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Natural gas leak shuts down Leary

March 14th, 2017 by Geeky Swedes

Update: The firefighters have cleared the scene, and the road has reopened.

Earlier: Firefighters have responded to 5433 Leary Ave. (which is the address of the Ballard Landmark) for a natural gas leak in the area. As of 8:45 a.m., Leary is closed in both directions from Market to Vernon.

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Seattle Fire says the situation is stable, and PSE is on scene. Residents were evacuated to a Metro bus. No estimate of when the road will reopen.

(Photo by Tom Brew)

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Major accident and fire on Holman Road

March 13th, 2017 by Geeky Swedes

Update on Tuesday AM: Security camera footage captured the moment the SUV slammed into the gas pump:

Amazingly the two occupants of that SUV were not injured. The driver of the other vehicle sustained life-threatening injuries.

Updated 9:10 p.m. There’s a large fire response for a two-car accident on Holman Road near 6th Ave. in Crown Hill. After the collision, a SUV smashed into a gas pump and burst into flames at the Shell station near 4th Ave. Witnesses report an explosion, and the driver was able to escape, according to KIRO TV. Holman is currently closed in both directions.

The force of the accident resulted in a large amount of debris spread across Holman. At least one person is injured and transported to Harborview. KIRO says one of the drivers is undergoing a field sobriety test, which could be standard procedure. Here’s a report from KIRO’s Henry Rosoff:

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Seattle Empty Bowls fundraiser set for Sunday

March 13th, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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The ninth annual Seattle Empty Bowls fundraiser will be held this Sunday, March 19, at the Nordic Heritage Museum (3014 NW 67th Street) from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

During this unique fundraiser guests are asked to make a suggested donation of $20 or over. This donation, which goes directly to helping locals in need, allows guests to choose a beautifully decorated ceramic bowl and have it filled with a soup of their choice.

Seattle Empty Bowls is a unique local fundraiser with an important message. According to one of the event organizers Isabelle Franklin, the event gives the opportunity for locals to see that they can help their own community. Whether you are a bowl artisan or an event guest Franklin says that the event also shows that art can be a powerful force for good.

“The event is organically created by members of the Community for the benefit of the Community.  Everyone who comes to the dinner takes home a reminder of the event and the need for food assistance all year round,” said Franklin.

Seattle Empty Bowls events are well-known for their community feel. Guests will have the opportunity to enter a silent auction for some locally made and beautifully decorated glass, wooden and ceramic bowls.

While sampling the soup, guests will also be serenaded by live music from Barnes Bar-B-Q.

If you are interested in helping out volunteers are still needed to assist in the kitchen, with the auction and to help with the clean up. Contact Andrea at seattleemptybowls@gmail.com for more information.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the Ballard Food Bank.

To find out more information about the event visit the Seattle Empty Bowls Facebook page.

Photo courtesy of Seattle Empty Bowls.

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Development Update March 13: Director’s recommendation

March 13th, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

One director’s recommendation makes up today’s update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Construction and Inspections as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.

Notice of Director’s recommendation on full subdivision application and public hearing

7530 15th Ave NW

The City of Seattle Hearing Examiner is conducting a public hearing on the Recommendation of the Director of the Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI) to approve the combined Full Unit Lot and Full Subdivision application described below.

Land Use Application to subdivide one site into 21 lots. One of the lots will be further subdivided into 33 unit lots. Lots range in size from 464 to 1,070-square feet. The unit lot subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the units lots.  Development standards for the unit lots will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots. A Determination of Non-Significance for this platting action was issued under Project 3017926.

The Director’s recommendation is to conditionally grant the Full Unit Lot and Full Subdivision.

Comments can be submitted to the Hearing Examiner through April 17.

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Ballard Elks to host fundraising Corn Hole tournament

March 10th, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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Ballard Elks is hosting a Corn Hole tournament to raise funds for their SHARE’N program. The event will be held this Sunday, March 12, at the Ballard Elks Lodge Hall (6411 Seaview Ave NW) from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

The tournament has room for 20 teams and teams are encouraged to pre-register online. Registrations will also be available at the door on the day of the event. The cost to register is $40 per 2 person team. $20 per team member thereafter is encouraged for safety. Hecklers and Malcontents, who will not be playing corn hole, obtain admission for $10.

The Entry fee includes three hours of round robin cornhole playing time, followed by a four team play off.

In terms of refreshments, a delicious taco bar will be on hand to feed the crowd.

“Come be a Cool Kid and play in the SHARE’N Ballard Elks Lodge Corn Hole Benefit Tournament.  Only 20 teams will  have the opportunity to participate in this smack down Sunday afternoon event,” says Sharon from Ballard Elks Lodge.

Email cornhole@ballardelks.org if you have any questions about the event. All are welcome.

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Development Update March 9: Two applications

March 9th, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Two applications 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:

1579 NW 90th St

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into four unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6541672. 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.

2014 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 #6555150. 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.

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Sex offender accused of attacking woman in Golden Gardens restroom

March 7th, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Update March 8:

According to a second report by The Seattle Times, SPD police say that Steiner hid in one of the women’s restroom stalls at Golden Gardens Park with the intention of raping a woman.

According to statements from the detective who interviewed Steiner, he confirmed that two other women had come into the restroom but he didn’t attack them. When a third woman (the 36-year-old alleged victim) turned on the hand-dryer, he approached her from behind.

Steiner has been charged with attempted second-degree rape and second-degree assault with sexual motivation. He remains jailed in lieu of $750,000 bail.

He is to be arraigned on March 22.

Original Report:

According to a report by our news partners, The Seattle Times, a 40-year-old homeless sex offender is accused of attacking a woman in the women’s restroom at Golden Gardens Park on Sunday, March 5.

The Seattle Times reports that the suspect, Gary Steiner, refused to attend his first court appearance on Monday, March 6. Dan Donohoe, a spokesman for Prosecutor Dan Satterberg, says that a King County District Court judge found probable cause to hold him on investigation of second-degree assault and attempted second-degree rape. A bond hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.

According to the report, officers responded to the Golden Gardens just before 1 p.m. on Sunday after receiving a report that a woman had been attacked in the restroom.

The woman’s statement to police states that a man punched her twice in the face, took her to the floor and wrestled with her while attempting to flip her on her stomach as he pulled on her pants. The woman then reportedly scratched the suspect’s face and he punched her three more times in the head before she escaped. The woman suffered a cut to the face as well as bruising on her face and wrists.

According to The Seattle Times, the woman then ran to get help and passers-by locked her attacker in the restroom until police arrived. SPD officers arrived to find Steiner in the middle stall with the stall door broken and stuck closed.

Police say his clothing matched the victim’s description and he had scratches on his face.

When Steiner walked out of the restroom, the woman then positively identified him as the man who had attacked her. He was subsequently booked into jail, and jail records confirm that he has been charged with failing to register as a sex offender in Clark County.

According to the sex-offender registry maintained by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Steiner is listed as a transient Level 3 sex offender. He was convicted in Maricopa, Arizona, of sexually assaulting several women in 1999 and of indecent exposure in 2008.

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Ballard Council Meeting set for Wednesday

March 7th, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Ballard District Council will meet this Wednesday, March 8, at 7 p.m. at Merrill Gardens (2418 NW 56th St).

This month’s Ballard District Council’s March meeting will be somewhat different in format, as they host a guest panel to help us explore the changing demographics Seattle and the region have seen and will experience over the next decade or two.

“An understanding of these wider changes will help us be better prepared to intelligently evaluate the many local options we will encounter in the future and allow us to more effectively lobby for the interests of our community,” writes Ballard District Council.

Following up this month’s “wide view” Ballard District Council will, in April, use another panel to take a close-in look at the many competing interests along Ballard’s ship canal — the blend from our water based maritime uphill through industrial, commercial and residential.

The March guest panelists bring with them a great deal of expertise:

  • Tim Thomas, PhD candidate in Sociology at the UW and demographer with a focus on how neighborhoods affect different populations. His research includes topics such as gentrification, segregation, migration, crime, housing, poverty, and homelessness; all with a particular focus on the Seattle and Puget Sound area.
  • Joshua McNichols, KUOW “growing pains” reporter since 2015 and a primary reporter for KUOW’s “Region of Boom” series.
  • John Fox, Seattle Displacement Coalition, focused on changing housing needs throughout Seattle.
  • Steve Cohn, retired city planner having worked with several surrounding municipalities dealing with the Washington State Growth Management Act
  • Bill Bryant, Service Development Managing Director, King County Metro Transit

All are welcome to attend.

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Crown Hill/Whittier Heights Public Safety Meeting set for Tuesday

March 6th, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Locals are encouraged to attend the Crown Hill/Whittier Heights Find It, Fix It Walk public safety meeting this Tuesday, March 7, from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Crown Hill Center (9250 NW 14th Ave NW).

The meeting will focus on the public safety issues facing Baker Park and the consequences for the surrounding community.

Representatives of the Seattle Police Department, Seattle Parks and Recreation, Crown Hill Urban Village Committee and the Whittier Heights Community Council will be in attendance.

All are welcome to attend. Click here to learn more about the meeting and check out the agenda.

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Woodland Park Players to present ‘Guys and Dolls’

March 6th, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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The talented folks at Woodland Park Players will be presenting three shows of Guys & Dolls at Roosevelt High School later this month and they are inviting locals to take part in the event.

Founded in 2015, the Woodland Park Players is a thriving community musical theater company drawing from the many known, and newly discovered talents of adults living the greater Woodland Park neighborhood of Seattle.

The Players are not only actors, but also musicians, dancers, set-builders, costume designers and technical crew who live or work in the vicinity of Woodland Park.

Together, they are committed to keeping the arts alive by producing one family-friendly musical a year. Proceeds from the shows are donated to arts programs at neighborhood public schools.

The three performances of Guys & Dolls will be performed on the following dates:

  • 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 17
  • 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 18
  • 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 18

Tickets are available online and start at $15.

Click here to check out more information on the Woodland Park Player’s Facebook page.

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Ballard Pool lifeguard arrested for voyeurism

March 6th, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

SPD Officers arrested a 19-year-old lifeguard at the Ballard Pool on Monday, February 27, after staff discovered he had set up a cell phone to record video inside an employee locker room.

Check out the full details in the SPD North Precinct Blotter post below:

Police were called to Ballard pool around 8:30 p.m. on February 27 after two female employees found a cellphone set up to record video from underneath a pile of swimsuits in a staff locker room.

Employees reviewed the video on the phone, which reportedly showed the 19-year-old suspect setting up the camera, and called 911.

Officers arrested the man at the pool and booked him into the King County Jail for voyeurism.

The lifeguard has worked part-time at the Ballard Pool for the past two years. He was not employed at any other city pool facility.

Sexual Assault Unit detectives are investigating the case.

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Development Update March 6: One application

March 6th, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

One application makes up today’s update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Construction and Inspections as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.

Application:

6105 22nd Ave NW

Screen Shot 2017-03-06 at 9.18.25 PMA Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6520369. 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.

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