Break in Burglary Ring?

Screen-Shot-2014-10-01-at-1.25.38-PMThere’s been a break in a major robbery ring based out of University District and hitting a variety of North Seattle neighborhoods (presumably including Wallingford). Perhaps our long torment is over?

According to SPD Blotter:

Detectives got their first major break in the case on September 11th when Seattle police and Department of Corrections officers went to a University District townhouse near NE 50th Street and 11th Avenue NE to arrest a 26-year-old woman wanted on a felony warrant. After officers took the woman into custody, they discovered a stolen car parked outside the two-bedroom townhome. … Detectives found a trove of around 100 stolen packages when they arrived, containing everything from ceiling fans to strollers, all in their original packaging. “When we left her house,” says MCTF Det. Todd Jakobsen “we had four SUVs and two cars stuffed full of packages she’d stolen off people’s porches.”

Detectives found duffel bags filled with stolen mail, more than 70 IDs, credit cards and passports, $37,000 in fraudulent checks, and mail stolen from at least 180 victims. They also found books and ledgers tracking thefts and tallying sales on online sites, as well as pages and pages of victims’ birthdates, social security numbers and credit card numbers. Detectives say the woman had created “profiles,” compiling personal information from pieces of stolen mail. With that info in hand, she and other thieves had everything they needed to open credit accounts in their victims’ names.

The photo above is a small slice of the recovered loot. It gets better.

Police later learned the townhome, much like the mail and stolen items inside it, did not belong to the woman either. “She never even rented this place,” says Major Crimes Task Force detective Todd Jakobsen. “The people that lived there moved out and she just moved in. She never paid rent.”

Upon questioning the woman and her boyfriend, the police learned that they were part of a four-person operation that has been operating overtime, stealing mail and breaking into homes seven days a week for the past several months.

Following up on information provided by the woman, police found the third member of the crew of thieves, a 31-year-old woman, in a tent at an encampment at I-5 and NE 50th St. In the encampment, police found more stolen mail and about 200 pounds of stolen copper wire.

The fourth member of the crew and alleged ringleader was arrested on September 22nd.

“These arrests should drastically reduce property crimes” in the North Precinct, Coordinated Criminal Investigations Captain Eric Sano says, according to the SPD Blotter.

Detectives are still combing through all of the stolen items recovered during their investigation. Given there were “duffelbags full of mail”, I’d be curious to hear if anyone gets a call from the police, or finds a sudden influx of overdue deliveries arriving.

Wallyhood is happy to welcome a new sponsor, one close to home:

Dr. Deborah Epstein is a naturopathic doctor practicing right here in Wallingford. While she practices holistically, people often initially begin care for one of her specialties – helping patients get relief from:
IBS/Irritable Bowel Syndrome

  • PMS/Period Cramps, and/or
  • Menopausal Hot Flashes.
  • …without drugs.

Dr. Epstein’s foundational approach begins with nutrition and lifestyle upgrades, to help correct the underlying imbalances that can be unwittingly created by living in the modern world. Dr. Epstein is especially well known for her deep listening; her flexible appointment times offer patients the amount of time they really need to be heard and cared for.

In the words of a patient:

“I don’t remember how I found out about Dr. Epstein, but I know that I was exasperated and at the end of my rope with my IBS issues. I had been to countless M.D.s and the result was always the same, prescription medication that DIDN’T work. I made an appointment with her hoping that at least, I’d have some sort of minor improvement. After the first visit, I felt so at ease and so confident with her knowledge and ability as a practitioner – I even remember her telling me that in a year’s time, she was sure I’d be back to “normal,” and that she sees patients like me heal all the time! It’s been almost two years (wow!) and I continue to see her regularly. Not only has she helped me with my IBS (which is completely gone and I AM back to “normal!”), but she has helped with my adult acne, irregular menstrual cycles, energy levels and overall mental stability and well-being. I can’t sing her praises high enough. Love her!” ~Jill B.

To find out more about whether you and Dr. Epstein would be a good fit to work together, please visit

And I’d like to add my own and Mrs. Wallyhood’s testimonials to Jill B.’s. We’ve both consulted with Dr. Epstein on various issues and have been very impressed with her thoughtfulness, attention and understanding of complexity of the human body, including food allergies and the whole set of things that happens between “food goes in” and “food goes out”.

Sure, it’s nice to be able to walk to your doctor, and there’s a ease and comfort to her homey office, but ultimately what matters is: does she heals what ails you? And she does. I know there’s all sortsa conflict of interest, because this is a sponsorship, so take it with whatever grain of salt makes you comfortable, but she’s got our thumbs up.

More Squeezie Review

If you’re interested in hearing from the developer of the new project that we mentioned earlier going up at 1240 Midvale Pl N, Lee Raaen, President of the Wallingford Community Council, noted:

The Wallingford Community Council will be hearing from the developer and discussing the project at its meeting tomorrow night (Wednesday, October 1) 7:15 at the Good Shepherd Center. Everyone is welcome.

Fire in Fremont

That plume of black smoke you see is coming from 434 N. 35th Street. We understand it’s at Asko Metal, a metal processing plant. Here’s some activity from Twitter with photos:


More Squeezies

MapForNotice18092Sharon spotted a new development project going through the permitting process at 1240 Midvale Pl N (that little triangle across the street from Fuerte Fitness, where 45th St forks, curves up and merges with 46th).

The project calls for “a four story structure containing 33 residential units above 2,300 sq. ft. of commercial space. Existing structure to be demolished.”

The existing structure is The Back Clinic.

An Design Review Early Guidance meeting will be held on October 13, 6:30 pm at the University Heights Comm Center (5031 University Way NE) in Room #209. The design proposal is not yet available.

The owner of the building is Joe Paar and the architect Kim Fong.



2014-09-19 14.13.51Remember back in April, when we talked about how there was going to be a parklet outside Molly Moon’s?

Well, there’s a parklet outside Molly Moon’s!

Erika writes:

Cute idea, but aside from the two swing seats, there is no seating unless you want to plop down on the astroturf. And considering the number of dogs that wander that way with their owners, that doesn’t appear to be the best idea. People park themselves on the sloping window ledges of the fire-destroyed restaurant next door to eat their ice cream. Wouldn’t bench seats all around the parklet have made more sense? Especially since two parking spots were lost in the making of this park.

Shortly thereafter, she amended her report:

 Was there this evening and saw plenty of people sit on the astroturf. Still think raised seating would have been preferable…

Have you checked it out? What do you think?

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(Photos by Mrs. Wallyhood, taken Sept 19th, when the parklet was still under constructioning.)


Seattle Writes at Wallingford Library

Interested in honing your writing chops? There’s a free workshop this week at the Wallingford Public Library:

3531532114_78338e283d_mSeattle Writes – Voices Up: Writing the Stories of Our Lives (2-hour class, free)
September 30th, 5:30-7:30 PM
Wallingford Branch Library, 1501 N 45th Street (in the Solid Ground building)

This workshop explores short nonfiction, personal essays and flash memoir. Registration is required.  Please call Quick Information at 206-386-4636 or any Library branch.

Instructor Ann Teplick is a playwright, poet and young adult author. She has taught with Writers in the Schools (WITS), Hugo House and the Pongo Teen Writing Project, which works with incarcerated and at-risk youth to help them express their thoughts and emotions through the written/spoken word. Teplick has an MFA in creative writing from Vermont College.

Directions to the Wallingford Branch Library can be found here.

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