News Blog for Seattle's Maple Leaf Neighborhood


Armed man arrested at park outside QFC, Northgate mosque

February 4th, 2016 by Mike

Seattle Police this morning released this statement about an incident at the Idris Mosque, at Northeast Northgate Way and 15th Avenue Northeast, and Victory Creek Park, adjacent to QFC:

Police arrested a man armed with a stolen gun, a pellet gun and a baseball bat after he confronted two other men outside a mosque Tuesday in the Northgate neighborhood.

The two victims were reportedly standing in the parking lot of a mosque at 15th Avenue NE and Northgate Way around 1 p.m. when they saw the suspect striking trees with a baseball bat as he walked toward them. One of the victims also noticed a silver handgun in the suspect’s waistband.

The suspect asked them “where they were from,” according to the victims, and argued with them when they said they were from the United States.

The suspect then dropped his bat to the ground, pulled the silver gun out of his waistband, and began waving it around. Both victims walked away from the suspect, who smashed a passenger-side mirror of a parked car as he fled the scene.

Officers found the suspect sitting on a park bench at nearby Victory Creek Park and took him into custody.

Police found he was carrying a baseball bat and a silver replica handgun–actually a very realistic-looking pellet gun–as well as a very real pistol, which was reported stolen in Lakewood.

Officers arrested the 28-year-old for property damage, assault, and malicious harassment–Washington’s hate crime statute–and booked him into the King County Jail.

No one was injured in the incident.

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Uber-like grocery delivery service debuts in (most of) Maple Leaf

May 21st, 2014 by Mike

Uber uses a smart phone app to connect paying passengers to private drivers who deliver them to their destination.

As of this month, a similar app will connect you  to a personal grocery shopper who will deliver apples, fresh meat, even beer, to your home.

This could be of interest in Maple Leaf, which technically now has no grocery stores within the neighborhood. Instacart will service most of the city south of Northeast 100th Street.  The full map is here.

Instacart contracts with private shoppers who buy your groceries or other needs from local stores like QFC, Costco or Whole Foods – and deliver them using their own car in as little as an hour.

From a company press release:

While Amazon Fresh operates in Seattle, delivery times are limited and same-day delivery is available only to customers who order very early in the morning and don’t mind receiving their orders in the evening. In addition, customers are limited to whatever is carried in the local Amazon Fresh warehouse. By contrast, Instacart can deliver in as little as one hour, and its inventory consists of hundreds of thousands of items carried in neighborhood grocery stores – including fresh produce, national brands, store brands and alcohol.

One-hour delivery costs $14.99. The company says most customers select two-hour delivery for $3.99. The minimum order size is $10.

According to this detailed (and entertaining) story in today’s New York Times, Instacart also makes money by marking up store prices.

It also pays comparatively well, the Times says:

Instacart’s shoppers earn from $15 to $30 an hour, depending on how quickly they deliver people’s food. That’s quite a high wage considering the job does not require a college degree, is part time and can be done during flexible hours.

And it may dodge many of the battles that face Uber and other driving services:

Unlike ride-sharing or apartment rental services, Instacart isn’t intruding upon a regulated industry, and its service poses little risk to its customers’ health or property, so it faces few of the complications that have dogged other sharing companies. Because it expands the customer base for physical stores, it has also been welcomed by some grocery chains as a potential bulwark against the wider roll-out of Amazon’s delivery service.

Instacart started in San Francisco and has since expanded to Boston, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Austin, San Jose and Washington D.C.

Our news partner The Seattle Times has a story about the roll-out here which includes this useful information: “Because Instacart has purchased Costco memberships its shoppers can use, its customers can select grocery items from the warehouse club even if they aren’t Costco members. (Instacart doesn’t plan to make Costco’s nongrocery items, such as flat-panel TVs or patio furniture, available to customers.)”

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QFC purse snatcher tracked down, arrested

October 8th, 2012 by Mike

Here’s a crime story featuring diligent police work.

Two weeks ago a woman was walking through the parking lot at the QFC at Roosevelt Way Northeast and Northeast Northgate Way when, police say, a man grabbed her purse.

“A brief struggle ensued as the woman tried to hang onto the purse, but the suspect was able to pull it away and run off. Witnesses observed the suspect get into a black SUV. They also provided a license plate of the vehicle,” according to a police press release this morning.

The suspect in the Sept. 23 incident was identified, but could not be found. Robbery detectives distributed a wanted bulletin, and the 25-year-old man was arrested about 2:30 this morning by Lake Stevens police.

His SUV was impounded and he was booked into King County Jail for investigation of robbery.

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Liquor sales coming next week to a grocery near you

May 23rd, 2012 by Mike

You might have seen the changes at Safeway – wine being shoved aside or restocked, with stacks of liquor under wraps nearby.

The wraps come off a week from Friday, on June 1.

“Starting June 1st check out our hot prices on a large selection of liquor,” according to a mailing Safeway sent out earlier this month. The nearest stores, on Roosevelt Way Northeast at Northeast 75th Street, and at 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 124th Street, both have liquor displays ready to unveil.

The QFC at Roosevelt and Northeast Northgate Way also plans to sell liquor, an employee said.

The nearest state-owned liquor stores, at Northgate and University Village, will close next week.

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Suspected bank robber arrested outside Roosevelt QFC

April 28th, 2010 by Mike

Seattle Police arrested a man suspected of being the “Grim Reaper Bandit” shortly before midnight outside the QFC at Roosevelt Way Northeast and Northeast Northgate Way.

The suspect was sleeping in a car behind the QFC, said Detective Mark Jamieson. An officer recognized the description of the car and the arrest was made without incident, Jamieson said.

The Grim Reaper bandit, so called because of his grim appearance, is believed to have robbed the Key Bank in University Village on April 19, said FBI Special Agent Fred Gutt. He’s sending us a bank photo of the robber in a hooded sweatshirt.  The man claimed to have a weapon.

A different robber, the “F-Bomb Bandit” who turned out to be a 16-year-old girl, robbed the credit union inside that QFC, at 11100 Roosevelt Way N.E., in February. Both the Maple Leaf Pharmacy and Reckless Video in Maple Leaf were robbed late last year by a man who police said wanted drugs.

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