Man Critical After Being Set On Fire Near 45th & Leary

Update 11/8/17:


Detectives are searching for 31 -year-old Christopher Burrus for the assault of a 39-year-old man Tuesday evening. Detectives believe Burrus doused the victim with a flammable liquid before setting him on fire.

If you know where police can find Burrus, please call 911 immediately and do not approach him. Detectives are asking you to call the homicide/assault tip line at (206)233-5000 if you have any information regarding this case.


Written by Detective Patrick Michaud, Seattle Police Department, on November 7, 2017 9:47 pm

Homicide detectives are searching for a man after he set someone on fire in the Fremont neighborhood.

A passerby called 911 just after 7 p.m. Tuesday when he spotted a man on fire in the 4500 block of Leary Way NW. He extinguished the flames while waiting for first responders. Seattle Fire medics arrived and took the victim to Harborview Medical Center where he is currently in critical condition.

Seattle Police Homicide/Assault detectives are currently searching for a male suspect and his girlfriend.

This is an active case and the details will be updated as we get more information from detectives. If you have any information regarding this case, please call the homicide/assault tip line at (206)233-5000.

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Find the BGT Missing Link – Public Meetings

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The Burke-Gilman Trail (BGT) is one of the most heavily used pedestrian and bicycling facilities in Seattle, a vibrant trail connecting multiple neighborhoods and other city and regional trails. It serves as a major transportation corridor for commuter and recreational bicyclists.

The Burke-Gilman Trail Extension (Missing Link) Project would connect two existing portions of the Burke-Gilman Trail through the Ballard neighborhood, to complete the regional facility that otherwise runs continuously from Kenmore Park to Golden Gardens. Currently, the trail ends at the intersection of 11th Avenue NW and NW 45th Street (on the east), and begins again at 30th Avenue NW at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks (on the west). The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) proposes to connect these two segments of the BGT with a marked, dedicated route for pedestrians and cyclists.

This project is one of the City of Seattle’s top-rated trail priorities as identified by the Bicycle Master Plan. A complete trail network improves Seattle’s health and quality of life by providing safe bicycle and pedestrian travel routes for residents of all ages.

Public Involvement:

Review the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the four proposed connection options, and join your neighbors to discuss at Leif Erikson Hall on Thursday, July 14 (6 – 9 pm) or Saturday, July 16 (10 am – 1 pm).

Public Meeting #1:

Date: July 14, 2016
Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Leif Erickson Hall, 2245 NW 57th Street

Pubic Meeting #2:

Date: Saturday, July 16, 2016
Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location: Leif Erickson Hall, 2245 NW 57th Street

Burke-Gilman Trail Missing Link Project Information:

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Available For Review: Seattle’s Freight Master Plan

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The Seattle Freight Master Plan is out for review and for West Woodland residents who live near NW Leary Way, 15th Ave NW, & NW Market Street, it is especially important that you be aware of the plan recommendations, they will affect you!

The 20 year plan is a blueprint for how Seattle will keep goods moving around the city – like all those things we order online, groceries, garbage, and more!

Get Involved!

  • Let Seattle Department of Transportation know what you think! Email your comments and questions to by July 8, 2016.

Message From Seattle Department of Transportation:

The City of Seattle is developing a Freight Master Plan (FMP) to address the unique characteristics, needs, and impacts of freight mobility. The plan will help us understand why freight is so important to the city and the region, examine the challenges of moving freight, and develop solutions to address the challenges. The FMP will primarily focus on urban truck freight movement to support Seattle’s increasing demand for goods and services in a safe and reliable manner.  The plan will outline the critical role that freight movement has on meeting the City’s goals for social equity, economic productivity, sustainability, and livable neighborhoods.

The Freight Master Plan will include elements that have been a part of the other citywide modal master plans such as an existing conditions report, a policy framework, future conditions assessment, identification of near- and long-term improvements, design guidelines, and the creation of an implementation strategy that includes a data-driven prioritization framework.The plan will also consider how the freight network could be updated based on where trucks are actually traveling and in relation to other transportation modes and priorities.

SDOT has been working closely with the freight community, and began broader community engagement in October 2014. For more information please email

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Hub Drills Happening In Ballard & Phinney On June 11

What is your community doing to prepare for a major disaster?  On Saturday, June 11 between 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, join your neighbors in a simulated earthquake response drill at one of the Seattle Emergency Communications Hubs.

Volunteers, or Citizen Actors, are needed to assist with the drill.  If interested, arrive early and check in with the Hub Coordinator  These activities are designed to help you learn how you can be ready to help in the event of a disaster!

Participating Hub Drill Locations In NW Seattle:

Ballard Commons Park
5701 22nd Ave NW
9:30 am – 11:30 am

Ballard Shilshole Marina
7001 Seaview Ave NW
9:00 am – 11:00 am

Broadview Lutheran Memorial Church
13047 Greenwood Ave N
9:00 am – 11:00 am

Phinney Community Center
6532 Phinney Avenue N
10:00 am – 11:30 am

Additional Information:  

A detailed map of all drill locations and specific times is available on the main page of Seattle Emergency Communications Hubs.


Vote For Your Favorites In The BEST Of West Woodland – Neighbor’s Choice Awards

BEST of - new FB Logo - blue pic background finalYou know that breakfast spot where you always take visiting friends, or that coffee shop you love to relax at? It’s time to show your favorite local spots some love by voting for them in The Best of West Woodland – Neighbor’s Choice Awards!

The BEST of West Woodland – Neighbor’s Choice Awards wants your help in recognizing THE BEST businesses, non-profits, and more in West Woodland, Ballard!

The Best of West Woodland – Neighbor’s Choice Awards contest is asking YOU, the reader, to nominate your favorite businesses, non-profits, and more in West Woodland, Ballard in categories such as pet friendly, new restaurant, health, fitness, beauty, and more!

Now is the time to vote!
Voting is open from June 6 – July 7, 2016.
Click HERE to Vote!

The contest takes place online only. The top business, non-profit, and more nominated in each category will be considered the winner.  The winners will be announced July 2016 in a special announcement on West Woodland, Ballard Neighborhood Blog.

Nomination Eligibility:  

Any business located in or owned by someone who lives in the West Woodland Neighborhood of Ballard is eligible to be nominated for this award. A map of the West Woodland neighborhood is available here:

Not sure who to vote for?  

Take a look at the West Woodland Neighborhood Business Directory to help chose the BEST of West Woodland. If you don’t see your favorite business listed, let us know by emailing

Please contact

Free Fishing Weekend Happening June 11-12

fishing 01Free Fishing Weekend” is June 11-12, 2016, when fishing licenses are not required of anyone to fish in Washington State. Free Fishing Weekend in Washington State is an annual event that takes place the first weekend after the first Monday in June.

Remember – all other rules still apply, including seasons, area and lure or bait restrictions, and size and catch limits. Catch Record Cards (first one is free) are required to fish for salmon, sturgeon, steelhead, and halibut. Please see the Fishing Regulation Pamphlet below for all rules and restrictions.

Where to go in Seattle:

1. Elliott Bay Fishing Pier at Terminal 86: The pier is known to be prime for catching salmon, rockfish, lingcod, squid and Dungeness crab and offers covered cleaning stations and amazing views of the city. 

2. Green Lake ParkFish for trout, carp and catfish, among other finned fare year-round at this North Seattle favorite.

3. Mount Baker ParkFun family fishing from the shores of Lake Washington. There’s also a playground and a beach when your ready for a break.

4. Seacrest ParkLocated on the West Seattle waterfront, this park boasts some of the best views of Seattle. It’s also a great spot for fishing and has a nearby boathouse.

5. Belvoir Place:  This is a small dock on Lake Union in Laurelhurst. The location is quiet and grassy, perfect place for a first time fishing adventure.

Water Safety Reminder:

Safety First! Whenever you are participating in a water activity or sport, wear a life jacket. Whether your in a boat or playing on the shore, a life jacket is critical, especially for young children.  Click HERE for a list of affordable & FREE loaner jackets.

West Woodland Neighborhood Meeting

meetingPUBLIC NOTICE: Please be aware that we are working with the Seattle Police Department and King County Sexual Assault Resource Center to schedule a neighborhood meeting regarding the recent conviction and potential return of one resident to his home near West Woodland Elementary School.

It is important that you attend this meeting. This will be your opportunity to speak directly with law enforcement, ask questions, and learn how to discuss this sensitive topic with your family.

We anticipate the meeting will occur in the next 14 days, please check this site for additional information early next week.

From the Seattle Police Department website:


Information on sex and kidnapping offenders is released in accordance with the Revised Code of Washington, section 4.24.550; the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act, 42 USC 14071; the Washington State Supreme Court decision State v. Ward 123 Wn.2d 488; and the US Supreme Court decision in Connecticut Dept. of Public Safety v. Doe, 538 U.S. 1 (2003); which authorizes law enforcement agencies to inform the public of a sex or kidnapping offenders release when the release of information will enhance public safety and protection.

Individuals who appear in these databases have been convicted of sex or kidnapping offenses that require registration with the sheriff’s office in the county of their residence. Further, their previous criminal history places them in a classification level, which reflects the potential to re-offend.

All of the offenders on this site are a level 2 (moderate risk) or level 3 (high risk). Approximately 70 percent of sex offenders are level 1 (low risk) and are not subject to proactive community notification.

These sex or kidnapping offenders have served the sentence imposed on them by the courts and have advised the King County Sheriff’s Department that they will be living within the city limits of Seattle. They are not wanted by the police.


Sex and kidnapping offenders have always lived in our communities; but it wasn’t until passage of the Community Protection Act of 1990 (which mandates sex and kidnapping offender registration) that law enforcement even knew where they were living. In many cases, law enforcement is now able to share that information with you. This information is not intended to increase fear. Rather, it is our belief that an informed public is a safer public.

The Seattle Police Department has no legal authority to direct where a sex or kidnapping offender may or may not live. Unless court ordered restrictions exist, this offender is constitutionally free to live wherever he or she chooses.

Citizen abuse of this information to threaten, intimidate or harass registered sex or kidnapping offenders will not be tolerated. Further, such abuse could potentially end law enforcement’s ability to do community notifications. We believe the only person who wins if community notification ends is the sex or kidnapping offender, since they derive their power through secrecy.

If you have questions or need to talk to someone in the Seattle Police Department Sex and Kidnapping Offender Detail, please call 206-684-5332.


On March 10, 2009, Governor Christine Gregoire announced a new statewide sex offender database. This database links all information on sex offenders into one centralized location, and is maintained through the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC).

Access the database HERE.

Spring Clean NW 65th Street!

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Join your neighbors for West Woodland’s annual Spring Clean on NW 65th Street.

Meet at Cafe Bambino, 405 NW 65th Street, at 9:00 am and then head off in groups as we help improve the neighborhood by picking up litter on NW 65th, from 3rd Ave NW to 8th Ave NW.

Please bring:
1. Gloves
2. Pickers
3. Wagons — to carry full garbage bag

We will provide bags, vests, and lot’s of fun! Stay tuned for more information as we get closer to the event date.

They Wanna Rock… Help make it happen!


2016 School of Rock Band

An talented group of kids from the Seattle School of Rock (SOR) will be representing Washington State at SummerFest 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The group consists of 11 local teens, including one West Woodland Neighbor, Eli Bolan.

The group is planning a tour of Chicago, Illinois and Milwaukee, Wisconsin from July 7th – 11th, but they need your help to make this trip happen.  The band has put together a GoFundMe account, asking friends, neighbors, and music lovers to chip in and help make their dream come true.  Click HERE to donate!

What will donations cover?

Donations will help cover the expense of transportation, lodging and group fees – about $3,000 per person. While this is a SOR organized event, the kids are responsible for organizing travel and fundraising. These expenses are not only for the families, but are fees associated with SOR and an instructor that will be travelling together. The band as well as the parents, appreciate your support.

This year’s SOR band includes:

~ Emmett Lucas – guitar/bass
~ Eli Bolan – drums
~ Lucas Mabry-Smith – drums/vocals
~ Mira Fogelsonger – vocals/keys
~ Henry Gilchrest – guitar
~ Christian Hutter – guitar
~ Gwen Meyers – bass
~ Max Pennington – bass/guitar
~ Owen Selwyn – vocals/guitar
~ Lukas Svetich – guitar
~ Harold Wilkinson – vocals

About SummerFest 2016:

Summerfest 2016 is the worlds largest music festival and these kids will be sharing the same stage with acts like Buddy Guy, Flaming Lips, Public Enemy, The Kooks and even Paris Hilton DJ’ing – Yup, you read that right, but don’t let that stop you from donating. Click HERE to donate.


For Sale: Seattle Street Signs


Own an old Seattle street sign! As the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) installs new street signs, the old ones are made available to the public for $5 – $15 (depending on sign and condition). Whether it’s Market, Myrtle, or Palatine, residents can buy a piece of history.

Signs that are currently available can be purchased at the City’s Surplus Warehouse. For additional information please visit:

The warehouse is located at:
3807 Second Ave. South

Hours open to the public:
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Monday – Friday (closed holidays)