Nearby News: SPD Detectives release video footage of suspects in string of ATM heists

SPD Detectives are still seeking suspects in a string of recent ATM heists, as the My Ballard team reported earlier this month.

Detectives have released additional video footage (included below) to appeal to the public for any information:

The below video is from security footage of a November 26 burglary and ATM theft at a business in the 2200 block of Eastlake Avenue.

The below video is from security footage of a December 2 ATM theft at a business in the 2800 block of East Madison.

If you have any information about this, or any of the other break-ins, please call (206) 684-5730 or 911.

Development Update December 27: One subdivision

One decision and one order of dismissal make up today’s update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Construction and Inspections as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.

Decision:

1722 NW 63rd St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6486876. 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 the above decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than 1/9/2017.

Order of Dismissal:

951 NW Ballard Way

The appellants have withdrawn their appeal.  Pursuant to Hearing Examiner Rule 3.06, the matter should be, and hereby is, DISMISSED, and the hearing scheduled for Wednesday, February 8, 2017, is canceled.

The 2016 Ballard Christmas Day Roundup

The team at My Ballard would like to wish everyone a very Happy Holidays! We hope that you are enjoying the day with your family and friends.

Check out the Ballard Christmas Day Roundup below:

What’s Open:.

  • The Old Pequliar Pub (1722 NW Market St) will be open from 12 noon – 2 a.m.
  • Hattie’s Hat (5231 Ballard Ave NW) is open all day from 10 a.m. – 2 a.m.
  • Lockspot Café (3005 NW 54th St) is open from 4 p.m. – 2 a.m.

What’s Closed:

  • All US post offices
  • Most major banks and credit unions
  • Seattle Transfer stations
  • Ballard Library
  • Ballard Neighborhood Service Center
  • All Seattle Parks and Recreation community centers including Ballard Pool

Things to remember:

  • On-street parking is free in Seattle on Christmas Day.
  • King County Metro Transit bus routes are operating on a Sunday schedule. Click here to check out more details about the holiday schedule.
  • Garbage, food and yard waste, and recycling will not be picked up in Seattle on Christmas Day. Thursday and Friday collections will be collected one day later that week due to the Christmas Day holiday. Please be sure to have your containers out by 7 a.m. to ensure collection.

Do you know of any other events or information for Christmas Day 2016 in Ballard? Email us at tips@myballard.com and we will add the information to the post.

Development Update December 22: More subdivisions

Two applications and one decision make up today’s update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Construction and Inspections as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.

Applications:

9038 14th Ave NW

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into three parcels of land. Project includes a unit lot subdivision of Parcel C into four unit lots. The construction of the live-work units and residential units is under project #6414921. The subdivision is for the purpose of allowing sale of lease of the individual live-work and residential dwelling units. Development standards will be applied to the development site as a whole and not to each of the new parcel and unit lots.

103 NW 103rd St

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6489300. 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:

6708 14th Ave NW

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6432849. 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 the above decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than 1/5/2017.

Spend “Thursdays with Santa” at Sweet Mickey’s

Santa will be coming to town every Thursday for the remainder of December to Sweet Mickey’s Candy Shoppe (2230 NW 57th St) between 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

The Sweet Mickey’s team are spending “Thursdays with Santa” and will be offering the chance for locals to meet Santa and have their photo taken with him. A professional photographer will be on hand to capture the festivities, and visitors are also welcome to take photos with their own camera.

All are invited to ensure that Santa receives a warm welcome in Ballard.

Nordic Heritage Museum to present 8th annual Nordic Lights Film Festival

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The Nordic Heritage Museum will open the 8th annual Nordic Lights Film Festival (NLFF) on January 12, 2017, at the Seattle International Film Festival’s (SIFF) Film Center in downtown Seattle.

NLFF will feature contemporary, award-winning films from the Nordic countries – Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. For the first time, the festival will also feature a special viewing of several short films from the Faroe Islands.

Opening night will include the U.S. premiere of Icelandic film Reverse/Bakk. This film tells the story about two childhood friends who decide to drive around Iceland in reverse. Soon after their trip starts they find out that this was perhaps not the best idea in the world – nothing goes as planned and almost everything goes wrong. Director/Writer/Actor Gunnar Hansson will attend the screening and the reception to follow.

For the first time, NLFF will also feature a special Faroese component to the film lineup. The team will show a selection of shorts made by young, up-and-coming filmmakers from this region. Wintermorning /Vetrarmorgun and Summernight /Summarnátt by Sakaris Stórá will be shown, in addition to Guilt/Skuld by Heiðrik á Heygum. Both filmmakers are expected to attend the festival.

The closing day is dedicated to Finnish films in honor of Finland’s Centennial in 2017, and will include a closing night reception with special guests.

A full schedule and description of the films is available nordicmuseum.org and tickets are available at SIFF.net.

Development Update December 19: Rowhouses

Two decisions make up today’s update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Construction and Inspections as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.

Decisions:

519 NW 44th St

Land Use Application has been approved to allow one, 3-story four unit rowhouse structure. Surface parking for two vehicles to be provided (one of the two surface parking spaces for this project will be located on adjacent parcel). Existing structures to be demolished. To be considered with #3023062 for shared access. Environmental review includes future unit lot subdivision.

518 NW Bright St

A Land Use Application has been approved to allow one, 3-story seven unit rowhouse structure. Surface parking for six vehicles to be provided (one of the six surface parking spaces for this project is provided for adjacent parcel). Existing structures to be demolished. To be considered with #3024634 for shared access. Environmental review includes future unit lot subdivision.

Appeals of the above decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than 1/2/2017.

SFD officers respond to fire at Woodland Park Zoo

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SFD Firefighters were dispatched to respond to a fire at Woodland Park Zoo at approximately 3:15 p.m. on Thursday, December 15.

Firefighters arrived to find flames coming from the Night Exhibit building, where Zoo staff had evacuated guests and had a plan to evacuate the animals.

The first arriving SFD units laid hose lines to the interior of the exhibit and to the main floor, quickly extinguishing the fire where it had initiated. Firefighters were also able to successfully contain and extinguish all extended flames in the attic by 4:30 p.m.

The Seattle Fire Department worked closely with Zoo employees to evacuate animals and coordinate a team that moved live animals during the process. Upon extinguishing the fire, Firefighters checked for hot spots and were on the scene until 7:30 a.m. on Friday, December 16, to monitor the area.

According to a report by our news partners at The Seattle Times, six small turtles are believed to be dead after the fire where they were hibernating for winter.

According to the zoo, the turtles were in the basement of The Night Exhibit, which formerly housed nocturnal animals, when the fire started around 3:15 p.m. No other animals are known to be hurt. Two firefighters were temporarily hospitalized for minor injuries. Zoo staff believe the turtles died but have been unable to get inside the building to confirm.

“Any loss of life is hard, but this loss is especially heartbreaking given the tireless work of our staff to evacuate all of the animals they could reach,” Woodland Park Zoo staff wrote in a blog post.

The turtles that are believed to have perished include two black-breasted leaf turtles, a male and a female, were 26 years old, according to zoo spokeswoman Gigi Allianic. Of the four Indochinese box turtles, two males were 16 years old; one male was 4 years old and the youngest, of undetermined sex, was 2 years old.

Unfortunately, Woodland Park Zoo staff have been unable to enter the building as of yet to confirm the state of the turtles as the building conditions remain too dangerous.

Two firefighters were injured in the incident, one with minor burns and the other from possible contact with an electrical panel while firefighting. Both were transported to Harborview Medical Center where they were treated and released.

Fire Investigation Unit members arrived to investigate the exhibit building designed to display nocturnal animals. However, due to structural instability and partial collapse, Fire Investigators were unable to determine a specific cause.

The damage of this incident is estimated at $1.5 million dollars.

The cause of the blaze continues to remain unknown.

Detectives seek suspects in string of ATM heists

Seattle police are working to track down a team of thieves, suspected of targeting gas stations, small grocery and convenience stores, a golf course and a local burger chain in at least nine break-ins around Seattle over the last two months.

Check out the details in the SPD Blotter post below:

In several of the break-ins, the suspects have pulled up outside the business in a stolen truck or van–in one case, taken from an after-school youth program–smashed their way inside, ripped out ATMs, stolen cash from the machines, and then dumped the ATMs nearby.

While security cameras have captured the masked suspects during several break-ins, police are still looking for leads and are hoping someone out there can help identify the thieves.

Only two suspects, both wearing bandannas or hoods over their faces, have appeared in surveillance footage, but detectives believe there may be a third suspect involved as well.

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If you recognize these suspects or have any information about the break-ins, please contact the West Precinct Detective Unit at (206) 684-5730.

BHS film student wins honors from National Youngarts Foundation

Skala Leake, a junior in Ballard High School’s Digital Filmmaking Program, has been awarded an Honorable Mention in Cinematic Arts by the National YoungArts Foundation for her short film Comeback.

The award was given in recognition of the “exceptional artistic achievement” evident in her work.  Honorable Mention is the second tier of honors awarded by YoungArts, above the Merit Award and second only to their top prize.

The YoungArts program identifies and supports young talent in the areas of music, theater, visual arts, photography, writing, and cinematic arts.  Skala’s work was selected for honors from thousands of submissions through a blind adjudication process by a nationally and internationally renowned panel of judges, master teachers, and artists.

Skala pitched Comeback to her filmmaking class last winter.  It was selected for production, and she worked with classmates Avery Davis, Cameron Miller, and Aaron Miller to realize her story of a promising soccer player facing a life-altering setback.

Since premiering at the Ballard Film Festival last June, Comeback, had its national premiere at the All American High School Film Festival in New York City in early October, and was screened at the Portland Art Museum on November 12 as a winner in Fresh Film Northwest – a festival that receives competition from 5 Northwest states as well as the province of British Columbia.

Comeback can now be seen online at www.vimeo.bhsfilmprogram.com.

Click here to learn more about the BHS Digital Filmmaking Program.