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Seattle Police have released pictures and video of an armed assault on Aurora Avenue at Winona Avenue last August, and they’re asking for help identifying the suspects.

From the SPD Blotter:

Detectives are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a group of motorcyclists who pulled a gun on a man during an assault on Aurora last August.

At approximately 5:30 pm on August 26th, a 39-year-old man in a pickup truck was stopped at a red light in the 7300 block of Aurora Avenue North when he was surrounded by a large group of motorcyclists. According to witnesses, there were in excess of one hundred motorcycles travelling throughout the city in a large group that day.

While stopped at the traffic light, a number of motorcyclists began beating on the side of the victim’s truck and yelling at the driver. The victim called 911 and then got out to confront the suspects. A group of riders descended on the victim, hitting and kicking him. At least one suspect, dressed in a grey motorcycle jacket and tan pants, pointed a handgun at the victim.

The suspects fled on motorcycles in different directions as officers were arriving. Fortunately, the victim was not seriously injured.

While the incident was captured on video, the suspects are all wearing helmets, making identification difficult. Detectives are asking anyone with information about this group and/or incident to contact them at (206) 684-5550.

Click here to see another picture and video of the incident.


North Seattle Boys & Girls Club, at 8635 Fremont Ave. N. in Greenwood, will soon put its aging building up for sale and is looking for a new, larger space to serve its students and families, including ones on a waiting list for programs.

Executive Director Joan Caldon says the Club is growing out of its current building.

“It is true that we are looking for a new home to serve our kids,” she told me by email. “For the past 6 years, we have seen substantial growth in our Boys & Girls Club community. At the same time, our building is rapidly aging and maintenance costs continue to rise. As we look to the future, we want to make sure that our kids continue to receive high-quality programming in a facility that can meet their needs.”

She said the Club will continue to run its programs out of its current building through the end of the school year, and is currently looking at several potential new locations.

The Club hasn’t yet listed the property, but plans to do so soon.


Seattle Police are searching for a man who allegedly set another man on fire in Fremont last night.

From the SPD Blotter:

Update 11/8/17:

Detectives are searching for 31 -year-old Christopher Burrus for the assault of a 39-year-old man Tuesday evening. Detectives believe Burrus doused the victim with a flammable liquid before setting him on fire.

If you know where police can find Burrus, please call 911 immediately and do not approach him. Detectives are asking you to call the homicide/assault tip line at (206)233-5000 if you have any information regarding this case.


Homicide detectives are searching for a man after he set someone on fire in the Fremont neighborhood.

A passerby called 911 just after 7 p.m. Tuesday when he spotted a man on fire in the 4500 block of Leary Way NW. He extinguished the flames while waiting for first responders. Seattle Fire medics arrived and took the victim to Harborview Medical Center where he is currently in critical condition.
Seattle Police Homicide/Assault detectives are currently searching for a male suspect and his girlfriend.

This is an active case and the details will be updated as we get more information from detectives. If you have any information regarding this case, please call the homicide/assault tip line at (206)233-5000.


The pedestrian bridge over Aurora Avenue North at North 102nd Street will be getting a lot brighter next year with a colorful art installation by artist Vicki Scuri.

Concept drawing courtesy of Seattle Department of Transportation.

Seattle Department of Transportation is hosting a community open house from 2-3 p.m. this Sunday, Nov. 12, at Lantern Brewing, 938 N. 95th St. Learn more about the art installation and other projects happening in the Aurora Licton Urban Village.


Election is Tuesday!

If you haven’t voted yet, remember that ballots are due to Ballot Drop Boxes before 8 p.m. Tuesday or must be postmarked Tuesday.

The nearest Ballot Drop Boxes to Phinney-Greenwood are:

  • Broadview Library, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Ballard Library, corner of NW 57th Street and 22nd Avenue NW
  • Green Lake Community Center, 7201 East Green Lake Dr. N.
  • North Seattle College – 9600 College Way N. (south visitor lot access from North 95th Street)

You can also check out these voting resources:


The Phinney Ridge Community Council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

On the agenda:

  • Updates on proposed developments
  • Land use policy reports, including: Backyard Cottage Environmental Impact Statement, Design Review revisions, HALA upzones proposal, and neighborhood parking
  • Discussion of neighborhood survey on automobile use
  • Discussion on Envisioning the Future of Phinney Ridge

PRCC also will be collecting socks for donation to homeless shelters.


Here are some highlights of what’s happening in and around Greenwood and Phinney Ridge this weekend. Check our Events calendar any time for more.

First Friday Film Series from 1-3 p.m. Friday at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St.

Saturday is Green Seattle Day, with hundreds of volunteers helping clean up parks all over the city. You can sign up here.

Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead Festival from 4-7 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. with a procession led by Aztec dancers, food, drinks, traditional altar, sugar skull decorating and more.

Wine and Beer Tasting Fundraiser from 6-8:30 p.m. Saturday at Washington Karate Association Ballard Dojo, 8618 3rd Ave. NW.

Seattle Folklore Society presents Ari & Mia – New England’s Americana Sister Act at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in Community Hall in the Brick Building.

Kortney’s (Stand-Up Style) Comedy Showcase at 8 p.m. Saturday at Naked City Brewery, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N.

First Sundays Blues Open Jam Session from 7-9 p.m. Sunday at Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N.

Traffic-wise around town this weekend:

  • Let My People Work rally at 12 p.m. Saturday on Broad Street between Denny Way and 4th Avenue in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
  • It Begins: Drive Out the Trump/Pence Regime rally at City Hall Plaza at 12 p.m. Saturday followed by march.
  • UW Huskies vs. Oregon at 7 p.m. Saturday at Husky Stadium.
  • Not Your Mascot Rally and March to protest the Washington Redskins’ name and mascot, starting at 9 a.m. Sunday at Occidental Park, followed by march at 11:15 a.m. to CenturyLink Field.
  • Seahawks vs. Washington Redskins at 1:05 p.m. Sunday at CenturyLink Field.

Looking ahead to next week:

Pacific Music Works presents a special Bach program with a cabaret concert and multimedia show at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Naked City Brewery, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N.

Bach. No other family in European history produced so many remarkable musicians – over 70 in all. This program features music by five great Bachs, with music spanning the century from 1670-1770. The lineup includes music for strings and continuo by Johann Michael, Johann Sebastian, Carl Philipp Emmanuel, Johann Ernst, and Johann Bernhard, all performed by the Underground House Band led by Tekla Cunningham.

Admission is $20 or $15 under age 30, and includes complimentary house beer, cider, or glass of wine (up to $7). Show is for ages 21+ only. Buy tickets in advance online.


Lots going on at the Seattle Public Library, as usual. Here are some highlights:

  • SPL is hosting a series of Tinkerlab workshops in November. The weekly, all-ages program introduces science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts. Tinkerlab is appropriate for all ages and there is no registration required for this drop-in program.

Each week, there will be self-directed STEM challenges with building and inventor kits to play with and topical books and resources on display. Some nights will have themes like 3D printing, programming robots, moviemaking on iPads and more.

The nearest Tinkerlab location to our neighborhood is the Broadview Library, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N., from 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesdays, Nov. 7, 14, 21 and 28.

  • SPL is upgrading to a new print and copy system. Public printers and copiers at all library branches will be replaced. The new system will allow payment by credit card at print release kiosks and make change for cash payments (you’ll no longer pay online), offer a variety of paper sizes, provide color printing, and provide higher speed printing and copying. Work will begin Nov. 6 and should be done by Nov. 27. Printing and copying prices remain the same: ranging from 15 cents for a single-sided black and white page of 8.5×11 or 8.5×14 up to $1 for a single-sided color page at 11×17.
  • Friends of The Seattle Public Library is hosting a one-day Better Book Sale featuring like-new “better” books, DVDs and some CDs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11 at North Seattle College – Former Cafeteria & Baxter Student Center, First Floor, College Center Building, on College Way between 95th and 97th streets. Prices start at $3. Featured book categories include children’s books, valuable old and rare books and a selection of general non-fiction, including art books and literature. DVDs will be in very good condition.
  • SPL has added the film streaming service Kanopy, which focuses on classic and independent films. SPL cardholders can now watch more than 30,000 films.

Kanopy’s collection includes indie hits like “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night,” cult classics like “Donnie Darko” and “The Boondock Saints,” award-winning documentaries like the 2017 Oscar-nominated “I Am Not Your Negro,” and selections from the Criterion Collection. The service launches over 30 films a day, so there’s always something new to enjoy.

Viewers can watch five free films a month by visiting www.spl.org/kanopy. Once checked out, a title will be available for three days. The service is free, just use your email address and Library card number to create a Kanopy account.

SPL still also has video streaming through Hoopla and Access Video. To see all of the Library’s streaming and downloadable services, visit www.spl.org/download.


Seattle Public Utilities will pick up extra yard waste for free during the month of November.

All customers are encouraged to rake leaves from storm water drains near their property to prevent flooding, and put it in their yard waste bins or extra bins or paper bags that will be picked up for free.

Fallen leaves can block storm drains and lead to flooding in neighborhoods. Raking leaves and keeping drains clear helps to prevent unnecessary flooding. As leaves continue to fall, residents are encouraged to check and clear their drains to keep the water flowing.