Detectives charge two men in connection with body found in Ballard

SPD detectives have identified two men who are suspected of dumping a woman’s body after she suffered a fatal drug overdose in Ballard late last year.

According to detectives, the men dumped her body in a shopping cart near the Ballard Bridge to avoid drawing attention to drug activity that took place inside their motor home.

Read the full report from the SPD blotter below:

The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office has charged Michael Tarp, 56, and Michael Kircher, 33, with “unlawful disposal of human remains” and for failing to notify the coroner of Anne Zachariasen’s death after she overdosed outside of their RV.

An employee at an upholstery shop in the 1500 block of NW 46th St discovered Zachariasen’s body shortly after arriving to work at 5:45 a.m. on November 19th, 2015.

The employee noticed an overturned debris-filled shopping cart at the edge of a yard, which hadn’t been there when he closed up shop the night before. As the employee tried to move the cart, Zachariasen’s body, which had been wrapped in a sheet, fell from the cart onto the ground.

SPD Homicide Detective Rolf Norton began investigating Zachariasen’s death and tracked down surveillance footage from a business. Video which showed two men pushing a shopping cart through the Ballard neighborhood about two hours before the body was discovered. The men, however, weren’t immediately identifiable in the video.

An autopsy by the King County Medical Examiner’s office found no signs of injuries on Zachariasen and ruled her death a probable accident, caused by a combination of drugs and alcohol.

Police obtained Zachariasen’s cellphone records to find anyone she might have come into contact with, and eventually learned a man living in an RV under the Ballard Bridge had told a witness he had recently moved a woman’s body. Police identified the man as Michael Tarp and contacted him on December 21 at his RV, parked at NW 50th and 11th Ave NW.

Tarp told police he had found Zachariasen’s body outside his RV and enlisted another man, later identified as Michael Kircher, to help him move her. Tarp and Kirchner were both concerned Zachariason’s overdose would draw attention to narcotics activity at their motorhome, but denied providing her with any drugs.

Tarp and Kircher have both been charged in King County District court. Both men are scheduled to be arraigned in the next two weeks.

Attempted break in reported on 58th and 17th

My Ballard reader Silvia emailed in to report an attempted break in at her apartment on 58th and 17th that occurred on Monday afternoon between 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

“They were trying to jam open our front door (based on the damage my front door took). Though they managed to open the deadbolt, they were not able to open the doorknob lock.  Nothing was stolen, thankfully,” writes Silvia.

The incident was reported to the SPD, who said that Silvia’s “old school” reinforced door prevented the intruders from forcing their way in unlike the flimsy newer, cheaper doors.

SPD is encouraging locals to ensure that their doors are secure and to report any incidents to the SPD North Precinct at  (206) 684-0850. Remember to call 911 in the case of an emergency.

Have you experienced crime in Ballard lately? Let us know at tips@myballard.com.

Locals prepare for summer with annual Fitness Fest

The 2016 annual Ballard Fitness Fest has kicked off in the neighborhood at EDGE Personal Training Studio (2821 NW Market St).

The three month long fitness competition will challenge participants to both get and stay in shape and is open to all locals who live and work in Ballard and surrounding areas (Queen Anne, Magnolia, Crown Hill etc).

EDGE Personal Training owner, Erik Hroncich, established the competition seven years ago to help physically and mentally transform peoples’ lives.

In order to enter, locals need to contact EDGE Personal Training and set up an initial fitness assessment between now and next Friday, March 4, and then kick butt until for three months until their re-test between May 23 and May 27.

“The fitness assessment consists of a body composition test, circumference measurements and body weight,” says Hroncich.

In past contests Hroncich says that participants have become “healthier, more confident and gained a better body image.” In 2013, winner Danie Skredsvig lost over 8% of her body fat (15lbs of body fat) in just 12 weeks to become the first ever female Champion!

By entering the competition, participants have a chance at winning $750 worth of prizes. The first place winner scores a $250 gift certificate to a Ballard business of their choice, three free training sessions at EDGE and a piece featuring their win on local media sites.

To enter the competition, locals can choose from a few new options with major discounts this year:

  • Entry fee only – $25 (plus tax)
  • Entry fee with nutritional review – $75 (plus tax)
  • Entry fee, nutritional review, three personal training sessions, a functional movement screen and fitness program development – $299 (plus tax)

The EDGE will also be offering a Nutritional Clinic with general health information and recipe ideas, running/walking groups and classes to help participants prepare for the competition.

Thinking about participating? Click here or email info@edgepersonaltraining.net.

Seattle Aquarium looking for local beach volunteers

Do you love your Golden Gardens and Carkeek Park beaches? Enjoy learning about the cool critters that live there? The folks at Seattle Aquarium’s Beach Naturalist Program are looking for volunteers!

Applications are now open for locals to sign up to be volunteer Beach Naturalists. Naturalists receive training from marine and interpretative experts March through May.

Once trained, volunteers spend three low-tide days educating visitors at twelve local beaches, including Golden Gardens and Carkeek Beach.

For more info, please email beachnaturalist@seattleaquarium.org or call (206) 693-6189. Training begins in early March.

Seattle Parks asks for local help to name 14th Ave park

Seattle Parks and Recreation is inviting locals to submit potential names for the new park to be built on 14th Ave NW that has been in the works since 2009. The project design is close to finished, with the 90% Street Improvement Plan now under review by SDOT.

The creation of the park is set to convert two full blocks on 14th Ave NW (between NW 59th and NW 61st streets) and will replace the gravel parking median and portions of the existing concrete roadway.

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According to Seattle Parks, the project includes green infrastructure and incorporates safety improvements for pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles.

In terms of project funding, The Parks and Green Spaces Levy provided approximately $2.9 million for design and construction of the 14th Ave Park Boulevard.

The Parks Naming Committee will consider all suggestions and make a recommendation to Seattle Parks and Recreation Superintendent Jesús Aguirre, who will make the final decision about the new park’s makes the final decision.

All suggestions must be submitted in writing by Thursday, March 31, 2016, and include an explanation of how your suggestion matches the naming criteria.

Email suggestions to paula.hoff@seattle.gov or by mail to:

Seattle Parks and Recreation
Parks Naming Committee
100 Dexter Ave N
Seattle, WA, 98109

Design image courtesy of Seattle Parks and Recreation.

Development Update February 22: subdivisions galore

It is subdivision time in the neighborhood with one application and two decisions in today’s development update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD) as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.

Application:

8340 Mary Ave NW

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Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into four unit lots. The construction of residential units are under Project #6481903. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots.

Decisions:

2229 NW 60th St

Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6440500. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots.

1547 NW 61st St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6464328. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots.

Appeals of these decisions must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than 3/7/2016.

Majestic Bay screening to support BHS filmmakers

Super 8 TIFF

Majestic Bay (2044 NW Market St) is hosting a screening of J.J. Abram’s film Super 8 tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m. in support of the Ballard High School Filmmaking Program.

If you are a regular visitor to Majestic Bay, you will be familiar with the new policy trailer A Trip to the Groovies, that was produced by the students involved in the BHS Digital Filmmaking Program.

The BHS filmmaking students were approached by Majestic Bay to make a trailer when the theatre went digital in 2014 and decided to continue the story of Russ and Ellen that was featured in the original policy trailer entitled A Trip to the Movies.

“The film students were thrilled to be approached by Majestic Bay. The trailer is a fun way to inform audiences about proper theatre rules and etiquette,” says BHS Filmmaker Jaya Flanary.

Majestic Bay was so please with the trailer that they made an immediate donation and pledged to organize tomorrow’s fundraiser. A Trip to the Groovies will precede the screening of Super 8. Funds raised will be used to purchase new equipment for the program.

We really want to get the word out to the community about this exciting event,” says Flanary.

The screening will commence at 9:30 a.m. and all seats are $10.

What’s on this weekend

Enjoy your weekend in Ballard!

FRIDAY, February 19

  • Moonlight Yoga at Kula Movement Center  (5340 Ballard Ave NW) from 8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.We meet on the Friday nearest the full moon and practice in the warm glow of candlelight. Join the team as they bring music and movement together to find more freedom in your form! Cost is $40. Register online or call (206) 972-2999.
  • Live Music
    • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St). 7 p.m. Denise Glover CD Release with Cary Black (bass), Julian Smedley (fiddle/guitar), Bob Knetzger (pedal steel/dobro), JP Wittman (fiddle) and Don Share (guitar/vocals). $15 cover/$10 students. 9 p.m. Bossa in Wonderland, with Jay Freeborne (guitar/vocals), Marty Goldstein (percussion), George Calugaru (bass), Jaesi Bone (violin/vocals) and Trish Savage (lead vocals). $5 cover.
    • Cold Comfort, Goldie Wilson and Hand of the Hills at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $8.

SATURDAY, February 20

  • Greyhound Meet and Greet at All the Best Pet Care (1909 NW Market St) from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Join us to meet retired racing greyhounds, learn about adoption, volunteer opportunities and more.
  • BHS Filmmakers Fundraiser at Majestic Bay Cinema (2044 NW Market St) at 9:30 a.m. Super 8 will be screened, tickets $10. All proceeds go towards the BHS Filmmakers Program.
  • Live Music
    • Bucharest Drinking Team, Ama Trio Momo and Uzeir Reloaded at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $8.
    • Seattle Weekly Presents Quasi with Sally Timms (of The Mekons) with Sun Foot at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $16.
    • Sisters, Minden and Fauna Shade at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 9 p.m.  Tickets $12.
    • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St). 7 p.m. Lady A’s Back Porch Blues. $10 cover. 9 p.m. 400.40 – Manny Xenos (bass), Scott McKinney (vocals/keys) and Julian Forrester (drums). $5 cover.

SUNDAY, February 21

Lake Washington annual summer refill to begin today

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials are starting Lake Washington’s annual summer refill operations today.

Water managers are targeting a typical annual refill of the lake to elevation 22 feet with an interim target of 21.85 feet by May 1. Fill rates and target elevations vary through May based on conditions. Refilling the lake to 22 feet will help meet increased summer water use, providing water necessary for fish passage, navigation and salinity control.

Private and commercial maritime interests along Lake Washington Ship Canal and in Lakes Washington and Union should expect a gradual rise from the winter level of 20 feet until the 22-foot target refill elevation is reached around June 1.

“Vessel owners should closely monitor lake elevations and adjust mooring lines as necessary,” writes officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The official lake level is measured at the Ballard Locks. Lake Washington levels may vary due to the natural gradient between the lake and the locks or wind that can push the lake levels up for short durations. Depending on conditions, the lake may remain at the maximum target elevation through June and July.

More information on Lake Washington’s status is available on the Corps’ Seattle District Reservoir Control Center website.