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


Made Sewing Studio and Mori Sushi on 85th broken into early Saturday

June 13th, 2017 by Doree

Made Sewing Studio owner Carisa Brunner tells me her business and Mori Sushi, both at 101 N. 85th St., were broken into about 5 a.m. Saturday. Made’s door was broken into with a crowbar. Surveillance video shows the thief rifling through her desk and closets and stealing a television. The man then went downstairs and stole Mori’s cash register.

Police found the building’s front door open and the back door propped open. The thief also cut the cable television lines, apparently thinking they were for the surveillance cameras.

These two short videos show the thief wearing a makeshift mask. If anyone recognizes him or has any information, please call Seattle Police and reference case number 17-208097.

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Anyone recognize this woman who stole a leaf blower from the Greenwood Windermere office on Sunday?

June 8th, 2017 by Doree

A surveillance camera at the Greenwood Windermere office, 311 N. 85th St., caught a woman in the act of stealing a leaf blower from the walkway next to the real estate office parking lot on Sunday.

The woman pulled up in a red or burgundy minivan, grabbed the leaf blower and ran back to the car.

If you recognize her or the car, please call the Greenwood Windermere office at 206-527-5250.

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Did anyone see thieves stealing a large amount of tools from a van on 74th Street last night?

March 22nd, 2017 by Doree

Bryan tells us someone broke into his Stumptown Coffee work van on North 74th Street between Greenwood and Dayton avenues between 10:30 p.m. Tuesday and 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. The thieves stole a large amount of tools and other work and personal items. He says the suspects would likely have had to park their vehicle near the van in order to load everything.

If anyone saw anything suspicious, please email him at bryans@stumptowncoffee.com.


HomeStreet Bank in Phinney Ridge robbed for second time in less than a week

March 11th, 2017 by Doree

HomeStreet Bank on the corner of Greenwood Avenue North and North 73rd Street was robbed this afternoon for the second time in less than a week.

A PhinneyWood reader, Christy, alerted us to the robbery, saying she saw at least six Seattle Police cars at the bank around 2 p.m., which is closing time on Saturday. She said more police cars were driving slowly around the neighborhood, east of Greenwood Avenue.

When reached by phone, Branch Manager Dustin Foss confirmed there was a robbery, but could provide no further details.

Thanks to Christy for the tip and James for the photo.

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Bank robbery at Home Street Bank in Phinney this evening

March 7th, 2017 by Doree

Update 7:15 p.m.: SPD has provided this description of the suspect: White male in his 30s, under 6 feet tall, thin build, wearing a black windbreaker with a hood, a black cap, baggy jeans and gloves.

Update Tuesday 3:15 p.m.: SPD spokesman Jonah Spangenthal-Lee said it happened around 5:30 p.m. The male suspect fled. No one was hurt and there were no reports of any weapons. SPD had no other information about this incident.

Earlier: A bank robbery occurred at Home Street Bank at the corner of Greenwood Avenue North and North 73rd Street this evening.

Several Seattle Police cars were parked in front of the bank and in the bank’s parking lot that it shares with Ken’s Market.

I spoke with officers in the parking lot who confirmed there was a robbery, but would not provide any more information.

We’ll update this post as we know more.

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SPD: Detectives seize heroin, crack and cash from man suspected of dealing drugs in Greenwood and Ballard

January 24th, 2017 by Doree

From the SPD Blotter:

Detectives seized large quantities of crack cocaine, heroin and $25,000 in cash on Sunday from a man suspected of dealing drugs in the Ballard and Greenwood neighborhoods.

After purchasing heroin from the 26-year-old man on several occasions, police served a warrant on his Lynnwood apartment and vehicle Sunday and recovered 75 grams of wafers of crack, 27 grams of heroin and the cash.

Police booked him into the Snohomish County Jail for narcotics possession.

The SPD Blotter post has pictures of drugs and cash found in the man’s apartment.

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Owner of Le Merde boutique in Phinney Ridge victim of Thursday’s drive-by shooting in Belltown

January 22nd, 2017 by Doree

Update Jan. 25: We have updated this post to remove her name, at her family’s request, after they have been inundated with media requests for interviews and are worried about her privacy. We will continue to be in touch with her family as appropriate.

Earlier: The owner of Le Merde boutique at 7313 Greenwood Ave. N., is one of the victims of last Thursday’s drive-by shooting in Belltown, according to friends who have started a Go Fund Me account to help pay her medical expenses.

According to Seattle Police, the shooting is being investigated as gang-related, and a suspect has not been arrested.

According to The Seattle Times, someone fired a gun around 10:50 p.m. Thursday outside The Crocodile, which was hosting an all-ages show. One man outside was wounded, while shots went through a window and wounded two women inside.

Friends have set up a Go Fund Me account to help pay her medical bills and support her shop. As of Sunday night, the fund had raised more than $8,000 toward its $12,000 goal.

Update Monday morning: Harborview Spokesperson Susan Gregg tells me she is in satisfactory condition.

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Pedestrian killed by hit-and-run driver near Green Lake Sunday night was Greenwood resident

January 3rd, 2017 by Doree

KOMO 4 reports the female pedestrian killed by a hit-and-run driver at North 82nd Street and Wallingford Avenue North Sunday night was a resident of Greenwood House, a Low Income Housing Institute group home on 6th Avenue NW at NW 88th Street.

KOMO says Donelle “Nellie” Yelli had lived at the home for years and was considered the “mother hen” to other residents. You can see KOMO’s full story here.

According to Seattle Police, the driver left the scene in front of Bishop Blanchett High School but returned a short time later, and was arrested on Investigation of Vehicular Homicide.

KIRO 7 reports the driver was charged on Monday with Vehicular Homicide, Hit and Run, and Driving Under the Influence. Her bail was set at $200,000. You can see KIRO’s full report here.

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Attempted theft of an ATM in Ballard early this morning, stolen forklift found at scene

December 30th, 2016 by Doree

For the second time in less than a week, someone used a forklift to try to steal an ATM near our neighborhood, according to Seattle Police.

From the SPD Blotter:

Officers responded to an alarm at a free standing ATM in the 900 block of NW 45th Street early Friday morning. A large forklift was still at the scene, and the ATM had been knocked over and damaged.

Just before 5:00 am, officers responded to the alarm call and located the damaged machine and housing structure. A forklift was used to knock over and damage the outer structure of the ATM safe. No suspects were located. The forklift had been reported stolen from a secure construction site nearby. The forklift was recovered by the construction company. Representatives from the bank responded and stated that they did not believe any money was accessed, however, there was extensive damage to the ATM. The representatives took possession of the ATM. This incident is very similar to one that happened early Christmas morning on Aurora Avenue North. Detectives will conduct the follow up investigation. Anyone with information on this morning’s incident is asked to contact Seattle Police.

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