November 19th, 2014 by Mike
The trial of a man accused of a 2012 drive-by shooting at 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 75th Street has begun.
Police and prosecutors initially referred to the killing of Yancy Noll as a road rage event. But a new theory that accused shooter Thomasdinh “Dinh” Bowman may have wanted to be a hit man was introduced by prosecutors, according to our news partner The Seattle Times.
Senior Deputy Prosecutors Kristin Richardson and Adrienne McCoy also said in their trial brief, filed earlier this month, that Bowman fantasized about being an assassin and stored hundreds of books, articles, manuals and videos on his computer “dealing with how to be an assassin, how to commit murder, ‘snuff’ films, autopsies, methods of committing crimes, marksmanship, gunsmithing, forensic investigation, homicide investigation, and interrogation.
The Times post is here. KIRO is tweeting here.
The defense attorney is John Henry Browne.
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November 19th, 2014 by Mike
Seattle Times artist Gabriel Campanario drew Reckless Video this month.
Sadly, there are no comments on the post by Campanario, the “Seattle Sketcher.”
Go make some!
(Mike Kelley’s in there, too.)
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November 19th, 2014 by Mike
A Stage 2 burn ban – no burning in fireplaces or wood stoves unless you have no other source of heat – went into effect here at noon today and will last until 6 a.m.
Due to a days-long inversion we currently have some of the worst air quality in the country. Cliff Mass wrote about it here.
Rain beginning later today is expected to scrub the atmosphere.
According to the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency:
• No burning is allowed in any wood-burning fireplaces, certified or uncertified wood stoves or fireplace inserts. Residents should rely instead on their home’s other, cleaner source of heat (such as their furnace or electric baseboard heaters) for a few days until air quality improves, the public health risk diminishes and the ban is cancelled.
• The only exception is if the homeowner has a previously approved ‘No Other Adequate Source of Heat’ designation from the Clean Air Agency
• No outdoor fires are allowed. This includes recreational fires such as bonfires, campfires and the use of fire pits and chimineas.
• Burn ban violations are subject to a $1,000 penalty.
It is OK to use natural gas and propane stoves or inserts during a Stage 2 burn ban.
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November 15th, 2014 by Mike
Two, no, three things since the prowled car news earlier this month.
Subaru owners beware!
“If you drive a Honda Accord, Honda Civic or Subaru Legacy—or a car that was made before 2002—there is a greater chance that auto thieves may target your car,” according to a somewhat confusing release this week from the Seattle Police Department.
There were 525 reported auto thefts in Seattle during the month of October and a total of 4715 through the end of October. That’s a 38 percent increase from last year during the same time period.
According to our crime data, 77 percent of cars stolen in Seattle are model year 2001 or older. The top three cars stolen in Seattle year to date are Honda Accord, Honda Civic and Subaru Legacy.
If your car was made in 2001 or older – or you drive an Accord, Civic or Legacy – please consider purchasing a steering wheel lock anti-theft device at a reduced price from the Seattle Neighborhood Group. Follow this link for details.
Second, after another embarrassing incident, police say they will find a way to track stolen devices, according to our news partner The Seattle Times.
“On Friday, Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole announced creation of a position to help patrol officers track down stolen phones and other GPS-enabled electronic devices.”
And this morning police announced they caught thieves leaving a stolen car in the Haller Lake neighborhood (North Northgate Way and Aurora Avenue North).
Seattle police captured two suspects hiding in a cemetery after the suspects jumped from a moving, stolen car late Friday night.
Officers, while on an Anti-Violence Emphasis patrol, were keeping their eyes open for a stolen SUV believed to be connected with a number of recent incidents throughout North Seattle.
The officers spotted the stolen vehicle, now sporting stolen license plates, at Aurora Ave North and North Northgate Way around 11 p.m. Meanwhile the suspects, realizing they had been spotted, drove a short distance before jumping out of the moving SUV….
The officers were able to stop the run-away car before they gave chase to the two suspect who ran into a cemetery. Additional officers streamed into the area and quickly surrounded the cemetery, forcing the suspects to hide.
Overhead the King County Sheriffs Guardian-1 helicopter helped vector officers to the hiding suspects and both were arrested.
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November 13th, 2014 by Mike
Earlier this month The Urbanist, noting the Northgate light rail station will likely transform the Northgate neighborhood, suggested this:
Northgate Mall (owned by Simons Property Group) has a particular opportunity to redevelop as a regional employment center and neighborhood core for the greater Northgate community.
The blog posted 10 Ways Northgate Mall Could Become ‘Downtown Northgate.’
Here are two we particularly like:
5. Build a public square.
Creating a civic space space like a large neighborhood park or square goes a long way to anchoring Northgate Mall as the neighborhood’s center.
7. Don’t forget the groceries.
Unlike some of the hotter real-estate markets in Seattle, the greater Northgate area has very few grocery shopping options within walking distance.
Read the whole thing here.
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November 13th, 2014 by Mike
Lynda emails to report a burglary Wednesday – a stolen laptop in the 8900 block of 12th Avenue Northeast.
The police crime map doesn’t list that burglary yet, but it does show four others in Maple Leaf since Halloween.
For those wondering, here’s how we stack up against other city neighborhoods in burglary occurrence. The darker the shade, the more crimes per square mile. (Statistics are from 2012.)
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November 12th, 2014 by Mike
Thank you so much for posting this. I have received several notes of support and sightings from the night of the event. Luckily our dog was found by the contractor waiting on the porch of the project the next day. We are all very pleased. If there is ever a neighborhood for a dog to get lost in, I think Maple Leaf might be the best.
Ross emails Sunday night: :
Hi. I am currently working on a project in lovely Maple Leaf. While at the construction site today my dog escaped and I have been unable to locate her (approximately 4 p.m. Tuesday Nov. 11th).
She is a lean (American Labrador) black dog. She has a green collar with squirrels on it. Most recently seen between Fifth Avenue Northeast and Roosevelt Way Northeast on Northeast 91st. Street.
She is microchipped but was not wearing her tags at the time. If anyone finds her please contact me or call me at the information below.
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November 11th, 2014 by Mike
Monday November 10th at about 11:30 a.m. I found a small grey terrier – very friendly -but no collar or dog tag. On the corner of Northeast 83rd Street and Eighth Avenue Northeast.
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November 10th, 2014 by Mike
Two emails over the weekend:
Friends of Campus Cats has scooped up a friendly cat who seems too hungry and eager for company to be a roving pet. Adult female, grey domestic shorthair w/white paws.
She has been hanging around Northeast Eighth Street and 100th Avenue Northeast for at least a month, risking life and limb in the street. She is microchipped, but the number is untraceable. Please leave a message at 206-442-2051 if you think she is your cat or if you have any tips for us.
And Laurel emails:
This beautiful but timid kitty has been hanging out in the parking lot of Northeast 91st Street and Roosevelt Way Northeast. Was obviously once loved and cared for (nice coat, well groomed). I tried to get “her” into a cat carrier to take to the local vet to see if she was chipped, but failed.
PLEASE spread the word…this is not a breed that can survive outdoors!
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November 8th, 2014 by Mike
This post courtesy of our sister site My Wallingford.
Next Saturday, November 15, at North Seattle College, the Friends of the Seattle Public Library is hosting a holiday book sale.
The sale will take place in the cafeteria at North Seattle College, 9600 College Way N. . You can enter from the west side of the campus into the first floor entrance of the College Center Building, underneath the large concrete staircase visible from College Way between Northeast 95th and 97th streets.
You can find gift-quality books for all ages, old or rare books and tons of new DVD’s! Prices start at $3!
Due to the fire code, capacity in the cafeteria will be limited and there may be a line to enter the building.
This sale is free and open to the public with no registration required.
For more information, call the Friends of The Seattle Public Library at 206-682-7567, email email@example.com or visit www.friendsofspl.or
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November 5th, 2014 by Mike
Update 11/08: Crosscut has a discussion of district politics here.
Now that the 2014 elections are over….
It’s time to think of the 2015 Seattle City Council election. Which is to say, something completely different from previous years.
For 2015, we’re electing our City Council by district (ward). Only two of the nine council members will run at large (citywide).
Most of Maple Leaf is in Council District 5, with a small piece (roughly south of a line drawn through the middle of Maple Leaf Reservoir Park) in Council District 4.
None of the current council members live in District 5. So far a former Methodist pastor, Sanford “Sandy” Brown, has announced his candidacy, as has Halei Watkins, a Planned Parenthood political organizer, according to our news partner The Seattle Times.
The Stranger has recent interviews with Watkins and Brown.
Brown, 56, lives in Licton Springs. Watkins, 26, lives in Northgate.
Sanford’s web site is here. Watkins’ is here.
As for Council District 4, incumbent Jean Godden, 83, says she’s running again, according to The Times. She’s been joined by Michael Maddux, 33. And today an email arrived saying Taso G. Lagos, “a member of one of our North End’s most beloved families,” will announce next week.
As for the two citywide positions, incumbent Tim Burgess has declared he’ll run for District 8 and incumbent Sally Clark for District 9.
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November 1st, 2014 by Mike
Update 11/8: Danny Westneat has a new column.
“As hard as this may be to believe, it gets more embarrassing for the Seattle police.”
Update 11/3: Seattle Police say they will “review” their policy.
There’s an interesting discussion this morning at The Seattle Times over what’s believed to be the most common crime in Seattle: car prowls.
The occasion is Danny Westneat’s column: “Police allow car-prowl crimes to turn into growth industry.”
So far there are something north of 100 200 500 comments on the piece (not counting the ones wanting to turn it into an argument over gun control).
In Maple Leaf, as summer ended, roughly a car a day was broken into.
The map at right shows car prowls in Maple Leaf so far this year.
Incidentally, this stolen Subaru, reported to police half a month ago, is still sitting on 12th Avenue Northeast.
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November 1st, 2014 by Mike
This year’s All Hallow’s Eve tally:
* 144 kids
* 34 adults
* 13 dogs
Down slightly from 2013. Although:
Rain 10/30-10/31 = 2.06 inches. Sheesh.
(At left: Calvin as shark.)
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October 29th, 2014 by Mike
There are maybe a dozen fire trucks and a couple dozen firefighters up on 15th Avenue Northeast, but don’t worry.
It’s a drill.
They’ll be there another couple of days, just north of the bridge over Thornton Creek at about Northeast 107th Street. A homeowner there (on the east side of 15th) has volunteered his (former) house to be used for training.
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October 26th, 2014 by Mike
Joslyn Guijarro, of Cloud City Coffee, hands out treats during the Parade of Costumes.
These two additional photos are by Maple Leaf resident Terry Parkhurst. Thanks, Terry!
The Sixth Annual Maple Leaf Parade of Costumes has started on Fifth Avenue Northeast.
In the sun! Although the National Weather Service, Seattle, reported within the hour:
“We got 0.15 (inches) in the short time the line went through. Line continues to move southeast at around 30 mph. There might be some small hail with it as well.”
Starting with around 50 walkers (and two dogs), the side streets are still lined with costumed figures. At least 70 are likely to complete the route ending at Maple Leaf Reservoir Park.
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