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Daily News Clips - January 4, 2018

Summary

Police are investigating two gruesome unsolved murders in the D.C. area and trying to determine if they are connected. Armani Nico Coles, 27, was found shot on the road on Dec. 28 at around 6:20 p.m. near Interstate 295 at the Maryland and D.C. line. About an hour later and three miles away, 23-year-old Kerrice Lewis was discovered in the trunk of a burning car on Adrian Place near Ridge Road in Southeast D.C. She was also shot, according to police. • D.C. police have arrested a suspect in the fatal shooting last month of a 22-year-old man inside a vehicle in Southeast Washington. Derrick Hart, 22, of Southeast, has been charged with first-degree murder while armed. He is charged with shooting Maleak Coffin, of Southeast, shortly after 11 a.m. on Dec. 23. Coffin was found unconscious in the 2900 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE. Police said he died at a hospital Dec. 26.

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Fox5DC: Are 2 unsolved DC area murders that occurred on same night connected? “Police are investigating two gruesome unsolved murders in the D.C. area and trying to determine if they are connected. Armani Nico Coles, 27, was found shot on the road on Dec. 28 at around 6:20 p.m. near Interstate 295 at the Maryland and D.C. line. About an hour later and three miles away, 23-year-old Kerrice Lewis was discovered in the trunk of a burning car on Adrian Place near Ridge Road in Southeast D.C. She was also shot, according to police.”

Washington Post: Police arrest suspect in fatal shooting in Southeast Washington “D.C. police have arrested a suspect in the fatal shooting last month of a 22-year-old man inside a vehicle in Southeast Washington. Derrick Hart, 22, of Southeast, has been charged with first-degree murder while armed. He is charged with shooting Maleak Coffin, of Southeast, shortly after 11 a.m. on Dec. 23. Coffin was found unconscious in the 2900 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE. Police said he died at a hospital Dec. 26.”

Washington Post: Man killed after meeting with police to complain about drug dealers “Friends told police Ayele sometimes used cocaine, purchased from a dealer who worked the streets outside the Northeast Washington building, according to court documents. But Ayele was soon complaining about his supplier, who he said had turned menacing and had taken over his apartment to stash drugs and guns. Then, last January, Ayele was found dead.”

Washington Post: D.C. man who fatally shot another man while wearing a monitoring anklet is sentenced “A District man who was under court supervision for a drug arrest and was wearing a GPS-ankle-monitoring bracelet when he fatally shot another man a year ago was sentenced to 29 years in prison Wednesday. Late last year, Malik Hough, 22, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the 2016 shooting of 22-year-old Herbert Dowtin, about a month after the two got into an argument.”

Washington Post: ACLU adds 10-year-old boy, mother to lawsuit against D.C. police in Inauguration Day arrests “The American Civil Liberties Union added a 10-year-old boy from North Carolina and his mother to a civil suit it filed against D.C. police, alleging the two were injured while they were protesting President Trump’s inauguration in downtown Washington. Police later said they converged on the group to quell a violent riot that erupted.”

Public Safety Updates

Fox5DC: Cold weather emergency contacts for Maryland, DC and Virginia “While many residents in the area retreat indoors for cold weather, there are many, including the homeless, elderly, disabled and pets who have restricted options in freezing temperatures. There are agencies in the area you can call if you need to help anyone in need with finding shelter in Cold Emergency situations.”

Washington Post: Police urgently searching for man with dementia who could be lost in the cold “The search for a man with dementia who wandered away from a Costco in Maryland during a shopping trip has taken on new urgency as the biting cold expected to batter the East Coast sets in over the next several days. Prince George’s County police and other law enforcement agencies in the region have launched helicopters, bloodhounds and dozens of officers in the search for Daniel DeHaven but haven’t been able to find the missing 65-year-old man.”

Mayor and City Council

Washington Post: On first day back from holiday break, D.C. leaders stress importance of good attendance “District Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) and city leaders touted an initiative Wednesday aimed at boosting low attendance records as students returned to school after a nearly two-week holiday break. Bowser and D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson emphasized to students at Jefferson Middle School in Southwest the importance of showing up to school each day as part of Every Day Counts! — an initiative launched at the start of the school year that coordinates across city agencies to get students at their desks on time each morning.”

Washington Post: D.C. adds dry ice to its rat-fighting war chest “The District now has another weapon in its war on rats: dry ice. With complaints to the city’s 311 phone line concerning rats at a four-year high, city officials are turning to dry ice — the frozen form of carbon dioxide — to suffocate rodents. But dry ice will not replace the poison that the District’s rodent control division currently uses, said its program manager Gerard Brown. “It’s just going to be another tool in our toolbox,” said Brown, who has been killing rats in Washington for 30 years.”

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

Posted January 04 2018 at 10:19 AM by DC Police Union News | Permanent Link

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