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SPD to Host Queen Anne Community Meeting on January 22nd

January 10th, 2013 by Laura

I’ve seen Seattle Police Department (SPD) community meetings come across other neighborhood blogs and now it’s our turn – SPD is coming to the Queen Anne Community Center on January 22nd to meet with residents. If you have concerns about crime (remember the Kerry Park-area muggings?), safety, or any specific questions for SPD, mark your calendars and RSVP for this meeting by January 16th. SPD is looking for 20-30 residents to participate in small group discussions, but that is not a hard-and-fast limit – they’re willing to accomodate all who want to join in on the discussion. It’s our turn to meet with SPD, and it’s a great opportunity for the community.

From our SPD West Precinct Operations contact:

The Mayor’s Office and the Seattle Police Department would like to hear from community members of Queen Anne as to how SPD can address specific neighborhood concerns and improve as an organization. We are seeking 20-30 residents that would like to attend a community meeting in which participants will gather in small groups. RSVP is necessary so that organizers can assure enough SPD officers and moderators are present.  If interest exceeds our target number of participants, we will adjust so that everyone is accommodated.

Key Details

  • What: SPD – Queen Anne Community Meeting
  • When: Tuesday January 22, 6-8pm
  • Where: Queen Anne Community Center (1901 1st Ave. W)
  • RSVP via email by Wednesday January 16, 2013

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SPD and Mercer St on Wednesday’s QACC Agenda

January 1st, 2013 by Laura

The Queen Anne Community Council meets tomorrow, Wednesday, January 2 at the Queen Anne Manor. This month’s meeting has two key items on the agenda – a report from the Seattle Police Department and an update from SDOT on the Mercer Corridor Project. SPD hasn’t confirmed yet, but the QACC did get a verbal commitment from the West Precinct a couple of weeks ago. The public is welcome to attend, so if you have questions or concerns about crime on Queen Anne or the even messier Mercer mess, mark your calendar.

Key Details

  • What: QACC January Meeting
  • Where: Queen Anne Manor, 100 Crockett Street
  • When: Wednesday, January 2, 7:30pm
  • Agenda:
    • 7:30 – Adoption of Agenda
    • 7:35 – Public Comments
    • 7:45 – Seattle Police Department (not confirmed)
    • 8:15 – SDOT- Update of Phase II Mercer Corridor
    • 8:45 – Committee Reports
    • 9:15 – New Business
    • 9:30 – Adjournment

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Saturday Morning SPD & SFD Response on Queen Anne Ave N

December 29th, 2012 by Laura

Did you see the police cars, fire truck, and ambulance this morning on Queen Anne Ave N? We received several tips about a large police response this morning at 915 Queen Anne Ave N, but the SPD Blotter and incident response sites were down. Now the Blotter is back up (incident response site is not) and we have more info on what happened.

According to the SPD Blotter, a 47 year-old man was breaking his apartment windows and throwing items out of said windows. When officers arrived on scene, he threw a liquor bottle at them and verbally threatened them. His aim was off; no officers were injured. He was tased and arrested, then transported to Harborview for the injuries he suffered as a result of breaking the window. Once treated, he’ll be booked into King County Jail for investigation of assault.

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Heads Up: Multiple Queen Anne Muggings Near Queen Anne Ave and Kerry Park

December 1st, 2012 by Laura

Earlier this week, we had a reader tip us to two recent muggings near Kerry Park, but apparently neither were reported to SPD (not on the SPD incident or report maps). However, now a mugging has been reported to SPD, and it sounds like the crimes may be related, as all were committed by groups of young males.

First up, the reported crime – according to an SPD report, at 2:35am on November 26th a man was mugged by four white males between the ages of 15 and 20 years old, all wearing dark, baggy clothing. The crime happened at Queen Anne Ave N and Lee Street when the victim was walking up the hill on the west side of the street. The suspects were walking in the opposite direction, asked for a cigarette, and then jumped the victim and began punching him. They took his cell phone and wallet, and have not been located or identified.

This brings us to the non-reported incidents, which sound very similar. A resident reported that a friend’s Facebook post described two separate friends being jumped, beaten, and mugged near Kerry Park and Queen Anne Ave; both people were attacked by a “group of guys.” And, via Reddit, someone posted about an “assault and robbery by a group of teenagers” near 2nd and Comstock. (note: no clarification on 2nd W or 2nd N – most likely 2nd W)

So, heads up to be aware of your surroundings and, if you are the victim of a crime, report it to SPD.

Reminder: report all crimes to SPD – the only way SPD will know if there’s a string of seemingly related crimes is to report them. Reporting crimes, even minor ones, alerts SPD to criminal activity in our neighborhood.

Here’s additional guidance from SPD:

If the crime is still in progress or it is an emergency situation, call 911 immediately.

Call 911 when:

  • When you have a Police, Fire or Medical emergency.
  • There is a situation that could, or does, pose a danger to life, property or both.
  • There is a suspicious activity involving a person(s) or vehicle that appears to have criminal intent.
  • Any situation that requires immediate dispatch of an officer.

Call the non-emergency number 206.625.5011 when:

  • You want to report a nuisance, such as a noise or parking complaint.
  • To report a non-emergency crime – one that did not just occur, and the suspects are not in the immediate area.
  • You have questions about something suspicious occurring in your neighborhood, and you are not sure it is criminal activity.

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Party with police at the West Precinict Picnic today

August 25th, 2011 by Thea

The Seattle Police Department’s West Precinct, which covers the downtown business district, including Queen Anne, has invited neighbors in the communities it serves to join them at the annual West Precinct Picnic, from 3:30 to 6 p.m. today, Thursday, August 25 at the precinct headquarters at 810 Virginia Street.

Swing by and get to know the officers patrolling and responding to calls in your neighborhood.

The event is sponsored by the Seattle Police Foundation, and will include free food, dancing, children’s activities, an opportunity to meet and greet with your local officers, and get a close up look at some of the Department’s high-tech equipment. More information on the event page here.

The West Precinct serves Belltown, the Downtown Commercial Core, Duwamish/SODO, First Hill, Interbay, Magnolia, Pioneer Square, the International District and Queen Anne. More information on the precinct and the work it does in the community here.

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SPD arrests suspected neighborhood car prowler

August 18th, 2011 by Thea

The Seattle Police Department’s west precinct crime prevention coordinator Francisco Tello sent the following update on local crime activity to neighborhood block watch captains Wednesday:

More good news! Alert neighbors are reporting suspicious activity, excellent work is being done by responding officers and West detectives have been stellar. Let’s continue with being observant and reporting suspicious behavior. Do not let your guard down.

On Thursday, August 4, 2011 at approximately 7:27 a.m. officers responded to a report by a citizen of a suspicious white male walking up to two separate residences and trying the door knobs on West Highland Drive. The suspicious male was described as wearing a black hat, black clothing and carrying a red backpack.

Responding officer stopped a person matching that description on the 1200 block of Queen Anne Ave N between Comstock Street and Highland Drive. The officer advised the suspect that he was contacted because he matched a description given of a possible burglar. While waiting for arrival of a backup officer, the suspect was instructed to sit. The officer asked the suspect why he was walking around residences. Suspect stated that he was thirsty and was just looking for water. The officer asked the suspect why he did not ask a local business for a  glass of water or use the water fountain up the street at the intersection of Queen Anne Ave N and Galer. The suspect was unable to provide an answer. Further investigation by the officer revealed that the suspect was in possession of a large amount of U. S. paper currency and coins. The backup officer arrived and continued with the investigation. Checking the status of the identification of the suspect revealed that the suspect had previously been arrested for burglary. Other contents of the backpack included smaller electronics. The suspect was taken into custody and brought to the West Precinct where detectives continued the investigation, and discovered that the electronics were taken from a reported car prowl nearby. West Precinct detectives are requesting theft charges on the case.

If you suspect that your property was among the items found through this arrest, contact Officer Tello at (206) 684-4730.

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Porta Potti arson sets nearby car ablaze

August 16th, 2011 by Thea

One Queen Anne resident’s car was destroyed Sunday morning after it was engulfed in flames in an incident SPD says was caused by a nearby arson.

The Seattle Fire Department was called to a home near 10th Ave W and W Blaine Street at approximately 4:12 a.m. on Sunday, August 14 for a reported car fire. One neighbor, woken up from the commotion outside, looked our her window just in time to witness the ordeal.

“We were awoken by a car horn blaring. When we looked outside, our neighbor’s car was up in flames. It was quite terrifying. The entire front end was engulfed by the flames,” Laura told Queen Anne View. “After speaking with the police, they told us that this was arson and they’ve had similar occurrences of someone lighting port-a-potties on fire on purpose. This one in particular, happened to have a car parked in front of it.”

Currently there is no police report for the incident on file. We called the Seattle Police Department to confirm whether or not this event was in fact arson, and if this incident is part of any trend here in Queen Anne, and will update this story as soon as we get more information.

Update 4 p.m.: SPD Detective Jeff Kappel confirms that while the car itself was not the intentional target of the arson, it was damaged when someone set fire to a nearby Porta Potti.

“It was a Porta Potti that was on fire, and it spread to a parked car that was nearby. The Porta Potti was set on fire by unknown means at this time,” Detective Kappel said, adding that it was arson. “Those things don’t get set on fire by themselves,” he said. Arson squad detectives are currently investigating the incident.

Laura says SPD responders told her that the incident was related to other cases of arson that had happened recently near Discovery Park in Magnolia. Detective Kappel could not confirm this information.

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Queen Anne artist has $11K worth of work stolen

August 16th, 2011 by Thea

Local artist Jennifer Phillips, who lives and works in Queen Anne, had $11,000 worth of her work stolen from her car on Friday, August 12. The items missing – over $7,000 in hand painted jewelry, and her purse, iPhone and Macbook computer – was her livelihood, and the result of over two months of work. Now Phillips has turned to the community to help her locate her missing pieces, in the hopes of salvaging some of what was lost.

“I was coming home from delivering new work to the Columbia City Gallery on Rainier and decided to stop by the local Good Will – my way of giving back to the community a little bit,” Phillips wrote to Queen Anne View. “[I] did a little shopping, and came out to the parking lot only to discover that my Jeep had been ransacked! A “brave” move for the thief because not only was I parked next to the busy donations line in the lot, but also because the lot is covered in security cams and lots of eyes patrolling the parking lot.”

Phillips is a full time artist who makes a living by showing and selling her original hand-crafted work at galleries and art festivals around the Pacific Northwest. The inventory stolen out of her car a few days ago – over 170 pieces of hand-crafted jewelry that took her several months to produce – were meant for a show happening later this month. Without them she will have nothing to sell. And unfortunately for Phillips her car was parked in the lot’s only blind spot and the security cameras didn’t catch anything on the thief.

“My work?… all miniature oil paintings that I paint with a magnifying glass and tiny brushes on exotic hard woods, suspended from sterling silver and brass hand assembled even on real twigs,” she wrote. “And today, some jerk takes them all from me. Gone in the blink of an eye and probably thrown in the garbage after realizing that it wasn’t money in the box he/she stole from me.”

Phillips hopes the unique look and design of her work will make the missing pieces more identifiable, and maybe even help her track some of them down. She is asking community members to keep an eye out for her pieces. Phillips, who is expecting her first child, is less concerned with the personal items she lost – for her the most important thing is recovering whatever she can of her missing art so that she doesn’t loose the last months worth of work.

“All my personal items can be replaced… but all the time and effort and creativity that went into making my art, will never be recovered,” she wrote. “Just a reminder to never get too comfortable with leaving things in your car.”

The theft took place around 7 p.m. on Friday, August 12 at the Goodwill flagship store off of Dearborn.

Brief description of loss: Macbook, iPhone, black purse, jewelry case containing over $7,000 worth of my hand painted original jewelry pieces that can not be reproduced. The case looks like an artsy cash box – brown “pleather” with plaid strips, hard case, with handle almost like a fancy lunch box. Jewelry has sterling silver chains and they are all contained in little zip lock baggies.

Phillips is asking anyone who spots any of stolen work to email her through her website, or contact Seattle Police Officer Ducre (#7527) directly at 206-684-4300. The case reference number is 11-264527.

Phillips interviewed with a number of local TV stations over the weekend to help spread the word. For more examples of what her work looks like, check out this piece by KOMO4 News.

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Another burglary reported in Upper Queen Anne

August 5th, 2011 by Thea

We just got this note about a burglary at the top of the hill around 1 p.m. Thursday from a Queen Anne resident who wishes to remain anonymous:

Just wanted to give you heads up that I just drove past a forced entry, house robbery on 5th Ave W. by the cemetery. Police were on the scene and there was a broken window and a flat screen TV in the driveway. I thought they caught the QA robber last week? Apparently not? Or a copycat.

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SPD: Was your house broken into this morning?

August 4th, 2011 by Thea

We just got this email from Queen Anne resident Luann, asking if anyone in the Queen Anne area, particularly around West Highland Dr., had their house broken into this morning? SPD is holding a burglary suspect in custody, but needs to know if any homes were burgled before they can proceed. Luann writes:

Has anyone on the Hill found their home broken into this morning?  Just got this email message from a neighbor:

If anyone had their house broken into this morning, please call the Seattle Police ASAP. They have a suspect in custody who was seen entering properties along West Highland, but cannot continue to hold him unless they find that he actually did something.

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SPD asks community for help in locating the suspect in fatality hit & run collision Thursday

August 3rd, 2011 by Thea

Seattle Police Department Traffic Collision Investigation Squad (TCIS) detectives are asking the community for help in finding the suspect in a fatal vehicle/bicycle hit and run collision Thursday. The bicyclist who was hit by an SUV at Dexter Ave N and N Thomas Street sustained life-threatening injuries and died Friday at Harborview Medical Center.

TCIS has been actively investigating the crash, but the suspect vehicle has still not been located. Detectives are turning to the public, asking anyone who may have information about the crash, suspect or suspect vehicle to come forward.

Detectives are looking for a mid-1990′s to mid-2000 beige to brown colored American-made SUV, possibly with tinted windows and a silver luggage rack. There may be slight or moderate front end damage or no visible damage at all.

TCIS detectives are looking for any information related to this incident as well as witnesses who have not yet spoken to police.

Anyone with information about this incident or who may know the identity or whereabouts of the suspect is asked to call Detective Bacon at (206) 684-8932. Anonymous tips are welcome.

The bicyclist that was killed was 44-year-old Mike Wang, of Shoreline, who was on his way home when he was fatally struck at approximately 3:44 p.m. on Thursday. Coworkers told KOMO4 News. that Wang rode his bike to work at Path, a global health non-profit located in South Lake Union, every day.

Wang is survived by his wife, Claire Allen, and two children.

“It isn’t fair,” Allen told KOMO. “He wasn’t finished raising his children, and I wasn’t ready to lose him.”

As for the driver of the SUV that hit Wang, Allen had this to say: “I think they must have been frightened… That’s the only explanation I can think of — that they must have been so overwhelmed and scared, or so weak that they couldn’t face up to what they’ve done.”

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Bicyclist struck by hit and run driver dies

August 1st, 2011 by Thea

The bicyclist that was struck by an SUV in a hit-and-run collision Thursday afternoon has died, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.

According to a witness, the driver of the vehicle was attempting to turn left onto Thomas from Dexter Ave N at approximately 3:44 pm. Thursday. The driver reportedly sped up to make the turn before a line of oncoming cars approached, and hit the bicyclist who was crossing Thomas at the time. The bicyclist was rushed to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. The driver took off immediately following the crash and is still at large.

The vehicle involved in the collision is described as a brown, American-made SUV with tinted windows and a chrome roof rack, according to SPD. Police are still looking for anyone with information on the incident or the driver.

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