Report illegal fireworks online July 4th

It’s time to celebrate our country’s 243rd birthday, but the 4th of July is also when we see a spike in fire danger, injuries, and noise complaints. To help reduce these problems, you’ll now be able to report illegal fireworks online or through the MY-BELLEVUE-icon-2016_1024x1024 (002)MyBellevue app on July 4th. The fireworks reporting section will be active from 8:00 p.m. on July 4th to 2:00 a.m. on July 5th. Here’s what you do to file a complaint:

  • Log onto the app on your phone or online at Bellevuewa.gov
  • Click on new request, fireworks reporting
  • Click issue location and add the address or move the pin
  • Click submit

Fireworks reporting heat map - CopyThe app will create a heat map that will show hot spots with the most activity, the Bellevue Police and Fire Departments will have dedicated crews responding to those areas on the evening of July 4th.  Please note, you will not get an individual reply, but your report will be documented.

Bellevue Fire Marshal Ken Carlson says this is a pilot program to improve the city’s response, “We see a significant increase in 911 calls on the 4th of July because of fireworks complaints.  Many times, the calls lack a specific address.  The app will allow residents to put in an address or drop the locator pin near the location. It will also reduce the number of 911 calls, leaving lines open for emergencies.”   You should still call 911 if there’s a fire, injury, or imminent threat of danger.

This year our fire danger is forecasted to be extremely high, so people need to be extra vigilant. And safety is always a concern, “Fireworks are dangerous. Every year people show up in emergency rooms with firework-related injuries,” adds Fire Marshal Carlson. “It’s just not worth the risk of getting hurt or starting a fire.”

Light_Wright_Twitter_WEBThe fine for lighting illegal fireworks in Bellevue is $1000. All fireworks are illegal in the city, except for permitted displays. We encourage you to celebrate at one of the public events on the Eastside. Here are a couple of fireworks shows:

Have a fun and safe 4th!

Bellevue police arrest two in Crossroads Park shooting

HAPPENING NOWBellevue police have arrested two suspects in connection with the weekend shooting in Crossroads Park.  Both male suspects, age 22 and 19-years-old are Bellevue residents.

Police originally responded to Overlake Hospital after two victims showed up with gunshot wounds just before midnight on June 22nd.   The 18 and 22-year-old male victims told investigators they were sitting in their car at the park when another car drove up, and the suspects shouted something out the window.  That verbal altercation escalated into a fight where one of the suspects fired a gun.  The two victims suffered serious foot and leg injuries.

Witnesses and the victims’ description lead detectives to narrow in on a few suspects. The 22-year-old suspect was arrested on assault charges, and the 19-year-old was arrested for rendering criminal assistance for driving the suspect from the scene.  Charges have been referred to the King County Prosecutor’s office.

Bellevue Police investigating two weekend shootings

Bellevue detectives are investigating two separate shootings this past weekend.   The first shooting occurred at Crossroads Park early Sunday morning.   Officers responded to Overlake Hospital just after midnight on June 23rd, after two people showed up at the hospital with gunshot wounds.   The 18 and 22-year-old victims told investigators that they were sitting in their car at the park when another car drove by.  There was an argument that escalated into a physical altercation where the suspect fired a gun.  The victims suffered serious injuries.  Detectives are actively pursuing leads in this case.

The second shooting happened at 1:30 a.m. on June 23rd in 100 Blk 109th Ave SE.  The occupants reported that someone was shooting into the home while they were sleeping.  Bellevue police were able to safely get the occupants out of the home and determine that an unknown suspect had shot multiple times at the house.  There were no injuries.

The Bellevue Police Department continues to investigate these shootings.  Anyone with information regarding either case is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or submit a tip online.

 

Selected crime reports for June 17 – June 23

Below are selected crime reports for last week, ending on Sunday at midnight. This is not a comprehensive list of incidents in Bellevue. For more information, please visit our interactive crime map.

June 17

 

 TIME

02: 00

 CONTACT TYPE

Burglary

 LOCATION

16000 Blk SE 47th Ln

 INCIDENT/CASE#

19-31514

 
 NARRATIVE

Officers responded to investigate a burglary in progress. The information received was that a suspect entered an attached garage and a homeowner saw a subject leaving the area. Further information indicated the suspect/s prowled multiple unlocked vehicles in the area and used 2 garage openers found in the vehicles to gain access.

 TIME

00: 00

 CONTACT TYPE

Car Prowls/Thefts

 LOCATION

16100 Blk SE 48 ST

 INCIDENT/CASE#

19-31514

 
 NARRATIVE

Five cases of mailbox thefts and/or car prowls were reported. The investigating officer identified each of the victims, but at this time has not identified a suspect. The possible suspect vehicle was listed as a red 4 door hatchback type car.  The investigation continues.

 TIME

13: 54

 CONTACT TYPE

Theft

 LOCATION

10100 Blk NE 8th St

 INCIDENT/CASE#

19-31604

 
 NARRATIVE

An off-duty detective watched a theft in progress.  The suspect proceeded to throw items at store employees to flee the scene. The detective was able to get the description of the suspect vehicle. A responding officer caught up with the suspect a short distance away and arrested him without incident. He was later booked into jail.

June 19

 TIME

08: 05

 CONTACT TYPE

Assault

 LOCATION

5400 Blk Village Park DR SE

 INCIDENT/CASE#

19-31926

 
 NARRATIVE

Victim reports being sexually assaulted by known subjects.  Detectives are investigating. Investigations, VICE, and the Patrol Captain were notified of the incident.

 TIME

14: 21

 CONTACT TYPE

Drugs

 LOCATION

15400 Blk SE 42nd ST

 INCIDENT/CASE#

19-32008

 
 NARRATIVE

Officers responded to a suspicious incident at a residence after a landlord reported a suspected cannabis grow farm inside. Officers conducted a preliminary search of the residence and discovered several dozen cannabis plants and packaged cannabis inside the home. Narcotics detectives were advised and are investigating.

 TIME

19: 46

 CONTACT TYPE

Hit and Run

 LOCATION

Coal Creek Pkwy / Forest Dr SE

 INCIDENT/CASE#

19-32064

 
 NARRATIVE

The suspect hit a vehicle on Coal Creek Parkway, sending that vehicle into two more vehicles.  The suspect then fled northbound Coal Creek Parkway.  A witness followed the suspect and called 911.  Officers arrived and took the suspect into custody without incident.  The suspect was not under the influence and arrested and booked into jail.

 June 20

 TIME

01: 52

 CONTACT TYPE

Warrants

 LOCATION

14900 Blk SE Eastgate Way

 INCIDENT/CASE#

19-32110

 
 NARRATIVE

An officer observed traffic violations and conducted a stop.  The driver had an outstanding warrant and was arrested and booked into jail.

 TIME

21: 16

 CONTACT TYPE

Theft

 LOCATION

500 Blk Bellevue Way NE

 INCIDENT/CASE#

19-32292

 
 NARRATIVE

The suspect was caught shoplifting. He was arrested and taken to the hospital for medical treatment.

 TIME

22: 54

 CONTACT TYPE

Warrants

 LOCATION

12900 Blk SE 36th St.

 INCIDENT/CASE#

19-32308

 
 NARRATIVE

The listed subject was contacted in a vehicle.  It was determined that he had an outstanding and he was arrested.

 June 21

 TIME

01: 32

 CONTACT TYPE

Burglary

 LOCATION

5100 Blk Lakemont Blvd. SE

 INCIDENT/CASE#

19-32344

 NARRATIVE

Multiple officers responded to a glass break alarm.  A suspect had forced entry through the front door.  He stole items and fled.  After the initial officer response, a traffic stop was conducted by an officer after he noticed a suspicious vehicle.  The vehicle and occupants were eventually released from the stop.  Detectives were notified.

 TIME

11: 57

 CONTACT TYPE

Fraud

 LOCATION

700 Blk 141st LN SE

 INCIDENT/CASE#

19-32650

 
 NARRATIVE

The victim stated she was defrauded of money by the subject. The subject used a series of “scams” on the victim. The investigation continues

 TIME

16: 32

 CONTACT TYPE

Reckless Burning

 LOCATION

1100 Blk 110th Ave NE

 INCIDENT/CASE#

19-32679

 
 NARRATIVE

Officers were called to assist the Bellevue Fire Department for a fire possibly started by fireworks at the downtown library.  The fire was put out with no damage to other property.  The fire was actually a device on the sidewalk.  The Bomb Squad was notified and responded to inspect the device.  The library was evacuated as a precaution while waiting for further investigation.  A sweep of the library was performed, and no further devices were found.  The fire turned out to be a large battery pack for an electric bike that was recklessly started.  A suspect was later located in possession of an electric bike that was missing the battery pack. The suspect said another subject was with him, but that the other subject had fled before police arrived. The suspect was arrested for reckless burning.  A witness on the scene who was with the suspect was arrested on multiple Bellevue warrants.

 TIME

21: 15

 CONTACT TYPE

Theft

 LOCATION

400 Blk Bellevue Way NE

 INCIDENT/CASE#

19-32717

 
 NARRATIVE

An officer investigating a shoplift discovered the suspect also had an outstanding warrant. He was arrested and booked into jail.

 June 23

 TIME

00: 15

 CONTACT TYPE

Assault

 LOCATION

15801 NE 15th St / Crossroads Park

 INCIDENT/CASE#

19-32736

 
 NARRATIVE

Officers were dispatched to the hospital regarding two subjects that arrived with gunshot wounds. The investigation revealed the two male victims were shot by an unknown suspect during a disturbance at Crossroads Park. The victims sustained a serious bodily injury to their lower extremities. The investigation is ongoing.

 TIME

01: 45

 CONTACT TYPE

Burglary

 LOCATION

13600 Blk SE 37th St

 INCIDENT/CASE#

19-32748

 
 NARRATIVE

Officers responded to a residence to investigate a burglary in progress. The victims stated the subjects were seen on video gaining entry into their home.  The suspects had left the residence, but officers located the suspects in the area during an area check.  The suspects were arrested and booked into jail.

 TIME

09: 49

 CONTACT TYPE

Unwanted Subject

 LOCATION

300 Blk 108th Ave NE

 INCIDENT/CASE#

19-32395

 
 NARRATIVE

A subjected entered a building and followed two employees in an elevator. The subject was holding some unknown metallic object in his hand while speaking incoherently while he rode the elevator to the 18th floor. The subject did not exit the elevator but went down to the lobby area where he contacted a janitor. The subject threatened the janitor.  Security was notified police.  The subject was not located at the building or in the area.

 

 TIME

04: 00

 CONTACT TYPE

Domestic Disturbance

 LOCATION

900 Blk 111th Ave NE

 INCIDENT/CASE#

19-32756

 NARRATIVE

Officers responded to a domestic disturbance in progress. The investigation revealed that both subjects were involved in a disturbance that became physical. The suspect was arrested and booked into jail.

 

 TIME

04: 00

 CONTACT TYPE

Domestic Disturbance

 LOCATION

10700 Blk NE 10th St

 INCIDENT/CASE#

19-32754

 
 NARRATIVE

Officers responded to investigate a domestic disturbance in progress between two subjects.  It was determined the disturbance was physical and the suspect caused injury and pain to the victim. The suspect was arrested and booked into jail.

 

 TIME

01: 30

 CONTACT TYPE

Weapons

 LOCATION

100 Blk 109th Ave SE

 INCIDENT/CASE#

19-32745

 
 NARRATIVE

The victims called the police to report that unknown suspects were shooting into their home as they were sleeping.  Officers determined the suspects committed a drive-by shooting and left the area.  Officers cleared the residence and determined the home had been struck by gunfire. Command was notified, and detectives responded to assist. The investigation is ongoing.

 

Bellevue Police host public safety meeting

Bellevue Police will host a public safety meeting with the King County Library System to discuss the department’s compassionate law enforcement approach to homelessness, the opioid crisis, and general safety concerns.  Please join us Wednesday, June 26th at 6:30 p.m. at the downtown Bellevue Library located at 1111 110th Ave NE.  Other community agencies will also be present to answer questions about their services and partnerships with the police department and other organizations.  Please join us! Public Safety Mtg FINAL

BPD Safe Place celebrates two years

BPDsafeThe Bellevue Police Department (BPD) Safe Place program now has over 60 businesses, schools, and organizations offering a safe and secure place for victims of hate crimes. Although Bellevue enjoys a low rate of violent crime, discrimination and crime related to the city’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ+) residents and visitors still occur. These locations throughout the city display the Safe Place signage and offer a place for anyone to seek help who feels they’ve been a victim of bias-related crimes.

While the rainbow flag traditionally means LGBTQ+, a BPD Safe Place is open to any victim of a bias-related crime or harassment.  “These locations are for anyone in any marginalized group that is a victim of a hate crime or harassment,” says Officer Molly McCormack the BPD Safe Place Program Administrator.  “Our goal is to reduce bullying, harassment, and violent hate crimes and to encourage the reporting of them.”

The BPD Safe Place partner organizations work closely with the Bellevue Police Department to offer assistance, such as calling 911, and protection for victims.  The program is open to businesses, places of worship, schools, and community buildings.  More information is available online, www.bpdsafeplace.com.

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Officer Molly McCormack

The Bellevue Police Department will also participate in the 45th annual Seattle Pride Parade later this month. The parade will travel along 4th Avenue in Downtown Seattle on June 30. The parade begins at 11:00 a.m. and will last about 4 hours.