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Daily News Clips - February 1, 2017


DC Police are actively searching for Elliot Avery Starks, 34, in connection with the stabbing death of Antina Cindette Pratt, 40, in November 2016. The victim was found dead in the Barry Farm neighborhood, and authorities are asking for the public’s assistance in locating the suspect. • A shootout took place Monday night in the Brightwood Park neighborhood, and no one was injured in the incident.

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Crime Updates

WJLA: Man wanted for deadly stabbing of woman in Nov. 2016 in Southeast D.C. “Police are searching for a man that stabbed a woman to death in Southeast Washington in Nov. 2016. Antina Cindette Pratt, 40, had multiple stab wounds when she was found by officers in the 2600 block of Pomeroy Road, SE. Police say she died at the scene.”

Washington Post: Shootout in D.C.’s Brightwood Park “A shootout erupted Monday night on a Northwest Washington street, and although it appeared that nobody was wounded, three houses were struck, police said. The gunfire broke out around 6:20 p.m. in the 5000 block of Fifth Street NW, and was apparently prompted by one or more remarks that caused friction, or made it worse.”

Washington Post: Victim of fire in Northeast Washington identified as 66-year-old D.C. man “A man who was found dead last week after a fire in a home in the Trinidad neighborhood in Northeast Washington has been identified as 66-year-old Awlachew Ayele. Police said Ayele, who lived in Northeast, was pronounced dead at the scene of the fire that broke out early Thursday in the 1100 block of Queen Street NE.”

Public Safety Update

Washington Post: Washington’s worst case of lead poisoning in decades happened in a home sanctioned by housing officials “Another morning in the motel room, and there were more appointments to attend to. Today it wouldn’t be the blood tests, which weeks before had established Heavenz Luster’s lead levels as higher than anything seen in Washington in decades, or another injection to remove that lead — she had already had 18 — or another cognitive evaluation or visit to a nearby CVS pharmacy for more medication.”

Mayor and City Council

NBC Washington: DC Mayor Wants Prisoners To Finish Sentences In Washington “As the district takes over its privately run jail, the mayor is hoping to strike a deal with the Department of Justice to allow inmates to serve the final months of their prison term in D.C. News4’s Mark Segraves reports.”

NBC Washington: DC Lawmakers Fight Congress Over ‘Death With Dignity’ “News4’s Tom Sherwood talked to the Mayor and Councilmembers about their efforts to stop Congress from changing DC law.”

Washington Post: Congress once ran the local D.C. government. GOP signals that it may do so again. “The plan to conduct sweeping reviews of actions by D.C. lawmakers is part of a two-year agenda published by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. The committee is expected to adopt it Tuesday.”

If you know anyone who has information regarding suspects, please call DC police.

Posted February 01 2017 at 9:40 AM by DC Police Union News | Permanent Link

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