? Open space? Something you think nobody has even thought of yet?

Although DPD has a Northgate Station Area Development site that explains the project, the ideas the department is seeking comments on are not yet posted on the site. They hope to add those details and provide you the opportunity to comment soon. We’ll let you know if we learn more, too.

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How to build a village around the Northgate Light Rail Station

July 11th, 2011 by Mike

Construction doesn’t start for another three years, but later this month several local agencies will hold a meeting to ask what you think a community around the Northgate Light Rail Station should look like. More information is available here.

We are exploring opportunities related to:

• Pedestrian and bicycle connections to the station, including a bridge crossing of Interstate 5.

• Public spaces in the vicinity – parks, sidewalks.

• How to create an active neighborhood near the light rail station.

• Connecting bus and rail service.

• Creating a healthy and sustainable community.

Possibilities include zoning changes and “exploring a variety of options for future development at the Transit Center property that is west of Thornton Place and south of the Northgate Mall.”

The meeting is set for 6-9 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26, at Aljoya Thornton Place, 450 N.E. 100th St. There will be brief presentation at 6:30 p.m. (Aljoya is a senior living community that also invites the public to dine at its restaurant, Lily’s, and to attend many of its programs. Enter at Aljoya’s front door at the corner of 5th Avenue Northeast and 100th Street. Off-street parking is available at Group Health just south of 100th St.)

The meeting is being set up by the city, King County (buses) and Sound Transit (light rail).

The opportunities for transit-oriented community development are tremendous, and they will help continue the transformation of Northgate into a vital urban center that has already begun with library, community center, park and Thornton Place development in recent years.

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Two new strong-arm street robberies reported

June 28th, 2011 by Mike

Two recent robberies involving personal electronic devices have popped up on the police crime map. Both occurred south of Northgate Mall.

On Friday, June 24, officers were called the Northgate Transit Center, 10200 First Ave N.E., just before 8:30 p.m. Two men waiting for a bus said a group of six men approached them, grabbed their iTouch devices, and ran off, according to a police report. No suspects were located.

The other report began on Tuesday, June 21, in the 300 block of Northeast 100th Street. Shortly after 11 p.m. officers originally responding to a cell phone and iPod robbery in the 400 block of Northeast Northgate Way found two teen suspects at the transit center, according to a police report. One was wearing a T-shirt with blood all over it.

Officers followed the two onto the bus and found the stolen phone and iPod. The suspect covered in blood told officers he fell and tripped because his pants slipped all the way to his knees, according to the report.

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