2 suspects attempt to lure child at 15th and 85th, police say

At 12:17 p.m. this afternoon the SPD tweeted about a child luring incident that took place on 15th Ave NW and NW 85th St. The tweet referred to an incident that took place yesterday afternoon and was reported to SPD officers today.

According to the SPD, at approximately 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon a male Whitman Middle School student was confronted by two unidentified suspects on the way to pick up his younger brother in the area of 15th Ave NW and NW 85th St.

The suspects approached the student, speaking to him about his small hands, and asked him to come with them to their nearby house to help retrieve their cat from a small space, police said. The student, in an attempt to get away, told the suspects that his older brother and cousin were meeting him and that if the suspects waited where they were he would bring them back with him.

The student then left, with the suspects following him, however once he crossed the street the suspects ceased following.

The student then picked up his younger brother at a nearby bus stop. On the way back, the student saw the two suspects hiding in the bushes nearby, police said.

The two students returned home safely and reported the incident to their parents, who in turn reported it to the SPD today.

SPD sent an officer to Whitman Middle School this afternoon to gather a statement from the student who was unable to provide a description of the suspects. The SPD has informed Whitman Middle School about the incident and have assigned a detective to talk to the family and the student.

The My Ballard team will keep readers informed about the investigation as it progresses.

If you have any information contact the SPD North Precinct at (206) 684-0850.

Daddy Daughter Dinner set for this Saturday at Ballard Community Center

Tickets are still available for the 22nd annual Daddy Daughter Dinner being held from 6 – 10 p.m. this Saturday, March 1, at Ballard Community Center (6020 28th Ave NW).

Seattle Parks and Recreation invite all daddies and daughters to be dazzled during an evening of allusion and grandeur as they whirl and twirl under the Big Top. Activities include dancing, clowning around with crafts, opportunities to test one’s acrobatic skills and a fanciful feast.

This year’s event is sponsored by Ivar’s restaurant. Tickets for daddy plus one daughter are $60, daddy plus two are $70 and daddy plus three are $80.

Register in person, on the phone or online using barcorde #110975. To find out more information call (206) 684-4093 or click here.

Man in custody after stabbing in Ballard Commons Park

Update February 26:
SPD officers have interviewed and arrested the man who was responsible for yesterday’s stabbing in Ballard Commons Park. Check out the latest update from the SPD blotter below:

Responding officers quickly located and captured a man responsible for a stabbing in a North Seattle park early this afternoon.

At approximately 2:21 p.m. officers responded to a 911 report of a stabbing in Ballard Commons Park located in the 5700 block of 22nd Avenue NW. Preliminary investigation indicates that two men who are known to each other got into an argument. The argument escalated and the suspect produced a folding knife and stabbed the victim in the chest (the wound appeared to be superficial).

Fire department medics responded to the scene and transported the victim, a male in his 40′s, to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

Officers quickly located and arrested the suspect, a man in his 40′s. Officers also recovered the knife used in the stabbing and placed it into evidence.

The suspect was interviewed and subsequently booked into the King County Jail for Felony Assault.

Original Post:

A number of My Ballard readers emailed in this afternoon to report a stabbing that occurred at Ballard Commons Park (5700 block of 22nd Avenue NW).

Check out the update from the SPD Blotter below:

A suspect is being detained by officers as they investigate a stabbing that occurred in North Seattle early this afternoon.

At approximately 2:21 p.m. officers responded to a 911 report of a stabbing in Ballard Commons Park located in the 5700 block of 22nd Avenue NW. Preliminary investigation indicates that a male suspect stabbed another man in the park after some type of altercation. The circumstances leading up to the confrontation are unknown and remain under active investigation.

Fire department medics responded to the scene and transported the victim, a male in his 40′s, to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

Officers have located the suspect. He is being detained as officers continue their investigation.

B&O Espresso closes its doors for good

photo 1 (4)My Ballard reader Michelle emailed in to let us know the sad news that B&O Espresso (5404 Leary Ave NW) has closed its doors for good.

Owners Majed and Jane Lukatah are reportedly retiring after 38 years of running the business, the first 36 years at their Capitol Hill location and the last two years here in our neighborhood.

“I left a voice mail (in the hopes it was untrue and to order one of their amazing cakes), and the owner called back to confirm that the café had close and that she and her husband were retiring,” writes Michelle.

B&O Espresso moved to Ballard in January 2013 after their Capitol Hill location was set to be knocked down for a new development. It quickly became a neighborhood favorite here in Ballard and surely will be sadly missed. Check out the sign posted on the door below:

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“I’m truly sad to see it go, everyone there was super friendly and funny, the food was great and the cakes were out of this world,” writes Michelle.

The My Ballard team have put in a call to the owners and are waiting to hear back.

BHS athletes celebrate a successful season of competition

The BHS athletes competing in playoffs and at state have been spreading the Beaver spirit far and wide and doing everyone proud! From swimming to wrestling to gymnastics to basketball the young athletes have been performing fantastically!

Check out the highlights from playoffs and state competition below:

Swim and Dive:

Ballard Boys Swimming and Dive team had a very successful State tournament and record breaking season placing a team best 16th overall in State. Sophmore Rory Carlson took 6th place and 8th place in the 50 and 100 meter freestyle while Junior Andrew Stevens took 12th in the butterfly.

Team Captain Josh Pehrson also achieved a personal record in the breaststroke as did the freestyle relay team pictured below.


From left to right Rory Carlson, Nate O’Leary, Josh Person and Andrew Stevens.

Three school records were also broken; Andrew Stevens broke the 100 meter butterfly record with a time of 53.82. The previous 100 meter butterfly record of 54.73 was set by Kuo Wang back in 1993.

Rory Carlson also broke the 100 meter freestyle record with a time of 48.78. The previous 100 meter freestyle record of 48.88 was set back in 2003 by Kerry Tannhauser.

Evan Arends and Simon Duyungan also competed in State, with Duyungan breaking the boy’s dive record with a 389.4.


The girls basketball team had a fantastic season and advanced to the playoffs for the second straight year, while the boys basketball team advanced to the third round of the playoffs before losing out.


Senior Austin Daffron advanced to the State wrestling tournament making him the 2nd Beaver to do so in at least 10 years. Senior Jack Deal was a State alternate but didn’t get to wrestle.


Clara Yardley (floor and beam) and Liat Carlyle (beam) both qualified to the State Gymnastic Tournament.

Congratulations to all of the BHS athletes on a fantastic season of competition!

Historic street tiles return to 24th Ave NW

After an absence of five months, the mosaic street tiles paying tribute to the street names of old Ballard have reappeared on the corner of 24th Ave NW and NW 63rd St.

My Ballard reader Dan, who initially informed us of their absence after SDOT crews repaired the sidewalk last September, emailed in to let us know that they are back safe and sound.


“So, it appears that the tile on 24th (pictured above) is back. I guess it appeared sometime on Friday night,” writes Dan.

Thanks Dan for the photo and for letting us know that the tiles are back!

Ballard Beer Company submits liquor license application for Market St space

photo 2 (2)Market St may just be set to welcome another bar to its ranks. According to a sign posted on the door of the former La Tienda space (2025 NW Market St), Ballard Beer Company has applied for a liquor license for the premises.

The sign (pictured) is dated February 20 and announces the application for a liquor license for the category “tavern – beer; off premises”.

According to the Washington State Liquor Control Board website, the licensees who submitted the application are Lena and Greg Anderson.

Any comments about the applicaton should be directed in writing to the Washington State Liquor Control Board using the contact information below:

3000 Pacific Avenue SE
Post Office Box 43098
Olympia, WA 98504-3098


The My Ballard team will keep readers updated with information about the new watering hole when further information is known.

BHS choir selected to perform at prestigious ACDA conference

1743531_1466531906895619_2008337040_n (2)Congratulations to the Ballard High School Concert Choir on their selection to perform at the Northwest Division American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA) Conference on March 15 being held at Seattle’s Town Hall.

The BHS Concert Choir was selected by audition and was one of only three high school choirs chosen from the six Northwest states.

According to Seattle Public School’s Facebook page, ACDA is the nation’s premier professional organization for choral musicians and directors.

Congratulations to everyone involved!

Photo courtesy of Seattle Public Schools.

Nearby news: SPD on lookout for suspect involved in fatal North Seattle shooting


SPD updated the blotter with further information about the suspects involved in the shooting. Read more details below:

When officers arrived on scene they found an adult male victim seated in his car in a parking lot, with a single gunshot wound to his body. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Seattle Fire. The suspects were seen running away from the area. Detectives believe robbery was the motive in this shooting.

The suspects are described as (1) black male, 20-30 years old, 5’10 tall, thin build, wearing a Northface jacket. (2) Black male, short. (3) White female.

Detectives would like to talk to anyone who may have come in contact with these suspects. Investigators believe the suspects may have been committing robberies in the area prior to the shooting incident.

Anyone with information about this incident or the suspects’ whereabouts, is asked to call the Seattle Police tip line at 233-5000. Anonymous tips are welcome.

Original Post:

SPD is on the lookout for a suspect in a fatal shooting that took place at approximately 9 p.m. on Sunday evening in the area of N 85th and 1st NW.

Check out more details from the SPD blotter below:

A man was found shot to death in a parking lot in North Seattle. On 2/23/14, just shortly before 9:00 p.m., 9-1-1 received calls of shots fired in the area of N 85th and 1st NW.

When officers arrived on scene they found the adult male victim seated in his car in a parking lot in the area. The victim sustained one gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the scene by Seattle Fire. The suspect, described as an unknown race male was scene running away from the area . It is believed that a robbery preceded the shooting.

Homicide and CSI detectives responded and will process the scene.

Anyone with information about this incident or the suspect is asked to call 9-1-1. Anonymous tips are welcome.

**This information is preliminary and subject to change**

Suspected drunk driver hits police car

Moments after a police officer stopped at a red light just south of the Ballard Bridge last night, a car smashed into the back of the cruiser, sending it colliding into another car in front of it. The accident happened just before 11 p.m. at the ramp that links northbound 15 Av W to W Dravus St.

Police said the driver that caused the accident was arrested for DUI.

Both the officer and the driver of the third vehicle were taken to the hospital after complaining about pain. They were released a short time later.