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January 22, 2018

Summary

A man was shot and killed Saturday in Southeast Washington, the D.C. police said. Kenneth Poindexter, 29, of Southeast, was found about 1 p.m. in a house, police said. They said he had been shot multiple times • A Virginia man who sex-trafficked a 14-year-old girl and 16-year-old girl for two years was ordered on Friday to serve 30 years in prison and pay the victims the $648,000 they generated. Michael Edward Gunn, 41, ran a prostitution ring out of his home in Dumfries, Virginia, about 40 miles from Washington, D.C.. His wife, Angel Gunn, 35, and his live-in girlfriend, Vanessa Domingues, 31, assisted him. According to federal court documents, Gunn posted ads for the teenagers on the online classifieds website Backpage, using fake photos. Then, he, his wife or his girlfriend drove the teens to meet customers in D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

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Washington Post: Man slain in Southeast Washington Saturday afternoon “A man was shot and killed Saturday in Southeast Washington, the D.C. police said. Kenneth Poindexter, 29, of Southeast, was found about 1 p.m. in a house, police said. They said he had been shot multiple times.”

NBC Washington: Man Trafficked Teens Across DC-Area With Help From Wife, Girlfriend “A Virginia man who sex-trafficked a 14-year-old girl and 16-year-old girl for two years was ordered on Friday to serve 30 years in prison and pay the victims the $648,000 they generated. Michael Edward Gunn, 41, ran a prostitution ring out of his home in Dumfries, Virginia, about 40 miles from Washington, D.C.. His wife, Angel Gunn, 35, and his live-in girlfriend, Vanessa Domingues, 31, assisted him. According to federal court documents, Gunn posted ads for the teenagers on the online classifieds website Backpage, using fake photos. Then, he, his wife or his girlfriend drove the teens to meet customers in D.C., Maryland and Virginia.”

Fox5DC: Federal appeals court to hear arguments on DC sniper’s sentence “Bob Meyers doesn’t want partial justice for his brother. He wants full justice. And to him, that means leaving D.C. sniper Lee Boyd Malvo’s sentence just the way it is: life in prison, with no chance of ever getting out. A federal judge has given a glimmer of hope to Malvo, who was 17 when he was arrested in the random shootings that killed 10 people and wounded three in and around the nation’s capital.”

NBC Washington: Masked Men Smash Stolen Pickup Truck Into 7-Eleven, Take ATM “Three men used a stolen pickup truck to smash into a 7-Eleven in northwest D.C. and steal an ATM early Friday. Surveillance video shows a blue Ford pickup truck backing up on to the sidewalk in front of the store in the 200 block of Cedar Street NW and crashing through the window before 2 a.m. “All of a sudden, I heard engines running and then I heard a pop,” said witness Lori Brown. “So I got out of the bed, opened the blinds, opened the curtains, looked outand there was a big truck. It was a Ford truck. I almost know the year. It’s blue, got some primer on it, and it was pulling up and backing up to bust out the window and all the brick.”“

Washington Post: D.C. police charge a 15-year-old boy in robberies that included a carjacking “A 15-year-old boy was arrested early Friday, D.C. police said, after he committed a string of crimes that involved a carjacking and a robbery in Northwest Washington. Police said the youth was captured after a pursuit that went into Southeast Washington. Authorities alleged that the youth tried to steal a vehicle about 10:30 p.m. Thursday in the 400 block of R Street NW in the Shaw area.”

Fox5DC: DC fire captain arrested for secretly filming girl in store fitting room at Fair Oaks Mall “A D.C. Fire and EMS captain has been arrested for secretly recording a teenage girl inside a store fitting room at Fair Oaks Mall. Fairfax County police say 50-year-old Rudolph Doering is charged with attempted unlawful filming of a minor for an incident that took place on Jan. 7. According to police, the Bristow, Virginia man used a cell phone to try to record a 13-year-old girl from a neighboring stall inside the fitting room at the Hollister Co. store.”

The brazen theft of an ATM at a 7-Eleven in Northwest D.C. was caught on camera early Friday morning. The dramatic video was captured at the 7-Eleven located in the 200 block of Cedar Street, Northwest, near the Takoma Metro train station, at about 1:55 a.m. Surveillance footage shows a blue Ford pickup truck backing into the store’s window, smashing the glass and destroying part of the building. • There are new details in the murder investigation of a 22-year-old D.C. man. Marty McMillan went missing back on April 23 after heading out to meet a woman he found on the online dating site POF, also known as PlentyOfFish. After his disappearance, police told his family last week that his remains were found on Oct. 30 along the side of Suitland Parkway in Prince George’s County.

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Fox5DC: Brazen 7-Eleven ATM theft in DC caught on camera “The brazen theft of an ATM at a 7-Eleven in Northwest D.C. was caught on camera early Friday morning. The dramatic video was captured at the 7-Eleven located in the 200 block of Cedar Street, Northwest, near the Takoma Metro train station, at about 1:55 a.m. Surveillance footage shows a blue Ford pickup truck backing into the store’s window, smashing the glass and destroying part of the building.”

Fox5DC: New details in case of slain DC man who went missing after arranging date online “There are new details in the murder investigation of a 22-year-old D.C. man. Marty McMillan went missing back on April 23 after heading out to meet a woman he found on the online dating site POF, also known as PlentyOfFish. After his disappearance, police told his family last week that his remains were found on Oct. 30 along the side of Suitland Parkway in Prince George’s County.”

NBC Washington: Man Convicted of Shooting Down DC Metro Escalator “A D.C. man was convicted Wednesday of firing a gun down an escalator in the Columbia Heights Metro station on a busy Friday afternoon. Cesar Morales, 23, chased and shot at his victim as dozens of people were near and inside the station, prosecutors said. The victim was unharmed, prosecutors said.”

NBC Washington: Charges Against 129 Inauguration Day Riot Defendants Dismissed; 59 Remain Charged With Felonies “The government will dismiss charges against 129 defendants in the Inauguration Day riots case to focus on a group of 59 believed most responsible for the violence and damage. More than 200 were arrested and charged with rioting after self-described anti-capitalists broke windows and set fire to a limousine in downtown Washington, D.C.”

Public Safety Updates

Fox5DC: DC apartment fire forces more than a dozen residents out into the cold “One man was rescued and over a dozen were forced out into the cold after an apartment fire overnight in Southeast, D.C. Firefighters used a ladder to rescue the man from his second floor apartment after the fire was reported just before 3 a.m. in the 4200 block of 6th Street. Officials say the man suffered critical injuries and was hospitalized. They say another patient was being evaluated for injuries.”

Summary

Police say a woman has died after being shot and three others have been injured in a drive-by shooting in Southeast, D.C. The shooting was reported at about 11 a.m. Wednesday at the intersection of 16th and U streets in the Anacostia area. D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser were less than a mile away when the shooting occurred as they were addressing the homicide investigation of a 14-year-old boy who was killed over the weekend in a nearby neighborhood. • An Uber driver wanted for trying to sexually assault a woman blocks away from the U.S. Capitol has been arrested, D.C. police say. A woman told police a driver she hired stopped his car in the middle of their trip and viciously attacked her about 4 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 10 on East Capitol Street SE. The victim told police the man parked his car during the trip and tried to sexually assault her.

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Fox5DC: Southeast DC drive-by shooting leaves 4 injured “Police say a woman is in very grave condition after being shot, along with three others, in a drive-by shooting in Southeast, D.C. The shooting was reported at about 11 a.m. Wednesday at the intersection of 16th and U streets in the Anacostia area. D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser were less than a mile away when the shooting occurred as they were addressing the homicide investigation of a 14-year-old boy who was killed over the weekend in a nearby neighborhood.”

NBC Washington: Police: Uber Driver Arrested for Attacking Woman Near Capitol “An Uber driver wanted for trying to sexually assault a woman blocks away from the U.S. Capitol has been arrested, D.C. police say. A woman told police a driver she hired stopped his car in the middle of their trip and viciously attacked her about 4 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 10 on East Capitol Street SE. The victim told police the man parked his car during the trip and tried to sexually assault her.”

Washington Post: Woman wounded in quadruple drive-by shooting in D.C. has died “A woman who was one of four people shot Wednesday outside a convenience store in Southeast Washington has died, according to the D.C. police department. The victim’s name wasn’t immediately made public. Police said the woman was the most severely wounded in the group that was struck by bullets shortly after 11 a.m. in the 2000 block of 16th Street SE, near Good Hope Road in Fairlawn.”

Fox5DC: Mayor Bowser and Chief Newsham search for answers in 14-year-old boy’s death “Mayor Muriel Bowser and D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham addressed the press and the community Wednesday, looking for answers in the fatal shooting of a 14-year-old boy in Southeast D.C. Sunday night. “We are here to ask for your help,” said Bowser. Detectives say Slaughter was shot in front of Garden Memorial Presbyterian Church in the 1700 block of Minnesota Avenue just before 7 p.m. He was on his way home from a run to the store.

Public Safety Updates

Washington Post: Man in critical condition after a fire in Southeast D.C. “Firefighters rescued one person Thursday morning from an apartment in Southeast Washington after a fire broke out. The blaze happened just before 3 a.m. in the 4200 block of 6th Street SE on the second floor of the building. A man was transported to an area hospital with critical injuries, officials said. He was rescued by ladder from apartment, where the fire started possibly on the stove, officials said.”

Fox5DC: Spike in flu cases in DC, health officials say “Did you get your flu shot yet? This season is shaping up to be a particularly bad one and it comes as we mark the 100th anniversary of one of the world’s most catastrophic disease outbreaks – the 1918 influenza pandemic. The D.C. Department of Health said it has seen a sharp increase of reported cases over the past week. It is also similar to what is being seen across the country and doctors fear it is only a matter of time before we could possibly see a super-flu.”

Fox5DC: New video shows rioters smashing windows, destroying vehicles during Inauguration Day protests “More than 200 videos that the prosecution used in the trial against protesters charged for the Inauguration Day riots in the nation’s capital have been released. The newly-released video comes from police body-worn cameras, various cell phones and other cameras that were used in the government’s case in December against six people who were eventually acquitted on rioting and destruction of property charges related to the protests that took place on Jan. 20, 2017 when President Donald Trump was being inaugurated.”

Summary

D.C. police arrested and charged a 15-year-old in an armed carjacking early Saturday evening near the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in Southeast Washington. The suspect, whose name was not released, was charged after two suspects allegedly brandished handguns and demanded a woman exit her vehicle in the 2300 block of High Street SE at about 5:54 p.m. Saturday, police said. • Police are searching for two suspects in an armed robbery at a Mexican restaurant in Northwest D.C. last week. Police say the robbery happened Friday inside the El Don Restaurant in the 4400 block of 14th Street. According to police report, the masked suspects entered the restaurant at around 11:31 p.m. with four employees and two customers inside. One of the suspects was armed with a black handgun and pointed the weapon at the owner of the restaurant while saying, “Give me everything you got.”

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Washington Post: Police charge 15-year-old in armed carjacking in Southeast D.C. “D.C. police arrested and charged a 15-year-old in an armed carjacking early Saturday evening near the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in Southeast Washington. The suspect, whose name was not released, was charged after two suspects allegedly brandished handguns and demanded a woman exit her vehicle in the 2300 block of High Street SE at about 5:54 p.m. Saturday, police said.”

Fox5DC: VIDEO: 2 masked suspects rob DC restaurant at gunpoint “Police are searching for two suspects in an armed robbery at a Mexican restaurant in Northwest D.C. last week. Police say the robbery happened Friday inside the El Don Restaurant in the 4400 block of 14th Street. According to police report, the masked suspects entered the restaurant at around 11:31 p.m. with four employees and two customers inside. One of the suspects was armed with a black handgun and pointed the weapon at the owner of the restaurant while saying, “Give me everything you got.””

NBC Washington: New York Man Charged With Stalking Rep. Kyrsten Sinema “U.S. Capitol Police arrested a suspected stalker outside the D.C. office of Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.). According to a special agent’s affidavit, officers arrested Amos Olagunju at Sinema’s seventh floor office in the Longworth House Office Building Friday. The affidavit said Olagunju has menaced Sinema since 2014, despite warnings from U.S. Capitol Police and two court-ordered injunctions that he not contact her.”

Washington Post: Arrest made in killing of man who was shot and pushed out of car near I-295 “Police have made an arrest in the case of a man who was shot and then pushed out of a car onto a busy roadway in Maryland along the District border. Malique Lewis, 20, of Southeast Washington has been charged with first-degree murder and assault in the fatal shooting of Armani Coles, 27, according to Prince George’s County police. Coles was one of three friends killed on Dec. 28 in the area, D.C. police said.”

Fox5DC: Suspect arrested in murder of Armani Coles, 27-year-old D.C. schools employee “An arrest has been made in the murder of Armani “Nico” Coles, a 27-year-old D.C. schools employee found shot by Interstate 295 near the Maryland and D.C. border, authorities have announced. The suspect has been identified as 20-year-old Malique Nathan Lewis of Southeast D.C. He was being held without bond on charges including first-degree murder, first-degree assault, reckless endangerment, and theft.”

A 14-year-old boy died after he was shot Sunday night in Southeast D.C., police say. Steven Slaughter was killed on the 1700 block of Minnesota Avenue SE, police said Monday morning. He was a ninth-grader at Friendship Collegiate Academy. Slaughter was shot as he headed home from a corner store with a friend. Officers responded after 7 p.m. after a report of a shooting. • A 17-year-old teenager is dead and two others were injured in a shooting in Northeast D.C. on Friday, according to officials. D.C. police said the shooting happened in the basement of a home in the 400 block of Riggs Road Northeast near LaSalle Elementary School at about 2:05 p.m. Authorities said when officers arrived at the home, 17-year-old Davon Fisher and two men were found suffering from gunshot wounds.

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‘The Best Kid Ever’: Boy, 14, Killed in Shooting in Southeast DC “A 14-year-old boy died after he was shot Sunday night in Southeast D.C., police say. Steven Slaughter was killed on the 1700 block of Minnesota Avenue SE, police said Monday morning. He was a ninth-grader at Friendship Collegiate Academy. Slaughter was shot as he headed home from a corner store with a friend. Officers responded after 7 p.m. after a report of a shooting.”

Fox5DC: Teen boy killed, 2 men injured in DC shooting, police say “A 17-year-old teenager is dead and two others were injured in a shooting in Northeast D.C. on Friday, according to officials. D.C. police said the shooting happened in the basement of a home in the 400 block of Riggs Road Northeast near LaSalle Elementary School at about 2:05 p.m. Authorities said when officers arrived at the home, 17-year-old Davon Fisher and two men were found suffering from gunshot wounds.”

Washington Post: Man arrested in armed robbery at 7-Eleven on Dupont Circle “D.C. police have arrested a man in the armed robbery of a 7-Eleven store in Dupont Circle last week. Cordell Brockington, 24, of Southeast Washington, was charged Friday with holding up the convenience store in the 1600 block of Connecticut Avenue NW at R Street. Police said the robbery occurred at 1:10 a.m. Tuesday when a man approached a cashier holding his shirt up and showing the butt of a gun tucked into the waistband of his trousers.”

NBC Washington: Employees: Masked Man Lit Liquid, Started Fire After Failed Robbery Attempt “Employees at a northeast Washington, D.C., gas station said a masked man, who tried to rob the place, squirted a liquid inside the store and lit it on fire early Saturday morning. Fire crews were called to 1900 block of Rhode Island Avenue Northeast and found the office and store portion of a gas station on fire. There were no injuries. Employees of the station said a masked man demanded money from the cashier. They said when he refused, the would-be robber squirted a liquid through the cash slot and lit it.”

NBC Washington: Metro Train Rape Victim Describes Attack at Suspect’s Trial “A woman who reported being raped on a busy Metro train outside Washington has given emotional testimony in the trial of the man accused of attacking her. John Hicks, of Washington, D.C., is charged with first-degree rape, first-degree sex offense and first-degree assault in the 2016 attack in Montgomery County, Maryland. The Washington Post reports that during dramatic testimony this week, the woman described the attack.”

Public Safety Updates

NBC Washington: Woman is critically injured in Bloomingdale fire “A woman was critically injured Sunday in a fire in her apartment in the Bloomingdale neighborhood of Northwest Washington, authorities said. The woman was rescued from a top floor apartment in a three story building in the block of Rhode Island Avenue just west of North Capitol Street, said the DC Fire and EMS Department. The fire displaced about half a dozen residents, the department said. The cause was not immediately known.”

Washington Post: Brick wall collapses in D.C., injuring construction workers “Two construction workers were seriously hurt and a third suffered minor injuries Friday afternoon when a portion of a brick wall collapsed at a construction site in Northwest Washington, according to the D.C. fire department. The incident occurred about 2:30 p.m. in the 1500 block of North Capitol Street NW, in the Truxton Circle neighborhood north of New York Avenue. Vito Maggiolo, a fire department spokesman, said the workers were taken to a hospital for treatment.”

NBC Washington: Justice Department Targets Overseas Traffickers in Fight Against Fentanyl “The U.S. Justice Department said it is expanding its efforts to combat the Washington, D.C., region’s fentanyl crisis by targeting traffickers who ship drug components from overseas. Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced indictments against Chinese nationals suspected of trafficking large amounts of fentanyl to the United States, including drugs used in deadly overdoses.”

Summary

D.C. police are searching for a woman last seen nearly two weeks ago in the Northeast. 26-year-old Michelle Jones Manley was last seen in the 1600 block of Benning Road on Thursday, November 30. Authorities say she was reported missing on December 12. Manley is described as a black female with a medium complexion. She is about 5-foot-5-inches tall, weighs around 125 pounds and has hazel eyes and brown hair. • Three men driving a stolen church van robbed piles of coats from a luxury store at CityCenterDC, police say. Video shows a church van pull up to the Arc’teryx store on H Street NW just before 5 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 5. Three men wearing dark jackets, hoods and beanies get out of the van and the video appears to show one of them throwing something at the entrance to break into the store. After breaking inside, the suspects run out of the store with coats and stuff them into the van before taking off.

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Fox5DC: Police search for woman missing for nearly 2 weeks from DC “D.C. police are searching for a woman last seen nearly two weeks ago in the Northeast. 26-year-old Michelle Jones Manley was last seen in the 1600 block of Benning Road on Thursday, November 30. Authorities say she was reported missing on December 12. Manley is described as a black female with a medium complexion. She is about 5-foot-5-inches tall, weighs around 125 pounds has hazel eyes and brown hair.”

NBC Washington: Three Men Use Stolen Church Van to Rob CityCenterDC Store “Three men driving a stolen church van robbed piles of coats from a luxury store at CityCenterDC, police say. Video shows a church van pull up to the Arc’teryx store on H Street NW just before 5 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 5. Three men wearing dark jackets, hoods and beanies get out of the van and the video appears to show one of them throwing something at the entrance to break into the store. After breaking inside, the suspects run out of the store with coats and stuff them into the van before taking off.”

Fox5DC: Woman recalls alleged Uber sex assault near Capitol, suspect ID’d by DC police “Clark was able to provide the Uber receipt to police, which helped them identify the driver as 32-year-old Selvin Chocooj, of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Officials described Chocooj as a Hispanic male, standing 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing approximately 165 pounds with a medium build. Authorities said Chocooj was driving a dark colored four-door sedan. Anyone with information that could help detectives locate Chocooj, who is wanted for assault with intent to commit first-degree sexual abuse, was urged to call police at (202) 727-9099. Tipsters could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.”

Washington Post: Judge dismisses lead rioting charge against defendants in Inauguration Day protest trial “The D.C. Superior Court judge overseeing the trial of six people charged in Inauguration Day protests that turned violent has dismissed one of the most serious charges of inciting a riot. After hearing the cases presented by prosecutors and defense attorneys during the past three weeks, Judge Lynn Leibovitz on Wednesday said there was not enough evidence against the four women and two men to prove they urged others to riot and destroy property along 16 downtown Washington blocks.”

Public Safety Updates

Fox5DC: Multi-vehicle crash on I-95 causes major delays during morning commute “A multi-vehicle crash on southbound Interstate 95 in College Park is causing major delays during the Thursday morning commute. The accident happened on I-95 just before the Interstate 495 interchange. As many as seven vehicles were reportedly involved in the crash. The cause for the accident is still being investigated.”

NBC Washington: How Do DC Police Decide When to Use Their Weapons? “News4’s Chris Gordon gets a special training about how, why and when D.C. police decide to use their weapons.”

Washington Post: DC police put reporters through shooting drill “The Metropolitan Police Department hosted a “shoot-don’t shoot” exercise with reporters at their training academy on Wednesday. The role-playing drill was to show the stress and training officer receive on a daily basis in the use of force.”

Daily News Clips – December 12, 2017

Summary

Officials have released new images of two alleged ‘persons of interest’ in Monday’s shooting at a Metro station. Authorities say the shooting happened at the Minnesota Avenue Station around 9 p.m. One man was struck but was conscious and alert when he was transported with non-life-threatening injuries following the shooting. • A driver believed to be working with either Uber or Lyft is wanted after he sexually assaulted a woman in Southeast D.C. on Sunday, according to police. DC police said the woman called for a ride at about 4 a.m. on Sunday and the driver suddenly parked the vehicle in the 400 block of East Capitol Street, Southeast, about four blocks east of the Capitol. Investigators said the driver began to inappropriately touch the woman and tried to take off her pants. When the woman began screaming for help, authorities said the suspect started choking and punching her.

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FOx5DC: New images of two alleged ‘persons of interest’ in Metro station shooting released by police “Officials have released new images of two alleged ‘persons of interest’ in Monday’s shooting at a Metro station. Authorities say the shooting happened at the Minnesota Avenue Station around 9 p.m. One man was struck but was conscious and alert when he was transported with non-life-threatening injuries following the shooting.”

Fox5DC: Uber or Lyft driver wanted for sexual assault near Capitol, police say “A driver believed to be working with either Uber or Lyft is wanted after he sexually assaulted a woman in Southeast D.C. on Sunday, according to police. DC police said the woman called for a ride at about 4 a.m. on Sunday and the driver suddenly parked the vehicle in the 400 block of East Capitol Street, Southeast, about four blocks east of the Capitol. Investigators said the driver began to inappropriately touch the woman and tried to take off her pants. When the woman began screaming for help, authorities said the suspect started choking and punching her.”

NBC Washington: Massage Envy Worker Accused of Sex Abuse to Plead Guilty “The man accused of attacking at least four customers while he was employed as a massage therapist is expected to plead guilty in two of those cases this week, WTOP reports. Habtamu Gebreselassie of Silver Spring, Maryland, will plead guilty Friday, according to WTOP.”

Washington Post: Third phone store robbery in D.C. this month; similar technique in all “It was the third daytime robbery of a smartphone store in the District in 11 days. And the techniques in each case seemed to have much in common. On Monday, a smartphone store was robbed in the 1300 block of F Street NW, according to D.C. police, by two men who motioned toward employees as if they had a gun, and made off with a substantial haul of phones.”

Washington Post: D.C. police make several arrests in robberies throughout the city “D.C. police made several arrests over the weekend, including of teenagers suspected of robbing pizza delivery men in various parts of the city. Several youths robbed a Papa John’s pizza delivery man around 10:15 p.m. Nov. 20 near Edson Place and 47th Street in Northeast, police said. According to a police report, one of them pulled a handgun on the driver and said, “Turn the car off and get out — you don’t want to die for no pizza.””

Public Safety Updates

Fox5DC: Missing 15-year-old girl last seen on Saturday in the District “Police are searching for a missing 15-year-old girl last seen Saturday night in Northeast D.C. Investigators say Charleisha Calder disappeared from the 1100 block of Florida Avenue Saturday night around 5 p.m. Calder is a black female with a medium complexion. She is 5-foot-3-inches tall and weighs 110 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 202-576-6768, 202-727-9099, or 202-516-6169.”

Mayor and City Council

NBC Washington: Downtown DC Residents Beg for Relief From Street Musician Noise “Dozens of downtown D.C. residents attended a D.C. Council meeting on Monday to ask for relief from street noise. They urged officials to enforce noise laws or pass tougher ones.”

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December 4, 2017

Summary

A woman was fatally shot in the District on Saturday, and police arrested a man in the death, authorities said. D.C. police said Valerie Regina Coleman, 55, of Southeast, was found in a house in the 1700 block of 16th Street SE shortly after 8 a.m. The police said Kevin Lamont Smith, 47, of Southeast, was arrested and charged with second degree murder while armed. The shooting appeared to be linked to a domestic dispute, the police said. • A 13-year-old boy has been arrested in D.C. for having a gun after police responded to a shooting, police say. D.C. police officers responded to a shooting in the 2800 block of Connecticut Avenue NW and saw three black males walking northbound, according to a police report.

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Washington Post: Woman found shot to death in Southeast D.C, after apparent domestic dispute “A woman was fatally shot in the District on Saturday, and police arrested a man in the death, authorities said. D.C. police said Valerie Regina Coleman, 55, of Southeast, was found in a house in the 1700 block of 16th Street SE shortly after 8 a.m. The police said Kevin Lamont Smith, 47, of Southeast, was arrested and charged with second degree murder while armed. The shooting appeared to be linked to a domestic dispute, the police said.”

NBC Washington: Boy, 13, Arrested for Having Gun in DC: Police “A 13-year-old boy has been arrested in D.C. for having a gun after police responded to a shooting, police say. D.C. police officers responded to a shooting in the 2800 block of Connecticut Avenue NW and saw three black males walking northbound, according to a police report.”

Washington Post: Police searching for robbers in armed holdups of construction workers “The gunmen struck fast as they held up construction workers at three sites in the same block in Northeast Washington. Police said officers were taking a report at one location when “another call came out with another robbery” around the corner. Authorities have not made any arrests and are looking for two or three men in three armed robberies of construction workers that occurred around lunchtime Monday in the District’s Woodridge neighborhood, adjacent to Brookland along Bladensburg Road.”

NBC Washington: Police: ATV Rider Who Filmed Police Chase, Tumble Arrested “Police accused an 18-year-old of riding an off-road vehicle through D.C.—and filming a police officer who pursued him on a bicycle until the officer fell onto the road. Nasir Wallace turned himself into police Friday morning. He was charged with resisting arrest and operating an ATV in public space, police announced Friday on Twitter.”

Fox5DC: DC active shooter report unfounded, police say “A report of an active shooter in the District on Friday has been determined to be unfounded, according to authorities. DC police said the report came from the 1400 block of I Street, Northwest. Authorities said they swept through a building in the area and found no shooter or victims. At the time, officials had closed streets in the area and urged people to shelter in place.”

Fox5DC: VA supervisor says she was demoted for reporting sexual harassment “A former supervisor at the District’s Veteran Affairs Medical Center said she was sexually harassed by a superior and then faced retaliation for reporting the incident. Antionette Gipson-Taylor reported that she was sexually harassed during a meeting with a superior in October of 2016. At the time, she was a supervisor in the business office at the District’s Veteran Affairs Medical Center.”

Washington Post: ‘It sounded like thunder.’ Witnesses describe Inauguration Day vandalism at businesses. “Taylor was among the victims of the Jan. 20 riots who so far have taken the witness stand during the ongoing trial of four women and two men who prosecutors say were part of a large group that protested that day, with some among the group vandalizing businesses and property and violently clashing with police.”

Public Safety Updates

NBC Washington: Family Desperate to Find DC Woman Missing Since Thanksgiving “A family is desperate to find 53-year-old Joni Rockingham, who walked out of her house on Nov. 22.”

Fox5DC: Bicyclists applaud DC police’s recent effort to crack down on drivers blocking bike lanes “D.C. police say they issued 46 citations on Wednesday to people who were blocking bike lanes downtown. Those who bike to and from work each day say blocking bike lanes is not only frustrating, but it can be dangerous for bicyclists. Many have documented the violations on social media as they have asked city officials to do more.”

NBC Washington: White House Work Orders Reveal Mice, Roaches, Redecorating “White House work orders obtained by News4 include reports of mice and roaches in the West Wing and requests for a new toilet seat for the Oval Office bathroom and a decorator for H.R. McMaster.”

NBC Washington: DC Homicide Victims Honored at Annual Tree Ceremony “December is a time of joy, but it’s also a time of sadness for many D.C. families who have lost.”

Mayor and City Council

NBC Washington: Here’s What DC-Area Politicians Say About Net Neutrality “The internet could be a very different place by January if the Federal Communications Commission votes to change essential rules that govern how it works. The FCC is set to vote Thursday, Dec. 14 on whether to repeal rules ensuring net neutrality, the principle that internet service providers (ISPs) like AT&T and Comcast should treat all content equally regardless of where it is hosted.”

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Arrests Made in Multiple Homicides

(Washington, DC) – Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch announced that several arrests have been made in five homicide cases the last three days in Washington, DC.

On Thursday, March 24, 2016, 24-year-old Tavon Stewart, of Southeast, DC, was arrested and charged with Second Degree Murder While Armed.

On Tuesday, March 1, 2016, at approximately 3:11 pm, Members of the Seventh District responded to a call for a shooting in the 4200 block of 6th Street, Southeast. Upon arrival, they located an adult male suffering from gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment, where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.

o The decedent was identified as 25-year-old Rudolph Garris, of Northeast, DC.
On Thursday, March 24, 2016, 32-year-old Alphonso Roberts, of Southeast, DC, was arrested and charged with Second Degree Murder While Armed.

On Wednesday, February 10, 2016, at approximately 4:00 pm, Members of the Seventh District responded to a call for a shooting in the 1900 block of 18th Street, Southeast. Upon arrival, members located an adult male victim unconscious and suffering from a gunshot wound. D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services transported the victim to a local hospital for treatment, where all lifesaving efforts failed.

o The decedent was identified as 23-year-old Maurico Walker, of Northeast, DC.
On Wednesday, March 23, 2016, 29-year-old Ronald Bruce Thomas, of Oxon Hill, MD, was arrested and charged with First Degree Murder While Armed.

On Saturday, May 18, 2013, at approximately 3:20 am, Members of the Fifth District responded to a call for the sounds of gunshots in the unit block of S Street, Northeast. Upon arrival, they located an adult male suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services transported the victim to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.

o The decedent was identified as 21-year-old Dontel Price, of Northeast, Washington, DC.
On Tuesday, March 22, 2016 a juvenile female of Southeast, DC, was arrested and charged with Second Degree Murder while Armed.

On Tuesday, March 22, 2016, at approximately 9:30 am, a Sixth District patrol officer was in the 4800 block of Benning Road, SE where he observed a physical altercation between two females. The officer stopped the altercation and observed the victim suffering from an apparent stab wound. The officer requested DC Fire and EMS to respond to the scene. The victim was transported to a local hospital where she succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead.

o The decedent has been identified as 18-year-old Amanjanea La-Shell Whitley, of Southeast, DC.
On Tuesday, March 22, 2016, 29-year-old Anthony Wade of Southeast, DC, was arrested and charged with Second Degree Murder while Armed.

On Wednesday, March 9, 2016, at approximately 5:27 pm, Seventh District members were on patrol in the area of 800 block of Chesapeake Street, Southeast, when they heard the sound of gun shots. Upon arrival, officers located an adult male suffering from gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to a local hospital in critical condition. On March 17, 2016, the victim succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.

o The decedent has been identified as 27-year-old Aubrey Dansbury, of Southeast, DC.

Public Information Office: 202-727-4383

March 25, 2016

Mayor Bowser Presents Fiscal Year 2017 ‘Fair Shot’ Budget Proposal to the DC Council

(Washington, DC) – Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser presented the Fiscal Year 2017 Budget and Financial Plan, entitled “A Fair Shot,” to the DC Council. This is the District’s 21st consecutive balanced budget and makes key investments in education, affordable housing, transportation, infrastructure, public safety, job training and employment services that give residents a fair shot at a pathway to the middle class.

These investments are key priorities as identified by District residents at the Mayor’s public engagement forums, which were held during the budget formulation process.

“In a city as prosperous as ours, every resident deserves a fair shot – no matter who you are, or what ward you live in,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser. “The Fair Shot Budget is geared toward making life better for Washingtonians today, as we prepare for a strong, healthy and prosperous future.”

Key investments in the FY 2017 Budget:

$100 million to the Housing Production Trust Fund, to continue the District’s record-setting production and preservation of affordable housing
An additional $220 million dollars for full modernizations of DCPS schools in FY 17 & 18, to ensure that school modernization is equitable and done right
$12 million for the Fire & Emergency Medical Services Third Party Ambulance Initiative(as part of EMS reform), which will put more ambulances out on the streets during peak times
$2.5 million to the Office of United Communications for additional training, call takers and dispatchers (also as part of EMS reform)
$75 million enhancement for schools (to account for enhanced programming, and a student enrollment increase)
$10 million to delay the TANF “cliff
$5.9 million for DC Corrections Reform, to better support returning citizens
$4.8 million for full funding of the Mayor Marion Barry Summer Youth Employment Program, for more than 12,000 14-21 year olds and 1,000 22-24 year olds

For more information on the Budget, visit mayor.dc.gov/FairShot.

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