UPDATE 3: A HUGE thank you to the Seattle Police Department and Seattle Fire Department over the last week or more. It’s spells like this that remind you just how important these basic institutions are for communities like ours. (This is not intended to be a political statement.)
UPDATE 1: The Police have one person in custody according to their more recent tweet. We’ll add a link to their Blotter post, which we presume will be forthcoming later this afternoon with more details.
Officers have one person in custody near 9th Avenue NE and NE 42nd St in connection w/ Wedgwood bank robbery. More to come.
We’re just getting word that Key Bank was likely robbed again! Please keep your eye out for the suspect, described below by the Police in their Twitter post. We’ll post more information as we get it. What’s going on here!
Officers searching for bank robber near 73rd/35th NE. Masked susp. is w/m 20-30s, blk jacket/blue jns/blk&ylw shoes. Susp displayed a gun.
UPDATE 2/27/13: KIRO 7 has this video of the suspect.
UPDATE (2/26/13 @ 2:30pm): Seattle Police have tweeted that one person has been taken into custody after an attempted, armed purse-snatching at 71st and Roosevelt. More details to come.
UPDATE (2/25/13): Yet another purse snatching occurred on Monday in the middle of the afternoon. We received this from Terrie Johnston with the SPD North Precinct:
“This afternoon at 2:45 in the 7000 block of 35 Ave. NE, an elderly, developmentally disabled female was walking home from the Wedgwood Safeway and the suspect ran up behind her and removed her purse over her head. He then ran off eastbound. There were no weapons seen, and no suspect was located despite immediate response from several patrol units. The description we got was white male, 20’s, 5’8” and skinny.”
Another purse-snatching occurred on Friday afternoon, February 22 — this one in the Roosevelt area, also in broad daylight, as two earlier ones were.
There are things you can do to prevent a purse-snatching, and also things you can do in case you are robbed of your purse or wallet. REMEMBER: Your life is more valuable than your purse.
Stay alert to your surroundings.
Shop during the day when possible. Walk in a group when you can. Avoid hedges and other hiding places.
When shopping after dark, do so with a friend or family member.
Dress casually and comfortably in clothes/shoes that will let you move easily.
Walk confidently and steadily.
If you find yourself in a dangerous situation, don’t be afraid to shout or scream. Some suggest shouting “Call 9-1-1 now!”
Be aware that wearing earpods and/or talking on the phone or texting may both block out warning sounds around you and indicate that you might be distracted.
Leave expensive jewelry at home.
Always carry a government-issued photo driver’s license or identification card.
Carry only cash, checks and/or a credit card necessary for that day. (Even losing membership / frequent-buyer cards can be a pain.)
Avoid being overloaded with packages.
Trust your instincts — If you feel threatened, get out of the situation and call 9-1-1 if necessary.
Park in a well-lighted space, be certain the car is locked, and the windows are closed; store shopping bags and packages in the trunk.
Check around you before you get into your car and lock the doors immediately.
Notify the credit card issuer immediately if your credit card is lost, stolen or misused.
And a final practical note: In some protected — preferably passworded — location at home, list all your credit cards with the phone numbers you will need to call in case that card is lost or stolen. You’ll thank yourself.
The Seattle Times has this article about recent sexual assaults on women in North Seattle. Below is the sketch based on descriptions from a victim, as well as a map of where these attacks have taken place. Be careful out there.
It happened again at around 9:45AM this morning, February 7. Key Bank at 7307 35th Ave NE was once again hit by a gun-toting masked man. It seemed like less than 2 weeks ago we thought we could move on from our armed bank robbing plight. But it turns out more than one criminal has realized there are 7 banks within a 10-block stretch. This makes the 4th armed robbery in 4 months for 35th Ave NE and the 2nd robbery of the Key Bank branch. We hope we’re not the only ones who have noticed this trend…
The suspect is described as an unknown race male, approximately 5’09, 140, wearing a black hooded jacket,blue jeans, and a partial black mask covering the lower part of his face. He was also carrying a black backpack.
The suspect entered the bank, pointed a gun at the teller, and then jumped over the counter and took money out of the teller drawer. He then fled the bank on foot, last seen running south.
Officers arrived quickly after receiving the 911 call and are currently searching the area. Several area schools have been notified and are taking the necessary precautions.
At the end of 2012, we asked you a couple questions: What are your priorities for 2013 and what was your favorite Wedgwood event of 2012? The poll, which was open for over a month, gave us some great direction and reaffirmed much of the work that the trustees have been working towards throughout 2012 and earlier.
According to the poll, the top three priorities for Wedgwoodians are:
Land use planning (design guidelines, 35th Ave NE zoning, streetscape),
Pedestrian improvements (sidewalks, crosswalks, pedestrian overlay zone), and
Public safety (police presence, block watch, emergency preparedness)
Land Use Planning
As you may know, the WCC has a land use committee that was formed out of the Wedgwood Vision Plan steering committee. While this committee hasn’t been meeting regularly in recent months, there are several things that will see this change in the very near future. First, the results of this poll confirm that the community values the land use planning activities that it has been working towards. Second, and perhaps more importantly logistically, is that we are fortunate to have a new trustee who is excited to chair the committee! If you’re interested in being part of the Wedgwood Land Use Committee, please email » us and let us know!
Based on the comments we received, there are many people in the community who are concerned about the proposed new school on the Thornton Creek Elementary School site. While we share the concerns of the project, especially the loss of the playfields, we have also tried to explain our position on the proposed school (see the bottom of this post). Should the BEX IV levy succeed and the Thornton Creek Elementary School site is chosen for the new school, we intend to work with the School District to make sure the community is part of the design process.
The single most surprising thing for me to learn before working on pedestrian improvements was just how expensive they are. It is very expensive for the City to design and construct many of the improvements that we hear about (e.g., more sidewalks) for a variety of issues. However, there are some simpler forms of improvements that may have a great positive impact at a low cost. In 2012, we worked towards large projects which will result several blocks of new sidewalks as well as smaller projects, such as a new crosswalk at 35th Ave NE and NE 80th Street. The poll results again reaffirms our work on these improvements and will encourage us to continue seeking pedestrian improvements, both large and small, as we move forward. If you have specific blocks, intersections, or forms of improvement that you suggest we work on, please let us know. Better yet, get involved and help us out! The more the merrier!
In 2012, we saw a rash of armed burglaries at 3 of our banks. This level of crime is unusual for our neighborhood and it reminds us that we need to keep our ears and eyes open for any suspicious activity. We also began the process of revamping our Wedgwood Block Watch and transition from our old email system to a new Wedgwood Block Watch Google Group. 2012 also saw us partnering with Sustainable NE Seattle to secure a grant for emergency preparedness. The purpose of the grant was to help our NE Seattle residents prepare for emergencies, learn to respond as a community in such an event, and establish our Wedgwood Emergency HUB located at the Hunter Farm Gathering Place. There is an upcoming emergency preparedness training on Wednesday, January 30th at Wedgwood Presbyterian Church, from 7-9 PM.
We know there are other priorities for Wedgwoodians as well as land use planning, pedestrian improvements, and public safety. We’re continuing to work on increasing public open space, including the park acquisition process (which is going slower than we hoped) and funding a trail system through the Inverness Ravine Park.
What do you think of these rankings? Share your thoughts in the Comment Section below.
The WCC is an all volunteer council that advocates on behalf of the Wedgwood neighborhood. We aren’t nearly as successful without your involvement and your donations (or membership dues!). We would love to talk with anyone in Wedgwood who would like to become involved and serve as a WCC trustee?Pleaseemail »Per Johnson or email » to discuss further.
The Wedgwood Block Watch has been a volunteer-run group of neighbors helping neighbors to coordinate and share important information on how to stay safe and vigilant of crime, suspicious activity, and in the event of an emergency. In 2011, the WCC updated our website to better serve the neighborhood. Last year, we transitioned from a paper-only Wedgwood Echo newsletter for WCC members to an list of periodic online listserves/newsletters that anyone can sign up for. At the beginning of 2012, you told us that public safety was your #1 priority. So, we’ve finally made updates to the Wedgwood Block Watch page and migrated our old email list to a Wedgwood Block Watch Google Group. Every Wedgwoodian far and wide is welcome to join the Wedgwood Block Watch Google Group if they’d like to receive periodic emails on how to keep our neighborhood safe.
Note: A HUGE “Thank You!” is in order for Ellen Blackstone, our fearless volunteer leader who has been extraordinary throughout the years as Block Watch Coordinator. She’s been vital in updating the website and creating the Google Group. Many, many, many thanks Ellen!
At the holiday season many people receive more mail than usual, including packages sent either by postal or private delivery services. Reports are coming in from around Wedgwood of mail theft: thieves are looking for checks in envelopes and they are stealing packages which have been delivered and left on porches. Mail theft should be reported to the US Postal Inspection Service Office at 442-6300.
If you have ordered an item and can track the delivery, arrange for it to go to your workplace or ask a neighbor to pick up the package so that it won’t sit out on your porch. Use timers on lights to give your house the appearance that someone is home. The holidays can be an excellent time to get to know neighbors and network with one another for watching houses and for planning for emergencies. Have a holiday open house and serve cocoa while you talk with neighbors. Exchange work phone numbers and have back-up plans in case of severe weather conditions. This might also be a good time to talk with neighbors about going in together for a locked mailbox, grouped together in one place.
According to the Seattle Police, “a bank in the 7300 Block of 35th Avenue NE was robbed by a male suspect” on Friday, September 7, around 1:50 PM. While the bank name was not mentioned, the photos and location clearly indicate that it was the new KeyBank which opened on July 30 and held its Grand Opening Party on August 25.
The male suspect is about 6 feet tall and was wearing a baseball cap, Hawaiian shirt, shorts, and sunglasses. The suspect left the bank going southward (past Starbucks). If you have any information on the suspect, please contact the Police ASAP.
Earlier this afternoon, a shooting occurred at the Cafe Racer Espresso at 5828 Roosevelt Way NE where 5 people were shot: 2 men have been confirmed dead while 2 other men and 1 woman are being treated at Harborview Medical Center. The suspect fled by foot to the north. According to the Seattle Times, the suspect is described as a “white man, 30-40 years old, 6-feet-1, with a medium build. He has light brown curly hair, a goatee or beard and was wearing a white and plaid shirt.”
Police are asking anyone who sees someone matching this description to call 911 immediately. Traffic is obviously terrible around Roosevelt at the moment and Police are requesting that parents stay away from the high school (do not try to pick up your kids) for now.
Shortly after the shootings, a seperate shooting occurred downtown where 1 woman has been confirmed dead. All major news outlets are following the shootings. If you’re a Twitter user, you can track updates using #RooseveltShooting.
UPDATE 1: From Twitter, “@seapubschools says only Roosevelt HS in lockdown. Eckstein and Green Lake are in shelter in place.” @KUOW UPDATE 2: From Twitter, “@katherinelong: My son is in the lockdown at Roosevelt HS, but he says it’s just classes as usual. No drama in the halls.” @katherinelong UPDATE 3: From Twitter, “Eckstein Parents: texting my daughter who confirms lock down, says everyone is safe #rooseveltshooting” @markipp UPDATE 4: From Twitter, “RT @brianmrosenthal: Roosevelt HS no longer on lockdown, spox says. Doors still locked tho, like at Eckstein/Green Lake. #RooseveltShooting” @SeattleTimes UPDATE 5: From Twitter, “Modified lockdowns: Roosevelt HS, Eckstein MS, Greenlake Elem, Chief Sealth HS, Denny Int’l MS, Lafayette Elem, Pathfinder at Cooper” @King5Seattle UPDATE 6: From Twitter, “Community center lockdowns: Greenlake, Ravenna/Eckstein, Delridge” @King5Seattle UPDATE 7: From Twitter, “Report from inside Eckstein Middle School confirms they are not allowed to leave rooms they are in. #Rooseveltshooting” @RavennaBlog FINAL UPDATE: A man identified as Ian Stawicki is believed to have been the shooter in the Roosevelt shooting and a second shooting downtown. Stawicki has died from self inflicted gun wounds. In total, 6 people have died today while a 7th (employee of Cafe Racer) looks like he will survive following surgery. Here is a complete story from the Seattle Times.