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Daily News Clips - December 15, 2017

Summary

A 23-year-old woman has been charged with voyeurism in a case involving a D.C. charter school for students with special needs. D.C. police said Krisha Garris of Temple Hills, Md., used a cellphone on Dec. 1 to record a 13-year-old girl as she undressed in a bathroom at St. Coletta Special Education Public Charter School in Southeast Washington. Garris then put the video on her Snapchat account, according to police. • D.C. police are investigating what is being called a burglary and possible hate crime at a non-profit organization where the LGBTQ community can gather in the Petworth neighborhood. Surveillance video recorded inside Casa Ruby in the 2800 block of Georgia Avenue in Northwest D.C. on Tuesday at around 1:45 p.m. captured a suspect in a blue or purple-colored hooded sweatshirt also wearing what appears to be a surgical mask pepper-spraying another person before leaving.

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Washington Post: Arrest made in voyeurism case at special education charter school “A 23-year-old woman has been charged with voyeurism in a case involving a D.C. charter school for students with special needs. D.C. police said Krisha Garris of Temple Hills, Md., used a cellphone on Dec. 1 to record a 13-year-old girl as she undressed in a bathroom at St. Coletta Special Education Public Charter School in Southeast Washington. Garris then put the video on her Snapchat account, according to police.”

Fox5DC: VIDEO: Suspect pepper-sprays victim inside LGBTQ community center in Northwest DC “D.C. police are investigating what is being called a burglary and possible hate crime at a non-profit organization where the LGBTQ community can gather in the Petworth neighborhood. Surveillance video recorded inside Casa Ruby in the 2800 block of Georgia Avenue in Northwest D.C. on Tuesday at around 1:45 p.m. captured a suspect in a blue or purple-colored hooded sweatshirt also wearing what appears to be a surgical mask pepper-spraying another person before leaving.”

Fox5DC: DC city vehicle crashes in front of Warner Theatre “A city vehicle crashed into the entrance area of the Warner Theatre in Northwest D.C. Thursday evening. The accident happened at around 6:17 p.m. at the venue located in the 500 block of 13th Street. The D.C. Department of Public Works van jumped the curb, hit a parking sign and slammed into the steps in front of the theater. A woman was hit during the incident and was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to D.C. Fire and EMS.”

Washington Post: Massage therapist pleads guilty to sexually abusing clients in D.C. “A Maryland man pleaded guilty Thursday to sexual abuse committed while working as a massage therapist in Northwest Washington. Habtamu Gebreslassie, 24, of Silver Spring, was arrested in September after sexually assaulting a woman while giving her a massage at Massage Envy in the 4900 block of Wisconsin Avenue NW, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia said in a statement.”

Washington Post: Police arrest 2 suspects in 2015 shooting during spike in District violence “Two suspects were arrested Wednesday in the fatal shooting of a 21-year-old who was gunned down two years ago on the front lawn of a Catholic Church during a summer crime wave in which the District’s homicide count spiked. The victim, Amari Jenkins, was one of three people killed in separate shootings on a single afternoon in the District on Aug. 18, 2015, during a series of deadly attacks that had a new mayor and her then Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier speeding from crime scene to crime scene to address the violence.”

Public Safety Updates

Fox5DC: Firefighters respond to blaze in Georgetown “Firefighters are on the scene of a blaze at a three story commercial building in Georgetown. The fire was reported at 6:30 a.m. on the 1200 block of Wisconsin Avenue in Northwest, D.C. The cause of the fire is under investigation and motorists can expect early morning delays in the area. No injuries have been reported at this time.”

Fox5DC: Water main break leaves dozens without service in Northeast DC “An early morning water main break has disrupted service to dozens of homes in Northeast, D.C. The water main break was reported around 5 a.m. on Newton Street between 22nd and 24th Streets. Emergency crews are on the scene at this time Utility officials say approximately 40 homes are without water. Water service is expected to be restored by this afternoon.”

Washington Post: Advocacy group raises concerns about psychological evaluations on hundreds of defendants “A District employee who has conducted mental evaluations on hundreds of criminal defendants as a forensic psychologist has been removed from that role after concerns surfaced about her educational qualifications, according to city officials.”

Fox5DC: High carbon monoxide levels send woman, boy to hospital “A woman and a boy have been hospitalized after high readings of carbon monoxide were found at a residence in Northeast D.C. Emergency crews responded around 7:30 a.m. to the 200 block of 56th Place for the incident. DC Fire and EMS says two others were evaluated at the scene. Crews say the residence is being ventilated and readings are returning to normal.”

Washington Post: A Post reporter went to a D.C. police use-of-force training exercise. Here’s what he learned “Reporters from The Washington Post and local television stations got a crash course this week in police use-of-force training, in part to help us understand the complexities and dangers as we write about real-life deadly encounters police face. It comes amid heightened scrutiny of shootings by police, including one last month of a man killed by U.S. Park Police officers after a pursuit in Northern Virginia.”

Mayor and City Council

Washington Post: Advocates press D.C. Council to restrict access to some court records “Former prisoners joined with advocates of criminal justice reform on Thursday to back three D.C. Council bills that would make it easier for people arrested by police to shield their court records from the public. The proposed legislation would automatically seal some court records of people who have been arrested but were never charged or convicted of a crime. It also would allow people to shield public records of many misdemeanor and some felony convictions, to make it easier for them to obtain jobs, housing and loans.”

Fox5DC: United Medical Center’s board votes to not renew license for obstetric and newborn services “The obstetrics unit at United Medical Center in Washington D.C. is being shut down after the hospital’s board voted to not renew its restricted license. This development comes after the hospital’s license was suspended for 90 days after the D.C. Department of Health said there were deficiencies in patient care.”

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Posted December 15 2017 at 9:44 AM by DC Police Union News | Permanent Link

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