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Daily News Clips - December 18, 2017

Summary

A young girl was shot Saturday afternoon in Southeast Washington, apparently while children were playing with a gun, according to D.C. police. The shooting happened in the 2500 block of Pomeroy Road, said police spokesman Hugh Carew. Police said it appears the gun went off while a small group of “juveniles” was playing with the weapon. Their ages were not given. The girl, a toddler, was conscious when she was taken to a hospital, he said. A police official confirmed she was struck in the leg. • A juvenile girl shot in Northeast D.C. Friday evening, police say. The shooting happened at around 7:22 p.m. in the 1500 block of Benning Road. Police say the girl was conscious and breathing at the scene.

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Crime Updates

Washington Post: Toddler shot in Southeast D.C. as children played with gun, police say “A young girl was shot Saturday afternoon in Southeast Washington, apparently while children were playing with a gun, according to D.C. police. The shooting happened in the 2500 block of Pomeroy Road, said police spokesman Hugh Carew. Police said it appears the gun went off while a small group of “juveniles” was playing with the weapon. Their ages were not given. The girl, a toddler, was conscious when she was taken to a hospital, he said. A police official confirmed she was struck in the leg.”

Fox5DC: Girl shot in Northeast DC, police say “A juvenile girl shot in Northeast D.C. Friday evening, police say. The shooting happened at around 7:22 p.m. in the 1500 block of Benning Road. Police say the girl was conscious and breathing at the scene.”

Fox5DC: Person assaulted with baton, police investigating as hate crime “A Columbia Heights assault is now being investigated as a possible hate crime, after a person was beat with a baton by a man who was making derogatory statements, police say. D.C. police say a person was struck by a man multiple times with an expandable baton, while saying derogatory things. They say it happened on Thursday, just after 9 p.m., at the 3000 block of 14th Street, Northwest. Authorities say they arrested 48-year-old Charles Sharp, from Northwest D.C. and charged him with assault with a dangerous weapon. The victim, who has not been named, was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at the hospital.”

Fox5DC: Arrest made in murder of 66-year-old DC man found dead in Queen Street apartment fire “An arrest has been made in the death of a 66-year-old man who died under mysterious circumstances in January after a fire broke out inside his D.C. apartment. Police have arrested 40-year-old Garrett Taylor, of Northeast D.C., on Friday and have charged him with first-degree murder of Awlachew Ayele. On Jan. 26, Ayele was found dead inside his Northeast D.C. apartment on Queen Street. The 66-year-old died from blunt force trauma along with smoke and soot inhalation. In June, the medical examiner’s office ruled his death a homicide.”

NBC Washington: D.C. Dentist Sentenced to 16 Years in Prison for Sexually Assaulting Patients, Employee “A former dentist was sentenced to 16-and-a-half years in prison for sexually assaulting five patients and an employee and improperly touching another employee. Bilal Ahmed, 45, pleaded guilty to five felony charges in D.C. Superior Court in May—one count of first-degree sexual abuse of a patient and four counts of second-degree sexual abuse of a patient. He also pleaded guilty to three misdemeanors—two counts of sexual abuse and one count of simple assault.”

Public Safety Updates

Fox5DC: Metro Red Line delays after person struck by train at Cleveland Park “Metro’s Red Line is experiencing delays Monday after a person was struck by a train at the Cleveland Park station. Officials say Red Line trains are single tracking between Friendship Heights and Dupont Circle.”

Fox5DC: ISIS THREAT? New propaganda poster shows Washington National Cathedral on fire “ISIS supporters are threatening to launch attacks on the west this holiday season – in one case using a propaganda poster depicting the Washington National Cathedral on fire with an armed militant standing in front of the building. The poster says, “Wait for us, we meet at Christmas in New York…soon.” Clearly, whoever created the image botched the location of the cathedral.”

Washington Post: Georgetown apartment house blaze injures one person “A fire broke out early Sunday morning in an apartment house on a residential street in the heart of the Georgetown neighborhood of Northwest Washington. The fire was reported shortly before 1 a.m. on the second floor of a building in the 3200 block of N Street NW, according to the D.C. Fire and EMS department.”

Washington Post: Thefts from cars in D.C. up Friday but down for entire year “The car was parked on Connecticut Avenue NW about 3 p.m. Friday, and the thief got in through the rear vent window to take a backpack with a laptop, the police said. It was one of at least 31 thefts from cars in the District that day. It may be small consolation to the theft victim — or any of the other District victims of thefts from cars Friday or any day — but the number of such thefts has declined significantly since last year, according to the latest data from police.”

NBC Washington: Water Restored to Homes, Businesses on U Street After Main Break “About 100 homes and 30 businesses along D.C.‘s bustling U Street were without water for a few hours Friday. DC Water said crews were working to repair a broken 8-inch water main on U Street NW between 13th and 14th streets. The main broke about 2 p.m. The repairs were completed by about 7:30 p.m.”

Mayor and City Council

NBC Washington: DC Council Holds Public Roundtable on Ballou High School Graduation Scandal “The D.C. Council hosted a public roundtable Friday allowing students, parents and teachers to discuss a grade manipulation scandal that allowed over 100 students to graduate despite chronic absences and failing grades. Ballou High School has been under investigation after every senior graduated and was accepted to college from Ballou High School, a southeast D.C. school with a chronically low graduation rate.”

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Posted December 18 2017 at 10:07 AM by DC Police Union News | Permanent Link

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