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Police search for suspect after reported Broadway bank hold-up

Seattle Police were searching for the suspect in a Saturday morning bank robbery after a man reportedly tried to hold up the Broadway Umpqua branch with a box cutter.

Police were called to the area around the 500 block of Broadway E just after 11:30 AM to a report the suspect had threatened a teller and fled the bank. It was not clear if he had made off with any money.

The suspect was described as a black male in his 20s, around 6-foot tall with a thin build, wearing a black jacket with the hood up. He also reportedly was wearing glasses and had “afro” style hair.

Police searched the area and a K9 unit was deployed in the area around Broadway Hill Park at Federal and Republican. The search was still underway as of noon.

There were no reported injuries.

Man reported stabbed in chest in massive E Pike melee

The Memorial Day weekend got off to a violent start on Capitol Hill early Saturday morning after a man was stabbed in the chest in the middle of a melee that closed E Pike and put a handful of East Precinct police officers in a tense standoff with a massive crowd.

Police rushed to the area of E Pike between 10th and Broadway just after last call and found a crowd of reportedly hundreds, an adult male bleeding after being stabbed in the chest during the fight, and several people fleeing the area. One male suspect was chased down in the 1500 block of Broadway and taken into custody. A knife was recovered at the scene of the arrest, according to East Precinct radio dispatches. Continue reading

Chief Best not among finalists to lead Seattle Police

With reporting from SCC Insight

Mayor Jenny Durkan has revealed the slate of three candidates to become Seattle’s next police chief but the woman leading the department since the start of the year — and, some say, much longer than that as she covered for the previous chief’s extensive travel schedule — isn’t one of them.

The Police Search Committee’s selections reflect candidates who must be “committed to public safety while continuing to build an accountable, diverse police department focused on meaningful and lasting reforms,” Durkan said Friday.

The three men selected all come from outside the Seattle Police Department power structure and none are currently working as chief of police in their respective cities: Continue reading

New Capitol Hill apartment project has brilliant plan: Be Dingfelder’s Delicatessen neighbor

(Image: City of Seattle)

A new project lined up to replace a surface parking lot on the northwest corner of 14th and Pine still needs to complete its earliest planning but already has a major selling point. If you want to live above a coming soon Capitol Hill Jewish delicatessen, have we got the apartment building for you.

Revolve Development has begun the permitting process on a four-story, 80-unit mixed-use apartment building that will wrap around Dingfelder’s Delicatessen. “Currently, we are in the middle of exploring different design options and hope to have a front-runner by the end of June,” Revolve’s John Schack tells CHS. Continue reading

Lock it up — Seattle mayor puts forward ‘safe storage’ gun control legislation

Preventing the next school shooting might be at the heart of it but data show helping to prevent suicides could be an equally important outcome of new gun control legislation sent to the Seattle City Council this week by Mayor Jenny Durkan.

“The roots of gun violence are complex, but we know that unsecured, unsafely stored guns help fuel this crisis of violence because they are more likely to cause tragic accidents, fall into the wrong hands, or be used in suicides,” Durkan said in announcing the new legislation. “Requiring that gun owners safely store their guns can help make our communities safer places to live.”

The  legislation proposed by the former U.S. District Attorney would require “safe storage of firearms” and will increase “civil penalties and legal responsibility” for owners who don’t report stolen firearms within 24 hours as is already required by law. Continue reading

Mexican consulate makes July plans for Capitol Hill move-in

The flag still flies over 3rd Ave but will soon be coming to E Roy (Image: Consulado de México en Seattle)

The Consulate of Mexico in Seattle has announced its plans to move onto Capitol Hill this summer. CHS broke the news in February that a new facility for the country’s diplomats was under construction in the E Roy building previously home to the Harvard Exit movie theater.

In its announcement Thursday, the consulate reports that its final day of activity at its longtime 3rd Ave home will be June 22nd. No official opening date for the new consulate location was announced but it is expected to open in July. Continue reading

Student arrested for Seattle U shooting threat — UPDATE

In the hours after the nation began learning of yet another deadly school shooting, Seattle Police arrested a Seattle University student over an allegation the 21-year-old had made threats to shoot students and teachers and caused his classroom to flee last Friday at the campus on the southern edge of Capitol Hill. UPDATE: The suspect has been charged. Bryson Morgan faces a charge of felony harassment. More details in the update at the bottom of this report.

“It would be easy to kill everyone,” the suspect allegedly told another student during a field trip a week earlier as he also listed a long roster of illegal drugs he had used, according to the SPD report on the incident. Then, Friday morning just hours after news of the Texas shooting, the suspect reportedly arrived at class frustrated, nervous about the test the class was about to take, and angry that he had to watch “communist bullshit videos” as homework. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church announces it is ending congregation

A sidewalk baptism on Harvard Ave (Image: Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church)

It’s not the typical Capitol Hill landlord and tenant situation we’re used to reporting here on CHS.

The Presbyterian church that has stood at the corner of Harvard and Howell for 95 years will soon be in search of a new congregation.

The Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church announced Wednesday morning that it is ending its congregation and will hold final services on Harvard Ave on June 24th and 9:45 AM. Continue reading

Blotter | Carjacking pursuit ends at 16/Spring, 12th Ave office dog fight, 15th Ave E boombox knife assault

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  • Carjacking pursuit: Police swarmed the area around 16th and Spring just after midnight Tuesday morning in search of suspects who reportedly fled on foot after a carjacking chase ended with a crash at the corner. SPD says the car was stolen on Rainier Ave S and chased after it was spotted later in the night on MLK. The pursuit ended after the car collided with another vehicle at 16th and Spring. One teen suspect was taken into custody but another fled on foot:
    The two suspects in the stolen car fled on foot. A K-9 team responded and tracked the driver down, taking him into custody in the 1100 block of 17th Avenue. The other suspect was not located.
  • Office dogfight: Police were called to the 1500 block of 12th Ave just down the street from the East Precinct to a fight between two animals at a dog-friendly office in the building Monday morning. According to precinct radio updates, a fight involving two dogs had gotten out of hand and one animal was reportedly in an agitated state inside the building. Police and people at the  office were able to contain the animal while personnel from King County Animal Control were dispatched. We do not have information on what eventually happened to the upset dog. Continue reading

Youth jail construction site targeted in overnight ‘molotov cocktail’ attack — UPDATE

An attempted arson attack early Tuesday morning on the under construction expansion of the county youth jail facility was thwarted by a Seattle Police officer at the 12th Ave site and “molotov cocktails” that failed to explode.

All information in this report has not yet been confirmed by police and is based on East Precinct radio dispatches. UPDATE: SPD confirmed the investigation and said more details will be released soon. UPDATE x2: An update from SPD is below. Continue reading