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Entries from December 2011

One week until SR 520 tolling begins, Good to Go cards available in the neighborhood

December 22nd, 2011 by master

Three Good to Go! workers set drivers up with accounts at the University Heights Community Center parking lot

Tolling on the SR 520 bridge begins in just one week. If you are looking for a quick and easy place to pick up a Good To Go! card, you can always swing by the University Heights Community Center during weekdays. WSDOT set up a booth in the north parking lot to sign people up. Because the tolling is done using sensors and cameras while your car speeds along, A Good to Go! account gives you the cheapest toll rate. Otherwise the department has to use an image of your license plate to track down your address and send you a bill.

Buses could get more crowded

If you’re a bus rider, be ready for more people on the bus once tolling begins. WSDOT predicts that many drivers will opt for transit rather than pay a toll. That also means park-and-ride lots will fill up earlier. On the flip-side, if you don’t mind paying the toll, the trip is likely be much quicker if significant numbers of toll avoiders take the bus or use I-90.

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Husky Stadium roof tumbles down in demolition

December 20th, 2011 by master

If you were near Husky Stadium today, you may have heard the incredible sound of the south stadium overhang crashing down:

It’s all part of the ongoing demolition of much of the facility to make way for a new $250 million stadium, which is scheduled to reopen in summer of 2013.

You can keep track of the work at the stadium via these live webcams.

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New Goodwill donation center opens at University Heights Community Center

December 19th, 2011 by master

Just in time for the holidays, Seattle Goodwill just opened a new donation collection site in the parking lot of the University Heights Community Center.

Please take into account the following when preparing your donation: Goodwill can’t fix items that are broken or are in poor condition and can’t except anything that’s been recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. You can find a list of those items at And it seems like a no-brainer but it appears it needs to be said that they don’t accept hazardous, poisonous or flammable material.

Here’s a list of what they do take:
Antiques and Collectibles
BBQ grills (must be clean and without propane tanks)
Bed frames
Camping Equipment
Carpeting (new, never installed)
Cell Phones
CDs, records and cassettes
Clothing and accessories
Computers – desktop, laptop and monitors* (see below)
Computer accessories – printers, mice, scanners, keyboards, etc.
Computer software (factory sealed)
Small electronics
Exercise equipment
Futon frames and gently used futon mattresses
Home decor
Household appliances (no large appliances)
Lamps and light fixtures (no fluorescents)
Lawn equipment, including gas powered (must be drained of all fluids)
Portable heaters (must have three prong plug)
Sporting Goods
Televisions* (see below)
Vehicles – Call 1-877-999-8322 to donate your vehicle

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Police arrest Saturday's assault and robbery suspect

December 9th, 2011 by master

Seattle police have arrested a suspect in an assault and robbery that happened last Saturday in the 4500 block of 8th Avenue NE. Tips from eye witnesses led police  to a suspect in SeaTac. After interviewing the 30 year old officers booked him into King County Jail for investigation of robbery and assault.

Police say that on Dec. 3 at about 1 a.m. the victim was walking by a group of loud and aggressive people when the suspect knocked the victim to the ground. The victim hit his head on the ground and began having seizures. Multiple suspects continued to assault the victim and stole his wallet and other belongings.

The victim was treated at the scene by Seattle Fire and then taken to Harborview Medical Center where he is still being treated.

Read more from the SPD blotter.

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White cat found

December 5th, 2011 by master

We have a happy ending to this story (Dec. 13, 2011). The couple that found this cat reports:
“We got in touch with the owners of the white cat last night! He is from a home around 56th and 12th. They’ll be picking him up from the shelter shortly.”
From Dec. 5, 2011
A U District couple reports that a stray white cat ran into their apartment on the 1300 block of NE Ravenna Boulevard across the from Cowen Park over the weekend.
The couple took the cat to the Seattle Animal Shelter but wants to do what they can to make sure he finds his proper home.
If you think you know this cat please contact the couple at

Found white cat

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Seizing victim beaten and robbed, police looking for suspects

December 3rd, 2011 by master

From the SPD Blotter:

On December 3rd, just after 1:00 am, a large group of people were in the parking lot of a club in the 4500 Block of 8th Avenue NE. They were described by witnesses as being very loud, obnoxious, and intoxicated, trying to start a fight. A male had just left a nearby house party and walked past the group. After a brief verbal exchange, one member of the group began to physically assault the victim. The victim fell to the ground, striking his head on the pavement hard enough to cause seizures. While the victim was seizing, suspects continued to kick the victim and then went through his pockets, taking his wallet and other belongings. The suspects fled the scene in two or three separate cars. Officers responded and conducted a search, but did not locate the suspects.

Seattle Fire responded and stabilized the victim at the scene before transporting him to Harborview Medical Center. It does not appear that the injuries are life-threatening. Officers did recover the victim’s wallet a short distance away. If anyone has any information on this incident, they are asked to contact the Seattle Police.


Police looking for bank robber

December 1st, 2011 by master

Police are looking for a man who robbed a bank yesterday afternoon. The man is a white male in his late 40s, 5’10” to 6′ tall with a medium build, gray stubble and prescription glasses. He may have red dye stains on his hands.

Police say he did not display a weapon during the robbery and left the bank on foot. Anyone with information regarding this individual is asked to call the FBI Safe Streets Task Force at (206) 622-0460.

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