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Daily News Clips - February 15, 2018

Summary

Two people were in federal custody Wednesday, and three people were recovering from injuries after authorities said the driver of a rented sport utility vehicle tried to enter a secured area of the top-secret National Security Agency. Authorities quickly concluded the incident was not terrorism. In late afternoon, an FBI spokesman said one theory being investigated is whether the driver mistakenly turned onto a restricted parkway exit and panicked when he saw heavily armed police. “Until we complete all the interviews, we just can’t say definitively,” said David Fitz, the spokesman. • A Montgomery County school counselor is among those arrested in a raid on a D.C. bar two weeks ago. According to court documents, Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration enforcement officers, members of the Narcotics and Special Investigations division, the Second District Club Action Team and the Second District Crime Suppression Team responded to the Mason Inn in Northwest D.C. on Feb. 1 at around 6:45 p.m. Upon their arrival, the officers encountered a vendor table with 102 assorted edibles, five capsules containing brown liquid, nine bags of marijuana and two jars of marijuana.

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Crime Updates

Washington Post: Officer injured, two in custody in shooting incident near NSA security gate “Two people were in federal custody Wednesday, and three people were recovering from injuries after authorities said the driver of a rented sport utility vehicle tried to enter a secured area of the top-secret National Security Agency. Authorities quickly concluded the incident was not terrorism. In late afternoon, an FBI spokesman said one theory being investigated is whether the driver mistakenly turned onto a restricted parkway exit and panicked when he saw heavily armed police. “Until we complete all the interviews, we just can’t say definitively,” said David Fitz, the spokesman.”

Fox5DC: Montgomery County high school counselor arrested in DC drug raid “A Montgomery County school counselor is among those arrested in a raid on a D.C. bar two weeks ago. According to court documents, Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration enforcement officers, members of the Narcotics and Special Investigations division, the Second District Club Action Team and the Second District Crime Suppression Team responded to the Mason Inn in Northwest D.C. on Feb. 1 at around 6:45 p.m. Upon their arrival, the officers encountered a vendor table with 102 assorted edibles, five capsules containing brown liquid, nine bags of marijuana and two jars of marijuana.”

Public Safety Updates

NBC Washington: DC-Area Churches Offer Drive-Thru Ash Wednesday Service “No time to attend an Ash Wednesday church service? A number of churches in the D.C. area are offering ashes on a drive-thru or walk-up basis. The Rev. Dominique Peridans administered ashes Wednesday morning on the sidewalk outside The Church of the Ascension and Saint Agnes in downtown D.C. He said parishioners appreciated the on-the-go option.”

Fox5DC: Trump-sought military parade could cost between $10 million and $30 million “The White House budget director said Wednesday that a military parade envisioned by President Donald Trump could cost between $10 million and $30 million, although that money is not included in the administration’s new budget request. Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told the House Budget Committee that estimates are “very preliminary.” He said they’re “between 10 and 30 depending on the length” of the parade.”

WJLA: Thunder the horse dies after 10 years on job with D.C. police “A horse with the Metropolitan Police Department has died. D.C. police said Wednesday on Twitter that Thunder, a 10-year veteran with the department, had passed away. According to the tweet, Thunder was a “beloved member” of their Horse Mounted Unit and participated in presidential inaugurations, Cherry Blossom parades, the Women’s March and the Pope’s visit, among other events.”

Mayor and City Council

Washington Post: D.C. Council member proposed bill that would have helped firm that offered his son an internship “D.C. Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) proposed legislation that would have benefited an outdoor advertising company after the firm offered a paid summer internship to his son, according to documents obtained by The Washington Post. Communications between Evans, a 27-year veteran of the D.C. Council, and Digi Outdoor Media, took place in 2016 and are detailed in 41 pages of emails between the lawmaker’s office and the company, which were obtained under a Freedom of Information Act request and first reported by District Dig.”

Washington Post: D.C. DMV mistakenly fines hundreds of customers for insurance problems “The D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles wrongfully mailed more than a thousand letters last weekend to District residents telling them that their car insurance had lapsed and they needed to pay fines of up to $2,500, city officials said Wednesday. The erroneous notices — which arrived at homes across the District this week and stoked panic among drivers — have still not been publicly explained by the DMV. Agency officials say they are sending out new letters to those affected telling them to disregard the fines.”

WJLA: Faking The Grade: DC teachers no longer graded on passing students “As of Monday, student pass rates will not be a factor in whether DC Public School teachers get to keep their jobs. That’s according to a memo sent Monday from the district office to teachers. The memo reads, in part: “As DCPS re-examines the grading, promotion, and graduation policies, senior leadership has made a temporary change to impact for the 2017-18 school year only – the removal of references to student pass rates from schools’ 2017-18 Commitment to School Community (CSC).””

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Posted February 15 2018 at 10:32 AM by DC Police Union News | Permanent Link

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