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Large Fight, Shots Fired In Fremont Early Sunday

October 17th, 2011 by master

At around 1:00 am early Sunday morning, a large fight broke out around the 3600 block of Dayton Ave. N. After shots were reportedly fired, police responded to the scene:

The multiple 911 calls stated that there was a large fight taking place and that one of the participants had fired a gun into the air.  A number of officers responded to the scene.  The first officers to arrive located the suspect and his car.  Officers conducted a high-risk stop on the vehicle and ended up detaining three suspects.  A gun was also recovered.  It was determined that the suspect had assaulted two separate victims by punching, kicking and pistol-whipping them.  The victims had non life-threatening injuries.  The primary suspect also sustained some minor injuries from the fight, he was treated at the hospital and later booked into the King County Jail.

H/T: Jenifer, Mark

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Aurora Bridge Closed Southbound Due To Police Activity (Update)

September 14th, 2011 by master

Update: MyBallard has the details on what happened. Two bank robbers caused the disturbance and both have been apprehended.

Original: 2:00pm – You should steer clear of the Aurora Bridge right now. Police have closed the southbound lane “due to SWAT activity.”

According to a Seattle PD tweet, “SWAT activity in the 2400 block of Aurora Av N. N and S bound Aurora traffic impacts. More details of incident later.”

That helicopter you hear overhead is likely related. More details as we get them. In the meantime, the traffic delays are impacting Fremont Ave. as well so avoid it if you can.

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Fremont Man Injured By Accidental, Self-Inflicted Gunshot

July 18th, 2011 by master

Safeties on, everyone. This just in from the SPD blotter

On July 15th, at approximately 8:00 PM, a man called 911 to report that he had accidentally shot himself in the hand while cleaning his gun in his apartment in the 700 Block of North 38th Street.  North Precinct officers and the Seattle Fire Department responded.  It was determined that the victim likely was cleaning or examining his 9mm handgun when he accidentally shot himself.  There was no one else present when the injury occurred.  The victim was transported to the hospital with a non life-threatening injury.

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Man Attacks Parents With Baseball Bat In Fremont, Arrested By Seattle Police

July 12th, 2011 by master

As you read about in our live updates, a Fremont man attacked his parents with a baseball bat Tuesday afternoon, leading to a stand-off with Seattle Police when he barricaded himself in the house. The stand-off, which began at roughly 3:00 pm ending around 5:30pm when the SWAT team surrounded and stormed the house in the alleyway between Evanston & Fremont Ave. at 41st St.

The 52-year-old suspect is known to police for previous incidents and is described as a schizophrenic. As someone who lives in the neighborhood (right around the corner, to be exact), I can confirm that four police cars were parked on 41st St at Fremont Ave, last week due to an incident involving the man.

The parent’s were able to escape without any major injury and were seen waiting outside of the taped-off area, awaiting the outcome of the arrest.

No word yet on charges but the arrest seems to go off without any issues or problems. At least 15 police cars, two fire trucks and a SWAT van were present at the scene.

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Large Police Presence On 41st Street Over Disturbance, Standoff

July 12th, 2011 by master

Update (5:35): Police leaving the alley, taking off their protective armor, wishing each other well. Looks like their job is done.

Update (5:31): “We got him.” The suspect is in police custody.

Update (5:25): Just heard a loud bang. Might have been a percussion grenade. Sounds like they’re going in. KIRO says the police have entered the house.

Update 5 (5:10): SWAT van just showed up and police are getting suited up in full gear, vests, rifles, helmets, etc. Spoke with a witness who said the issue has been ongoing with the man for “five years.” Witness overheard the negotiator trying to talk the man out of the house but the man was unresponsive.

Update 4 (4:55): A fire truck just showed up. Presumably to break down the door as the man is reportedly still inside.

Update 3: KIRO has the details on the man and what he did.

Seattle police and a SWAT team are on the way to a home in Fremont where a man attacked his parents with a baseball bat, the Seattle Police Department said.

Police said they are familiar with the 52-year-old man who suffers from schizophrenia. Police said they dealt with the man once before and he hid from officers in the attic of the home.

Update 2: Annie chimes in on Twitter

Word on the street is a mentally disturbed man has barricaded himself in house.

Update: Spoke with a witness after the fact who fills in some of the details.

“I got home, had to park around the corner because there’s roughly 13 cop cars. Walked back to the apartment, saw a couple of cops with rifles going into the alley. I asked someone who was outside what was going on, they told me there’s a paranoid schizophrenic who lives there and he’s had some kind of episode.”

Original: At this moment, there are approximately 13 cop cars surrounding the alley between Evanston Avenue & Fremont Avenue on 41st Street according to an eye witness. Many of the officers are armed with assault rifles and shields as they prepare to enter a house in the alleyway.

We’ll keep you posted on updates, though please chime in if you’re in the area with pics/updates as well.

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Kids Have A Blast At Picnic At The Precinct

July 10th, 2011 by master

Seattle Police held its “Picnic at the Precinct” on College Way this Saturday, an annual event when residents can meet the officers who patrol the North Seattle region. And perhaps best of all, kids get an inside-look at police work.

The mounted patrol is always a crowd favorite.

And so are the police robots, which are used to sniff out suspicious devices.

This lucky guy is getting a tour of a SWAT vehicle.

The event has been running since 2004, sponsored by the Seattle Police Foundation and local businesses. “Picnic at the Precinct events provide an opportunity for the business and residential communities in the precinct geographical boundaries to come together and enjoy a day to meet and interact with their local officers in a fun environment,” explains Detective Jeff Kappel.

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What’s New, Fremont?

July 8th, 2011 by master

Here’s a couple news items and notes to get you up to speed as you head into the weekend…

  • 112 Printworks, which he opened in Fremont in May, features screen prints from various artists.
  • Ballard Seafood Fest takes over downtown Ballard both Saturday and Sunday, with tons of live music, vendor booths, food, children’s activities, and, of course, the much-loved lutefisk eating contest.
  • Northwest International Student Exchange (NWISE), a group that aims to promote international understanding and goodwill, is looking for host families to house teenagers from the Szechuan Provence of China.

You may remember reading about the incident following the Solstice Parade involving a man barricaded in his house and a SWAT team. Here’s some video of the ordeal.

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Join ‘Picnic At The Precinct’ On Saturday

July 8th, 2011 by master

You’re invited to get to know your area police officers this weekend at the annual “Picnic at the North Precinct” (10049 College Way N.)

The department will be showing off their high-tech gadgets, like the remote-controlled bomb squad robots, as well as giving tours of the precinct. There will be free food, dancing, entertainment and activities for kids.

From SPD:

The Picnic at the Precinct events first began in 2004 and are sponsored by the Seattle Police Foundation and local businesses. Picnic at the Precinct events provide an opportunity for the business and residential communities in the precinct geographical boundaries to come together and enjoy a day to meet and interact with their local officers in a fun environment.

The free event runs from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 9th.

via MyBallard

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Robbery Suspect Apprehended In Fremont

June 23rd, 2011 by master

Back on May 5th, a 23-year-old female was walking down the 4000 block of Linden Avenue N when three men starting following and harassing her. She began to dial 911 on her iPhone but one of the suspects approached her from behind, struck her in the face and stole her phone before she had the opportunity to complete the call. He fled and, one would assume, was never to be heard from again.

Not so fast, buddy. The Seattle PD spent the last two months tracking him down and finally apprehended him today.

Information developed during the on-going investigation which led to the identity of the 21-year-old suspect.  He was presented in a photomontage and positively identified by the victim. On June 23rd at approximately 9:00 a.m., the suspect was located at an apartment in the 4200 block of 34th Avenue West and taken into custody without incident. He was transported to the Robbery Office for processing.

The suspect was booked and now awaits a court appearance.

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Get Ready For Your ‘Night Out’ Block Party

June 15th, 2011 by master

The national Night Out block party extravaganza is set for Aug. 2, and neighborhoods all across the country will participate by blocking off their streets to cars, hauling out the barbecues and getting to know their neighbors a little better. The Seattle Police Department’s Crime Prevention unit is the local sponsor of the event, which is designed to bring neighbors together to help prevent crime.

Register your block party with SPD, and then, on Aug. 2, put up some kind of barricades (those large green recycling bins work pretty well). You can even print off block party invitations or Night Out logos to create your own.

In addition to registering your block, you can also add your event to a city-wide calendar, so everyone can see where their nearest block party is.

SPD is providing updated information on Night Out on a Facebook page. It’s also a good place to ask questions and get answers about the event.

Night Out is always the first Tuesday of August.

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