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- Fro-yo holdup: Police are investigating a Friday night “armed” hold-up at Broadway frozen yogurt outlet Menchie’s. Officers were called to the 500 block Broadway E shop around 7:20 PM Friday to the reported hold-up. Police were told the suspect entered the shop, stuck his hand in his pocket, and implied that he was carrying a weapon. The suspect, described only as a black male around 6-feet tall and wearing a green puffy jacket according to East Precinct radio dispatches, fled with the shop’s tip jar. He was last seen headed south on Broadway. There were no reported injuries and no arrests.
- Belmont /Mercer crash: Seattle Fire rescue crews had to cut the driver from a vehicle in a crash near Belmont and Mercer Friday afternoon. There were no serious injuries in the incident involving two vehicles — one carrying two occupants that reportedly smashed into a utility pole and the second that crashed into bushes trapping the driver in the car near a building at the intersection. Seattle Fire initiated a “rescue extrication” response to cut open the car. The driver was reported as conscious and alert and was out of the car within minutes. Continue reading
The city’s new effort to give neighbors an earlier say in shaping neighborhood development is playing out with plans for a seven-story, 34-unit condominium project on Belmont Ave E.
Developer Real Wave Capital and architect Workshop AD have been collecting feedback and will hold a community meeting Thursday night at the Capitol Hill library starting at 4 PM.
“We want to hear from the community about what you want to see at this property,” the developers for the Belmont Z condos write. Continue reading
A memorial to Max Richards is a reminder of his wife Marilyn Black’s love for the man who died this week in 2016 after being struck by a driver while crossing Belmont Ave E with his dog.
The flowers are also a marker of a stretch of time that hopefully continues — a pedestrian hasn’t been killed on Capitol Hill streets in two years. Continue reading
Berdon Parsons via Linkedin
Police say the 13-hour standoff with a King County Sheriff’s deputy at a Capitol Hill apartment building started with an alleged domestic violence assault over a fight about groceries and sex, according to court documents released Thursday.
Berdon Parsons faces charges over assaulting officers as Wednesday’s long standoff on the fourth floor of the Granada Apartments escalated after police say the deputy sprayed officers with pepper spray as they attempted to contact the 30-year-old from outside his apartment door early Wednesday morning.
“While officers were in the hallway they attempted to talk through the door with Parsons,” the report reads. “Suddenly, O/C Spray (aka Pepper Spray) started being sprayed from inside Parsons apartment along the seals of the door, therefore being sprayed out into the hallway where the 5 on-scene officers were.” The officers were forced to retreat and the standoff would then last through the morning and into the afternoon. Continue reading
(Images: SMR Architects)
Capitol Hill’s design review pipeline has slowed to a trickle but there are still a few important new projects on the board. Wednesday night, a development from Pioneer Human Services part of $101 million in funding for affordable housing projects across Seattle will take its first step in the process.
Design Review: 1717 Belmont Ave
Pioneer on Belmont will be a seven-story apartment building with 90 units designed for a mix of the lowest income tenants and housing for formerly incarcerated and homeless residents: Continue reading
Seattle Fire and Seattle Police found a man stabbed in the back inside a Capitol Hill apartment building but not much information about what happened in a reported robbery early Friday morning.
Emergency units rushed to the area just before 5 AM after a 911 caller reported that the victim had been stabbed in a robbery or attempted robbery. Their arrival was delayed by more than five minutes due to confusion over the caller’s location, according to emergency radio dispatches.
Police were able to track down the incident in the 1700 block of Belmont at the Granada Apartment building where the victim was found with what appeared to be one knife wound to the upper back.
Seattle Fire rushed the victim to Harborview. We do not have information on his condition. UPDATE: SFD tells us a man in his 40s was taken to the hospital in stable condition in the reported stabbing.
Police were attempting to piece together what happened in the incident with limited information from the victim or the caller.
UPDATE 2/26/18: It took us a bit but we received the SPD report on the stabbing and it sounds like police don’t have much to work with in the case with very limited details from the victim or the woman who called 911:
From the SPD collision report
Police have released the report documenting the collision that took the life of a 79-year-old Capitol Hill man walking his dog across Belmont Ave E some three months after the deadly crash.
CHS reported on the death of Max Richards after he suffered a head injury in the September 21st crash along the busy, sloping street and the community response that followed calling for more to be done to improve safety at the crossing and across the area. But until now, there was no official record available of the crash that took the literature professor’s life. The released report clears up the circumstances of the collision and provides a stark reminder of how quickly a dangerous situation for pedestrians and drivers can unfold.
While much of the concern about Belmont Ave E that followed his death was about high speeds on the sloping street, Richards was killed by a vehicle that had just been stopped at a stop sign before swinging onto Belmont. Continue reading
Changes around Capitol Hill streets will hopefully make things a little safer for everybody as a crosswalk project the city says was already in motion before a fatal collision was installed and new speed limits were rolled out across the city.
Election Day morning, CHS found a Seattle Department of Transportation work crew putting the finishing touches on a ladder style crosswalk to hopefully provide safer passage where Bellevue meets the sloping, speedy tilt of Belmont Ave E on the northwest corner of Capitol Hill. A few in the crew admitted installation had been more harrowing than most as some drivers sped down the steep hill while others seemed determined to get a head of steam going on their way up to make it to the top. “This should be a one-way street,” one worker told CHS. A sign to alert drivers to the crosswalk was also going to be installed, another crew member said. A separate “curb buffer” marking was also added along one side of Bellevue where parking was already prohibited. Continue reading
- (Image: @donghochang via Twitter)
- (Image: @donghochang via Twitter)
The headline above is not entirely accurate. The intersection where Max Richards was struck and killed by a driver at Belmont and Bellevue in September was already a “crosswalk,” a crossing where it is legal and should be safe to cross the street on this sloping hillside below Broadway. The Seattle Department of Transportation is now adding a painted crosswalk and curb buffer to make the area safer.
We have asked SDOT for more information about the markings and why this configuration of elements was chosen. UPDATE: SDOT says the marked “ladder style” crosswalk and the curb area markings will be the extent of this update to the streetscape where the collision occurred. Signage including the iconic “walking person” will be added to help drivers be aware.
SDOT’s Matt Beaulieu tells CHS an assessment of the area’s need for a crosswalk was already underway before Richards’s death. A second analysis began in the wake of the tragedy to look at other possible changes for the street. Beaulieu said that the count of pedestrians who cross at the intersection met the threshold for crosswalk installation and the volume and speed of drivers in the area was sampled “to determine what else would be appropriate.” At this point, Beaulieu said the new markings and signs will be the extent of the additions. Expect the work to be completed later this month provided enough dry days for the paint job. Continue reading
(Image: Seattle Fire)
One person was reported injured escaping and Seattle Fire was assessing whether the residents of the 25-unit, low income apartment building could return to their homes after an overnight fire in Belmont Ave’s Granberg Apartments.
Seattle Fire was called to the scene around 1:33 AM to reports of black smoke billowing from the upper floors of the three-story apartment building on Belmont near Howell. Firefighters found what was described as a small fire in a room on the second floor. Seattle Fire reported the fire under control within 15 minutes of arrival at the scene.
According to SFD, one person sustained an injury escaping the blaze. The victim was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries and was reported in stable condition. Units in the building were being assessed for fire, smoke, and water damage as residents hoped to return to their units on the rainy night. SFD reports the Red Cross was called in to help provide shelter for two men displaced from damaged units.
The 1908-built Granberg Apartments are operated by Pioneer Human Services and provide low income housing to residents with “verifiable income” and “supportive of a clean and sober living environment.”
UPDATE 10/10/2016: Seattle Fire reports that the fire caused $70,000 in damage and was caused by an “overheated electrical extension cord.”