Bad News Bandit arrested

The would-be bank robber whose attempt was thwarted by friendly bank staff has been arrested. Michael W. Root of North Bend was taken into custody yesterday at a motel near 42nd and Aurora. The 37-year-old is accused of several bank robberies and for casing the 1st Mutual and US Bank here in Ballard just last week. The FBI says that Root is being held in King County Jail on Investigation of Robbery. He will likely face federal bank robbery charges.

Halloween happenings in Ballard and beyond

Happy Halloween, everyone! The forecast calls for some showers tonight, so bundle up. And as always, please be careful and watch out for kids on the roads. Here are a few events in our area tonight…

  • Ballard’s biggest Halloween tradition is trick-or-treating along Market St. and Ballard Ave. from 4-6 p.m. Just look for the orange sign in the window of participating stores.
  • The Loyal Heights Community Center is throwing a Halloween Carnival tonight. Try out your Halloween costume while you play traditional children’s carnival games. 6:30 p.m. at the Loyal Heights Community Center, 2101 NW 77th St. 5 tickets/$1 or 25 cents per ticket.
  • The Woodland Park Presbyterian Church has their Scary, Scary Concert Friday night at 8 p.m.
  • For big kids, Lo-Ball is throwing the Halloween Hootenanny. Doors open at 10:30 p.m. and show starts at 11 p.m. sharp. Come in costume and your guest gets in free.
  • Halloqueen, billed as Seattle’s finest Queen tribute, is playing at the Tractor at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8.
  • Boo Costume Extravaganza at Fremont Studios (155 N 35th) to benefit the Fremont Chamber of Commerce. For 21+ from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. $20 at the door.
  • Circus Contraption’s Halloween Blowout Bash is a sold-out event but tickets might be available on Craigslist. This event, held in Theo Chocolate’s building is also 21+.
  • The 18th annual Trolloween, which is an unpublicized gathering of costumed Fremonsters. Rumor has it the gathering is at 7 p.m. and will disappear like aether shortly after to parade through Fremont. The evening will end with a dance under the Fremont Bridge.

PSA: Fall is sexy

Now that the sun is gone, someone is posting notices around the neighborhood of all the things you can indulge in during the fall and winter.

Some of the ideas are cozy dinner parties, goofy rainbonnets & umbrellas and spiced cider. At the bottom it also says “citizens are encouraged to visualize an act upon creating as much warmth as possible toward their fellow citizens.” (Thanks Silver for the tip & picture!)

Ballard in the New York Times

For the second time in a week, Ballard is in the national spotlight.

On Thursday afternoon a beautiful shot of our farmer’s market splashed the front page of the New York Times website. The picture links to an article on Ballard and Fremont. They write, “Each is undergoing a kind of 21st-century renaissance, with shops and restaurants moving in, and a new, often young crowd arriving to live or just to play. But in either one, you can still lose yourself so thoroughly that you will barely even remember you’re in the same town as the Space Needle.” (Thank you everyone for the tip! We received more than a half-dozen emails in the 30 minutes after it appeared!)

Earlier this week: Ballard shopping highlighted in national magazine

Bizarre standoff with a garbage truck

Many of the roads in the neighborhood are too narrow for more than one car at a time, which forces Ballard drivers to test their politeness when an oncoming car is approaching. Well, last week one driver (we’ll call him Bob) came nose-to-nose with a garbage truck on NW 52nd St, according to a police report. The “tense” standoff continued for several seconds with neither driver willing to budge. Police say the garbage truck driver eventually climbed down from his cab and walked to the open window of the other vehicle and ordered that he move. “When (Bob) did not comply with his demands,” the police report says, “the garbage truck driver reached into Bob’s window, and punched his own hand with his fist.” Bob said that this action “scared” him but told police that he was not threatened with physical harm. He said he didn’t want the garbage truck driver to get in trouble, but called police to document the incident nonetheless.

In the end, the garbage truck eventually backed up to let Bob pass.

7-11 employee hits beer thief

A shoplifting suspect must have had some headache after being hit in the head over $4 worth of beer. Last week, the six-foot tall suspect with an athletic build walked into the 7-11 on 24th Ave NW and walked out without paying for two 24 ounce Lighthouse beers. Earlier that night the employee let the man take a beer even though he was 40 cents short, if he promised to pay up by 11 p.m. According to police, the suspect returned around 10:30 p.m. and stole the two cans. Taking matters into his own hands, the employee grabbed a flashlight and followed the suspect out of the store. After being the target of a thrown stolen beer, the employee feared for his safety and hit the suspect in the head with the flashlight. Police arrested the suspect who was taken to Harborview Medical Center before heading to jail.

Matador must make changes

A settlement has been reached in the lawsuit between Peso’s on lower Queen Anne and Matador. The lawsuit claimed that the owner of Matador, who is a former bartender at Peso’s, stole the restaurant concept and profited.

The settlement requires some menu changes and an overhaul in the decor, according to the Ballard News Tribune. Daniel Woo, the attorney for Peso’s, told the paper that the sconces must come down as well as the ceiling tiles at the Market St. location. The votive candles need to go, and any “Day of the Dead” decor is banned, Woo said. There is also a monetary settlement that Woo says could exceed $100,000.

Update: A few more details in this Seattle Weekly story, which pegs the settlement in the $250,000 to $285,000 range.