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Mural hunting

December 29th, 2015 by sarawilly

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Seattle’s first cat cafe open

December 23rd, 2015 by sarawilly

Cat lovers rejoice-Seattle Meowtropolitan is finally open!

As we reported last month, Three students from UW have opened Seattle Meowtropolitan in Wallingford. Matt, Louisa and Andrew say they wanted to create a café and community hangout for people and kitties:

“We want you to come hang out during lunch, after work, or on a rainy weekend. Seattle Meowtropolitan will be a place for people to feel comfortable and enjoy the company…our space will be comfortable for cats and humans, so come on in and play with our cats. Feel free to adopt one on the way out, too.”

The coffee room is open to everyone, but reservations are required to visit the cat lounge. In order to avoid stressing out the kitties, they currently have a limit of 10 people at a time. If a day is no longer available, then there are also no spots for walk-ins. They typically allow reservations two weeks in advance.

There are windows for all to peek at the cats at play. Let us know if you check it out! Click here for more information.

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Seattle's first cat cafe open

December 23rd, 2015 by sarawilly

Cat lovers rejoice-Seattle Meowtropolitan is finally open!

As we reported last month, Three students from UW have opened Seattle Meowtropolitan in Wallingford. Matt, Louisa and Andrew say they wanted to create a café and community hangout for people and kitties:

“We want you to come hang out during lunch, after work, or on a rainy weekend. Seattle Meowtropolitan will be a place for people to feel comfortable and enjoy the company…our space will be comfortable for cats and humans, so come on in and play with our cats. Feel free to adopt one on the way out, too.”

The coffee room is open to everyone, but reservations are required to visit the cat lounge. In order to avoid stressing out the kitties, they currently have a limit of 10 people at a time. If a day is no longer available, then there are also no spots for walk-ins. They typically allow reservations two weeks in advance.

There are windows for all to peek at the cats at play. Let us know if you check it out! Click here for more information.

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Man killed in shootout with police following carjacking, chase

December 6th, 2015 by sarawilly

Written by Jonah Spangenthal-Lee on December 6, 2015 4:24 pm

One man was killed in a shootout with police Sunday after he stole two vehicles at gunpoint in separate incidents in Belltown and Montlake and fired at officers while leading them on a chase through northeast Seattle.

Today’s incident began around 12:30 PM when the suspect entered a downtown coffee shop armed with a handgun, leading employees to call police.

The man then fled to a tattoo parlor at 2nd Avenue and Lenora Street leading to another 911 call. After leaving the shop, the suspect reportedly stole a red Volkswagen at gunpoint and drove to the Montlake area.  There, the armed suspect reportedly stole a second vehicle.

Officers began pursuing the suspect in Montlake, where they reported coming under fire from the fleeing suspect.

The man then drove onto westbound 520 and northbound onto Interstate 5 before exiting in the Ravenna neighborhood.

The suspect fired at officers at Northeast 68th Street and 35th Avenue NE. Officers returned fire, fatally wounding the man. He is believed to be a white male in his 30s.

The Seattle Police Department’s Force Investigation Team is reviewing the entirety of the incident. As many as 11 officers are currently believed to have exchanged gunfire with the suspect at two separate locations during today’s pursuit. All officers involved in the shooting will be placed on paid administrative leave per department policy.

Several officers and uninvolved motorists were treated for non-life-threatening injuries sustained in collisions during the incident.

At this time, police are not looking for any additional suspects in the case.

The incident remains under investigation and information contained in this post is subject to change

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Metro says: “Huge” diesel spill

December 5th, 2015 by sarawilly

Sources inside Metro say the bus system and the Spill Response Unit  are attempting to locate a bus leaking a major amount of fuel from Magnolia to the University District. They say, chances are it’s either a #31 bus or a training coach, which are out today.


In the Magnolia Village a rainbow of film is attaching itself to rain runoff water heading into street drains. The smell of diesel fumes is palpable from one end of the Village to the other on both sides of West McGraw Street.
No word yet of any success in locating the leaking bus.

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Stay safe this holiday season

December 1st, 2015 by sarawilly

SPD Crime Prevention Coordinator Terrie Johnston has some tips for how to protect yourself this season. She writes:

Travel light:  take only what you need when you are out.  Leave the heavy purse behind and clean out your wallet of unneeded credit cards, medical cards, etc.

Dress the part:  It feels darker now without our sunny Seattle skies, so make sure you can be seen by motorists.  Are your shoes comfortable enough to allow you to move, kick, run if you had to.  Long billowing scarves, umbrellas, certain kinds of hats can reduce the ability to see around you, or might give a mugger something by which to grab you.  Leave the bling behind or under layers of clothing if you’ll be out walking around much.

Cell phones:  “apple picking” is what some are calling the grabbing of iphones and other electronic devices.  You may be asked by a stranger for the time, or if they can borrow your phone. Then boom, in a blink of an eye, they’re off and away with your device.  While cell phones are a helpful safety device, street robbers love them so don’t flash them around.  Be mindful when using them in public places.

“What’s your location?” means being able to relay your location such as house number, business or street names, hundred block; intersections, landmarks, or mile markers.  Make it a habit to know your location!  This is key when making calls to 9-1-1.  Seconds matter in emergencies, help us get to you or the incident quicker.  Stay on the line with the call taker until instructed to hang up.

If you will be out of town, please let your trusted neighbors know.  Encourage them to keep an extra watch out for your home and let them know you want them to call 9-1-1 if something is suspicious.  Enlist their help with picking up newspapers, checking for oversized mail, packages and those pesky flyers left on doorknobs.  On our block, we pick up each others’ parcels that have been left on a porch for safekeeping. You want to make your home look occupied (lights and radio on timers; have someone park in your driveway, bring in your garbage can/recycling bins, etc.)  Getting a house sitter can be helpful.  Watchful neighbors truly are your best alarm!

Car prowls:  Thieves target all makes and models of vehicles looking for GPS devices; cellular phones; cameras; purses; garbage remotes; jackets.  I know some parents who keep their kids’ holiday gifts in the trunk.  Not good!  Also, I’ve read a few police reports where people pack up their car the night before heading out on a trip, only to find the car was prowled over night.  Leave your car empty; disable internal trunk releases and be consistent with any theft-deterrent device like the “club” or audible alarm.

Warming up the car:  Vehicles left running and unattended while the heater and defroster kick in may be just the opportunity the auto thief needed.

…Trust your intuitions and watch out for each other. Stay safe and warm!

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