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Daily News Clips - February 16, 2017


An arrest warrant has been issued for Gary O’Neal Bell, a 24-year-old who is wanted for juvenile sex trafficking. The suspect has been allegedly offering an underage girl for sexual encounters, and authorities are seeking the public’s assistance in locating the suspect. • Ronald Perry Berton, 42, was charged with kidnapping and raping a woman near Adams Morgan in 2007. The suspect is already in prison after he was convicted of raping a woman in her Arlington apartment in 2010.

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Washington Post: Man charged in 2007 burglary, rape in Northwest Washington “A 42-year-old man serving 10 years in prison for raping a woman in her Arlington, Va. apartment has been charged with kidnapping and raping a woman in Northwest Washington in 2007, according to police and court documents.”

Washington Post: D.C. man wanted for juvenile sex trafficking “Authorities are seeking a Washington man who they believe is involved in juvenile sex trafficking. The child exploitation task force in the FBI’s Washington field office has an arrest warrant for Gary O’Neal Bell, 24. Official allege he has been offering an underage girl for sexual encounters over the past several months. The alleged sex trafficking has happened at locations throughout the D.C. area, officials said.”

NBC Washington: Man Wounded, Cars Damaged in Petworth Shooting “A man was wounded when someone opened fire near 9th Street NW and Crittenden Street NW in the District’s Petworth neighborhood. People who live there say it’s not the first barrage of bullets they’ve seen in the area.”

Washington Post: Naked man who invaded TV station offices faces charges “A man has been charged with two crimes after D.C. police said he ran naked through the offices of WRC-TV in Northwest Washington on Saturday and bit a studio engineer who helped in the man’s capture.”

Police Update

NBC Washington: Spike in Protests Since Trump Inauguration Straining DC Police “The number of protests in Washington, D.C. since President Donald Trump took office is putting a strain on the Metropolitan Police Department.”

Public Safety Update

NBC Washington: U.S. Capitol Plans Security Upgrades After Recent Threats “U.S. Capitol officials are planning a series of security upgrades outside the Capitol Complex, including installation of an underground alarm system, reinforced windows and K-9 units outside building entrances.”

Washington Post: ‘Urgent care on wheels’: Fire departments rescuing patients from costly ER trips “In the 15 minutes after firefighters and a nurse knocked at Thelma Lee’s Maryland townhouse, they checked her blood pressure, told her what foods would keep her blood sugar from skyrocketing and set up an appointment — and a ride — to visit her primary-care physician.”

Washington Post: Starbucks catches fire in downtown Washington, office building evacuated “A 10-story office building was evacuated Wednesday morning when a fire broke out inside a ground-floor Starbucks store at 14th and G streets NW in downtown Washington.”

Mayor and City Council

NBC Washington: DC Statehood Supporters to Lobby Congress on Local Autonomy “Advocates for District of Columbia statehood are making their annual pitch to members of Congress. This year’s “lobby day’’ organized by D.C. Vote comes amid an attempt by House Republicans to invalidate a local law. On Monday, a House committee voted in favor of a resolution that would strike down the District’s new assisted-suicide law.”

Washington Post: House Republicans promise new line of attack on D.C.’s assisted-suicide law “Republicans on Capitol Hill said Wednesday that Congress is unlikely to act in time to block the District’s assisted-suicide law before it takes effect Saturday, handing city officials an inadvertent victory against congressional intervention.”

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

Posted February 16 2017 at 9:28 AM by DC Police Union News | Permanent Link

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