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


SPD: Auto theft suspect flees from police but runs into moving vehicle at Aurora and 85th on Tuesday

September 6th, 2017 by Doree

Seattle Police Department says a suspect fleeing from police yesterday ended up running right into the side of a moving vehicle at Aurora Avenue North and North 85th Street.

From the SPD Blotter:

A wanted felon was injured Tuesday after he ran from police across Aurora Avenue, directly into the side of a moving vehicle.

At about 9:00 am, officers spotted the man at N. 85th Street and Aurora Avenue North. As officers began to approach him, the suspect ran south on 85th Street and then west across Aurora. The man, who was wanted for auto theft and was dressed in a surgical mask and a Seahawks jersey, then ran into the side of a moving SUV.

The Seattle Fire Department responded and transported the man to Harborview Medical Center for treatment. It was determined that his injuries were not life-threatening. There were no injuries to the occupants of the SUV.

The 49-year-old suspect is being treated at HMC and will be booked into jail once he is released from the hospital. Patrol officers investigated the collision and the intersection was reopened once the on-scene investigation was completed.

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Do you recognize this Greenwood package thief?

August 11th, 2017 by Doree

Rebecca tells us this man stole three packages early this morning from inside her locked apartment building’s lobby at 8745 Greenwood Ave. N.

The man was able to open the security panel at the outside entrance and then buzz himself into the building. Security cameras also caught the man inside with an armful of packages.

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Phinney Ridge Community Council meets Tuesday to discuss developments, crime, parking

August 7th, 2017 by Doree

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

On the agenda:

  • Guest speaker Michael Sowby will discuss Seattle Police Department’s Micro-community Policing Plans.
  • Results of PRCC’s Neighborhood Parking Survey.
  • Development updates, including last week’s City Hearing Examiner decision to temporarily halt the proposed Phinney Flats project at 6726 Phinney Ave. N., plus updates on the Shared Roof project at Greenwood Avenue North and North 70th Street, and the two developments bringing townhouses near Phinney Avenue North and North 65th Street.
  • Discussion of the city’s proposed parking amendment for its Comprehensive Plan, part of the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda.
  • Discussion to envision the future of Phinney Ridge.

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National Night Out is Tuesday, with hundreds of Seattle’s streets blocked off to traffic for neighborhood parties

July 31st, 2017 by Doree

National Night Out is Tuesday, Aug. 1, with thousands of Seattle residents closing off their streets to traffic to encourage neighbors to play in the street and get to know each other better to help fight crime.

Many neighbors have a barbecue, while some hire a band or the Bubbleman or some other kind of entertainment.

While the evening is meant to be fun, it also means many side streets will be blocked off to cars, making coming home from work a challenge for some. Drivers, please be nice to those at block parties, and realize they’re not trying to make your trip home harder. And block party folks should help out drivers who get hemmed in by too many streets blocked off.

Enjoy Night Out!

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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.

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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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