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Daily News Clips - December 20, 2017

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A crowdfunder who raised more than $284,000 on Kickstarter is facing a lawsuit alleging he spent the money on personal expenses and never delivered the product that consumers ordered. The businessman behind Sivil, Inc., Willard Simon, allegedly spent more than $112,500 at bars, restaurants, clothing stores, visits to the Hirshhorn Museum and more. The shirts he promised to thousands of people were never manufactured, prosecutors say. • DC police need your help finding 16-year-old Shaquan Scott. She was last seen on the 600 Block of 46th Place, Southeast, on Saturday, December 16, wearing a purple hoodie, black jogging pants, and white tennis shoes. Police said she was reported missing the December 17. Scott is a black female, with a medium-brown complexion, brown eyes and brown hair, police said. She stands at 5’3” and 125 pounds.

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NBC Washington: DC Businessman Sued After Allegedly Spending $112K of Crowdfunding Money on Bars, Uber, Hirshhorn Visits “A crowdfunder who raised more than $284,000 on Kickstarter is facing a lawsuit alleging he spent the money on personal expenses and never delivered the product that consumers ordered. The businessman behind Sivil, Inc., Willard Simon, allegedly spent more than $112,500 at bars, restaurants, clothing stores, visits to the Hirshhorn Museum and more. The shirts he promised to thousands of people were never manufactured, prosecutors say.”

WUSA: CRITICALLY MISSING: 16-year-old girl from SE DC “DC police need your help finding 16-year-old Shaquan Scott. She was last seen on the 600 Block of 46th Place, Southeast, on Saturday, December 16, wearing a purple hoodie, black jogging pants, and white tennis shoes. Police said she was reported missing the December 17. Scott is a black female, with a medium-brown complexion, brown eyes and brown hair, police said. She stands at 5’3” and 125 pounds.”

Fox5DC: DC ANC commissioner Paul Trantham charged with resisting arrest following traffic stop “A D.C. Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner is speaking out after he was arrested following a traffic stop in Prince George’s County in Maryland early Tuesday morning. Police say Paul Trantham, an elected leader from Ward 8 in the District, was pulled over shortly after midnight on Indian Head Highway in Oxon Hill. They say Trantham’s car was swerving on the roadway, leading to the stop. Trantham refused a field sobriety test and he was taken into custody by police.”

Washington Post: Mother of slain teen says son was killed over $200 pair of Air Jordan sneakers “On Monday evening, police said a gunman shot James on a basketball court at the Frederick Douglass Community Center. His mother, Benita Smith, said whoever attacked her son took the sneakers. He was found a block away, on a street, shoeless. He died less than two hours later at a hospital. “He was an all-American kid,” said his mother, who works at a day-care center. “He loved his red shoes. He loved basketball. He loved his computer games. . . . I can’t believe he was killed, all over a pair of shoes.””

Fox5DC: 17-year-old killed in Southeast DC shooting identified “Police have identified the teen who was shot and killed Monday night at a basketball court in Southeast D.C. Officers say they received a call around 5:22 p.m. for a shooting in the 1800 block of Bruce Place. When they arrived they found 17-year-old James Anthony Smith suffering from gunshot wounds. Smith was transported to a local hospital where he later died.”

Public Safety Updates

Washington Post: Trump administration drops appeals in case of immigrant teen seeking abortion “Two undocumented teenagers seeking abortions in the face of opposition from the Trump administration will be able to end their pregnancies after the Justice Department withdrew its court appeals and released one of the teens from U.S. custody. The administration’s new policy of refusing to facilitate abortions for pregnant unaccompanied minors seemed to be on a fast track to the Supreme Court early this week, with its politically volatile mix of questions involving abortion rights and illegal immigration.”

Washington Post: Woman rescued from burning D.C. apartment building dies “A woman who was critically injured in a fire Monday night at an apartment building in the Brentwood neighborhood of Northeast Washington has died, according to D.C. police. The victim was identified as Monica Allen, 53, of Northeast. Another woman also was injured and was hospitalized for evaluation. A firefighter suffered minor injuries.”

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Washington Post: Appeals court expands public access to oral arguments with live audio streaming “In a move to increase public access and transparency in the court system, a federal appeals court in Washington announced Tuesday that it will live-stream audio of any oral argument upon request.”

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Posted December 20 2017 at 10:12 AM by DC Police Union News | Permanent Link

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