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Daily News Clips - 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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Crime Updates

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: DC Mayor Bowser ‘Concerned’ About GOP Tax Bill “Republicans said the GOP tax bill that passed in the Senate is a win for the average American.”

Washington Post: D.C. Council weighs tougher eligibility rules for homeless shelters “On cold winter nights, homeless people in the nation’s capital are supposed to have a legal right to a roof over their heads. But D.C. officials say guaranteeing shelter for the needy is no longer a straightforward task. As homelessness has swelled, an increase driven in part by the District’s soaring housing costs, the city’s outdated shelter system has overflowed.”

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Posted December 04 2017 at 9:24 AM by DC Police Union News | Permanent Link

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