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Lost cat…named Puppyface

July 18th, 2016 by Mike

Bre emails:

We’ve lost a calico cat! Left our yard on Northeast 80th Street heading toward Brooklyn Ave Northeast Friday 7/14 a.m. and hasn’t come home.

She’s fairly shy and dopey, very sweet and loving and not very street-wise. Her name is Puppyface and she has a collar with a tag and microchip. We’re worried she is stuck in a garage or shed or new house construction somewhere probably south of the park but maybe she got adventurous (or turned around) and went north?

Contact information if seen/found: Bre Holt, 206-499-9003.

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Active search for man who fired shots near Northgate

July 15th, 2016 by Mike

Update from Seattle Police:

Officers arrested the suspect in today’s shots fired call at Woodlawn Ave. Northeast & Second Ave. Northeast. Medics took the suspect to the hospital for injuries sustained during today’s incident. Detectives continue to investigate this case and will provide updates when available.

Update: KOMO reports the man has been arrested.

The Seattle Police Department headline, within the hour (3:33 p.m.) reads: “Man Crashes Green Volvo Near Greenlake After Firing Shots Near Northgate.”

Officers responded to multiple reports of shots fired near 5th Avenue Northeast and Northeast Northgate Way.

Police arrived quickly and located the suspect, but when he saw the officers, he sped off in his green Volvo, with police in pursuit.

The suspect lost control of his car and crashed in the 100 block of Northeast 80th Street, so he took off running.

Multiple police resources and a police K9 are in the area looking for him now.

Officers have not located any victims or any received additional reports at this time.

Officers believe that the man pictured here may be the shooting suspect due to fact the he left his driver’s license in the car.

Anyone with information about this man or this incident should call 911.

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Police seek witness to attempted child luring

July 14th, 2016 by Mike

This afternoon Seattle Police issued a press release with the title: “Man in Distinct Orange Car Arrested After Trying to Lure 12-Year-Old Girl.”

The incident occurred just north of Maple Leaf on Wednesday.

A 50-year-old man is in custody for child luring following an incident that occurred in North Seattle yesterday afternoon.

Shortly after noon on Wednesday, officers responded to a report of a luring incident near Northeast 125th Street and 15th Avenue Northeast. Officers located the victim seeking refuge in a business. The victim, a 12-year-old girl, told officers that a man driving an orange, older model Ford Crown Victoria made contact with her and offered her a ride, which she refused. The suspect then became more aggressive and demanded that the she get into the car. A witness saw this interaction and yelled for the girl to run to safety. The girl ran to a nearby business until police arrived.

Officers began an exhaustive search for the orange car and the man driving it. Officers found both at a nearby parking lot. When officers approached, they saw the man with his erect penis sticking out of his pants, an open bottle of whisky at his side and a fixed blade knife within easy reach. The victim recognized both the car and the suspect. Officers arrested him and impounded his orange car.

The suspect is in King County Jail and a Sexual Assault detective has been assigned to investigate.

The adult witness was no longer on scene when officers arrived. Detectives would like to speak to her or any other person who saw this crime, or is aware of any other involving the suspect. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sexual Assault Unit at 206 684-5575.

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Maple Leaf lifestyle research study needs your help

July 12th, 2016 by sarawilly

A sponsored post from Fieldwork Seattle

A private study is being conducted in the Northgate and Maple Leaf
neighborhoods to talk individually with residents about their lifestyle, interests, and how they get around town.
In-home interviews are being scheduled for July 16-19, and qualified study participants will be paid for their time.
Make a difference in the products and brands that matter to you and your community.
Contact John Pizzalato today and say you are interested in the:
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Lost cat Wasabi – missing all month

July 7th, 2016 by Mike

Nathan emails today:

“I live near the cross streets of Northeast 92nd Street and 20th Avenue Northeast.

“My year and half old cat Wasabi has gone missing. Last seen at the house on July 1st Friday. Attached are some pictures. She has left for 4 days once before but due to the length of time and the fireworks we are worried with this circumstance.

“Posting some of this information and pictures on your site would be much appreciated!”

If you’ve seen Wasabi, leave a comment on our Facebook page.

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Fireworks damage in Maple Leaf?

July 5th, 2016 by Mike

On the morning after, James emails:

My car was parked on the west-side of Northeast 80th Street and Fourth Avenue Northeast near my home. I saw this morning that there were two impacts on the top of my windshield. One was above the windshield on the car itself causing some dents, and another on the windshield itself which hit the glass with force.

The windshield is damaged beyond repair since a portion is crushed and cracked on the drivers passenger side. I collected a bit of dust from the car dent, and it looks like firework powder (could also be finely crushed rock).

After work today I will make a non-emergency report with the SPD, and I should be insured, however I feel pretty jilted at the thought of people being careless with fireworks. Someone suggested it was probably someone tossing it out of their car, which is also a possibility.

Has anyone else reported similar incidents from the 4th?

We haven’t heard of any, although if readers have you can leave comments on our Facebook page.

Our last report on neighborhood car prowls is here.

The Seattle Times has a report on fireworks injuries here.

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Maple Leaf Woman Dives into Obliteride to Help Cure Cancer

June 28th, 2016 by Mike

Sarah at the finish line.

This is a sponsored post.

“Obliteride is a way to contribute to cancer research, to finding treatments and potentially cures, in a fun and social way:” Sarah Zurat – Maple Leaf Resident

Sarah Zurat thinks about cancer every day but it’s not for the reasons you might think. The Maple Leaf woman works as a cancer information specialist, providing resources, information and referrals to anyone affected by cancer. Sarah says while her work is rewarding, it’s not always fun or social. That’s where Obliteride, a bike ride to raise money for cancer research at Fred Hutch, comes in.

Sarah is excited for her third Obliteride this summer. She admits signing up the first time was a bit scary. “I was a little intimidated but knowing there were shorter distances helped me to commit,” said Sarah. “There are so many distance choices so everyone can find one that’s right for them, including kids who want to ride!”

This year, Sarah says she’s looking forward to riding 50 miles in Obliteride because it’s so inspiring. “I get to see cancer survivors whisk by me and think, I am so grateful not only that they are alive, but that they are alive and well and riding in this event,” said Sarah. “There is an incredible community atmosphere of Obliteride that is filled with inspiration, persistence, resilience, respect and pure joy.”

Sarah is kneeling, on the right, wearing Hutch baseball hat and glasses.

Sarah rides with many colleagues and friends on team 800-4-Cancer. She says one of her favorite memories of Obliteride was when she and her friends jumped into Lake Washington halfway through the ride. “It was so warm and I didn’t have a swimsuit but since I was wearing fast dry clothing I knew it would feel great,” said Sarah. Since Obliteride is a ride and not a race, Sarah says she went for it. “I asked if anyone else from my team wanted to go in the lake and there was a group of us that jumped in. It was great! If it’s hot out, I plan on doing it again this year!”

Obliteride

Sarah is kneeling on the right without a helmet.

Obliteride has raised nearly $7 million for life-saving cancer research in just three years. Every dollar riders fundraise goes directly to Fred Hutch.

“These funds are vital to our work toward cancer cures,” said Dr. Gary Gilliland, president and director of Fred Hutch. “There’s a very real urgency now as we are on the verge of breakthroughs. For example, our scientists have seen extraordinary success using a patient’s own immune cells to make cancer literally vanish, even in patients with the most advanced stages of disease. It’s unprecedented. Fundraising efforts like Obliteride help us cure cancer faster.”

The need for cures is urgent and the facts are scary. One out of three women and half of all men will be diagnosed with cancer. This year, nearly 70,000 people are expected to be diagnosed with cancer in the Northwest alone.

Join Obliteride – the movement to cure cancer faster

Obliteride has routes for everyone from rookies to road warriors. Riders are treated to a first-class event including fun parties, live entertainment and fantastic food from Tom Douglas Catering.

“Just do it!” said Sarah. “Really, you will thank yourself afterwards! It’s a great family and community event, so get a friend or a family member or a colleague to join you.

To be part of this exciting event on Aug. 14, 2016, sign up to ride 10-165 miles or volunteer at obliteride.org.

If you would like to donate to Sarah’s ride, go to her personal fundraising page. http://bit.ly/1XSXWd6

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Lost dog, lost keys, new restaurant in neighborhood

June 27th, 2016 by Mike

Update: Zorro is home safely.

Zorro is a 10-month-old puppy. He escaped from near Northeast 103rd Street and 15th Avenue Northeast.

Patty emails over the weekend: “Wanted to see if someone reported a lost set of keys (VW fob and some house keys) tonight (June 24th) from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.?”

If so, leave a comment on our Facebook page. The keys were lost near Roosevelt Way Northeast and Northeast 88th Street.

Finally, Valarie emails: “Today I drove past the former Hudson House and saw that it has been re-named Ravenleaf. Here is the link to the webpage which says the expected opening is in mid-July: http://www.ravenleafph.com/

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More car prowls, attempted Northgate robberies, a police picnic

June 24th, 2016 by Mike

First, the attempted robbery, Wednesday afternoon at a grocery store just north of Maple Leaf, police said.

Shortly after 4 p.m., the three suspects–two 14-year-old females and one 15-year-old female– entered the store near Northeast 123rd Street and 15th Avenue Northeast. The suspects went to the deli section of the store and took a couple of sandwiches and combination meals they had ordered and then put the items inside a backpack. The group then left the store without paying for the items. When the Loss Prevention Officer contacted the group outside of the store, one of the suspects produced a Swiss Army knife and opened the blade. The Loss Prevention Officer backed off, and the suspects ran off northbound.

Officers were called and located the trio hiding several blocks away. One of the suspects was listed as a runaway and had a misdemeanor warrant. The three suspects were positively identified and arrested. It is believed that the same three suspects were involved in a similar robbery at a store at the Northgate Mall a week earlier, where they set off a fire extinguisher in a security office and attacked a security guard.

On car prowls, on Thursday police released year-to-date figures that show, in the North Precinct, as usual, Northgate leads all the rest:

This is not true for the entire city, though. Both downtown and Queen Anne have hundreds more than Northgate so far this year.

The full graphics are here.

Last month police reported we were fourth in car prowls. In March, and by different metrics, we were No. 1. (more…)

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Olympic View book sale is this afternoon, Saturday

June 17th, 2016 by Mike

From Maple Leaf Parents:

The Olympic View “Summer Soar” Annual Children’s Used Book Sale is tomorrow Friday, June 17th 3:45-6:30pm & Saturday June 18th from 10am-3pm at Olympic View in the hallway in front of the main office. We have books for kids from birth to young adult. Prices are only 50¢-$2. Come and stock up on books for the summer!

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Neighbors report two instances of stolen packages

June 14th, 2016 by Mike

A neighbor reports two new instances of stolen packages today.

One is from Roosevelt Way Northeast and Northeast 103rd Street. The other is from Fifth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 85th Street.

A friendly Maple Leaf neighbor (20 blocks south) came over with my empty box, found by his house. FedEx delivered it at 1:00, and it was stolen at 2:36, according to my video camera. (Yes, I have the men on video.)

This kind neighbor’s own two packages, also delivered today, were stolen, too. I’ll be showing my video to the police tomorrow, but in the meantime, if anyone finds a brand new lovely tablecloth (paisley print, 60″ x 102″), I’d love to know!

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Wild Root salon latest Maple Leaf fixture to exit – update

May 26th, 2016 by Mike

Wild Root Salon & Spa on Roosevelt Way Northeast will be closing by mid-June.

Owner Donna Morton, who has been operating the site, at 8814 Roosevelt Way Northeast, since at least 2001, confirmed she is selling the building. (Disclosure: Donna has been cutting my hair since 2003.)

We’re waiting for further details. From Donna: (more…)

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Garage sales today!

May 21st, 2016 by Mike

Christopher emails:

I live in Maple Leaf and am having a garage sale this Saturday. I found the link on the right-hand side for the garage sales, but couldn’t find anyway to actually list one. Can you help me out navigating this?

We really need to get rid of that link. Christopher’s sale is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 544 N.E. 97th St.

Any others? Send info to tops@mapleleaflife.com

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Books for Olympic View; Cloud City coffee for bikes

May 19th, 2016 by Mike

Olympic View Elementary School is looking for good summer reads:

Olympic View Elementary is looking for gently used kids books, any reading level from just beginning to high school (we’ll take bilingual too!). Our elementary school needs help getting a book in the hands of every child to promote summer reading. Thanks in advance for supporting the kids in our community!

Student and the community will also have the opportunity to buy excellent, gently used books at inexpensive prices on the day of the sale. Proceeds go to OVPTA. The sale will be Friday, June 17th 3:45-6:30pm & Saturday June 18th from 10am-3pm at Olympic View Elementary (exact location tbd).

Books can be dropped at the school, Eighth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 95th Street.

Also, tomorrow Friday is “Bike Everywhere Day,” (which apparently arrives on the third Friday in May) and to celebrate Cloud City Coffee, at Northeast 88th Street and Roosevelt Way Northeast, is hosting a “Celebration Station.”

This year, Maple Leaf Greenways is hosting a Celebration Station at Cloud City Coffee, with coffee donated by Cloud City. If you bike to work or you’re just curious about Maple Leaf Greenways (we advocate for safer streets), we hope to see you on Friday.

We will need volunteers to set-up, hand out donuts, answer questions about Maple Leaf Greenways, and take-down. If you’d like to volunteer for one hour, email Brock Howell at brock@bikehappycascadia.com.

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We’re Number 4? Also, so long, Hudson House

May 14th, 2016 by Mike

Good news, neighbors!

Seattle Police say we’re No. 4 – in car prowls (Seattle’s most common crime).

This is GOOD news? Something north of 250 cars busted into?

Yes. Because in March, we were No. 1.

The graph above shows cars broken into between January and May 7.  Note, however, that Roosevelt/Ravenna is No. 5.

Thanks to Anthony and John for forwarding the information..

And to Lisa, for pointing out that the Hudson New American Public House, at 8014 15th Ave. N.E., is no more, as of Friday.

I noticed a handwritten sign in the window at Hudson Public House yesterday that indicated that a change in ownership/management was coming, and that today (the 13th) would be the last in the current hands.

The Collins Pub also tweeted the news: “Tonight it ends- @hudsonpub Hudson to close , transition to new owners.”

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