A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods


Entries from February 2014

UPDATE: Greenwood murder suspect in custody

February 28th, 2014 by Doree

Update Saturday 10:55 a.m.: KING 5 reports the murder suspect has been arrested at Sea-Tac Airport.

Here’s a brief update from the SPD Blotter:

This morning Seattle Police received information that the 17-year-old male suspect was going to be boarding a plane at Seatac. At our request Port of Seattle Police took the suspect into custody at the airport.

There are no suspects outstanding in this case, which remains an active and on-going homicide investigation.

There are no additional details available at this time.

Update Saturday 9 a.m.: KING, KIRO and Q13 are naming a 17-year-old suspect in the case, citing unnamed police sources.

Update 7:05 p.m.: I just spoke with Det. Jeff Kappel of SPD, who confirmed that detectives were on scene this afternoon assisting the SWAT team, as part of the investigation of Sunday’s murder of David Peterson.  However, Det. Kappel couldn’t provide any more information, saying that SPD never discusses search warrants because they are part of ongoing investigations.

Earlier: Several PhinneyWood readers have emailed us about a huge police and SWAT team presence in Greenwood around the 9000 block of 4th Avenue NW this afternoon. According to KING 5, police served a search warrant at a house in connection with Sunday night’s murder of 54-year-old David Peterson near Fred Meyer and Bartell Drugs. They collected several bags of evidence.

Read KING’s story here.

We’ll update this story as we know more.

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Whitman Middle School students say creepy guy followed them

February 28th, 2014 by Doree

Two Whitman Middle School students say they had a creepy encounter with a man in a yellow sports car who tried to get them to pet his dog this afternoon.

T told me the man first approached them around NW 83rd Street and 13th Avenue NW as they were walking home to Phinney Ridge. He was parked in the middle of the street and his dog was sitting on the sidewalk. The man told them they could pet his dog, and then asked them to bring his dog to the car. The boys didn’t respond and walked away.

They later saw the same man driving slowly near them at NW 75th Street and 11th Avenue NW. The boys had just met up with a friend who told them the same car had followed him as he walked home from St. John’s Catholic School in Greenwood on Thursday. The boys ran to a nearby home and the car sped away.

The man is described as white, in his 20’s or 30’s, short hair, and wearing an orange and silver shirt and orange and silver hat.

Did anyone else encounter this man?


Author readings, live music and rose pruning in Greenwood-Phinney Ridge this weekend

February 28th, 2014 by Doree

Here are a few highlights of events happening in Greenwood and Phinney Ridge this weekend. Check our Events calendar any time for more.

The Purple House performs at Ridge Romp at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Phinney Center.

Empty Sea Studios, 6300 Phinney Ave. N., hosts Wild Minds in Uncertain Times – An Evening in Ritual Storytelling from 7-9 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

Tony’s Coffee, 7001 3rd Ave. NW, is hosting “A Big Fiction Reading” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday with writers Mylène Dressler, Benjamin Reed, and Kevin Hyde, plus refreshments.

The Seattle Rose Society is hosting a rose pruning demonstration from 12-3 p.m. on Saturday at Woodland Park Zoo’s Rose Garden. Get tips on pruning roses and using proper tools. The demonstration and admission to the garden is free. Rain or shine; light refreshments will be served.

Seattle Folklore Society presents Randal Bays Family Band with Suzanne Taylor at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Cost is $16 general, $14 SFS/PNA members and seniors; kids half price.

An exceptional talent as a musician (on both guitar and fiddle), a tune composer, and a generous teacher, Randal Bays has been promoting the musical traditions of Ireland for over 30 years—Fiddler Magazine lists him “among the best Irish style fiddlers of his generation.” The Bays Family Band features Susan Waters on fiddle and vocals, and sons Willie and Owen Bays on flute and concertina. Rounding out the sound of the family band is former-Seattleite Suzanne Taylor on keyboard and flute.

The Northwest Clarinet Choir performs a free concert from 4-5:30 p.m. at Sunday at Woodland Park United Methodist Church, 302 N. 78th St.

And if you’re heading downtown on Sunday, be advised that Aurora Avenue will be closed between the Western Avenue off-ramp and North 48th Street near Fremont from 6-11 a.m. because of the Hot Chocolate 15K & 5K runs that start at the Seattle Center.


Beagle with no collar seen running through Greenwood this afternoon

February 26th, 2014 by Doree

Rebecca tells us she saw a beagle with no collar running around Greenwood around 2 p.m. today.

I followed him up Fremont from 80th (he crossed against traffic and was miraculously fine) to 84th and back down Linden toward 80th again. He wouldn’t let me get close enough to grab him, unfortunately, and I lost sight of him as he ran back south toward 80th. He (or possibly she?) seemed on the older side.

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Taproot Theatre’s Stage Door Cafe grand opening is today

February 26th, 2014 by Doree

Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St., is celebrating the official grand opening of its new Stage Door Café today. The café will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. It also will serve theater patrons during intermission and after shows.


The new Stage Door Cafe from the outside looking in. Photo by Miller Hull Partnership.

The café is on the ground floor of Taproot’s new addition, the Kendall Center, which replaces the Eleanor Roosevelt Building, which was destroyed in an October 2009 arson.

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KING 5: Murder suspects may have robbed Baranof moments before

February 25th, 2014 by Doree

KING 5 is reporting that three people who allegedly robbed the Baranof restaurant Sunday night may be the same people seen running away from the scene of a murder two blocks away moments later. According to KING’s story, the three match the description of the suspects in the murder of 54-year-old David Peterson.

Click here for the full story.


Road crews replacing concrete panels on 80th Street next week, traffic to be rerouted

February 25th, 2014 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation crews will replace about 40 concrete roadway panels on North 80th Street from Fremont to Dayton avenues beginning next Monday, March 3. The work is expected to be completed on Friday, March 14.

That stretch of 80th will be closed to all traffic during the day, leaving one westbound lane open at night from 6 p.m. until 8:30 a.m. each morning. Sidewalks will remain open. Traffic will be detoured to North 85th Street between Greenwood and Aurora avenues.

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Zoo’s Spring Fecal Fest begins Friday

February 25th, 2014 by Doree

Woodland Park Zoo’s highly anticipated Spring Fecal Fest begins this Friday, giving gardeners the opportunity to purchase prized compost made from zoo animal droppings. Fecal Fest runs Friday, Feb. 28 through Monday, March 17.

Composed of species feces contributed by the zoo’s non-primate herbivores such as elephants, hippos, giraffes and more, Zoo Doo is perfect to grow your veggies and annuals.

Bedspread, the zoo’s premium composted mulch, is a combination of Zoo Doo, sawdust, and large amounts of wood chips. Bedspread is used to cushion perennial beds and woody landscapes including rose beds, shrubs and pathways.

Since this special fertilizer is limited, you have to enter a lottery for the chance to purchase. Online entry forms will be available beginning on Friday. Only one entry per person is eligible for each drawing (there are separate drawings for Zoo Doo and Bedspread). Entries will be selected randomly and only selected entries will be contacted. Phone and mail orders are not accepted.

Zoo Doo steaming with vent tubes Ryan Hawk-resized

Photo by Ryan Hawk, Woodland Park Zoo.

Pick-up dates are April 5-19. You provide the truck and labor, the zoo provides the shovels.

Prices for both Zoo Doo and Bedspread are:

  • Pick-up truck 8×4 bed: $60
  • Pick-up truck 6×4 bed: $45
  • Pick-up truck 6×3 bed: $35
  • Garbage cans: $8 to $10 depending on size
  • Bags: $4 to $6 depending on size
  • Two-gallon and pint-sized buckets are available anytime at the ZooStore for $12.95 and $4.95, respectively.

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Man shot and killed in Greenwood Sunday night

February 24th, 2014 by Doree

Update Monday 7 p.m.: KING 5 has a report tonight that says David Peterson’s wife last saw him as he left for his nightly walk on Sunday.

Update 2:10 p.m.: Seattle Police say they are looking for three suspects in last night’s shooting death of a man in a parking lot near the Greenwood Fred Meyer and Bartell Drugs, just north of North 85th Street and 1st Avenue NW. According SPD, the suspects may have been committing robberies in the area before the shooting.

Here’s the updated SPD Blotter post:

A man was found shot to death in a North Seattle parking lot last night. On 2/23/14, just shortly before 9:00 p.m., 9-1-1 received calls of shots fired in the area of N. 85th and 1st NW.

When officers arrived on scene they found an adult male victim seated in his car in a parking lot, with a single gunshot wound to his body. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Seattle Fire. The suspects were seen running away from the area. Detectives believe robbery was the motive in this shooting.

The suspects are described as (1) black male, 20-30 years old, 5’10 tall, thin build, wearing a Northface jacket. (2) Black male, short. (3) White female.

Detectives would like to talk to anyone who may come in contact with these suspects. Investigators believe the suspects may have been committing robberies in the area prior to the shooting incident.

Anyone with information about this incident or the suspects’ whereabouts, is asked to call the Seattle Police tip line at 233-5000. Anonymous tips are welcome.

Also, The Seattle Times has identified the victim as 54-year-old David L. Peterson.

Update 6:55 a.m.: Seattle Police Detective Renee Witt told me this morning that the shooting happened in the Fred Meyer parking lot. She is expecting updated information from homicide detectives later today, and we’ll post that as soon as we get it.

Earlier: Seattle Police report that a man was shot and killed in a parking lot at North 85th Street and 1st Avenue NW around 9 p.m. Sunday night.

From the SPD Blotter:

A man was found shot to death in a parking lot in North Seattle. On 2/23/14, just shortly before 9:00 p.m., 9-1-1 received calls of shots fired in the area of N. 85th and 1st NW.

When officers arrived on scene they found the adult male victim seated in his car in a parking lot in the area. The victim sustained one gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the scene by Seattle Fire. The suspect, described as an unknown race male was scene running away from the area . It is believed that a robbery preceded the shooting.

Homicide and CSI detectives responded and will process the scene.

Anyone with information about this incident or the suspect is asked to call 9-1-1. Anonymous tips are welcome.

We will update this post as we get more information.

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