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Woman’s body found in shopping cart near Ballard Bridge, police begin murder investigation

Posted by Theresa Madison on December 30th, 2015

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  • 1 Uff da // Jan 2, 2016 at 8:51 am


    OK, if you don’t like the bike trail references (which on maps I have seen called the Burke-Gilman/bikepath) at the Ballard Bridge, then let’s just focus on the area bounded from beneath the Ballard Bridge near Pono Ranch Restaurant, eastward on NW45th St to 14th Ave. NW, then north to NW 46th St. then west and underneath the Ballard Bridge (aka 15th Ave. NW. That work for ya, smartass?

    Heck you could take either NW 45th and NW 46th and continue eastward and find about 15-20 shopping carts on any given day, and enough deadbeat garbage and excrement to fill a one ton truck.

    The addiction recovery programs are available. The big problem is that some won’t avail themselves of the opportunity to get straight. That has to come from within, and involves discipline on a daily basis. Sorry, having had extended family members and friends who haven’t taken responsibility for their lives, and destroyed the lives and finances of others including their own children in the process, I have little tolerance for alcoholics and drug addicts. Had a friend die of alcohol related liver failure in late October. Yeah, the family had just a great Thanksgiving and Christmas dealing with it.

    Cleaning public streets is a basic function of City government, for which most of us pay property and other taxes. If the City can keep downtown clean, why not Ballard, Fremont and surrounding areas. Now there is an issue to ponder. Maybe even give the Dalai Lama a broom.

  • 2 Profile photo of JM98107 JM98107 // Jan 2, 2016 at 9:23 am

    Until the KC Medical Examiner rules on the deceased woman’s cause of death, everything is speculation. From other reports, one can assume that society was helping her for decades and she didn’t succeed.

  • 3 Profile photo of JM98107 JM98107 // Jan 2, 2016 at 9:30 am

    Seattle is constantly evolving and has had a housing crisis for 100 years. The changes happening around us shouldn’t condone, create or support hobo Hoovervilles like those in third world countries. There shouldn’t be camping long the freeways, under the convention center, the jungle, the area surrounding Nicklesville on Dearborn. We need to have standards of sanitation and safety. This is not Calcutta.

  • 4 Angie G. // Jan 2, 2016 at 9:56 am

    What is funny is that many of you claim there’s garbage ‘everywhere’ and our neighborhood is ‘over-run’ with meth-heads.

    I walk around Ballard all the time. Do I see the occasional junkie? Sure, but I don’t whip out my camera and try to shame the person by posting their picture on-line. Why on Earth would someone do something so stupid?

    I would rather have Mayor Murray and Council Member O’Brien focus on IMPORTANT issues.
    Yes, this includes CLIMATE CHANGE, so I’m glad they both went to Paris for the climate summit.

    I would also rather they prioritize transportation in Seattle, like finishing the Burke Gilman Missing Link as described above. I’ve never slipped on a hypodermic needle, yet I’ve almost been pushed off the road by a concrete truck at least a dozen times (on my bike and foot).

  • 5 Yim Bee // Jan 2, 2016 at 10:11 am

    Uff da, that area is generally referred to as the Missing Link. The Burke Gilman doesn’t exist there due the selfish obstructionism of the Ballard Chamber of Commerce, Salmon Bay Sand and Gravel and Ballard Oil.

    Yes programs exist that work and many don’t have the will power to partake or succeed. That’s where they need help. This woman is dead because we as a society failed to get her into a program and help her succeed.

  • 6 Profile photo of JM98107 JM98107 // Jan 2, 2016 at 10:22 am

    People, in Ballard, have died from substance abuse before. The woman featured in this sad story must have been exposed to counseling and assistance in the last 20 years. Apparently, she failed to stay sober. Society can’t lift everyone up, it’s all on her and her associates. God bless America!

  • 7 Profile photo of JM98107 JM98107 // Jan 2, 2016 at 10:27 am

    Hug your NIMBY.

  • 8 stevetreadway // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    @angieG i see junkies everywhere in ballard, and the mayor and especially mike obrien should be cleaning up their own district before they worry about what is happening in paris! Are you kidding me / It is people like you that accept and vote for these morons that don’t to the job they are supposed to.

  • 9 communitymember // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    i’m glad she’s gone and hope others follow.

  • 10 Uff da // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    Angie G.,

    You must be blind if you don’t see all this stuff. Take a stroll thru Ballard Commons Park across from St. Luke’s Church at 8:00 AM. That is when they provide breakfast for some of these folks. If you can find ANY in that entire group of about 25-30 that will be amenable to counseling or who would take positive steps to change their lives I would beabsolutely amazed. Go on, just stop by and take a very long look. You will find these guys (and indeed most are guys) in neighboring areas all day long, and then some go into the bushes or on St. Luke’s property for the night. Look for the fortified beer cans, and bottles. They are around until the City Rec crew comes by to clean the restroom and sweep the broken glass off the cement areas or in the skate board park.

    What is that saying? Oh yes. “There are none so blind as those who will not see.”

    You might also consider that Salmon Bay Sand and Gravel has been using that street for the last 100 years or so, hauling cement for the buildings, homes and condos which most people live in. Seems to me your view of “I wanna ride my bike on that road” is kind of selfish. Go 3 streets north and you won’t run the risk of leaving the gene pool early if you try to tangle with a cement truck or the heavy car traffic already on Shilshole and has been for that last 15 years or so.

  • 11 Fred // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    “I would rather have Mayor Murray and Council Member O’Brien focus on IMPORTANT issues.
    Yes, this includes CLIMATE CHANGE”

    Dead junkies getting stuffed into shopping carts by drug dealers in RVs in your neighborhood but you think Mike O’brien should be more worried about CLIMATE CHANGE.


  • 12 Angie G. // Jan 2, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    Can we please do away with these stupid hash-tags?

    They are probably the absolute dumbest things that have transpired the last 3-4 years.

    Sorry Fred, but it is your white privilege that is showing.

    Some of us have actually grown up in a place where OD’s were fairly common. I’ve had several family members who have fallen to addiction and are gone.

    I don’t think Mike O’Brien was exactly responsible for any of them, but whatever. Keep living in your little bubble with Compass Rose and those other losers that just don’t get it.

    And bla bla bla about Salmon Bay Sand & Gravel using a street for over 100 years. That means nothing to most of us Uff Da and you are also someone who also just doesn’t get it.

    I honestly feel more badly for your ignorance and stupidity than any animosity.

  • 13 He Hate Me // Jan 2, 2016 at 11:24 pm

    Uff da, the design of the Burke Gilman Trail takes the people walking and riding bikes off of Shilshole Avenue and outs them on a trail. You see, that’s what a trail is. People driving cement trucks will continue to use the roadway. Your ignorance is showing. Again.

  • 14 Obequious // Jan 2, 2016 at 11:55 pm

    Having been a patron of both Ballard Oil and Salmon Bay Sand and Gravel, they have legitimate land ownership rights and are exercising them. Can I have your car? Can I have your garage? Can I have your … whatever? No?
    Shopping carts with a Cartronics disabling device are not strewn around our neighborhood, these systems work and should be required for retailers that provide carts.
    Sorry to hear of the dead woman, in a shopping cart, in an area strewn with trash. Sad, but you can’t help people who aren’t willing to be helped.
    I have ridden tens of thousands of miles on bikes, and don’t have any trouble negotiating city streets and country lanes. I used to draft trash trucks on Leary on my way to the UW.
    I let a junkie stay on my couch one night, he left without saying goodbye, and I did not get the opportunity to say goodbye to the stuff he stole.

  • 15 He Hate Me // Jan 3, 2016 at 6:01 am

    Ubequious, what legitimate land ownership rights are you talking about? The City of Seattle owns 100% of the land for the missing link section of the Burke Gilman Trail. Your ignorance is showing.

  • 16 Railroad Right of Way // Jan 3, 2016 at 8:49 am

    Respect the little beaver

  • 17 Profile photo of JM98107 JM98107 // Jan 3, 2016 at 9:05 am

    The tramps are compiling quite a few photos and complaints on the Welcome to Murraysville Facebook page. The hobo militia is out of control.

  • 18 30sballarddad // Jan 3, 2016 at 9:53 am

    He hate me is 100% correct. They have sued 5+ time to prevent the city from using city owned landto build a city owned bike path.

    I think the drivers of salmon bay are curtious and safe with cyclists. I also think that the owners have blown the impact of a bike/pedestrian way way way way out of proportion.

    I also think that the Ballard chamber of commerce doesn’t care about local residents or even retail owners. Otherwise the BCC would be much more proactive to clean up the neighborhood, and care less about 4 or 5 industrial properties.

  • 19 Uff da // Jan 3, 2016 at 11:15 am


    “…I also think that the owners have blown the impact of a bike/pedestrian way way way way out of proportion.”

    It is my understanding that a shared path along Shilshole will eliminate quite a few parking spaces, possibly some business driveways, and substantially increase legal liability to business owners that run vehicles across the pathway. It may also add time to material runs while trucks have to wait for bikes and pedestrians to pass. All this adds up to increased business costs, and loss of customer parking for the benefit of some cyclists who are too fking lazy to ride a couple blocks north on an already designated and prodigiously signed alternative route. Nothing like feeling entitlement is there?

    Are they making all this up?

  • 20 Ruff Duh // Jan 3, 2016 at 11:34 am

    “…will eliminate quite a few parking spaces”

    yup, talk about entitlement.

    “We have the right to park our cars on a public right-of-way, because it is actually us that are too lazy to walk a few blocks or wherever our employer finds for us to park!”

  • 21 Get that cart off my lawn! // Jan 3, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    The more unpopular an idea, the more Ballard’s three crabby old shut-ins have to flood social media with their impotent ranting.

    Sad dead-enders getting left behind as enlightened social policies gain momentum, whether it’s an end to punitive, repressive treatment of the homeless or an end to car-centric city planning, or an end to finding more and more oil no matter the consequences. It’s not the end of democracy you guys. Democracy is why nobody listens to you.

    Lacking facts, lacking sound arguments, and lacking, well, likability, you’re losing. But America wins!

  • 22 Profile photo of JM98107 JM98107 // Jan 3, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    Ban the bums, ban the loose shopping carts, ban the litter and ban the beater RVs rented to homeless thieves and addicts.

  • 23 Profile photo of JM98107 JM98107 // Jan 3, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    Tell the bum advocates to shut up.

  • 24 He Hate Me // Jan 3, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    Uff da, your understanding of the issues is incorrect. You’re wrong on all counts.

  • 25 Profile photo of JM98107 JM98107 // Jan 3, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    @71 You are so full of BS. Un-enlightened at best. The homeless winos are leeches on society. All they do is lay around looking for free food and malt liquor. Do you live in a church basement? I have seen the same bum for 8 years near where I work. He’s a total walking vegetable.

  • 26 Social Justuce Warrior // Jan 3, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    I blame Ronald Reagan! There were no homeless or drug addicts before he came along.

  • 27 mikeobrian // Jan 3, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    It will loose some parking. But why do they get to park for free amyway?? Everyone else in town pays at least $4.00 an hour to park. It is the cities land and NOT salmon bays. Personally, if I had to choose a street for free parking, it would be Ballard a e or market, not Shilshole.

    It will cause extremely limited interruption of their businesses. The city of Seattle operatetes its northern gravel and pothole repair immediately adjacent to the Burke gilman trail. Their estimated disruption due to the bike path per week is……… 0 minutes.

    The Ballard chamber is the disconfigured whore of salmon bay. If they were respectible, they would get the homeless and drugs and petty crime the fock out if Ballard, instead they spend countless hours bending over backwards to keep 100 cyclists and 50 joggers a day in danger so one business owner can admire how great his C is.

  • 28 Chingching // Jan 3, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    30sballarddad – Actually I received an email from the BCC last week that included a letter from the chief of police in reponse to the Chambers request for more police presence in Ballard.

    That’s in direct response to the needs of businesses in Ballard, especially retailers who have had a big increase in shop lifting as well as the other crimes outlined in this thread.

    According to the email resources are being redirected to Ballard and the chief of police is going to sit down with the chamber director and talk about a long term plan for more services both police and social work outreach.

    The Chamber also helped pay for a private security guard that checked in at retailers during the weeks before Christmas.

    As for the BCC “not caring about Ballard residents” people don’t seem to realize that a Chamber of Commerce isn’t a municipal organization like a Community Council.

    It’s a private organization made up of businesses who choose to join. There are only 2 or 3 employees and a board of members who volunteer their time.

    The businesses along Shilshoal Ave are members of the Chamber. It’s not a matter of the Chamber “not caring about the people of Ballard” it’s that the Chamber membership cares about the business interests of their members. That’s their mission.

  • 29 Uff da // Jan 4, 2016 at 5:53 am

    The truth is the missing link will eliminate something like 137 parking spots in the critical industrial area near Salmon Bay S &G. Now that is also parking for industrial business customers who need to load product, other businesses and employees of those businesses in the day time, but at night it serves a different set of businesses. It may make some difference if it is pay parking for some of those hours, but the problem is that for much of the time those spots are filled and there are no nearby alternatives. Let me see, a contractor is going to park 2 blocks away to make his order for 8 bags of cement, then walk all the way back to his truck to get in line to load at a 5 minute loading dock. Christ some of you selfish bikers are stupid.

    It is also my understanding and EIS is being done on the B-G Missing Link, and even some of the “minimal impact” assertions of the City will be challenged with more objective facts.

    And as for the Chamber bashing from some of you dim bulbs, you probably won’t appreciate the fact that the Fremont Chamber has also had considerable dialog with the police about a need for increased presence and decreased response time needed when police are summoned. There was even a Seattle Times article on this very topic a few days back.

  • 30 Lazarus // Jan 4, 2016 at 6:49 am

    ” Let me see, a contractor is going to park 2 blocks away to make his order for 8 bags of cement, then walk all the way back to his truck to get in line to load at a 5 minute loading dock. ”

    Oh my! What a hardship for that poor contractor.

    I think they can probably figure out a way to do it efficiently, without using public land for free parking which is absolute bogus.

  • 31 Luffa Duh // Jan 4, 2016 at 11:57 am

    Uff day, do you just make it all up? Here is a link to what is actually planned. Parking loss is minimal.
    “…those spots are filled and there are no nearby alternatives.” Except for the MASSIVE parking lot at the Yankee Diner. There is an over abundance of parking in Ballard. Take a look at all the lots on 58th street that ALWAYS have open spots.
    By the way, I’ve purchased bags of sand, gravel and cement from SBS&G in the past (not that I ever will again). You pull into their lot, on their property. They have a large parking lot inside the gate.
    OMG, you got one thing right! The SDOT is doing a full EIS for the whole project, even though they were only required to do one for the short Shilshole segment that encompasses SBS&G. Hopefully the knuckleheads at SDOT have finally figured out what it takes to get this project done. And make no mistake, it will get done and built as designed.
    Yes, the Ballard Chamber of Commerce is advocating for improved police response time, for their members. Make no mistake; they don’t give a shot about the Ballard community in general.

  • 32 BallardRes // Jan 4, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    “This woman needed our compassion and our help. We have failed her.”

    That is not the case. She was given permanent housing in a housing first development that didn’t require her to quit using. She was supported by homeless advocates and community residents. Addiction is awful and her death is tragic, but ultimately, she chose to continue using. No one can save an addict but herself.

    Is there no such thing as personal responsibility anymore?

  • 33 NIMBY // Jan 4, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    Proud NIMBY! I don’t want any of this crap in my backyard.

  • 34 Profile photo of JM98107 JM98107 // Jan 4, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    The Jan 2016 issue of Seattle Met has a homeless story with nice photos and an info graphic. Also, a story about bicycle theft in Seattle.

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