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

 

SPD and Medical Examiner appear to be looking at body inside car at Phinney Avenue and North 56th by zoo

January 29th, 2017 by Doree

Seattle Police and King County Medical Examiners personnel appear to be looking at a body inside a car at Phinney Avenue North and North 56th Street by Woodland Park Zoo this afternoon.

James was walking by around 3:45 p.m. when he saw them putting on gloves and opening the door to a blue Honda parked on the east side of the street. SPD has blocked off the northbound lanes of Phinney Avenue, as well as the sidewalk.

Seattle Fire Department’s Real Time 911 shows a call coming in at 2:53 p.m. for an aid response.

We have a call into Seattle Police for more information and will update as soon as we know more.

Update 4:20 p.m.: Det. Mark Jamieson tells me SPD is investigating this as a suicide.

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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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Seattle Police: 3 fatal heroin overdoses in Greenwood area today

January 7th, 2017 by Doree

Seattle Police officers responded to four heroin overdoses on Aurora Avenue in the Greenwood area today — three of them were fatal. They’re reminding everyone that our state’s “Good Samaritan Law” provides legal protection for anyone who calls 911 to report an overdose.

From the SPD Blotter:

As of 2 p.m. today, Seattle Police and Seattle Fire Department medics responded to four reports of overdoses along the Aurora corridor in North Seattle. Three of these incidents were fatal. The fourth patient is receiving emergency care at Harborview Medical Center.

The overdoses occurred in the 7800 block of Aurora Avenue N., 900 block of N 80 Street and 900 block of N 102 Street.

North Precinct bicycle officers are canvassing the area for known heroin users and alerting them to the dangerous purity levels first responders have encountered today.

Washington’s “Good Samaritan Law” offers legal protection against drug possession charges to anyone who calls 911 to report an overdose. If you or anyone you know is overdosing on drugs, please remember you can call 911 for help without the fear of prosecution.

Anyone may also turn over heroin or other drugs to police for destruction by contacting officers via 911 or at one of our five precincts.

Given these latest reports, if feel you need to use heroin, please don’t do so alone.

Please also visit stopoverdose.org for more information on preventing opioid overdose deaths.

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Pedestrian transported to Harborview this morning after being hit by car near 3rd and 85th

January 3rd, 2017 by Doree

Seattle Fire and Seattle Police responded to 3rd Avenue NW and NW 85th Street at 7:30 this morning after a pedestrian was hit by a car.

Fire engines 21, 34 and 35 responded, as well as Medic 31. Seattle Fire Department Spokesperson Alice Kim said the pedestrian was transported to Harborview Medical Center. Kim did not know the age or gender of the pedestrian. (And without the person’s name, we are unable to get a condition update from Harborview.)

We will update this post if we get more information.

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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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SPD: Cops seize heroin, cash after suspects try to flush drugs down motel toilet

December 20th, 2016 by Doree

Seattle police served a warrant at the Seals Motel on Aurora Avenue at North 120th Street, just north of Greenwood, on Sunday, resulting in the seizure of heroin and cash.

From the SPD Blotter:

A suspected heroin dealer tried to flush his stash down a motel toilet Sunday night after police came knocking.

Members of SPD’s Narcotics Unit and North Precinct Anti-Crime Team arrived at the Seals Motel Sunday, looking for a man and a woman suspected of dealing heroin out of several rooms.

When police served a warrant at the motel Sunday, they found a 53-year-old man in the bathroom, and a pile of drugs floating in the toilet. Officers were able to recover the narcotics from the toilet after they took the man into custody.

Police also arrested a 30-year-old woman, and found two children–a nine-year-old boy and a six-year-old girl–in the room. Police and the SPD Victim Support Team turned the children over to Child Protective Services.

After searching the motel rooms, officers found 90 grams of heroin, 17 grams of meth, 15 grams of cocaine and $2600 in cash. Police booked the man and the woman into the King County Jail for possession of narcotics.

The next day, Monday, police were back at the Seal Motel…on an unrelated matter and spotted a stolen car in the parking lot. Officers arrested the 50-year-old driver and seized the vehicle. Police continue to focus on issues at the motel.

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Level 3 registered sex offender moves into Phinney/Fremont area

November 28th, 2016 by Doree

Seattle Police Department says a Level 3 registered sex offender recently moved into the south end of the neighborhood.

Kevin Houser moved to the 100 block of North 46 Street and is no longer under Department of Corrections supervision. According to the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs website, Houser was convicted in 2003 of first degree child molestation.

More info from SPD:

Level 3 sex offenders pose the highest risk to re-offend. It is normal to feel upset, angry and worried about a registered sex offender living in your community. The Community Notification Act of 1990 requires sex offenders to register in the community where they live. The law also allows local law enforcement to make the public aware about Level 2 and Level 3 offenders. As all of these offenders have completed their sentence, they are free to live where they wish. Experts believe sex offenders are less likely to re-offend if they live and work in an environment free of harassment. Any actions taken against the listed sex offenders could result in arrest and prosecution as it is against the law to use this information in any to threaten, intimidate or harass registered sex offenders. The SPD Sex Offender detectives will check on these offenders every 3 months to verify our information.

You can use 9-1-1 to report any and all suspicious activity.

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SPD provides tips to prevent car prowls while holiday shopping

November 28th, 2016 by Doree

Seattle Police Department North Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator Mary Amberg provided the following tips to help prevent car prowls while shopping during the holidays.

In past years we have seen a rise in car prowls during the holiday season at the Northgate Mall. Seattle Police Department is dedicated to helping people stay safe during this time of year and will be increasing patrol and visibility in the Northgate Mall area. Please take the below precautions when parking at the mall.

Car prowls are crimes of opportunity that happen within seconds. Thieves are targeting all types of vehicles looking for recently purchased gifts, GPS devices, cell phones, purses, cash, laptops, cameras, luggage, and garage remotes. There are many things you can do to help prevent yourself from becoming a victim.

  • Carry your purchases with you while you shop. If that is impractical, place them in the trunk and move your car to another location in case a car prowler is observing the parking lot.
  • Remove all valuables from your vehicle every time you park, roll up windows, and lock your car.
  • Do not leave cords and charging devices in plain view, a prowler may see these and take the chance that you have a valuable electric inside and enter your car.
  • If valuables must be left behind, hide them out of sight or place them in the trunk before parking at your destination.
  • Disable internal trunk release per your owner’s manual instructions.
  • Park in well-lit and well-traveled areas if possible.
  • Audible alarms or other theft deterrent devices can be effective.
  • Remote controls for garages should never be left inside parked vehicles.

Most importantly BE OBSERVANT and report all crimes and suspicious activity to 911 immediately!!!

*IF YOUR VEHICLE IS BROKEN INTO*

You can file a report by calling the non-emergency number at 206-625-5011, or file one online at: http://www.seattle.gov/police/report/default.htm

When filing a report on-line or over the phone you do not need to remain at the scene. If you choose to call the non-emergency line, simply ask to report a crime and, if it meets the criteria, the call-taker will forward you to an officer who will take your report over the phone. The officer will still provide you with a case number. If the crime is still in progress or it is an emergency situation, call 9-1-1 immediately.

 

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