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AK-47 seized at Golden Gardens

Posted by Geeky Swedes on May 29th, 2009

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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  • 1 Braincandy! // Jun 1, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Chopper did you look that up on wikipedia, or are you a crazed “gun-nut” that just knows these things; I don't really know the answer to that, but I suspect the latter because everything I have ever read from you on this blog has been ingorant, slanted, and for the most part scary. Also, when you call semantics on someone, don't have your post contain more semantics along those same lines as you accuse. For everyone else please be careful of this commenter and a few others that “hide” on this webblog; they are what is truly terrifying about the changes that happen to Ballard on a daily basis; some good, some bad. They speak with the same kind of self-righteous conviction that reminds this reader of the style of discourse seen accompanying hate rhetoric, zenophobic sentiment, and general racism. Even worse they consider themselves liberals; yet when given anonymity (this blog, possibly others) thier politics more aptly resembles nationalist conservatism. Its deffinately interesting sociologically speaking; but from a societal standpoint – rather scary. Know your real enemy poeple, Ballard can be percieved in two ways; this wonderfully positive neighborhood with the same problems as any city in such close proximity to a major metropolitan center, or in the extremely negative way – as painted so brashly by “chopper 74” and his co-horts on this website: Its how you percieve Ballard that counts, when I walk around, go get a bite, see a movie, hang out at golden gardens all I see is good people, if not some of them flawed like the rest of us: CHopper!

  • 2 Tiptoes // Jun 2, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    Will this shut Blueben up once and for all?

    http://www.seattle.gov/police/crime/TrendReport

    “As can be seen in the table below, North Precinct has seen an overall increase in Major Crimes in the first four months of 2009 when compared to the same period in 2008. Among Violent Crimes, both robberies and aggravated assaults are up through April 2009 when compared with the same period in 2008.

    There are also increases in Property Crimes in North Precinct – particularly burglaries and larcenies – but these are not as large proportionally as the increases in Violent Crimes. “

  • 3 Tiptoes // Jun 2, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    Here's some reason and logic for you. Don't choke on it:

    http://www.seattle.gov/police/crime/TrendReport

    “As can be seen in the table below, North Precinct has seen an overall increase in Major Crimes in the first four months of 2009 when compared to the same period in 2008. Among Violent Crimes, both robberies and aggravated assaults are up through April 2009 when compared with the same period in 2008.

    There are also increases in Property Crimes in North Precinct – particularly burglaries and larcenies – but these are not as large proportionally as the increases in Violent Crimes. “

  • 4 blueben // Jun 2, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    There's no need to be a jerk. This is great data. Thanks for digging it up.

    So these numbers do show major crimes up significantly in January. Fortunately, February, March, and April all dropped back to almost the same levels they were last year. This is good news! This means that while total counts are up because of a particularly bad January, we're actually doing OK.

    This data shows that while we should continue to be vigilante, there has not been an “explosion” in crime and there is NO REASON TO PANIC.

    (Unless, of course, you believe that the SPD and the Mayor are engaged in a conspiracy to drive drug dealers and homeless in to Ballard and cover up the numbers.)

  • 5 Robert // Jun 2, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    Don't kid yourself. Of COURSE that kind of thing is routine. Take a look at my diary entries from yesterday:

    9:27 a.m. — Stopped at 7-11 on 24th Ave. Three cars of gang-bangers armed with AK-47s in parking lot, listening to WARM-FM at high volume. Cooler entirely out of Diet Pepsi. Clerk pretending nothing is wrong.

    9:41 a.m. — Little old lady caught in crosswalk on 24th with carful of drug-crazed criminals bearing down on her. Fortunately, she was aware of her 2nd Amendment rights and successfully deployed her grenade launcher. I sustained flesh wounds from shrapnel, but how can I complain? Amidst the terror that is modern-day Ballard, this a small thing.

    10:06 a.m. – Vandals with spray paint tag the entire front of the Carnegie library building. (Odd choice to use mauve–it's such a dated color.) Police officers in car out front pretend not to notice.

    10:16 a.m. — Finally too terror stricken to pick up my sharpened kitchen knives from Kitchen-n-Things, I head home the only safe way, slinking through the vast network of ancient sewer tunnels that runs beneath Ballard. I empty a clip at a pack of rats the size of Wolverines, and reach home only to find that I'm completely out of 1/2 & 1/2 for my coffee.

    And so it goes. Sadly, a now-typical morning in Ballard.

  • 6 david t. // Jun 4, 2009 at 5:41 am

    Speaking of Golden Gardens, whatever came about with the story about that ladies body they found on the beach? It was a big story at the times then it dropped off the radar completely. Does anyone know?

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