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More car prowls, attempted Northgate robberies, a police picnic

June 24th, 2016 by Mike

First, the attempted robbery, Wednesday afternoon at a grocery store just north of Maple Leaf, police said.

Shortly after 4 p.m., the three suspects–two 14-year-old females and one 15-year-old female– entered the store near Northeast 123rd Street and 15th Avenue Northeast. The suspects went to the deli section of the store and took a couple of sandwiches and combination meals they had ordered and then put the items inside a backpack. The group then left the store without paying for the items. When the Loss Prevention Officer contacted the group outside of the store, one of the suspects produced a Swiss Army knife and opened the blade. The Loss Prevention Officer backed off, and the suspects ran off northbound.

Officers were called and located the trio hiding several blocks away. One of the suspects was listed as a runaway and had a misdemeanor warrant. The three suspects were positively identified and arrested. It is believed that the same three suspects were involved in a similar robbery at a store at the Northgate Mall a week earlier, where they set off a fire extinguisher in a security office and attacked a security guard.

On car prowls, on Thursday police released year-to-date figures that show, in the North Precinct, as usual, Northgate leads all the rest:

This is not true for the entire city, though. Both downtown and Queen Anne have hundreds more than Northgate so far this year.

The full graphics are here.

Last month police reported we were fourth in car prowls. In March, and by different metrics, we were No. 1. [Read more →]

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Neighbors report two instances of stolen packages

June 14th, 2016 by Mike

A neighbor reports two new instances of stolen packages today.

One is from Roosevelt Way Northeast and Northeast 103rd Street. The other is from Fifth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 85th Street.

A friendly Maple Leaf neighbor (20 blocks south) came over with my empty box, found by his house. FedEx delivered it at 1:00, and it was stolen at 2:36, according to my video camera. (Yes, I have the men on video.)

This kind neighbor’s own two packages, also delivered today, were stolen, too. I’ll be showing my video to the police tomorrow, but in the meantime, if anyone finds a brand new lovely tablecloth (paisley print, 60″ x 102″), I’d love to know!

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We’re Number 4? Also, so long, Hudson House

May 14th, 2016 by Mike

Good news, neighbors!

Seattle Police say we’re No. 4 – in car prowls (Seattle’s most common crime).

This is GOOD news? Something north of 250 cars busted into?

Yes. Because in March, we were No. 1.

The graph above shows cars broken into between January and May 7.  Note, however, that Roosevelt/Ravenna is No. 5.

Thanks to Anthony and John for forwarding the information..

And to Lisa, for pointing out that the Hudson New American Public House, at 8014 15th Ave. N.E., is no more, as of Friday.

I noticed a handwritten sign in the window at Hudson Public House yesterday that indicated that a change in ownership/management was coming, and that today (the 13th) would be the last in the current hands.

The Collins Pub also tweeted the news: “Tonight it ends- @hudsonpub Hudson to close , transition to new owners.”

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That crash on Lake City Way N.E.

April 25th, 2016 by Mike

The car-pedestrian accident that’s taken up most of the afternoon.

From Seattle Police:

Detectives are investigating after a 33-year-old man was struck by a truck along Lake City Way Northeast today.

Officers were dispatched to Lake City Way NE and 18th Avenue Northeast after a caller reported a large commercial truck hit a man along Lake City Way NE just before 2:30 P.M.

Officers arrived and found the man with life-threatening head injuries lying in the road. Seattle Fire Department Medics transported the man to Harborview Medical Center for treatment.

Detectives are now speaking with witnesses and the driver, who is cooperating with investigators. Traffic collision detectives will continue to investigate this incident and make a final the determination of cause.

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Police, crime, north Seattle, Debora Juarez

April 24th, 2016 by Mike

After two shootings on Saturday, Seattle Police this weekend announced they are stepping up patrols using overtime and reassigned officers.

But not here.

The announcement, originally posted to Nextdoor, (where it had a mixed response), states:

Chief Kathleen O’Toole has directed the Seattle Police Operations and Investigations Bureaus to accelerate summer staffing deployment levels in an ongoing effort to deter and prevent gun violence. Starting tonight, Seattle residents can expect to see extra police officers in neighborhoods, nightlife districts and hotspots detailed in our SeaStat crime analysis reports.

(Credit to whoever runs SeaStat for this extremely un-Seattleish language.)

However, The Seattle Times has a story specifying the patrols will go  elsewhere.

The areas targeted include central Seattle, Second Avenue and Yesler Way, and South Seattle, Chief Kathleen O’Toole said in an interview Saturday. Both plainclothes and uniformed officers will be deployed in neighborhoods with shooting hot spots.

She noted that each precinct has its unique problems; the North Precinct has endured a rash of property crimes recently.

“We have made a lot of arrests and recovered a lot of property. Now in other neighborhoods, we are concerned about shots fired.”

The map shows property crimes reported to police in Maple Leaf since April 1.

Also in the Times, and speaking of north Seattle:

* Councilwoman Debora Juarez, elected to represent north Seattle, continues her quest for another light rail station at Northeast 130th Street.

I RAN for Seattle City Council because I was tired of North Seattle being ignored in citywide and regional matters….

The Northeast 130th Street station was given a “provisional” designation in the Sound Transit 3 draft plan, with zero guaranteed funding and no targeted completion date. All the ongoing community efforts came to a screeching halt. Once again, North Seattle was ignored.

Her op-ed in the Times is here.

* In today’s paper: “RAVE to Recology CleanScapes and Seattle Public Utilities for providing 50 Little Free Libraries to Lake City, Northgate, Pinehurst, Maple Leaf and Victory Heights as a reward for good recycling.”

Hang on a minute. We’re paying for this?

Yes.

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We’re Number One (in car prowls)

March 15th, 2016 by Mike

Seattle Police, over at Nextdoor, today posted:

“To date there have been almost 3,000 car prowls in the city for 2016. This number is up more than 500 from last year.”

In an accompanying graphic, police have identified the top 12 sites to get your car prowled.

Northgate Mall led all the rest with 17 prowls; downtown came in second with 11.

As it happens, this is actual news. Northgate has long been a hot spot, but Capitol Hill was the leader two years ago.

Police have tips on not being a victim:

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UPDATE: Stolen cars, including a Northgate carjacking

March 8th, 2016 by Mike

Update March 9: Kevin emails this morning to report two hit-and-run sideswipes.

Last night around 1:30 a.m., near the intersection of 20th Avenue Northeast @ Northeast 88th Street, a vehicle ( possibly a black Honda Civic) side swiped both my wife’s and my cars , leaving extensive damage. A police report has been filed.

My neighbor mentioned he heard the incident, but got to the window too late to see the car involved. He did mention however, that a woman walking her dog was in the middle of the street and may have witnessed the collisions.

Wondering if you could reach out to your readers to see if any one else on 20th Avenue was hit and/or if we can locate this woman and get her to come forward with any detail she may be able to provide.

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A neighbor emails today that a stolen car was abandoned in a carport in the 9800 block of Fifth Avenue Northeast.

A fellow tenant had left a note on the car’s windshield, asking the owner to move it. This Honda had no license plates and looked as if it had been hit on the driver’s side; the exterior rear-view mirror on that side was hanging down and the doors were unlocked.

Police determined the car had been stolen a month previously.

The map below shows stolen cars in the Maple Leaf area so far this year, according to police reports. There are several dozen of them.

In addition, more information is now available on a carjacker who was arrested last week after stealing a Lexus from Northgate Mall at the end of February. From police:

Detectives believe the 18-year-old suspect approached the woman around 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 29th, as she was getting out of her car in the Northgate parking lot.

The teen demanded the woman’s keys and told her he had a gun. He then climbed into the woman’s car, joined by a second male suspect, and sped off.

Two days later, on March 1st, police received a report of a hit-and-run at Aurora Avenue North and North 50th Street,  after the same silver Lexus smashed into two other cars and drove off.

A witness followed the Lexus to North 63rd Street and West Greenlake Way North, where the 18-year-old driver and his female passenger bailed out of the car and took off running.

Officers found the suspect and his passenger–his 17-year-old girlfriend–at North 61st Street and Linden Avenue North.

Police found the Lexus’s key in the 18-year-old’s pocket and booked him into the King County Jail for robbery, auto theft and a felony warrant. Officers also booked his girlfriend into the Youth Service Center for auto theft.

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Why didn’t police respond to 911 calls?

February 28th, 2016 by Mike

KING 5 TV tweeted this weekend that Seattle Police will investigate why police entirely failed to investigate multiple 911 calls about a crash at Lake City Way Northeast and Northeast 20th Street.

A car crash during an evening rush hour last month left two drivers angry and frustrated after Seattle Police failed to respond to their repeated calls to 911. Both drivers told dispatchers they thought the man who caused the accident was drunk and they feared he could hurt or even kill someone if he left the scene.

It’s certainly not the first time here.

The King 5 story is here. The incident occurred Jan. 14th.

Frustrated by the lack of response from the 911 center, Aspelund tracked down a phone number of the Seattle Police Department North Precinct, located about 2.5 miles from the crash site. She said the officer who answered was no help at all, telling her that unless there was a horrible accident police were unlikely to respond and recommending she take up her complaint with city leaders.

The reaction so far has not been supportive:

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Police identify suspect, weapon in officer-involved shooting

February 22nd, 2016 by Mike

Update Feb. 25th: “Black lives matter” protesters downtown demand criminal charges, resignation of police chief.

Update Feb. 23rd. Seattle NAACP calls shooting cold-blooded murder. The Seattle Times has the story here.


Police this afternoon released the identity of the suspect shot and killed by police on Sunday afternoon.

Around 3:30 p.m.police were conducting surveillance in the 2200 block of Northeast 85th Street as part of an ongoing investigation. Officers observed a man with a holstered handgun, and identified him as Che Taylor, 46, a convicted violent felon, legally prohibited from possessing a handgun. Taylor’s criminal history includes convictions for assault, robbery and rape.

At approximately 4:15 p.m., officers called for additional units to assist in taking the suspect into custody. As Taylor stood at the passenger door of a white Ford Taurus, a marked patrol vehicle with emergency lights on pulled up facing the Taurus.

An SPD arrest team then approached the vehicle to take Taylor into custody. Officers ordered Taylor to show his hands and get on the ground. He did not follow officers’ commands, and instead leaned into the Taurus.

According to officers, as well as a civilian witness interviewed by investigators, Taylor reached for his handgun, leading officers to fire.

Officers detained the other two people in the car and called for medics. Police performed CPR on Taylor at the scene until medics arrived. He later died at Harborview Medical Center.

Detectives are still serving warrants as part of the investigation, but have recovered Taylor’s firearm, When Taylor arrived at Harborview Medical Center, he was carrying approximately 6 ounces of suspected crack cocaine and black tar heroin. Officers booked one of the other people in the vehicle into the King County Jail for possession of a significant quantity of suspected heroin.

SPD Force Investigators and the department Chaplain met with the Taylor family Sunday night. Chief Kathleen O’Toole has also been in contact with numerous community leaders to brief them on the incident.

You can see the video here.

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Cafe Piccolo closes, more mail theft reports

February 21st, 2016 by Mike

Cafe Piccolo is closing this month after a decade serving Maple Leaf dinners.

The last day for the restaurant, at 9400 Roosevelt Way N.E., is Feb. 29th.

On its Facebook page, Cafe Piccolo says, in part:

Thank you Maple Leaf and Café Piccolo fans for 10 years of devoted business! Café Piccolo will close its doors on February 29th under the Carlino ownership. This was not an easy decision to make, as we have grown fond of all of you and attached to the community that has supported us through the good times and the challenges of a not so great economy.

Our great staff that you have come to know will be staying on to help with the transition to the new owner. We are confident that we are leaving the restaurant in very good hands, someone who will be able to take this location to the next level and grow with the neighborhood.

Since the restaurant is not open Sundays or Mondays, that effectively means the last day to eat there is Saturday, Feb. 27th.

Thanks, Chris, for the heads-up on Piccolo. Thanks, also, to Terry for the news last month that Hang Fire Design gallery and True Color Hair Design, both on Roosevelt, have shut their doors.

Also, earlier this weekend Jesse wrote to say:

On Friday night, February 19th, at 10:45 p.m. I stepped outside (corner of 8th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 103rd  Street) and saw a blue truck with a covered bed, man driving and woman in the passenger seat, stop at our mailbox bank. She saw me and he sped off towards Roosevelt. I have never seen this truck in the past and it was obvious that they were there to steal mail.

Last week a similar mail theft was reported at 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 102nd Street.

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