AK-47 seized at Golden Gardens

Seattle Police say a drunk driver ran into two parked cars at Golden Gardens just before midnight last night. When witnesses called 911, they said they saw the driver run from the scene with a rifle and hide it in the bushes. When officers arrived, they said they took two suspects into custody — the 17-year-old driver and a 20-year-old passenger — and discovered a fully-loaded AK-47 assault rifle nearby. Police say they also discovered an illegal “butterfly” knife in the passenger’s possession. (Thanks HL for posting it in the forum!)

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Jules
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Jules

And some naive souls don't think that there is an increase in crime in Ballard! Guns and violence follow drugs…I'm just glad that these guys were caught.

Da gangs of Ballad
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Da gangs of Ballad

First gang grafitti, then a drug and transient explosion, now ak 47's. Yep, the best neighborhood in the world, accourding to Mens magazine. Now all we need and the crypts, and we are ready to go.

Mr B
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Mr B

What's with Golden Gardens anyway? Aren't there police there? Every time I try to go down to enjoy the beach there are picnic tables of thugged out teenagers everywhere. Why is GG such a magnet?

I bet the car had rims.

Da gangs of Ballad
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Da gangs of Ballad

It's not just Golden Gardens. The mayor is turning Ballard into an open air drug market until after the election. “The mayor who cleaned up downtown” i his slogan, remember? I doubt the police could enforce drug laws and transients laws until after the election, even if they wanted to. Under strict orders to clear them out of downtown where the voters and businesses are until election day. That's the rumor floating around anyway. Just be patient. The police will return after the election to Ballard. Til then, just watch your back and try not to get murdered.

holz
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holz

there is a reason it's a rumor and not a verified fact – because it's not true, moron.

anyway, don't they close out golden gardens @ 23.30?

Da gangs of Ballad
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Da gangs of Ballad

Oh yea, and the city “does not have the resources” for a single bike cop for Market Street and Ballard Ave. Whatever you say…

The city magically has the resources for dozens of bike cops, horseback cops, car cops and foot patrols, and undercover cops, all over downtown every night. How do you explain that?

They are everywhere as far as the eye can see. You practically trip over police on every block downtown. Same goes for University Way in the U District and Broadway on Capital Hill.

But, unless you have a dagger sticking out of your chest in Ballard, you won't ever see a cop show up. Why?

Of course you never leave Ballard, so you would not know that fact.

blueben
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blueben

I am constantly amazed at some of my neighbors posting here on the forums. We live in what is arguably one of the safest neighborhoods on the entire planet, and they still find reason to whine, complain, and otherwise take every opportunity to participate in a good session of fear-mongering. I swear to god, nothing will ever be good enough. Be thankful for what we have. An effectively suburban neighborhood 10 minutes from downtown. Overwhelmingly safe to live in, enjoying the lowest violent crime rate in roughly 40 years. We have to deal with some graffiti? Some teens smoking in the park? Every once in a while, a robbery of a business. Heaven forbid, this is awful! Call in the national guard! Golden Gardens is a public park that attracts people from all areas of the city, good and bad. Statistically, there will be some crime there from time to time. Some stupid lowlife will drive down there drunk off his top with a gun in his car. That's the way of the world. But you know what? It's still a fantastic park. There are families (with children, gasp!) BBQing and playing on the beach right at this very moment.… Read more »

Da gangs of Ballad
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Da gangs of Ballad

Yes, but Blueben. Don't assume we have it “Freaken good.” Maybe Ballard is the nicest neighborhood you have ever lived in, but it's actually a step down from what many of us moved from, myself included. It's not that great for many of us, but was so so when we came here. Throw in some transients, meth heads, and a crime explosion and it's not the dream neighborhood to many of us, that it is for you.

studio5412
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studio5412

Blueben,

You are hopelessly out of touch. Why don't you talk with the owner of the Guitar Shop on Ballard Avenue and find out how he feels about the “occasional robbery” of his business? Or talk to Volterra, Thaiku, Collective, New York Dress Design, Venue, and all the owners of cars that have been burglarized. The crime rate has increased dramatically in this neighborhood, if not in greater metropolitan Seattle.

You are very naive to think otherwise – and incredibly insensitive to the victims who have experienced the crime you make light of.

blueben
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blueben

Crime explosion? Please, share the stats to back up that claim. I'd love to see this.

blueben
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blueben

Please share your crime stats which clearly demonstrate that the crime rate has “increased dramatically”.

Pointing out that this is an incredibly, even embarrassingly safe neighborhood is not insensitive to anyone. Crime happens, everywhere there are people. All businesses, everywhere, experience it. Pointing out that we are really quite fortunate is hardly offensive to the sensitivities of those who are effected by that infrequent crime. Or perhaps it's also insensitive to the disabled to point out that the vast majority of us are blessed to have excellent health?

Da gangs of Ballad
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Da gangs of Ballad

Blueben

We know you're bitter because your house behind Sip n Ship is being torn down on Monday. But, don't take it out on us law abiding folks here at myballard.com from your seat at the library. It's not right. Go have some Chai tea and relax, will ya?

blueben
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blueben

You can't back your claim up with data, so you resort to playground insults? Lordy lordy lordy.

The FACTS show that crime has gone down for years now, and there's no reason to suspect that it will take a dramatic upturn any time soon. The data doesn't lie: http://web1.seattle.gov/seastats/doStatistics.aspx

I'm so tired of the fear-mongering.

gerri
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gerri

i agree with blueben… i dont feel to be at more at risk than i did here 15 years ago…certainly more people here nowa days…im not intimidated by people on the street at night…not sure why there is all this panic on the forum….im not blind of my surroundings i dont feel like its all gone to hell…im proud to live here and will be here for years to come…and to “da gangs of ballard” …… do you talk as loud as you type.?.. i doubt it

gmer
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gmer

I would love to hear your lovely ballad of the gangs, I'm sure it would educate me about a bunch of mistruths and paranoia.

This incident has nothing at all to do with the homeless, transients, or drug dealers in our neighborhood. If this is a “step down” from where you are from, why the hell are you bitching about it and why don't you move off. If you were actually from here you would know that there are two major beaches in this city, golden gardens being one, that attract every kind of person from all over the city once it gets warm out.

And yes, I am downtown regularly. I have no problem walking around ballard at night but downtown is sketchy even during the day. Me personally, I would rather have police presence where I feel less safe.

And whats up with the chai tea reference? What are you inferring?

Whoa, I shouldn't of bitten on your constant trolling but I did. My mistake.

Trix
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Trix

There's a fine line between being aware and freaking out. I think we've just crossed it. Crime is up here. But crime is up everywhere.
I suggest instead of screaming that the sky is falling, we calmly discuss ways to make Golden Gardens a safer place for all to use.

gmer
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gmer

The funny thing is he is always posting about walking around, talking to homeless, investigating, being offered drugs, getting up in everyones business. Nothings happened to him, so why shouldn't us normal people feel safe?

Ballard_Sucks_Now
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Ballard_Sucks_Now

Well, they said it was one of then ten best neighborhoods in America.

The fact that it's one of the ten best places to live if you're a bum or an AK-47-weilding drunk must be in the fine print somewhere.

Why is anyone surprised at this? Take a walk in the enighborhood (I do every day) and you can see it everywhere.

I just walked to the Locks, and counted the scumbags hanging out behind the Lockspot Cafe. Just 3 drunks, but it's stil quite early. My wife said most of them were still busy “working” at Bergen Place during these prime business hours.

Ballard_Sucks_Now
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Ballard_Sucks_Now

Just look around at what you see on the streets every day. I've lived here for a long time, and it sure as hell isn't the nice, quiet, safe neighborhood it was just 5 years ago.

Now beatings and armed robberies on the streets of Ballard – and I guess drunks with AK-47s – are routine now. Wasn't like that a few years ago.

You can stick your fingers in your ears and yell that EVERYTHING'S GREAT all you want, but those who are willing to look will see something quite different.

Ballard_Sucks_Now
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Ballard_Sucks_Now

Well, some police would be a good start….but the mayor and his defenders keep saying there's no need and no resources for that. They say if we want cops, we need to scrape up our own money and pay for them ourselves.

That's our great mayor!

eric
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eric

a bit off topic..

my biggest complaint about GG is the inconsiderate f#^&s who bring their dogs to the beach. its not sanitary, plus, its against the law. there is also an off leash park moments away, just up the hill. i wish the parks dept/animal control would patrol more – they could rake in tons of $$ at $500 per ticket…

to the rude, gross people who left their dog turds IN A BAG on the rocks at GG, eff you, my friend(s). (there was more than one bag…dude, you go through the trouble and pain of bagging it, why not take it with you??)

—–resume previous battle—–

gmer
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gmer

And when did the mayor say that? I want quotes, give me links!

AlonzoNeighbor
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AlonzoNeighbor

I was down there around noon today and there was a police car parked by the picnic tables. There was a large group of what appeared to be clean-cut asian youths having a gathering. I didn't see any thuggery going on but they were having a loud, fun, time.

AlonzoNeighbor
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AlonzoNeighbor

couldn't agree with you more. I was down on the beach today by the duck pond and some folks had their dog off-leash and unattended. The dog took a dive into the pond and freaked out a mother duck with babies. I don't see how people can be so clueless when there are signs posted everywhere.

Ballard_Sucks_Now
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Ballard_Sucks_Now

Hey, the cops won't bother with the drug dealers. People document deals going down, people openly smoking crack in the middle of Ballard, they call the cops, and…nobody even gets hassled.

The city clearly has decided not to bother to enforce laws in this neighborhood anymore. Look, the Mayor has handed the whole neighborhood over to thugs. If we can't get the city to enforce laws prohibiting PEOPLE from crapping on public/private property, don't hold your breath waiting for them to crack down on four-legged poopers.