Unlucky break for Leary Way shop

A man stumbled into a window and shattered the glass of a Leary Ave shop on Friday night. According to our reader Leslie Mehren, a man stumbled into the front window of Anima Mundi Pop-Up Shop (5465 Leary Way, near the corner of Market Street) at approximately 9:30 p.m Friday night.

According to witnesses the man escaped without injuries. Seattle Fire Department crews responded and determined that the man was unharmed and did not need to go to hospital.

“He reportedly was walking unsteadily down the street, veering into traffic and appearing intoxicated to passersby. The man lost his balance and crashed through the store’s large plate-glass window,” wrote Mehren.

The SFD reportedly notified store owners of the incident and a subsequent 911 call alerted Seattle Police Department to the situation. SPD Officer Lee arrived at the scene with owners to assess the damage.

“The reportedly intoxicated man who caused the damage was allowed to leave the scene,” wrote Mehren. He left on foot and was last seen walking down Leary Avenue.

Store owners have estimated that incident has caused thousands of dollars in damage. They have covered the window with wooden panels until the glass is replaced. The store remains open with a sign (see photo) displayed in the window.

Thanks to reader Leslie Mehren for the tip.

Washington Federal Bank reopens its doors on Market St

Washington Federal Bank will open its doors at 9 a.m. today in its newly rebuilt location at 2020 NW Market St. The office was first opened on Market St in 1945 and has been rebuilt, with construction crews working since spring 2012.

Washington Federal was founded by a group of Ballard businessmen in 1917. Their aim was to provide the local community with a source of funds for home loans and to help build a secure financial future for our area.

The original office was located a few doors down at 2023 Market Street and was named Ballard Savings and Loan. In 1958, it merged with Washington Federal Savings Association of Bothell and changed its name.

“This is where our company first put down roots nearly a century ago. As evidenced by this investment, we remain firmly committed to the Ballard community and our most loyal clients, many who have been banking with us for decades,” said Chairman, President and CEO Roy Whitehead.

Washington Federal currently operates 190 offices in eight states offering residential real estate loans, commercial real estate financing, consumer deposit accounts, and business banking.

Once the rebuild is complete the office will feature parking, a drive-thru lane and walk-up ATM.

To celebrate the opening, Ballard Chamber of Commerce will be attend the ribbon cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. All are welcome.

What’s on this weekend

Once again there are many things going on in our wonderful neighborhood this weekend. Check out the list below and get amongst it!

Friday March 1st:

  • Sound of Music performance at Ballard High School (1418 NW 65th St). Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. For more info and to book tickets click here.

Saturday March 2nd:

  • Work party at Ballard Corners Park (17th Ave NW & NW 63rd St) will be held from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. All welcome.
  • Seattle Library Walk is being held to celebrate Read Across America Day. Walkers will be walking to many libraries across Seattle. Click here for more details and times.
  • Seattle Rose Society will hold a free rose pruning demonstration at Woodland Park Rose Garden (1000 N 50th St) from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Sound of Music performance at Ballard High School (1418 NW 65th St) at 7: 30 p.m.

Sunday March 3rd:

  • Teen Space at Ballard Library (5614 22nd Ave NW) will be held from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm in the meeting room. This month in honor of Sakura-Con, Teen Space at Ballard will sample Japanese snacks and have a manga meet-up. For more info click here.
  • Loyal Heights Community Center (2101 NW 77th St) annual Pancake Breakfast will be held from 8 a.m. to noon. Tickets are $4 in advance or $5 at the door. All proceeds support scholarships and teen programs. For more info click here.
  • Seattle Library Walk continues. See Saturday event description above for more details.
  • 85th Annual Blessing of the Fleet at Fishermen’s Memorial site at Fishermen’s Terminal (3919 18th Ave W) at 2 p.m. Click here for more details.

If you have an event to add to the list. Email us at tips@myballard.com

Have a fantastic weekend!

Nearby news: suspect in tree delays Sounder train in Magnolia

Early this morning a burglary suspect climbed a tree near local railroad tracks, delaying the Seattle-Edmonds Sounder train.

The man climbed the tree at 34th Ave. W and Gilman Ave in Magnolia at approximately 5:30 am this morning. As the man was so close to the train tracks the railway line had to be temporarily closed.

According to the Magnolia Voice, by 7:30 a.m. police had surrounded the man who was high up in the tree and by 8:50 a.m. the suspect had come down from the tree on his own.

The man is said to be responsible for broken windows in the nearby area. Police now have the man in custody and worked with Seattle Fire Department crews to reopen the railroad tracks.

The incident caused multiple Seattle bound Sounder trains  to be delayed. Some passengers were stuck on trains for more than an hour. Passengers were unloaded to board buses in Edmonds to finish their morning commute.

Thanks to Magnolia Voice reader Scott Lien for the photo!

Local group petitions for more beach volleyball courts at Golden Gardens

Local group Golden Garden Beach Volleyball Players is petitioning Seattle Parks Department to create more beach volley ball courts at Golden Gardens. The group is petitioning for the addition of two to four new beach volleyball courts to add to the existing three.

The group are petitioning for these extra courts to allow public access to play beach volleyball during the summer. “With the recent surge in popularity of beach volleyball, leagues and private business entities have taken over the courts at Golden Gardens during the summer,” wrote group organizers in the petition.

The petition is proposing that Seattle Parks Department also modifies the reservation policy to refrain from renting out more than half of the available courts at any given time. According to Golden Gardens Beach Volleyball Players this change would allow some courts to be open to the public at all times.

“With the growing popularity of beach volleyball, and as one of the area players, it is frustrating to go to our beaches and not have enough courts for everyone to play,” said petition supporter Josie Smallwood.

The petition currently has 109 supporters. The group will be presenting it to Seattle Parks Department next Tuesday, March 5th.

To find out more and check out the petition click here.

We will update readers with the progress of the petition after the meeting next week.

Image courtesy of Golden Gardens Beach Volleyball Players.

Update on police-involved shooting in Carkeek Park

The SPD has further information to report about the police-involved shooting on Tuesday in the Carkeek Park area. Following a SPD press conference yesterday this update was provided on the SPD Blotter:

Tuesday evening, police received two separate calls from Keewatinawin’s brothers, who told 911 dispatchers their brother was holding a knife to their father’s throat at his North Seattle home. One brother described the incident to a dispatcher as a “hostage” situation.

During the incident, Keewatinawin brandished an 18-inch piece of rebar, which led three officers to open fire, fatally wounding him.

Following the shooting, police collected the rebar and two other weapons found at the scene as evidence:

The Seattle Police Department Homicide Unit is still actively investigating the incident, and the three officers involved in the shooting are on paid administrative leave, which is department procedure following an officer-involved shooting.