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Entries from April 2010

Burglary map / Updated May 5

April 30th, 2010 by hillaryu

Good news and bad news in the burglary department. The good news is pretty good, though. Police found a black van believed to have been used in one or more area burglaries and small electronics and other items were being returned to some victims.

Also, several neighbors have reported to me that they have seen bicycle cops in View Ridge. One asked the officers if they were in the area because of the spike in burglaries and an officer confirmed by saying yes. And another neighbor said they’ve seen police cruisers once or twice per day cruising their neighborhood street.

On the downside, we have had a few new burglaries reported in the past couple of week.


View Burglaries in a larger map

The map above shows some of our area’s most high-profile home break-ins since late January. Click on each balloon for a summary; many also contain a link to a full post on the crime.

Note: This map lists only the burglaries reported to the Wedgwood View; it’s by no means a comprehensive list of all the burglaries that have occurred since late January. Email tips@wedgwoodview.com to report a burglary or offer further details.

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View Ridge named one of Seattle's best neighborhoods

April 29th, 2010 by hillaryu

Seattle Metropolitan Magazine has named View Ridge as one of the 15 best neighborhoods in the city.  Here’s just part of what the magazine is saying:

  

On a good day, you can peep Mount Baker from the hill on 50th Avenue Northeast, View Ridge’s literal and figurative high point. And on a less-than-good day? You’ll have to settle for Lake Washington, Mount Rainier, and the Cascades. You don’t need to be a topographer to figure out how this picturesque northeast Seattle nabe got its name, but the stunning vistas are just part of the reason that move-up buyers desperately want in…

Click here to read more.

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Another Home Burglary

April 29th, 2010 by hillaryu

Burglars have hit another neighborhood home, this time kicking in the front door.  It happened this past Monday afternoon (4/26) in the 2500 block of NE 91st Street.  Police responded to the home after an alarm was tripped.  A large flatscreen television was stolen from the downstairs living room.  The thief or thieves also went upstairs and may have taken some jewelry.  Officers were able to obtain at least one fingerprint.

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The Homeless Neighbor

April 29th, 2010 by hillaryu

Seattle’s homeless population stretches far beyond downtown. North Seattle residents and businesses are also struggling to deal with the issue. To see how the community is trying to find a balance, we take you to the streets of Ballard for a raw and compelling look at the problem.

The Homeless Neighbor is the third in a series of stories partnering Next Door Media sites with the nonprofit Common Language Project and students of University of Washington’s Entrepreneurial Journalism class. One of the authors of this story is Christian Caple, the editor of our newest neighborhood site U District Daily. We invite you to take a look.

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Burglary victims asked to contact police to view recovered stolen items found inside black van

April 28th, 2010 by hillaryu

Remember that black van that was reported as being involved in at least two burglaries in which burglars drove up to a house, kicked open a door and quickly made off with tons of items?

Well, it was found and inside were tons of personal belongings believed to have been stolen during area burglaries. (By the way, the Laurelhurst Blog was the first to report the finding of the van last week.)

At least one View Ridge resident has been to see Seattle police and she recovered some of her belongings (personal electronics items). By the way, her items were there despite the fact that a “newer white van” was the vehicle believed to have been used in the burglary of her house.

Are you a recent victim of a burglary in the area? If so, you are being asked to contact Det. Todd Jakobsen at the North Precinct at (206) 684-0850.

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Mosaic whale eye stolen from children's garden

April 28th, 2010 by hillaryu

Have you seen the mosaic whale eye in the photo? It was stolen last week from the Magnuson Park Children’s Garden.

And it was no idle theft. It apparently was a planned, organized crime given that the thieves had to dig deep and cut out the 18 inch by 30 inch art piece, which is made of river rock, tile and concrete. Whoever took it, dug deep enough to get a saws-all underneath it to cut the heavy rebar framework that attached it to the concrete piling buried in the ground. Moving it was no easy task either — it weighs more than 75 pounds.

One of the organizers of the garden said a second eye also been tampered with and she’s concerned about further thefts. She has informed police of the crime and her concerns. She says police told her that the Seattle area has had a rash of garden-related thefts, particularly in the Ballard area where people have come home to find container gardens and art objects missing.

If you have any information, you are encouraged to contact police.

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Home Burglary Alert

April 26th, 2010 by hillaryu

A homeowner called Seattle Police last Thursday (4/22) around 4:30pm after someone stole antique jewelry from her house.  It happened in the 5700 block of NE 62nd Street.  It’s not clear how the burglar got into the home.

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Meadowbrook assault-robbery has surprise ending

April 23rd, 2010 by hillaryu

Seattlecrime.com is reporting a disturbing story with a surprise ending involving two teenage girls who robbed a woman of her engagement ring near Meadowbrook Community Center.

The incident occurred April 18 at 7:30 a.m. on the trail that runs between Meadowbrook and Nathan Hale High School. The woman was approached by the teenage girls who asked her for a cigarette then punched her in the face, knocking her to the ground. They took the ring off of her finger and then quickly left.

The woman was taken to the hospital with swelling and redness around both of her eyes. The girls were described as white, about age 16-17. One of the girls had brown hair in a pony tail. Read the Seattlecrime.com story for the surprise the girls got.

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'Empty Bowls' event Sunday in Northgate features art, music, food — all while helping feed the hungry

April 23rd, 2010 by hillaryu

Thanks to Mai Ling at our partner site Maple Leaf Life for this story about this worthwhile event:

Giving back to those in need may not be about having a good time, but it sure doesn’t hurt.

North Helpline is joining the long list of food banks nationwide organizing an Empty Bowls event, which aims to bring the community together with local artists, restaurants and musicians with a mission to feed the hungry.

The fundraiser is from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at Northgate Community Center, 10510 Fifth Ave. N.E.

Community members are invited to pick out a one-of-a-kind, locally handcrafted bowl in exchange for a minimum donation of $12 per person or $36 for a family of four. For any donation that exceeds the minimum, you’ll get a tax-deductible receipt.

“We have some really gorgeous pieces,” said North Helpline Executive Director Amy Besunder. “All the bowls have come from professional potters for the most part.”

But your bowl won’t remain empty. Soup is being donated from La Casa del Mojito, Hudson New American Public House, the Wedgwood Alehouse, Lake Forest Bar and Grill and Blue C Sushi, and will be served with salad, bread and dessert.

Meanwhile, you can listen to live music from the Jillian Graham Band, Todd Christoffel, Eric Madis and Peter Martin while you shop the wares local artisans will be selling, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting North Helpline.

If you can’t make it to Empty Bowls on Sunday, there are other ways you can help, such as by hosting a food drive or volunteering, which North Helpline needs seven days a week.

“Our need is up significantly from last year,” Besunder said, adding that the food bank now is helping about 750 North Seattle families a week, up from the 700 families a week we reported last month.

“We’re seeing a lot of new people who have never had to use the food bank before.”

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New neighborhood blog breaks new ground

April 22nd, 2010 by hillaryu

We’re happy to announce there’s a new member in our network of North Seattle community news sites.  U District Daily will bring you all the news and events in Seattle’s University District.  This is an exciting venture for all of us here at Next Door Media.  It’s part of a groundbreaking partnership with the University of Washington’s student-run newspaper The Daily, spanning both daily news coverage and advertising — the first of its kind in the country.  The site is authored by Christian Caple, an editor for The Daily, and neighborhood ads will be sold by the newspaper’s own advertising staff.  The new site will focus on both the UW campus and the entire U-District neighborhood.  We invite you to check it out!    You can read more about the partnership here.

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