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Daily News Clips - December 13, 2017

Summary

Authorities say a body found Tuesday morning in a Northeast D.C. neighborhood may be that of a woman who was reported missing the day after Thanksgiving. Officers received the call at about 8:30 a.m. and responded to the 300 block of 34th Street. Investigators say a woman’s body, believed to be 53-year-old Joni Shareete Rockingham, was in a trash can near the rear driveway of a vacant home. • A child of 2 or 3 years old was found in Northeast D.C. Tuesday morning, hours before police were able to locate her parents. About 4 p.m. Tuesday, police announced they located the parents of a child they found on the 5300 block of Chillum Place NE, near the Maryland border, about 9:40 a.m. The child wandered away while her mother slept inside, police said. No charges are expected.

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Crime Updates

NBC Washington: Toddler Found in Northeast DC; Parents Located “A child of 2 or 3 years old was found in Northeast D.C. Tuesday morning, hours before police were able to locate her parents. About 4 p.m. Tuesday, police announced they located the parents of a child they found on the 5300 block of Chillum Place NE, near the Maryland border, about 9:40 a.m. The child wandered away while her mother slept inside, police said. No charges are expected.”

Fox5DC: Body found in DC believed to be Joni Rockingham, woman reported missing after Thanksgiving “Authorities say a body found Tuesday morning in a Northeast D.C. neighborhood may be that of a woman who was reported missing the day after Thanksgiving. Officers received the call at about 8:30 a.m. and responded to the 300 block of 34th Street. Investigators say a woman’s body, believed to be 53-year-old Joni Shareete Rockingham, was in a trash can near the rear driveway of a vacant home.”

Washington Post: Trial for 6 charged in Inauguration Day riots nears end as defense calls character witnesses “Friends and employers of six people accused of rioting on the day of President Trump’s inauguration took the witness stand Tuesday to portray the defendants as peaceful people not prone to violence. The witnesses echoed one another as each described the defendant they knew as calm, helpful and cooperative.”

WJLA: Missing 16-year-old boy in D.C. found safe, police say “D.C. police said Tuesday a 16-year-old boy who went missing last week has been found safe.

Keontae Thompson went missing on Dec. 6. He had last been seen at 10 p.m. that evening on the 1500 block of Tanner Court, SE in D.C., according to authorities.”

Public Safety Updates

NBC Washington: Metro Finds Cable Problem; Red Line Service Delayed for Riders “Metro Red Line trains are going to be limited after the transit agency discovered a problem with a communication cable that is used to transit train speed and locations.”

NBC Washington: Veterans Affairs Asking Veterans to Return Benefit ‘Overpayments’ “The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is sending thousands of overpayment notices telling veterans to pay back their benefits.”

WJLA: Bitter cold blast descends on DC area, affects people, pipes and pets “A chilly blast of arctic air is descending on the DC metro area; by Wednesday, wind chill temperatures are expected to be in the single digits. That means anyone working outside, whether laying down concrete, fixing a power pole, or repairing a water heater, will be feeling “the big chill.”“

Mayor and City Council

Washington Post: Bowser raises $1.4 million in first 80 days of reelection campaign “D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser has raised more than $1.4 million since she announced her reelection bid in late September, campaign finance records show, a formidable early haul that could make challengers think twice about entering what is so far an uncontested race for mayor in 2018.”

Washington Post: D.C.’s public hospital needs $17 million taxpayer subsidy, officials say “A taxpayer bailout of at least $17 million will be needed if the District’s only public hospital is to stay afloat, the hospital’s finance committee has concluded, in the latest setback to afflict United Medical Center. Hospital board members plan to discuss the recommended subsidy request when they meet Wednesday. If approved by Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) and the D.C. Council, it would be the largest investment of District tax dollars to prop up the hospital’s operating budget since 2010, when the city took over the facility.”

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Posted December 13 2017 at 10:58 AM by DC Police Union News | Permanent Link

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