Black cat returned in time for Halloween

The 10-foot black cat that was stolen from Mike White’s festively decorated yard two weeks ago has reappeared just in time for Halloween!

We caught up with Mike to ask him about the cat’s mysterious reappearance. After being on the KIRO Ron and Don show a couple weeks ago, talking about the strange theft, the Walgreens in Silverlake donated a new cat to the Whites to save Halloween. So there you have it!

Happy Halloween Queen Anne!

(Thanks to reader Jai Schellhammer for the picture!)

Trick or Treat map for Queen Anne and North Seattle

Wondering which of your neighbors will be giving out candy this Halloween?  Ballard resident John Tynes created a trick or treat map to show which homes in the neighborhood will open their doors to trick or treaters Sunday night.  Since it was such a great idea, the map has been expanded to include Queen Anne, Magnolia and North Seattle.  Before Sunday rolls around, you should see a lot more blue dots outside the Ballard area.  Just click here to see the current map and follow the directions on the left column to add your house (Google account required to edit map).

Gas leak briefly forces evacuations along Elliott Avenue

Four buildings along Elliott Avenue were evacuated this afternoon because of a gas leak.  The leak started about 1pm in the 1400 block of Elliott.  KING 5 reports that crews were doing some routine maintenance when they broke a pipe.  The southbound lanes of Elliott going past the site were also closed.  The leak was capped in about 30 minutes.

Photo courtesy of KING 5

Military ammunition found in Smith Cove

The investigative team at KING 5 is reporting that old military ammunition, some dating back to World War II and earlier, has been found at the bottom of Smith Cove.  In April, a Port of Seattle Police dive team found empty shell casings in the waters around Pier 91.  In September, divers brought up training rounds and projectiles.  While most did not contain explosives, KING reports a few had live rounds with high explosive material and that some live munitions were brought to the surface when a cruise ship was docked above.

You can check out KING’s coverage here.  They’re promising more tonight starting at 5pm.

Emerald City Smoothie opening in Queen Anne

If you’ve driven or walked down Queen Anne Ave N recently, you may have noticed some construction going on next to the Homestreet Bank, at 1835 Queen Anne Ave N, soon to be the site of a new Emerald City Smoothie franchise.

The company, which has smoothie outposts all over Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut and Utah, says the Queen Anne locations is due to open in the next week and a half to two weeks.

We’re still waiting to here back from the location owner on a specific opening date, and what the new shop’s hours will be. The new smoothie shop is also hiring. Application information here.

Small oil spill at Fishermen’s Terminal

The Department of Ecology is responding to a report of a small oil spill originating from Fishermen’s Terminal and extending into Salmon Bay. The department told KIRO 7 that it looks to be “tens of gallons,” and investigators have yet to determine where it’s coming from.

An aerial view from KIRO’s helicopter (above) shows a sheen on the water at the Terminal. We’ll update as we learn more.