“Safe Seattle” Meeting Tonight

safetyfirstIn a city as beautiful as Seattle, it’s easy to forget some ugly truths that linger beneath the surface.

A local group calling themselves “Safe Seattle” is having a meeting tonight, bringing to the forefront the growing public safety issues facing the city and calling the city’s inhabitants to action.

This meeting was organized by Cindy Pierce, a resident of Magnolia,  to shine a light on and address the growing problem of drug dealing and use, theft, illegal encampments and other public safety problems that are increasingly impacting residents and business owners in various areas of the city such as Ballard, Queen Anne and Magnolia, to name a few.  The goal of the meeting is to bring together residents of the community to talk about and demand action in regards to these issues, which, some say are reaching crisis level.

The meeting is expected to earn a potentially big turnout, due in large part to the response it’s had on social media. The meeting will include representatives from city hall and people from different neighborhoods throughout the city speaking on the issue.

The meeting will be held tonight, January 6th, from 6:30-8:30 PM at United Church of Christ in Magnolia 3555 W McGraw St.

Local Musician’s Guitar Stolen Out of Car on Market Street

It’s a very sad surreal day for Mark Pickerel, a prominent musician in the local music scene best known for his presence in bands such as The Young Evils, Screaming Trees, and the Tripwires. The 1960’s Washburn Prairie Song guitar that he has composed every song he’s ever written was stolen out of the back seat of his car around 12am this morning in Ballard, on the corner of NW Market Street, and NW 24th Street. guitar

The guitar is of deep sentimental value for Pickerel, and if you have any leads or information on it’s whereabouts, you’re encouraged to contact the SPD North Precinct Burglary/Theft department at (206) 684-5735, or hit Pickerel up on his facebook.

Police Chase Hit and Run Driver in Ballard

A Ballard policeman pursued a driver of a Ford pick up truck in Ballard around 10:17pm on Saturday evening after the driver was seen driving erratic on NW 62nd street. According to the SPD Blotter, as police attempted to initiate a traffic stop, the driver tried to back his car up away from police, and ended up hitting the police car, (minor damages were done to the vehicle, the policeman remained uninjured) as well as 3 other parked unoccupied cars as he sped away.

The driver then got out of the truck, which was disabled after damages from the multiple accidents, and fled the scene on foot. Officers followed the man, and caught him on the 1400 block of of NW 63rd Street. The 22 year old man has been detained at King County Jail and awaits investigation of felony as well as investigation for two counts of hit and run. For more information on this incident, visit Seattle Crime News.

Ballard Safeway Assault and Robbery

This past weekend saw tragedies across the nation, with the devastating shooting at the Batman premiere in Aurora, CO, and it’s safe to say everyone was a little more at edge, and aware of their surroundings this weekend. Just before midnight on Saturday night, Ballard had a bitter taste of crime as well. A man stabbed a security guard at the Ballard Safeway on NW Market Street after shoplifting that night, and resisting the guard’s attempt to keep the man in the store, and stabbed him in the ear with a knife before fleeing the scene. 

Thankfully the man was caught four blocks down the street, by officers responding to the incident, and the Seattle Fire Department treated the security guard’s injuries. For those of you late night grocery shoppers, be aware of your surroundings.

Man Injured In Ballard After Parking Pay Station Explodes

Early Sunday morning, a man was injured walking with a friend in Ballard, after the two had walked past a parking pay station where an explosive device had reportedly gone off. According to Kiro 7‘s report of the incident, the police said the 911 center received a call half past midnight from the emergency room at Swedish Medical Hospital in Ballard, of a report from a nurse that a man had come in, claiming to be injured in an explosion.

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The man had reported to the police that he and his friend had walked past NW 54th and 32nd ave NW when they heard the explosion occur, and the man noticed that he had been hit by something, and his arm was bleeding. The man was treated at Swedish, and did not have life threatening injuries. CSI and the Seattle Police Department’s Arson unit surveyed the scene and their findings indicated that the cause was probably an act of vandalism. For the full scoop, visit Kiro 7 News.