Black cat returned in time for Halloween

The 10-foot black cat that was stolen from Mike White’s festively decorated yard two weeks ago has reappeared just in time for Halloween!

We caught up with Mike to ask him about the cat’s mysterious reappearance. After being on the KIRO Ron and Don show a couple weeks ago, talking about the strange theft, the Walgreens in Silverlake donated a new cat to the Whites to save Halloween. So there you have it!

Happy Halloween Queen Anne!

(Thanks to reader Jai Schellhammer for the picture!)

Trick or Treat map for Queen Anne and North Seattle

Wondering which of your neighbors will be giving out candy this Halloween?  Ballard resident John Tynes created a trick or treat map to show which homes in the neighborhood will open their doors to trick or treaters Sunday night.  Since it was such a great idea, the map has been expanded to include Queen Anne, Magnolia and North Seattle.  Before Sunday rolls around, you should see a lot more blue dots outside the Ballard area.  Just click here to see the current map and follow the directions on the left column to add your house (Google account required to edit map).

Gas leak briefly forces evacuations along Elliott Avenue

Four buildings along Elliott Avenue were evacuated this afternoon because of a gas leak.  The leak started about 1pm in the 1400 block of Elliott.  KING 5 reports that crews were doing some routine maintenance when they broke a pipe.  The southbound lanes of Elliott going past the site were also closed.  The leak was capped in about 30 minutes.

Photo courtesy of KING 5

Military ammunition found in Smith Cove

The investigative team at KING 5 is reporting that old military ammunition, some dating back to World War II and earlier, has been found at the bottom of Smith Cove.  In April, a Port of Seattle Police dive team found empty shell casings in the waters around Pier 91.  In September, divers brought up training rounds and projectiles.  While most did not contain explosives, KING reports a few had live rounds with high explosive material and that some live munitions were brought to the surface when a cruise ship was docked above.

You can check out KING’s coverage here.  They’re promising more tonight starting at 5pm.

Emerald City Smoothie opening in Queen Anne

If you’ve driven or walked down Queen Anne Ave N recently, you may have noticed some construction going on next to the Homestreet Bank, at 1835 Queen Anne Ave N, soon to be the site of a new Emerald City Smoothie franchise.

The company, which has smoothie outposts all over Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut and Utah, says the Queen Anne locations is due to open in the next week and a half to two weeks.

We’re still waiting to here back from the location owner on a specific opening date, and what the new shop’s hours will be. The new smoothie shop is also hiring. Application information here.

Small oil spill at Fishermen’s Terminal

The Department of Ecology is responding to a report of a small oil spill originating from Fishermen’s Terminal and extending into Salmon Bay. The department told KIRO 7 that it looks to be “tens of gallons,” and investigators have yet to determine where it’s coming from.

An aerial view from KIRO’s helicopter (above) shows a sheen on the water at the Terminal. We’ll update as we learn more.

SPD looking for gunpoint carjacker near Kinnear

The Seattle Police Department is looking for the suspect, who allegedly carjacked a man at gunpoint, in an armed robbery near Kinnear Park in Lower Queen Anne last Thursday, according to a report by SeattleCrime. From SeattleCrime:

On the morning of October 21st, the victim was sitting in a parking lot on Elliot Ave waiting until after 9:00 am when he could legally park on the street.

A man walked up to the passenger side of the victim’s vehicle, and asked for a piece of paper to write an address on.

As the victim opened his door so he could get to a paper and pen, the suspect came up to the victim’s door, carrying a chrome handgun, with his shirt pulled up over his face.

According to the report, the suspect is described as a Hispanic male, mid-20s, 5’8, and round 215 pounds. The victim recounted that the suspect told the him to get out of the car or he would shoot him. He did so, and the suspect proceeded to drive off in his car. Police searched the area, but were unable to locate the suspect or the vehicle.

Library fines going up again November 1

The Seattle Public Library will raise fines and fees on Nov. 1, to help offset budget cuts.

  • The daily fine for an overdue book, CD, or DVD will change from 15 cents a day to 25 cents a day. Maximum per item late fee: $8.
  • The daily fine for an overdue interlibrary loan (an item borrowed from outside The Seattle Public Library) will change from 25 cents a day to $1 a day. Maximum per item late fee: $15.
  • The daily fine for an overdue reference resource will change from 15 cents a day to $1 a day. Maximum per item late fee: $15.
  • The charge to print from Library computers will change from 10 cents to 15 cents per page.

The library will also send all accounts with a balance of $25 or more to a collection agency, and it will add a $12 charge when the account is sent to collections. For library account holders who are 12 or under, their parents will be notified when accounts becomes delinquent.

Homeless tent camps could find permanent home in Interbay, Magnolia

The Nickelsville homeless tent camp is supposed to move out of its current location in the U-District on November 15. But instead of being forced to find another temporary home, it could soon have a permanent one in Interbay or Magnolia.

Nickelsville camp currently in the U-District

A citizens panel appointed by Mayor McGinn recommends that Seattle put a permanent homeless encampment on city land within a month and open up parks and the basement of City Hall to people with nowhere else to sleep.

KING 5 and our news partner the Seattle Times report the potential sites include two in the Magnolia/Interbay area. One location is on city property under the Magnolia Bridge next to the playfield (1451 23rd Ave W) and the other is the Interbay substation at 3222 17th Ave W.    The remaining sites are in Haller Lake, West Seattle, and South Seattle.

The citizens panel will now look over the list and make its recommendation.  We’ll continue to track developments and bring you reaction throughout the week.

City Council takes a closer look at planned cuts to community centers

As it stands right now, the Queen Anne Community Center’s gym is still scheduled to be closed next year even though a deal to turn the gym into a television studio fell through.  But there are more signs the City Council could reverse that part of the mayor’s budget.

City Council members heard more about the proposed cuts to five community centers across Seattle during a meeting yesterday.  Our news partner the Seattle Times reports Council President Richard Conlin expressed concerns about reducing access to the centers.

“I can’t help feeling we’re making a mistake,” Conlin said.

Queen Anne gym

Earlier this month, Councilmember Tim Burgess also voiced support for keeping the QA gym open.

“This is not a City Council idea (to close the gym).  It came from Mayor McGinn,” Burgess told the Queen Anne Community Council.  “You have lots of support not to do this on the Council.”

The Council is expected to adopt a budget before Thanksgiving.  The final public hearing on the budget takes place tonight (10/26) at 5:30pm at City Hall.  Sign in starts at 5pm.