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Entries from February 2011

Paint dumped on 9th Ave NE

February 28th, 2011 by master

One of our readers tells us someone is dumping paint on her street. In fact, it has happened twice. She sent us this picture from the area of 9th Ave NE between 53rd and 55th. Anyone else noticed this? You can report illegal dumping and surface water pollution to the city’s graffiti hotline at 206-684-7587 or online.


Gun used in one of two street robberies

February 27th, 2011 by master

Updated: Here is more information on two robberies that occurred Saturday night in the U District.

Two incidents of robberies occurred on February 26, 2011. The first, at approximately 7:40 p.m., involved a male UW student who was walking southbound on Roosevelt Way, N.E. near N.E. 42nd St. He stopped to give $5 to a transient. As he continued walking, two suspects approached him from the rear and asked, “Do you have any cash to spare?” As he opened his wallet to give the suspects some cash, they pushed him against the wall and took his backpack and wallet. The suspects fled in a south and west direction. No weapon was seen or implied, and there was no injury to the victim. The suspects remain at large. One is described as a black male, late 20’s, 6 feet tall, medium build, wearing a gray and black baseball cap, gray hoodie, and dark pants. The second suspect is described as a white male, late 20’s, 6’2″ medium build, wearing a blue hoodie and dark pants.

This case is being investigated by the Seattle Police Department under case number 2011-66762. If you have any additional information about this crime or suspect, please call the Seattle Police Department at 206-625-5011. To report other suspicious activities or persons, call 911.

The second incident was an armed robbery that occurred at approximately 11:59 p.m. Two female UW students had just parked their vehicle in the alley behind 4700 16th Ave N.E., when a suspect approached them and demanded their purses. The suspect pointed a handgun at them, aiming at the lower half of their bodies. Both victims gave the suspect their purses. The suspect ran westbound between the houses. The victims were not injured. The suspect remains at large. He is described as a white male, early 20’s, appropriately 5′ 8″ in height, medium build, wearing a black stocking cap and a black puffy jacket.

This case is being investigated by the Seattle Police Department under case number 2011-67051. If you have any additional information about this crime or suspect, please call the Seattle Police Department at 206-625-5011. To report other suspicious activities or persons, call 911.

Earlier: The Seattle Police crime map shows two street robberies happened Saturday night in the U-District. The one in the 4700 block of 16th Ave NE involved a gun. Another robbery happened in the 4200 block of Roosevelt. The complete police reports won’t be available for another two or three days.

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When the U-District was called Brooklyn

February 26th, 2011 by master

Brooklyn Avenue is a well-known street in the U-District. But does anyone remember when the U-District was actually called Brooklyn? Seattlest has been posting a series of stories on how local neighborhoods got their name. For more on the U-District’s past, check out this link.

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Dino Day at the Burke

February 23rd, 2011 by master

If you dig dinosaurs, mark your calendar for an event at the Burke Museum events on your blog from time to time. Dino Day is set for March 5 from 10am to 4pm. You can see and touch real fossils and take part in activities such as dino dress up, fossil dig pit, dino coloring, or crack open a rock and take home a fossil. Dino Day is included in the cost of museum admission and is free to Burke members. You can find more information here.

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A closer look at crime in the U-District

February 22nd, 2011 by master

The rash of street robberies around the U-District over the past several months, many targeting UW students, sparked a lot of concern in the neighborhood.  But a closer look at the numbers by our news partners at The Daily show things may not be any worse than previous years.  In fact, their report shows that alerts sent out by UW Police have actually dropped.  It is important to note that many of the crimes have taken place off campus, where Seattle Police have jurisdiction. You can read more here.

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Robbery on The Ave

February 18th, 2011 by master

UW Police sent out this alert today:

On Friday, February 18, 2011 at approximately 2:38 pm, a male suspect robbed a victim in the area of 5270 University Way NE.  The male suspect took cash from the victim, and was last seen running southbound on Brooklyn Ave. NE. No weapon was seen.  The suspect is described as a male, light complexion, approximately 22 years of age, 5’8”-5’10” in height, slender build, and wearing a black zip-up sweatshirt, jeans, white shoes and a black baseball cap with the New York Yankees logo on the front.  The suspect was carrying a black backpack.

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Shots fired, property damaged

February 17th, 2011 by master

From the SPD Blotter:

On February 17th, at approximately 1:30 AM, North Precinct officers responded to a call of numerous gunshots in the 200 Block of NE 40th Street. Officers arrived and located six shell casings in the street. During an area check, it appears that a car parked in a driveway of a house in that block had minor damage from what appeared to be a ricochet. No suspects were located.

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Get 'Good To Go!' passes now and get $10 credit

February 15th, 2011 by master

The SR 520 “Good To Go!” campaign kicked off today at University Village. Starting this spring, tolls will be collected using the Good To Go! electronic tolling system, which allows tolls to be collected without stopping or slowing. There will be no traditional toll booths.

“Tolling is a critical funding source for replacing the vulnerable 520 bridge,” Washington Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond said. “Starting tolling this spring helps keep project costs down while improving the safety and reliability of this vital corridor. The funds help us begin pontoon construction in Grays Harbor for a replacement bridge and improvements on the Eastside starting next month.”

At today’s event, WSDOT officials announced that drivers will receive a $10 credit towards SR 520 tolls if they purchase a Good To Go! Pass and activate an account by April 15. Starting this Friday, Friday, February 18, the Standard Sticker pass, costing $5, will be available at 84 participating Safeway stores throughout Puget Sound.

Get more information and purchase your Good To Go! pass here.

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U-District car prowls may be the work of one group

February 13th, 2011 by master

When you log on to the Seattle Police crime map, you’ll usually find plenty of car prowls in the U-District. Today, I counted at least 7 in just the past week. Now, there’s word that some recent car prowls in the neighborhood may be the work of one group. KIRO 7 reports that police have seen an increase in the number of car prowls in the U-District, Green Lake and Magnolia.  It also appears women who drive to parks are being targeted. A Volkswagen Jetta was spotted in some of the crimes with a “crew” of three women and four men.

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Trespassers found in UW residence halls

February 11th, 2011 by master

UW Police responded to three different reports of trespassing at campus residence halls earlier this month.  Our news partners at The Daily report that in one case, a man was arrested for drug possession and had more than $7000 in warrants out for his arrest.  You can read more here.

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