Nearby News: Crime reports from Phinney, Fremont and Wallingford

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The North Precinct SPD blotter has recently been filled with crime stories from Ballard’s neighbors Phinney Ridge, Fremont and Wallingford.

Updates from the blotter posts are included below.

SPD officers arrested a man on Tuesday morning who was seen smashing the windows of a Phinney Ridge chocolate factory and an ATM machine in Fremont (pictured above). Check out more details below:

Officers made a rock-solid arrest Tuesday morning in Fremont after a man threw a chunk of concrete through a bus shelter, smashed windows at a chocolate factory with a cement brick, and hurled a large stone at an ATM.

Staff members at a Fremont business called police just before 10 AM and reported a man had smashed two windows at a chocolate factory in the 3400 block of Phinney Avenue North and ducked into a garage. Officers found the 34-year-old man a few blocks away and arrested him for malicious mischief.

Police followed the man’s suspected trail through fremont and discovered the smashed bus shelter and damaged ATM. They also discovered he had a warrant for throwing rocks through windows during a separate incident in June 2015, and booked him into the King County Jail.

SPD Detectives also arrested two teens in connection with an armed robbery that took place at a Wallingford convenience store last week. Read the full report below:

Police responded to the store in the 4000 block of Wallingford Ave N around 9:30 p.m. on January 28th, after an employee reported that two masked men had robbed him at gunpoint.

The employee asked the robbers to wait until a customer left before he handed over any cash. Instead, the impatient robbers walked behind the counter, emptied the register and several packs of cigarettes before fleeing.

Officers tracked one suspect, a 16-year-old boy, to his Queen Anne home the night of the robbery. They later released him to his parents pending further investigation.

Robbery detectives continued to follow-up on leads in the case, and arrested a second 16-year-old suspect on February 2nd at Ballard High School. Detectives booked the second teen into the King County Youth Services Center for investigation of robbery.

A 30-year-old burglar was also arrested by SPD officers on Tuesday after breaking into a home on Phinney Ridge. The suspect was caught by the home owner, who beat him around the head with his fists and a pair of garden shears. Read more details below:

The resident called 911 around 3:30 p.m. after he saw the burglar pull up on his street in the 6200 block of 4th Ave NW in a Toyota, force his way into the victim’s garage, and then make a beeline for his home.

As the victim was on the phone with 911 dispatchers he heard the suspect knocking on his front door, followed by the sound of glass breaking.

The resident stayed on the phone with dispatchers as he went to his front door and walked outside to look for the suspect. When he didn’t find him, he turned back around, walked into his home, and found the suspect in his kitchen, holding a pair of garden shears.

The victim leapt at the suspect, snatched the shears from his hands, and began beating the burglar over the head with the tool and his fists as he chased him out the back door of the home.

As the homeowner rushed after the burglar, the suspect jumped on the victim’s girlfriend’s bike, which he had removed from the garage.

The suspect ignored the victim’s orders to get off the bike, and instead rode away down the street.

Officers caught up to the suspect four blocks away and took him into custody.

The victim told police he believed he had injured his hand during the incident–presumably from striking the suspect in the head–but did not require treatment at the scene.

The suspect complained of head injuries and was treated at the scene by medics before officers booked him into the King County Jail for investigation of burglary.

Photo courtesy of SPD.

Throwback Thursday: The February Snow Storm of 1916

With it being the 100th anniversary of the huge February 2 snow storm of 1916, we thought we would take a look back at how Ballard fared that day.

Below is the torn image of the Ballard Ave street scene during the 1916 snow storm. Jeweler’s street clock can be seen on the left and Ballard City Hall and bell tower are in the background.

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Below is the view of the Junction Building and the Ballard commercial area street scene during the snow storm.

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Below is a postcard showing Ballard Ave. deep in the snow of the 1916 storm. A caption reads, “Record snowfall of 38 inches in Seattle, Wash. Feb 2 and 3 Ballard Ave. facing N.W.”

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Check out the KOMO News article to see more photos from around the city that were taken during the 1916 snow storm.

Photos and information courtesy of Ballard Historical Society.

Development Update February 4: subdivisions galore

It is subdivision application time in the neighborhood with four applications and one decision 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:

2051 NW 64th St

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6494241. 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.

7003 Mary Ave NW

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6488058. 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.

2212 NW 61st St

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6491911. 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.

1721 NW 60th St

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6482587. 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.

Decision:

1707 NW 63rd 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 #6457754. 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 this decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than 2/18/2016.

Ballardites launch Go Fund Me campaign to open coffee shop

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Ballardites Carrie and Heather Wallace have launched a Go Fund Me campaign in the hopes of opening their own business, Grind Me – Ballard Coffee, in our neighborhood.

Both Carrie and Heather are very familiar with the local coffee scene and are keen to put their passion and experience behind their own store.

A little over two years ago, the Wallaces opened Bauhaus Ballard along with the long time owner of the business. After a year of managing the Ballard location, Carrie became the General Manager of all three Bauhaus stores in Seattle.

According to Carrie, the couple worked 14-18 hour days, 5-7 days a week. “We poured our hearts and souls into something we realized wasn’t ours and possibly wouldn’t succeed due to someone else’s financial challenges,” she says.

In April 2015, the Wallaces made the decision to end their time working with Bauhaus before the business suddenly and permanently closed its doors in December. Since leaving Bauhaus, “the last eight months have been a very sad, inspiring and eye opening time,” says Carrie.

“Not only have we missed everything we helped make at the Ballard cafe but most of all our amazing employees and customers. The feeling we had while working to provide our customers with the best cup of love they could get and the friendships we made were irreplaceable,” she says.

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Since leaving Bauhaus, the couple have dreamed of opening their own coffee shop and are now faced with the opportunity to be in the running to rent the old Bauhaus location (located on the corner of 20th Ave NW and NW Market St). (They also have their hands on another Ballard location if the former Bauhaus property falls through.)

However, in order to secure a location for Grind Me – Ballard Coffee as soon as possible, they are looking for community support.

“We have a little help from family to get started and have applied for loans that will take months but will still need to raise additional funds to get the ball rolling now. We are here to ask our friends, family and community for support,” says Carrie.

The couple will use the Go Fund Me donations to purchase everything needed for the opening including remodel costs, licenses, an espresso machine, vendor deposits, café furniture and more. Together Carrie and Heather have built a business plan, a three year financial plan and gathered over 20 letters of recommendation in their efforts to open Grind Me.

If their Go Fund Me campaign is successful, Carrie and Heather also plan to rehire a few of the old Bauhaus employees who lost their jobs so close to Christmas and, if they successfully secure the former Bauhaus location, also plan to keep the historic Twice Sold Tales bookstore located inside the business.

“Help us to produce the amazing family environment and coffee that deserves to be a part of the everyday lives we live; one cup at a time,” says Carrie.

Click here to learn more about Grind Me – Ballard Coffee and donate to the Go Fund Me campaign.

Photo courtesy of Carrie Wallace. From left Carrie Wallace, Katie Gower and Heather Wallace.

Seattle Empty Bowls team on lookout for event entertainment

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The Seattle Empty Bowls team is on the lookout for local talent to provide entertainment at their annual event on March 13.

Seattle Empty Bowls yearly fundraiser is a community event that raises funds for the Ballard Food Bank.

During this unique event guests are asked to make a suggested donation of $20 or over which allows them to choose a beautifully decorated ceramic bowl and have it filled with a soup of their choice.

The event team is searching for local acts to perform at the March 13 fundraiser.

“Do you have a band? a dance troop? are you a magician? Do people just like to listen to you speak about geometry? Please consider loaning us your talents for the night,” says Andrea Hays, Project Manager for Seattle Empty Bowls.

If you are interested in signing up to perform or want to find out more contact Andrea at SeattleEmptyBowls@gmail.com.

Learn more about the event on their Facebook page.

Photo courtesy of Seattle Empty Bowls.

Police Chief to speak at February CBRA meeting

Central Ballard Residents Association (CBRA) has scheduled Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole to speak at their meeting this month.

“This is a special opportunity to meet the Chief, learn about issues concerning the Ballard area and ask questions,” says CBRA Membership Coordinator Rebecca Todd.

All are welcome to attend the meeting on Wednesday, February 17, at 7 p.m. in Conference Room A on the first floor of Ballard Swedish Hospital (5330 Tallman Ave).

This month, CBRA is also partnering with SNAP (Seattle Neighborhoods Actively Prepare) to host a Disaster Preparedness Training session at Ballard Library (5614 22nd Ave NW) on Saturday, February 27, from 10:30 a.m. – 12 noon.

“This is a great chance to learn about the potential hazards we face in Washington, what to put in a disaster supplies kit, and how to create a communications plan when that disaster strikes,” says Todd.

No registration is required for either event.

BHS athletes celebrate largest NCAA signing in 10 years

The Ballard High School community celebrated its largest NCAA National Signing Day in a decade this morning with 12 student-athletes signing contracts to participate in athletics after high school.

Athletics director Carrie Burr report that there are additional student-athletes that are set to participate in athletics next year, however, they are still in the process of deciding which school to attend.

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Check out the signing list below:

Soccer

  • Isle Raftery Babson, Wellesley Mass (Biz. E Beaver) 
  • Handwalla Bwana – UW (Huskies) 
  • Cole Weaver PLU (Lutes) 

Football

  • Rayhmondo Trevino Idaho State (Bengals) 
  • Davine Tullis University of Hawaii (Rainbow Warriors) 
  • Elijah Davis – Central Washington University (Wildcats) 
  • Jack Dinneen Oregon (Ducks – walk on) 
  • Jesse Elion – Scottsdale CC (Fighting Artichokes) 
  • Antione Patton – Scottsdale CC (Fighting Artichokes) 
  • Darrion Peterson – Scottsdale CC (Fighting Artichokes)
  • William Jones (BBQ) – Scottsdale CC (Fighting Artichokes)
  • Fua Ta’ase – Scottsdale CC (Fighting Artichokes)

“I encourage the Ballard community to join me in congratulating these young athletes,” says Burr.

Photo courtesy of Ballard High School Athletics.