Whitman Middle School students encounter suspicious man

According to emails from a number of My Ballard readers and a report on our sister site PhinneyWood.com, two male Whitman Middle School students say that they had a creepy encounter with a suspicious man after school on Friday afternoon.

The two students report that a man in a yellow sports car suspiciously attempted to get them to pet his dog around NW 83rd St and 13th Ave NW. They encountered the man parked in the middle of the road, with his dog on the sidewalk, as they were walking home to Phinney Ridge.

The man reportedly told the students that they could pet his dog and asked them to bring the dog over to the car. The boys did not respond and then walked way from the area.

Later in the afternoon, the students met up with another friend and reportedly saw the same man driving slow near them at NW 75th St and 11th Ave NW. The friend confirmed that he had been followed by the same man as he walked home from St. John’s Catholic School in Greenwood the day before. The boys then ran to home nearby and the car reportedly drove off quickly.

According to PhinneyWood.com, “the man is described as white, in his 20′s or 30′s, short hair, and wearing an orange and silver shirt and orange and silver hat.”

Email us at tips@myballard.com if you or your children have encountered this person.

If you see any suspicious activity report it to the SPD North Precinct at (206) 684-0850. In an emergency call 911.

2014 Syttende Mai Pins now available

402The 2014 Syttende Mai pins are now available at the Chamber and at Secret Garden Bookshop (2214 NW Market Street).

This year is the 200th anniversary of Norway’s Constitution Day, in addition to the 125th Anniversary of the local parade in Ballard.

The pins cost $5 and all funds raised help offset the cost of the 17th of May activities.

If you or your company are interested in being a sponsor of this longtime Seattle tradition visit 17th of May for 2014 Sponsorship and Partner Packages. The deadline for registration is March 30.

Ballard Beer Company set to open on Market in May

After posting the news that Ballard Beer Company is set to open in the La Tienda space, the My Ballard team caught up with owner Greg Anderson to hear more about Market St’s newest watering hole.

Anderson and his wife Lena have been a part of the Ballard community for a long time. Lena grew up in the neighborhood and then moved back here with Greg when their daughter was born to be closer to Granny and Pops.

“Moving back to Ballard was one of the best decisions we ever made.  The kids get to grow up next door to their grandparents and we are in walking distance to all the Ballard breweries,” says Anderson.

According to Anderson, Ballard Beer Company is set to be “a community minded business that believes that beer is fun, beer has history and beer is cool.”

The physical layout of the space is set to have a unique design with a bottle shop in the front and a taproom in the back. Anderson reveals that Ballard Beer Company is set to feature a “nice, thoughtful” selection of bottled beer and between 15-20 beers on tap.

When asked what inspired him to open Ballard Beer Company Anderson had a lot to say about the quality of the local brews. “I love that there is a beer culture growing right here in Ballard! Having experienced every one of our breweries I can tell you there is some very good beer being brewed here and I have a feeling it’s only going to get better,” says Anderson.

Ballard Beer Company is set to open in early/mid May. Until then, Anderson will be busily working on the build out with Ballard contractors.

The My Ballard team will keep readers informed of the opening date when it is known.

Filthy Rich of Seattle closing for good

1992Filthy Rich of Seattle (5402 22nd Ave NW) is yet another Ballard store to add to the list of local business that are set to pack up shop in our neighborhood next month.

Filthy Rich of Seattle has been open in Ballard for four years and the team are packing up their physical shop to continue business online. To mark the closure the store will be hosting a 20% off sale store wide.

The Filthy Rich team wrote a statement on their website about the closure:

Thank you for your support over the last 4 years – we have really appreciated your business. It is with great sadness we announce that we will be closing our physical store in April. To help reduce the amount of stock we have to move, we’re putting almost everything in the store on sale at 20% off as of Mar 1st. (Items currently on the sale table will remain at 50% and 60% off.) Shop early for best selection.

Their webstore at www.FilthyRichOfSeattle.com will be available before they permanently close their doors in April.

Porkchop & Co. moving into the old Belle Clementine spot on Leary

A new restaurant is coming to Ballard to take the place of the community dining spot Belle Celementine on Leary Ave., which closed in February. Porkchop & Co will feature “good food made from scratch using seasonal ingredients sourced from farmers markets,” reports Seattle Eater.

The restaurant is the product of California transplant Paul Osher, who tells Eater that he’s searching for a kitchen crew and doing a little work on the building’s interior. He hopes to open in April.

Arrest made in Greenwood murder case, suspect may be Ballard High student

Updated 11:40 a.m. Police say they’ve arrested a 17-year-old suspect in the murder of David Peterson, who was killed on Sunday night near 85th St. and 1st Ave. Police say the suspect was attempting to board a plane at Sea-Tac airport.

KING 5 is reporting the suspect is a senior at Ballard High School. Earlier, KIRO reported that police sources gave them the same suspect name. The student’s name is on the roster of the Ballard High football team.

Detectives are not publicly releasing the name, although it was widely reported yesterday (we are not releasing his name until charges are filed.) Seattle Police say they received information that the suspect was planning to fly out of Sea-Tac, so detectives contacted the Port of Seattle Police, who made the arrest. “There are no suspects outstanding in this case, which remains an active and on-going homicide investigation,” SPD said this morning.

Peterson was discovered in a car in a parking lot near the Greenwood Fred Meyer, dead of a single gunshot wound. Police said he had called 911 to report he had been robbed while on his nightly walk. Police said they were investigating to see if the crime was linked to the robbery of the nearby Baranof restaurant.

On Friday, police searched a home in the 9000 block of 4th Ave. NW., leaving with several bags of evidence.

We’ll update as we learn more. For earlier coverage on the Greenwood murder, visit our sister site PhinneyWood.com.