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Entries from June 2011

Robbery suspect arrested in U District

June 30th, 2011 by master

From the SPD Blotter:

On June 16th, at approximately 5:45 PM, an 87 year old man pulled up in front of his residence in North Seattle and assisted his wife into the house. When the victim returned to his vehicle, an unknown male approached him and told him that there was something wrong with his car. The suspect offered to fix the car. After retrieving a wrench from the victim’s trunk, the suspect faked a repair and then demanded money from the victim for payment. The victim refused to pay. The suspect reached over the victim’s shoulder and removed the victim’s wallet from his back pocket. The suspect then fled in a black Dodge Charger, driven by an unknown female.

Detectives followed up on information developed during the investigation and identified a suspect. Early this morning, North Precinct officers located the 19 year old male suspect in the University District inside an apartment. The suspect ran out the back and jumped off a deck to escape the officers, but was taken into custody a short distance away. He was later booked into the King County Jail.

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Traffic signal box taken out by crash

June 29th, 2011 by master

Thanks to reader Linda who sent in this picture and information. She tells us a Toyota Camry appears to have jumped the curb destroying the signal control box at 25th Ave NE and NE 55th near Kidd Valley. The traffic lights went out as a results. The car came to rest against a light/telephone pole. This photo was taken just after 5:45 PM today.

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Artist(s) wanted for Burke Gilman installation

June 28th, 2011 by master

The city is looking to add a little creativity to the Burke Gilman Trail with the help of Washington artists.

The Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs and the Seattle Department of Transportation are looking for an artist or a team of artists to create art for the multi-purpose trail. All artists must live in the state of Washington.

The art will be permanent installations on two to five select points along the trail, which have not been selected. “Each part of the installation will enliven its location on the trail and collectively create a larger cohesive artwork,” according to a release by the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. “The artwork will identify the trail as a connector through the city and add an element of discovery to peoples’ experience on the trail.”

The budget for the project is $80,000 which includes all costs to design, fabricate and install artwork. The application deadline is 11 p.m. on Monday, August 1. More information can be found here, or apply here.

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U Village unveils lineup for Sounds of Summer concert series

June 25th, 2011 by master

U Village will once again play host to the Sounds of Summer concert series. Starting July 13, you can enjoy free music every Wednesday night from 6pm to 9pm. Beer, wine and gourmet bites will also be available. Click here for the concert schedule.

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Grilling with the masters at U-District Farmers Market

June 23rd, 2011 by master

On Saturday, July 2 the U-District Farmers market will celebrate barbecue season with free master chef and producer classes. Market shoppers can see demos on filleting fish, cutting meat, how to make the perfect hamburger, how to cut a whole chicken, tips on the best types of meat (beef, pork and lamb) for your barbecue…and how to grill it all to perfection. The Master Line-up in includes Becky Selengut, chef and author of Good Fish and the Cornucopiacuisine blog, farmer Janelle Stokesberry (Stokesberry Sustainable Farm) and Lissa James of Hama Hama Oyster Company — just to name a few.

The U-District Farmers Market is open every Saturday, year-round at University Heights Center on the corner of University Way NE  and NE 50th.   Hours are 9 am – 2 pm.

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Arboretum master plan

June 21st, 2011 by master

Seattle Parks and Recreation, the University of Washington Botanic Gardens, and the Arboretum Foundation are hosting a public meeting to discuss the continuing implementation of the master plan for the Arboretum. The community is encouraged to attend the meeting on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at the Graham Visitor Center located at 2300 Arboretum Dr. E. You can find more information here.

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Shots fired at business on The Ave

June 17th, 2011 by master

From SPD:

On June 17th, at approximately 12:45 AM, North Precinct officers responded to a report of shots fired outside a business in the 4300 Block of University Way NE. As officers arrived, they noticed the window of the business was broken, which according to an employee, occurred when the shots were fired. There were no injuries. The employee told officers that the suspect shooter was a black male, approximately 6′ tall, 175 pounds, and wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black jeans. He was observed running southbound on the Ave immediately after the shots were fired. Patrol officers began to search for the suspect. An officer spotted a possible suspect in the 4500 Block of Brooklyn Avenue NE, but then lost sight of the suspect. A K9 team arrived and the dog and officers conducted a K9 track to the 1000 Block of NE Ravenna Boulevard. There officers located a suspect sitting on the ground. After taking the suspect into custody, witnesses were brought by the scene for identification. All of the witnesses that were brought by stated that the person detained was not the correct suspect. He was identified and then released by officers.

Officers then returned to the 4500 Block of Brooklyn Ave. NE and began searching for additional evidence. A black jacket was recovered there, and officers discovered a black handgun that had been thrown over a fence at that location. The gun was reported as stolen. All of the items were collected and submitted into evidence. Officers back at the scene of the shooting located and collected shell casings. Detectives will be handling the follow up investigation. Anyone with information on this shooting is asked to contact Seattle Police.

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Progress report on 15th Ave NE reconstruction

June 14th, 2011 by master

Work is moving along on the reconstruction of 15th Ave NE. The stretch of the project between NE 50th St and NE 55th Streeet will begin the week of June 20th. Meanwhile this Saturday (6/18), traffic on 15th Ave will be detoured in both directions between NE 45th and Ravenna. Between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., buses normally traveling on 15th Ave NE between NE 45th and Ravenna will be rerouted to University Way. You can track the latest on the project here.

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Out of control party on 19th Ave NE

June 13th, 2011 by master

From Seattle Police:

On June 12th at around 3:50 a.m., North Precinct patrol officers responded to a noise complaint in the 5000 block of 19th Avenue NE. Upon arrival they were confronted by 30-40 belligerent party goers out in the street. Officers then heard what sounded like a gunshot which they believed emanated from northwest of that location. This was immediately followed by dozens of subjects running southbound from the alley west of the 5200 block of 19th Avenue NE. Some of the subjects reported having been shot at.

While officers attempted to investigate the shooting, the large crowd of party goers became hostile prompting a call for additional police units. Officers from other North Precinct sectors, East Precinct and UWPD responded quickly and regained control of the scene. Containment was established and a canine unit responded to track the shooting suspect(s). No shooting victims or property damage was located. However, officers found and recovered a backpack that had been stuffed under a car parked a block away. Officers opened the backpack and found a stolen handgun. It is not known if the recovered firearm was used in the shooting. Officers placed it into evidence for forensic examination. The suspect(s) remain at large.

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Shots fired in U District early Saturday morning

June 11th, 2011 by master

Seattle police were called early Saturday morning to the 5200 block of University Way NE after receiving multiple calls of shots fired. Witnesses told police that the suspect vehicle was white – the make and model was in question. Some said it was a 1990’s-era Camero, other said it was a white Cadillac. When police arrived on scene at about 2:15 a.m., officers couldn’t find any victims or damage resulting to the shots being fired. They did, however, find 10 shell casings in the parking lot and immediate area.

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