April 3rd, 2013 by Mike
From Seattle Police just before noon:
A man suspected of robbing a Wedgwood bank at gunpoint Wednesday morning wasn’t on the lam for long.
Just after 11:15 a.m., a masked man walked into the Key Bank at 73rd Avenue Northeast and Northeast 35th Street demanded money, and fled the bank.
Eighteen minutes later, police had tracked the suspect to the University District (using high-tech gadgets AND old-fashioned sleuthing!) and arrested him near Northeast 42nd Street and Ninth Avenue Northeast after a brief foot chase.
Officers will likely be around the Wedgwood and University District scenes for some time as they search for evidence.
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March 27th, 2013 by Mike
Both medical and memorial funds have been created for the victims and survivors of Monday’s tragic event near Eckstein Middle School.
And memorial flowers are being placed one block east of the school on Northeast 75th Street, at the intersection where two people were killed in a car accident that left two others – a mother and her 10-day-old child – in critical condition.
The memorial funds – three in call – were established by the Wedgwood Community Council and friends of the family.
The Wedgwood Community Council has established two funds at the Homestreet Bank – Wedgwood Branch office. Thanks to a crowd-sourcing guru from the neighborhood, we’ve created an easier venue for those looking to contribute to the Schulte family. Please, please, please help us spread the word about this so that we can really contribute to the grieving family. Also, friends of Karina’s have also set up a fund through FundRavr and have agreed to let us spread the word about their fund too. The need is great. Needless to say that everything raised will be given to the family. You can now click on the links below to access the giving page for each fund, deposit checks personally, or transfer money to the funds using the account information below.
For more information on making a deposit call this branch of Homestreet Bank directly at 206-525-2840.
For more information on the funds go to the community’s council’s website.
Tags: car accident, crime, drunk driver, Eckstein Middle School, police Share
March 25th, 2013 by Mike
Update from Seattle Police:
Officers are on scene investigating a double fatality collision involving a driver who struck as many as four pedestrians, including an infant.
At approximately 4:10 p.m. officers and fire department medics responded to a 911 call of a vehicle/pedestrian collision at 33rd Avenue NE and NE 75th Street. Officers are still on scene actively investigating the circumstances of the collision.
Fire department medics have declared two adult pedestrians deceased at the scene. Two additional pedestrians, an adult female believed to be in her 20′s, and an infant were transported by medics to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.
The driver of the involved vehicle is being investigated for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
Traffic Collision Investigation Squad detectives are responding to the scene to assist with the investigation.
This remains an active incident.
Additional details will be provided when they become available
From Seattle Fire:
PIO headed to scene of ax at 33rd Ave NE and NE 75th St. 2 adults DOA. All further fire info will be released on scene.
From Seattle Police:
#SeattlePD investigating a driver that struck 3 pedestrians at 33 Ave NE & NE 75th St. For more info go to spdblotter.seattle.gov/2013/03/25/veh…
Our news partner The Seattle Times is updating here.
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March 22nd, 2013 by Mike
After staying to the north of us all week, pestering the folks from Everett to Shoreline, the Puget Sound Convergence Zone dropped south around 7:40 this morning. No doubt to celebrate the first week of spring.
It’s snowing steadily at 8:30 a.m. in Maple Leaf. Nothing’s sticking, though. Outside air temperature right at 34 degrees, and the air is still. When I left Wedgwood at 7:50 a.m., it was snowing lightly.
Snow also being reported at the Wedgwood, Green Lake, Wallingford, Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods.
Traffic was snarled to the north earlier this morning, and several main highways were closed during the past 12 hours or so.
From the forecast discussion issued around 3 a.m.:
THE SNOW LEVEL WILL BE BELOW 1000 FT AGAIN EARLY THIS MORNING WITH
SHOWERS FALLING LOCALLY AS SNOW OVER THE LOWLANDS. PRECIPITATION
AMOUNTS IN THE CONVERGENCE ZONE MIGHT BE UP TO 0.20 INCH TODAY...
WHICH WILL RESULT IN LOCAL ACCUMULATIONS OF AN INCH OF SNOW. THERE
WILL LITTLE OR NO ACCUMULATION ELSEWHERE
Below, Interstate 5 at the Everett Mall earlier this morning:
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March 20th, 2013 by Mike
There are still a few tickets left for this Sunday’s dinner with uber-librarian Nancy Pearl.
The event, from 5-8 p.m. March24, is in part a celebration of North East Seattle Together’s one-year anniversary of launching its non-profit senior services.
Most of the cost of the event is tax-deductible.
For more information about NEST or this event, contact Judy Kinney, NEST executive director, at email@example.com, 206.525.6378, or visit www.nestseattle.org.
Disclosure: Mike, the author of this post, is also a NEST board member.
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March 18th, 2013 by Mike
(This is a sponsored story written by John Madrid, Managing Broker with John L. Scott Real Estate).
It continues to be a seller’s market in Northeast Seattle including View Ridge, Wedgwood, Maple Leaf, Bryant, Laurelhurst, and University neighborhoods where there is a little less than a one and half months of single-family home inventory.
If you are a fortunate home seller expect to see a lot of open house traffic, buyer “love letters” and possibly multiple offers if your home is located in a popular neighborhood and is competitively priced.
And what to do if you are a home buyer?
First, get your financial ducks in-a-row by getting preapproved by a local lender who is available in the evenings and on weekends.
Second, try to get out to see homes before the weekend which will give you more time to line-up pre-inspections if offers aren’t being reviewed for a few days.
Third, reduce the number of contingencies within your comfort level. Finally, write that love letter even if it’s just a short paragraph in addition to a summary of your offers terms. Don’t go overboard but in this market it just may help you stand out from the pack.
More info on other Seattle neighborhoods can be found at http://www.live206.com/seattle-area-market-update-c21537.html
John Madrid is a Managing Broker with John L. Scott Real Estate – University Village and is a 2005-2012 Seattle Magazine “Five Star” Agent. His clients include both home buyers and sellers. He can be reached at 206-498-1880, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.live206.com.
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March 1st, 2013 by Mike
The 27-year-old suspect in a string of six attacks near here remains jailed on $250,000 bail, the King County Prosecutor’s office says.
The man, arrested Tuesday afternoon after he attacked a woman at Roosevelt Way Northeast and Northeast 71st Street, was identified in court charging papers today as Robin P. McDougall-Treacy, whose last known address was near Ravenna Park but who told investigators he now keeps his belongings in a rented storage unit at Roosevelt and Northeast 70th Street.
McDougall-Treacy was charged with second-degree robbery for the last of the six attacks, according to the charging papers, which also note he has a prior drug conviction and a conviction of fourth-degree assault for an attack on a juvenile in 2000, an attack that was originally charged as third-degree child rape.
His next court appearance is March 14.
The attacks began Feb. 2nd, and occurred through the Wedgwood, Roosevelt and Ravenna neighborhoods.
“This series is being investigated as a pattern crime, including six robbery cases to date,” police write in court documents. “In each case a lone older victim is confronted from behind by the lone white male as the victim is walking down the sidewalk.
“The suspect then slices a purse strap, or clothing in one case involving an elderly male victim, using what has been described as a knife and steals the victim’s purse/wallet,” the documents state.
On Tuesday afternoon police received several 911 calls from civilians reporting they saw, and in some cases were chasing, a robber carrying a knife and running through backyards near Roosevelt, the documents state.
Officers caught the man hiding in a backyard near Northeast 71st and 10th Avenue Northeast at about 1:38, the documents state. He or his clothing were identified by the robbery victim and several witnesses.
The victim told officers she was walking on the sidewalk at Roosevelt and Northeast 71st when she felt a slight tug on her purse strap, turned and saw the suspect with a knife. She wound up on the ground in the struggle, the court documents state.
Her stolen purse contained, among other things, her cell phone. When a detective called the number of that cell phone, “a phone could be heard ringing inside McDougall-Treacy’s backpack, that was recovered with him at the time of arrest,” according to the documents.
A search of the storage unit turned up two folding knives, one resembling the weapon in a previous attack, and a purse, the documents state.
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February 26th, 2013 by Mike
Police arrested an armed robber this afternoon after he attacked a woman on Roosevelt Way Northeast at Northeast 71st Street.
Update: From a Seattle Police news release:
Police arrested a man armed with a knife in Roosevelt Tuesday afternoon after he stole a woman’s purse. The arrest comes after a string of similar robberies in nearby North Seattle neighborhoods, and detectives are investigating whether the cases may be connected.
At about 2:20 p.m. today, police received a report that a man in a windbreaker had cut the purse off the woman’s arm and ran through the yards of several homes near Northeast 71st Street and Roosevelt Way Northeast. Officers caught up to the man and arrested him.
Detectives were already working five similar robberies reported earlier this month.
The first robbery was reported on February 2nd, by a 91-year-old woman, who said a man armed with a knife had stolen her purse as she was walking up the steps to her home near Northeast 75th Street and 39th Avenue Northeast.
Almost two weeks later, on February 14th, a robber armed with a knife cut open the back pocket of a 77-year-old man and stole his wallet near Northeast 60th Street and 35th Avenue Northeast. After stealing the man’s wallet, the robber shoved the man to the ground and fled.
On February 20th, a robber cut the strap off a woman’s purse near Northeast 72nd Street and Roosevelt Way Northeast—just a block from the scene of today’s robbery.
A half-hour after that incident, a robber armed with a box cutter sliced the strap on a woman’s purse near Northeast 65th Street and 35th Avenue Northeast, cutting the woman’s hand in the process.
Finally, on February 25th, a man grabbed a woman’s purse right off her shoulder as she was walking near Northeast 75th Street and 35th Avenue Northeast, as she was on her way home from the grocery store.
All the robberies, including today’s incident, took place between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Robbery detectives are now transporting the man arrested today back to police headquarters, where they will interview him. Again, detectives haven’t yet determined whether these cases are connected, but we’ll post any additional details about these robberies as we get them.
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February 24th, 2013 by Mike
The year-old senior “village” that supports seniors in their own homes is celebrating its anniversary next month with an evening with librarian Nancy Pearl.
In its first year providing services, 55 people between the ages of 60-98 have become members of North East Seattle Together (NEST) .
Esther, a 77-year-old Ravenna resident said, “I feel so relieved since joining NEST. Over the past year, I have gained confidence in asking for help. Now I am developing a list of things that I am not going to do on my own. I feel confident in calling and asking NEST for help.”
Transportation, social connections, technology assistance and household maintenance are members’ top requests. To date, more than 100 volunteers have been trained to support NEST members with errands, household tasks, and rides to medical appointments, the hairdresser, or the grocery store.
Volunteer Sharon Greenberg says, “NEST members do not sit around watching TV all day.”
NEST, a 501(c)3 non-profit, serves seniors in the area roughly from Northgate Way south to the ship canal, and from Interstate 5 east to Lake Washington.
NEST is celebrating its first anniversary with “An Evening with Nancy Pearl” held on Sunday, March 24th. For more information about NEST or this event, contact Judy Kinney, NEST executive director, at email@example.com, 206.525.6378, or visit www.nestseattle.org.
Disclosure: Mike, the author of this post, is also a NEST board member.
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February 23rd, 2013 by Mike
A purse-snatcher armed with a silver knife attacked a woman walking on Roosevelt Way Northeast on Friday afternoon, police report. It was the third such incident reported nearby so far this month.
We reported earlier on the previous two attacks.
About Friday’s armed robbery, police report:
On February 22nd at approximately 2:15 p.m. officers responded to the 7200 block of Roosevelt Way NE for the report of an armed street robbery involving a knife. Preliminary investigation indicates that the 50-year-old female victim was walking southbound in the 7200 block of Roosevelt Way NE on the east side of the street. She was carrying her purse strapped diagonally across her chest when she felt tugging on it from behind. As she began to shout the purse came away from her body. She grabbed it and pulled it back toward her.
At that moment the suspect circled around her and she saw that he was holding a silver-colored knife in his hand. Seeing the knife, the victim let go of her purse and the suspect ran off with it eastbound on NE 72nd Street and remains at large. The victim was not injured.
There is no suspect description available at this time.
Police patrols in north Seattle have already been increased after a series of four sexual assaults nearby.
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