911 | Bellevue Ave problem property burns again, reported airgun assault on Melrose

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  • Bellevue Ave building fire: A Bellevue Ave problem property burned again Wednesday morning and Seattle Fire responded to put out the blaze. Fire at the 318 Bellevue Ave E address was reported just after 6 AM. Fire crews arrived and were able to knock down the fire. A search of the building showed nobody was inside. The same 20-unit lowrise was charred in a fire in April. There were also no reported injuries in that incident. A neighbor said that squatters were removed from the building prior to the April fire. The 1950s-built apartment building is planned to be demolished and replaced by a six-story, 20-unit development from West Freeman Properties and Capitol Hill architecture firm Board and Vellum. A master use permit for the project that has been under planning since 2018 was issued in March. A demolition permit was issued in early April. Seattle has increased fees for developers who let properties sit empty and go derelict.
  • Melrose shooting: A man shot early Wednesday near Denny and Melrose was not seriously injured. Police believe he was shot with an airgun in an assault reported just before 2 AM, according to East Precinct radio updates. Seattle Fire was called to treat the victim at Olive Place and Melrose as police searched for the reported assailant last reported leaving the scene westbound. There were no immediate arrests and no details about what led to the assault.
  • Lake Wa Blvd car prowler: Police were unable to apprehend a suspect reportedly caught in the act of busting into a car in one of the frequently prowled lots along Lake Washington Blvd near the Arboretum:
    On 05-10-2021 at 1500 hours, officers responded to the 2300 block of Lake Washington Blvd to a reported car prowl and harassment. Officer contacted the victim, who stated that they returned to their vehicle to find an unknown suspect reaching into their vehicle through a recently broken window. When the victim approached the suspect, the suspect shoved the victim back and implied that he had a gun, stating, “you’ll be sorry when I shoot you.” The suspect got into a vehicle a left the scene. Officers found that at least seven vehicles were broken into at that location and recovered stolen luggage.
    The stolen luggage was later returned to the owners, who were victims of a car prowl from a different lot, SPD says.

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CHS Pics | Why Seattle Police’s temporary East Precinct security fence is probably pretty permanent

The East Precinct’s cement wall is gone but the new “temporary” security fence that replaced it doesn’t seem likely to ever come down.

Thursday night after the final cement blocks making up the large barrier wall in place around the building were removed from 12th and Pine, police say a small group of “black-clad protesters” caused “significant damage” by smashing a dumpster into the facility’s parking garage door.

A 34-year-old Renton woman was arrested.

Thursday’s incident comes after Seattle Police finally responded to months of community complaints and crews this week removed the large cement barrier wall SPD installed around the facility last August as anti-police protests continued after a summer of massive Black Lives Matter demonstrations and rallies in the city including the CHOP occupied protest camp.

Incidents like it, SPD says, are the reason the building will remain clad in a tall security fence the department has described as temporary.

Bolted to the building, the fence means, while the sidewalks and street in front of the facility are finally clear, the East Precinct itself has been made a center of protest and the building’s connection to the neighborhood has most likely permanently changed. Continue reading

After more shootings and gunfire, mayoral candidate proposes new ‘Seattle Office of Violence Prevention’

Gunfire rang out near the Central District’s Garfield High School Thursday night in the area where a man was sent to the hospital last week after being shot in the stomach in the parking lot of Ezell’s. There were no reported injuries in the late night bout of gunplay.

The shots fired incident was the latest in a spring series of gun violence across the city, the Central District, and Capitol Hill.

In the increasingly crowded race for Seattle mayor, candidate Jessyn Farrell’s campaign is making a focus on gun violence a center of her effort to draw voters.

This week, Farrell released her plan to address gun violence with a focus on community spending in a bid to make the issue a key factor in the race. Continue reading

One shot in drive-by outside 23rd Ave Ezell’s

A man was reported shot in the stomach outside the Ezell’s Chicken Thursday night in a drive-by shooting at 23rd and Jefferson.

According to East Precinct and Seattle Fire radio updates, the shooting happened around 9:50 PM and involved a gunman in a four-door silver or light colored sedan occupied by multiple people.

UPDATE: SPD reports the victim is a 52-year-old man who was targeted in the parking lot of the restaurant:

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12th Ave gas station robbed at gunpoint

Police are investigating an armed robbery at the 12th and Cherry Shell Station near Seattle University late Monday night.

According to the SPD report on the 10:30 PM hold-up, a clerk at the gas station reported the two suspects entered the store and milled about inside before approaching the counter with a handgun. Continue reading

Guilty verdict in cop killing of George Floyd that sparked Seattle’s year of Black Lives Matter protest and CHOP — UPDATE

A Seattle protester holds a portrait of George Floyd in the days following his May 25th, 2020 killing

E Pine’s BLM mural Tuesday afternoon (Image: CHS)

The demands for justice that sparked a year of protests across the country including the formation of CHOP and clashes with Seattle Police here on Capitol Hill are still far from being met but the cop who killed George Floyd has been convicted of murder.

A jury of his peers Tuesday convicted former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin of murder and manslaughter for killing the 46-year-old Floyd last May, a police killing that set off a wave of protests that have continued into 2021.

The verdict marks an unusual conviction in the prosecution of law enforcement personnel and a victory for Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison who said Tuesday that much more beyond the Floyd case still must change to address inequity in the justice system. “This has to end,” Ellison said of deadly police violence. “We need true justice. That’s not one case. That’s social transformation that says no one is beneath the law and no one is above it.” Continue reading

Arson fire singes Capitol Hill apartment building under construction

(Image: Renee Raketty)

Seattle Police are investigating after a fire was intentionally set inside a four-story apartment building under construction near 10th and Roy Monday night.

Seattle Fire says its investigators ruled the just before 10:30 PM fire incendiary and say it was set intentionally in the interior of the building under construction just north of where Broadway jogs to become 10th Ave E.

SFD was able to knock down the flames but not before an estimated $4,000 in damage to the structure. Continue reading

‘Social cohesion,’ Seattle Police legitimacy top Capitol Hill, Central District concerns in crime survey

Lack of police capacity, property crime, and homelessness are Seattleites’ top safety concerns, according to a new report, below, by Seattle University researchers. Meanwhile, in the East Precinct covering Capitol Hill and the Central District, fear of crime remained low while concerns about “social cohesion” and the legitimacy of the Seattle Police Department spiked.

The annual survey, released this month by the university’s criminal justice department, includes input from over 11,000 Seattle residents and gives a snapshot of what continues to worry them after a tumultuous 2020 that saw policing and racial justice at the top of the agenda locally and nationally. It also gives an idea of how residents of various neighborhoods feel about issues of public safety in their communities.

“Understanding the public-safety concerns of Seattleites is an important part of the ongoing discussion about the best path forward to support communities of color and to produce equitable outcomes for those who encounter the criminal justice system,” Seattle University researchers wrote in a November op-ed in the Seattle Times promoting the survey.

For example, in Capitol Hill, homelessness trumps police capacity — which includes worries about delays in police response and a lack of law enforcement personnel — followed by property crime. Continue reading

Police search for suspect after arson fire damages emptied First Hill restaurant

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A recently vacated First Hill restaurant suffered an estimated $21,000 in damage after a man suspected of another recent fire was seen breaking the building’s glass and setting it on fire late Friday night.

Seattle Police say they are continuing to search for the arson suspect they believe was contacted earlier by officers for an unrelated reckless burn.

Friday night’s just before 10 PM fire burned the front area of the restaurant space previously home to Little Neon Taco on Boren just off E Madison. Seattle Fire says investigators determined the fire was intentionally set and ruled it “incendiary.” Damage included combustibles in the front window space of the restaurant. Continue reading